Anson Chan's decision to stay until the end of June 2002 has drawn more support than opposition from lawmakers. Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said: 'It's a good thing for Mrs Chan to continue. I believe the majority of people would welcome the news as Mrs Chan is very experienced and has a good public standing. 'I believe all of us will feel better if we can look more at Mrs Chan's beaming smiles.' But Cyd Ho Sau-lan, of The Frontier, said: 'I found it very regrettable that she not only failed to quit [over the airport fiasco] but has had her term extended.' The legislator had called on Mrs Chan to resign over her role as chairman of the airport steering committee. Emily Lau Wai-hing, also of The Frontier, said: 'I don't think anyone is indispensable. It's better to play by the rules and retire at 60.' Tsang Yok-sing, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, dismissed suggestions he was disappointed by Mr Tung's decision to extend Mrs Chan's term, but admitted the length of the extension was 'a bit extraordinary'. Both Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen, chairman of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, and James Tien Pei-chun, Liberal Party chairman, welcomed the decision.