Beijing residents gave mixed reviews of Mr Zhu's final work report, but said they would miss his pragmatism and honesty. Lao Zhang, 38, who has worked as a rubbish collector for 20 years, said Mr Zhu's push for higher wages had seen his pay rise to 1,000 yuan (HK$940) a month. But he still did not have enough money to buy a car or a new home, status symbols among Beijing's emerging middle class. Mr Zhu also should be commended for his crackdown on corruption, Mr Zhang said. On hearing about Mr Zhu's proposals to raise salaries and create more jobs, Beijing convenience store owner Ms Wang, 44, laughed and shook her head. After being laid off two years ago, the government gave her 5,000 yuan (HK$4,710) to open her closet-sized store, but she must pay 1,500 yuan in fees every month to stay open. 'Creating jobs? How can that be?' Ms Wang asked, adding that migrant workers in her neighbourhood earned as little as three yuan a day. 'Zhu's policies haven't helped the common people. They are not enforced, they have no relation to us.' Some said they would miss Mr Zhu after he retired at the end of the NPC. Many credit him with China's impressive economic growth year after year and for visible improvements in urban living standards. Some blame his policies for widening China's wealth gap, but most say he has tried to bring rural living standards closer to those in wealthier cities. 'You can tell from people's living standards that [his policies] have effect,' said Tan Ying, a motor sports company employee. 'A lot of people will be disappointed, because a lot of people love him. A good man will retire. That's not good news. I don't know who can take his place.' Wen Jiabao is expected to replace Mr Zhu as premier. Beijing-born history scholar Li Chunming said Mr Zhu's main shortcoming was that he lacked the clout to carry out all his ideas. 'Other people are managing him. According to China's feudal history, only one person decides, and Mr Zhu isn't that one.'