DIRECTLY elected legislator and United Democrat Man Sai-cheong will quit politics within a year and emigrate to Canada with his family. Mr Man, who returned to Hong Kong on Wednesday from Toronto, said he would not seek re-election to the Urban Council or the legislature next year. He believed he was not the only lawmaker planning to call it a day and emigrate when the current term expired next August. However, he declined to give details. Admitting he was 'not brimming with confidence' about the future, Mr Man denied his departure was prompted by fears of persecution by the mainland after the change of sovereignty. But he added he would prefer living in a place with 'a higher degree of political uncertainty and a spirit of freedom'. Considered as having a higher chance of being accepted by China than other liberals, Mr Man said it was 'meaningless and bad' for anyone in the liberal camp to be deemed as acceptable by the mainland. It simply showed he was not doing his best to fight for democracy, he said. The 50-year-old solicitor said it was his wife who applied for emigration and his first priority in life was to stay with his family. Mr Man, who has been an Urban Councillor since 1986, did not think his emigration would dent the reputation of the United Democrats. 'I don't think I am as strongly identified with the United Democrats as leaders like Martin Lee,' he said. He disagreed that the latest revelation would make him unsuitable to vote in Legco on issues related to Hong Kong's future. 'It doesn't mean you will act irresponsibly if you plan to emigrate. You still have to vote according to your conscience.'