What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost
On calls for school textbook publishers to consider their sense of social responsibility instead of going ahead with price hikes:
Jessie Tong - Publishers are businessmen and need to make a profit. Why should they alone have social responsibility to the public? Agree with use of recycled books arranged through schools.
Ngg Kaying - Yes it is definitely their responsibility. There is no urgent need for them to increase the selling price every year as they only add minor changes to the books. If they keep increasing textbook prices, more parents will turn to second-hand book sellers who are more economical and offer an environmentally friendly way of buying textbooks.
Horatio Kung - I don't know why public schools are prohibited from choosing to use textbooks published by other publishers from abroad, just like our parents used to have, when they were in their primary or secondary school.
On Chief Executive C. Y. Leung's offer of HK$7.3 billion in sweeteners:
Letitia Wong - C.Y. is using taxpayers' money to garner votes for the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and boost his own popularity. He should not be allowed to squander our hard-earned reserves accumulated over many decades! We do not need to emulate Singapore's Temasek model which was suggested by C. Y. during his election campaign.
Chan Tsz-kin - None of my business. Sweeteners? I cannot enjoy any of them too.
Patrick Shu Wing-lee - Some sweeteners are not sweet enough, ineffective, too complicated and troublesome. For example, the prices of Home Ownership Scheme flats have been pushed up, just like adding oil to fire, thus benefiting speculators more. The old age allowance for those aged 70 and above should not be subject to means testing as the extra money spent is not tremendous, and checking requires more administrative costs, not really worthwhile.