Creating bad impression

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 September, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 September, 1995, 12:00am

I REFER to Liz Daskeo's letter headlined, 'Trying hard to be civil' (South China Morning Post, August 30).

I feel that the views I express are probably shared by most Hong Kong people.

It is ironically true that Hong Kong people sometimes can be quite impolite towards Filipino maids, but the maids must understand that we treat them unkindly at times, not because of their race, but because of their irresponsible attitudes and actions.

For instance, my aunt is now working in Victoria Park as a cleaner. She often finds that Filipino maids after having a party have left leftovers of food and a large number of plastic forks and knives. These leftovers create a smell and they create a bad image of Filipino maids.

Moreover, some Filipino maids have tried to raise money in the name of their church, but the fact is that some use this as a chance to raise money for themselves rather than for the church. This does not help their reputation.

Also, they often sell their products like clothes, books, tapes and food without a proper licence. This can be seen especially at the Star Ferry and in Central district. I find this irritating because on Sundays and public holidays, Central is turned into a location for hawkers.

Although I am friendly with Filipino maids in my church as they are friendly and kind, I must say that some really need to show a responsible attitude. If they show self-respect, we, in turn, will respect them.

AIKO FUNG Mid-Levels