From enforcing the securities rule book to writing one on Asia's financial crisis, Andrew Sheng will not be putting his feet up when he leaves the SFC. The watchdog's longest-serving chairman - he spent seven years in the hot seat - has a busy schedule mapped out, including lecturing and some travel. 'I am going to leave Hong Kong and spend six months to write a book about the Asian financial crisis of 1998 and more time with my family,' he said. He will first spend two months of his sabbatical with Bank for International Settlements, followed by a trip to South America with his wife before lecturing from February in his home country at the University of Malaya. Describing his SFC role yesterday, Mr Sheng said: 'It does not please everyone and should not please everyone. But it is a job to be done and I have tried as best as I could.' He was addressing the media for the last time, thanking reporters for their patience. 'All of you know that my Cantonese is not as good as it should be. So I want to thank you for your generosity and understanding in the last few years.' At the helm, he had held 23 press conferences, given 79 interviews and 108 public speeches and written the monthly 'Dr Wise' column on the SFC website. Mr Sheng also said he was grateful for advice from Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief executive Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, under whom he worked as deputy chief executive from 1993 to 1998 before joining the SFC. 'Mr Yam is my teacher in the workings of a free economy and he is one of the foremost authorities of monetary affairs in Hong Kong,' Mr Sheng said. He also paid tribute to his father. 'At the end of my term, I must go back to my beginning. My father gave me a phrase that has been with me all my life. It actually comes from Confucius which means, the path of life is long - public service above all.' The Malaysian-Chinese called Hong Kong his home. 'I value its free markets and media, rule of law, entrepreneurial spirit, and its dedication to work and achievement that is unrivalled anywhere in the world,' he said. 'I sincerely hope that we will meet again soon.'