MEMBERS of Cathay Pacific's Flight Attendants' Union (FAU) will demand answers from their leaders over alleged missing funds when the union holds its annual meeting tomorrow. A number of senior FAU members, who insisted on anonymity, told the Sunday Morning Post there were serious question marks over the union's finances. ''Every year the union collects about $2 million in dues from members. And every year the union can't explain what has happened to that money . . . this time we are going to demand some answers,'' said one member. Questions will also be raised about the validity of Ms Courtney Chong's position in the FAU - she is its deputy chairman. Cathay fired Ms Chong after it claimed she had stolen company property - a bag of nuts, a bottle of water and a magazine - during a crew customs check in Singapore a fortnight ago. Ms Chong has denied the charges and the Labour Department is investigating the fairness of her dismissal. Its findings may be known within the next two weeks. It is understood a number of flight attendants who walked off Cathay flights during the Lunar New Year strike and had to pay their own accommodation and fares back to Hongkong are still waiting for the FAU to reimburse them. Many union members are said to be owed as much as $7,000. One senior flight attendant said: ''What is intriguing is that when you join the FAU you have to hand over $500 for an emergency fund. Before the strike there were about 3,500 members of the union and, according to my calculations, that emergency fund should have had $1.75 million in it. So how come the union told us it was strapped for cash?'' It is known the Aircrew Officers' Association (AOA) offered to lend the FAU $1 million, but the pilots and engineers were divided on the issue, so the money was never handed over for fear of splitting the AOA. For the past 10 years the FAU has been led by its chairman, Mr David Ngan, who has worked for Cathay for 25 years. Many rank and file members of the union today claim he has become too distant from them and rules the union with an iron fist. This year, for the first time, Mr Ngan's position and that of the FAU executive is being challenged by 19 people. One group of nominees is led by Mr Stephen Ho, who has been with the airline for 23 years, and Miss Rachel Varghese, who walked out on the FAU executive during the strike and effectively brought the dispute to an end. Both declined to discuss the issues before tomorrow's meeting. The FAU has been described as one of the most undemocratic unions in the world. Previously, members were not even balloted when it came to electing the union's executive. ''In the past those who attended the AGM voted for the executive and that could be as many as 200 out of 3,500 members,'' said one FAU member who has flown for Cathay for more than 20 years. ''Is that democracy? This year members are being balloted, but there has been very little information about the technical side of this secret ballot, like who counts the votes and where. Another said: ''The executive has to go. Too much mistrust has been built up between the company and the union since the strike. We can't pretend nothing ever happened, because it did. ''We need to rebuild the bridges with a new team . . . a new team that does not seek confrontation but reconciliation. A team that wants to work for the betterment of the rank and file and ultimately for the betterment of the company.'' Repeated requests by the Sunday Morning Post to interview members of the FAU executive went unanswered.