A former welfare official has been tipped to take over the ill-fated chairmanship of the Equal Opportunities Commission following the resignation of Michael Wong. Sources indicated yesterday that Patricia Chu Yeung Pak-yu, 57, who retired as deputy director of social welfare last year, had been contacted by the government and urged to take up the chairmanship. Mrs Chu, who joined the civil service as an assistant social welfare officer in 1968, was appointed a member of the commission in August. She could not be contacted for comment last night. A spokeswoman for the Home Affairs Bureau said: 'We will try to appoint a chairperson as soon as possible so the EOC can resume normal operations.' A member of the commission, Jessie Yu Sau-chu, said: 'I hope the new chair will have a good working relationship with members and, of course, promote the values of the EOC.'