Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing could be a 'strong and reliable' chief secretary in the next government to support a 'not so strong' chief executive, according to Beijing loyalist Ng Hong-mun. The former local deputy to the National People's Congress said the three widely tipped candidates for the city's top job had failed to gain broad support from the public. Writing in a Chinese-language newspaper, Ng said 'a more capable and reliable chief secretary' would therefore be needed. Ng said Tsang would be an ideal candidate because he was born and raised in Hong Kong, was highly educated and had been an outstanding legislator and Legco president. Ng's suggestion came the day after Allen Lee Peng-fei, who served on the Executive Council before the handover, said Tsang would be an ideal candidate for chief secretary as part of a 'coalition' government, with representatives from several leading political parties. Ng earlier suggested what he called a 'weird' dream team, consisting of the three most likely candidates for chief executive, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, NPC Standing Committee member Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai and Exco convenor Leung Chun-ying. His views on the chief executive race attracted much attention after he was granted a rare meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao in April. In Ng's article, Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, was quoted as saying that Tsang would be a suitable candidate to be a top official. Tsang, elected to Legco as a DAB member, was chairman of its predecessor, the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong. Ng said Tam may have been hinting that Beijing wanted Tsang in the next chief executive's cabinet. But Ng said Tsang's alleged close links with the Communist Party were likely to rule him out as a candidate for chief executive. Tsang has never responded directly to the question of whether he is a Communist Party member, despite widespread speculation. Separately, Leung hit back yesterday at critics who claimed he lacked experience in administration. 'A political leader doesn't have to have been an official in an administration,' he said in a TVB interview, citing US presidents who had not run an administration before their election. Leung continued to hint that he might throw his hat into the ring for the chief executive's job. He said he might have been 'too definite' in saying previously that he did not want the post. 'I am willing to take up any position that can serve Hong Kong,' he said. 'In 1996, I said I was not interested in being the chief executive because I thought my mission [in helping the handover run smoothly] was accomplished. I never thought there would be new problems appearing after the handover.'