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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 October, 2009, 12:00am

The dark side of showbiz industry

I recently read about the street fight between Canto-pop singer-songwriter Justin Lo Ting-wei and Malaysian-Chinese singer Gary Chaw Ge. Chaw admitted he had been drinking and had 'made a serious mistake'.

Both singers apologised the next day and police are investigating the incident.

I not a fan of either Lo or Chaw, but I think what they did was wrong. As entertainers, their actions have an impact on society.

This is not the first time celebrities have behaved badly. For example, there was the internet photo scandal involving Edison Chen Koon-hei and several well-known actresses, while Jill Vidal was arrested in Japan for marijuana possession. These incidents showed the dark side of the showbiz industry.

Entertainers' behaviour comes under intense media scrutiny, especially when they break the law. Lo and Chaw, who are both older than 30, should have known better. They should have realised that fighting in the street is illegal. However, they acted like kindergarten children.

They have many teenage fans. I hope they won't follow in the footsteps of their 'role models'.

I believe the mass media should not give too much publicity to celebrity scandals. Also, teenagers should not blindly follow their idols.

When I was younger, I thought celebrities were always right, although my parents disagreed with my views. But now, I am mature enough to distinguish what is right and wrong.

Celebrities are not saints. So please don't copy whatever they do.

Ella Chan, Leung Shek Chee College

Making right choice

It is not easy to choose what we should study at university. This depends on the school's environment, curriculum and facilities, and career prospects.

Also, it is important to pursue a career we are interested in. Otherwise, there's no point in university education.

I suggest that you attend open days organised by local universities which can give you a better understanding about tertiary programmes.

With academics introducing the courses, students have the chance to ask them questions and hopefully make the right choice.

Yu Yik-fan, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

China needs to tackle corruption

I am writing in response to the article 'Making the grade' (Young Post, September 30). The writer says China's response to pandemics is more efficient now. In 2002, the mainland authorities hid Sars, until the disease surfaced in Hong Kong through a visiting doctor from Shenzhen.

I agree the mainland has learned from past mistakes. For instance, the world has praised Beijing for its efforts to rebuild Sichuan after last year's devastating earthquake.

But China faces some serious problems like corruption and a lack of social responsibility among its people. According to recent news reports, hundreds of mainland children have fallen ill from heavy-metal pollution.

Many people are angry with the government because some factories are still operating. They say public health is being sacrificed for economic growth.

China can become more powerful and prosperous if it eliminates corruption and educate its people to respect the country's laws and regulations.

Chloe Tang Hoi-lam, Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Rio's chance

Rio de Janeiro has won the right to host the 2016 Olympics. I am surprised that Chicago's bid failed, despite the support of US President Barack Obama.

I am sure Rio de Janeiro will put on a wonderful Games although there are concerns about poverty, violence and other problems in the famous Brazilian city.

Calista Wong, Leung Shek Chee College