But singing groups unhappy with plan for designated area with no amplification Quiet performances such as mime and yoga will be introduced to Tuen Mun Park on weekends as part of a government plan to resolve the conflict between elderly music lovers and residents, who complain their singing is too noisy. And a plan to introduce a 'self-entertainment zone', where singing or musical groups can perform once they have registered, is under consideration. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will provide the quiet entertainment free in response to public demand for entertainment in the park, assistant director Eddy Yau Kwok-yin said. The department will arrange programmes 'which would not cause noise annoyance, such as mime, recitation, storytelling and acoustic music like folk songs'. The plans were proposed during a meeting yesterday between LCSD officials, Tuen Mun district councillors and singer representatives. But if the 'self-entertainment zone' is approved, Mr Yau insisted no external amplifiers would be allowed, drawing criticism from some performers. Seventy-three-year-old saxophonist Lee Kam-fook, who attended the meeting, said the external amplifier ban missed the point. 'All we wanted from the meeting was for the LCSD to clearly tell us how many decibels would be too loud. They couldn't, or wouldn't, tell us,' Mr Lee said. The district councillors, residents and singer representatives agreed to form a working group to discuss the details of the 'self-entertainment zone' proposal in the next two weeks. District councillor Chan Wan-sang said working group members will visit the park on Monday to scout for suitable sites for the zone and hoped to come up with a suitable arrangement by March 2. 'The performers said that not having amplifiers was like cooking without salt, and I agree with their argument,' said Mr Chan. 'But some people like their food saltier than others, so in the end we still need to draw the line somewhere.' In the meantime, the first 'quiet' performances will take place tomorrow at the park's multi-function court from 2pm to 5pm and will include yoga demonstrations, magic and jazz dances. Three singing groups have vowed, however, to resume their performances tomorrow at the same time. Nearly all singing groups have suspended performances in the park since Environmental Protection Department staff inspected the park on Sunday and collected evidence. Mr Lee said his family band, the Malaya Band, will perform on Sunday with two other singing groups. There will be about 20 performers and Mr Lee said the Malaya Band will be using amplifiers. 'I expect that [park management staff] will first ignore us and then try to tell us to turn off our amplifiers. We won't do it. Instead we will give them a chance to explain to us why we cannot use the amplifiers and we will see what they have to say,' Mr Lee said.