A call by the Liberal Party urging the government to build a casino on Lantau Island is likely to be voted down by the legislature today. Lawmakers are set to debate a motion, moved by Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun, on the project's feasibility. The proposal was introduced by the party two years ago but rejected by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa's administration. The Liberals are unlikely to win the support for their motion from two other major political parties, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) and the Democratic Party. DAB legislator Choy So-yuk said yesterday her party would vote against Mr Tien's motion because building a casino would 'plant a crisis' in harmonious families. 'It's not that we won't support a plan that could bring in revenues and jobs,' she said. 'But we need to strike a balance. When negative impacts become bigger than the benefits, we can't vote for it.' In a survey last week, the DAB found that 72 per cent of 343 Lantau residents did not support the proposal. Democrat legislator Cheung Man-kwong said his party would oppose the motion, saying it never supported the spread of gambling. Islands District Council vice-chairwoman Chau Chuen-heung, of the DAB, said residents were worried the casino would worsen Lantau's social problems, many of which they believed had financial causes. She said schools on Lantau opposed the plan because they believed it might increase under-age gambling. The concern group Hong Kong Gambling Watch urged legislators to vote against the proposal. It said more than half of Hong Kong's problem gamblers had gambled in casinos, costing Hong Kong HK$72.7 billion in gambling debts and increased resources for law enforcement.