Chief's campaign head joins tycoon and professionals to foster better governance The campaign manager of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's run for chief executive has teamed up with a tycoon and two prominent professionals to set up a think-tank, a move seen by some as another step by Mr Tsang to pave the way for a second term. Norman Chan Tak-lam, who ran Mr Tsang's campaign office after quitting as a deputy chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority last May, denied the Bauhinia Foundation had anything to do with Mr Tsang's expected bid for a new term. But a political scientist said such a group could provide a way for Mr Tsang to build a support team without resorting to party politics. 'Our objective is to assist the government in more effective administration through research studies,' Mr Chan said, announcing the new group yesterday. 'Our target is not to serve any political party or to help any particular person. We hope [the foundation] will have continuity to assist the government, no matter who is in the administration.' Assisted by a team of advisers including two former veteran officials, the Bauhinia Foundation also plans to promote better understanding and effective implementation of the 'one country, two systems' policy. Charles Ho Tsu-kwok, chairman of Sing Tao News Corporation, has been appointed as first 'protector' of the foundation. There are two other directors besides Mr Chan. They are Hospital Authority chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk and Baker & McKenzie chairman Lawrence Lee. A list of seven advisers includes former secretary for security Peter Lai Hing-ling and former Chief Executive's Office director Lam Woon-kwong. Mr Chan said he came up with the idea after quitting the HKMA for a 'mid-life sabbatical' last year. 'We consulted the chief executive, Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen. They expressed support.' Chinese University political scientist Ivan Choy Chi-keung said the foundation could become a think-tank for Mr Tsang and even a team supporting his campaign for a second term. He said Mr Tsang and other chief executive hopefuls were not able to maintain close ties with parties because of Beijing's reservations about party politics. 'They have to rely on think-tanks close to themselves to provide backup in policy research and other supporting services,' he said. Mr Choy said the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute and the One Country, Two Systems Research Institute provided policy research services for former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa. 'Mr Tsang needs a think-tank spearheaded by the people close to him,' he said. Mr Chan, who became vice-chairman of Standard Chartered Bank in December after a study trip to the United States, said the foundation would provide a platform for business people and professionals who wanted to contribute to society but did not want to join political parties. The foundation, he said, would accept sponsorship from companies and individuals in Hong Kong, but not from the mainland and overseas. He said they had no idea about funding requirements, as research plans had not been worked out. Mr Chan dismissed suggestions the foundation would overlap with similar bodies such as the Better Hong Kong Foundation and the One Country, Two Systems Research Institute, which are also funded by business people.