Tycoons yesterday continued to talk up Tung Chee-hwa's expected appointment as a vice-chairmanship of the nation's leading advisory body. Striking an upbeat tone, Sun Hung Kai Properties vice-chairman Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong said promoting Mr Tung to a key post within the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference was good news for Hong Kong. 'Becoming a state leader is a big, happy affair for Hong Kong. This is recognition of Mr Tung's hard work and contribution to Hong Kong.' Property and gambling tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, describing Mr Tung's prospective switch to the new position as the 'cleverest move', said the opposition camp would be effectively silenced by such an arrangement. 'Hong Kong's four or five most difficult problems will be resolved without a hitch. The opposition camp can take a rest. [There would be] nothing more to oppose. This is only natural,' he said, without elaborating. Asked about Mr Tung's possible resignation in Beijing, Hopewell Holdings chief Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung quoted a popular Chinese saying, suggesting that leaders come and go. He declined to directly comment on Mr Tung's possible departure as chief executive, saying that he was not a politician and a formal announcement of a resignation had not been made. 'Mr Tung's tenure came at an unfortunate time. He was hit by incidents like the financial crisis and the Sars outbreak. But this year, the economy and relations with Beijing continue to improve,' he said.