THE Liberal Party came under fire yesterday over its stand on labour policy. At an RTHK forum for New Territories West in Tsing Yi, candidates from various tickets took their turns to have a swipe at the economy-led party. 'Whether the economy is rosy or not, Tien Pei-chun [Liberal Party] insists on wage control,' The Frontier's Lee Cheuk-yan said. 'So, when can the wages actually be improved?' Yim Tin-sang, of the Association For Democracy and People's Livelihood, said: 'At present, many of the unemployed are the result of local manufacturers migrating to the north. What I wish to know is whether the Liberal Party has ever objected to such migration?' Lam Chi-leung, for The Pioneer group, said the liberals should forgo their support for the non-interventionist policy, claiming it only helped big business in reaping staggering profits and laying off workers. And Leung Yiu-chung, of the Neighbourhood and Workers' Services Centre, wanted the Liberal Party to clarify its position on importing overseas labour. In response, Paul Chan Sing-kong, leading the Liberal Party's three-member ticket, denied any collusion between officials and businessmen, describing such talks as 'a load of nonsense'. The Liberal Party, he said, believed the economic slump was caused by a number of 'natural' factors as well as poor supervision by the Government. Mr Chan urged the development of a 'business-friendly' atmosphere in Hong Kong, allowing small and medium-sized firms to grow and generate jobs.