New legislator Gary Chan Hak-kan says he will seek better communication with Chinese University students, after widespread opposition to his appointment as a university council member was voiced on the internet. More than 1,100 people have joined a group called 'Intensely oppose Chan Hak-kan being CUHK council member' on the social networking website Facebook. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong lawmaker was one of three legislators elected on Friday to join the university council, along with League of Social Democrats chairman Wong Yuk-man and the Liberal Party's Tommy Cheung Yu-yan. 'I don't think it is difficult to communicate with students. I will try to sit down and talk with them,' said Mr Chan, who studied social science at the university. Asked about the opposition to his appointment, he said: 'Students have their own views.' Former student union president Napoleon Wong Weng-chi said he had joined the online group because he was unhappy with Mr Chan's pro-government stance and lack of performance. 'He climbed the political ladder only by relating himself with the powerful,' he said. 'What has he done? He just defends the government's positions.' Student union external vice-president Crystal Chow Ching said it had yet to discuss the appointments. The trio's election was welcomed by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Employees General Union. In a statement issued on Friday, it said Mr Chan's familiarity with the university would help with the job. Mr Chan said one thing he would discuss with students was whether they thought they should have their own council representative.