Lawmakers need to seek out constructive policy alternatives, the Legco President said yesterday as she wrapped up the council's two-year term. Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai was concluding the body's valedictory motion, which was moved by House Committee chairman Dr Leong Che-hung to provide a forum to allow members to say goodbye. Mrs Fan said that lawmakers wishing to serve the next council should look for constructive and practical policy proposals. 'I hope councillors can come up with ideas even better than those of the administration.' She said she understood that her fellow lawmakers were working under extreme pressure from the public, who were upset by the economic downturn. 'Political culture in Hong Kong is changing. The public expects the administration and the legislature to help them overcome their difficulties,' she said. She also regretted the decision of six lawmakers not to stand for re-election. They are: Dr Leong, non-affiliated member Lee Kai-ming, Democrat Michael Ho Mun-ka, Liberal Ronald Arculli, Christine Loh Kung-wai of the Citizens Party and Chan Wing-chan of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong. Some lawmakers expressed dissatisfaction with the administration. Democrat Szeto Wah said the split-vote arrangement, as dictated by the Basic Law, had greatly hindered lawmakers' ability to move private bills. Dr Leong, who represents the medical functional constituency, said that functional constituencies had fulfilled their historic roles and should be abolished. A total of 157 bills were passed during the two-year term.