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Liberal Party to field 60 in district polls

Monday, October 08, 2007

The Liberal Party will field 60 candidates in next month's district council elections, vice chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee said yesterday.

Forty of the candidates are running for the first time while the others are seeking another term in the polls, to be held on November 18.

In its election platform, the business- friendly party calls for a reduction in salaries tax, profits tax, rates and public utilities fees to lower living costs.

It also urges the government to abolish the employees retraining levy, and a HK$400 monthly levy imposed on employers of foreign domestic helpers since October 2003.

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Chow said the retraining levy, which has amassed HK$3.26 billion so far, should be used as originally intended - to train and retrain employees.

The party also proposes further incentives for travel on public transport and rejects Kowloon Motor Bus' recent application for a 9 percent fare hike.

To raise the quality of education, the party calls for the use of the English language to be strengthened.

Chow said quality schools providing excellent language training are important to lure overseas workers who have children to Hong Kong.

The party also wants heritage protection, environmental protection, city- wide welfare and health-care policies, and universal suffrage by 2012.

The pan-democracy camp announced earlier it will field 289 candidates.

The Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood plans to field 38 candidates, the Civic Party 41 and the Democratic Party 108. CAROL CHUNG


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