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  1. This is a formal letter: it is, not it’s
  2. What are “the companies and their products/services"; Is “including MTR Mall, Property and Project" an exhaustive list?
  3. Avoid using " ‘s " after non-living objects.  Use xxx of yyy instead i.e. “the staff and stake holders of the MTR Corporation".
  4. Do not HESITATE
  5. “Please do not…on the date with booked insertion" should be followed by a period (.). “We shall…." should be a new sentence.
  6. Midnight means 12 o’clock at night. “During" midnight is simply impossible. It should be “during midnight hours".
In short, get a new advertising agency.

The government has just given the green light to various Community Care Fund projects:

“…The first project to be rolled out at the end of next month is overseas study tour subsidies, capped at HK$3,000 for each of some 80,000 primary and secondary students from low-income families.

Subsidized Primary Schools Council chairman Cheung Yung-bong welcomed the scheme and said it would not add much administrative work as most schools have already planned their summer study tours.Law Chi-kwong, chairman of the fund’s executive committee, said this scheme will help students who could not afford tour fees to broaden their horizons through overseas learning…" (The Standard, April 21, 2011)

What’s wrong with these projects? Isn’t it a good thing to let underprivileged kids to have a chance to go abroad?

I grew up in a low income family – definitely among the grass root ones. There’s absolutely no way my family could send me abroad for whatever reason and however short period of time. But I did get the chance to go abroad when I was 11. How? My school chose me (and two other kids) to “compete" for a place in an exchange program called the Asia Pacific Children Convention which takes place in Japan every year. All expenses are taken care of by the organizer. I remember I submitted a really thick pile of copies of various certificates I earned from all sorts of activities. I went through an interview. Then joined a training camp. Eventually got chosen (among with 39 other kids) from hundreds of kids all over Hong Kong.

The government is actually already paying for certain exchange / study programs. I was a member of HKYSO and during my 6-7 years there, I joined two tours: one to Singapore and another one to Beijing. All expenses were covered by the government. I had to first get into the orchestra (one or two rounds of audition… I don’t quite remember). Then we had to go through another audition several months before the tour. Not all orchestra members were chosen because… there’s budget. We practiced to earn our place.

I’m not trying to show off how great I did back in my school years. What I’m trying to say is:

You need to work for rewards.

So, what can the government do instead of giving out $3000 to all of those ~80,000 primary and secondary students from low-income families?

One word: SCHOLARSHIP

Extend existing scholarships. Set up new scholarships to REWARD more people. The government can even set up a scholarship just for these 80000 something students from low-income families.

The bottom line? You have to work for it! Giving out $3000 no matter how a kid does is simply sending the message that work is irrelevant. When a kid doesn’t even study, it doesn’t matter whether the classroom is in HK or Guangzhou or US or UK or anywhere. That kid just won’t study.

How about the kids with various kinds of learning disorders? Isn’t it unfair that they’ll probably never get a chance to get a scholarship?

These kids need long-term special study program. Not a 2-week study tour once a year.

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