Park mess is made before helpers arrive

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 December, 1999, 12:00am

I agree with Edwin Pun in his letter 'Wrong to single out Filipinos' (South China Morning Post, December 24). While our domestic helpers may well use the country parks at weekends they certainly cannot be blamed for the entirety (if indeed any) of the mess created.

Having on numerous occasions headed into the country parks for early morning hikes, both on Saturdays and Sundays, I have seen the ghastly scenes of littered barbecue sites from the night before.

I cannot imagine that many domestic helpers would have been up in these parks on either a Friday or Saturday evening due to work commitments.

Secondly, many of the garbage strewn sites that I have seen are fairly difficult to get to for those without a private vehicle which tends to mean that domestic helpers wouldn't have been there.

And, as Mr Pun points out, the domestic helpers do, on the whole, make an effort to clean up behind them. It is others of this community that make this mess and I feel sorry that domestic helpers, on their deserved days off, arrive at horribly littered leisure areas.

I assume there are park rangers responsible for these areas but having never seen one myself maybe this is not the case. The presence and vigilance of park rangers with the threat of littering fines and some anti-littering signs would help make these wonderful parks considerably more pleasant for all of us.

Finally, Mr Pun is quite right to comment on the cowardliness of the facade 'name and address supplied' on the letter to which he replied ('Maids should pay for clean-up', South China Morning Post, December 4). Did the author not wish for their domestic helper to see that what they were saying about them? If people don't wish to have their name published then they really ought not to bother writing.