The housing rights of working-class families are at risk because the Government is silencing those who speak for them, a veteran housing activist warned yesterday. Former Housing Authority veteran Frederick Fung Kin-kee - dropped from the body after eight years' service - said his removal showed the Government was bent on achieving home ownership at the expense of the needs of poorer tenants. 'If the Government thought that I would shut up by kicking me out, they are wrong,' said Mr Fung, who is chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood and is standing in the Legislative Council elections. Mr Fung has been fighting for grassroots families' housing rights since the 1970s. He said the Government was dragging its feet in striking out a high-rent policy and slowed down the privatisation of public housing flats. It had planned to means-test children before allowing them to inherit their deceased parents' right to cheap rental accommodation, he said, adding that the Government has now reconsidered such a policy in the face of fierce opposition from tenants. He also claimed that the Government plans to take control of housing matters from the Housing Authority, leaving it as a mere figurehead. Fellow housing activist Ho Hei-wah, who fights for the rights of people who are in substandard living conditions, was another case in point, he said. Mr Ho had been invited to join the authority by its chairman, Rosanna Wong Yick-ming, and Housing Department Director Tony Miller, but their suggestion was vetoed, he said.