A decision on whether to enact a law banning racism will be made soon, the home affairs chief told lawmakers yesterday. Patrick Ho Chi-ping admitted that there was widespread support for a law, and acknowledged the difficulties faced by many Asian minorities in Hong Kong. He outlined a series of measures the government has taken to help minorities, including language classes, education support, public education and awareness programmes for racial sensitivity. Dr Ho said the government would decide soon whether a law would be enacted to ensure ethnic minorities were not discriminated against. Two consultations with the private sector and non-governmental organisations last year demonstrated strong support for anti-racism laws. 'We are mindful of the difficulties ethnic minorities - particularly those of South Asian or Southeast Asian descent - encountered in integrating into the mainstream community,' he said.