LIBERAL Party legislators have offered to forgo a salary rise and are asking other parties and civil servants to do the same. Ronald Arculli said his party would discuss the suggestion, aimed at stimulating the sluggish economy, with other political factions on Thursday. 'We don't see any problem having our salaries frozen,' he said. 'And we now need to see other parties' views on that.' The party also suggested civil servants with monthly salaries above $50,000 take the lead in agreeing to a pay freeze. Mr Arculli said the $50,000 benchmark had been chosen for civil servants because most legislators were paid $53,380. The remuneration for Legislative Council president and deputy president is $106,760 and $80,070 respectively. However, Mr Arculli said he had not yet drawn up any detailed arrangements on how the civil servants' pay could be frozen. 'We haven't talked to the Government about this suggestion, but we hope senior civil servants will volunteer to do it,' he said. 'That will mean that they are willing to take the lead.' However, other political factions, except the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, have expressed reservations about the Liberals' suggestions. The Democratic Party's Dr Huang Chen-ya questioned whether a pay freeze for legislators and senior civil servants would stimulate the economy. 'We need to further look at the proposal and see whether it is only a symbolic move,' he said. Dr Huang said many legislators spent a large part of their Legco salary on staff or office rent, and little of the money went into their pockets. Chan Kam-lam, of the pro-China Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said freezing civil servants' pay would be detrimental to the smooth transition of the civil service. 'We're not in such a serious recession everything should be frozen,' he said. However, the party would not oppose suggestions that legislators' salaries be frozen. 'I think we have an obligation to do so.'