Legco's legal sector representative yesterday urged the newly reappointed Secretary for Justice to drop her hostility to the profession and stop being a 'yes woman' to the Chief Executive. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee said she regretted Elsie Leung Oi-sie's reappointment and expected problems for the legal sector would continue or even worsen. 'This signifies that all the concerns we have had in the past two years are going to continue. I can't help feeling despondent, but we've got to face reality,' she said. Ms Ng, who sponsored a vote of no-confidence in Miss Leung last year over the Hong Kong Standard circulation fraud case, branded the reappointment political. 'The Chief Executive wants a Secretary for Justice who will not quarrel with him. If this is not a political appointment, I don't know what is.' She said Miss Leung was not suitable for the post. 'For her, loyalty comes first. I have nothing against Miss Leung personally, but I expect the person filling that post to do a number of things Miss Leung has not been doing. I don't expect she will do them in the future.' Ms Ng feared confidence in the rule of law would be further undermined as issues such as the writing of laws on subversion and on exchanges of prisoners with the mainland loomed. 'I hope in her new appointment she will at least listen with less hostility to the views of the legal profession instead of continuing to attack us just because we resisted the reinterpretation [of the Basic Law on the right of abode issue],' she said. Martin Lee Chu-ming, chairman of the Democratic Party, also regretted the reappointment. 'She has completely failed to defend the rule of law and the common law system. She is a nice person, but she has failed miserably.' He also criticised Miss Leung for her role in the reinterpretation. 'Miss Leung said the Basic Law should be an interface between the civil law system of the mainland and the legal system here. This has introduced great uncertainty to our common law system,' he said. Human Rights Monitor accused Miss Leung of 'favouring the mainland authorities' and vowed to 'continue to avoid all further contact'. However, Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, welcomed the reappointment. 'It allows for continuity of government policy. I personally think Miss Leung is a person of high integrity,' he said. Reaction within the legal profession and among academics was mixed. Bar Association chairman Ronny Tong Ka-wah would only say he hoped Miss Leung would 'make use of her experiences in the past two years to do her utmost to uphold the rule of law'. The Law Society was more positive, welcoming the reappointment. Legal experts said the lack of a successor was the reason for the reappointment. Law Professor Raymond Wacks, of Hong Kong University, said: 'I think we have a problem in Hong Kong in that members of the legal community are reluctant to serve. Miss Leung is quite happy in her job. She is quite able to cope with the criticism that has been lodged against her. To her credit, she simply gets on with her job,' he said. Philip Dykes, of the Bar Council, said he was 'a little disappointed' by the reappointment. 'There are other lawyers who have the necessary character and attributes to discharge the responsibility of what is a very important office.'