PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 November, 2008, 12:00am

Time to change organ donor system

Hong Kong should switch to a 'presumed consent' method of organ donation.

Then individuals are automatically considered donors after death. However, they can opt out of the system by registration.

Hong Kong has an acute shortage of organs. Therefore, I believe such a system would greatly increase the number of organs suitable for transplants. This can save a lot of lives.

Once a person is dead, their body will decompose and all their organs will be destroyed.

Those organs can be preserved and used to save lives.

Death is a topic that many people avoid. Not many of us take the initiative to sign an organ donation card.

The 'presumed consent' system can solve the problem for people who want to preserve their whole body after death or are unwilling to donate their organs. They still have the right to refuse to be an organ donor by registration.

Corby Cheung, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Work towards a better future

Everyone likes to succeed in life. They want to have lots of money and be respected in society.

Many people say you can achieve this by studying hard. I agree, but that's not the only way.

Success is not related to your wealth or authority. You need to lead a meaningful life. It's not difficult. First, set a target and achieve it. Second, give a helping hand to others. Third, be optimistic and happy, and enjoy your life.

Sometimes, our minds are contaminated. We may think everything is related to money and power, but this is not true.

The future is in your hands.


Keep away from drugs, stay healthy

Drug abuse among teenagers is getting worse. There are several reasons behind this trend.

Parents are paying less attention to their children. They might meet people who ask them to do bad things.

It is also easy to buy drugs from friends. Youngsters should realise that drugs can damage their health.

Another problem is young addicts encourage their friends to take drugs.

The government and schools should take immediate action to tackle the problem.

Tracy Chan, CCC Heep Woh College

Be good, teachers will be happy

Students in Hong Kong have a tough time.

They say students in other countries have less homework and less pressure.

I think being a teacher in Hong Kong is much more difficult than being a student. You may have to do only one piece of homework. But the teacher has to check the work of about 40 students.

They need to correct your spelling, punctuation and grammar. Some essays are meaningless, but teachers still have to go through them.

I think we must respect our teachers. Be a good student. Then teachers will have less work.

Stephen Tsui, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

Fruit money only for those in need

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has increased the Old Age Allowance, also known as fruit money, to HK$1,000 a month, with no means test.

I agree the government should pay more attention to the elderly.

Some of them collect newspapers, aluminium cans and plastic bottles and sell them to recycling companies to earn some extra money.

Some people say it is disrespectful to carry out an assets test on the elderly. I disagree.

The number of Hong Kong people aged 65 or above will reach 2.18 million in 2033.

They will pose a huge financial burden on the government. Therefore, the fruit money should be paid to those in genuine need.

Yip Man-wai

Useful formula for success

There are a lot of successful people in the world. You can be one of them.

Recently, I read a book about success. And I have found a useful formula to succeed.

I would like to share it with all Young Post readers - knowledge + good relationships = success.

Without knowledge, it will be difficult to find a job. There are many ways to acquire knowledge. You can study well in school, travel, and read books.

It is also important to have a good relationship with others.

It helps us understand the world around us. We can seek help from our friends when we face difficulties.

We need to respect others and improve our communication skills.

Try my method. You will definitely succeed.

Ava Cheng, Our Lady of the Rosary College

Parents responsible for children's actions

I believe parents should be legally responsible for their children's actions.

Some people say 'education begins in kindergartens or primary school'.

This is not true because education really begins at home. Parents are the first 'teachers' of their children.

Parents have the duty to monitor their children's development, both morally and physically.

They need to give their children their fullest support. This does not only mean only providing food, clothing, shelter and medical care to their children.

Children should be taught to get along with others and behave well.

This is the responsibility of parents.

Vijay, California School