Legislator Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, who has been seen as the 'major barrier' in the government's fight to amend its smoking bill, refused to claim victory or concede defeat. 'I will not say whether I have won or lost in this battle [against the proposed ban of smoking in all indoor restaurants], but to me the anti-smoking bill is a lose-lose outcome for both the general public and the catering industry,' said Mr Cheung, who represents the catering functional constituency. 'It is good for Hong Kong to become healthier, but a new anti-smoking law should come in step by step.' Many restaurants were worried that they would be adversely affected, he said. 'Right from the beginning, I knew it would be a very difficult battle...' Describing the bill as the biggest challenge in his career, Mr Cheung said he had put a lot of effort into fighting for the industry's rights, but the government had done little to help. 'The officials just bargained for enough votes from the legislators but neglected the demands of the minority businessmen. This is a majority dictatorship. 'I am very unhappy that they say the catering industry is selfish for opposing the smoking ban. How can they not be worried when their business is affected?' But Mr Cheung does not see passage of the bill as the end of his role; there is still much work for him to do, such as explaining the law to restaurants and helping them train staff to deal with smoking customers. 'The job of a legislator is never easy,' he said.