Talking points: What would you do if you were asked to join the Hong Kong Army Cadets?

Talking points: What would you do if you were asked to join the Hong Kong Army Cadets?

Hate it when you can't talk back? Well, you can with <i>Young Post</i>. Have your say and share with students around Hong Kong.

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Children arrive at Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks before opening ceremony of Hong Kong Army Cadets
Children arrive at Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks before opening ceremony of Hong Kong Army Cadets
Photo: Dickson Lee/SCMP

Kate Ng, 19, University of Hong Kong

Of course I would be very happy to be invited to join the HK Army Cadets Association! As a girl, I have always admired the chief executive's wife, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, for her style and taste for fashion. As our "commander-in-chief", I would finally be able to talk to her in person and ask for her advice; for instance, how did she come up with her signature "Red Lobster" suit? Plus, I will get great uniforms, food, and transportation for free!


Charlotte Chan, 16, Carmel Secondary School

Why not give it a try? The mysterious, controversial HK Army Cadets Association promises to train a teenager to be independent and tough, just as the Scouts and Girl Guides do, right? By joining it, I could learn lots of survival skills and be a more mature person. More importantly, I'd be able to give Young Post a first-hand report on what's really happening in the secretive, military-style organisation, or what's wrong with them.


Kristie Wong, 16, South Tuen Mun Government Secondary School

I would definitely join it. As you may know, there is mystery surrounding this organisation, with many people believing it is trying to brainwash young people. If I join the association, I will know what they are really up to.


Kaur Sandeep, 16, St Margaret's Girls' College, Hong Kong

I would take it as an opportunity to improve myself, both physically and mentally. Since members of the Hong Kong Army Cadets Association have to tackle many different challenges, it would help strengthen my body as well as my mind.


Naz Iraj, 16, St Margaret's Girls' College, Hong Kong

I would reject the offer immediately. This is because the Hong Kong Army Cadets Association wants to make Hong Kong's youngsters more patriotic, and get them to support the central government. The association's secretive inauguration ceremony poses many questions about its real motives.


Tell us what you would do if you were asked to join the Hong Kong Cadets in the comment box below.
 

In our next Talking Points, we'll discuss: What are your thoughts on making a mainland study tour part of the curriculum?
 

We are now accepting your answers for this new topic. To take part, e-mail your answer with your name, age and school name, plus a high-res photo of yourself (no less than 1MB), to yp@scmp.com by Monday lunchtime next week.

 

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
What would you do if you were asked to join the Hong Kong Army Cadets?

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