Government must think before acting
The minimum wage law will come into effect on May 1, but there are still many unanswered questions. Both labour and employers' groups say the matter of whether workers are to be paid for meal breaks and rest days is unresolved.
It is a good idea to introduce a minimum wage with the aim of providing a reasonable standard of living for workers, but there should be proper planning. The government needs to take many things into consideration, like calculating wages in different industries.
The minimum wage will soon become law, but some aspects of its implementation will be left to businesses.
Employers still have the power to make decisions and workers may not benefit.
The government should go into every aspect of this law and negotiate with businesses on how to avoid violations by them.
Officials should think deeply before promoting new policies, because hasty decisions will only bring poor results.
Octavia Hung Sai-sai, Pooi To Middle School
Ideas speak louder than grammar
Recently I took part in a debate for the first time in two years. In the past, I was a Chinese debater, but now I have switched to English.
The context of debates in the two languages shouldn't be much different. However I noticed that English debaters put more emphasis on delivery and pronunciation.
I am not denying the importance of fluent presentation and good English, but a debate is not about language proficiency. Good arguments and logical reasoning require even more effort. With their over-emphasis on delivery, I think English debaters are somewhat weaker in their logical sense than Chinese debaters. Hopefully English debaters can strike a better balance.
Jack Lee, Hang Seng School of Commerce
More support needed for cycling
One sport for which Hong Kong is world-famous is cycling. Wong Kam-po is a great example. He became the first Chinese world champion cyclist by winning a 15km scratch in 2007.
However, the Hong Kong cycling team only gets a small subsidy from the government and the city lacks infrastructure, such as cycling tracks, especially on Hong Kong Island.
The sport needs a helping hand from the government if it is to improve and become more popular.
Marco Leung, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
It's sad to lose early childhood friends
I remember the good times I had at primary school. When the bell rang, I would run to the playground to meet my friends, chat and eat. But now these memories are fading fast.
One Sunday, by chance, I saw an old school friend and we immediately recognised each other. But we did not speak, or even say 'hello'. I suppose we thought we would have nothing to talk about. We pretended not to know each other and went our separate ways.
When I turned around and saw the familiar figure disappear in the crowd, I was sad.
I tried to organise a get-together but it did not work. Maybe it is too late. We all have made new friends now and haven't been in contact for so long.
My dear friends, I would just like to let you know I see you guys as friends forever.
Ng Suen-fung, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Money has no place in love
When couples fall in love and have a stable relationship, they normally think of marriage. Marriage represents a new stage of life, when one is mature and wants to make a family.
Nowadays, many women want to marry rich men. When they meet a man, the first thing they want to know is whether he has a flat and a car.
There is a new song women sing on the mainland: 'if you don't have car or flat, you can't be a groom.'
These women are so materialistic and have little regard for love. They may think that they can live with a man they don't love for the rest of their lives.
But love is the link to two people having a stable relationship. It's nothing to do with property or cars.
Life will be boring without love.