India's buses also have noisy broadcasts

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2001, 12:00am

I feel compelled to write after having read Hu Fun-tak's letter 'If you don't like our noise, fly away' (South China Morning Post, October 27). What I have dreaded most since I participated in the campaign against audio commercial broadcasts on public transport has finally happened. Citizens now have one more excuse to behave in an overbearing, uncivil, inconsiderate, discourteous and disrespectful manner in public areas.

Multimedia broadcasts on board encourages people to ignore (the needs of) others around them in public areas and to impose their private-space activities and personal preferences upon others.

An Indian friend of mine has pointed out to me that public buses in certain cities in India have loud broadcasts on board. She never imagined that an advanced and developed city like Hong Kong would one day be following suit.

A passenger, on the other hand, has informed the Citizens Party that world-class international cities such as Frankfurt are taking all kinds of action to reduce noise pollution. This includes encouraging passengers at the Frankfurt Airport to seek out information via visual means. By so doing, audio announcements can be kept to a minimum so as to promote quiet and peaceful quality living.


Spokeswoman, Citizens Party