TUNG Chee-hwa's last-minute consultation with political parties and independents was criticised yesterday by members of the democratic camp as a 'cosmetic' move to help justify his pre-determined option for resolving the right of abode crisis. Speaking after separate closed-door meetings with Mr Tung, various members from the democratic camp, including Cyd Ho Sau-lan and Lee Cheuk-yan of the Frontier, cast doubt on how genuine the exercise was. Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said: 'This is merely a show. Mr Tung kept on reminding and assuring us that the Government has not yet decided [on which option to take]. 'But I have to say that it sounded very hollow.' Mr Lee said he strongly sensed that the administration had already decided to invite the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to reinterpret the Basic Law. His party had urged the Government to opt for amending the mini-constitution as a way out of the impasse. Democratic Party vice-chairman Dr Yeung Sum said the Chief Executive did not rule out the possibility of moving a government motion at this Wednesday's Legco sitting to seek members' support for its chosen proposal. Mr Lee said: 'The impression it will give to the whole world is the Court of Final Appeal is only a semi-final court of final appeal. The real court of final appeal is in Beijing. 'We told Mr Tung that he must be responsible for the untold damage.' But members of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Progressive Alliance said they believed reinterpretation would be the best option. Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun found it acceptable to ask the NPC Standing Committee to either reinterpret the Basic Law or amend it, but indicated his preference would be for the quicker route. It is understood the administration will push through its desired option to ask for an NPC reinterpretation of the Basic Law at the Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.