The issue of who will lead Hong Kong after the handover is a hot one. And students this week voiced their views on the qualities they would like to see in the future chief executive. A 400-member selection committee is to be set up to pick the person who will head the Special Administrative Region (SAR). Students are increasingly expressing concern about what type of person should be chosen to lead the territory into a new era. Jess Li Yin-kwan, a Form Seven student at Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School, said the ideal chief executive should be upright and honest. He or she would inevitably have to deal with conflicts of interest between many different parties and rule in the public interest, said Jess. 'The person should place the interests of Hong Kong people as his first priority.' Her schoolmate, Tsang Wai-keung, said the chief executive should treat himself as the servant of Hong Kong's 6.3 million citizens. To be a servant, the 17-year-old said he should be an easy-going person who carried a smile on a warm face that would touch the hearts of the public and break the ice with opponents. 'A good chief executive should also be a patient listener with an open mind to all opinions and even criticism from different layers of the community.' Responsibility was one of the keys to being a successful head of the SAR, said Cheng Ka-tat, 17. 'He should shoulder the duty of leading Hong Kong through the transition and into the next millennium smoothly,' Ka-tat said. As many Hong Kong people were worried about their future, Ka-tat said the chief executive should try to ease unrest by communication with the Chinese authority. 'There should be regular dialogue between the SAR and the Chinese Government and the chief executive should undoubtedly be a good candidate for passing on the views of Hong Kong people.' Yung Ka-wan, a Form Six student, said the ideal chief executive should have a blueprint for upholding Hong Kong's status as an international financial centre. She suggested the first chief executive should launch a worldwide public relations effort to let Western countries realise the real situation in Hong Kong. 'Once they regain their confidence on Hong Kong's future, they will make investments and foster the prosperity of Hong Kong.' Form One student Tong Chun-kei said a good chief executive should be a learner who was always trying to improve and enrich his mind. He said the pace of Hong Kong's development was fast and so the first person in the top job in the territory should always try to keep up with the changes.