Democrat steps up with a big fight in mind For district councillor Gary Fan Kwok-wai, the hard work he has put in building an identity among community groups is paying off. Democrat Fan was this week elected convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front - the first time a mainstream political party member has taken the position since the umbrella group's formation after the handover. Cynics are suggesting he took the job to improve his chances of a Legco seat in 2012, but Fan insists he aims to ward off any move by the government to reintroduce the national security bill under Article 23 of the Basic Law. Is his party concerned with him using his new position to exert pressure on party colleagues? 'He did not tell us he was running for the post,' said vice-chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing. 'But really, he can do whatever he wants.' After 37 years 'behind bars', it's back to school It can be difficult to make political appointments in the Security Bureau because of its sensitive nature. So it's only natural for retiring Commissioner of Correctional Services Kwok Leung-ming, whose term ends tomorrow, to be seen as a possible future undersecretary or political assistant. Kwok has other ideas, however. Recounting yesterday experiences from his 37 years 'behind bars' - among them a crowbar attack by detained Vietnamese refugees - he said he had no plans for a new political or business career. Instead he wants to go back to university to study anthropology. When victories are measured in seconds You have to hand it to the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, it's never too busy to tackle the little issues that vex ordinary people. In some cases the issue can be as little as three seconds - the length of time district council candidate Yim Kwok-keung boasted of having added to the duration of a green pedestrian crossing light in 2003. Now, building on Yim's trumpeted lobbying of officials in respect of the crossing near Hoi Fu Court in Tai Kok Tsui, comes Yau Tsim Mong District Council chairman Chung Kong-mo with a tale of an even bigger victory. He claims credit for shortening the waiting time for a green crossing light in Hoi Wang Road, Tai Kok Tsui, from 59 seconds to just 30 seconds. Even though they're party colleagues, Chung wasn't too shy to score points by noting that his achievement eclipsed Yim's almost 10-fold. He might have said Yim came a poor second, but that would have been too petty even for grass-roots politics. Or would it?.