Bank of East Asia boss David Li Kwok-po and Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman yesterday declared their support for Henry Tang Ying-yen as chief executive. This followed similar expressions of support from Peter Wong Tung-shun, HSBC Asia-Pacific chief executive and Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, the former Monetary Authority chief, earlier this week for the former chief secretary. Li, the lawmaker for the banking sector, went even further, saying Tang had support from bankers he knew. 'I talked to 50 or 60 bankers, including local, mainland and overseas ones. They all support Henry.' He praised Tang for cancelling inheritance tax, which had attracted many foreign companies to come to Hong Kong, Speaking at a separate function, Zeman said choosing Tang was a safer choice in the face of economic uncertainties. 'I look upon it as safe investment ... for the next four years,' he said. 'I don't want to gamble. I want to be safe.' With his experience as financial secretary and chief secretary, Tang could provide stable leadership in the government, Zeman said. Leung Chun-ying - Tang's main rival in the chief executive race - was an Executive Council member but had never worked in the government, he said. And although Tang was behind Leung in the opinion polls, he still had time to catch up, Zeman said. 'Henry's biggest problem that I see is that he doesn't speak well in front of the public,' the Lan Kwai Fong boss said. Zeman said Tang's standing in the polls were lower because he had been part of the government. Hong Kong's biggest problem is housing, and people blamed the government for it, he said. Zeman also praised Tang for admitting infidelity in his marriage, but which had contributed to his drop in the popularity polls. Tang and Zeman have known each other for two decades. They met frequently over issues concerning Ocean Park and the West Kowloon Cultural District. Zeman described Tang, the art hub's former chief, as capable and straightforward. But he said Leung was also a good friend of his. Zeman decided against him because he felt he lacked experience in the government. Despite the high-profile support Tang received this week, Leung said he had plenty of time to gather more support.