The Tamar flea market should not be allowed to compete with nearby shopping centres, the Liberal Party says. 'The flea market has to be a new tourist facility with distinctive features, not a place to compete with shops outside by low prices,' the party said yesterday. It criticised the division of the market into three categories - a department store, a food plaza and booth games. If the market - due to open on the former site of HMS Tamar on October 1 - was fitted out in a unique style and image, it would attract not only tourists but also people wanting to run the booths, the party said. The Hong Kong Tourist Association was urged to scrutinise all tenders and plans for the booths. The management agency commissioned by the association has said all legal products could be sold at the market with no specific restriction imposed on tenants. The party said setting the rent for all booths at $2,000 a day was arbitrary. It did not reflect the market situation and would discourage people from bidding.