The government should put aside differences and work for the public good rather than resort to personal attacks because voters expect elected representatives to be respected, new legislator Anson Chan Fang On-sang said yesterday. A day after Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing made controversial remarks in the legislature suggesting Mrs Chan's name be changed because she 'suddenly cares for people's livelihood', ministers were told to treat her as just one of the city's 60 legislators. On Wednesday, Mr Tsang said: 'Perhaps her name should not be On-sang but Koon-sang,' using the Cantonese pronunciation of 'officials' livelihood'. Speaking during a Legco orientation session, Mrs Chan urged the administration to co-operate with lawmakers despite having different opinions, saying she would not take further action against Mr Tsang despite her allies' call for an apology. 'I hope government officials will look at issues rather than individuals. We all share the same goal to serve society and I believe even when we have differences, we can talk. Resorting to personal attacks will only harm harmony,' she said. Saying the public could think independently to realise who really had the mandate to represent them, Mrs Chan said Mr Tsang should 'put aside differences' and know that it was the public who believed that people's livelihoods and democracy could not be separated. 'Members of the public know full well what kind of a Hong Kong they hope to see. They also hope the legislator they have newly elected to represent them will be respected by all sides,' Mrs Chan said. The controversy erupted during Mrs Chan's maiden speech after she was sworn in as a legislator, when Mr Tsang, speaking on behalf of the government in a debate on social enterprises, attacked her for not only being 'suddenly democratic' but 'also suddenly caring for people's livelihood'. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his ministers yesterday held a discussion following speculation that Tsang Tak-sing's remarks represented government policy. The ministers were told they should treat Mrs Chan as just one of the 60 lawmakers. Responding to concerns over whether the minister's comments were part of a government plan to give Mrs Chan a tough time, a senior government official said Tsang Tak-sing's remarks did not represent the government's stance. The official said people had read too much into the minister's remarks, adding that it was his personal decision how to react to a legislator's comments. During a visit to St Paul's College speech day yesterday, the school where he was arrested and later jailed by the colonial government for distributing 'inflammatory leaflets' during the 1967 leftist riots, Mr Tsang refused to say whether he would apologise when asked if he considered his remarks humiliated the 170,000 electors who voted for Mrs Chan last Sunday, an accusation made by the pan-democrats. In a speech to students in which he referred to the school's goals, Mr Tsang, who is also a deputy to the National People's Congress, said it was his duty as home affairs minister to promote harmony. Mr Tsang said he had recently flicked through the latest school prospectus and one of the goals of St Paul's College caught his attention, which was to promote respect for the views and opinions of others, harmonious relationships in the family and the community. 'I could not agree more,' he said. He did not respond to questions when he left the school.