A local National People's Congress deputy says he will ask the NPC Standing Committee to reinterpret the Basic Law if the Court of Final Appeal declines today to clarify its right of abode judgment. Ma Lik said: 'If the Court of Final Appeal refuses to clarify or gives a clarification which is unacceptable, that means the mistakes have not been corrected and action should be taken to get the problem fixed.' Mr Ma said the Government should have asked the Standing Committee to make an interpretation rather than putting pressure on the court. 'If the clarifications by the Court of Final Appeal are different from its judgment, the court has to change the judgment,' he said. 'That is, the Court of Final Appeal would overturn its own judgment. It will not be a healthy trend.' Although a joint motion was unlikely to be moved by the deputies at the NPC plenum next month, Mr Ma said he would submit the request in the form of 'personal opinion' to the Standing Committee. Mr Ma, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said he had sought support from other deputies including Victor Sit Fung-shuen. Any motion tabled to the Standing Committee has to be moved by at least 30 deputies. On Monday, the 35 local deputies failed to agree on how to deal with the row. Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Standing Committee member Xu Simin said he had decided to wait for the clarification.