Ho Wai-yin, 50, gives his views on earthquakes, the chief executive and Taiwan Fare from Tuen Mun to Quarry Bay: $339.90 I feel heartbroken for those victims in Southeast Asia. They have just been through the tsunami a few months ago, and now they have to deal with another earthquake. I donated $200 to the tsunami victims last time. I would like to help them, but I am not rich myself. I have never been to Southeast Asia and have no plan to go there. I will not avoid going there though, because anything can happen no matter where you go. I feel lucky that I live in Hong Kong. It is a very lucky city, as the only natural disaster we have here is the typhoon. It really makes a big difference between developed countries and those in the Third World. Japan was hit by an earthquake earlier, but only a few casualties were reported. But many people died in Indonesia, as the houses there are poorly built and cannot stand the earthquake. I feel sorry for our former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa. I think he took the job at the wrong time. Nearly all major crises struck Hong Kong when he was the chief executive. First we had the Asian economic crisis, the bird flu epidemic and then the Sars outbreak. These were all out of his control. Being the chief executive is a very tough job. Though everybody knows that our chief executive is just a puppet controlled by Beijing, I still want to see more candidates to run for the next election. The central government should think about shortening the term of the chief executive from five years to three years. I think a five-year term is too long. The next chief executive should only serve two years. What if the next chief executive is worse than Mr Tung? A shorter term is definitely good for Hong Kong. It is good that some Taiwanese political leaders are trying to establish a better and more constructive relationship with the mainland. I think Taiwan should be united with the mainland. China, after all, is our motherland. Taiwan has no reason to feel worried, as the principle of 'one country, two systems' is working quite well in Hong Kong. The Taiwanese leaders should face the fact that we are all Chinese and Chinese should be united under one country. I understand that some Taiwanese have doubts about the communist rule. Hong Kong people share that worry. But we have no choice, because we are all Chinese, and Taiwan is part of China. It does not matter how bad the communist government is, Taiwan should still be united with China. The relationship is like father and son. No child should run away from his parents. I was born in Hong Kong, but I never consider myself as a Hongkonger. I always consider myself as a Chinese person. I feel as though I am going back home whenever I take a trip to the mainland. I think I have a strong sense of nationalism, but I think most Hong Kong people do not feel this way. They only care about which government can bring more opportunities for them to make money, and they do not mind being under foreign rule. I know many Hong Kong people still prefer British rule to the Chinese one. I felt very happy and excited when Hong Kong was reunited with China in 1997, because Hong Kong is part of China, and we all should be happy that we have been reunited with our motherland.