The new unofficial Taiwan envoy said yesterday his Kuomintang membership should not affect his appointment in Hong Kong. Chang Liang-jen spoke amid speculation that the Democratic Progressive Party - whose candidate Chen Shui-bian won the presidential election on Saturday - would send its own representative. Mr Chang, deputy secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation, has been appointed to succeed Cheng An-kuo as managing director of the Chung Hwa Travel Service. He said he had not been told of any change to his appointment. 'I am not an administrative officer. My KMT membership should not affect my appointment to Hong Kong. [If there is any change] let it be. 'Whoever is to be appointed to Hong Kong, his role is to promote economic, cultural and trade exchanges.' He also sought to clarify some of the confusion over his visa application to the SAR, which he said he submitted in January. 'However, it was not accepted. The SAR Government said there needed to be some advance co-ordination conducted through a certain mechanism.' Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has said Mr Chang did not submit an application. Mr Chang refused to comment on reports that he had been asked not to act in a way contrary to the 'one country, two systems' and 'one China' policies. He also dispelled rumours he had already quit the foundation. 'I haven't taken up the new post. How can I have resigned?' The foundation is a non-government negotiation body with the mainland. Mr Chang said its board members consisted of representatives from various political parties, including the Democratic Progressive Party, and there was no need for him to step down even though the KMT had lost the election. Mr Cheng, now vice-chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, was quoted by Commercial Radio yesterday as saying that Mr Chang's appointment had not been affected by the poll outcome. His visa was still being processed, he said. However, Tai Sik-kwan, chairman of pro-Taiwan party 123 Democratic Alliance, said: 'It's reasonable to think that Mr Chang would not get the post after Ah Bian [Chen Shui-bian] was elected.'