Laws to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual preference are unnecessary because there is no such problem, according to the Hong Kong Federation of Women. The pro-Beijing women's group also said there was no need for legislation on racial discrimination, because the problem was not serious. 'We are against all kinds of discrimination. But there has not been a case where discrimination against sexual preference has infringed personal freedom. There is no need to legislate to eradicate the problem,' said federation member Lee Kwai-chun. Federation representatives, speaking at a Legco committee on the Equal Opportunities Bill, said people mixed with foreigners harmoniously and racial bias was not common. 'We think civil education to eliminate discrimination may be a better way,' said member Elle Shum Mun-ling. But Democrat Albert Ho Chun-yan defended the need for legislation. 'We should not say a particular type of discrimination is more serious and should therefore be dealt with first,' he said. 'Legislation allows people to have a clearer understanding about their responsibilities legally, not only morally.' Independent Christine Loh Kung-wai disagreed that discrimination on the basis of race and sexual preference did not exist. 'Much racial discrimination is very subtle. So long as there are biases, we need to legislate against them,' she said.