Legal professionals and human right groups yesterday gave a thumbs down to proposals to amend the two key civil liberties ordinances. At a joint panel meeting of Legco, Law Society president Christopher Chan Cheuk said he saw no need for the new laws to be rushed through in time for the handover. He argued that no legal vacuum would suddenly be created at midnight on June 30, even if there were plans to repeal laws later. Mr Chan disagreed with plans by the Chief Executive-designate's office to ban funding for political organisations from foreign political groups as the public could be trusted to judge their actions right or wrong. 'The public is not ignorant. They can make a just and fair decision,' he said. Bar Association Chairman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said she disagreed with pro-China groups being urged to send letters of support. 'It's not a numerical game,' she said. And her colleague, council member Johannes Chan Man-mun, queried the inability of Tung Chee-hwa to answer whether a public assembly advocating the release of Chinese dissidents could be prohibited on the grounds of national security. 'If he is unable to answer this question, how could the Commissioner of Police answer it in deciding whether to object to it?' he asked. Mr Chan said it would hardly be in the public interest if it was necessary to resort to litigation whenever the police exercised its power.