Wong Hon-wing, 56, doesn't think much of the Link real estate investment trust; From Tuen Mun to Tsuen Wan. Fare: $122.90 I do not see any future for the Link reit [the Housing Authority's real estate investment trust], really. I think it will not do well in the stock market. I once owned a pork stall in a wet market in Tsuen Wan. I know the shop owners and stall runners who do business at the Housing Authority's malls and wet markets are only making enough money for their daily expenses now. They have no profits. The economy is so bad now, only the government says it is getting better. I changed my career and became a taxi driver in the 1990s, because I knew there was no future in keeping my pork stall. The population is declining and only the poor and old are still living in most of the public estates, and how much money can they spare? I enjoyed good times back in the 1970s and 1980s when there were about four family members in every household on average. So, I can surely tell that the Link will not do well, because the shop owners cannot stand any more rental increase. They will have to close down their business at last. How can the stocks do well when business is going down and the shop owners are not making money? If they cannot afford high rent, then how can the stock prices of the Link do well? I think the only way out is if the Link management kicks out the small businesses and attracts more big companies and superstores to rent their shops. I do not think [legislator] Albert Cheng King-hon can stop the Link public listing, and what he does will not change anything, because the government always gets what it wants. As long as the shop owners are not making a profit, the Link will not perform well, and this is the vital point. So, even if I have money, I will not buy the shares. I do not think that 6 per cent interest rate can stand. I heard about the court case about the Link, but I do not think it can stop the government. The present government always says it does what it thinks is best for us. In fact, the high-ranking officials are wasting taxpayers' money on what they want to do. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen wants to have a cultural district in West Kowloon. Tung Chee-hwa wanted to have Cyberport. Henry Tang Ying-yen and Antony Leung Kam-chung wanted to have Harbour Fest. They just spend our money on what they want and what they want to do. How much money have they wasted already? We're even losing our lovely harbour, because the government wants to do reclamation when it feels like it. Culture cannot be built overnight. I do not see why we have to waste so much time arguing if the West Kowloon project is a cultural or a property project. It is clearly a property project. And the government is clearly doing this in favour of private developers. We keep hearing lies about it being all about culture. Culture takes time to be developed. If the government always says it has a budget deficit then why should we spend so much on this kind of project ? I think Hong Kong officials are learning too much and too fast from mainland officials, because they now like to say things that they do not mean. I am worried that they only learn the bad things from their mainland counterparts. The last governor, Chris Patten, used to say a government should be accountable to its people, but now officials do not talk about that. I find recent news stories quite shocking. The one that shocks me most is about the falling debris from a Cathay Pacific plane. How could a part of an engine fall just like that and hit a car? It is quite amazing for a car to be hit like that. We now have a part of the engine falling and maybe later we will have the whole engine falling from the sky. I just find it unbelievable.