THE Hong Kong Basketball Association is going on the offensive off the courts for a more professional look on the courts as they passed a resolution to set up a new Referees Committee in August during last night's council meeting. Although the present Referees Section of the HKBA will be retained, most of its work is transferred to the new committee. One of the objectives of the committee will be to secure more government subsidies because the lack of funds greatly hindered the present Referees Section. The other objective of the committee will be to train more referees for the territory, especially in the New Territories. The Regional Council have pressured the HKBA to provide more referees for competitions in the suburb areas. Chin Yan-pui, chief recreation and sports officer of the Regional Services Department, said the present Referees Section of the HKBA had refused to provide referees to some remote areas in the New Territories. And the Referees Section do not provide referees during office hours as many referees have nine-to-five work commitments. ''The population of the New Territories is over two million,'' Chin said. ''There is obviously not enough support from the HKBA for the fast development of basketball in the region. ''I hope the new referees committee can do something to improve this situation.''