Liu Xiaobo


PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 January, 2011, 12:00am


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Extra jail visits can help prisoners

I read an article about the row over extra jail visits allowed for Amina Mariam Bokhary. Bokhary, the 34-year-old niece of a local judge, was jailed recently for six weeks for breaching five of the seven conditions of a probation order handed down at an earlier hearing.

Extra visits to prisoners are commonly allowed in the interest of their rehabilitation and family relationships, according to the government. I think the extra jail visits show Bokhary has been a 'model' prisoner. She knows she has committed an offence and is ready to become a better person.

Although Bokhary had avoided jail three times after being convicted of assaulting police officers, we should give her a chance to repent and reform.

I believe there's nothing wrong with allowing extra visits for prisoners. Because of the extra visits, Bokhary can continue to have a close relationship with her family. She can start a new life more easily after leaving jail because of the support from her family.

I hope Bokhary has learned a lesson from the experience and will become a law-abiding citizen in future.

Suki Tong, King Ling College

Parents should not hit their children

I recently saw a father slap his son across his face at a local eatery. According to Chinese tradition, parents are allowed to smack their children if they misbehave, especially in a public place. But I don't think this is the proper way to discipline children.

Hitting naughty children is a kind of physical abuse. This will instil hatred towards their parents and the children could become rebellious when they grow up.

If a child is spanked constantly, their self-esteem could be badly affected. They will be angry, and most importantly, the parent-child relationship will be destroyed.

Parents should think twice before hitting their children. There are better ways to deal with naughty children. Parents can tell them what is right and wrong and I am sure they will listen.

Each child is unique, so parents could come up with their own methods to bring up their children properly. But causing physical harm should not be part of those plans.

Kong Yeung, Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School

Liu deserves Nobel Peace Prize

Many important events took place last year, like the shelling of a South Korean island by North Korea and the soccer World Cup in South Africa. But the news that touched me the most was Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

I cried when I watched the ceremony in Oslo, Norway, where Liu was honoured although he was prevented from attending it.

I think Liu is a very important person on the mainland. He represents people who are fighting for democracy in the country.

Liu took part in the June 4 incident and was jailed. After his release, he used his pen to fight for humans rights on the mainland.

In 2008, he was convicted of inciting subversion after writing Charter 08, which urged the central government to respect human rights and the rule of law and to introduce democratic reforms. He was jailed for 11 years. Faced with the unfair judgment, Liu wrote 'I don't have enemies' because he thought the judges were controlled by the government.

I think the decision of the Nobel Committee to award the peace prize to Liu was correct. This is a great opportunity for China to improve its human rights record. It is an economic superpower so now is the time to 'open its doors' to people who may not agree with government policies and actions.

Deng Xiaoping once said: 'Development is the hard truth.' This applies to human rights on the mainland, too.

William Cheung, Tak Sun Secondary School

Need for more study rooms

I am taking the A-Level this year and I have found that library study rooms are the best place to prepare for the exam. However, students have to wait a long time to get a seat.

Also, not all libraries provide study rooms. The authorities should consider putting more tables and chairs there. Or they could expand the areas so that more students would be able to benefit from the ideal study environment provided by libraries.

Kiki So, Pooi To Middle School