In the David and Goliath struggle for the Real Estate and Construction sector, Jimmy Tse Lai-leung has been cast as the tiny Israelite with a sling and Liberal Ronald Arculli as the mighty Philistine. Mr Tse, president of the Hong Kong Construction Association, is taking to the hustings for the first time while his rival has been elected unopposed since 1991. The constituency comprises some 350 voters, with 55 per cent coming from real estate development firms, 39 per cent from construction companies and the rest contractors. Nominated by real estate tycoons Li Ka-shing and Stanley Ho Hung-sun, Mr Arculli is widely seen as having the edge. Although fellow construction leaders have no high hopes for Mr Tse's success, he remained upbeat about his maiden campaign. 'No one can be 100 per cent sure of his success. High reputation and long service do not mean there is no room for newcomers,' he said. Citing a host of environmental protection rules on construction passed over the past years, Mr Tse said his rival had failed to press for more flexibility. 'We feel that Mr Arculli could not speak for us as clearly as we would have liked,' he said. Liberal Party leader Allen Lee Peng-fei's call to delay the importation of labour has also worried construction firms. 'This shows that a business party also has different views on labour importation. Why don't we return someone who can more represent our interests?' an industry source said. But Mr Arculli said it was unfair to say he had neglected construction interests. He maintained that neither side had any differences on labour importation. 'We both agree to bring in workers when there is a bottleneck. I don't want to give the impression that the real estate and construction sectors are at odds,' he said. Mr Tse said he would submit nominations today or early next week.