Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's increased social commitments contrasted with his dwindling contacts with the public, an ousted legislator said yesterday. Democratic Party member Cheung Man-kwong was commenting on the 20 per cent increase in Mr Tung's entertainment allowance to $68,930 per month. 'It's very ironic for the Chief Executive to hold more social meals behind closed doors at his official residence, but have fewer and fewer contacts with the public than Governor Chris Patten,' he said. 'I certainly do not object to him having social meals. But it seems he considers his social commitments more important than communicating with the public.' Mr Cheung urged Mr Tung to hold meet-the-people sessions as Mr Patten had done, saying: 'It will carry the symbolic and practical meaning that the Chief Executive is opening the door of his official residence to the masses.' Mr Tung's private secretary, Joshua Law Chi-kong, says Mr Tung has had an average of 18 social commitments a month between December and last month. He said this was a 63 per cent increase compared with the 11 Mr Patten had in the first six months of this year. But Mr Cheung said Mr Tung should reveal more figures to substantiate his increased allowance. 'For instance, he certainly had more social commitments after he was selected as the Chief Executive last December,' he said. 'However, many of these commitments were sort of celebration dinners or thank-you dinners. 'It was not very accurate to use this as a basis to calculate an average figure to support his proposal.'