A 72-year-old grandfather - almost certainly the oldest abode seeker - has vowed to fight to stay in Hong Kong with his 95-year-old bed-ridden father, despite last week's court ruling that he should return to the mainland. Li Xiru had initially said he would accept the Court of Final Appeal's decision but last night said he had had a change of heart. 'I've changed my mind, I will stay in Hong Kong to continue fighting for my rights,' he said. 'I really cannot leave my ailing father behind - he is old and lonely.' Mr Li arrived in Hong Kong in July 1999 on a two-way permit and overstayed. His father, Li Lik-fan, who has been bedridden for about four years, moved into a home for the elderly in Tsuen Wan last month. 'I am getting old myself,' said Li Xiru. 'It would be difficult for me to take care of him. But I do not want to take my ailing father back to the mainland. He has been so sick and it is not proper for him to travel.' Mr Li was 19 when his parents fled the mainland in 1949 and the family was separated until the early 1980s. He and his two sisters have taken turns to visit their elderly father on two-way permits since their mother died in 1998. 'It is a major virtue of Chinese to take care of their elderly parents. I just want to be a good son and fulfil that duty - I hope the Hong Kong officials can be understanding and sympathetic,' he said. 'My grandchildren on the mainland call me almost every day saying they miss me. But I told them that I would miss my elderly father if I left Hong Kong.' A family of seven camped outside the Central Government Offices in Central last night, hoping Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa would allow their only daughter the right of abode. Fong Yuen-muk, 17, said: 'I hope Mr Tung will study my case carefully. I will be the only child living all alone in Chaozhou if the Government sends me back to the mainland.'