THE DAB: Horace Cheung, Starry Lee
Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan and Starry Lee Wai-king are two high-fliers being nurtured diligently by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.
A party heavyweight who did not want to be named said he would not be surprised if they were on the list of possible political appointees.
Mr Cheung, 32, a solicitor, joined the party in 2000 but has already taken charge of its 800-strong youth wing. He also has a close working relationship with party chairman Ma Lik as the vice-chairman of the Wan Chai branch, part of Mr Ma's Hong Kong Island constituency.
He said as a young solicitor he would have to consider any posting against his career.
Ms Lee, 32, an accountant and a Kowloon City District Councillor, urged the government to clarify the division of labour between political appointees and civil servants under an expanded system. But she supported the proposal, saying it would open a new channel between the administration and the public.