Former mainland dissident Frank Lu Siqing, who played an active role in the 1989 democracy movement, has been given permanent residency in the SAR. The 35-year-old director of the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy was told by the Immigration Department on Wednesday that his right of abode application had been accepted. He will receive his permanent resident identity card next Friday. Mr Lu, who slipped into Hong Kong in July 1993 to avoid prosecution on the mainland, was given political asylum by the colonial government. While most dissidents applied to settle in Western countries after a short stay here, Mr Lu opted to stay in the SAR. He became eligible for permanent residency after living in the territory for seven years. Mr Lu recalled meeting Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee last month at a cocktail party and asking her about his case. 'She said she was familiar with my case and told me to file a formal application,' he said. He decided to try his luck and submitted an application on July 20. 'The Government would do itself no good if it turned down my application,' he said. Two other mainland dissidents now in the territory were facing a similar situation, he said. He declined to name them but said they both fled to Hong Kong in 1995 and would be eligible for permanent residency in due course. Mr Lu also said the Government should drop the idea of an anti-subversion law. According to Article 23 of the Basic Law, the Government should enact laws to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition or subversion against the Beijing Government. The SAR Government is studying the issue. Mr Lu is worried that the work of his centre, set up in 1994, would not be tolerated under an anti-subversion law.