Tax-refuse link a ridiculous argument

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 November, 2002, 12:00am

Lam Pat-lin writes about the 'mess' left by domestic helpers after their 'Sunday get-togethers' using it as justification for levying a tax upon them (South China Morning Post, November 12).

I think this is a ridiculous argument. Most of the rubbish disposed of at these sites is left in or around the bins provided for easy collection.

Does it ever prick at your correspondent's conscience that these hard-working people who give their all to their Hong Kong employers have no choice but to sit on the street no matter the weather on their day off? I, for one, feel ashamed that no facilities are provided for these members of our society.

What about the disgraceful state that most of the barbecue sites are left in and the beaches that require massive clean-up operations after any public holiday and at weekends? Most of that refuse is left by locals.

Yes, the economic woes affect all of us. I have no doubt the helpers are working longer hours for no extra pay to accommodate their employers at this time, thus allowing the employers, as Elizabeth Cox so rightly put it, to 'pursue their lucrative careers' (Post, November 12).

Shame on your correspondent for not realising the bigger picture here.