Hong Kong must find a solution to allow the Legislative Council to contribute to good governance, Singapore's Senior Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, said last night. Mr Lee, who the Chief Executive has named among the politicians he most admires, said a change in public expectations and attitude meant Hong Kong could no longer return to the old system of governance. 'In the long run, a Legco which is oppositionist and shoulders no responsibility cannot contribute to good governance. 'The way to bring a sense of reality to populist politics is to saddle the political leaders with the responsibility of fulfilling their promises. 'If they know that after winning and assuming authority they have to deliver on their promises, then they either change policies and slogans, or they will be out on their heels,' he said. 'You will have to find a solution to this because so long as Hong Kong electoral politics is responsibility-free - something you could afford during the tail end of colonial rule - much energy and resources will be wasted.' Hong Kong needed to adapt and adjust its system of government under the Basic Law, said Mr Lee. 'No system can be taken off the shelf and made to work, just as a coat off the peg has to be adjusted to suit the length and shape of a person.' Hong Kong had to be able to work with Chinese officials who had different social, economic and political systems, but it was also of value to Beijing because it was not just another Chinese city. 'Unfortunately 'one country, two systems' means that not all the features of old Hong Kong can be retained. 'But as many as possible of the characteristics that distinguished Hong Kong from other Chinese cities should be assiduously cultivated and retained.' Mr Lee was speaking at a dinner marking the fourth anniversary of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, founded by businessman Paul Yip Kwok-wah, special adviser to Tung Chee-hwa.