The deployment of Chinese troops showed a lack of sensitivity about the sentiments of Hong Kong people, according to legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing. Ms Lau, of The Frontier, said the deployment of 4,000 personnel in one operation by land, sea and air routes 'was too high profile' and 'unnecessary'. Ms Lau also questioned the need for armoured vehicles. 'It doesn't stir up a warm feeling at the crack of dawn,' she said. 'It's counter-productive. People are worried about the Tiananmen Square massacre, about the abuse of powers by some PLA soldiers and corruption. 'I hope Hong Kong people won't feel alarmed about it. [The PLA] are not sensitive to the feelings of people,' she said. Ms Lau urged early clarification on whether the deployment would be final. 'There's no official announcement about that. It's ridiculous.' Liberal Party Chairman Allen Lee Peng-fei saw no problem with the number of troops. He said the British garrison had had more than 8,000 personnel stationed in the territory. 'It's not the number that matters . . . Hong Kong people should not be overly concerned about the stationing of the PLA. 'Surely they will follow the rules for the military and abide by the law when they go out from the barracks,' he said. James To Kun-sun of the Democratic Party questioned the need for close to 5,000 troops. 'Hong Kong is an international city. I don't see any strategic significance and need for Hong Kong [to keep a large army].'