PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 April, 2009, 12:00am

It's scary as turmoil comes to Asia

The world is becoming a scary place. Recently Asia was at the centre of some dangerous developments.

North Korea carried out a controversial rocket launch which was criticised by many Asian and western countries. Pyongyang claimed the rocket had sent a communications satellite into orbit as part of a peaceful space programme.

Its opponents said the North Koreans had test-fired a long-range missile and no satellite had reached orbit.

In Thailand, people staged mass anti-government protests. They were determined to oust their leader, and this has caused chaos in the country.

In the end, it is the ordinary people who will suffer.

North Korea's provocative act will make life more difficult for its people because the world will impose harsher economic sanctions on the country.

Meanwhile, political instability in Thailand will continue to hinder its development.

There is turmoil almost everywhere. It is hard to find peace in this world.

Tommy Tsang, Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary school

Count your blessings

I am writing in response to the letter 'Save the children of Hong Kong' (Young Post, March 19).

I agree that some parents have put extra pressure on their children. Their schedules are tight and they are in no mood to enjoy their precious childhood.

But we should not complain too much. We may be forced to take extra lessons, but millions of children around the world cannot even go to school. They are facing disease and starvation and thousands of them die every day.

On the other hand, we can still lead a comfortable life and express our opinions freely.

Sarah Lai, Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School

Dieting advice

Many teenagers want to lose weight. They think being thin is being pretty. Thin models and actresses have helped create the concept 'slimness equals beauty'.

The danger is that youngsters who are already underweight want to shed more kilos. So they don't have breakfast, or eat only one meal a day. This could lead to serious health problems.

Unnecessary dieting can affect our normal body functions and easily make us ill. You should seek professional advice before going on a diet.

Ho Pui-shuen, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Behave properly

The recent use of foul language in the Legislative Council has angered the public. Now that lawmakers are arguing over the definition of foul language is even more ridiculous.

Status comes together with good conduct. Well-known personalities should behave properly and act as role models to the public.

Improper behaviour by legislators will have an adverse impact on youngsters.

Alan Wong, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Thank your parents

Teenagers should learn to appreciate their parents more.

Nowadays, many youngsters ignore their parents' advice and rarely talk to them.

Most of the time, they stay with their friends and neglect their parents. They are making a serious mistake.

Parents play a major role in our lives. We should be grateful to them.

Cheung So-ying, Pui Tak Canossian College


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