Putting a damper on fun races

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 September, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 September, 1999, 12:00am

Edward Stokes (letter, South China Morning Post, September 23) complained that the marine police in Aberdeen Harbour are not policing the pollution generated by fishing boats.

Had Mr Stokes been in Deep Water Bay on September 22 he would have seen 'HK's finest' (marine division) fully occupied in their more orthodox duties.

A large group of visiting businessmen from a major US corporation were having a whale of a time staging mock dragon boat races just opposite the Victoria Rowing Club. Hong Kong's waterborne PC Plods raced in to contain this vicious crime and sternly warned the crestfallen participants that such a gathering could not be permitted without the 'necessary permissions'.

So now we have another 350 visiting businessmen who will not be choosing Hong Kong for their next convention. What is it that the Hong Kong Tourist Association keeps telling us - 'only in Hong Kong'? TED THOMAS Causeway Bay