Legislators in a lather, police happy at queue Lawmakers have criticised the Bank of China (Hong Kong) for the chaos surrounding arrangements for selling commemorative Olympic banknotes. But top officials from both the police and Hong Kong Olympic Committee have appealed to the public to look on the bright side regarding the release. Legislator Wong Kwok-hing, of the Federation of Trade Unions, said the bank was supposed to adopt better methods for the sale, such as online or telephone booking, which would be more convenient for the public. 'All of this chaos and trouble should have been avoided if the bank had properly estimated the demand,' he said. Fellow legislator Yeung Sum, of the Democratic Party, also believed that the bank should have made more options available to different groups of people. 'Youngsters are more familiar with online booking, while the elderly prefer to queue up or fill in application forms. There are many ways to provide more efficient and user-friendly services,' he said. Police Assistant Commissioner for operations Bill Suen Kwai-leung told a press conference yesterday that the public's response to the Olympic banknotes had exceeded Bank of China's expectations. 'But from a positive angle, [the public's passion towards the Olympics] is something we are quite happy to see. We have something to learn [from the chaos] but it is not such a big lesson to be 'avoided'.' Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, president of the Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, said he was surprised but happy to see the enthusiasm of those queuing for notes. 'In Hong Kong, we often talk about whether the city lacks the Olympic atmosphere. It seems that we are sort of 'late-warmers',' he said. He remind the public that there were enough commemorative banknotes for everyone and urged people to think of their health before joining long queues. A spokeswoman for the Home Affairs Bureau said the department had no role in the sale of the Olympic banknotes, and added that the enthusiasm was related to the city's celebratory mood as the start of the Olympic Games approached. Police arrested at least three people amid chaos outside BOCHK branches early yesterday morning. Two men, aged 18 and 43, were arrested for fighting outside a branch of the bank in Tuen Lung Street, Tuen Mun, at about 1.30am. A 38-year-old man tried to take a picture of the fight and was attacked by the 18-year-old. Police then intervened and stopped the fight to make the arrests. Three hours later, police arrested a 27-year-old man outside the same bank after he attacked a 68-year-old man with an umbrella when queuing for the banknotes. A police spokesman said they were aware of more celebratory activities being held in different districts ahead of the Olympics, and district commanders had been given instructions to apply necessary crowd-management measures regarding these events.