The Bar Council gave its strongest criticism of the Government since the handover yesterday when it attacked proposals to transfer the privileges of the British Crown to the Chinese state. Bar chairman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee SC said the Government's tactics had left her 'angry'. She criticised it for introducing a bill to the interim body that was fundamentally different to the one it had sent to the Bar for consultation. 'The amendment raises fundamental constitutional issues. We strongly disagree that it is 'straightforward', 'technical' or 'mere adaptation' as described by the administration,' the Bar said in a statement. Human Rights Monitor joined the chorus of opposition, saying the law exceeded the provisional legislature's powers, contravened the Basic Law and would perpetrate 'two systems of law'. The Adaptation of Laws (Interpretative Provisions) Bill, which goes to a vote in the provisional legislature today, will replace 'Crown' privileges with 'state' privileges. However, it leaves untouched the legal rule that laws do not apply to state bodies unless mentioned in the bill or clearly implied by the text. It also defines the 'state' in a way that the Government believes includes the SAR Government, Xinhua, the PLA Garrison, the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese office of the Joint Liaison Group. Ms Eu said the original version sent to the Bar gave state privileges only to the SAR Government. The Bar said the Government's definition of the state was 'highly controversial' and 'gives rise to uncertainty'. 'It is fundamental to the rule of law and the concept of 'one country, two systems' that state organs in Hong Kong should comply with the Hong Kong SAR laws save in the areas of foreign affairs and defence,' the Bar said. Human Rights Monitor director Law Yuk-kai called on the Government to delay the bill until the appointed provisional legislature was replaced with a semi-elected body. The bill has also attracted criticism from academics and pro-democracy politicians, but it is expected to be passed under a joint effort of main political parties. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong member Ip Kwok-him said the party would support the bill as 'it does not involve a change in policy'. The Hong Kong Progressive Alliance also said it supported the bill. Liberal Party chairman Allen Lee Peng-fei denied suggestions the party had changed its stance and maintained it would support the bill. The three parties account for more than half of the total votes. Independent Andrew Wong Wang-fat yesterday became the only member to state clearly he wanted the bill withdrawn, but he refused to say whether he would vote against it.