Officials are likely to push through the controversial higher education funding cut in the legislature amid intensive lobbying by education chief Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun. The funding proposals for the eight universities for the 2001-2004 academic years come up again at tomorrow's Legco Finance Committee meeting. The Government was forced to withdraw the proposal at the last committee meeting because of fierce opposition. If approved, it means a four per cent funding cut to $36.2 billion. The result will largely hinge on the votes of lawmakers from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB). The Democratic Party is expected to vote against the funding proposal but some non-affiliated legislators are set to back it. Yeung Yiu-chung, of the DAB, said the party would decide its stance today. But he said: 'The Government has shown sincerity in making reasonable concessions.' During yesterday's sitting, Mrs Law was seen lobbying in the ante-chamber in the Legislative Council building. Among her targets was Democrat Cheung Man-kwong, a strong opponent to the cut. University grants are assessed every three years. Last month, the University Grants Committee proposed the four per cent cut, following a 10 per cent cut in 1998.