A call for the Government to finance the construction of the rail link between Ma On Shan and urban Kowloon was voted down by legislators. Instead they passed a motion urging the Government to 'formulate an appropriate financing option' for building the link via Tai Wai to help solve serious traffic congestion. They also wanted the Government to ensure reasonable fares. Dr John Tse Wing-ling of the Democratic Party had sought to amend the original motion by independent Choy Kan-pui to put the ultimate financial responsibility on the Government. It was replaced by an amendment by Dr Law Cheung-kwok of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, who said Dr Tse's suggestion would mean a heavy financial burden for the SAR government. Albert Chan Wai-yip of the Democratic Party said a well-developed transport infrastructure was important for new town growth. His colleague Zachary Wong Wai-yin agreed, saying the Government should place public interest ahead of its own. However, Chan Kam-lam of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong said Dr Tse's proposal would not only increase the burden on the SAR government but also limit the Government's options to raise capital to fund the project. 'We agree the Government should prevent Tuen Mun's congestion problem from happening again in Ma On Shan, but it should not be just the Government's responsibility to fund the project,' he said. The Deputy Secretary for Transport, Paul Leung Sai-wah, said the Government was also considering extending the Ma On Shan railway to urban Kowloon via Tai Wai. But he said it had to match infrastructure and transport development.