Loh storms into Legco's top 10

LIBERAL independent Christine Loh Kung-wai has joined the list of the 10 most popular legislators for the first time, according to a poll released yesterday.

Ms Loh received a high support score of 60.7 points, making her the fifth most popular councillor. She was the seventh most well-known legislator in the 60-member chamber, which marked a sharp rise in the degree of public recognition, as she secured 14th place in the last survey done in February.

The poll, conducted by Hong Kong University's Social Sciences Research Centre on April 25 and 26, interviewed a total of 517 respondents by telephone.

It recorded the level of public recognition and public support for legislators.

Ms Loh's entry to the list follows her controversial amendment to allow women in the New Territories the right to inherit property. The proposal has drawn fierce opposition from the rural Heung Yee Kuk.

Although kuk legislators Andrew Wong Wang-fat and Lau Wong-fat managed to remain in the ninth and 10th places, their level of public support dropped - Mr Wong scored 49.6 while Mr Lau's was 47.4.

Research officer of the university's Social Sciences Research Centre Robert Chung Ting-yiu said the drop in support might be due to their stance on Ms Loh's amendment.

Elsie Tu topped the list with a support level of 65.8, followed by liberal independent Emily Lau Wai-hing with a score of 63.3.

United Democrats chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming secured third place with 61.9, followed by his party colleague Lau Chin-shek with a score of 61.7.

Another United Democrat, Szeto Wah, secured the sixth place, followed by the Liberal Party's Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee and Allen Lee Peng-fei.