Estate agents yesterday rebuked their legislative representative for voting to reduce their influence in a new professional governing body. The Society of Hong Kong Real Estate Agents, with more than 8,000 members, said it would not support Andrew Cheng Kar-foo in any future election and would urge members to vote against him. In Legco on Wednesday, Mr Cheng supported his fellow Democratic Party member, Lee Wing-tat, in an amendment to the Estate Agents Bill to reduce the representation of agents in a future 20-member Estate Agents Authority to four seats from the six proposed. The authority, to be set up in three months, will be responsible for issuing licences to agents and monitoring their performance. It would also help to lay down mandatory rules and regulations for the agents to enhance their credibility in a plan the industry says will cost it $60 million. 'We co-operated with the Government in the first place by initiating the new law three years ago. But now our representation has been cut to such a minimal voice,' said Tony Chan Tung-ngok, president of the society. Honorary secretary Shih Wing-ching said the move by legislators ignored agents' contribution to the property market. Last night, Mr Cheng said he was sad to hear his constituents criticising him. 'It was a vote to balance the voices of different sectors, as I am not only representing the estate agents, but also finance, insurance and business services,' he said. Mr Cheng stressed that he believed the amendment was acceptable.