THE vice-president of the SAR's biggest civil service union claims 'external forces' are trying to split his organisation. Peter Wong Hyo has been at the centre of controversy since he announced that the Chinese Civil Servants Association, with more than 100,000 members, would not join last Sunday's march by 18 other civil service groups against reforms. But two branch unions of the association did take part. Mr Wong ordered both to submit reports. An unidentified source, claiming Mr Wong had betrayed the interests of the union's members, on Wednesday urged association members to call for a censure of Mr Wong. But Mr Wong denied he was acting like a 'dictator'. 'It was not my idea not to join the protest. It was the council's decision,' he said. He said members would be breaching regulations if they acted contrary to the decision by the union's council. But he refused to say whether disciplinary action would be taken, saying the matter would be handled internally. On the call to censure him, Mr Wong said some 'external forces are trying to split us. I am not surprised'. He did not explain further. Mr Wong has served on the association for more than three decades and was president for five years up to the end of 1997. Adding that his union had been fighting for civil servants' rights for decades, Mr Wong said: 'When we boycotted the consultative meeting on civil service reforms, why didn't [other unions] support us? 'We organised a protest . . . on May 30 last year and it was very successful. We asked [other unions] to join but they refused.' The situation showed the civil service union movement was still in its infancy.