Former lawmakers set up concern group Three former pan-democratic lawmakers yesterday launched a concern group, Caring Hong Kong, with the aim of providing more hands-on assistance to people suffering from disabilities, learning difficulties and rare diseases. The group was convened by the former lawmaker for the medical sector, Kwok Ka-ki, former accounting sector lawmaker Mandy Tam Heung-man and former social welfare lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung. Dr Kwok said the group would also seek the abolition of the functional constituencies and make submissions on matters regarding political development, but stressed that the group was not a political party. Surprise protest at noodle shop for Tsang Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen faced a surprise protest when he and his wife stopped at a restaurant in Yuen Long for beef noodles. About a dozen New Territories villagers, accompanied by district councillors Zachary Wong Wai-yin and Kwong Chun-yu, of the Democratic Party, went to the noodle shop in Yu King Square, after learning Mr Tsang was there, to express their concerns that their homes in Tsoi Yuen Tsuen in Shek Kong would be demolished during the construction of a rail link to Guangzhou. They tried but were unable to hand Mr Tsang a petition letter. A spokesman said the chief executive had heard the protesters' concerns. Call for bilingual teaching Bilingual teaching should be allowed in schools where students were generally weaker in English, the Association of Hong Kong Chinese Middle Schools and the Hong Kong Association of Heads of Secondary Schools said. For schools where the students' English proficiency was considered fluent enough, all classes, except for Chinese-language subjects, should be conducted in English, they said. Bank employees face pay freeze The chief executive of Hang Seng Bank, Raymond Or Ching-fai, warned his 9,000 staff members they could face a pay freeze this year if the economy did not show a big improvement by April, when salaries are reviewed.