Beijing-friendly legislator Christopher Chung Shu-kun says he might quit the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong if it bans him from seeking re-election in September. Chung’s remarks came a day ahead of the meeting of the party’s central committee, which is set to rule Chung out from its list of candidates. It was understood DAB was inclined to field only one list of candidates in Hong Kong Island after the number of seats in the constituency fell from seven to six this year. The party’s vice-chairman Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan, a western and central district councillor, is tipped to run, with outgoing Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing no longer in contention. “According to the mechanism of DAB, if one who is not endorsed by the party insists on contesting, he or she would have to quit the party,” Chung told nowTV on Tuesday. “Under such a development, I believe I have no choice but to consider running the race independently.” Chung entered the legislature for the first time in 2012 after getting 33,901 votes. His colleague Tsang got 36,517 votes. The pro-establishment camp holds four of seven Hong Kong Island seats. With the reduction to six seats, the bloc hopes to limit its candidates to avoid splitting the vote and handing a lead to the pan-democrats. But Chung argued the total number of votes the pair secured had outnumbered that of New People’s Party Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and Wong Kwok-hing, of the Federation of Trade Unions, and thus there was no reason for his party to back down. Pro-Beijing veteran Christopher Chung blames election defeat on first-time voters “If we only field only one list of candidates, we would lose a lot of votes,” he said. “As a political party, it should not castrate itself.” Chung had put up huge adverts in several eye-catching Hong Kong Island spots, and arranged a truck touring the constituency to promote what he called “true localism”, which did not need independence. Chung, nicknamed “Tree Gun”, has often been ridiculed for his mistakes in English. In May 2014, his linguistic skills came under the spotlight again as he questioned then MTR chief executive Jay Walder about delayed high-speed rail link to Guangzhou. He said: “You are being a CEO. You are very ‘wearly’ [sic] passive to get the information from your staff … You are dreaming on your office or you are not attended at your office. Answer me!” He lost his seat on the Eastern District Council, which he held for more than two decades, last November to Chui Chi-kin, a relative unknown and so-called “umbrella soldier” who only decided to run on the last day of nominations. Media maverick Ricky Wong Wai-kay has hinted he too will run in Hong Kong Island. Chung could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.