Entrepreneur Allan Zeman is expected to serve as Ocean Park chairman for three more years. He was supposed to step down next month after holding the post for six years. Core officials of statutory bodies normally follow a so-called 'six-six rule' - a government guideline that discourages them from assuming more than six public roles at one time, or working in one job for more than six years. Mr Zeman, whose contract will end this month, took over as the theme park's chairman in 2003. He confirmed yesterday that the government had approached him recently about serving another term. 'I treat it as a full-time job and it gives me a lot of satisfaction,' Mr Zeman said. 'I do feel it's my park.' Mr Zeman has managed to boost the park's visitor numbers and generate record profits despite intense competition from Hong Kong Disneyland. He said bringing the park's expansion plan in on budget and making each attraction world-class would be his priorities if reappointed. A source said the government would soon announce the appointment. There have been many exemptions to the six-six rule, depending on the circumstances. Ocean Park board member Simon Ip Shing-hing said he had not yet been told who would be chairman but would be pleased if Mr Zeman stayed. 'The park's expansion project will only finish broadly by 2012, which is three years from now, so if Mr Zeman could stay, the project would be manned by someone who is familiar with it and that is a good thing,' Mr Ip said. Mr Ip, who joined the board about two years ago, said Mr Zeman had always been a hard-working and passionate chairman. Tourism sector lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun also supported Mr Zeman staying, saying the six-six rule was not a binding regulation.