The Inland Revenue's questioning of the charitable status of a Christian group because of its political actions has not been applied to at least two other charity organisations that have supported the Government on controversial issues. The department was criticised yesterday for being selective and was urged to explain its criteria. The two groups are the Kwun Tong Residents Association and the North District Juvenile Association. Both supported the Government in its battle to keep the Public Order Ordinance intact. Debby Wong Yeuk-lui, a spokeswoman for the North District Juvenile Association, said the group's charitable status had never been questioned by the Inland Revenue. She said the group, founded in 1971 and with 350 enrolled members, aimed to promote youth awareness of community affairs and provide recreational activities. She denied the group's written submission in support of the Government over the assembly laws was incompatible with its aims or charitable status. 'We are concerned with the law in Hong Kong. We are not confined to affairs in North District. We should be free to comment on matters relating to Hong Kong and China,' Ms Wong said. A Kwun Tong Residents Association staff member said this group had also never been questioned by Inland Revenue. The association was established in 1974 and has about 10,000 members. Deputy chairman Chan Kam-lam, also a legislator for the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong and a Kwun Tong District Councillor, denied it had taken part in political activities when commenting on controversial issues. Mr Chan said it would be wrong to compare his organisation with the Hong Kong Women's Christian Council before the department had determined what constituted political activity. Democrat legislator Fred Li Wah-ming asked whether the Kwun Tong Residents Association was a political group. 'It has taken part in a number of political activities supporting the Government, including the right-of-abode saga and the no-confidence motion on Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie,' Mr Li said. 'There is also a substantial overlap of its membership with the DAB. I have never seen a charity group with such political affiliation. I think the Inland Revenue has been selective in choosing which charity group to question.' The Hong Kong Women's Christian Council has opposed the Government on the right-of-abode saga and assembly laws. The Inland Revenue sent the group a letter last October asking it to confirm its political activities. It then issued a warning and told the group its charitable status might be amended. Should this happen, the group would lose its tax-exempt advantages. It would have to pay profit tax and donations would not be tax deductible. Acting Deputy Commissioner of Inland Revenue Lau Mak Yee-ming said yesterday charitable groups were reviewed every four years and clarification was sought if the groups were found to be engaged in activities not compatible with expressed objectives. 'The department would not be prejudiced for a particular charity over others and always accords the same treatment to all of them,' she said. An Inland Revenue spokesman said 3,874 charitable status cases had been reviewed in the past eight years and 207 organisations had that status withdrawn from April 1998 to last month. 'None of these are for the reason that the institutions had engaged in political activities which are not charitable,' it said.