Busy day for 'big boss'

Busy day for 'big boss'

For this week's top 10, we asked our readers, if you were chief executive of Hong Kong for 24 hours, what would you do? Here are our favourite answers …

Housing is key

I would use all of my energy to improve the housing crisis in Hong Kong. Why do we talk about universal suffrage when more than 280,000 people live in cubicles? The gap between the rich and the poor is too big in Hong Kong. While most Hongkongers aim for democracy, I believe we need to address the elephant in the room (the housing problem) before moving on to political issues.

Christy Cheung, 16, St Paul's Co-educational College

Time to listen

Let's be real; there are loads of ideas and opinions from students that are not heard. While we are responsible for our education, we don't get much say in it. If I were the chief executive for a day, I'd visit universities and secondary schools, to talk to students and listen to their suggestions. They may come up with great ideas to boost social harmony. After all, nurturing the next generation is important, right?

Cynthia Chiu, St Stephen's Girls' College

Smart move

I would close down all mobile networks. Then I would urge all citizens to reflect on their addiction to their smartphones. We're glued to them even when we walk along the street! This is very bad behaviour. As a result, we don't see the little things that could inspire us. I believe that switching off our mobile phones for just a day will help us to focus on what is really important in our lives.

Kathy Leung Wing-kiu, 15 , Lui Cheung Kwong Lutheran College

Free meals

I would give all restaurants in Hong Kong a special allowance and order them to provide free meals to their customers, including beggars. It's heartbreaking to see people begging for money on the street. Also, many poor local families cannot afford proper meals. A day of free meals would help raise awareness about poverty, and persuade locals to care more about the needy.

Fung Tsz-ching, 15, Carmel Secondary School

A real scoop!

To be honest, being the chief executive for one day is no use. It's impossible to introduce or change any policies or laws within 24 hours. Therefore, I would simply inspect each government department, looking out for cases of corruption or poor administration. And when I became a normal citizen again the next day, I would reveal all those problems to the public - similar to what former American spy Edward Snowden did!

Corey Chung, 13, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

Show true colours

I would dress all yellow, from head to toe, and see what happens!

Naz Iraj, 17, St Margaret's Girls' College

CE election

Hongkongers are not happy with Leung Chun-ying's performance, so they launched the Occupy Central movement. So if I were the chief executive for a day, I would hold an election for the post. I would allow all those who were 18 or older to vote and choose a new leader for Hong Kong. If C.Y. continues to guide us, there will more, and bigger, protests. I don't want to see such things happening in Hong Kong again.

Marco Wong Nok-hei, 13, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

Help for minorities

I would change Hong Kong's education system. Under the present curriculum, minority students face discrimination. For example, unlike the GCE A-level, the DSE doesn't provide an easier Chinese paper for students from ethnic minority groups. Therefore, I would introduce a new exam for these students, and also include renowned international programmes in the local curriculum. This would help cater to students with different abilities and ease their workload.

Cheng Yu-sang, 15, Queen's College

'Relax' is the theme

I would allow free entry to Hong Kong's theme parks. Thousands of teenagers and their friends would visit Ocean Park and Disneyland that day. It would be a great opportunity to relax and have a good time. Also, Hongkongers work very hard. They deserve to have a special day away from the office, when they can enjoy life with their families. 

Janice Chan Sin-ting, 15, Lui Cheung Kwong Lutheran College

Aiming low

Local students face a lot of pressure. They have to do loads of homework and revision every day. They have hardly any time to breathe! So if I were the chief executive for a day, I would lower Hong Kong's education standards. 

Law Ka-lok, Lui Cheung Kwong Lutheran College

For our next Top 10, tell us, if you woke up one day and realised you were invisible, what would you do? Send your answer, together with your name, age, and school, to reporters.club@scmp.com with "Top 10: invisible" in the subject field. The best answers will be published in the next Top 10 page!

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Busy day for 'big boss'


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