Michael Wong's refusal to appear in Legco has democrat lawmaker 'disgruntled' Legislators yesterday renewed calls for former Equal Opportunities Commission chairman Michael Wong Kin-chow to appear before them to answer questions on the controversy surrounding the watchdog. They also urged the government not to hire a former civil servant to replace Mr Wong, after news that an announcement would be made in the next two weeks on the appointment of a new chief. It is rumoured that Patricia Chu Yeung Pak-yu, a former deputy director of the Social Welfare Department, is the frontrunner for the job. Democrat Andrew Cheng Kar-foo has said he is considering proposing a motion in Legco asking Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa not to appoint a former civil servant to the position. Fellow Democrat James To Kun-sun said he was 'disgruntled' that Mr Wong had declined several invitations to appear before the Legco home affairs panel. 'As an honourable gentleman, a former judge and Equal Opportunities Commission chair, I believe he ought to have a very high level of determination to serve the public, but his refusal to come before us has certainly changed my impression of him,' Mr To said. 'There is a very high burden of moral responsibility on him to come and help the council fulfil its duty to the public.' Mr To said he hoped the situation would not reach a point where Mr Wong would be forcibly summoned to Legco and suggested Legco could ask Mr Tung or Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping to convince Mr Wong to attend. Mr Wong resigned last month, just three months into the post, after a row sparked by his dismissal of a senior officer, Patrick Yu Chung-yin. Lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan said she did not think the panel ought to extend yet another formal invitation to Mr Wong to attend after successive invitations had been turned down. '... However, should at any time Mr Wong like to speak to the public through the panel, he is welcome,' she said. 'It is up to him to tell us what he wishes.' Ms Ho said she hoped the government would not extend the offer of the chair to Mrs Chu as it would make matters worse and put her in an awkward position. 'We have told the administration time and time again that the only way to rescue the credibility of the EOC is to have the next appointment made more transparent to the public.' The EOC board of commissioners on Thursday decided to reveal a summary of the minutes of a September 18 meeting where the contract of Mr Yu, who had been appointed operations director, was discussed. Panel chair Ip Kwok-him said he was keen to see the minutes of the meeting and hoped a breakdown of who said what would be provided.