They fear democrats taking control of more posts, says Finance Committee boss Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said Beijing and the Tung administration were keen to block the pro-democracy camp gaining control of other important Legco committees after her surprise selection to lead the Finance Committee. She expressed concern at what she said was growing interference in Legco affairs and warned it would undermine confidence in Hong Kong's autonomy. Last week, it was reported that Tung Chee-hwa and mainland officials in Hong Kong had stepped up pressure on the pro-government camp after six members apparently sided with the democrats to oust Philip Wong Yu-hong in the race against Ms Lau. Mr Wong lost by a vote of 28-30. The result came after the democratic camp apparently struck a deal with The Alliance - made up of five functional constituency legislators, mainly from the former pro-government Breakfast Group - covering mutual support in other chairmanship contests. Speaking on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong yesterday, Ms Lau said the incident had sown mistrust in the pro-Beijing camp. 'The chief executive is said to be unhappy and has spoken to some culprits,' she said. 'Officials of the central government's liaison office are also said to be alarmed and annoyed and have intervened. 'It is clear that certain invisible hands are actively interfering with the operations in Legco. If Legco cannot be left alone to choose its committee chairmen, we can only expect more interference in the coming four years. 'Under such a scenario, does anyone really believe that the SAR still enjoys a high degree of autonomy?' Legislators will elect other panel and committee chairmen this week. The latest rumour was that Mr Wong may be made chairman of the Public Accounts Committee or the constitutional affairs panel as compensation, Ms Lau said. She believed the swing of votes to her in the Finance Committee race showed the Tung administration would find it hard winning Legco support in the current term. With the committee now under her command, she pledged to take an even closer interest in all budgetary proposals. 'There is no room for extravagance and luxury because the public expects government officials and legislators to be prudent and frugal,' she said.