Yip Shui-wah, 47, wonders why Hong Kong people have become so cruel and bad-tempered From: Quarry Bay to Tuen Mun Fare: $331 I feel sorry for chopped boy Shum Ho-yin's grandmother, who not only has to endure the hard work of taking care of her grandchild, she also has to deal with the fact that her daughter-in-law is connected with the case and has been arrested. She is too old to face so many troubles at the same time. I think the Hong Kong Society for the Aged has done the right thing by not letting Ho-yin's father use the donations fund it set up for Ho-yin with Commercial Radio. I remember the pop star Andy Lau Tak-wah saying donations for Ho-yin must be carefully managed and the use of the fund must be closely supervised. I think he is right. I heard that the fund could only be used for Ho-yin's education, medical fees and housing costs. I hope the little boy can go back to school and move to a new flat where he can grow up happily and healthily. I find teenagers very hard to tame these days and they are cruel and cold-blooded. They are selfish and self-centred. They do not think about others when doing things. Everything is about them. I think it is because most parents are busy working long hours every day and they lack time and opportunity to talk to their children. These children grow up without being loved and cared for, and this is why they become heartless as they become older. The rice handouts are a nightmare. Not only are our youth becoming hot-tempered and selfish, it seems that our elderly are also becoming wild too. They push each other just for a bag of rice. The tradition states people who queue up for that rice will bring peace and safety to their families after eating that rice. But then an old lady has passed away when she tried to get rice which should bring her luck. How ironic is that? When I was a kid, many charitable organisations hosted many kinds of handouts which gave out rice, bread, canned food and so on. But nothing like that happened back then. Nobody died when waiting in a long queue for food. Everyone was very well-behaved. Hong Kong used to suffer from a lack of water supply and many households also had to queue up for water distributed by the government. Nothing chaotic like the rice handout happened. I really do not understand; since when have Hong Kong people become so wild and bad-tempered. Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping even smiled when making comments about the death of an old lady at a rice handout event. He kept saying this was a tradition, but is human life more important than tradition? I think the organisers should arrange delivery services for the old people so they do not have to stand in outdoor areas for ages enduring hot sunshine or rain just for a bag of rice. Among those who queue for rice, some elderly are in fact very rich. Do they really need the rice or are they just being greedy? Is it about need or greed? Is it worth waiting for so long and being pushed around just for a bit of rice which cannot really bring luck and health to you? The death of the old lady proves that the rice will actually bring them bad luck. I feel very sorry for those typhoon victims in the United States. The US claims to be a superpower and world leader, and can you imagine Americans are living like that after a typhoon sweeping across the area? The US has to receive help from China and even Afghanistan. A world power has to receive help from developing countries. This is really ironic. But in a way it is good that finally the Americans understand why so many people in this world hate the Bush administration now that they have suffered from their own president. After all, the Americans were the ones who voted for him for a second term in office. 'Among those who queue for rice, some elderly are in fact very rich ... are they just being greedy?'