In tone with the azure colour of its cover, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's second policy address seeks to instil a feeling of brightness and lightness, calm and peace - at least for now. He has exercised self-restraint by not venting bitterness over the rejection of his proposed constitutional reforms. He made no further effort to explain how sending the West Kowloon Cultural District project back to the drawing board equated to strong governance. Nor did he venture into the political quagmire of the government's 'friends and foes' and the danger zone of the goods and services tax. The first year of his two-year term might have left much to be desired. But he is acutely aware of the risk of kicking up the dust. Doing so could spoil the present feel-good atmosphere and increase the uncertainty in the socio-political landscape in the future. That his last policy address of his term only covers a period of nine months has provided a convenient excuse for him not to expound on long-term solutions to an array of tough issues such as health-care financing and a minimum wage. That said, Mr Tsang is anxious to convince his fellow citizens that his is not a 'do-nothing' administration. Never mind the practical effectiveness of the 'wage protection movement', it is a panacea to buy him time to bridge the gap between unionists and employers over a minimum wage law. Similarly, he has preferred waiting to see whether persuading drivers to exercise self-discipline in not leaving their engines idling will work before considering tougher, but more controversial, mandatory measures. With public finances back in a healthy state, Mr Tsang could afford to spend on targeted areas - environment and pre-school education - to show his awareness of public concern, particularly among the middle class, over air pollution and education. While doing so, he has steered clear of lavish spending that could invite claims of crowd-pleasing ahead of his expected bid for a second term. Viewed in this way, the multibillion-dollar package has struck a fine balance. Against the background of low public expectations and his reasonably high popularity, it was a smart tactic not to be too aggressive in seeking the net at the risk of an own goal. Staying clear of controversy and keeping positive momentum were enough to set the stage for a return with firmer actions and more visionary ideas when he speaks in his capacity as a chief executive hopeful.