PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 December, 2007, 12:00am

Money can't buy health and love

People in Hong Kong tend to lead busy lives.

I believe the majority are just thinking of how they can make more money and forget one important thing - health.

If people earn a lot of money but are in poor health, how can they enjoy life?

I think good health is essential to lead a happy life.

Although I am not rich, I feel happy because I am healthy and I live with my family. I read an article about an old man who won Mark Six, and then promptly donated all the money to charity.

He said that we lose something when we gain something. I agree because money is useful but it won't buy you everything you want.

You cannot buy health, love and family.

Mary Yu Hoi-yin, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Catch-and-kill policy is cruel

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department's catch-and-kill policy towards stray animals is cruel.

The department says the aim is to 'prevent humans from being infected'. This is not good enough. Humans also carry infectious diseases.

I would like to appeal to everyone not to abandon their pets. If there are no strays, there are no animals to kill.

Cherry Lai Chi-yan

Avoid speaking or writing Chinglish

Teenagers in Hong Kong often speak Chinglish without realising that it is grammatically wrong.

For example, 'add oil la' comes from a Cantonese expression, urging someone to redouble their efforts.

In Chinglish, some Cantonese tones, such as 'ar', 'lor', 'ma' and 'la', are added to English sentences. Hongkongers used to speak fluent English, but with the arrival of MSN and ICQ, a special language was introduced.

In the HKCEE, some students use Chinglish in their sentences.

To help improve our language skills, we should read more newspapers because they contain correct English. Also, you should watch television programmes.

And finally, don't use Chinglish when you are chatting with your friends online.

Wong Sai-chung, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

Keep up with world affairs

Although they teach general education in school, not all students it. Many of them have little interest in the subject because it is not included in the syllabus.

As a result, their knowledge of world affairs is poor. If you ask a group of students for their opinion on a current affairs topic, you can be sure that at least half of them won't be able to respond.

We always put the responsibility on schools to make students more knowledgeable on world affairs.

In fact, it is the students who should take the initiative.

Crystal Lam

Why we must keep our promises

Often, we make promises but do we deliver? Do we think highly of our promises?

When you promise people something, they will look forward to it.

If you go back on your word, don't you think people will be disappointed?

If you break your promise, you may lose a lot of things, such as friendship, honour and people's confidence in you. The consequences can be serious.

Yiu Pak-yin, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

Stop giving out plastic bags

Some people say a plastic bag levy is not the solution to a cleaner Hong Kong and it causes inconvenience to consumers.

Instead of introducing a tax, supermarkets should provide customers with biodegradable bags. I don't think the 'no plastic bag day' at supermarkets really works.

Many customers, after finding out that they'll have to pay for their bags, put the goods back on the shelves. My mum is a good example.

Actually, biodegradable bags can be quite costly. To make matters worse, shoppers are not likely to reuse the bags.

I think supermarkets should not give bags to their customers. This will force the shoppers to bring their own bags. This is the only way to eliminate the use of plastic bags.

Emily Wong, True Light Middle School of Hong Kong

Cantonese more suited to Hong Kong

I don't agree with the idea that Putonghua should be used to teach Chinese language.

Although Putonghua is used in many countries around the world, Cantonese is more appropriate for Hong Kong.

Most importantly, there is a shortage of Putonghua teachers in Hong Kong.

Also, students might have difficulty adapting to a new language because they are used to Chinese language being taught in Cantonese. The government should consult the public before introducing the scheme.

Chau Yiu-fung, Our Lady of the Rosary College

Contest has aims

My school is organising an inter-class singing competition. Every class is trying their best to put in more practice in order to win the contest. A majority of my classmates are willing to practise but others say it is a waste of time.

If you belong to a class, you have a role to play. Our school wants us to enjoy ourselves during the contest and gain experience in the activity. So we should try our best.

Trenyce Chan, Methodist College


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