Government services should be streamlined to save money, non-affiliated legislator-elect Eric Li Ka-cheung says. 'The private sector has been losing weight to survive and business-like government structures should not lag behind the trend,' he said, referring to the five self-financing trading funds, which run government arms such as the postal service. 'If privatisation would bring about cost-effectiveness, we should go ahead. 'I think now the private sector has spare capacity to handle these services, and after that some new funds can be set up for much-needed services.' Mr Li was speaking after meeting Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen about next year's budget. The Frontier's Lee Cheuk-yan urged the Government to create more jobs from public funds. Mr Lee said about $1 billion should be available for further use, based on a predicted growth rate of between three and four per cent. 'This money should be channelled into job opportunities so that social discontent can be somehow alleviated,' he said. 'Mr Tsang should cast aside his 'baggage', that is, pegging the increase of government expenditure with domestic growth. 'We're in an extraordinary situation, please use extraordinary tactics.' Colleague Emily Lau Wai-hing said extra jobs should be created with recurrent funds.