The Court of Final Appeal should seek to resolve the row over the abode ruling, an influential local deputy to the National People's Congress said yesterday. 'Whoever started the dispute should seek to resolve it,' Tsang Hin-chi said. He said the row over the ruling stemmed from the court's 'misunderstanding' of the Chinese constitution and the Basic Law. Mr Tsang, the only local deputy on the NPC Standing Committee, appeared to have backed away from earlier remarks that he would raise the issue at the NPC plenum. Noting that his NPC colleagues were divided over how to handle the situation, Mr Tsang said he might give his views informally. He said that what mattered most was for the court to rectify the matter. 'How could it be right for the son to tell the father how to act?' he said. Another NPC deputy, Fei Fih, said: 'Personally, I think the Preparatory Committee has made clear its views [on Article 24 of the Basic Law] on August 16, 1996. 'I don't see a need for the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to explain it.' Deputy Dr Raymond Wu Wai-yung, a fierce critic of the ruling, said the deputies should stay away from the controversy. 'They [Beijing and the Court of Final Appeal] are now quarrelling. Being the third party, the local deputies should not meddle in it at this stage,' he said last night. Dr Wu said the Government should take the lead in resolving the deadlock left by the ruling. He supported the suggestion by Basic Law Committee member Albert Chen Hung-yee to ask the Government to seek a judicial review by presenting more evidence to the Court of Final Appeal. Healthy outlook - Tsang Hin-chi, who said the abode row stemmed from a misunderstanding, makes his first public appearance since recovering from kidney failure earlier this year. Speaking at a chamber of commerce reception, Mr Tsang said his illness had changed his outlook on life. 'I've become less inflexible than before,' he said. The Goldlion boss was in Zhongshan Hospital in Guangzhou for four months and he said he had been in critical condition for almost three weeks. He would not attend the NPC Standing Committee meetings this weekend, because he was still recuperating.