Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang yesterday urged the government to come up with a new proposal to democratise Hong Kong's political system, saying it was regrettable that there would probably be a standstill after the defeat of the government proposal. And in response to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's attack on the democrats for standing firm in opposing the controversial proposal, Mrs Chan said there could only be a compromise when both sides believe in a common target. Speaking just hours before the government released the latest legislative proposal to slightly adjust the arrangement for the chief executive election next year, Mrs Chan said it was 'regrettable' that there will not be substantial change to the electoral system. 'I hope the government can reconsider a viable proposal and I hope Mr Tsang will have a real dialogue with the pro-democracy camp,' she said. She said the public would not like relations between the democrats and Beijing to worsen. On Mr Tsang's remarks on Thursday about the 'low-level political activities' referring to the democrats' taking a united stance in opposition, Mrs Chan said any compromise could only be made if there is a common goal. In response to mainland legal expert Xu Chongde's criticism that she has made a comeback to politics because she could not stand being ignored, Mrs Chan said she joined high-profile activities fighting for universal suffrage because she thought it was the right thing to do. 'I have no political ambition, nor is there any secret agenda.' She also denied reports that she was taking a job on the Hong Kong Economic Journal once it changes hands. And she said the latest plan to introduce a five-day week for civil servants could help improve people's family life.