The Housing Authority's building committee yesterday fought back against a move in Legco to censure authority chairwoman Rosanna Wong Yick-ming and Director of Housing Tony Miller over a spate of housing scandals. The 16-member committee passed a motion to 'support the work of the chairwoman and the director' and dismissed as 'unfair' the motion to hold the two totally responsible for the incidents. They pledged to accept collective responsibility for the public housing scandals. Members said it was up to individuals to decide whether they should follow Ms Wong if she resigned after next week's Legco vote of no-confidence. Hong Kong has been rocked by a series of construction scandals over the past 18 months, including a faulty piling scam at a Yuen Chau Kok site, where two blocks will have to be demolished at a cost of $250 million. Chairman Daniel Lam Chun said: 'It is unfair and unreasonable to single out Ms Wong and Mr Miller for criticism. They are only committee members.' Mr Lam argued the two had taken the initiative to investigate the piling scam. 'A vote of no-confidence will send a very wrong message to society that those who sought to solve the problem will be condemned.' He denied the committee had adopted scare tactics in threatening a mass resignation. 'It couldn't possibly be a threat. Who are we to pose a threat to the Legislative Council? But it's a clear display of our dissatisfaction.' Fellow member Wan Man-yee said he had no choice but to resign if the vote of no-confidence was passed. He criticised Secretary for Works Lee Shing-see for his silence, although he sat on the committee. 'The contractors in trouble are on their authorised list. We rely on his expertise but he is silent on the matter,' he said. Another member, University of Hong Kong Professor of Architecture Patrick Lau Sau-shing, said of the Legco motion: 'They want bloodshed. It is simple, but it is not the way to solve problems.' Another authority member, Dr Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, said he would also quit if the no-confidence vote was passed. 'The Legislative Council in a sense represents public opinion. If the vote is passed, it means the public demands the Housing Authority be held responsible for these incidents.' Gary Cheng Kai-nam of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong and Democrat Law Chi-kwong last night announced their immediate resignation from the authority. Mr Cheng said the party's caucus has decided to abstain on unionist legislator Leung Yiu-chung's amendment to the no-confidence motion moved by Democrat Fred Li Wah-ming. 'We found it inappropriate to set a precedent for the legislature to pass a motion specifically urging officials to resign,' Mr Cheng said.