The government has appointed 20 people from various charities and political parties to oversee the HK$10 billion Community Care Fund. But before the panel has even decided how to use the money, one member is already campaigning for his party's pet projects and causes. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong - whose chairman Tam Yiu-chung sits on the fund's steering committee - wants to push forward its proposal of a dentures subsidy for the elderly. It has been collecting information from senior citizens since last week. Some committee members have now called for a formal system to declare their interests to avoid conflicts. 'It is important to avoid any impression that funds are allocated to whoever is close to it,' said member Nelson Chow Wing-sun. 'If people feel the money was allocated to specific agendas simply because its supporters sit on the committee, this would be most undesirable,' said Chow, who is a professor at the University of Hong Kong's department of social science and social administration. 'Those members who have any affiliation or are pushing forward any agenda should declare their interests and abstain when voting on relevant issues. Otherwise it would erode the credibility of the committee.' On November 14, Tam announced the party's campaign to urge the government to use the fund to subsidise the elderly who needed dentures. This came three days after Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen appointed him and 19 other non-official members of the committee, which is chaired by Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen and joined by four government bureau heads. The committee is responsible for overseeing the work of the fund and formulating its programmes. Since last week, the party's district offices have been displaying posters and giving out forms to the elderly to gauge interest in a subsidy. The form asks for personal details and information about their oral health and how much they can afford to pay for new dentures. 'We are collecting these forms for submission to the government,' a staff member at the DAB's Kwai Fong district office said. 'I do not mind if it is rejected,' Tam said. 'But the DAB is pushing the scheme due to the demands heard in the community.' Committee member Peter Cheung Kwok-che said any decisions on the fund's use must be open, transparent and fair. The first meeting of the committee will be held early next month.