The Audit Commission should not be called in to investigate KCRC spending on the West Rail project, according to Legco accounting legislator Eric Li Ka-cheung. Mr Li said the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation had plans to seek a listing in the future and suggestions that the government auditor step in would cast doubts on its commercial operation. 'The international financial community would find it strange for the accounts of the KCRC to be audited by a government agency,' he said on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong. The Government has been urged to appoint the Audit Commission to investigate $1.53 billion in extra payments on the project after critics questioned the independence of an inquiry to be conducted by KPMG Peat Marwick. KCRC and Siemens, one of the contractors embroiled in the row, are clients of the accounting firm. Mr Li, who is also head of the Legco Public Accounts Committee, said that the chairman of the KCRC, Michael Tien Puk-sun, should first be given the chance to 'right its own wrongs'. But he believed the commission could monitor the Government's role in the saga. 'The commission's role as the sole shareholder's internal auditor to investigate suspected mismanagement and wrongdoings would be well suited to this role,' Mr Li said.