A Housing Authority member yesterday urged the Government not to interfere with policy making. He said it was inappropriate for 'non-professionals' to lead professionals. Chan Kam-man, chairman of the authority's Rental Housing Committee, called for a clear division from the Housing Bureau. He was referring to recommendations by the bureau on policies for the next decade in the long-term strategy announced in February, many of which have yet to be discussed by the authority. Two recommendations have already sparked controversy. It was suggested that when principal tenants of a public rental flat died, their children should undergo a means test before being allowed to stay in the flat. It was also suggested applicants on waiting lists for public flats should undergo a means test. 'We all know these people belong to an unlucky group . . . they are still living in dilapidated conditions,' Mr Chan said at the authority's annual meeting. He said he did not think that it was reasonable to change present policy to deprive them of their rights. 'I wish the Housing Bureau and Housing Authority could have a clear division on policy making,' Mr Chan said. 'I don't want to see non-professionals leading professionals.' Secretary for Housing Dominic Wong Shing-wah, who attended the meeting, said the comments were too cynical. 'The Long Term Housing Strategy paper has been made after wide and deep public consultation,' Mr Wong said. 'The Housing Authority's role is mainly building houses. But our role is to make policies for the long term and we have to take care of the contemporary situation, too. 'These are not being touched on by the Housing Authority,' he said. The bureau will set up an advisory committee in three months to monitor implementation of the recommendations made in the Long Term Housing Strategy paper. Mr Wong said committee members would be able to make representations.