Willing to pay more
David Slough makes a fair point in his letter headlined, 'Freeloaders' (South China Morning Post, July 11), when he says that users of the soon defunct Tuen Mun-Central ferry service should not expect a government subsidy.
I for one would happily pay double the fare to keep the service running, but unfortunately this doesn't seem to be an option. With all due respect to the residents of Pak Ko on Lamma, they are small potatoes compared to the future well-being of Tuen Mun, which represents a vast urban infrastructure project which is as yet incomplete.
By allowing the Tuen Mun-Central ferry to expire without so much as a whimper, the Government sends out a clear signal of disregard for the future of this undertaking. Without substantial government intervention in a variety of causes Tuen Mun will continue to slide into inevitable urban decay. One option for continuity of the ferry service seems to have been forgotten - Turbojet wanted to start operating between Tuen Mun and Macau, but was refused permission on security grounds.
Why not invest public money in upgrading the Tuen Mun ferry pier to deal with international passengers and allow Turbojet to operate from Tuen Mun to Macau in return for keeping open the Tuen Mun-Central service? In this way the Government would raise the profile of Tuen Mun, boost the local economy and keep open the ferry link without the need for subsidies.