People should be patient and give Tung Chee-hwa and his government 'one more chance' in the coming year, Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said. But the head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong also asked the chief executive and his ministers to reflect on their records in the past year, and learn to trust and listen to the people. In an interview, the bishop reviewed an eventful year and said the government was not sincere in heeding public demands. 'The general public was very unfortunate because we could only act passively. Real improvements should come from above. We have shouted at the top of our voices but those in high places did not listen and did not respect us, and twisted our demands,' Bishop Zen said. 'The situation was grim. The problem now is that there is no trust. How can we build trust? It should start from the people in positions of power. 'We should continue to express our wishes with patience. People have been very patient and I hope they will continue and not give up. They should give the government one more chance.' The outspoken bishop said in his annual Christmas message that the government needed to introduce people-orientated policies. But despite the poor record shown by Mr Tung and his officials, the public should not give up hope. When asked whether he believed the internal power struggle within Mr Tung's cabinet had affected the government's ability to accept public demands, Bishop Zen said there were political constraints on the administration. But he said a caring government was the only way to realise a prosperous new year. 'The entire government must reflect, not just Mr Tung,' he said. 'In the coming year, I hope those in power will trust us more.' In the past 12 months the bishop, who is a strong supporter of greater democracy, has led the church to push for universal suffrage. He said he was dismayed to see that the government's constitutional taskforce report had ruled out consulting the public on the issue despite strong demand for full democracy by 2007. 'If 2007 and 2008 are out of the question, then I am not interested in discussing other reform proposals. I have no expectations on this exercise as any broadening [of suffrage within the ambit of Beijing's decision] is still very small.'