Property tycoon Henry Cheng Kar-shun has suggested that functional constituencies be retained in the Legislative Council even after universal suffrage is introduced. Mr Cheng, who was elected a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference yesterday with 15 other Hong Kong delegates, said retaining functional constituencies would ensure 'balanced participation' by various sectors. 'When there is one man, one vote, won't the electorate be dominated by the grass roots? Do the contributions to society by the grass roots amount to the same as the majority? Of course not.' Citing controversy over reclamation as an example, the New World Development group managing director said: 'There is too much squabbling in Hong Kong now. Even to construct a building or a road on the harbourfront there is opposition. What if traffic in Central is all jammed in the future?' The tycoon said such fights hindered good governance and may obstruct economic development. On a proposal by the Commission on Strategic Development's taskforce on constitutional development that the number of business sector seats on the committee that elects the chief executive be increased, Mr Cheng said he wanted to see this but then everyone would want more seats for their own sector. Mr Cheng also said the government should encourage more local students to study on the mainland to better understand the country and exchange ideas with mainlanders. The veteran delegate said he was honoured to take the post on the Standing Committee but noted there was still much to do to improve the work of the CPPCC. 'The current format of small group 'discussions' allows only a one-way voicing of opinion by each member, but not interactions. So many members speak on their own topic and there is a lack of co-ordination,' he said. While the operation of the CPPCC had improved in recent years, Mr Cheng hoped the role of Hong Kong delegates could be strengthened as a bridge between the city and the mainland.