A DAB bash is a safe haven for Martin Lee The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong is known for claiming credit for fighting for everything from the government's multibillion-dollar relief package for the needy to persuading officials to extend the duration of a green light at an intersection by three seconds. Now the government-friendly party can claim another credit: providing a safe haven for political rivals. Democratic Party founding chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming was at the DAB's 17th anniversary reception on Friday. Asked why he was attending, the political veteran said: 'It's the safest place in Hong Kong. Who would dare to launch an assault at a reception hosted by the DAB?' Mr Lee seems to still be a little nervous two weeks after a Shenzhen man was jailed for 16 years for his role in a plot to shoot Mr Lee and publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying. Stanley Ho packs a punch Casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun was pulling no punches when he commented on the two leading candidates to be the next chief executive. Asked whether Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying was qualified to be a candidate for Hong Kong's next leader, Mr Ho described Mr Leung as 'rather staid'. However, the tycoon reaffirmed Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen's suitability for the position. An informed source said Mr Ho's gripe with Mr Leung originated from former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa's pledge early in his first term to have 85,000 flats built every year. Some property developers, including Mr Ho, president of the Real Estate Developers' Association, believed the government target was partly to blame for the subsequent property market slump. Mr Leung, who was the then cabinet adviser on housing affairs, was also blamed for the fallout. Gerard better be the real McCoy While many barristers would see the chance to represent the Legislative Council in a landmark case over its constitutional powers as something not to be missed - there is nevertheless a downside to such a high-profile case. Gerard McCoy SC has the perhaps unenviable task of representing Legco in the judicial review regarding Legco's powers to summon New World China Land chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun to the inquiry into Leung Chin-man's post-retirement job with the developer. He has some demanding peers as his clients. Yesterday, Mr McCoy met some of them, including legal sector lawmaker Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee and barrister-legislator Ronny Tong Ka-wah, to discuss how he should fight the case. Mr McCoy had better be confident of his performance. As Mr Tong pointed out, he is Mr McCoy's senior in the Bar list. Mr McCoy was admitted to the inner bar in 1997, seven years after Mr Tong. All in a day's work for Tsang Yok-sing Despite the heated debates over DAB founding chairman Tsang Yok-sing becoming Legco president, Mr Tsang said yesterday his year's work had not in fact been too difficult. 'I'm glad to say there has not been any particularly strong reaction to any of my rulings ... it has not been as difficult as I thought,' he said. However, he was quick to point out this was not due to his ability, but because of the professional support of the Legislative Council secretariat. 'It is only because they are here right now that I feel more confident speaking,' he said. Mr Tsang added that it was impossible to compare him with his 'senior', former president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai. 'Of course, I am not saying she is senior in years, but in ability and experience ... I still remember when I led people to petition at her door,' he said.