More local delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) should be appointed to local advisory bodies, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa was told yesterday. Without naming names, Lee Kok-keung revealed one fellow CPPCC local delegate made the request during their hour-long meeting with Mr Tung at his election office yesterday. 'I believe in future, more National People's Congress local deputies and CPPCC local delegates may be appointed to sit on advisory bodies [in Hong Kong],' he said. Mr Lee added the CPPCC had gathered elite and talented people from all sectors of society. But non-affiliated legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee said the delegate's request was inappropriate, adding that as members of a national body the delegates should focus on national affairs rather than trying to influence Hong Kong's administration. 'To raise the matter at this venue will lead one to feel that 'if you want my support, I hope you will do so [by appointing more CPPCC local delegates]',' she said. Tsang Yok-sing, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said people should be appointed on their merits rather than whether they were CPPCC delegates. Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said at least the delegate had been frank in making the request. Last night, a spokesman for Mr Tung's election office would not comment on Mr Tung's response to the request. But it is understood that the Chief Executive said he would strengthen the role of the advisory bodies. Another CPPCC local delegate, Xu Simin, who did not speak at the meeting, urged Mr Tung to strengthen his team in the Executive Council. He asked how RTHK, which has been criticised by pro-Beijing figures for ridiculing Mr Tung and his administration, could be of any use to the Chief Executive. RTHK presenter Lam Chiu-wing was attacked last year for comparing the Government to Afghanistan's former ruling Taleban regime. Mr Tung's campaign office last night said it was hopeful that Election Committee members who planned to boycott a meeting and forum to be hosted by Mr Tung would change their minds, adding it was their duty to attend. Democratic Party lawmakers have rejected Mr Tung's invitation to attend a closed-door meeting at his election office on Tuesday. The Democrats said they would only attend if the meeting was open to the public. Mr Tung last night pledged to give a timetable on the pace of democracy but fell short of specifying at which stage of his second term it would be ready. Speaking after meeting Mr Tung and other representatives from the Election Committee social welfare subsector, Tik Chi-yuen said the Chief Executive had promised to give the timetable in order for the issue to be discussed widely.