Domestic take on harsh treatment

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 May, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 May, 2000, 12:00am

Thank God, no, thank the South China Morning Post for giving people like Wai Chu the opportunity to vent their eloquent opinion in your Letters section. Chinese employers may occasionally physically abuse their maids, but so what? Being a part of China means that we all have to get used to harsh physical punishments if we don't happen to have a Hong Kong ID card or a foreign passport. I really feel for poor Liu Man-kuen, who may find it impossible to acquire another maid in the future [after being sent to prison for burning her helpers hands with an iron]. A horrifying thought. How would we feel if we were not allowed to buy a refrigerator, just because we once threw one from the 13th floor.

As Wai Chu pointed out, Hong Kong is an SAR now, not a British colony. We have freedom of speech. We can say and print anything the Chinese Government lets us. We have our own legal system, advised and guided by the best officials of the Communist Party.

I agree with Wai Chu when he/she attacks the British and their running dogs for letting their maids out of the house. My washing machine does not work for other people and I certainly don't allow my microwave to sleep outside. Nor would I trust my cocktail shaker if it would hang around in bars on Sundays, even if it was a 30-year-old with a university education. It might get a life of its own.