A call to revive the Old Age Pension Scheme for a two-tier social security system was narrowly rejected last night. Some members accused the sponsor, Chan Kam-lam of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), of 'acting out of naked self-interest' to please voters in the upcoming first Legislative Council elections. Independent Chim Pui-chung said: 'I wonder how the DAB would vote if it was the Democratic Party moving the same motion in the first legislative council. 'Would you support the motion or disappear from the chamber?' he asked. But Mr Chan maintained that the scheme was necessary as there were many loopholes in the Mandatory Provident Fund. The fund was adopted after an old age pension scheme was rejected by the now-defunct Legco. Mr Chan said the fund was unable to offer protection to those who had retired before the scheme had been implemented. He urged an additional pension scheme for the elderly. Neither party officials nor his colleagues in the council supported him. Mr Chan's motion was defeated after President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai cast a deciding vote following a tie of 16 to 16. Secretary for Education and Manpower Joseph Wong Wing-ping repeated that the Government had no plans to set up an old age pension scheme. 'It is impractical to suggest we run the old age pension scheme since it has been rejected a long time ago,' he said. 'After all, the Government is now promoting the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme and it would cause unnecessary confusion for the public.' The chairman of the Liberal Party, Allen Lee Peng-fei, attempted to amend the motion by urging an increase in the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance for the elderly to $3,100. It was also voted down.