The security chief has attended another rally hosted by the pro-Beijing camp to drum up support for the proposed anti-subversion laws. At the forum organised by the New Territories Association of Societies, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee maintained that most people supported the proposal despite strong opposition from the pro-democracy camp and legal experts. The forum was attended by about 500 association members who were driven to the venue in Kwai Chung in a fleet of coaches. Mrs Ip has so far appeared at more than 40 such forums. She said the proposal was a balance of people's rights and the need to protect national security and territorial integrity. 'Most people support these principles. Those who are opposed . . . only want the restrictions to be more liberal. But should it be as loose as only arresting people when they are about to set off a bomb?' she said. At the end of Mrs Ip's speech, the listeners were prompted to demonstrate their support by a show of hands. 'We are totally in support,' said district councillor Ip Shun-hing, who chaired the forum. The controversial proposed legislation - which aims to ban acts such as treason, subversion and sedition under Article 23 of the Basic Law - has been condemned by critics who fear it will curb civil liberties. They have also criticised the government for suggesting that most people support the proposal. Meanwhile, Mrs Ip's recent remarks made during a City University forum, in which she used the example of Adolf Hitler to show that democracy did not guarantee human rights would be protected, was criticised by the New York Times as 'callous and historically incomplete'. The newspaper said Hitler had not received the support of the majority of Germans and only became chancellor in 1933 by 'fomenting political violence'.