The Liberal Party leader said yesterday he would not rule out Selina Chow resigning from the Executive Council if she clashed with the government. The warning from James Tien Pei-chun came as opposition lawmakers criticised Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa for failing to respond to sentiments expressed in the July protest when 500,000 people took to the streets to protest against the government and the National Security Bill. The lawmakers also called for the early introduction of universal suffrage to elect the legislature and chief executive. Mr Tien, who resigned from the Executive Council in July in the wake of the controversy over the security legislation, said the party's affiliations with businesses and professionals would help the government put the economy on track. Asked if Mrs Chow, a staunch critic of the proposed sales tax, would become another rebel, Mr Tien said: 'We basically take a positive view. We don't want to see that happen again. But never say never.' He said he was pleased to hear that the party's popularity had surged after his resignation and that it had managed to maintain a cabinet seat. But he said the party would suffer in future elections if there was no concrete improvement in governance. Democratic Party chairman Yeung Sum and Emily Lau Wai-hing of The Frontier said that with the appointment of another Liberal, Mr Tung had completely failed to respond to people's hopes for greater involvement in governance.