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Legco is holding back Hong Kong's development of entertainment industry, complains Allan Zeman

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2014, 11:23pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2014, 12:17pm
 

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9 Apr 2014
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Total number of votes recorded: 239

Hong Kong will lose out to other Chinese cities within five years at the current pace of development, entertainment mogul Allan Zeman has warned.

The chairman of Ocean Park and Lan Kwai Fong Holdings singled out the Legislative Council for criticism, complaining it was dragging its feet.

The city faces a major threat from Shanghai, Zeman said, where several big entertainment projects are due to be completed in the next three years.

"If Hong Kong moves on at this pace, we will lose out to other Chinese cities in five years' time," he said.

"The chief executive [Leung Chun-ying] does not have the support in the Legislative Council. Legco is blocking government legislation … it is filibustering on the budget bill. Everything is so slow." Lawmakers have submitted 1,917 amendments to the budget bill, which is likely to trigger a marathon debate running from next Wednesday until June at the earliest.

Zeman feels there is good reason for Hongkongers to worry about Shanghai. "There is a new Disneyland coming up in Shanghai in 2016 and it will be much bigger than Hong Kong's.

"We are building a new project named Dream Centre in Shanghai, which will be a media and cultural hub featuring a new DreamWorks animation studio and will include a Lan Kwai Fong.

"The total project size will be about 10 times that of Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong," said Zeman, who has also taken his brand to Chengdu , Haikou and Wuxi .

Acknowledging the grievances of Hongkongers at the influx of mainland tourists, he called on the government to study how to diversify tourism.

He said: "We have 18 districts and we can offer so much. We can also look into ways to control the influx of tourists."

While Zeman noted the unpopularity of the government, he defended Leung. He said: "CY is trying to do his best. People do not have their own homes so they blame mainlanders, saying they have grabbed all the resources.

"The reality is we have no land and when you propose to take out green land to build houses, the environmentalists go crazy."

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blue
"Hey, Mr Zeman is now a proud PRC national after having renounced his convenient Canadian citizenship a few years ago quite publicly. "

He's a HKSAR Chinese national, not a PRC national. He holds a HKSAR passport, not a PRC one.
fmhung
HK does not need another Disneyland or another big theme park. Tourism should not be what businesses rely on. We don't have space to accommodate more people coming, nor do we have space to spare for building useless cruise piers and high speed trains, when we don't even have enough land to give people homes to live in. The kind of "entertainment" this article refers to, is not meant for local hongkongers, but for expats and mainlanders. Stop worrying about whether we will fall behind other "World Cities", and start worrying about the livelihood of the locals here.
pangkf
I think the intent of Allan Zeman talking about this for Hong Kong to further develop is good. But afterall, we need to balance the economy but not just focus on the entertainment industry. There are many priorities that we have to do.
ton1998
I don't understand why the comment of some people is so stupid.
Hong Kong is an international city and must compete with other cities in the regio, otherwise we loose it indeed from Shanghai.
If we don't have tourist anymore in Hong Kong , how to give all hk people a job, what other kind of business do we have in Hong Kong? We lost our manufacturing to china , shanghai will overrule Hong Kong banking sector in 2012.
What is the future , if we don't do anything?
CatInAFlap
This man knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. A charlatan for whom even ones nationality is a saleable product. Not only does he increasingly take on the physical appearance of Mike Myers' Dr Evil, he IS evil.
sfxcjohnny
Put aside personal hatred toward MrZ, is he making a valid point?
johnyuan
The SCMP poll “Is Legco is to blame for Hong Kong's slow pace of development on the entertainment front?” whatever the poll result is doesn’t necessary mean Hong Kong public wants more entertainment.
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SCMP must be careful with its polling of public’s opinion. The public should watch their steps not falling in a preconceived agreement that an irrelvant polling being sought.
Shadow
It makes sense that we should not simply obstruct every thing which government put on table. we have to have sensible remarks on it. and we should not waste public money by spending time on filibustering but any logical complaint must be raised. we should also ensure that legislative counsel does not become an animal market, like a mess we currently have.
Each member of legislative counsel should behave a manner which should reflect productivity for Hong Kong. Their behaviour along with their dress code should be regularized. if school children need to wear uniform and must be neat and tidy and with nice hair cut.
then why our legislatures should looks like @yue tan@ fish ball merchants?
fmhung
it's called democracy, what is left of it anyways. what you are describing can be found in the government halls of Beijing or N.Korea, with their silly looking uniforms.
mdap
WHAT NOT ENOUGH MONEY BEING OFFERED TO YOU MR. ZEMAN - DID HENRY TANG OFFER YOU EXCLUSIVE DEALS .. OH YES, HE DID ! TIMES HAVE CHANGED ALLAN, AND YOU VOTED FOR THE WRONG HORSE - GO AWAY TO PHUKET AND CONTINUE YOUR MANIPULATION OF THE LOCALS THERE .... HK IS OVER YOU...

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