Peter Leung, 42, says Beijing is trying to twist the law on the next chief executive's term according to its own convenience. Fare from Quarry Bay to Tuen Mun: $344 I am quite worried that the central government is trying to exert more control on Hong Kong by seeking to interpret [the Basic Law's provisions on the chief executive's term] through the National People's Congress. The Basic Law clearly states how many years the next chief executive should serve. But the central government always seeks an interpretation when they do not like what is happening or they want to change what should be done according to the law. They should respect the rule of law in Hong Kong, and should not use the law at their own convenience. Our next chief executive, whoever it will be, should serve for five years. Beijing should not try to impose control over Hong Kong concerning this issue. There is not much to argue about, as it is clearly stated in the Basic Law, at least according to some legal experts in Hong Kong. Chinese leaders also serve five years for one term. But it seems that the majority in Hong Kong don't really care if the next chief executive will serve two or five years. Hong Kong people want to have a strong leader with real power and authority, political intelligence and charisma. Our former chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, had no charisma and nobody seemed to respect him at all. He is talented in doing business, but he does not have any training in being a politician. It is not fair to say that Mr Tung is incapable, and I think he has his own strengths. The unfortunate thing is that his talent was not useful for governing Hong Kong. You could tell that he was not a capable candidate for the top post just by watching him speak. He was always doing something funny and laughing. I am not praising the British government, but it seems at least that they knew who could do the best job for Hong Kong. Take Chris Patten, as an example. He is still a very active politician after having finished his term in Hong Kong, which means he has the qualities required to be an excellent political leader. I still do not know if Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen is really good at his job. He was lucky that when he took over the post, the economy began to show signs of recovery. He still hasn't really had to handle any major event or big crisis, so I think his ability has yet to be tested. Acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is a very careful and thoughtful man. I don't think he likes radical change, so I guess he will not introduce many new policies. But one thing Mr Tsang must do is brush up his Putonghua, and fast. Hong Kong is now under Chinese rule, and if he cannot speak the language of our Chinese leaders, well, how can he communicate well with those in Beijing? I think executive councillor Leung Chun-ying is the perfect candidate. He looks very fierce and has a sense of authority and this kind of quality comes naturally to him. Others respect him. I think he could do a better job than Mr Tsang. I think universal suffrage is the best choice for Hong Kong. Hong Kong people are mature enough to handle an election, and the central government should let us take care of our own business, which is to elect our own chief executive. The older generation in Hong Kong does not really trust Beijing, as they suffered under communist rule in the past. Beijing should try to stay out of Hong Kong affairs, especially political matters, in order to win more trust from Hong Kong people.