The Liberal Party said yesterday it will create a fund for the poor, as other lawmakers urged the Commission on Poverty to set clear criteria defining poverty and increase the transparency of its work. Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun told a Legco meeting the fund would be established with help from the business sector. His remarks came amid a debate over a motion sponsored by Frederick Fung Kin-kee, chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood. He urged the Commission on Poverty to establish a benchmark for measuring poverty. He also urged it to act as a co-ordinator among departments in formulating plans instead of focusing on consultations. The motion was passed. An amendment proposed by Executive Councillor Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, vice-chairwoman of the Liberal Party, was rejected. Mr Tien said the short-term funding scheme would last three to five years. 'We believe the poverty problem should be solved very soon,' he said. 'The funding targets those who are not qualified to apply for help from the government.' It is unknown how much money will be raised and how many people will benefit. 'All concern groups and political parties are welcome to apply to the fund for poverty cases they are handling,' he said. Ronny Tong Ka-wah of the Article 45 Concern Group urged the government to empower the commission to implement policies, and to make its meetings public. 'The public should learn about what is being discussed in the meetings, so that they can monitor their work and return feedback on poverty issues which might be useful,' he said.