Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun yesterday said although his resignation from the Executive Council might undermine his party's relationship with the central government, his decision would eventually be understood. His stunning resignation on Sunday night forced Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to delay enacting the controversial national security laws and marked the end of Mr Tung's ruling coalition, deepening the crisis facing the administration. Mr Tien said he would visit Beijing to explain his decision once the Article 23 legislation had been passed. Speaking on RTHK, he said that even after 500,000 people had taken to the streets on July 1 calling for a delay in the enactment of the security laws, the government had shown itself incapable of gauging the public's mood. The administration believed that by introducing three last-minute amendments to the bill, it could win back the support of the public, Mr Tien said. Recalling his trip to Beijing last week, during which he held discussions over the Article 23 deadlock, with Liao Hui, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Mr Tien said although Mr Liao spoke of the need to enact the national security laws as soon as possible, that did not mean the bill should be put to a vote on July 9 as scheduled by a timetable. Mr Tien reiterated the Liberal Party's continued support for the Tung administration, despite his sudden departure from the cabinet.