But briefer policy address may have been a reason for poor reception, says chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday revealed one of the reasons his policy address may not have been well received - it was too short. Speaking to more than 1,000 teenagers at a post-policy address meeting at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, the chief executive defended his policy blueprint but refused to be drawn on whether he would seek a new term. 'You know this year I deliberately wrote a shorter and more condensed [policy address], but it's not too popular. Perhaps next year I can write a longer one,' he said. As if aware of his slip of the tongue, Mr Tsang added that he hoped either he or the next chief executive would continue seeking improvements on future political reform. Faced with a string of questions over his likely re-election bid, Mr Tsang remained tight-lipped, saying the issue would be addressed in the next few months. 'My top priority now is to seek the recognition of Hong Kong citizens for the policy address,' he said. Asked about Civic Party legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit's bid for the chief executive slot, Mr Tsang said he welcomed any person with ability who met the Basic Law requirements to come forward to contend for the top post. He outlined to the students what he believed made up the qualities of an outstanding leader - although he stressed that he was still learning to be one. 'Every leader has to be honest, passionate, willing to serve and responsible,' he said, adding they should love the people they serve and respect the wisdom of the system. He said that while he would never give up even when faced with difficulties, he would also never become complacent when the going was good. His greatest difficulty at the moment, however, would seem to be his poll rating, which dropped to an all-time low of 59.8 points out of 100 in a University of Hong Kong poll right after his policy address. Mr Tsang insisted that the low score was already better than that attained by any regional leader. 'As a regional leader, it's rare to get over 40 marks,' he said, expressing gratitude to those who gave him more than 50. He joked that his colleagues had helped him formulate 135 answers in preparation for the rigours of the question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council on Thursday, and had even helped him prepare for eight questions the students might throw at him. However, none of them was necessary since none of the students' questions touched on education. Students instead preferred to focus on issues such as a minimum wage, his re-election bid, the tourism industry and social welfare.