Marriam Naveed, 17, True Light Middle School of Hong Kong
I would love to add the line: “I’d keep my opinion to myself and be confident”, because the new lawmakers don’t seem serious about what they say – at least that’s what I felt after seeing them take their oaths. Omitting the word China from the oath, pausing between every word for like 10 seconds, and worst of all, promoting Hong Kong separatism and making insulting remarks to the nation! Are you here to take the oath or to give your own opinions? They didn’t seem sure about what they were saying and they should be confident about what they say in Chinese. Acting shy? Its a LEGCO OATH, not an English SBA speech.
Bobo Cheung Hok-yu,14, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School
I would add: “I will be responsible for everything I that I do”, because if any of them breaks the law, they should not avoid responsibility. The oath would remind them not to do anything that could hurt society, and they will think twice before doing anything illegal.
Ady Lam, 11, Island School
“I will only throw luncheon meat, ham, eggs, and cheese at people with their mouths open, ready to gulp it down, and their hands ready to throw it back.” Perfect, right? A lot of pan-democrats enjoy throwing food at other legislators, and a lot of the time that food goes to waste. So instead of banning them from not throwing food at each other (because that would only be boring), just make sure legislators get some softball practice so they’re ready to catch the food. No food waste, and no hurt feelings. Who knows, maybe one day, Legco might form a professional foodball team!
Jon Chan, 16, HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School
The line that I would add is: “I will respect and uphold the different cultures, languages and traditions within the region, and, to the best of my ability, prevent any of them from being neglected or discriminated against.”
Sadly, many people struggle to get along with those who have different cultures or languages. But it is vital for Hong Kong’s different customs, languages and traditions to be preserved and respected. They make our city harmonious, equal, and diverse. Traditions and cultures are a part of our living history, and a source of our identity; without them our city will be soulless and nothing more than “just another city full of skyscrapers”.
Saba Iftkhar, 15, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong
“I promise to not be another one of those corrupt lawmakers as we have enough of them already, and I pledge to stay true to not only myself, but also to the citizens who believed in me!” Wouldn’t this make the oath more convincing, heartfelt and powerful? This would also make the Legislative Council seem more reliable and trustworthy.
Eunice Yung Po-yiu, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School
I think: “I will not use abusive language ” should be added to the oath. If they swear or make jokes, then people will wonder if they are suitable for the job. They might not trust the lawmakers anymore, and might not believe what they say.
Agnes Choi Wing-yan,, 15, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School
I would add one sentence: “I will try my best to serve the people of Hong Kong.” Legislative Council members are chosen by the people, so they have a duty to serve them. Also, the councillors are responsible for helping Hongkongers settle disputes and deal with problems. They serve as a bridge between the government and the people, and adding that line would show that they are taking this responsibility seriously.
Vivian Lau Siu-yee, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School
I would add: “I’m not only serving Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, I also serve the People’s Republic of China. Furthermore, I mustn’t make personal attacks on others, or disrupt the democratic process. I will respect and accept others’ opinions.”
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