Leading democrats could expect a hard time if Donald Tsang Yam-kuen were to succeed Tung Chee-hwa as chief executive, Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat said yesterday. Mr Lee predicted that he and veteran Democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming would come under mounting pressure from Mr Tsang. He said the attack would come within six months of Mr Tsang assuming power as he tried to please the central government. 'Donald has yet to pass Beijing's loyalty test and he is distrusted by local leftists for being a former colonial official, as well as for his seemingly good relations with the pro-democracy camp. 'We are his boss' enemies, and to show he is loyal and to win Beijing's trust, we are fully prepared that Donald will give us a hard time, backed up by the state machine and friendly media organisations,' Mr Lee said. While saying some democrats, such as Alex Ho Wai-to, who was detained in Dongguan for hiring a prostitute, had been careless and could not be considered as victims of a smear campaign against the party, Mr Lee said it was 'very likely' he and Martin Lee would become targets. 'What Donald would do is to hit the enemies of his boss many times in order to prove himself,' he said without elaborating. Mr Tsang's press secretary said he would not comment on speculative issues. The Democrats have frequently claimed they are subject to tight monitoring by Beijing, citing alleged phone tapping and the collection and leaking of material detrimental to their cause. There have been suggestions by some National People's Congress members that the police special branch - the intelligence service used by the colonial government to crack down on dissidents - should be revived.