Despicable fashion show

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 July, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 July, 1997, 12:00am

I was shocked by the picture on the front page of the South China Morning Post, on Friday, July 18, showing a 'Tang model' wearing a syringe accessory.


That such despicable pictures could appear in the Western world where all kinds of behaviour are acceptable and where 'anything goes', is one thing.


However, in a Chinese society, where 'Asian values' should be enforced, it is unthinkable that a 'designer' should be able to use such repulsive accessories to gain cheap advertising. There is nothing 'chic' about drugs. They bring death to those who touch them.


By appealing to the 'chic' of drugs is not designer William Tang, even indirectly, influencing young minds? In more rigid societies, Mr Tang would not be allowed to mount such a fashion show; it would rightly be deemed anti-social.


This story brings into focus, once again, the issue of drugs and the soft-gloves British justice approach concerning narcotics. Why don't we follow the example set by our Asian neighbours, particularly that of clean, no-nonsense, well-regulated Singapore? Mandatory death penalty (swiftly carried out) for convicted drug traffickers.


Mandatory and very long prison sentences for dealers, so that they are put out of business for good.


Hard and unpleasant boot camps for users, most of whom feed their habit by peddling drugs or turning to other crimes.


These tough measures should not only concern the 'poor' users, but even members from the elite who take the so-called champagne drugs such as cocaine.


If anyone thinks I am being undemocratic, then I challenge them to ask for an SAR-wide referendum on this subject.


JEAN MAURELLET Tai Hang