A member of the Commission on Strategic Development said he was perplexed by the initiative of would-be chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to boost the role of the advisory body on long-term issues. Allen Lee Peng-fei, a veteran politician who sits on the commission, formed in 1997, believes the commission has become a talk shop, with few concrete results on its recommendations. He cited the slow progress of the proposal by the commission to build the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge in 1998. Another case was the suggestion to introduce 24-hour border crossing, which has only been put in place at Lok Ma Chau checkpoint. 'I don't know what Tsang wants to achieve by enlarging the commission. It won't work if it functions in the old way.' Mr Tsang said he planned to expand the membership and set up sub-committees under the commission with a membership of more than 100. He said the rules of confidentiality and collective responsibility as adopted in the Executive Council (Exco) would not be applied on the commission. The commission could provide a forum for public participation in the early phase of policy formulation, he added. City University political scientist Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said the commission could also act as a conduit between the pan-democratic camp and the government if there were no democrats in the Exco. But Democrat legislator Yeung Sum countered: 'I don't think democrats will be keen to join the commission. It will be just another talk shop with more members.'