Tanya Chan finds herself some running mates In a deeply symbolic jaunt to what she hopes will be her new office come September, Central and Western district councillor Tanya Chan jogged down from The Peak to the Legislative Council building with a posse of suitably young party members. And in case the 'vitality' message wasn't clear, a welcoming speech by Civic Party head Audrey Eu Yuet-mee drove home the point: every second sentence contained either 'young' or 'new blood'. This came after Anson Chan Fang On-sang said on Sunday she wouldn't contest her seat in the Legco election, but would throw her support behind new political talent aged between 25 and 45. The Island team denies choosing Tanya Chan, who turns 38 in September, to lead its ticket specifically to entice such support. But Claudia Mo Man-ching, over on the Kowloon West ticket, has no such qualms. Ms Mo, in her 50s, said: 'That age bracket isn't particularly stringent is it?' Age no barrier to praise for Margaret Ng Judging by Anson Chan's high praise for Civic Party legal-sector lawmaker Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, it would seem her 25-45 age rule is not entirely cast in iron. Recognising Ms Ng's work on the bill against racial discrimination, Mrs Chan said: 'I also wish to pay particular tribute to the Honourable Margaret Ng for her able chairmanship of the Bills Committee over the past 19 months. She has been, as usual, painstaking and incisive, guiding the committee to seek fair and practical solutions to a long-standing problem.' Ms Ng may want take that support into account when she announces her Legco election decision on Saturday. Two sides to a Legco farewell story Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Frederick Ma Si-hang bade farewell to Legco, pledging to return when his health improved, but perhaps in a different role. Maintaining good spirits, he made a swift departure, following six years as a minister. However, Democratic Party vice-chairman Sin Chung-kai, a lawmaker for 12 years, seemed a little more reluctant to go. Mr Sin will not seek election this September despite flirting with the idea of parachuting into the Hong Kong Island contest. He treated the press to roast pork yesterday, carving the meat himself, and thanking reporters. When asked if he was quitting because of all the hard work, he said: 'It's ok; I could still handle it.' Xi's comments viewed in a healthy light While pundits were still trying to decipher the exact meaning of Vice-President Xi Jinping's remarks to the chief executive during his inspection tour of the city this week, a source close to the administration has cautioned against 'overshooting'. Mr Xi urged Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his team to govern 'sensibly and reasonably'. And speaking after touring the venues for the Olympic equestrian events, Mr Xi expressed hopes the government would use the remaining time to ensure everything was in order. The source offered a caveat: 'A lot of these are rhetorical remarks ... If I wish you good health, it doesn't mean you are in poor health.'