Political system outside HK's scope of power The political system of Hong Kong was an issue outside the scope of the city government's powers, a state leader said yesterday. It was the responsibility of the central government, said Wu Bangguo , chairman of the National People's Congress. Last night his comments were being interpreted as a well-timed caution to the city's pan-democrats, who have in the past week put forward blueprints for universal suffrage for both the chief executive and the legislature. Some Beijing loyalists also interpreted the comments as a veiled attack on Civic Party lawmaker and chief executive candidate Alan Leong Kah-kit, who has proposed that the Hong Kong government, not Beijing, have the power to appoint principal officials. Mr Wu made the comments at a closed-door session in Beijing with the Hong Kong deputies to the national legislature. Quoting Mr Wu, NPC deputy Maria Tam Wai-chu said: 'The power over Hong Kong's political system rests with the central government, not with the special administrative region government. 'The Basic Law has stipulated the principle of 'executive-led' government and that the SAR is accountable to the central government,' said Ms Tam, who is deputy leader of the Hong Kong NPC delegation. Ip Kwok-him, vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said Mr Wu reiterated his views on the Basic Law and that Hong Kong was a special administration region and all the ministers should be appointed by Beijing. 'This reflected the ignorance of Leong Kah-kit of the political system here,' Mr Ip said. DAB chairman Ma Lik said he believed the state leader's comments reflected his concern that 'some people may have distorted the Basic Law because they don't have a full understanding of it'. Allen Lee Peng-fei, another local delegate to the NPC, also believed Mr Wu's comments may have been triggered by the proposals recently put forward by the pan-democrats. Political analyst James Sung Lap-kung, of City University, said Mr Wu's remarks showed Beijing would not support any pan-democrat proposals on universal suffrage.