The government had no plan to recycle the reform proposals for the 2007-08 elections - put forward in 2005 - for the elections in 2012, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said yesterday. He rejected the pan-democrats' call for legislators to visit Beijing to discuss the introduction of universal suffrage with officials, saying it was not constructive to insist on full democracy in 2012. Mr Tsang opened his address at yesterday's Legislative Council question-and-answer session with his first comments on the July 1 march. 'We have analysed different demands raised by members of the public, which can be divided into two major categories,' he said. 'The first category comprised concrete calls, regarding policies ranging from universal suffrage, the Lehman Brothers minibonds saga, and unemployment to the minimum wage.' Mr Tsang said the second category covered the core values of civil society - human rights, the rule of law, liberty and democracy. The government would listen carefully to the protesters' opinions, he said. Asked whether the blueprint for the election of chief executive and Legco in 2012 would be modelled on the 2005 package, Mr Tsang said the administration did not have a preconceived position and hoped to make the arrangements more democratic than they were now. 'We have no established principle to recycle the 2005 package, which you did not accept,' he told Democratic Party legislator James To Kun-sun, who raised the question. Under the reform package of 2005, all 529 district councillors - 102 of whom are government appointees - would be included on the Election Committee that would then select the chief executive. The 2005 package, which lawmakers rejected, also proposed adding 10 new Legco seats - five directly elected from geographical constituencies and five that would be returned by the district council functional constituencies. Mr Tsang said he would not try to persuade Beijing to overturn its rejection of universal suffrage for Hong Kong in 2012 as it was not in line with the decision by the National People's Congress Standing Committee in December 2007. 'It is not constructive to insist on universal suffrage in 2012,' he said. Unionist legislator Lee Cheuk-yan criticised Mr Tsang for forcing Hongkongers to endure an endless wait for full democracy after he said 'democratic development requires the efforts of many generations'. Mr Tsang said the community should concentrate on working out a proposal for the 2012 elections that would pave the way for the direct election of the chief executive in 2017 and of Legco in 2020, in accordance with the Standing Committee's timetable. Pan-democratic lawmakers later criticised Mr Tsang for failing to reflect Hongkongers' wishes to Beijing. They were not optimistic that the next reform package proposed by Mr Tsang would be more democratic than that of 2005. 'It is clear that the chief executive has declined to fight for a timetable in 2012,' Mr Lee said. 'Electoral reform proposals for 2012 will surely be conservative and we cannot expect to see a more democratic package.'