This week's Brain Game


If I was elected chief executive of Hong Kong, what law would I want to pass?


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Daniel Monteiro, 14, South Island School

I would pass a law banning people from buying too many properties as investments. Hong Kong's property prices are one of the highest in the world, and as a result, it is difficult to attract foreign talent to the city. The law would help reduce housing prices by restricting the number of idle flats.

Gabrielle Ho, 14, St Stephen’s Girls' College

I would pass a law granting students 15 years of free education. Many of them can't afford the tuition fees for universities so they end up doing unskilled jobs with low pay. This law would enable people to have a higher level of education and find better jobs, which would benefit society.

Matthew Murchie, 18, Imperial College London

I would force all building owners to grow vegetation on their rooftops. It's a fact that Hongkongers don't care much about the environment. I would play the role of a "kind dictator" and force them to change. I am sure future generations would praise me because they would be able to breathe clean air.

Jay Lee Seung-jae, 13, Hong Kong International School

I think a law focusing on road safety would be my priority. Many road accidents in Hong Kong involve cyclists and motorists. Drivers often find it difficult to evade cyclists on some narrow roads. Therefore, I would introduce a law that ensured there were cycle paths alongside roads. Pedestrians would not be allowed to use these cycling lanes. And I would impose a fine on any person caught cycling on the road.

Helen Wong, 13, St Stephen's Girls' College

I would implement a system providing 16 years of free education and add more places at universities. Most students have the ability, but owing to limited places, many cannot go to university. Only by having more university places can we reduce the academic pressure facing students. Also, the course fees are too high.

Kirsten Leung Lok-yin, 12, Heep Yunn School

The air quality in Hong Kong is bad. One of the main reasons is that there are too many private cars. So, I think the government should restrict the number of private cars that can be sold in the city. That way, Hong Kong's air quality will improve, and it will also reduce traffic jams during rush hour.

Giselle Chan Cheuk-ying, 16, Pui Ching Middle School

I would introduce a law to stop people from working on holidays. Hongkongers lead a hectic lifestyle. They work long hours during week days and work even at weekends, which increases their stress. Therefore, taking a rest during holidays would benefit them. They would be more relaxed, happier and more productive at work.

Chatel Cheng, 16, Diocesan Girls' School

I would pass a law banning smoking. Some might argue about their right to smoke, but I think people's health and the environment are more important. As smoking affects the city's air quality and causes serious long-term health problems, it's best to ban smoking.

Janet Choi Ho-ching, 15, Sai Kung Sung Tsun Catholic School (Secondary Section)

My law would focus on studies. Hong Kong students face lots of pressure to do well in exams. I would adopt a system used in some developed nations, where schools give students half a day off each week. This would allow them to take part in more extra-curricular and recreational activities. This would help them to fulfil their potential.

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