A prominent engineer who lost in the 1998 Legco elections by a large margin plans to make a political comeback in the September polls, prompted by growing support and a high number of votes in the Election Committee subsector elections on Sunday. Dr John Luk Wang-kwong, newly elected president of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, won the engineering subsector seat with the second highest number of votes - 782. He lost to Dr Raymond Ho Chung-tai in the 1998 elections by 491 votes to 2,036. The third candidate, Dr Peter Wong King-keung, polled 1,112 votes. Dr Wong has decided not to run again this year. Dr Luk, stressing that he had yet to make a decision, was confident that Dr Wong's supporters would turn to him. He declined to estimate his support, but said: 'To say the least, I have the support of more than 10,000 members who chose me as president of the institution.' Independent Dr Luk is the project adviser of the project-monitoring department of Sun Hung Kai Properties. He said the company, as in 1998, had taken an impartial view over his election plans. Dr Wong, who polled 601 votes on Sunday, said Dr Luk and Dr Ho had approached him for his support. He said he had made no decision yet, but admitted support for Dr Luk was growing. Dr Wong said Dr Ho, 61, would have an edge over Dr Luk, 55, because he had become established after serving the legislature for the past two years. Dr Wong said any candidate who could provide a solution to solve the reduction in engineers' incomes following the financial turmoil would have an edge in the polls.