星期四, 5月 26, 2005

About public housing

Dear Sir

I have read your article today firing on the new regulation of application for pubic housing on the single applicants. I must say i strongly agree with you. I am a reporter from Chinese media, but it seems that large proportion of chinese media do show their support on the new move by the Housing Authority. Most of them are viewing the issue from the resources allocation angle, few of them is really discussing about whether the new regulation is really fair or not.

Personally, I think discrimination on family status and academic qualification is obvious. As these single appilcants passed the mean test, they should be able to make the application while wether they will get the public house is another issue. Thus, I propse that young and single one should be given chance to make application, but allocation of public house should be subjected to the social condition.

Public housing is long be a problem for HK government, but I request a system in which everyone is fairly treated.

However, when i talked about my point of view with other reporters, i found almost all are against my view. They think the young and highly educated one should not abuse the social resources as they are expected to earn much later on. I fully understand their opinion (as i am the young and highly educated one too), but the core of the issue is not lying on wether you will be rich or not, it's a problem of the fairness of the system, isn't it?

It is pity to see that fairness and justice is getting thinner in Hong Kong nowaday. People are concerning about their material need rather than basic ideology(or core value, u may say).

Anyway, It's good to see your opinion, let share more next time.

Jonathan Wong

(original an email to the editor of a newspaper)

What news really mean?

Edward de Bono's "Six Thinking Hats" is trying to shed new light on the traditonal thinking mode. In the past, people are trying to prove their own point of view when discussing with other people, and emphasis lay on "what is" rather than "what can be". The old approach is a kind of argumentative one which proved to be not constructive at all. As everyone is arguing they are right, they are not actually facing the problem.

It reminds me of how magazine approach a story. Magazine is different from the conventional daily. Instead of setting a POV after having all the fact analysed, Magazine is making the hypothesis first. Thus, when a reporter is told to write a report, actually, he is doing a job of collecting evidence in order to support the hypothesis. So when he finds one person's POV is favourable to him, there may be 9 people interviewed with counter-POV.

As a result, an article based on hypothesis rather than hard fact or ideology, together with biased and subjective POV is getting published. Do they really face the problem? face the fact?

Too arrogant the system is and reporters as well. I mean do they really qualified to make such a hypothesis?

I suppose not, the truth is that more senior position the reporter is promoted to, s/he will be more defensive to any doubt on their judgement and opinion, as they can't afford their profession to be challenged. But what if they are really wrong? Clearly, s/he is trapped by her own position and any new idea won't be welcomed to flush in. Stupid, isn't it?

Please always remind yourself to be humble.

星期四, 5月 19, 2005

星期三, 5月 18, 2005


The voice of familiarity,
Heard with echo,
Now pale, weightless
Heavy as well,
Pain attached.

‘round the corner of the street,
Wandering in the front of the doorway and
The gate. Shut ever after.


Hello to me, can u?


Lost ... Where to find?


星期六, 5月 07, 2005




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