Legislators put freedoms in spotlight for Olympic events Several legislators at a Legislative Council security panel yesterday questioned the government's vow to 'value the freedoms of expression and assembly' during the Olympic equestrian events in August, after police carted away activists who clashed with crowds during the Olympic torch relay in the city last month. Democratic Party legislator James To Kun-sun said the police failed to take proper measures to protect lawful and peaceful protests. Assistant Commissioner of Police Bill Suen Kwai-leung defended the action, saying the primary goal was to maintain order. Phase three project plan looms for science park Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks will submit its phase three development plan by the end of this month. Newly appointed chief executive Anthony Tan said the project was pending approval by the board, government and Legislative Council. The first building was expected to be completed by 2012 and would target biotechnology, energy and environmental protection industries. He said the company had leased out half of its second phase and expected occupancy of 68 per cent by March. Voluntary schemes preferred Almost 80 per cent of young adults prefer voluntary schemes to fund their health care, according to a survey by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. About half of 514 respondents, aged between 18 and 34, agreed that the public heath system needed reforming, but about 60 per cent opposed any mandatory contribution or insurance scheme. Around 70 per cent supported a user-pays model and more than half said health care should be funded by taxation. Lawmaker pleads poverty Legislator Leung Kwok-hung said he would 'delay as long as possible' complying with a court order to pay the Legislative Council HK$90,000 in legal costs - because he was short of money. Mr Leung lost a judicial review against a decision by Legco president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai to bar him from amending a controversial covert surveillance bill in 2006. 'She would make me bankrupt and cease to be a legislator if I have to pay right now,' Mr Leung said.