Civil service pay levels should be reviewed, the University of Hong Kong Graduates Association said yesterday. Choi Sau-yuk, director of Project Hong Kong, which studies measures to revive the economy, also suggested the SAR should strive to be the economic capital of China and that the Executive Council leadership should be reviewed as it was weak and had restricted economic development. Announcing long-term measures to revive the economy, Mr Choi said Hong Kong needed to cut the cost of the public sector to increase competitiveness but added he did not want to prejudice the result of any review on civil service pay levels. 'We do not want to suggest whether the pay should be increased or cut. We only hope the review will be conducted quickly and more frequently to better reflect pay levels in the private sector,' he said. The association had earlier asked senior officials to take a 20 per cent pay cut voluntarily. Mr Choi said: 'I don't believe the public will accept that the pay of civil servants can only be increased and not cut. I think the Government should study the legislative intent.' Article 100 of the Basic Law says salaries and conditions for civil servants should not be less favourable than before the handover.