Draft legislation for the national security law will be tabled to the Executive Council for discussion today amid growing calls that enactment should not be rushed through. It is understood that the blueprint to implement the controversial proposals under Article 23 of the Basic Law has incorporated the revised package announced by the Security Bureau without further concessions. Subject to endorsement by Exco, the blueprint will be gazetted on Friday and will be tabled to the Legislative Council for a first reading on February 26. The Security Bureau hopes to complete the enactment by the summer. The move means the legislative process has effectively been launched and has dashed hopes for further consultation through a white bill, which the opposition camp has been fighting for. The Security Bureau has liberalised the proposals against the theft of state secrets, treason, sedition and other state security offences amid growing fears that freedom in Hong Kong will be curbed. But officials have insisted on retaining the controversial power to outlaw local groups subordinate to those banned on the mainland on national security grounds. The amendment bill to the existing Crimes Ordinance, Official Secrets Ordinance and the Societies Ordinance has been drafted in simple terms. Officials will present the bill at a press conference this week. Representatives from chambers of commerce, consulates and the legal sector will also be given separate briefings. Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee is to continue her lead role in the legislative process, while Solicitor-General Bob Allcock will be take a more active part in defending the draft legislation. Civil Human Rights Front spokesman Richard Choi Yiu-cheong yesterday said the legislation should be shelved. He vowed to mobilise mass opposition campaigns such as street demonstrations or public rallies before the bill is tabled to Legco. 'There will still be lots of things to argue about. I think our voice will still be strong,' he said. Acting Permanent Secretary for Security Timothy Tong Hin-ming would not be drawn on the Exco discussions. He said the bill would be simple and clear, with explanatory notes at the end to spell out the details.