Public opinion should be considered by the Government in considering whether to renew the contract of the Secretary for Justice, Bar Association chairman Ronny Tong said yesterday. However, he said the association would not call for Elsie Leung Oi-sie to resign. 'It will be her own decision,' he said. Legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee is moving a motion at Legco on March 10 of no-confidence in Miss Leung. But the justice chief has indicated she will not step down. Her contract expires on June 30 next year. Miss Leung has been criticised over her decision not to prosecute press tycoon Sally Aw Sian in the Hong Kong Standard circulation fraud case. Miss Leung cited lack of evidence and that prosecution was not in the public interest as it could have led to the collapse of the Sing Tao group with massive lay-offs. On a radio phone-in programme yesterday, Mr Tong said that as Ms Aw was a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference delegate and had government connections, Miss Leung should leave it to a third party to decide on whether to prosecute her. Johannes Chan Man-man, executive committee member of the association, said the reason of 'public interest' cited by Miss Leung was astonishing.