One of the most striking differ ences between the Hong Kong and Macau handovers is the re action to the arrival of People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops. Many in Hong Kong feared the troops and warned that they should stay out of local affairs. But most Macau people wel come plans for a PLA garrison. They hope the garrison will scare off triad gangs which thrive on the territory's gam bling industry. 'Many of us have extensive contact with the mainland,' community leader Li Kang said. 'There's nothing fearful about the Communist Party or the PLA. The troops know Ma cau laws and they won't cause trouble. Community groups [in Macau] have always participat ed in cross-border activities and Macau people have always felt at one with China, ' Mr Li said. 'Some people have even ex pressed that maybe the PLA should come earlier, but of course, that is not possible.'