Ting Chi-chung, 40, was sad to see Tung Chee-hwa go but believes Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is a capable leader; Fare from Sheung Wan to Quarry Bay: $82 I was very annoyed with the news that our acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang was caught switching lanes sharply on Garden Road during his daily drive to church. Despite his position, he should not enjoy special rights. He should set a good example for all of us by strictly observing traffic regulations. Having said that, I believe Mr Tsang is a capable leader for Hong Kong. Of course, he has his own weaknesses. Some people say he tends to go ahead with what he believes is right without listening to other people. But that type of character is necessary to a certain extent, as one would never get anything done if one had to find a solution that is agreeable to all. But it is sad to see Tung Chee-hwa go. I find Tung a very likeable person. He was not cunning, unlike most politicians. He adopted the approach of the British governors by spending lots of time visiting ordinary citizens. But this would not have been necessary had he been a strong and capable leader. You only attempt to touch your people by fanfare and gestures if you fail to deliver. I sympathise with Mr Tung because I think he was not the only one at fault. There must be plenty of mediocre bureaucrats working as his advisers as well as heading government bureaus and departments. All fingers were pointed at him because he happened to be in the top seat. The external environment, especially the economic situation, also did not help his administration. He had terribly bad luck. Although I strive for democracy and freedom, I do not support the Democratic Party. I did join some of their protests and marches. However, sometimes all the Democrats manage to achieve is to make life more difficult for government officials. Tung had repeatedly told the Democrats that he wanted to work with them but it never really worked out. A handicapped government attacked from all sides will ultimately not work for our good. The problem with the Democrats is that they always look to the US as their big brother. This is very dangerous because there are so many flaws in the so-called democratic system there. Just look at George W. Bush's policies towards Iraq, Afghanistan and other developing countries. I don't think we can call it democracy. I think we have lots of freedom in Hong Kong even though we have cases where outspoken public figures were hurt or threatened. In solicitor Andrew Lam Ping-cheung's case, for example, he could still report [his recent attack] to the police after he was injured. In some countries, you have to keep quiet, even after being threatened. I cannot think of anyone in the political scene with all the qualities a good chief executive needs. It has got to be someone with the kind heart of Tung Chee-hwa, the vision of Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen and the leadership skills of Donald Tsang. Unfortunately, this person has not appeared yet. There is a lot of room for the government to improve. It always acts too slowly. For example, the problem of illegal taxi fare discounts has existed for ages, but the government has never done much about it. The 11 cab drivers caught by the police for allegedly controlling taxi stands in Tsim Sha Tsui is only the tip of the iceberg. Our business is not made any easier because of this single arrest. There remain numerous illegal syndicates offering fare discounts. The taxi drivers' unions have repeatedly suggested setting fixed rates for designated routes and imposing a territory-wide cut on fares. But the government has paid no heed to the suggestions. I don't like to complain that much. I just hope that under Mr Tsang's administration, Hong Kong will be more stable and prosperous than in the past few years.