DISGRUNTLED Tin Shui Wai residents have sought help from legislators to fight a government plan to build a funeral parlour adjacent to their homes after their objection was turned down by the district board. The residents fear that the funeral parlour could bring bad fung shui to the area and may affect their mental health. Fifty protesters, comprising public tenants and private property owners in the new town, petitioned district board members before the board met to discuss the issue yesterday. The protesters handed in a petition signed by 5,015 residents, demanding the proposed funeral parlour be moved to a remote part of northern Tin Shui Wai. However, board members voted 18-5 after a three-hour debate for a motion calling for more official promotion and explanation to residents on the funeral parlour project. Board members accepted a funeral home was needed in the area to serve the growing northwestern New Territories but asked for better zoning to ensure it was separated from the adjacent residential estates. Residents accused the district board members of ignoring their interests and demanded the legislature overturn the proposal. Ms Wong Siu-ying of Tin Yiu Court - a Home Ownership Scheme project - said: ''We would not have bought our flats had we been told there would be a funeral home. The Government intentionally hid the information from us.'' Public tenant Mr Chan Kung-wei said: ''We are not superstitious; however, living next to a place for the dead may have a bad psychological effect on us.'' Mr Chan added he would consider moving if the Government insisted on building the funeral parlour. Legislator and board member Mr Zachary Wong Wai-yin, who is supporting the residents, promised to table the issue in the Legislative Council after his motion for the cancellation of the project was rejected at the board meeting. ''The motion passed by members is too weak to push the Government to withdraw the plan. I am not against the project. I just wonder why the Government has to insist on building a funeral parlour at that site.'' Yuen Long district planning officer Mr Paul Ng Wai-po said the site was chosen after careful land-use zoning.