IT remains uncertain whether China will agree to the old-age pension scheme proposed by the Government. Speaking after the City Forum, Acting Secretary for Education and Manpower, Lam Woon-kwong, said yesterday that comments had not been received from the Chinese. Liberal Party legislator Henry Tang Ying-yen said the burden from the scheme on the adult population and the Special Administrative Region (SAR) government would rise as the elderly population expanded. Chairman of the pro-China Federation of Trade Unions, Cheng Yiu-tong, said China would not oppose any measures which would bring long-term benefits to the elderly. But he urged the Government again to increase financial contributions to the scheme. Under the plan, employers and employees would both contribute three per cent of the salary to provide immediate pensions for people over the age of 65. Lee Cheuk-yan of the Confederation of Labour Union said it was unreasonable for the Government to take a back seat. Both Mr Cheng and Mr Lee charged the Government of laying the responsibility of taking care of the elderly on to the employers and employees. It was inadequate for the Government to participate in the scheme only as an employer, he said. But Mr Lam said the plan would not achieve any savings for the Government. The $4 billion currently spent on the old-age allowance schemes would be injected to the pension fund, while the Government would also contribute its share as the employer of the territory's 190,000-strong civil service.