Updated at 6.11pm: The mainland has appointed former Hong Kong secretary for justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie as vice-chairman of the Basic Law Committee, Hong Kong radio reported on Tuesday. The appointment was announced in Beijing on Tuesday afternoon when the National People's Congress Standing Committee discussed proposals for changes to membership of the Basic Law committees of Hong Kong and Macau, the report said. Ms Leung's appointment as vice-chairman of the Hong Kong committee will take immediate effect. She will replace Wong Po-yan, 82, who has resigned from the post after nine years of service. Ms Leung said she was pleased to serve in the committee and would find the job meaningful, Hong Kong radio reported. The committee advises the NPC Standing Committee on the Basic Law. Half the 12-member committee comes from Hong Kong and the rest from the mainland. Ms Leung, 66, was secretary for justice from 1997 to 2005. She was succeeded by barrister Wong Yan-lung in October 2005.