Democratic Party leader Martin Lee Chu-ming yesterday warned the Government against being too ready to give up autonomy to Beijing. Without naming Solicitor-General Daniel Fung Wah-kin, Mr Lee said: 'I was sad to hear a senior government lawyer recently telling the Hong Kong courts to voluntarily give up some of their jurisdiction in deference to Beijing. 'I think this sort of talk is extremely bad for Hong Kong's future and I hope it does not set a bad precedent,' he said. Despite this, Mr Lee said he was glad most senior civil servants appeared not to be kowtowing to Beijing. Looking back over the few weeks since the handover, Mr Lee said senior Chinese government officials had been quiet on Hong Kong issues. 'We no longer hear intimidatory remarks from Beijing as we did when the last Governor was here,' he said. These might no longer be necessary because China had its own people to say whatever needed to be said on its behalf, he added. Urging Tung Chee-hwa to think positively and confidently, Mr Lee said the Chief Executive and the Government must not 'second-guess' Chinese leaders when it appeared they were prepared to leave everything to him. 'If Mr Tung were to think beforehand and ask himself, 'If I were to do something which is clearly good for Hong Kong, what will the Chinese leaders think? Will they like it or will they be unhappy?' . . . the result could well be bad for Hong Kong.' Mr Lee warned that 'second-guessing' the Chinese leaders would be even worse than allowing them to make decisions for Hong Kong, 'because we will never know [their] real bottom line on Hong Kong issues'. He called on the Government to fight for the greatest degree of autonomy permitted under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. 'For . . . Hong Kong, freedom is the most important thing - now as ever before. But there can only be freedom when we all insist to be free.'