DAB campaigns for public utility price freeze

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 November, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 November, 2000, 12:00am

Updated at 1.19pm:
More than 30 members of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong presented a petition to the Chief Executive on Tuesday morning calling for a freeze on transport and other public services' fees.

The protesters rallied outside Central Government Offices to present the petition, bearing 20,000 signatures, to officials ahead of the regular Executive Council weekly meeting.

''The Government should not lead the way in raising charges,'' a DAB spokesman said. ''A rise at this stage will be detrimental to economic recovery.''

Responding to planned rises in fees for public utilities and transportation, the party urged various Government departments to freeze prices until the economy had further stabilised, and asked for public transportation services to extend their freeze.

''We think the economic environment has not fully recovered yet and people haven't fully benefited from it,'' the spokesman said. ''A rise at this stage would hurt people and the economy.''