Legislators greeted the imminent demise of the interim body with mixed impressions yesterday. With the council's term of office ending today, Cheng Kai-nam of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), whose eyes are fixed on the May 24 election, said: 'I just considered it a temporary job.' Wong Siu-yee, of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, who is likely to opt out of the elections, said it had been memorable running his own office and handling 200 cases. Liberal Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee said the past nine months had been like 'living in a pressure cooker'. She found the pace of lawmaking in the pre-reunification legislature much slower. Independent Chim Pui-chung missed the fireworks in the old council's debates, but praised council President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai for doing a good job. 'At least she didn't smoke, drink and go to sleep during meetings,' he quipped. But colleague Ho Sai-chu said the passing of some bills had been rash. 'We've been trying our best to delay the bills as long as possible so that we can have more time to read them through thoroughly,' he said. DAB chairman Tsang Yok-sing had expected that many matters would have been left to the first legislature. Unionist Chan Yuen-han thought her sore throat could have recovered a little better but said it never had a chance. She originally only expected to be doing temporary jobs, but bills like the one on the Mandatory Provident Fund had meant hectic work. The Liberal Party's Ronald Arculli thought the council's overall performance had been better than expected. But he said his heart was already with the Legco elections. Independent Kennedy Wong Ying-ho said the work pressure was much greater than expected as many bills had to be scrutinised within a short period. This was especially so for newcomers like himself. 'It was lucky the provisional legislature had some good legal advisers,' he said. Colleague Leung Chun-ying, who sits on Exco, said the interim body had formed a good base for the establishment of the SAR Government and the first legislature.