MICHAEL Suen Ming-yeung, the senior official seconded to the post-1997 administration, said it would accept amendments to the Public Order and Societies ordinances tabled to the provisional legislature yesterday. Mr Suen, the Secretary for Policy Co-ordination, moved the amendments for first and second readings in Shenzhen yesterday. The Association of Democracy and People's Livelihood, with four members in the interim body, has said that it will move amendments to the two bills to return the registration system for societies to the current notification system. But the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, the Liberal Party and the Progressive Alliance, with 26 members sitting in the interim body, have given their backing for the bills. Mr Suen said the bills were the fruits of consultation held in the past few weeks and the Chief Executive-designate's office had already taken into account public opinion raised during the consultation. 'The two bills symbolise the determination of the SAR government to safeguard human rights on one hand and maintain social stability on the other,' Mr Suen said, adding that people would not be penalised simply because of speeches they made. 'What we are talking about are the registration of societies and arrangement for demonstrations. It is just so simple. I don't know why people say they will be charged because of their speeches,' he said. Mr Suen had also moved the Municipal Councils and the District Board Ordinances for the first and second readings. The proposal to set up the provisional district organisations was an indispensable measure to fill the political vacuum left by the disbandment of the municipal councils and the district boards, he said. Calling for backing from the interim body, Mr Suen believed the bill would receive wide support from the society. Incumbent legislative councillors Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee and James To Kun-sun condemned the amendments to the Public Order and Societies ordinances for giving too much power to the police. It would be a burden on the police if they had to make an immediate judgment whether an activity threatened national security, Mr To said during a political forum.