The different ways James Tien Pei-chun and Tung Chee-hwa addressed the media yesterday about the twists and turns of the fiasco over the proposed national security legislation clearly tell who the winner is. A jubilant Mr Tien and a deflated Mr Tung met reporters almost simultaneously at around 4pm, 14 hours after the former's shock resignation from the Executive Council prompted the latter to decide in the early hours of yesterday to delay the scheduled passage of the bill tomorrow. Flanked by his party colleagues in a room packed with local and foreign reporters, Mr Tien, chairman of the Liberal Party, could hardly hide his triumphant smile when asked about his 'heroic' decision. 'My heart is indeed very heavy right now. Mr Tung attached great importance to the Liberals,' he said. 'I am so sorry, not because I have embarrassed the government, but because ministers had to rush back and hold an urgent meeting in the early hours.'' During the 60-minute press conference, he said he had been prepared to step down from the very moment he proposed postponing the bill's passage to Mr Tung. Asked about his immediate plans, Mr Tien paused for a while and then said: 'Leaving Exco doesn't mean I'll be getting bored.'' Appearing relaxed and relieved throughout the session, Mr Tien clearly outshone Mr Tung, who, through his aides, tipped off the media that he might just be available for a few soundbites at about 3.40pm, 20 minutes ahead of Mr Tien's session. Mr Tung, who turned 66 yesterday but spent the first two hours of his birthday tackling a political crisis at the emergency Exco meeting, was in no mood to take questions from the media. The chief executive shunned shouts from reporters for further comments after delivering a three-paragraph statement in both Cantonese and English at Central Government Offices.