Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing has urged Hong Kong people to defend freedom of expression and continue to speak their minds, even on issues considered unacceptable by Beijing. Troubled by a recent war of words with Executive Councillor Leung Chun-ying over Taiwan's independence, Ms Lau said she refused to be intimidated. 'I do not expect everyone in Hong Kong to respect the wishes of the Taiwanese people, but I do think we should stand up for people's freedom of conscience, freedom of expression and freedom of speech,' she said. She said the row had shown that people dared not argue openly on issues deemed politically incorrect. 'This is a most disturbing development and must be resisted,' Ms Lau said. 'Hong Kong people should have the freedom to speak their minds. If not, 'one country, two systems' will be just a sham.'