Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang says the government must 'come clean' with a draft white bill on the proposed anti-subversion laws to allay mounting suspicion that there is a hidden agenda. This is the second time in less than three weeks that Mrs Chan has expressed her concern over the legislation, under Article 23 of the Basic Law. In an article published in the Financial Times yesterday, Mrs Chan said: 'Unfortunately, in its sometimes 'hard-sell' approach, the government has failed to allay public concern.' She called for the publication of a draft bill for public consultation, particularly over sections on anti-subversion, to ease worries. 'In the final analysis, we must place our trust not in the government of the day but in the letter of the law . . . We need clear and unambiguous laws, tightly drawn and capable of withstanding any challenge in our courts. 'The sooner Hong Kong people can see for themselves what the new anti-subversion laws are going to look like, the better.' Mrs Chan said the legislation was regarded as a test of Hong Kong's lifestyle and its people's rights and freedoms. The government's 'hard-sell' approach had not won more public understanding but instead fuelled more suspicion of its motives, she said. 'The way forward is quite simply for the government to come clean with the draft legislation. Its intentions will then become clear. Substance rather than time is of the essence.' Mrs Chan, who retired last year, said she did not believe the government had any hidden agenda but warned that the anti-subversion laws were 'bound to touch a raw nerve'. 'We must get the anti-subversion laws right, for there is a great deal at stake.' The government has said it only intends to produce a blue bill which would be presented directly to the Legislative Council. Last month, Mrs Chan warned of the wide impact the legislation would have on Hong Kong. Timothy Tong Hin-ming, the acting Permanent Secretary for Security, said the government would listen to all views expressed during the consultation.