Bruce Lee followers in Hong Kong have renewed their calls for the government to fund a permanent memorial to their hero after learning that a statue to the kung fu star is about to be erected ... in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Hew Kuan-yau, director of the city's Bruce Lee Fan Club, said it was disappointing that the war-ravaged Balkan state, which has no link to the star, should commemorate the actor ahead of his home city. The statue will be unveiled in November in Mostar, scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. Writer and Bruce Lee devotee Veselin Gatalo, who came up with the idea for the statue, said he hoped it would help heal ethnic divisions between Muslims and Croats in the city by reminding people of Lee's values of 'loyalty, friendship, skill and justice'. The kung fu legend died in 1973 at the age of 32, soon after Enter the Dragon established him as a Hollywood star. Lee's films still have a large cult following in the former Eastern Bloc countries, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Gatalo and his friends have been fans of his films since childhood. 'Lee is a true international hero and a hero to all ethnicities in Bosnia,' said Gatalo, who commissioned Mostar sculptor Boris Jovanovic to create the Lee statue. 'We want people, when you say Mostar, to respond 'That's the city that has a monument to Bruce Lee'.' Mr Hew, whose group has been lobbying for years for a permanent memorial to Lee in Hong Kong, said he was happy for Bosnia-Herzegovina but disappointed for Hong Kong when he heard the Mostar statue - first mooted last year - had been completed. 'I am very disappointed that the Hong Kong government is still doing nothing to commemorate Bruce Lee,' he said. 'I think the government should show more sensitivity. 'During these times, they want to attract more tourists to Hong Kong and Bruce Lee is a very important public asset for them to make use of. Instead of promoting Disney or whatever else, they should realise Bruce Lee is a very important icon.' Mr Hew said his group would lobby legislators for a Bruce Lee museum for Hong Kong once the Legislative Council election was over. 'After the election, we will draw up an action plan for what we are going to do over the coming year to try to get a permanent memorial to Bruce Lee for Hong Kong,' Mr Hew said. The government says it will consider opening a Bruce Lee gallery on the West Kowloon reclamation site, but $20 million in private funds will be required and the gallery will not open for at least another five years. The Bruce Lee Fan Club last year appealed to the government to buy the Kowloon mansion, now a love hotel, which was Lee's last Hong Kong home before his death, but the request fell on deaf ears.