Talking Points: if you could change one thing about Hong Kong, what would it be?

Talking Points: if you could change one thing about Hong Kong, what would it be?

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Tang Yat-shun, 12, Rhenish Church Pang Hok Ko Memorial College

It would be the environment. Hong Kong has a serious air pollution problem because there are a lot of cars on the road, while many high-rises have been built too close together.

What’s more, developers are using the countryside to build flats. This is not good at all.

I would plant more trees to protect the city’s environment and keep the people healthy.

Bashir Henna, 17, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

How about the education system? The recent spate of suicides has shown the kind of pressure faced by students in Hong Kong. They have to get good results in the HKDSE to get into university.

Therefore, a less intense education system could ease the stress on students and help bring back the smiles.

Yuki Yu, 13, Carmel Divine Grace Foundation Secondary School

Definitely the housing problem. Nowadays, many people can’t afford to buy a flat no matter how hard they work. The shortage of housing has also led to an increase in street sleepers and those living in cage homes.

Therefore, I would introduce policies to reduce the prices of flats and close the gap between the rich and the poor.

Miki Sin, 17, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would like to increase Hong Kong’s land area and build more homes for people. Hong Kong has a big population and many people do not own a home. So they have to pay very high rents. Even some married couples live with their parents these days because they do not have their own flat.

I would expand the city’s land area and build enough houses for people to live in.

Daniel Tsang Sau-yat, 16, Chong Gene Hang College

I would introduce an election system based on universal suffrage allowing Hongkongers to vote for their leader.

Such a system would help reduce corruption and collusion between the government and big businesses. Then the chief executive would have to answer to the people; if he or she commits an illegal act, the public would be able to put the leader on trial and remove him or her from office.

In a modern city, people should be able to enjoy their civil rights, such as the “right to vote” and the “right to participate”. This can raise awareness of the importance of creating a democratic society.

Debbie Wong Sui-yu, 15, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would change the education system. The pressure is the most serious problem.

Nicole Wang, 16, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would change the location of Hong Kong and move it to a place where it was winter all year long, because I really love winter and hate the summer heat.

Ansar Aneeta,17, St Margaret’s Girls’ College,Hong Kong

The education system. Hong Kong’s education underlines the importance of rote learning which is labelled as intelligence. Holding a degree also represents intelligence nowadays. But true intellect is when a person has an outstanding character and up to snuff mentality. A piece of paper can never display your true intelligence.

Jennifer Yeung, 17, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would like to have our society become more loving and peaceful. We should show more concern for the needy and underprivileged in our society.

Wu Shuk-yu,15, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would change our Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying. I think he is the worst chief executive since 1997.

Laraib, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College ,Hong Kong

One thing I would like to change about our vibrant, flourishing and cosmopolitan city is to eliminate discrimination based on race, sex, and nationality. With unity coupled with humanity, we have every chance to end discrimination in Hong Kong.

Katy Wong, 15, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would like to change Hong Kong International Airport. Since 1998, when the Hong Kong International Airport moved to Chek Lap Kok, not much has changed. We should build the third runway and attract more tourists and business people to Hong Kong.

Melody Lam, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would have the government cancel the TSA. There are a lot of methods to test students’ levels and schools’ abilities, but the TSA involves too much stress.

Kary Chan, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would like to change the education system of Hong Kong. First, I think the students should not need to do homework during the holiday. They can take a rest during the holiday so that they can study harder after the holiday.

Moreover, the DSE exam should be more free so that the students do not have to study too many things for just one exam. This would ease the pressure of the students and the exam may be easier.

Cherry Wong, 16, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would change our education system. It only teaches us how to write an exam.

Winnie Lai Yee-shan, 12, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would change working hours, because working people in Hong Kong have too much time to work and no time to relax. They should spend less time working and more time with their families.

Choi Tsz-ching, 13, Tak Nga School

I would close all schools one day in every month, so students could rest and return to school the next day with more energy.

In our next Talking Points we’ll discuss:

How much do you think a family of four needs each month to survive in Hong Kong?

We are now accepting answers from readers 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 by lunchtime on Monday, May 8. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
If you could change one thing about Hong Kong, what would it be?


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