Executive Councillor Leung Chun-ying hit back yesterday at Legco candidate Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, who told an election forum he was not suitable to be chief executive. In a terse one-sentence statement, Mr Leung rejected a claim by Mrs Fan, the outgoing Legco president, that he had not uttered a word inside the Legco chamber when he was a member of the provisional legislative council in 1997 and 1998. He said he did speak on a number of occasions during the council's full meetings and at various committee meetings, adding that records showing this could be found on the council's website. Mr Leung gave no further details. Mrs Fan is standing for election on Hong Kong Island. She made the remark about Mr Leung at a public forum on Wednesday when asked who she considered capable of succeeding Tung Chee-hwa. Mrs Fan named Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen and Secretary for Education and Manpower Arthur Li Kwok-cheung. Asked whether Mr Leung should be on her list, Mrs Fan replied bluntly: 'It doesn't include Leung Chun-ying.' She said he was not an appropriate candidate because of his inadequate performance in the provisional legislature. She also said she had expressed similar opinions to friends in Beijing when asked her views about Mr Leung. Mrs Fan could not be reached for comment last night. Also vying with independent Mrs Fan for a Hong Kong Island seat are the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong, whose list is headed by chairman Ma Lik, the Democrats, led by party chairman Yeung Sum, and independents Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, Cyd Ho Sau-lan, Tsang Kin-shing and Kelvin Wong Kam-fai.