Democrats have sought to allay fears that the party is targeting businessmen. Concluding his remarks at the Budget debate, vice-chairman Dr Yeung Sum addressed what he called the 'misconceptions' of businessmen towards elected legislators. '[They believe that those] members will only care about the interests of the low and middle-class for the sake of their seats and, therefore, keep demanding spending on welfare and tax concessions for them.' Dr Yeung said business fears about the contradictions between economic growth and welfare spending were unfounded. 'Quite the contrary, they are complimentary to each other. 'If not for an acceptable welfare and health system that maintains basic living protection, the discontent of people who suffered during the financial turmoil could have led to social disturbances. 'At the end of the day, investments and interests of businessmen would be undermined,' he said. The Democrats, he said, were aware that high taxes would scare away investors. 'Democrats had never said the Government could raise only business-related tax,' he said. 'We only oppose some controversial new taxes being introduced without a sound basis and propose deferring the increase of livelihood-related fees and charges at times of economic hardship,' he added. 'We can't see how our logic and attitude differs from that of the entrepreneurs, or how it contradicts sound economic development.'