Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's pledge to discard his elitist approach to governance has drawn scorn from the pan-democrats, who say they have seen no evidence of his intention to hear different opinions. On the day Mr Tsang was formally appointed to another term, Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee attacked officials who claim to represent the whole community when only a select few appointed them. 'In this twisted system we have in Hong Kong, some powerful top officials need not go through the legitimisation process of a real election, and yet they feel they're the most suitable person to represent the interests of the general public.' Democratic Party member Yeung Sum said Mr Tsang 'says one thing while doing another', noting the chief executive had still not agreed to meet 21 pan-democrat legislators for talks about their proposal for moving Hong Kong towards universal suffrage. Mr Tsang said during RTHK's Hong Kong Letter programme on Saturday he had become accustomed to the bureaucratic way of dealing with public opinion, which he said was the result of an 'elitist training'. 'During my long career in the civil service ... I was driven by a conviction that we were guardians of Hong Kong's interests. Without admitting it, we prided ourselves on our superior competence and judgment,' he said, adding government officials often think they know best and need not seek other opinions. 'I know it is time to change this mindset,' he said. Mr Tsang's former superior, Anson Chan Fang On-sang, rejected the remark. 'I've never thought of myself as being elite nor acted as if only I know best. Perhaps Donald thinks himself a member of the elite, but I believe that accolade is something only other people can give you.' She said she knew many administrative officers who worked only for the interests of the public and that the opening up of government decision-making should not be looked at as a matter of 'casting off an elitist approach', but as a matter of increasing government accountability. Liberal Party chief James Tien Pei-chun said there was nothing wrong with being a member of the elite, asking: 'If we aren't allowed to talk about the elite, are we supposed to enjoy a competition amongst commoners?' In a meeting tonight, Dr Yeung will urge Mrs Chan to sign up as an 'opinion leader' in support of the reform model proposed by the 21 pan-democrats.