Lawmakers were divided over the Government's intervention. Democrat Cheung Man-kwong warned that yesterday's battle was only the beginning. 'The Government is not restoring order in the markets but distorting it. It is simply placing a huge bet and has gone so far that it cannot return,' Mr Cheung said. The Frontier's Emily Lau Wai-hing urged the Government to leave the market as soon as possible. But Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong's Chan Kam-lam backed the move for the sake of the currency market. Liberal Party vice-chairman Ronald Arculli also backed the move, as did Hong Kong Progressive Alliance chairman Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen who said intervention was worth the price. James Tien Pei-chun, for the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce in Legco, said the chamber backed the intervention.