Rural affairs body chief throws its lot in with DAB in bid for wider reach The Heung Yee Kuk yesterday launched an aggressive election strategy to capture three seats in September's Legislative Council election. Kuk legislator Lau Wong-fat, who also heads the rural affairs body, will try his luck in the district council functional constituency, while vice-chairman Daniel Lam Wai-keung will run for the kuk's seat. Cheung Hok-ming, another vice-chairman, will be placed second on a list led by Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong vice-chairman Tam Yiu-chung in New Territories West. The kuk's election strategy shows its strong alliance with the DAB, with Mr Lau pledging that rural communities would put their full weight behind the DAB-kuk list in the New Territories West constituency. Pledging to help pro-democracy district councillors regain their cancelled home-return permits and visit the mainland if he was elected, Mr Lau said his long-term friendly relationship with the central government would advance this cause. Speculation has been rife that DAB vice-chairman Ip Kwok-him and Hong Kong Progressive Alliance chairman Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen may step forward and stand for the district council seat, given that fierce competition is expected in the battle for the geographical constituencies. Asked whether both had promised not to run against him, Mr Lau said Mr Ip had voiced his support for him, but also added: 'Even if they want to run, I can't stop them.' He nevertheless said he believed the Liberal Party, the DAB and the Progressive Alliance would support him. Kuk veteran Brian Kan Ping-chee said there was a possibility he would run but he had not considered where. New Territories West was one possibility, Mr Kan said. Several candidates who have links with the kuk or its allies will also run for the New Territories West. They include the Progressive Alliance's Tang Siu-tong, Lui Hau-tuen, who will lead a list of candidates under the banner of the New Century Forum, and a list headed by Liberal Party vice-chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee.