Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was offered a bathing suit yesterday to help him swim against the tide of his increasing unpopularity, as lawmakers from across the political spectrum criticised him for failing to introduce measures to help the needy in a time of crisis. Brandishing the garment, lawmaker 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung told the chief executive it would be more use to him than the suit he was wearing in the legislature. 'His popularity rating has taken a dive, and will dive even lower. Rather than wearing a suit, Donald Tsang might as well wear a swimsuit,' Mr Leung said, speaking on the second day of the policy-speech debate. His gesture came two weeks after Mr Leung's League of Social Democrats colleague Wong Yuk-man threw a bunch of bananas across the Legco chamber in protest at the chief executive's failure to increase the 'fruit money' allowance for the elderly. While Mr Tsang has since proposed raising the allowance to HK$1,000 for all over 65 and shelving a means-test proposal for those over 70, he was attacked yesterday for not doing more to help the needy. Lawmakers called for a further relaxation of rules, to benefit more old people not covered by the allowance. Wong Kwok-hing, of the Federation of Trade Unions, said the means test for people aged between 65 and 69 should be abolished. Social services-sector representative Peter Cheung Kwok-che said that would make the elderly feel respected. On Mr Tsang's plan to legislate for a minimum wage, Lee Cheuk-yan of the Confederation of Trade Unions said it would benefit workers only if the wage level was not set too low. 'What else has Donald Tsang done in his policy address to help workers?' Mr Lee said. 'Absolutely nothing.' He called for a citywide retirement scheme, and transport subsidies for people working away from their home districts. Lawmakers were also concerned about whether environmental protection measures and other social policies announced in the policy address would help living standards. Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said the government did not regard the environment as a top priority, complaining there was no timetable for the proposed plan to use cleaner fuel for electricity. Democrat Wong Sing-chi said the government had failed to help prevent the spread of gambling, citing the Jockey Club's decision to withdraw a warning about the dangers of gambling from its soccer-betting tickets. Business-sector lawmakers called for more government efforts to push for lower fuel prices in light of the economic downturn. Others said the recent food scare caused by tainted products from the mainland - including eggs found to contain melamine - had affected public health and the consumer-goods market. Lawmakers will vote today on whether to pass the motion of thanks for the policy address.