The Government's apparently haphazard approach to the housing market was making potential buyers nervous about committing, Society of Community Organisations director Ho Hei-wah said. 'Mr Tung's target [of 85,000 flats a year] is bound to fall flat in this case. I cannot see why we cannot buy cheap flats when the market is down,' Mr Ho said. 'Some buyers are deterred because the Government does not have a long-term housing policy. At one time, it talks about selling public units to tenants, while the next it says those on waiting lists can buy too. 'How can people have confidence in what the Government says? And why enter the market if there might be some alternatives offered by the Government later?' Liberal Party legislator Ronald Arculli said he believed the land sale programme could stabilise the property market. 'Now that the Government has earmarked 650 hectares of land to be disposed of flexibly, I think it will help stabilise the property prices,' he said. 'The public need not worry that there will be a shortage of supply or the Government will sell the land below market prices,' he said. Mr Arculli suggested reviewing whether the anti-speculation measures should be relaxed to boost development. Ousted Democratic legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip described the announcement as the right step. But he was sceptical the Government would stick to its plan.