Nearly half of respondents critical of chief executive's relations with critical parties Relations with the 'opposition' political camp is one of the areas most poorly handled by the Tsang administration, according to the SCMP/TNS survey on government performance over the past year. Forty-eight per cent of top business and opinion leaders in the survey rated the relationship as 'poor' or 'very poor', compared with only 7 per cent on the positive side. The government was heavily criticised for its handling of the mainland arrest and trial of journalist Ching Cheong on spying charges. Only 6 per cent gave it a thumbs-up. The row over the West Kowloon cultural district was greeted with the most negative response among the 12 major incidents in the survey, with 'poor' and 'very poor' assessments adding up to 52 per cent. The goods and services tax consultation and the Grande Promenade furore, which involved the granting of bonus land to a property developer, drew negative ratings of 47 per cent and 49 per cent respectively. The government won more praise than criticism on only four issues: the World Trade Organisation conference last December, the merger between the MTR Corp and the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, the five-day week for civil servants and development of the Pan-Pearl River Delta zone. With a mean score of 5.4 out of 10, the Tsang administration was seen to have done best on public order. About 46 per cent of the 726 respondents rated it as excellent or good. Economic development came second, with 39 per cent, then freedom and individual rights at 29 per cent. However, electoral reform and environmental protection were given negative ratings of 42 per cent and 40 per cent respectively. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has focused on economic development and governance and social harmony since taking over from Tung Chee-hwa last June. Mr Tsang is expected to review his achievements along with more focused directions next month when he delivers his second and final policy address covering the remaining nine months of his term. Efforts in developing the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, the individual visit scheme for mainlanders and consolidating Hong Kong's status as a financial centre were given positive responses ranging up to 50 per cent. Ratings on his strong governance were split between 31 per cent (good and excellent) and 20 per cent (poor and very poor). The minimum wage issue received the most negative response among initiatives to foster social harmony, with only 12 per cent rating it as good or excellent. Assessing Mr Tsang's efforts to improve relations with what he has dubbed the 'opposition camp', Democratic Party legislator Cheung Man-kwong said the party had had a better relationship with the administration since Mr Tsang took over but there was room for improvement. Mr Cheung said Mr Tsang had been 'rather nice' to his party but unfair to the barrister-led Civic Party, which was established in March. Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said Mr Tsang did not try to improve relations with political parties, despite his stated goal of creating harmony. 'He regards people who put up different views as opposing for the sake of opposing ... it adds to the tension [between the government and political parties],' she said.