Future chief executive Tung Chee-hwa has signalled that key terms in the controversial Societies Ordinance could be redefined as long as it still prevented foreign political infiltration of the territory. Speaking after the first consultation meeting on plans to amend Hong Kong's civil liberties was marred by protests, Mr Tung said there were four areas where adjustments could be made. But he insisted that the ordinance must still prevent foreign political links and criticised those who opposed the ban. 'I believe almost every country in the world has laws on the matter. It is incredible for people to oppose it under the excuse of defending democracy,' he told a Newspaper Society reception. The Chief Executive-designate said changes could be made on the definitions of what was a political organisation or a foreign organisation, and on who were aliens and their links. Although he did not outline the amendments, Mr Tung had earlier told Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood members that 'alien' could be re-defined to exempt permanent residents of foreign nationality. His comments appeared to allay fears that political groups would be de-registered if they received donations from returning migrants. Association chairman Frederick Fung Kin-kee said Mr Tung told them these people would not be seen as aliens 'because they have a sense of belonging to the territory'. Mr Tung's original proposal, which caused anger in the territory and overseas, defines an alien as 'a person other than a citizen of the People's Republic of China'. The definition of political organisations has also been criticised for failing to reflect accurately the circumstances of Hong Kong. On the Public Order Ordinance, Mr Tung told Newspaper Society members there was a need to ensure 'proper handling' of rallies. 'I have witnessed how liberalism destroyed the social order of the West, weakened the people's respect for their government and families, as well as creating all sorts of undesirable social problems,' he said. 'Everything in Hong Kong is fine now, but I do not want this to happen. I do not want to see a Hong Kong which is permissive to the point where we start to surrender social order.' The consultation meeting, at the Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, had been under way for around half an hour when about 20 members of the Democratic Party and The Frontier group began their protest. Chanting slogans and waving banners, pro-democratic municipal and district board members later stormed out of the session in protest at proposed changes to the Societies and Public Order ordinances. They dismissed the meeting, chaired by Secretary for Policy Co-ordination Michael Suen Ming-yeung, as a 'fake consultation' based on 'false democracy'. Amid the slogans and shouting from the floor, Mr Suen said: 'Can you first sit down and listen to my answer?' But activist Stanley Ng Wing-fai countered: 'What's the point of listening to you when the executive council members say they will not change the basic principle of the ordinances?' As members of pro-China groups demanded that the protesters stop disrupting the consultation, Mr Suen left the podium and tried to mediate. However, the protesters ignored him and tore up the consultation document, claiming the amendments would further restrict civil liberties. Mr Suen said every citizen had the right to speak provided it was legal. The Special Administrative Region government had no plan to stop similar situations in the future. 'Personally, I am quite used to protests and I am not unhappy with today's situation,' he said.