The PLA has refused a request from urban councillors to discuss at a meeting today its rules for officers living in Mid-Levels and the Peak. Residents confronted by the sight of uniformed officers at apartment blocks and shopping malls wanted to know what they were up to, Central and Western board members said. They were disappointed by Garrison commander Lieutenant-General Liu Zhenwu's refusal to allow a representative to address a Provisional District Board meeting. He referred questions to the Security Bureau, which said details about the quarters were the PLA's 'internal affairs'. General Liu recently moved into a luxury Peak mansion, Headquarter House, formerly occupied by the British forces' commander, and 60 officers have taken up flats in Bonham Road, Mid-Levels. Councillors also wanted to know about the future use of the two towers at Queen's Lines in Admiralty which appear to be unoccupied. Board chairman Chan Chit-kwai said the PLA had rejected on security grounds a request to explain its plans for the properties, details of the soldiers living there and rules applying to them. A response from General Liu's office said the Basic Law and Garrison laws prevented the military from interfering in SAR matters. 'Therefore, it is inappropriate for a military representative to attend your meeting but the Security Bureau of the SAR will help us do any liaison work.'