By-law could make big difference

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2001, 12:00am

As the Government is proposing to require each building to set up its own management body, this would be a good opportunity to revamp certain by-laws in order to facilitate their implementation.

For example, at the moment no action is taken about leaking air-conditioners until a complaint is lodged by a member of the public. When every building has its own management, the onus could be placed on the owners to eliminate this menace.

An inspection team from the Environmental Protection Department could occasionally patrol the street to ensure that each building was complying with the regulations.

In many countries, the owners/occupants of a building are responsible for keeping the pavement at the front and back of the building clean and obstruction-free.

However, in Hong Kong the only buildings that do this are the hotels and some of the large office blocks. The implementation of such a by-law here in Hong Kong would make a big difference to the standard of cleanliness and hygiene in our streets.

It would also make good economic sense in such a low-tax environment, as the volume of public services could be scaled back.

I am sure that your readers have other suggestions to add to mine.

When the occupants of every building in Hong Kong become financially responsible for whatever happens on their property, instead of leaving everything for the Government to take care of, as they do now, we will see the emergence of more committed and responsible citizens.


Tsim Sha Tsui