Choosing HK depends on personal values

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 September, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 September, 2001, 12:00am

I refer to Tim Hamlett's column headlined 'Here's the 'fun' about living in Hong Kong' (South China Morning Post, August 27).

I felt that Mr Hamlett did not clearly answer his own question: 'Is it possible to recommend Hong Kong as a place to live, for someone who has a choice?' He implied that Hong Kong is no fun, offers a poor lifestyle, is 'poisonous' and 'pathetic', but a fine place to make money. The answer to his own question surely is, if you have a choice, and value health, fun, a free press and pleasant lifestyle, then Hong Kong is not a place to recommend to prospective residents. If you are willing to make compromises to make money, then it can be recommended. Determine your values, and then decide if Hong Kong is for you.

I guess as a long-term resident Mr Hamlett has made those choices. Like many people, he is ready to 'knock' Hong Kong, but provides few solutions to the problems. For example, what sophisticated amusements does he want, and how will they be provided?

It is not a sophisticated desire to want clean beaches, unpolluted parks and a cup of coffee in the street. They are simple pleasures that a government of clear vision ought to be able to provide its populace. Then Hong Kong would be a place to recommend.


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