LEGISLATORS said yesterday they found the sacking of a member of Cathay Pacific's cabin crew union suspicious. The comments came after the airline's management presented evidence to legislators intended to show that the stewardess, Courtney Chong, was sacked for theft. The legislators - from a monitoring group formed after the Lunar New Year strike to look into allegations of victimisation of strikers - said they were not satisfied with the evidence provided. The group will pass on its doubts to the Labour Department which is investigating whether Cathay unfairly treated Miss Chong. The two-hour meeting yesterday was arranged after Miss Chong claimed the theft allegation had been fabricated by the airline because of her involvement in the union and the strike. Miss Chong, who was a senior purser and the deputy chairman of the Flight Attendants' Union, was sacked last month after being accused of stealing airline property. It was allegedly found in her luggage. Cathay said the alleged stolen items - worth less than $100 - were a packet of macadamia nuts, a bottle of mineral water and an inflight magazine. Miss Chong told the group that the magazine was given to her by a passenger and she had not taken any of the items from the plane. United Democrats member Cheung Man-kwong said: ''One of the suspicious points of the evidence provided by the management is that the security officer who caught Miss Chong 'red-handed' did not ask her to sign a form to admit the offence right away. ''The accusation and the three items were produced only on the following day.'' Mr Cheung said Cathay representatives had admitted that they had mishandled that particular point. He said Cathay management representatives told them that the other witness, a flight attendant, had only seen Miss Chong handing over the bottle of water and the magazine to the security officer. ''The two items had no airline chop on them. They could be bought easily anywhere,'' Mr Cheung said. It was suspicious that the flight attendant had not seen the packet of nuts, which had Cathay's hallmark. Speaking on behalf of Cathay, Swire Group public affairs general manager Nick Rhodes said the airline took the case seriously because if it allowed every flight attendant to take property, the losses could reach $2 million a year. Mr Rhodes said the purpose of meeting legislators was to demonstrate evidence that the case was not victimisation nor fabrication but theft, even though the company's evidence was not accepted by the legislators. He said it was company regulations that any employee found stealing airline property would face dismissal. There had been numerous precedents.