Taking the right stand

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 July, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 July, 2003, 12:00am

JULY 1 showed that Hong Kong people are becoming more concerned about politics. This is great. So all of you will have noticed the major news events following the protest march. First there was the march that no one could forget, followed by the resignations of Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and Antony Leung Kam-chung. And then there is the astonishing 8.6 per cent unemployment rate.

It is no wonder so many people joined the protest march - either to show their grievances towards the government, or to show their opposition to Article 23, or both.

But how will Article 23 affect our daily lives, and exactly what has the government done wrong?

Astonishingly, a report says more than half of the 500,000 protesters could not answer these questions with confidence.

Graduates looking for work must be grieving about the ever-increasing unemployment rate. 'I have sent 500 applications, but only got one reply,' you complain. 'Can't the government do something?'

Sure, it does.

'But why am I still unemployed?'

The answer to that is mentality and attitude. Have you tried looking at your own weaknesses and improving them in your free time?

A university graduate said he spends his time playing games at home following two failed job interviews. Is this the right attitude? The only reason he's still unemployed is because of his lack of motivation.

Ms Yam is a student at the University of Hong Kong.