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The links here are the good work in the past years:
 
 
 
Below are the good work for 2018-2019:
 
SCMP May 14, 2019
Kasey Tsang 5B
 
 Young Post May 12, 2019
Yannis Chau 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Yannis Chau Chun-yan
 
Talk about my mum.
Harry up!she always say.
A beautiful mum do you want?
No one can take her place.
Kind,brave,nice mum?That my mum.
You are the star on the sky.
Oh~why I have a good mum like you.
U give out more than I gave.
Machining all the day ,"tired!"you always say.
Oh~I can'tdo things without you.
That too much I want to say to you.
Her eyes are beautiful.
Even she always scold at me.
Really,Mum thank you.
 
 
 
Yannis Chau Chun-yan
Young Post May 12, 2019
Venus Ng 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Ng Tsoi-yiu
 
Maternal love and repay
Where a place can always see her hand
I would never imagine her eyes replace by else
She whispers the lovely and incredible stories to my ear during night
Her ear gets close to me and I tell her my secret in darkness without light
Yawning when morning, tiredness never stop her from yawn
Owl just as her, every day is a sleepless night, never rest until dawn
Understanding her hardship, the balance of family and work but herself is never be considered
Help me to cover the body with the quilt at midnight
A warm action but not just for the cold body
Various of loves are gave to me,
Even heart is being melted by the maternal love, how blessed am I?
A big meal is prepared before the sun wakes up
Housework is the great duty did by her
A day is always long, time wanders but she runs
Preparing lunchboxes for family, ironing the washed clothes
Preparing the scrumptious supper for us, washing the dishes
Yawning after the housework but she have to complete the jobs of a magazine editor
Midnight, I stay in my dreamland, the lamp never off, the light shine at the whole night
Of course she’s fond of her works to revise the content in magazine
Making everything look perfect is her responsibility and I am be suggested to learn from her
Even colour and size of words, she is considering
Nothing can be done well if we work casually, she always says
Truly, I am be advised to learn from her since I do all my homework worse
On the side of mothers, their children seem like an unexpected gift from god
Nothing can hinder us in the destined meeting, everything is only control by fate
May, a month of maternal love and repay
On the day of Mothers’ Day, a special day
Truly love and thank from children to mothers with any method
Half of a day is spent on her, she may touched and cry by the caring and supportive action
Every mothers always love their children, you always be the best in the eyes of mothers
Readying the carnations with the rosy pink colour
’She work so hard but I always take the devotion as granted
Dear my mother who is best ever
A promise to you, I would treat my every work seriously
You often upset with my untidy room, I would clean up by time to time and never let you down ever
“I Love You,” my dear mother
 
 
 
Ng Tsoi-yiu
 
Young Post May 12, 2019
Scarlett Zheng 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Zheng Chan-yung
 
Millions of things you give me
You are the tree
I am the grass
You give me nutrition and protect me
You are the sun
I am the flower
You warm and bless me
Mum, your love has never fallen short
You have been my only support
 
Millions of things you give me
You are the tree
I am the grass
You give me nutrition and protect me
You are the sun
I am the flower
You warm and bless me
Mum, your love has never fallen short
You have been my only support
 
 
Zheng Chan-yung
Young Post May 12, 2019
Ryan Leung 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Leung Lai-hin
 
My mom, she’s the best,
From her head to her toes!
She’s warm and she’s soft,
And smells as sweet as a rose.
 
 
 
Leung Lai-hin
Young Post May 12, 2019
Nikki Lui 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Luk Lok-yi
 
Mom,I love you
More than you can see
You help me a lot
Also caring a lot
You are like a star in the sky
To light up my way brightly
You are the sun
To warm me up when I feel cold
You are like a key
To open the door of my heart gently
Mommy, you are my most important person the world
I love you and wish you Happy Mother's day !
 
 
 
Lui Lok Yi
 
Young Post May 12, 2019
Nickolaus Tjhai
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Nickolaus Tjhai
 
My mother is beautiful,
She is very wonderful.
She always takes care of me,
She always plays with me.
My mother is as hardworking as an ant,
She also as busy as a bee.
She likes reading books,
But she doesn't like sports.
 
 
 
Nickolaus Tjhai Ho-yin
 
Young Post May 12, 2019
Kelvin Cheng 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Kelvin Cheng
 
You are everything of me
You are important  to me
You are my sun,
Always make me feel warm,
Joyful and power
Thank you mum
I love you forever!
 
 
 
Kelvin Cheng Tsz-ho
Young Post May 12, 2019
Johnny Chan 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Chan Tsz-chun
 
My mother is a housewife.
She works so hard in her life.
She does a lot of things to help us.
My mother is just like a superwoman.
Giving us love,care and support.
When I am down,she always encourages me.
She makes me feel warm!
Mother’s Day is around corner,
what can we do for her?
I think we should express our heartiest thank to her.
Giving her some gifts and write a card for her.
She does so many things for us.
We will definitely thanks for her supportive encouragement.
Sharing the joy with my family.
Mum,the things that you have done for me,I will never forget.
I hope that I can try my best to let you to have a great Mother’s Day!
 
 
Chan Tsz-chun
 
Young Post May 12, 2019
Hay Hong 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Hong Han-ling
 
Mom’s smiles can brighten any moment,
Mom’s hugs put joy in all our days,
Mom’s love will stay with us forever
and touch our lives in precious ways...
The values you’ve taught,
the care you’ve given,
and the wonderful love you’ve shown,
have enriched my life
in more ways than I can count.
I Love you Mom!
 
 
 
Hong Han Ling
Young Post May 12, 2019
Isabella Suen 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Isabella Suen
 
My mother is a good mother
Often take care of the family
Tidying our home meticulously
Her existence makes everything better
Educating us patiently
Really thanks for your love and care wholeheartedly
Disconcert about our daily meals and health
Although sometimes you angry with me
You are the best mother ever in the world
 
 
 
Isabella Suen Ying
 Young Post May 12, 2019
Hugo Cheng 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Cheng Kwan-ho
 
Mum, you are special to me
Teaching me how to be a good person
You are my hero
Teaching me how to be bravo
Teaching me how to do homework
You are a recognized hero in our home
You help us to do housework
And you never complain
You are a versatile person
You are a breadwinner
A home can't stay without you
 
 
 
Cheng Kwan-ho
 
 Young Post May 12, 2019
Hobby Wong 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Wong Cheuk-hong
 
My mother
My mother is the best woman that I have ever met.
She is the most important person in my mind.
She always understands how I feel.
She is caring, diligence and kind.
My mother gives birth to me,
she brings me to this world.
She brings me up laboriously,
as she wants me to be prominent.
Every time I feel grieved,
she consoles me.
She makes me feel relieved,
with her gentle smile.
This is my mother,
the model of the possessor.
I promise you to behave well,
not to disappoint you anymore
 
 
 
Hobby Wong Cheuk-hong
 
 Young Post May 12, 2019
Heison Chan 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by YChan Lok-hei
 
My mother is a superman.
She always busy as a bee.
When I sick,she alway take care of me.
When I boring,she will play with me.
You are the greatest mother in Earth.
I can't find anyother mother like you.
There are many thing I want to say.
I wish you Happy Mother Day!
 
 
 
Chan Lok-hei
Young Post May 12, 2019
Heily Wong 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Wong Hoi-man
 
Thank you my beautiful mother
You make my boring life full of color
Although I can't afford to buy you flower
But when you feel bad I can give you power

13years been through
You are always by my side
Your love is the most selfless
I hope that you can happy all time
And you are my precious
I will study hard like you tell us
 
 
 
Wong Hoi-man
 
Young Post May 12, 2019
Grace So 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by So Lam-ki
 
You are the sun for me,make me warm.
You are the star for me,look at me.
No one is just as wonderful as you.
You are my teacher,teach me knowledge.
You are my friend,always chat with me.
No one is just as perfect as you.
You make me cry,make me smile.
You bring me joy,bring me sorrow.
No one is just as important as you.
I can't live without you.
I love you forever!
 
 
 
So Lam-ki
 Young Post May 12, 2019
Emily Chan 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Chan Hing-yi
 
My mother is the one who knows me best,
She has a long black hair,
and she looks very nice
My mother,
Throughout my life you are always near,
and she are my mother dear.
she always use a tender smile to guide my way,
and she are the sunshine to light my day.
Her smiles can brighten any moment,
Her hugs put joy in all pur days,
Her love will stay with us forever.
She is just like a superwomen,
her love and tenderness,
is the greatest of them all
lastly,
I want to say
“Thank you for your care over the years.”
 
 
Chan Hing-yi
 
 Young Post May 12, 2019
Clista Chau 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Clista Chau Cho-lam
 
My mother is very caring,
Oh, she's a blessing.
The one who is knowledgeable.
Hearing my thoughts,
Ever so patient.
Remembering her, is my only job.
 
 
Clista Chau Cho-lam
 
 Young Post May 12, 2019
Cayman Yeung 1A
 
Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Yeung Kei-man
 
My mother need to work and take care of me everyday.
She is as busy as a bee all the time.
When I'm sad ,she will listen and comfort me.
She always gives me warm and love .
                                                                               
I want to celebrate the spacial day of her-Mother's day .
On that day,I will give her a big surprise .
Besides,I will stay with her all day long.
Hope she can enjoy !

“Thank you !" with a big surprise,
I think it is a best way to celebrate Mother's day.
My mother does many things for me,
so I will keep doing this every year to let her feel  joyful on Mother's day.
 
 
Yeung Kei-man
Young Post May 12, 2019
Candy Ng 1A

Mother's Day poetry competition 2019 entry by Ng Wing-yan

Mother’s Day is coming
I have something to say
To my lovely mother.
Oh!Mother,you like the sunshine.
You warm my heart and body,
You give me a hug 
When I am cloudy
 
Oh! Mother,you like water.
I can't survive without you.
You are gentle and soft
And so generous to me
 
Oh!Mother,you are my lighthouse
U always teach me to think
That make me to fur away wrong  things 
I like the boat under your light
 
Oh!Mother
How important you are
I will love u forever
                                                  
 
Ng Wing-yan
 
SCMP May 9, 2019
Alvin Li 4C
 
SCMP May 9, 2019
Jerry Ng 2C
 
SCMP May 9, 2019
Heidi Cheng 4D
 
SCMP May 9, 2019
Annie Pang 2C
 
SCMP May 7, 2019
Yuki Tsoi 5C
 
Young Post May 6, 2019
Icy Siu 2C
 
Young Post May 6, 2019
Henry Chow 2B
 
SCMP May 2, 2019
Michael Mak 4B
 
SCMP May 2, 2019
Cherry Chan 4B
 
SCMP April 30, 2019
Joe Li 2C
 
Young Post April 29, 2019
Kevin Wong 5E
 
Young Post April 29, 2019
Icy Wong 5B
 
SCMP April 28, 2019
Winnie Tse 4B
 
High time Hong Kong played fair with unsung workforce that keeps city running

• Long hours and low pay are everyday realities for workers such as security guards and cleaners
• Parents should not stigmatise blue-collar work and should teach children to recognise and respect the dignity of labour
 
I refer to the April 13 article “A thankless task but someone has to do it – meet the men and women who keep people and property safe while everyone else sleeps”, about our mostly middle-aged workforce of security guards.
 
They are keeping us safe all right, but are also being forced to compromise on their own health and quality of life because of inhumane work hours and low pay, as a trade union study has shown (“1 in 5 Hong Kong employees ‘works an average of 55 hours per week’”, April 14).

People find different jobs according to their ability. However, it seems there are some jobs that no one likes to do. Parents see blue-collar work as being low quality and therefore tell their children that if they do not work hard, they will have no choice but to be manual labourers.

Undeniably, our security guards, cleaners and manual labourers should be praised for keeping the city moving, but they are the ones who suffer. What would the city be without the service rendered by such workers?

It is time that they were recognised for the work they do, and for such low wages. Ways must be found to improve their quality of life and their pay.

Both the government and private employers should provide benefits to these people, such as introducing standard working hours and increasing the minimum wage.

Moreover, children should be taught to respect them and recognise the dignity of labour. Everyone has a valuable role to play in society. Being a security guard or cleaner should not be seen as a job for losers.

Winnie Tse, Tseung Kwan O
 
SCMP April 27, 2019
Jason Ng 5E
 
Don’t cry for Cantonese: love will make it go on

• Mandarin may be on the rise, but the success of a Cantonese teacher in Beijing shows how love endures for Hong Kong’s mother tongue beyond its borders
 
I am writing in response to your April 21 article: “Hong Kong’s ‘golden age’ may be long gone, but some Chinese still feeling the pull of Cantonese culture”.
 
I appreciate that some mainlanders are still keen to learn about Cantonese culture despite the rise of Mandarin and related political conflicts in Hong Kong. It was interesting to learn how deeply Hong Kong’s pop culture and the city's golden age of entertainment in the 1980s and 90s influenced people, when its movies and pop songs were popular on the mainland and across Southeast Asia.

Local language represents the local culture, and its peculiar idioms and expressions that are different from those used on the mainland help to highlight the imagination and cultural traits of the locals and their ancestors.

Every language creates humour from pronunciation pitfalls, idioms and wordplay – and related misunderstandings – and perhaps none more so than Cantonese. Learning a language is not only for communication, but also for the appreciation of a culture and way of life that is different.

Hong Kong’s golden age may be long gone, and more native Cantonese-speaking cities and villages in mainland China may be switching to Mandarin, but Cantonese is still one of the valuable languages in the world.

Hope still remains that the popularity of the language will be preserved by those who love it, whether they are foreigners or speakers of other forms of Chinese.

Jason Ng, Tseung Kwan O
 
SCMP April 27, 2019
Angela Si 5B
 
There’s hope that movie future won’t come too soon
 
I am thankful for the work that Justin Lao is doing in making Cantonese popular among Beijing residents. Nowadays, English and Mandarin are the main focus for students, as these languages are useful in the workplace. Even in Hong Kong, where our mother tongue is Cantonese, the language is being ignored by many people.

I remember our teacher once showed us a movie called Ten Years, in which a section titled Dialect showed a not-too-distant future when Mandarin was becoming ever more popular in Hong Kong while Cantonese was slowly disappearing.

After watching that movie, I suddenly felt that I had been useless in promoting Cantonese to the next generation. Given the situation with the local education system, Cantonese may one day disappear from Hong Kong. The engineer in the article, Leslie Lyu from Shandong, gave me hope that at least the grim future predicted in the movie will not arrive too soon.

Angela Si, Tseung Kwan O
 
Young Post April 26, 2019
Trisha Tobar 5B
 
SCMP April 26, 2019
Joyce Tsang 3A
 
SCMP April 26, 2019
Chammy Chow 5E
 
SCMP April 24, 2019
Winky Ho 4B
 
Hong Kong parents must see that gender equality starts at home
 
• Parents should demonstrate equality of the sexes at home, if it is to filter into the workplace
 
I am writing in response to your recent article on how the road out of poverty and to gender equality starts at school.

In Hong Kong, there are laws to prohibit gender discrimination. However, there exist several grey areas in society on equal rights for women. For instance, it is accepted that most senior managers in companies are male, while the secretary should be female, and so on. This kind of normalised discrimination is a common phenomenon in Hong Kong. Some people think education can resolve this problem. I agree, but only to a small extent.

This trend of gender disparity can be seen everywhere, even in schools. How can students be taught not to discriminate on the basis of gender when they see it all around them?
 
We need to talk about the gender pay gap, not just who wears the pants

From my point of view, the key to changing social attitudes lies within the children’s families. If they are taught from the start that “boys and girls are equal”, they will naturally see men and women in the same light when they grow up and join the workforce, and will be able to more easily identify instances of discrimination – whether it is over pay, professional advancement or sexual harassment.
 
Winky Ho, Tseung Kwan O
 
SCMP April 24, 2019
Cherry Chan 4B
 
Why tobacco giant can expect little sympathy with research centre warning

• Investments should be made in technology that helps people and their health. The effect on tobacco businesses should not be an excuse for not placing a total ban on tobacco and related products
 
I am writing in response to the article, “Tobacco giant Philip Morris warns it may close HK$78 million research centre” (April 21).
 
The multinational tobacco company spent more than HK$78 million (US$10 million) on opening a research centre for new smoking products in Wong Chuk Hang less than a year back. It now warns that it may have to close the centre, putting dozens of jobs at risk, after the Hong Kong government decided to go beyond its earlier plan of regulating e-cigarettes and new tobacco products to instituting a total ban.
 
After Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s policy address announcement and consequent government action on proposals for a full ban on e-cigarettes and other smoking alternatives, the business definitely faces difficulties. However, the tobacco companies should find other ways to make money rather than sell e-cigarettes or other related products. Technology should be used for designing new products that improve people’s lives rather than harm them and others.

As for those working for tobacco companies, or in the Philip Morris research centre, I am sure that they would not be left unemployed if they were to lose their jobs. Therefore, the effect on tobacco businesses should not be an excuse for not placing a total ban on tobacco products.

Citizens should not be left with a misconception that e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products are less harmful than cigarettes. As these are new products, there are no conclusive long-term studies to back up claims that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to conventional sticks. And no matter what, these “substitute” cigarettes also affect our health.

Recent studies have found that vaping may have fewer carcinogens than cigarette smoke, but can still raise cancer risks by damaging our DNA, leaving e-cigarette users at a higher risk than non-smokers of bladder and lung cancer, and heart disease. Therefore, all tobacco and related products will increase the public health risk.

Ban e-cigarettes, medical experts say after ‘shocking’ rise in child use

Also, consider how much smokers can save if they quit. Assume that smokers buy one pack of 20 cigarettes a day, then each will spend about HK$55 per day on their addiction. That is at least HK$19,580 a year going up in smoke: enough for several holiday trips.
 
So smokers, please don’t be selfish. Quitting is not as difficult as you think. Smoking is not only harming your health but also that of those around you. It’s time to kick the habit.
 
Cherry Chan, Po Lam
 
SCMP April 23, 2019
Kasey Tsang 5B
 
What does HKNP crackdown mean for Hong Kong’s future?
 
I am writing in response to your report, “Crackdown on separatists will continue, Carrie Lam vows in Beijing report” (April 18). The Hong Kong government submitted a 12-page document to the central government on April 16, regarding the “prohibition on the operation of the Hong Kong National Party” and “related circumstances”. As you reported, that was the result of an unprecedented letter from Beijing requesting a report from the chief executive on the outlawing of the HKNP, while backing the move.
 
The outlawing of the HKNP was an unprecedented ban on a political party in Hong Kong, which made both Hongkongers and international observers lose their confidence in the protection of civil liberties under the “one country, two systems” principle. It could be that other countries wouldn’t support the special international status of Hong Kong much longer.
 
Moreover, shutting down HKNP indicates disrespect towards the freedoms of speech, assembly and association in Hong Kong as enshrined in the Basic Law. This was pointed out by local offices of the US, UK and the European Union – while clarifying that they did not support “Hong Kong independence”. Is there still any guarantee that these freedoms would be enjoyed by Hongkongers in the future?
 
Kasey Tsang, Tseung Kwan O
 
Young Post April 21, 2019
Dennis Chow
 
I Say: This Easter, I am looking forward to...
 
•  Spending time with friends
 
I am looking forward to hanging out with my friends and hiking the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail in Fanling.

Dennis Chow, 15, King Ling College
 
 
SCMP April 21, 2019
Haley Yu 5E
 
Will premium Hong Kong taxis offer an excuse to the rest to keep up the poor service?
 
• Good customer service should be a requirement for all Hong Kong taxis, not just a higher-priced luxury alternative

• Why does the government seem to believe that providing good service is not a basic requirement of all taxis on the road?
 
I am writing in response to the article, “Premium taxi service fails to consider interests of consumers, says Hong Kong competition watchdog” (April 17).
 
The Hong Kong government is planning to launch a premium taxi service, with three franchised fleets of 200 vehicles each. The major difference between the luxury service and the conventional one would be the price. For the premium taxis, flag-fall fares will be 50 per cent higher, as they are supposed to provide passengers with better service and more advanced features.

However, I am left confused as to why the government believes that providing good service is not a basic requirement of all taxis on the road? The question of taxi drivers’ attitude and the condition of their vehicles has already aroused great concern in society. I don’t think launching a premium taxi service is the right solution. Consumers have the right to receive good service when they pay for anything, including taxi rides.

Who’s to say the premium service will not just provide an excuse to the drivers of conventional taxis to carry on with their impolite attitude? They may think it is only right, as their passengers are paying a lower price. They will not be grateful to the passengers, even though their livelihood depends on them. There will only be a distortion of the mindset and the premium service will send out the wrong message.
 
I feel the government has failed to examine the causes of poor taxi service. There are more measures to be considered, such as reducing tunnel fees to reduce overheads while raising flag-fall fares overall to improve revenue and attract new blood to the industry.
 
Haley Yu, Tseung Kwan O
 
SCMP April 19, 2019
Trisha Tobar 5B
 
Adopt ‘universal’ urban design for Hong Kong, so that disability does not hold anyone back

•  Helping the less-able find work is great, but urban and building designs can often make it difficult even to run errands
 
I am writing to express my views on the article, “
The NGO helping Hongkongers with disabilities fight prejudice and break into the workforce ” (March 30), on the barriers that the physically less-able face when seeking jobs in Hong Kong. The thoughtful approach of NGOs such as CareER, as highlighted in the article, has certainly greatly benefited such citizens, yet, I believe more must be done to support their integration into society.

Although helping the disabled find jobs of a higher skill level is essential, their struggles while completing daily tasks should not be ignored. I remember how in 2017, people were challenged to take photos inside Wan Chai Computer Centre in a wheelchair, among different tasks set by the Arts with the Disabled Association and WYNG Media Award Masters to highlight the
everyday obstacles faced by the disabled.

Though seemingly simple, many challengers found the task difficult to complete. They had to search for obscure wheelchair paths or go up long ramps to reach a lift, making the experience very frustrating. The challenge highlighted the troubles wheelchair-users or the visually impaired face daily, which may discourage them from venturing out at all.

In my opinion, the government should work harder to introduce “universal designs” – features that make all facilities usable by most people to the fullest extent possible without spatial adaptation. This would further facilitate the disabled in being more independent, therefore enhancing their quality of life.

Trisha Tobar, Tseung Kwan O
 
 
SCMP April 18, 2019
Andy Tong 4A
 
Andy Hui kissing scandal: why taking cheap shots can be a cruel thing to do
 
Hong Kong celebrities Andy Hui Chi-on and Jacqueline Wong Sum-wing have become the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons, after a video emerged of them kissing in the back seat of a car. But that does not justify how so many – from average netizens to agencies and organisations like the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Buildings Department and KMB – turned the episode into a social media free-for-all, complete with promotional posts, cartoons and hashtags.

Not only is it in bad taste, milking the situation for laughs also risks causing psychological damage to the parties involved, including the loved ones of Hui and Wong.

In the peanut gallery that is the internet and social media, a private moment is being consumed as bits of amusement: a viral video, a catchy hashtag, a meme to be shared. The celebrities have become easy targets for ridicule and criticism and the misery of their partners, mere social media fodder.

Sammi Cheng Sau-man, Andy Hui’s wife, has spoken about her battle against depression
. She is reported to have credited Hui with encouraging her after their marriage and helping her get better. Many in Hong Kong have been on Team Mion (Mion is an amalgamation of the couple’s names) for more than a decade, through the highs and lows of their relationship, and comedian Dayo Wong Tze-wah said it best when he described the couple’s romantic reunion and marriage as a “fairy tale” Hong Kong needed.

When netizens and media outlets take cheap shots at Hui’s betrayal, they should remember they are also exploiting Cheng’s misery. It might be funny to some netizens, but it can’t be to Cheng.

Wong’s boyfriend, Kenneth Ma Kwok-ming, is also a victim here. Ma has become a subject of online memes, as well as jokes about how he has been given the “green hat” of a cuckold by Hui. Worse, Ma’s mother was interviewed for TV and pressed for a reaction to the video. This was deeply disrespectful, and could only cause more agony to everyone involved.

Andy Tong, Kwun Tong
 
SCMP April 17, 2019
Joyce Tsang 4B
 
Go beyond e-cigarette ban: raise tobacco taxes further to truly protect public health

• Hong Kong can look to the UK, which regularly raises taxes on tobacco products to keep up with inflation
 
I am writing in response to the debate over the tobacco control policy in Hong Kong (“Why Hong Kong must keep e-cigarettes out of the reach of adolescents”, April 15). I strongly agree with the proposed total ban on e-cigarettes in the interest of public health.

However, while a total ban on e-cigarettes could help to reduce the number of vapers in Hong Kong, and act as a deterrent for those who want to try similar new tobacco products, especially teenagers, it would do nothing to reduce the number of smokers who prefer conventional tobacco cigarettes.

Therefore, although the e-cigarette ban is better than nothing, I believe the government should put more efforts into reducing the number of smokers overall, so as to deal with the risks to public health posed by tobacco use, as well as its impact on second-hand smokers.

The government should introduce a policy of incremental taxation on the purchase of cigarettes every year. Taxation introduced in previous years has obviously not worked as a strong enough deterrent, as cigarettes smokers are still lighting up. The government should follow the example of Britain where taxes on tobacco products are increased by 2 per cent above inflation. The cost of a pack of cigarettes is 80-90 per cent tax, higher than the World Health Organisation’s suggested taxation of 70 per cent. Along with publicising concerns about vaping, the Hong Kong government should put the control of conventional cigarettes under the spotlight as well to decrease public health risks.

Joyce Tsang, Tseung Kwan O
 
 
 
Young Post April 15, 2019
Henry Chow 2B
 
I Say: If I could talk to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, I would say …
 
• Listen to suggestions

I would tell her to listen to Hong Kong citizens as they have many suggestions to improve our city.

Henry Chow La-hang, 13, King Ling College
 
SCMP April 14, 2019
Kris Wong 4B
 
Hong Kong doctors need to put the needs of patients first, not their own

Restrictions on overseas doctors may help domestic job seekers but the number of physicians clearly needs to go up
 
I am writing in response to the article, “Bitter pill for medical sector: Hong Kong needs 11,000 more doctors to meet global standard, local think tank says” (April 10).
The statement from the high-profile Our Hong Kong Foundation think tank, founded by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, has again thrown the spotlight on the city’s struggling public health services and the need to align them with international standards. This also relates to the recent debate over recruiting foreign medical staff, with the Medical Council vetoing such a plan just last week.

With this year’s winter peak flu season claiming more than 350 lives, including that of a child, the urgent need to tackle the shortage cannot be overstated, especially in view of our ageing population. As your report pointed out, to meet Singapore’s standard, we would need 3,376 more doctors, and to equal Germany, we would need more than 30,000.
 
The issue of whether Hong Kong should allow foreign doctors to work in the city has generated a lot of controversy. Patients have long been complaining about hours of queuing to see a doctor, while both patients and medical staff have flagged the overcrowding problem in public hospitals. However, when there is a suggestion to make it easier for foreign doctors or nurses to work in Hong Kong, many people say that it will reduce the chances for Hong Kong graduates to find jobs in the medical sector. This is a real conundrum.

Regarding doctors, they are clearly under too much pressure, both due to the administrative workload and patient volume. Having more people to share their duties would surely ease work conditions. It does not matter whether this is achieved through allowing overseas doctors to practice here or by simply increasing the local supply.
 
Hongkongers should have a clear mind on what would most benefit citizens. Stakeholders in the medical sector should put the needs of the people first instead of being selfish and considering only their own interests.
 
Kris Wong, Tiu Keng Leng
 
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Make visitors pay to camp at Butterfly Beach Park in Tuen Mun
 
I am writing to express my feelings about people occupying campsites in Tuen Mun’s Butterfly Beach Park.
 
With its stunning scenery and easy accessibility, Butterfly Beach Park is an all-time favourite of both local families and holidaymakers, who can enjoy barbecues and camping there. However, it has become harder to camp in Butterfly Beach Park since the campsites are often found occupied.
 
These campsites may seem attractive to street sleepers or others who want to set up a temporary “home”, as this does not cost them a penny. Use of the campsites is on a first-come-first-served basis on application, and users can remain in each campsite for days. Also, the facilities there are well-maintained, with toilets, water taps, and refreshment kiosks.
 
I think people who occupy the campsites for long periods of time are being selfish. Everyone should have the right to use the public facilities, and they are depriving others of their chance to enjoy the park. The government could think about charging for the use of the campsites. This might help to ensure that everyone at the campsite is there for camping and is not occupying the site as their home.
 
Christy Wong, Tseung Kwan O
 
 
SCMP August 6, 2018
Anakin Tam 5D
 
Hong Kong’s long hours and toxic offices reflect a global problem that needs action
 
Hong Kong is no stranger to toxic workplace environments (“Are Hong Kong’s long hours and toxic offices driving us out of our minds?”, July 27).
 
It would be an understatement to say that city workers are under stress, as many mental health problems can be traced to toxic offices. There are no restrictions on working times in Hong Kong, and a fifth of its workforce spends up to six hours extra at work each week, a 2015 study showed. Also, a survey the same year by the Swiss banking group UBS found Hong Kong employees clocked up to 50.1 hours per week, the highest among the 71 cities compared.
 
And in May, all hopes of a standard hours legislation were dashed when government decided to issue non-binding guidelines for 11 labour-intensive trades, by 2020. That was a further blow to Hongkongers constantly working overtime without compensation.
 
Longer working hours take a toll in terms of both human resources and financial costs. The mental health of workers is extremely vital in achieving a cost-effective and productive working pace. A study by the medical journal The Lancetshowed that people who worked more than 55 hours a week had a 33 per cent greater risk of stroke, while another by the European Heart Journal showed long work days can cause irregular heartbeats.
 
Chronic stress and sedentary jobs can lead to obesity and sleep disorders, and the risk of developing depression, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, ulcers and even some forms of cancer. Aside from health demerits, viewed from the economic side, depression and anxiety disorders are estimated to cost the global economy US$1 trillion a year.
In short, toxic offices are a global problem. Action needs to be taken by both the employers and employees, for a friendlier and hence more efficient workplace.
 
Anakin Tam, Tseung Kwan O
 
SCMP July 24, 2018
Keith Li 6C
 
Is Hong Kong racist? The answer, sadly, is yes
 
Sadly, I agree with the statement “Hong Kong is racist”, after spending two years living in Yuen Long’s Pat Heung village and a year in On Tat Estate, in Kwun Tong. Both places are well-known as being home to people from the ethnic minorities, but I can tell Hongkongers have a prejudice against them.
 
Back in Yuen Long, I always saw Africans hanging around with their friends. They were nice and said hi when we crossed paths, sometimes asking how my day went and ending with “Have a nice day”. They were all friendly and trying to make friends with those outside their circle. It is true that some may have committed a crime, but that does not make the whole African community criminals. 
 
Hongkongers need to accept that some Africans are Hongkongers too, despite the colour of their skin. They cannot condemn an entire community because of the wrongdoings of some.
 
How Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities can help promote the city overseas
 
Now I live in On Tat Estate, where many other minorities live alongside local Hongkongers, and life seems to be a bit more harmonious. I have seen parents of the different races getting along, as well as their kids. But I have also witnessed some residents complain about how they dress and how they smell.
 
The grim struggle to find a home for Hong Kong’s poorer ethnic minorities
 
Differences between them and us do exist, but I have seen many people from the ethnic minorities compromise and try to fit in. It is local Hongkongers who are reluctant to let them become a part of the community. It is time to for us to put our prejudices aside, so that Hong Kong can start being an international city.
 
Keith Li, Tseung Kwan O
 
 
SCMP July 11, 2018
Keith Li 6C
 
Hong Kong’s failure to safeguard LGBT rights shames its equal society
 
The LGBT community globally has become more courageous in fighting for its rights, including same-sex marriage. With societies growing more open-minded and with rising acceptance of homosexuality among younger generations, country after country is recognising the right to same-sex marriage, including the US, Australia and Taiwan. From recognising gay rights to allowing same-sex marriage may have taken a few decades, but that leap has been made.
 
However, take a step back and look at Hong Kong: members of the LGBT community do not enjoy the same civil rights as their heterosexual peers, such as getting public housing in the name of their spouse or a married person’s allowance, as same-sex marriage is not recognised in Hong Kong. For a community that believes in equality, our record on LGBT rights is a disgrace.
 
LGBT book should be thrown at officials
 
Therefore, even though a more positive attitude may be shown towards the LGBT community, it may just remain as empty words without actual government action on establishing a new protocol.
 
Just as in gender-based discrimination, the LGBT community can face maltreatment in social situations, in school and at the workplace. Without protection by law, public support for LGBT rights will achieve little.
 
It was sad to see how a same-sex couple who had done nothing wrong still needed to go to court just to claim their civil rights. It is time the government faced the issue and acted on it.
 
Keith Li, Tseung Kwan O
 

My mother is a good mother
Often take care of the family

Tidying our home meticulously
Her existence makes everything better
Educating us patiently
Really thanks for your love and care wholeheartedly

Disconcert about our daily meals and health
Although sometimes you angry with me

You are the best mother ever in the world