A pro-government lawmaker who had been critical of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's alienation from the pro-Beijing camp yesterday showered him with warm praise. On RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong programme, Choy So-yuk said she and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong were impressed by the favourable responses to the chief executive's first policy address. 'Obviously the chief executive meant what he said when he declared his goal to be a harmonious society. He has got his direction right and he is striding firmly forward,' Ms Choy said. Referring to Mr Tsang's remarks in the address that 'social harmony includes harmony between mankind and nature', Ms Choy said: '[They're] my kind of words and [he's] my kind of crusader for a sustainable environment. Mr Tsang broke some new ground.' Referring to his commitment on environment protection, she said: 'There is hope yet that within our lifetime the semi-permanent smog now lingering over our city may be banished forever. My instant reaction was: All power to the chief executive!' The remarks are a stark contrast to her criticisms of Mr Tsang in April, when the former chief secretary was widely tipped as Beijing's favoured choice to succeed Tung Chee-hwa as chief executive. Describing Mr Tsang as a staunch supporter of British rule in past decades, Ms Choy told the RTHK programme: 'He was viewed by some in the pro-Beijing camp as disrespectful of the patriotic values they cherished and treasured over the decades, and paid dear prices for. His elevation alienated quite a few in this camp.' Despite the praises yesterday, Ms Choy also warned that Mr Tsang ought to show vision on the economic front amid growing regional competition. 'Anyone who aspires to lead our community must be that zealous in staying ahead,' she said.