The Housing Authority endorsed a plan yesterday to remove wealthy tenants from public rental flats to stop a misuse of resources. More than 60 tenants protested outside the meeting, saying the decision would discourage saving and put families in disarray. But housing officials pressed ahead with the ban, saying their aim was to defend those most in need. 'I want to state clearly that people's stay in public rental flats is a privilege and not a right,' chairman of the authority's Rental Housing Committee Chan Kam-man said. 'We want to keep our subsidised flats for those most in need. So those who can take care of themselves should vacate their flats for the genuine users.' There are 145,000 people waiting. The new policy, which takes effect today, will affect 1,400 households which don't meet an asset limit. It also immediately will affect 400 children who will have to go through a means test before they inherit the flat from their deceased parents. In the case of a four-person family, income and assets must not exceed $53,100 a month and $1.8 million, otherwise, they must move out within a year.