The self-criticisms in Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's policy address will help improve governance in future, a top mainland official has said. Li Gang , deputy director of the central government liaison office, yesterday described Mr Tung's policy speech as modest. 'Everyone has his own inadequacies. We also have our own inadequacies in our work,' he said, without elaborating. Mr Li would not be drawn on whether Mr Tung's self-critique went far enough. He said: 'Through reviewing the work over the past year, one can see the achievements and limitations. This is conducive to development and will help improve the work in future. 'In the policy address, Mr Tung has shown what needs to be done to further improve during the course of governance. This is very good,' Mr Li said. Defending the policy address at the City Forum, Central Policy Unit chief Lau Siu-kai said the self-critique was a way to improve relations with the public. He said Mr Tung's initiatives would not become empty promises. Mr Tung met top officials on Saturday and told them not to disappoint the public, he said. 'He said now that the policy address had received support from different sectors, and that people have expectations of us, we should do our job well and meet their expectation,' Professor Lau said. He acknowledged some of the initiatives might be seen as conflicting. 'A certain degree of conflict is unavoidable. Different policies require different actions. 'But overall, our policy directions are clear. First, we have to push for economic recovery and development. Then we have the resources to push ahead livelihood and other initiatives,' Professor Lau said. Meanwhile, in a survey carried out by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, 65 per cent of the 515 respondents said that they were not impressed by Mr Tung's pledges to improve governance, or his initiatives on poverty and the economy. Asked if the speech increased their confidence in Mr Tung's governance, 22 per cent said it had increased it while 11 per cent said their confidence had dropped.