Take a bite out of Henry Tang's tasty pie - in the sky You, too, can be the next Li Ka-shing. Don't laugh, it's easily doable. All you have to do is ask yourself: 'why can't I be the next Li Ka-shing?' The road to fame and fortune will then magically appear before you. That's the simple advice Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen has for Hong Kong's young. He's rather cross with them for whining about property tycoons dominating our lives. Instead of whining about the power of the tycoons, he wants young people to ask themselves: 'Why can't I be the next Li Ka-shing?' So go on, ask yourselves, and watch the billions flow into your bank accounts. Tang doesn't think the tycoons dominate our lives. So, if a tycoon controls a large chunk of our property market, owns one of the city's two largest supermarket chains, one of the two largest drugstore chains, one of only three radio stations, an internet service supplier, a mobile phone service supplier and has a monopoly in supplying electricity to all of Hong Kong Island, it's not called domination. Tang calls it hard work, risk-taking and innovation. So get off your butts, all you young people. But think twice before starting where Li Ka-shing started - selling plastic flowers. Nobody wants them anymore. Besides, you won't be able to afford today's factory rents. You could always make the flowers at home, if you can afford a home in today's overpriced market. You could be an illegal hawker selling egg waffles. That's hard work, risky and innovative - the exact qualities Tang wants you to have. And it's also rent-free. But beware of all those hygiene officials. They love hauling waffle sellers to court. You could get a permit to sell ice cream, but remember not to sell candy as well. They'll haul you to court for that, too. And don't, for goodness sake, start your quest for fame and fortune by shining shoes in Central. They'll nab you for that, too. You could start big - like Allan Zeman did - as Tang suggests, by buying a building in a quiet area and turning it into another Lan Kwai Fong empire. Let's see now, how much do buildings cost nowadays? Never mind, maybe Tang, a wine-loving tycoon himself, will lend you the money. But first, you must ask that question. So all together now: 'Why can't I be the next Li Ka-shing?' Why wait to next year to start getting the job done? Henry Tang won't say if he wants to be the next chief executive but says the next administration must deal with poverty, high property prices and lack of social mobility. The next administration? Why not this one? He's the No 2 in this administration. Is he saying he knows the problems we now face but wants the next leader to fix them instead? And wait a minute, why does social mobility need fixing? If you want to move up in the world, don't you simply have to ask yourself: 'Why can't I be the next Li Ka-shing?' Henry's helpful advice on the catch-22 of home ownership To buy or not to buy, that is the question. Li Ka-shing says it's a great time to buy a flat. The government says beware. Interest rates could go up and you'll land yourself in deep sh... sorry, not allowed to use that word, but you know what we mean. Li says even if interest rates go up, it won't be by much, so buy now. Who to believe? Maybe we should ask Hong Kong's young people. They do want to buy flats, as Li suggests, but can't afford the preposterous prices. To buy a flat in today's overpriced market, you have to be rich, like Li. So before they take his advice they must first take Henry Tang's advice on getting rich by asking: 'Why can't I be the next Li Ka-shing?'