RTHK head Chu Pui-hing, who took over the hot seat vacated by the flamboyant Cheung Man-yee, says adopting a relaxed and positive attitude has helped him get through difficult times. Ms Cheung was seconded to head the Economic and Trade Office in Tokyo in October 1999, shortly after the station was criticised by pro-Beijing circles for allowing Taiwan's de facto envoy to the SAR to talk about the 'two-states' theory on air. 'I need to give credit to myself for still being able to take a relaxed attitude in handling the many controversies,' Mr Chu said. Mr Chu, who had been deputy director of broadcasting since 1993 until taking up his present post, said the subject most of his friends asked about was the sharply different personality and style between him and Ms Cheung. His predecessor was known for her toughness and firm work attitude. 'People have different personalities. That's reflected in the way they handle matters within and outside their organisations. I don't think there's any problem. I deal with the problems in my own way . . . and from a positive and active perspective.' Mr Chu, 53, said RTHK had never been short of political controversies since he took over. 'But every time we were embroiled in controversy, public support and understanding of our role grew stronger. We go around different places and talk about our role. It's often to no avail. Controversies help bring public attention and enhance awareness of our role,' he said. Just days before Mr Chu spoke to the South China Morning Post, Ms Cheung hit headlines when she voiced fears that RTHK would be under more pressure to act as an official mouthpiece under the new ministerial system. Her remarks drew criticism from some pro-Beijing newspapers. Ta Kung Pao said in an editorial last Monday 'editorial independence' should not be used as an excuse by RTHK to 'confront' the Government. Mr Chu dismissed suggestions that Ms Cheung's comments were counterproductive. 'Society has different voices. It is better that everything . . . is being brought open for debate.'