The Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood (ADPL) policy towards Beijing was not to blame for its defeat, chairman Frederick Fung Kin-kee said yesterday. The media had unfairly described the party's policy of simultaneously 'negotiating with and confronting' Beijing as opportunist, he said. 'Is there a party which doesn't do that? It is just a matter of packaging. We have not packaged ourselves well enough.' The ADPL was the only liberal group to join the Preparatory Committee and the Provisional Legislative Council. Mr Fung, who lost to the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) and Democrats in Kowloon West, insisted the ADPL's approach had enabled it to reflect people's views to Beijing. He had 'no regrets' about joining the provisional legislature. The party had lost because of a smear campaign by the Democrats; because it had concentrated too much on Shamshuipo; and because too little had been done to promote the ADPL's work. Vice-chairman Bruce Liu Sing-lee attributed the defeat to the resignation of 16 core members led by Eric Wong Chung-ki, a former ADPL vice-chairman who is now a Democrat. Mr Fung said the party faced a monthly loss of $400,000 in income from its four provisional legislators, including himself, Mr Liu, Mok Ying-fan and Law Cheung-kwok. About 20 staff would be laid off and five offices closed before the end of the provisional legislators' terms on July 1. Mr Fung denied that the ADPL, which focused mainly on grassroots' work in Shamshuipo, was not suitable to run in legislative elections. 'With smaller constituencies and more seats, we will stand a good chance of winning,' he said. He said he would not resign from the chairmanship unless there were such calls from ADPL members at its central committee meeting. 'I have made some miscalculations, but they were not enough to make me step down,' said Mr Fung. Mr Fung said he would press for improvements in community matters by working with legislators who had a grassroots banner.