Pan-democrats criticised the Exco reshuffle, saying the chief executive had not appointed politically representative candidates to improve policymaking. But government allies welcomed the appointment of the five new members, saying their expertise in economics could help the government weather the deepening economic crisis. Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan described the new appointments as a 'failure' and questioned whether the newcomers, who he said lacked experience and were not politically representative, were capable of addressing sensitive issues. His colleague Cheung Man-kwong said: 'Donald Tsang is still favouring his friends and fills his cabinet with people representing business interests.' Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said lawmakers would make it hard for the administration to secure their support in the Legco chamber as only the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong had a representative on Exco. DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung said the high proportion of Exco members from the commercial and financial sectors reflected the chief executive's policy focus. 'He may want more new ideas about Hong Kong's economic development,' he said. Liberal Party chairwoman Miriam Lau Kin-yee said while the party had not been approached for nominations to Exco, she was not disappointed. Ocean Park chairman and West Kowloon Cultural District Authority member Allan Zeman, who was tipped as a candidate, said he had never thought about being an executive councillor. He was not disappointed at his exclusion. Independent lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said some of the new appointees were not as representative as she would be. But, she said: 'I am not interested in shutting up and supporting the government in exchange for a seat.' Speaking after his last Exco meeting, former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan praised Mr Tsang for making 'wise choices'. He said: 'Facing the financial tsunami, Hong Kong now needs to strengthen its work. The new members include people with expertise to help Hong Kong handle the current financial issues.'