The new legislative term will be loaded with obstacles for Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, legislators say. Ahead of the oath-taking session when the Legislative Council term begins on Wednesday, politicians from major parties said relations between the government and the legislature were expected to remain tense amid expected controversies. Issues unresolved in the last session include the introduction of a minimum wage, competition law and public broadcasting reform. Democrat Fred Li Wah-ming, who is competing with Tsang Yok-sing of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong for the Legco presidency, predicted a hard time for the chief executive. 'What can Donald Tsang do?' he said. 'He has all sorts of time bombs to be brought to the Legco table. We are in for a very eventful and stressful four years.' Liberal Party lawmaker Vincent Fang Kang said the minimum wage issue, competition policy and food safety concerns could develop into crises if Mr Tsang failed to handle them properly. 'It's not just the government. Even us in the business sector are feeling the pressure,' he said. Pan-democrats said issues they would fight for a broader voting base for electing the chief executive and lawmakers in 2012. 'We are set to enter a full-frontal clash with the government in the next four years over the issue of Legco functional constituencies, as it is apparent that Donald Tsang is planning to keep them even after universal suffrage is introduced,' the Civic Party's Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee said. But Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats feared that the government would repeat its 2005 tactic of luring individual pan-democrats into accepting conservative universal suffrage proposals in exchange for a watering down of the national security bill - shelved in 2003 under public pressure. 'Donald Tsang will surely push for Article 23 to please the Communist Party. A political storm will definitely ensue,' Mr Leung said. Observers said the surge of support which swept league leader Wong Yuk-man into the legislature represented the rise of radicals, putting further pressure on the government. Mr Leung warned that Mr Tsang should expect a hard time from his group 'because the people voted us in to be radical and to make noise'. With the economy and people's livelihoods uncertain and inflation still high, the government cannot expect the level of support previously delivered by its traditional allies, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and the Liberal Party, who have both promised to address such issues. The prospect of a new Legco president from a political party, and questions about whether they will maintain impartiality towards the government and lawmakers, also clouded executive-legislative relations. 'I don't have a clue as to whether relations will be better or worse. We shall see,' Mr Tsang said.