Just a day after pledging to shake up the way the city is governed, the chief executive yesterday shook up proceedings in Legco. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen showed legislators precisely what he meant by strong governance, demonstrating his prowess in scoring points with snappy soundbites for the cameras, and putting friend and foe alike in their place. Mr Tsang was clearly at ease in dealing with lawmakers used to giving his predecessor Tung Chee-hwa a hard time during question time. But he faced an embarrassing moment earlier when a caller to an RTHK radio phone-in programme mistakenly called him Mr Tung. 'Well, my surname is Tsang,' he snapped back. Showing no signs of tiredness after three hours on the air at three stations, Mr Tung moved on to his next battleground after lunch. Lawmakers used to bland exchanges with Mr Tung over the past eight years were treated to a whole new experience. Mr Tsang opened his 90-minute innings by departing from a prepared script and speaking from the heart. He spoke of how strongly he valued good relations between the executive and legislature. He parried harsh questions with clever answers, stressing his points by constantly slamming his fist on the podium. He hit out at the opposition, rebuking Emily Lau Wai-hing of The Frontier over her meetings with foreign consuls when she questioned him about unannounced trips to meet state leaders. Mr Tsang also found himself battling a member of his cabinet. In response to a question from Liberal Party vice-chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, who is also an Exco member, on the need to develop the local film industry, Mr Tsang hit back by saying he hoped it would not spend as much money as the Tourism Board, which Mrs Chow chairs. 'Oh, sorry, sorry, I will withdraw what I have just said,' he joked after seeing a clearly embarrassed Mrs Chow's reaction. Mr Tsang teased the chamber, saying lawmakers had long holidays and worked only eight months each year. After a protest from Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee and being corrected by Legco president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, Mr Tsang was able to laugh it all off. He said he had really meant to voice his wish to pay more frequent visits to Legco in the coming year. Afterwards, Democrat Cheung Man-kwong compared the session to question time with Mr Tung during his tenure, which he described as 'very boring' because it was frequently taken up with mundane exchanges. Democrat Fred Li Wah-ming said: 'He [Mr Tsang] said he is a politician. Well, I think it's almost like a return to the time of Fat Pang [former governor Chris Patten].' Democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming said: 'Patten was a top British politician, and while Donald has some of his shadow, he still has a long way to go.'