Talking Points: What qualities do you want in our next chief executive?

Talking Points: What qualities do you want in our next chief executive?

Hate it when you can’t talk back? Well, you can with Young Post. Have your say and share with students around Hong Kong

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Leung Chun-ying shakes hand with Henry Tang (L) after Leung was declared to be the new chief executive in 2012.
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Ady Lam, 11, Beacon Hill School

He (or she! No gender discrimination here!) should be able to really understand the needs of Hongkongers. So, it would be best if he/she hadn’t always been a middle-class or wealthy citizen of Hong Kong. Also, the next chief executive should have a lot of experience, but should listen to the Legislative Council and others, instead of just relying on his/her own ideas.


Aaron Cheung Yu-shing, 16, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

A chief executive in Hong Kong should be an average person that is not too smart. Instead of putting his own ideas into practice, the chief executive should listen to the citizens, and follow their ideas. Plus, if he is not very smart, he may not understand the central government’s hints of disapproval of what he did. So, to be a chief executive of Hong Kong, the dumber, the better, as he’ll be more efficient.


Joyce Wong, 13, Carmel Divine Right Foundation Secondary School

Patience will do. Hongkongers have many opinions on how the city should be run, and the chief executive has to listen to each of them patiently, and figure out a solution. The next chief executive has to promise to change Hong Kong and he has to do it in a way that won’t lose citizen’s trust, so we can all have better lives and a higher quality of living.


Tiffany Wu Nga-man, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

We need someone who can develop and implement creative solutions in the face of challenging goals – and often differing opinions, personalities, and backgrounds. Skills in interacting with people in sometimes tough situations are critical.

We want someone who is innovative, and always working to create new approaches, products, services, and technologies. To achieve this while handling multiple stakeholders and often tight deadlines requires outstanding energy, determination, and judgement.


Kayleigh Lee Oi-yung, 15, Rhenish Church Pang Hok Ko Memorial College

It’s never easy to be a chief executive. A remarkable chief executive needs to listen to the people, and have integrity. The chief executive should go to different districts to listen and collect opinions from different groups so that the government can create suitable policies. He or she should be a good example for other civil officers. Integrity is essential as trust must be built between the government and citizens so as to maintain peace and harmony.


Tina Fung, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School

He or she should be able to unite Hongkongers. You can only lead if you can unite people. Otherwise you’re just pissing in the wind. The next chief executive should also have experience in government operation and the support of the central government.


Suki Wan, 15, Tak Nga Secondary School

The chief executive has to be considerate, fair, and equitable to all the citizens. As a chief executive, the most important thing is to help people’s livelihood and economic development. In addition , a chief executive should have good communication skills, relationship skills, decision-making approaches and leadership ability.


Jenna Ko, 17, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

It is vital for a chief executive to be honest, as the citizens need to follow his rule for a period of time. If he is not honest, the citizens will not support the chief executive at all. A chief executive should also treat everyone equally.


Avery Lam Lap-to, 15, Rhenish Church Pang Hok Ko Memorial College

Frankly, there is no politician who can satisfy all Hongkongers. Haters are going to hate and we can do nothing about it. But the most basic thing a chief executive should do is understand the problems of Hongkongers nowadays and do something about it, not just ignore our comments and take care of other things which do nothing for us. Honesty is also a major quality for a chief executive. If a chief executive can gain trust from citizens and be understanding, most Hongkongers will be satisfied.


Cham Sheung-lee, 12, Rhenish Church Pang Hok Ko Memorial College

A good chief executive should be determined to work hard for our goals. He should be persistent and have wisdom, too, so that he can achieve our goals wisely and not give up before he succeeds in making Hong Kong better than before. The chief executive should also have integrity.


Tang Yat-shun,13, Rhenish Church Pang Hok Ko Memorial College

The chief executive needs to be patient. He needs to listen to people’s thoughts and make people’s dreams come true. He needs to be hardworking and reliable so that people can rely on and support him. When he listens to our ideas, then he needs to make it happen. He also needs to be persistent and never give up. Finally, he needs to be warm-hearted.


Tang Chi-man,17, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

Honesty is the essential element for a chief executive. He should also be sensitive to people’s needs, and down-to-earth.


Mandy Chung, 12,Tak Nga Secondary School

The next chief executive of Hong Kong should be patient to listen to what Hong Kong residents need. He should also have compassion, and donate more to charity, and visit old people and places where poor people live.


Christal Li, 13 , Tak Nga Secondary School

The government needs to take care of homeless, poor, and sick people. The government should help them and give them some benefits, so Hong Kong’s next chief executive should take action for them.

Secondly,chief executive should listen to different people’s suggestion so he can do the best decision for everyone. As well,a chief executive should not lie. Furthermore, a chief executive should have a calm mind and be sensible and fair.


Tam Yu-ting, 17, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

The most important criteria of the next chief executive is that he/she must be chosen by Hong Kong citizens.


Yu Kwan-wai, 16, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

Speaking fluent Putonghua is the most important quality for the next chief executive. As part of China, the chief executive needs to join activities organised by mainland officials, such as economic collaborations, and cultural activities.


Linda Lau, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School

The next chief executive should handle the house costs better to make better living standards in Hong Kong. He should also have a policy of waste disposal like Japan or the US.


Chan Wan-ue, 16, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

I think that honesty is the most important essential element of the chief executive.


Ada Cheung, 12, Tak Nga Secondary School

A good chief executive must be close to the people and always think of the poor first. He or she even needs to visit the elderly homes and see what poor people need.

He or she also needs to make the cost of living cheaper.

Last but not least,the chief executive must listen to what people want.


Wong Tsun-ho, 16 Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

Good presentation skills are essential for a chief executive.


Nicole Tam, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

The next chief executive should be honest and have the governance capability. He/She must not tell lies and must listen to the people’s advice. They should not just tell the citizens what will they do, they must actually do it.

They should also think about the people who are in need, for example, the homeless, the people who don’t have enough money to buy food, or who don’t have enough clothes. They should find some ways to help them, such as building some flats only for the homeless or organising more events to give the food to people for free.


Wu Sau-yee, 16, PLK Ma Kam Ming College

A chief executive should be responsible and honest. The chief executive represents Hong Kong, so he/she is role model for Hongkongers. He/she should not play the blame game when something happens, he/she should take the responsibility.


Amy Li, 16, Tak Nga Secondary School

A chief executive should be impartial and not corrupt.


Tung Sui-ching, 17, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

Appearance is the most important element of the chief executive because as the representative of our city he/she needs to meet with other nations’ heads of state. If the chief executive is good looking, he/she may be able to communicate with the visiting head of state.


Zoe Chiu Tsz-yan, 13, Carmel Divine Grace Foundation Secondary School

A chief executive must be a leader who is close to the people and understand them. He must be honest, too.


Jessica Liang, 15, Tak Nga Secondary School

The next chief executive should listen to the citizens’ comments and respond. This is the most important quality of him or her. By listening to citizens’ comments, the policies can be improved.

Furthemore, the next chief executive should keep his promises.


Katy Wong, 15, Tak Nga Secondary School

The chief executive can be a man or woman. They should be wise on making policies and that will fulfil Hongkongers’ needs. For instance: medical services or homes for everyone in Hong Kong. They cannot do illegal things or break the law as he/she is the model of Hong Kong and to let the residents trust and obey him/ her. He/She can be rich but at least he/she should be a Hong Kong resident with a university degree.


Hailey Lee, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School

A good chief executive should take Hong Kong seriously. Hong Kong is a society that really needs to be fixed. First, a chief executive should solve the problem of the extreme disparity between the poor and the rich. Some poor people live in areas that cannot be called a “home”. They can’t even support their lives but they are not qualified to get the CSSA. The chief executive should think about lowering the taxes or lowering the restriction of getting financial aid.


In our next Talking Points we’ll discuss:

What out-of-classroom learning experience should your school offer?

We are now accepting answers from readers for this new topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry) to yp@scmp.com by lunchtime on Monday, May 30. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line!

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
What qualities do you want in our next chief executive?

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