The government was yesterday criticised for tilting the balance of the Executive Council in favour of the business and professional sectors through its new appointees. All the new members are businesspeople or professionals, so of Exco's 15 non-official members, five have a business background, six are professionals, and three represent political groups. Incumbent councillor Cheng Yiu-tong, president of the Federation of Trade Unions, is the sole grass-roots representative, while four councillors are closely associated with finance and banking - Charles Lee Yeh-kwong, Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Laura Cha Shih May-lung and David Li Kwok-po. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said the expanded Executive Council would take its membership from a wider spectrum of the community. Yet there are no teachers or social workers in the cabinet, and industries such as logistics are not represented, nor sectors such as information technology. Wong Kwok-kin, chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions, said he was disappointed that none of the new members were from the grass roots. 'I'm worried that the government may not pay enough attention to the needs of the grass roots in the policymaking process,' he said. Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun agreed there were not many grass-roots representatives, and Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat said the lineup failed to reflect society's different sectors. Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a political scientist at Chinese University, said the appointments showed Mr Tsang obviously paid more attention to the views of business and the professional elite.