They criticise Tung Chee-hwa for failing to give them any concrete responses in their meeting A handful of pro-democracy lawmakers yesterday criticised Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa for failing to provide any concrete response to issues ranging from constitutional reform to the sacking of a senior official at the Equal Opportunities Commission. In contrast to what leaders of the Democratic Party hailed on Friday as a 'new start' in building a working relationship between the party and Mr Tung, Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said they had left a meeting with Mr Tung 'empty-handed'. 'We raised a whole range of issues, but the chief executive did not give any concrete answer,' Ms Lau said. Fellow Frontier lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan, independent Albert Chan Wai-yip and the Legislative Council's legal representative, Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, were among the group who met Mr Tung for more than an hour. Ms Lau said they had presented their own timetable for constitutional reform to Mr Tung, but he said only that there would be ample time for discussion on the topic, without elaboration. Pro-democracy lawmakers and groups have argued that there might not be enough time to achieve universal suffrage for the chief executive in 2007 and the legislature in 2008 if consultation only starts next year, as promised by the government. Ms Lau said lawmakers had also expressed concern about the sacking of Patrick Yu Chung-yin even before he took up his appointment as the EOC's new director of operations by its chief Michael Wong Kin-chow. But Mr Tung did not give any response to both the sacking and the controversy surrounding the appointment of retired judge Mr Wong, Ms Lau said. Other issues discussed at the meeting included the economy, tourism, right-of-abode issues and social welfare systems. While voicing discontent at the lack of any concrete response, Mr Chan admitted that the atmosphere at yesterday's meeting had been the best among his three encounters with the chief executive and he was willing to consider some of his suggestions on reviving the economy. He added he had reflected people's wishes for Mr Tung to step down, but he did not give any response. Ms Ng believed Mr Tung had tried his best to meet people with opposing views, but 'it's still a long way to go from being a fruitful communication'. To improve communications, she suggested to Mr Tung that he should meet legislators more frequently and not always in a formal group meeting. Yesterday's meeting was the latest in a series of consultations by Mr Tung before his policy address in January.