THE Governor's address lacked law and order initiatives to control serious crime in Hong Kong, said Liberal Party legislator Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee. She said Mr Patten had underestimated the seriousness of crime, and urged police to acknowledge the extent of triad extortion, improve public confidence through streamlined procedures, and step up cross-border co-operation against corruption. Mrs Chow referred to triad extortion highlighted by the South China Morning Post on Tuesday. ''I was shocked by a report in a newspaper yesterday which said one in six shops had to pay protection money. ''Have the police ever admitted the problem is serious?'' she asked. She said it was common for the police to put the blame on the public's unwillingness to report crime. But the public should not be held solely responsible. ''Have the police asked themselves why the public is not willing to report crime or to act as witnesses? The public do not have confidence in the police. They have no confidence that the triads will not seek revenge,'' she said. Cumbersome procedures to report crimes had also discouraged the public from seeking police help. She said the Government had recruited its targeted number of new police officers, but failed to push down the high wastage rate. Mrs Chow urged the Government to map out a long-term comprehensive co-operation plan with China to combat corruption. Independent legislator Simon Ip Sik-on echoed her criticisms that the Government had failed to address cross-border corruption. He suggested the Chinese authorities and the ICAC should work towards increased co-operation.