We must monitor the government, not support it, says legislator The Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong is split over its relationship with the government, with a faction headed by a party heavyweight saying the DAB chief should not be part of Tung Chee-hwa's cabinet. Chan Yuen-han, one of the founders of the pro-government party, questioned the wisdom of the DAB's joining the ruling alliance during an emergency meeting of the party's standing committee last night. The 15-member committee discussed the resignation on Monday of Tsang Yok-sing as party chairman and analysed the reasons the DAB fared so badly in Sunday's district council elections. The party's central committee is scheduled to decide whether to accept his resignation next Tuesday. Ms Chan said she supported Mr Tsang's decision to resign. She said the party should reconsider its relationship with the government, and its representative should not remain on the Executive Council. Ms Chan said the party had not been able to influence the policy-making process effectively since Mr Tsang joined Exco in June last year. 'Our voices were not always heeded in the policymaking process and the government just wanted our votes to get its bills passed in the Legislative Council,' she said. 'But we have to bear the brunt of the public discontent with the government.' She said her views were shared by some DAB district councillors and activists at grassroots level. The DAB's setback in the district council elections has rekindled a long-standing debate within the party about its pro-government stance. 'Our party should represent the interests of the public and monitor the government, not support the government,' she said. Ms Chan, also vice-chairman of the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions, said she had chosen to play a passive role in the DAB in the past few years after the mainstream faction stopped heeding her views. DAB secretary-general Ma Lik said he believed the party should keep some distance from the government in future. 'We have been too close to the government and have backed some policies which deviated from public opinion.' But Mr Ma said he had no idea whether the party chief should remain on Exco.