Pro-Taiwan unionists are hoping to raise their profile and gain electioneering experience by standing in September's Legislative Council poll. Jim Lee Kwok-keung and Leung Suet-fong, chief secretary and deputy secretary of the Hong Kong & Kowloon Trades Union Council, are considering contesting, respectively, the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency and the labour functional constituency election. The council will meet on Friday to finalise the candidates' list. But Ms Leung, who is a member of the Democratic Party, admitted her chances of securing a seat were slim. Of more than 400 trade unions entitled to vote in the three-seat labour constituency, only 60 belong to the council. It is widely believed that Leung Fu-wah and Chan Kwok-keung, of the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions, will secure two seats, while the third will go to the general secretary of the Federation of Hong Kong & Kowloon Labour Unions, Li Fung-ying. 'The election result is predictable,' Ms Leung said. 'But standing in the election could be training for me. It also increases the cohesion of the council. 'Some members of the Democratic Party also support me standing for the election. But I will probably run for the election as the representative of trade unions.' Mr Lee was pessimistic about his chances because of the council's low popularity and lack of financial resources. But he believed the campaign would help boost the council's profile. 'It's a preparation for the 2004 election when the number of seats will have increased,' he said. Mr Lee said the council needed reshaping following the defeat of the Kuomintang in Taiwan's election in March. The council has had close links with the KMT since it was established 50 years ago. Since legislator Pang Chun-hoi retired in 1995, the pro-Taiwan's council has kept a low profile. Ms Leung said she hoped the pro-Taiwan stance would not be a liability in the election. 'I think Hong Kong people are sensible and will not brush aside those who have different beliefs,' she said. Shi Kai-biu, president of the Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises Business Association, said he would stand in the Kowloon East constituency. He is an appointed Kwun Tong district councillor.