Zeman admits to forced departure from Ocean Park top job

June 24, 2014 09:06
Allan Zeman sees no political motive behind the Hong Kong government's decision to seek his departure as Ocean Park chairman. Photo: HKEJ

Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman has revealed that he was being forced out of his post by the government, although he believes there is no political reason behind the move, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday. 

Zeman is stepping down from the role that he has held for 11 years after the Hong Kong government decided not to renew his appointment.

According to internal guidelines, the combined service term should not exceed six years in a row, said Zeman. He will, however, serve the theme park as an adviser to continue his work on the establishment of a new water park and hotel facilities.

Banker Leo Kung Lin-cheng will take over the reins from Zeman, who has won acclaim for developing Ocean Park into a successful business.

Meanwhile, there have been some rumors that Zeman could be named as chair of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, taking the job from Ronald Arculli.

Zeman said no official has ever been in touch with him on the purported appointment that he described as the toughest job in the city, next only to facilitating universal suffrage for the Hong Kong chief executive election.

Given the complexity in both political and finance terms of the chairmanship of the West Kowloon project, it would need some serious thinking before a decision can be made on whether to take the role, Zeman said when asked if he was interested in the new position.

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