Anson Chan Fang On-sang has unveiled a comprehensive campaign platform for the Legislative Council by-election in Hong Kong Island, seeking to introduce universal suffrage by 2012 and bring about a just and compassionate society. Saying people should vote for her rather than Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee if they supported 'genuine democracy', Mrs Chan also pledged to improve communications with Beijing, while calling for a fair verdict on the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. 'My central theme in this election platform is how to establish a society that is democratic, free, compassionate, and is a just society that looks after the interests of all sectors of the community,' she said. 'My primary goal is to push for universal suffrage for both the chief executive and the Legislative Council in 2012 because this is what will give us good governance.' Flanked by supporters, Mrs Chan said any voter who desired real democracy should vote for her because the constitutional reform proposal Mrs Ip had made would in effect bar pan-democrats from running in the chief executive election because of a tight nomination threshold. 'If you look at Mrs Ip's proposals, you can deduce from that who is truly in favour of universal suffrage in 2012 and who is not,' she said. 'You will see that while, on the one hand, she said we should aim for universal suffrage in 2012, in the same breath she said: 'Oh, by the way, if it is not achievable then yes, 2016, 2017 is an alternative'. 'If people support genuine democracy, people should vote for me, not Regina Ip.' Responding to claims by Mrs Ip that she has more experience in democracy because she had lived in the United States and Britain, Mrs Chan said: 'I don't have to go overseas to try out whether democracy is good or bad. I absolutely believe democracy is very good because we have to reach good governance.' Saying her quest for democracy was 'in line' with President Hu Jintao's policy of people-based governance, Mrs Chan pledged to step up dialogue with the central government if elected. But her platform also resembles demands by many pan-democrats over Beijing's crackdown on the Tiananmen Square crackdown in response to a pro-democracy movement. 'It is my hope that our nation will soon resolve this major historical issue, and deliver a fair verdict to the victims and their families.' Asked about her rival's platform, Mrs Ip said: 'Mrs Chan has a lot of ideals and visions, but if she wants to really serve the people, there is a need for more realistic and viable proposals that are acceptable to many.' The primary goals Democracy Push for full universal suffrage by 2012; improve constructive dialogue with Beijing. Governance Review ministerial appointment system; oppose centralisation of executive power without adequate checks and balances; maintain civil service morale and efficiency. Livelihood Introduce minimum wage for low-income occupations; relax constraints for elderly to receive CSSA; halve hospital charges for elderly; increase old-age allowance; give more help to women in grass roots; strengthen social services. Sustainable development Tighten air pollution control; increase partnership between government and community on conservation. Education Review the effectiveness of mother tongue teaching; monitor progress in class-size reduction; extend voucher scheme to all kindergartens.