MORE than 50 per cent of Regional Councillors objected to Governor Chris Patten's proposal to scrap the council's appointed seats in 1995, saying such a move was too drastic. At the monthly meeting of the council yesterday, member Alfred Tso Shiu-wai moved a motion calling on his colleagues to object to the abolition of all appointed seats as proposed in Mr Patten's partial bill tabled to Legco on December 15. After a heated debate, 17 of 28 councillors who attended the meeting voted for Mr Tso's motion while seven councillors voted against and four abstained. Mr Tso, also the council's representative in Legco, said he had polled councillors and, out of the 29 questionnaires received, 16 objected to the abolition of the appointment system. It also revealed that 19 respondents believed the operations of the council would be damaged if the appointed seats were scrapped. Vice-chairman and appointed member Dr Pang Hok-tuen said he did not understand why the Government should rush through the change. Another councillor, Chau How-chen, said the appointment system should be abolished progressively. Councillor Yeung Fok-kwong, who abstained from voting, said the crux of the issue was whether all seats should be scrapped in 1995. He said if all seats were elected, the council would lose experts and professional members to political groups which had mass support. But councillor and legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip said professional people could run for election. ''I think councillors should give up thoughts of free lunches. People are much more eager for democracy as they become more educated,'' he said. Sixty per cent of all legislators, or 36 members, have joined the committee to scrutinise the partial electoral reform bill. Members yesterday elected independent Andrew Wong Wang-fat as chairman and Anna Wu Hung-yuk as his deputy. Of the 36 members, 12 came from the Liberal Party, seven from the United Democrats and two from Meeting Point. Ms Wu said they had decided to meet again on Wednesday and would invite the administration to brief them on the bill. In Beijing, the Foreign Ministry spokesman Wu Jianmin said China had already made clear its position on whether it would go back to the negotiating table. He called on Governor Chris Patten not to pretend to be ignorant. Mr Patten has said he had yet to receive a formal reply from China on whether it was willing to attend the 18th round of talks.