Former chief secretary Sir David Akers-Jones yesterday criticised the democrats for organising a march to fight for greater democracy after the latest constitutional reform proposal, saying it was unproductive to pitch Hong Kong against Beijing. He said the government's reform plan was acceptable despite being only a small step forward, but urged the government to introduce a second legislative chamber in 2012. He said it remained the best plan to bring about universal suffrage while keeping checks on directly elected legislators. Sir David, president of the Business and Professionals Federation of Hong Kong, said that despite the lack of any 'giant step forward' towards full democracy, the government's proposal was still acceptable. 'I am happy we are making some movement in the right direction,' he said. But the former colonial official was critical of the pro-democracy camp's planned protest. 'There is no use going banging on about universal suffrage when we know the central people's government does not tolerate that ... will not accept that. So therefore we should look at what is possible, not keep on asking for the impossible. What good will it [a demonstration] do?' Under the federation's proposal, which Sir David thinks the government would consider, the number of legislators in a directly elected house could be increased to 50 in 2017, while a second chamber, comprising functional constituency members, could remain at 35. 'If you look carefully at the bicameral system [of two legislative or parliamentary chambers], you will see that it offers a major opportunity to increase the number of directly elected representatives. As a system, it is capable of progressive modification to bring about universal suffrage.' Sir David said it would be difficult to come up with a timetable for direct election of the chief executive, especially when the government had no concrete plan for the second stage of reform. But he said appointed district councillors should remain because they provide different angles in district management, and their positions should only be phased out if directly elected councillors could responsibly exercise new powers to be given to them under the plan to reform district administration.