Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying has disputed the need for a number of candidates to make next year's chief executive election more competitive. While again ruling himself out of the race, Mr Leung also said he had no plans to take up a full-time government job, including the chief secretary's post. 'There are many suitable candidates for the chief executive post in Hong Kong. But for my three children, only one person is suitable to be their father. And that person is me,' he said on an RTHK radio programme yesterday. Mr Leung has repeatedly said he has no intention of becoming chief executive. Asked if he would consider the chief secretary's post, he replied: 'I have never thought about it', adding that abandoning his surveying business to take up a full-time government post would be a drastic change for him. Amid growing concerns that Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen might win a second term unchallenged, Mr Leung said the election should take its own course. There was no need to put up more candidates deliberately, nor should contenders be blocked from running, he said. Defending the ill-fated and now-defunct target of producing 85,000 flats a year, Mr Leung said the policy was first proposed by the colonial administration in early 1997. The pledge to supply 85,000 units a year by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa has been widely criticised for aggravating the property market slump triggered by the Asian financial crisis. Mr Leung, who was then the cabinet adviser on housing affairs, was also blamed for the fallout. Mr Leung stressed it was the financial crisis that had dealt a heavy blow to the market.