The Government yesterday expressed opposition to a proposal by the Sports Development Board to raise the pay of staff, including two senior executives. Citing the continuing pay review focusing on the 100-plus public bodies, including the board, the Home Affairs Bureau said the move was not 'appropriate and timely'. But a spokesman for the bureau added that the final decision rested with the board. The bureau's head, Secretary for Home Affairs Lam Woon-kwong, and Leisure and Cultural Services Director Paul Leung Sai-wah sit on the board. It was reported that the board planned to raise staff wages by an average of 2.38 per cent. It also hoped to grant a 3.6 per cent pay rise to the director of corporate affairs, Grace Lee Chung-may, and a 4.83 per cent increment to Chung Pak-kwong, director of the elite training group. Ms Lee testified under immunity from prosecution in the case of former legislator Gary Cheng Kai-nam, who was convicted on four corruption and deception charges last month. Cheng was found to have spoken on behalf of the board in three Legco meetings without disclosing he was paid by it as a public relations consultant. Independent legislator Bernard Charnwut Chan said: 'The timing is very bad. I will not support [a pay increase] as it may affect the image of the board.' He said the board would discuss the proposals again on Tuesday. Democrat legislator Cheung Man-kwong said the board was dreaming if it believed the rises would win approval. A board spokesman said staff pay had been frozen since 1999.