DAB chief Ma Lik will meet public security officials in Beijing today in an effort to secure entry to the city for some of the mainland abode seekers who have stayed on illegally in Hong Kong after being denied the right to settle. The meeting with officials of the public security ministry's Exit-Entry Administration comes two days after 13 overstayers were seized during a meeting of abode-seekers' group the Request for Family Reunion Association and expelled to the mainland. Mr Ma said he would ask the officials to consider special treatment in some cases, such as children coming to Hong Kong to look after elderly and infirm parents. 'I visited some families and some people are seriously ill. I think these cases are most urgent for special consideration,' said Mr Ma, the chairman of the pro-government Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong. He said he would propose one-year multi-entry travel permits for mainland residents waiting for the one-way permits that would enable them to settle in Hong Kong. Mr Ma said the security ministry had sent officers to Hong Kong this month and in May after he passed on appeals by 1,000 abode seekers seeking family reunions. He shrugged off a suggestion his trip was a vote-grabbing exercise ahead of the September Legislative Council elections, saying the party had been working on such pleas since 2001. 'It's quite normal for us to help those people,' said Mr Ma, who insisted he was acting only on humanitarian grounds. Siu Kong-ping, leader of the Request for Family Reunion Association, said more than 3,000 mainland residents were seeking to have their stay with parents in Hong Kong legally recognised. Mr Ma said most were afraid to return to the mainland because they would be punished.