Acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday outlined his policy blueprint for the first time since taking over the administration, pledging to defend the rule of law and maintain an open and accountable government. His remarks came as leading tycoons and politicians voiced support for him to run in the chief executive election on July 10, saying he would make a wise and decisive successor to Tung Chee-hwa, who resigned last week. In a speech after receiving an honorary law doctorate from the University of Hong Kong, Mr Tsang pleaded with the public to give the government 'a chance to mature' as it was still young and had 'learned a few lessons' since 1997. 'As society becomes more open and thrives on diversity, our challenge revolves around our ability to forge consensus and accommodate differing views so that most of our people are happy with what we do,' he said. 'We strive to ensure that the people of Hong Kong - and their many diverse views - remain the focus of our governance.' Mr Tsang also said the administration would uphold the city's basic values while making compromises to balance social interests. 'Good government is not a competition. It's not about winning or losing. It's not about whose view or will prevails. It is about making the best decisions for the community as a whole.' He pledged to uphold what he called the 'four pillars of Hong Kong's success': the rule of law upheld by an independent judiciary, a level playing field for business, a clean and efficient civil service and the free flow of information. 'These are values that we simply will not compromise. To do so would signal the beginning of the end for Hong Kong,' Mr Tsang said. He pledged that eight core values of tolerance and respect, inclusiveness, communication, responsiveness, openness, accountability, progressiveness and a shared vision with society would continue to guide the government. Upholding the Basic Law, embodying the central government's support for Hong Kong, would remain central to governance. Urging the public to work with the government to maintain stability, Mr Tsang said he found himself in the hot seat amid the upheaval of Mr Tung's resignation. 'It is not easy to describe the enormous depth of responsibility I feel ... Responsibility to my country. Responsibility to the people of Hong Kong. Responsibility to the civil service. Responsibility to the international business community,' he said. Mr Tsang has also written to Hong Kong delegates to the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, saying he would use a 'humble and prudent, pragmatic but open' attitude in administering Hong Kong. Leading tycoons, including ATV's Chan Wing-kee and Pacific Century CyberWorks' Richard Li Tzar-kai, yesterday voiced support for Mr Tsang. Mr Li said he wanted Mr Tsang to be the next chief executive, given his popularity. 'Of course I want him to [be elected], as popularity is very important. I hope he will have wisdom and decisiveness like all true leaders,' he said. Mr Tsang is expected to be challenged by the pro-democracy camp, which has made a preliminary decision to field a candidate. Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat said that if other pro-democracy figures did not come forward, his party would find someone to join the race.