Pro-establishment politicians are up in arms after the top policy adviser to the chief executive accused them of not trying hard enough to counter the pan-democrats’ filbustering in the Legislative Council. The rift within the ranks of the government’s allies was replaced by a united front on Sunday against Central Policy Unit head Shiu Sin-por over his recent criticism targeting them. Kill bill: Hong Kong government minister hits out at pan-democrats over copyright bill filibuster New People’s Party leader and Executive Council member Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee demanded an apology from Shiu, while the Liberal Party and the Federation of Trade Unions said he had insulted them by ignoring all their efforts to defend the administration. Even the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the government’s biggest ally in Legco, called on Shiu to reflect on the backlash. “I hope he can clarify the matter,” said Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin yesterday at RTHK’s City Forum. “He can’t just say things simply because he is, perhaps, drunk or getting high.” The controversy stemmed from the rare interview Shiu gave to Sing Tao Daily two weeks ago when he hit out at the pro-establishment camp for its lack of unity and coordination to prevent pan-democrats’ attempts to delay or block government bills. He even accused the 40-odd lawmakers concerned of “messing around” on their own and failing to fulfil their duties, while still collecting a decent pay cheque every month. Central Policy Unit head Shiu Sin-por calls for team to lobby lawmakers Shiu’s strongly worded criticism came after the government had to shelve the controversial copyright bill early this month as a result of a months-long filibuster by pan-democrats. “If the 40-odd lawmakers are really messing around as [Shiu] suggested, none of the policies and bills put forward by the government … would be approved by the legislature,” Wong said, noting that some of his colleagues had even resorted to foul language when they read the interview criticising them. “We have been trying so hard to help the government, which many times did not consult us for our opinions before putting forward the policies. We have even stopped our party colleagues from meeting voters at community level just to attend council meetings. How could Shiu say something like this?” Liberal Party leader Felix Chung Kwok-pan also found Shiu’s comment offensive. “We are elected by voters but not appointed by the government. Why should we listen to every order by the government?” Chung said. “How many bombshells has this administration created and passed to the legislature?” Describing Shiu’s criticism as “totally unfair”, Ip said pro-establishment lawmakers were fighting very hard on the frontline under huge pressure, unlike Shiu, whom she dismissed as an unelected official “sitting in his office”. “It shows his lack of recognition and appreciation of our efforts. He ought to apologise,” she said. DAB lawmaker Ip Kwok-him also disagreed that the camp was not united enough, and urged Shiu to reflect on why his remarks had backfired. Shiu did not respond to requests for comment by press time last night. Separately, the Labour Party’s Cyd Ho Sau-lan yesterday lamented the difficulties the pan-democrats faced in doing their job, complaining that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had seized every moment to “smear” their efforts to monitor the government. “All questions and debates to check and balance the administration in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Legislative Council were indiscriminately labelled as filibuster,” she said.