Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa said yesterday it was important for the public to be aware the Legislative Council had backed the controversial Cyberport project, as he continued to reject suggestions of collusion between his government and big business. Speaking after meeting more than 200 district councillors and local representatives at the Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mr Tung agreed that the Pokfulam Cyberport project had sparked controversy. The government has been criticised for granting the project in 1999 to the Pacific Century Group - a company owned by Richard Li Tzar-kai, Li Ka-shing's youngest son - without competitive tendering. Some critics have cited the project as a prime example of collusion between government and business. Articles in defence of the project, written by Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology John Tsang Chun-wah, were published in several newspapers on Wednesday. Asked whether the articles had failed to ease public suspicion over the Cyberport, Mr Tung said: 'It is necessary for the government to clarify and let the public know that the project has gone through thorough consultation and was backed by Legco.' Mr Tsang claimed in his articles that there was no truth to the allegation that Legco had been bypassed or hoodwinked by the government regarding the Cyberport project. The chief executive said he had reiterated that there was no collusion between government and business in Hong Kong but there was room for improvement in some areas. The city's success hinged on investment, he said. 'Good relations between the business sector, the community and the government are the key to our long-term development,' he said.