WITH widespread concern being expressed about the mass congregation of Filipino domestic helpers in Central on Sundays, one would expect them to behave while they are there.
I hold no objection to them whiling away their time there on their day off, relaxing and catching up with their fellow countrymen. But to my disappointment, I have recently seen them acting in an irresponsible manner.
Walking along the narrow Battery Path opposite the Hongkong Bank Building one Sunday evening - one of the popular gathering spots for the workers - I found that the place was strewn with rubbish, littered with plastic bags, and leftover food.
Looking over to the bank site across the street, I could also see waste material lying in the open area. My walking companion found the scene as disgusting as I did, but was not surprised.
She said she had seen a lot of rubbish at the open area of the Hongkong Bank building early one Monday morning, at around 7am.
I certainly don't think all Filipinos gathered in various parts of Central are inconsiderate.
In fact, the normally closed Chater Road is usually rather clean by the evening. Still, I hope the 'holiday-makers' will do us a great service by collecting their rubbish before they head back home. And I think it's time for the Urban Services Department to have staff conduct closer checks of these areas on Sundays.
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