Legislators have rejected government criteria for deciding when to allow companies to be granted projects without open competition. The Finance Bureau set out seven rules after criticism following the decision in March to award the Cyber-Port project to Richard Li Tzar-kai's Pacific Century Group without it going to tender. The criteria included the extent to which the proposal complied with government policies, its economic benefits and strategic importance, and its originality. Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said: 'These are groundless rules instead of ground rules.' Lee Cheuk-yan, of The Frontier, asked if projects would be granted to anyone from the 800-member committee which will elect the Chief Executive in 2002. He was apparently referring to the fact Mr Li's father, Li Ka-shing, was a member of the committee which selected Tung Chee-hwa as the first chief executive. All members attending the meeting, including Liberal Party chief James Tien Pei-chun, voted to reject the rules and asked the Government to reconsider them.