Proposal follows criticism that chairman has too much power The government is considering splitting the post of Equal Opportunities Commission chairperson into that of chair and chief executive officer in the wake of the controversy that led to the former commissioner's resignation. Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Stephen Fisher told a forum of ethnic minority groups yesterday that the government would learn from recent events and regarded the EOC as a pillar to ensure human rights and equality for all under the law. 'I think we should look forward rather than backwards - we admit the image of the EOC has been adversely affected and our task now is to re-establish the trust the people of Hong Kong have in the EOC and restore its good image here and internationally.' Mr Fisher said the criteria for the appointment of the new chair would be that he or she must believe in equal opportunities for all and have credentials accepted by all sections of the community. 'We need to look at the overall system - one criticism is that the chairman has too much power and can take the EOC backwards or forwards by himself or herself. 'Should we ... separate the role of chair from the role of chief executive officer responsible for day-to-day administration? We need to look at that.' Michael Wong Kin-chow quit as chairman of the EOC more than two weeks ago after just three months in the post. He resigned over a scandal related to his dismissal of a senior officer appointed by his predecessor, Anna Wu Hung-yuk. Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping is likely to escape criticism at a Legco meeting today for his role in the affair. A motion to criticise him will not get enough support from legislators. Democrat Andrew Cheng Kar-foo tabled the amendment to a motion in order to criticise Dr Ho but it needs more than half the council votes to pass. The original motion asks only that the chief executive and the government learn a lesson from the affair and take measures to restore public confidence in the EOC.