Visa arrangements for mainland tourists on group visits to Hong Kong should be scrapped, National People's Congress local deputy Ma Lik said. He said it was unfair for mainlanders to apply for visas to the SAR while Hong Kong people need not to do so when visiting China. 'What I am asking for is fair treatment for both mainland and Hong Kong people across the border,' he said in an interview with the South China Morning Post. Mr Ma said the current quota system for mainland tourists to the SAR had to be abolished. He plans to table the proposals to Beijing during the National People's Congress plenary session, due to start next Monday. Hong Kong people can visit the mainland freely with valid home return permits but mainland tourists have to apply for visas from immigration authorities before they can visit the SAR. There is a quota system under which only 2,000 mainland tourists are allowed into Hong Kong each day. Mr Ma said travel agencies would be held responsible if their clients became overstayers. 'We can blacklist problematic travel agencies or tourists can be asked to pay a high deposit to ensure they will not sneak away,' he said. Mr Ma did not believe the proposal would trigger an influx of illegal immigrants. 'I don't believe all 1.3 billion mainland people want to come to Hong Kong. What will they do here? Will they all become robbers?' A Security Bureau spokesman said the proposal was too preliminary and no further comment could be made.