The Ombudsman is to be asked to investigate an alleged conflict of interest involving tourism commissioner Mike Rowse. Two green groups say Mr Rowse should not have promoted the Disneyland project publicly without first clearly declaring his role as a director of the theme park's joint-venture company, Hongkong International Theme Parks. Assistant director of Friends of the Earth Plato Yip Kwong-to said the public, which is being consulted on the two environmental reports on Disney and related projects, could be misled. He said confusion over the two roles suggested the Government was doing things in favour of Walt Disney and this was unfair to other companies. 'It seems the Government is abusing administrative resources to benefit a private company. This demonstrates the problem that government should not be involved in private investment,' Mr Yip said. Greenpeace executive director Ho Wai-chi said: 'It's an obvious conflict of interest.' Mr Yip said Mr Rowse should have declared his interest as had the Advisory Council on the Environment chairman, Peter Wong Hong-yuen, who will not attend meetings to discuss Disney because his accountancy firm works for the company. Mr Yip said he would complain to the Ombudsman. Mr Rowse dismissed the criticisms as 'complete gibberish'. 'We are directors to look after the government investment [$3.25 billion] on behalf of the Hong Kong community,' he said. He is among the five government officials appointed to the joint venture's board, which includes three Disney representatives and two independent representatives. The Government did not announce the names of the officials until yesterday when Mr Rowse responded to Post questions. Mr Rowse's role was revealed when the Post conducted a company search early last month and found the tourism chief, Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and Secretary for Treasury Denise Yue Chung-yee are listed as directors. Mr Rowse said the two other directors are Secretary for Economic Services Stephen Ip Shu-kwan and Secretary for Works Lee Shing-see. He insisted the arrangement of having five officials as directors had been made public.