The Government must make clear that mainland troops will enjoy no privileges, legislators demanded yesterday. Fears of special treatment for the People's Liberation Army have grown since the South China Morning Post revealed the leader of its advance party, Major-General Zhou Borong, criticised Customs officers for stopping him at the border. Legislators will decide this morning whether to hold a special meeting to question the Government on the issue. General Zhou, who yesterday paid a courtesy visit to Customs headquarters, would not comment. He had said officials should show more respect to the PLA after being asked for a closed-road permit when crossing the border at Lok Ma Chau on May 27. A radio show caller claiming to be a Customs officer fuelled concern this week when he said staff had been given a list of 29 PLA cars which should not be checked. He said they had been told to be easygoing with PLA officials. This had lowered the morale of officers who believed the PLA should abide by existing regulations. Customs and Security Branch officials yesterday refused to comment on the incident, but said no privileges were given to PLA advance parties now in Hong Kong. Military vehicles could be exempted from regular checks under the PLA Garrison Law. Democrat James To Kun-sun, chairman of the Legislative Council's security panel, said: 'My colleagues have been coming up to me all day and pressuring me to hold a special meeting to discuss this.' He queried what concerns the PLA could have over officers who were simply obeying the law. 'Maybe they want to claim some privileges or they are annoyed as they think they should get special treatment. That would be the worst and that is what Hong Kong people are worried about,' he added. Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said the Government must maintain a level playing field. 'The thing that worries Hong Kong people most is the PLA having special rights in the territory after the handover. They are not used to special rights,' she said. Christine Loh Kung-wai of the Citizens Party said giving special privileges might encourage corruption. Governor Chris Patten said the law applied to everyone. 'The more responsible your position, the more important it is that you show that you are prepared to obey the law,' he said. Leading member of the Chinese side of the Joint Liaison Group, Chen Zuo'er, said the incident had been exaggerated. 'I don't know where the information has come from. As in the past, the PLA has conformed to laws in the territory and they will continue to do so,' he said.