The secretary for security stepped into further controversy over the proposed anti-subversion laws yesterday when she described remarks made by opponents of the plans as exaggerated and deceitful. Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said the public was being misled. Her statement at a security panel meeting prompted an angry response from some lawmakers. Mrs Ip told lawmakers some of the comments made on the proposals during the consultation exercise contained untrue statements. 'The public will be deceived by some of the comments,' she said. Unionist legislator Lee Cheuk-yan asked Mrs Ip to withdraw her comments. 'You are not objective and fair. You are emotional in making accusations without providing any evidence. 'You [should] either withdraw your comments or you should not conduct the consultation as no one would believe you will be objective and impartial in studying the views collected.' Legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, who represents the legal sector, asked: 'Who made the comments? Which organisations? You have not offered any evidence. Please withdraw the comments.' However, Mrs Ip replied: 'I don't intend to withdraw my comments. [Some comments] made by the public on the government proposals were misleading if not deceitful.' Meanwhile, Bar Association chairman Alan Leong Kah-kit said he was disappointed Mrs Ip had, in comments made at a media briefing on Tuesday, dismissed the views of the association on the proposed national security laws as negotiation tactics. Speaking for the last time before he steps down, Mr Leong said the Bar's 48-page response to the government's consultation paper was the result of thorough research, and deserved serious attention and deliberation. Mrs Ip said on Tuesday the Law Society and the Bar Association had used negotiating tactics to get the government to 'give way'. Mr Leong said: 'The Hong Kong Bar Association has never adopted any negotiation tactics . . . It is very unfortunate the secretary for security made that suggestion.' He called on the government to encourage rational debate by producing a white bill detailing the proposed laws for full public consultation. The Article 23 Concern Group, which includes prominent lawyers and academics, urged Mrs Ip to retract her remarks.