Tung Chee-hwa staged his first 'meet the people' session in five months yesterday - but three out of the four he talked to were district councillors, and two were appointed to their positions by Mr Tung. Officials dismissed suggestions the interviews had been pre-arranged. One of the councillors, David Chow Chun-fai, chairman of Yau Tsim Mong District Council, said he had heard about the trip to Mongkok's Grand Century Plaza and had gone there in the hope of meeting him. He told Mr Tung: 'The majority of people agree with the direction of reforms. Reform is necessary. [We] should continue reforms for the sake of our future generations.' Mr Tung gave a nod and said: 'Painful experiences are unavoidable as we push for reform. Apart from economic results, we must consider the impact on people to make it more acceptable to them.' Shing Yuen-hing, appointed by Mr Tung as a district councillor, said the Government did not have enough channels to convey its message to the people. Mr Tung responded, saying: 'You should help the Government spread the message.' The brief tour was hastily arranged ahead of a scheduled visit to the Open University. It came amid strong public discontent over the Government and falling popularity of Mr Tung. Without mentioning the anti-government protests, Mr Tung said: 'Everyone is free to express his views.' The two others Mr Tung talked to were Chiu Yu-hei, another appointed district councillor, and Mak Wai-ching, a primary school headmaster from Tai Kok Tsui. Director of Home Affairs Shelley Lee Lai-kuen denied the chat was pre-arranged and said the visit was not an attempt to boost Mr Tung's popularity. Mr Tung last made a district tour in February when he visited Tai Po. Ms Lee said no such visit had been arranged since then because she had been out of town on a three-month study course in the United States. Before meeting the councillors, Mr Tung visited a Chinese herbal shop and a Chinese cake shop, where he spent $480 on boxes of Lingzhi capsules - a traditional remedy for good health - and $284 on a cake. After the tour, he spent three hours visiting the Open University.