Think-tank's proposal dismissed by government, Beijing loyalists and Democrats A proposal to introduce a two-house Hong Kong legislature should be reconsidered because it could satisfy Beijing's concerns and speed up democratic reform, a leading policy think-tank said. But the proposal from Civic Exchange was dismissed by the pan-democratic camp, Beijing loyalists and the government, who all said the long-standing idea would not work. Unveiling the research report on the topic, Civic Exchange chief Christine Loh Kung-wai urged the government and the public not to kill debate on a bicameral system. She said the report's findings showed Beijing and the Hong Kong government preferred the model to the introduction of universal suffrage in 2012. 'The constitutional reform progress is stuck at the moment and we have to consider the reality. If Beijing does not accept universal suffrage by 2012, it is difficult to find a starting point to discuss any new reform proposals. 'A bicameral system will provide us with an opportunity to move a step forward. It could address Beijing's concerns and could be the best for Hong Kong at the moment,' Ms Loh said. 'I know many people don't like to hear it ... but the timetable of universal suffrage is not in our hands.' Ms Loh denied the suggestion would reflect a reform proposal being drafted by former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang. Mrs Chan has set up a core group to study a road map for democracy, of which Ms Loh is a member. Ms Loh said the advantages of a bicameral system in Hong Kong include a clear distinction between a directly elected lower house with a public mandate and an upper house which would include trade-based legislators and appointed members who could consider bills and government budgets. But Ms Loh's political allies in the pan-democratic camp criticised the plan. Ronny Tong Ka-wah, of the Civic Party, said a bicameral system was an 'outdated model' and a drawback to democracy. 'Does the central government really want a bicameral system or was it just somebody second-guessing Beijing's wish? I don't believe Christine has any special insider information,' Mr Tong said. Democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming, who helped draft the Basic Law, said the idea had been ruled out by Beijing in the 1980s. His colleague Yeung Sum said the proposal would perpetuate a system allowing people with vested trade interests to remain in the legislature, would slow down implementation of government policies and delay the introduction of universal suffrage. Both James Tien Pei-chun, of the Liberal Party, and Tam Yiu-chung, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said they opposed the idea. Speaking at a meeting of the Legislative Council's constitutional affairs panel, Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung reiterated the difficulties in amending the Basic Law to facilitate a bicameral system, and said dealing with two chambers could affect the government's efficiency.