Talking Points: should a chief executive – or a president – be allowed to take holidays?

Talking Points: should a chief executive – or a president – be allowed to take holidays?

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Kelvin Cheung, 17, Tung Chung Catholic School.

Both a chief executive and a president should be allowed to take holidays, because they are also human. They have the freedom to have holidays and to be with and care for their families. If they don’t have time to look after their children, it could have a lot of bad effects on them, because they would get jealous if see their friend’s spending quality time with their parents.

Wong Wai-lam, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School

I don’t think that a chief executive should be allowed to take holidays because they are the most important person in one city and a lot of things are happening every second. If they take holidays, they might not to be able to look after things. They should stay in the city every moment so they can manage any problems that might happen. Some people think they should have the holidays to relax, but if you look at history, kings were always busy but they still manage to relax and do their work.


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Michael Kwok Pui-hin, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

They must take holidays reasonably. They are not superhuman. Everyone has to rest, no matter what they’re doing. Your brain will lose focus if you keep doing the same thing all the time. Holidays are a way to release stress and the public pressure that goes with the job. It keeps them clear headed, and lets them guide the people in a calm way instead of in a pitiless way .

Kaur Manroop, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

The chief executive should be allowed to take holidays, but not for long, as the position has a tonne of responsibility. Chief executives should be able to take leave for at least one week each year, as they have to work a really stressful job every day of the week.

Javy Chau Hei-ting, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

A chief executive or a president should not be allowed to take holidays because they should know how to manage their time. Some people may argue that they are also human, so they also need a few days to relax from all the pressure. But what if there is an emergency when they are on holiday or a trip? Can someone else take over and handle the emergencies ? Will the citizens still trust them?


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Chu Chun-sing, 15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

I think a chief executive or a president should be allowed to take holidays. They also have their own families or parents. Although they need to deal with some national affairs, they are also human, and have the right to be with their family.

Sunny Hon, 17, Workers’ Children Secondary School

Chief executives should not be allowed to take holidays. The CE has a crucial role to play in leading the Hong Kong government and hosting the meeting of executive council every week. The CE has a lot of things to do, and that takes continuous effort.

Alice Ka Yan-lam, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

The chief executive should have holidays, and they should be given more time to think and relax. Other great leaders such as Steve Jobs, too, allowed a ‘thinking week’ to himself. Although they are public servants, they also need to rest. And when a crisis blows up, they must get back to work because they need to lead the people to overcome the disaster. But while the country is safe and there are no big issues, they should be able to take holidays.


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Khan Sedrah Bibi, 17, Delia Memorial School (Broadway)

Yes, absolutely. Even though the chief executive has a lot of work to do, they need time to rest, have a break from their work life and spend some time with their families. Every person needs break from their job. Students get tired of studying and we get long holidays. Even though adults don’t have holidays as long as students, they still have breaks and the same should go for our chief executive.

Summer Law Wing-sum, 14, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

A chief executive should be allowed to take holidays, because if they don’t they will be very tired and they won’t be able to work well in their job. They have a lot of pressure, so they need to take a rest to release stress.

Christina Man, 15, Worker’s Children Secondary School

All societies have problems, and the leaders face many kinds of social and political problems every day. They usually have very busy schedules and they need a very clear mind to deal with all the important issues. Therefore, it is important that they has the chance to escape from the daily diligence and take holidays to replenish their energy.

Bobo Cheung Hok-yu, 15, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Everyone needs to take holidays, no matter if they are normal citizens, lawmakers or the chief executive. Holidays allow us to try new things and to relax. Then, when we go back to work, we have more energy to focus on the job.

Eunice Yung Po-yiu, 16, Fung Kai Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

A chief executive should be allowed to take holidays, because they are humanand need to rest. They work a lot of hours, so a holiday lets them spend time with their family.


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Nikki Leung Cham-lam, 15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

Yes, they should be allowed to take holidays because everyone in the world deserves this.

Justin Ying, 15, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Absolutely. The chief executive should be permitted to take holidays, but the length of the holidays should be limited, such as no more than two weeks. Everyone needs to take a break. A chief executive or a president is a very busy job and they always work under pressure. They will feel exhausted if they keep working for a long time. Letting them take holidays can relieve their stress and help them make better decisions.

Dave Chen Zehua, 16, Fanling Kau Yan College

I don’t see any problem with it. Chief executive is a job, and they are employees, so they deserve a vacation as this is every worker’s right. When the CE is on vacation, there is an acting CE who will take care of his or her duties, so the work will not be deterred. Plus, they are not machines that can work 24-7, having some rests can improve their working efficiency.

Saba Iftkhar, 16, St. Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

Definitely! Sometimes chores as simple as vacuuming the house can wear us out, so imagine handling a populous country for 5 long-winded years! We mustn’t forget that our chief executive is a human just like us, who should be given a very well-deserved break to get away and relax. Though there are reputable officials assisting our chief executive, ultimately the chief executive is held accountable for everything and is answerable to the public. It must be stressful to bear so much pressure single-handedly all-year round. The chief executive serves society and helps our city progress, and we can’t even give our chief executive one little break?

Jamie Tse Ying-chun, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

A chief executive should be allowed to take holidays, because they are also humans. They need to take rest, too. You would like to take a rest when you have a lot of pressure from work, studies or even your relationship among your family members or friends.

Lo Man-to, 10, St Francis of Assis’s English Primary School

Definitely no! A chief executive should work at all cost, as he is the top official of the government and must set a example for the public. If he goes on holidays, no one will make decisions on sudden situations and everything will remain stagnant, blocking the development of our economy.

Tiffany Lim, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

Chief executives – even presidents – should have a break from time to time. We all need to get away from reality just for a short period of time, and presidents are just like us except they carry a bigger responsibility. Of course, they need to get up if something does happen, but when everything is calm, they can all just Netflix and chill with their loved ones.

Chan Ka-yee, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

A chief executive should be allowed to take holidays. Although they have a lot of work to do, they also have their freedom. They have their family, and they need to spend time to get along with them.

Javan Yuen Yui-ching, 15, Ma On Shan Tsun Tsin Secondary School

Sure. They have the most stressful jobs in their regions. Every day, they need to do lots of administrative stuff on economy, environment, society and culture. They need to face emergencies. They need to sign a tonne of administrative orders.

A chief executive or a president is human being. They need to maintain a wholesome life, so they should be allowed to take holidays.


In our next Talking Points, we’ll discuss: what sport, club, or extracurricular would you like to see offered at your school? We are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry), to yp@scmp.com by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.

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Should the chief executive be allowed to take holidays?

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