Talk is needed regardless of poll result, he claims The central government and the pro-democracy camp should seek communication and reconciliation with each other regardless of the result of tomorrow's election, Catholic Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said last night. Speaking on Radio 45 - an internet radio station - the cleric, noted for his strong support for universal suffrage, said a democratic majority would increase incentives for both sides to improve communications. 'If the central government or the democrats base their policy towards each other solely on the election result, they have not much wisdom. Everybody knows what should be done since July 1 [a reference to pro-democracy rallies], as reconciliation and communication are best for our country,' Bishop Zen said. The bigger the democrats' victory, the more easily reconciliation would happen. 'People would question whether they were surrendering if they asked for communication when they were weak, but no one will doubt when they are strong. There will be no problems for the central government because it always remains strong,' Bishop Zen said. While predicting there would not be any dramatic change to the political landscape after the election, the bishop urged the public to get out and vote. 'Maybe we cannot change much [but] every vote will count because any step forward needs everybody's efforts.' Former RTHK chief Cheung Man-yee, who also spoke on the programme, sought to debunk what she said was the myth that voting for conservatives would lead to a balanced legislature. She pointed out that half of Legco was returned by functional constituencies, which were dominated by pro-government forces. The election campaign reached its peak yesterday when candidates, aides, families and academics moved into last-ditch canvassing mode. Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Ma Lik, was on the hustings after post-operative cancer treatment. He made an emotional appeal to supporters that he was still fit to make his first bid for Legco and said he should not be treated as an invalid. 'My physical condition is good, although I suffer from occasional fever and colds,' he said. 'This won't affect my work.' The democratic camp organised several rallies for their candidates, among them Fred Li Wah-ming, who is defending his seat in Kowloon East. He was hit by scandal after running mate Alex Ho Wai-to was arrested on the mainland for visiting a prostitute.