Xinhua would have to abide by Hong Kong laws if it acted outside the scope authorised by the Central Government, the Solicitor-General said yesterday. 'It could be sued if it infringes the rights of the public,' Daniel Fung Wah-kin said. At least four mainland bodies, including Xinhua, inherited Crown privileges when the controversial Adaptation of Laws (Interpretative Provisions) Bill was passed on Wednesday. Speaking on RTHK, Mr Fung said Xinhua was not merely a news agency. It was an organ of the central Government that liaised between sectors of the Hong Kong community and Beijing. As such, it could be considered part of the 'state', he said. However, Mr Fung said Xinhua had to abide by the law if it acted outside the boundaries of its delegated power. He said that under the revised law, Xinhua was no different from the SAR Government, and if the SAR Government infringed on the rights of the public, it could be sued. Mr Fung said the bill's passage had not been hasty; consultation on it had begun before the handover. He said the post-election legislature could amend the law through the Law Reform Commission or private members' bills.