THE Chief Executive has stepped in to shield Housing Authority chairwoman Rosanna Wong Yick-ming from a motion of no-confidence by the legislature. Tung Chee-hwa has been personally lobbying 'government-friendly' legislators to vote against the motion, to be sponsored by Democrat Fred Li Wah-ming. The so-called 'breakfast group' legislators, including non-affiliated Eric Li Ka-cheung, Bernard Charnwut Chan and Dr Leong Che-hung, are understood to have been spoken to by the Chief Executive. Eric Li is expected to put forward an amendment tomorrow with milder wording after a lunch with Mr Tung on Friday. Eric Li said yesterday that his amendment would call for an independent inquiry and a review of the authority membership. He said his amendment was aimed at 'problem-solving' while Fred Li's was 'finding a scapegoat'. Fred Li's motion reads: 'In view of the recent successive scandals of public housing involving substandard piling and construction work, this council has no confidence in the chairman of the Housing Authority and the Director of Housing.' So far, the Liberal Party and Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong have declared they will support Fred Li's motion, to be debated at the last sitting of this Legislative Council. Fellow pro-democracy legislator Leung Yiu-chung, of The Frontier, is also seeking to amend the non-binding motion to call on the pair to resign and to express dissatisfaction with Mr Tung's handling of the building scandals. It is the second no-confidence motion proposed against a government official. Last year, Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie was attacked for not prosecuting Sally Aw Sian in the Hongkong Standard fraud circulation case, despite naming her as a co-conspirator. The newspaper was closed last month. Miss Leung survived the no-confidence vote as the Liberal Party, which had declared support initially, made a last-minute U-turn and abstained after government lobbying. An Executive Councillor, Ms Wong, 48, took over the helm as authority chairwoman in 1993. Ms Wong could not be reached for comment last night. A territory-wide signature campaign by the Alliance of Housing Department Staff Unions entered its second week yesterday. They are calling for both Ms Wong and Director of Housing Tony Miller to step down immediately.