Shanghai has taken the lead in setting up the country's first anti-terrorist taskforce but more needs to be done to counter security threats, according to one city lawmaker. Yang Shaogang is one of 13 members of the Shanghai People's Congress who saw their proposal for an anti-terrorism bill shelved by legislative colleagues. Earlier this week, the city congress closed a five-day session without putting the bill up for a vote, but Mr Yang said he would reintroduce the legislation next year. 'The proposal calls for the city to enact measures to deal with terrorist threats,' he said. He said the 800-plus members of the Shanghai People's Congress might one day regret their failure to act quickly on the proposed law. He said last September's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington should act as a wake-up call for the entire world. 'September 11 was a warning for China that you can never be too careful in preparing for and dealing with terrorism,' he said. Mr Yang, a Shanghai lawyer, said some representatives in the legislature seemed to have become complacent about the threat of terrorism. China has witnessed often-violent attacks by ethnic Muslim minorities in Xinjiang woh have been fighting for an independent state of East Turkestan. The Chinese Government says some activists received training at al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. Shanghai recently became the first Chinese city to set up an anti-terrorist taskforce, made up of elite fighters from local paramilitary forces. The troops have been given cutting-edge weaponry and surveillance equipment to protect the city. City officials said the fighters were prepared to deal with hijackings, bombings, and bio-terrorism attacks. Although the National People's Congress had passed a national law aimed at preventing or punishing political or religious-inspired violence, Mr Yang said Shanghai still needed its own law to fight terrorist threats.