On the eve of his last day in the post, Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming took a parting shot at Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. He criticised Mr Tung for failing to relay the views of Hong Kong people to Beijing. Speaking on RTHK, Mr Lee said he had a heated debate with Mr Tung on Friday, when he consulted the Democrats on the forthcoming policy address. He said Mr Tung had tried to persuade him to put his trust in the Beijing government. 'Hong Kong people do not think he has conveyed the public's views to the central government,' Mr Lee said. 'Instead, he has tried to impose Beijing's [system] on Hong Kong.' He said when they discussed the proposed anti-subversion legislation, he got the impression that Mr Tung had not even read the consultation paper. However, the Chief Executive's office responded by saying Mr Tung fully understood the consultation paper and the views of the community. Mr Lee's accusation was not supported by any evidence, it said. Mr Lee said the proposal exceeded what was required by Article 23 of the Basic Law. The consultation paper suggests banning groups that are affiliated to banned mainland groups on the grounds of national security. However, there is no such restriction mentioned in Article 23. He said his party colleague Yeung Sum had asked Mr Tung twice to comment on this, but Mr Tung did not respond directly. 'He only asked Hong Kong people to trust the government . . . I don't think he has read the consultation paper himself. Actually, Hong Kong people trust the central government more than the SAR government,' he said. Mr Lee will step down today after having been chairman of the party and its predecessor, United Democrats of Hong Kong, for 12 years. He is expected to be succeeded by Dr Yeung. Mr Lee said that when the party was founded in October 1994, he had decided to state in its constitution that the chairman could not hold office for more than four two-year terms. 'I trust the system and not individuals,' he said. He admitted he should be responsible for internal division within the party. 'I need to be responsible as I am the chairman. Someone has said I know nothing apart from conducting litigation,' he added. The party has been haunted by rifts in the past few years, which resulted in the Young Turks faction quitting to join the Frontier. There is speculation Democrat Albert Chan Wai-yip will also leave once Mr Lee steps down. 'I don't want them to leave. Certainly the image of the Democrats would be tarnished. But our stance will be the same,' he said. The outgoing party chief also complained about the way Beijing had barred the party's standing committee members from visiting the mainland. 'The standing committee members have sacrificed business opportunities on the mainland for their democratic beliefs,' he said. 'I appreciate them very much and I am grateful to them as they have remained as Democrats under immense pressure. It's not easy.' Mr Lee became emotional, saying: 'I told them . . . I am grateful to them . . . for the contributions they have made towards democracy. They have made greater sacrifices than me as I earned enough money before I became involved in politics.' He said some ex-staff members from the party admitted trying to conceal their links to it when seeking other jobs, in case they were discriminated against.