Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen suggested yesterday that he would 'work more and speak less' on improving communication between pan-democrats and the central government. During a local delegates' meeting on Wednesday, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference delegate Elizabeth Wang Ming-chun suggested that Beijing grant home return permits to pan-democrats previously denied them. Yesterday, she further proposed a meeting between the nation's top officials and all Hong Kong legislators, and said she was considering tabling a motion to the CPPCC following up on the issue. Mr Tsang, who was on the last day of a three-day trip to Beijing to attend the opening of National People's Congress annual session, was asked by the media whether he would reflect Ms Wang's requests to state leaders when he visited the capital again in mid-March to attend the session's closing. 'I certainly support those who take part in politics in Hong Kong, including all legislative councillors, exchanging ideas with the central government. But as you all know, we have some work to do and, on certain matters, we should work more and speak less,' the chief executive said. Those affected by the travel restrictions criticised Mr Tsang for treating the issue as if it were taboo. The Democratic Party chairman, Albert Ho Chun-yan, also a leading figure in the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said: 'He is trying to imply that he has been doing something behind the scenes and it is more productive if you keep it low-profile. But if this has been the case for all these years, what has been achieved?' Mr Ho and other pan-democrats said they were grateful to Ms Wang for speaking up on the issue. 'This is a public issue with public interest, so it's important we have public debate,' Mr Ho said. 'Since 1997, the Legislative Council has received delegations from all over the world, but never from the mainland. We have also visited countries all over the world, but we cannot meet a delegation in our homeland. This is an anomaly in the one-country, two-systems concept,' he said. Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun, a legislative councillor and NPC deputy, echoed Ms Wang's proposal for a meeting between state leaders and Hong Kong's lawmakers. However, she said whether to grant pan-democrats home return permits or to allow their entry each time such a tour was held was not the most important issue.