Media articles up to eight years old were cited at the inquiry as evidence of Dr Robert Chung's possible conflict of roles as pollster and political commentator. Alan Hoo SC, who represents Tung Chee-hwa's senior special assistant Andrew Lo, cited reports over a number of years - including Post articles - to challenge the academic's claim that he 'rarely' made political comments. Dr Chung was quoted as discussing the scrapping of the municipal councils, and the development of democracy. The inquiry heard on Wednesday that Dr Chung had presented his views on electoral development to Mr Tung in a 1997 article detailing how the legislature should evolve to be fully directly elected. In a Post article on January 4 last year, Dr Chung, then with the university's Social Science Research Centre, was quoted as saying: 'The Government repeatedly ignored suggestions from academics . . . but after Li Ka-shing makes a single comment, he gets phone calls from both Mr Tung and Anson Chan.' In a Post article on November 11, 1998, about the pollster's comments at a Legco meeting on the review of municipal councils he was quoted as saying 'I can't see if the changes will guarantee Hong Kong more democracy'. Mr Hoo also cited a November 1992 report by the Post that a senior university figure was 'unhappy with the way he handled the issue' about open quarrelling between Dr Chung and a rival pollster. Dr Chung told Mr Hoo: 'You collected what I told the press in the past. I cannot remember it all. But I don't dispute the records you have.' But he said that on some of those occasions, he was a guest speaker at forums in his personal capacity as an academic, or explaining the results of his polls. He said only part of the articles were political commentary. Asked why he had not complained to university management about the alleged pressure, Dr Chung said he was aware of how to file complaints, but did not make use of them because he had 'no faith in those channels', particularly since the vice-chancellor was involved.