Tung Chee-hwa yesterday vowed to act on laws rushed through by the disbanded legislative council in its final sittings. Addressing the local media, the Chief Executive attacked former legislators for ramming through several bills in the last days of British rule. He asked: 'How many laws can you pass in two or three weeks - some of them without proper study, certainly without proper consultation? 'Many of them will have long-term implications. But each one of those laws and amendments is being studied. We will do what is necessary to protect this community.' He did not specify any particular laws for scrutiny, but the new legislation covered various subjects from workers' rights and phone-tapping to sexual discrimination. In his first press conference since taking office, Mr Tung sailed through grillings on issues ranging from democracy to property prices, the future of foreigners and family passports. He was tired but jovial, saying he wanted a good sleep after 36 hours of ceremonies and celebrations. He said Hong Kong people should try to understand the mainland before challenging its policies and development. 'Hong Kong has been separated from the motherland for some years,' he said. 'I don't think the people of Hong Kong know the motherland very well.' It might not be appropriate for people to raise questions on development in China if they did not understand it, he said. 'The more we feel we are of the same country, the better we able to implement two systems.' But this did not mean Hong Kong people had to accommodate mainland views. Adamant that the long-term interests of the SAR and mainland were the same, Mr Tung admitted there would be conflicts. 'We need to talk through to make sure our interests are being looked after. It is something we will watch very carefully.' He was happy protests on June 30 had not spoiled the celebrations, but declined to say if the Democrats would be prosecuted for addressing protesters from the Legco balcony. Any lawful demonstrations would be allowed, he said, but urged people to consider the rights of the whole community. 'There are many channels open for communication,' he said. He indicated the SAR would move towards democracy step by step in accordance with the Basic Law. The Government, he said, would work hard to have details of the first legislative elections ready soon, but refused to say if that would be in May.