Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying caused a stir yesterday by publicly calling on the central government's liaison office after his election victory. His one-hour visit to the office in Western district followed a meeting with current chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen at Tamar. Liaison officials, director Dr Peng Qinghua and deputy director Li Gang, shook Leung's hand on the doorstep as he left the office. Leung's predecessors after the handover, Tsang and Tung Chee-hwa, were not reported to have called on the liaison office so soon after being elected. Yesterday's visit drew criticism from pan-democrats, who claimed he went to thank the liaison office officials for their alleged covert support during the campaign. Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, who came third in the election, said: 'I think [Leung] will do that again, boldly, in future ... [The visit] was obviously to thank them for their vote canvassing. It dealt a blow to the public's confidence in the idea of Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong.' But Leung hit back: 'It was totally not to thank them for vote canvassing. My reasons for visiting the liaison office were very clear. When elected, [I] should start to prepare for my trip to Beijing to get appointed. 'Also, during my election campaign, Hong Kong's industry, commerce and professional sectors raised [the question] ... as to how Hong Kong can make good use of the concessions and overall support provided by the country. 'The implementation of Cepa [the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement], the national 12th five-year plan and the 36 [economy-boosting] measures announced [last year] by Vice-Premier Li Keqiang shows that they need to be more concrete and improved. 'I immediately asked liaison office leaders to convey Hong Kong's and my demands in this respect.' The Chief Executive's Office had yet to confirm last night if Tsang visited the liaison office in June 2005 and March 2007 soon after being elected. Last December, Leung acknowledged visiting the liaison office after he was spotted being driven there. But he sidestepped questions of whether he asked for support, saying there was no particular reason. While Leung spent about an hour in the liaison office yesterday, he had a half-hour talk with Tsang then met Legco president Tsang Yok-sing. He talked to Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li for about 20 minutes in the Court of Final Appeal. Leung said he also wanted to meet election losers Ho and Henry Tang Ying-yen to discuss co-operation, but both said their busy schedules would delay any meeting for several weeks. Tsang later called for support and loyalty from all civil servants for the 'significant and unprecedented' handover arrangements and 'ensure the effective governance of my administration' until July 1.