I'll quit rather than go against my conscience: Bernard Chan Legislator Bernard Chan has hinted that he is prepared to quit Tung Chee-hwa's cabinet if he is forced to go against his conscience to back the government. Mr Chan also voiced concerns over whether Beijing would engage in dialogue with the Democrats, saying some members were still chanting slogans against communist rule. The insurance representative, and member of The Alliance in the legislature, was appointed to the Executive Council in a post-election cabinet reshuffle last week. Speaking on ATV's Newsline programme, Mr Chan said he was expected to back government policies as much as possible. But he said he would not endorse the administration if it went against his conscience. 'If the decision that the chief executive has made is so different from your own conscience, you can always reconsider your position in Exco,' he said. Asked specifically if he meant he could resign, he said, 'Yes, we can.' Despite the recent easing of political tension, Mr Chan remained cautious over whether the Democrats could soon be allowed to meet state leaders in Beijing. 'After all, some of them are still chanting something like 'Down with the one-party system'. So it's certainly not creating a very good atmosphere to talk,' he said. Commenting on the recent Exco appointments in RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong yesterday, Democratic Party chairman Yeung Sum doubted if Mr Chan's appointment would help the government secure votes. He warned that close ties with the administration were a 'kiss of death'. 'The government's lack of legitimacy and its unpopular policies have made Tung's allies waver,' he said, referring to last year's resignation from Exco of James Tien Pei-chun over the national security law. 'Uncertainty of securing Legco support for government policies, [means] the only means left is to appoint Legco members to Exco to secure their votes. 'But close ties with the administration are a kiss of death, and it is doubtful whether this will secure votes,' he said. Dr Yeung noted the democratic camp only secured 25 seats in Legco, even though it won 62 per cent of the vote. He stressed that Beijing should review the decision against granting universal suffrage in 2007 and 2008. In a statement, the government said the taskforce on constitutional reform would issue a fourth report before the end of the year. 'We should make good use of the room available to us to further open up the electoral system,' a government spokesman said. The spokesman noted the pan-democratic camp had won 18 of the 30 directly elected seats. 'Generally speaking, this is consistent with the principle of the proportional representation system,' the spokesman said.