A plan to introduce smart identity cards could be in jeopardy because political parties that originally supported the idea are changing their positions. The proposal, originally to be tabled to the Legco Finance Committee for funding approval today, has been deferred by the Government. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) and Liberal Party have expressed reservations after the Government said it was now considering buying 50,000 blank cards instead of the original 2.5 million. Lau Kong-wah of the DAB, chairman of the Legco security panel, said the cut would mean a waste of taxpayers' money. The Government had said it could secure a lower price by buying a large number of blank cards. But the Democratic Party, among others, said the Government should first buy a small batch to test their suitability before making a bigger commitment. The scheme is estimated to cost more than $3 billion.