Stop mollycoddling pampered urbanites

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 October, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 October, 2000, 12:00am

I refer to Raymond Chan's letter headlined, 'Signs would help bewildered hikers' (South China Morning Post, September 29), pleading for the erection of even more signs in the country parks, to help lost hikers find their way home to the urban jungle.

I really wonder what else the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) can do to drum into hikers the importance of carrying a map, a compass and a whistle (along with a knowledge of how to use them). It seems that if people get lost it is not their fault for failing to be properly prepared, but it is, in some way, the Government's fault.

Of course, 'urbanites' should be encouraged to use the country parks as much as possible, but they should remember that the beauty of the countryside lies in the fact that it is not the MTR Corporation, or part of the road network requiring signs and information boards at every junction.

Maybe they should also ask the AFCD to concrete over the trails and provide more handrails or escalators on the steep bits for good measure? My plea would be for the removal of many unnecessary signs, not the erection of more, stopping the unnecessary paving of trails within our country parks and a reduction in the requests of some residents to be 'molly-coddled' throughout every aspect of their lives.


Tai Po