PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 February, 2004, 12:00am

Ammunition on board

An FBI agent was arrested at Chek Lap Kok for carrying 15 rounds of .45-calibre ammunition in a magazine in his carry-on luggage ('FBI agent let off in bullets case', February 19). Shock and horror that this happened even after he identified himself as an FBI agent.

Are the FBI and the US government so arrogant that they feel that they have a right to carry live ammunition on international flights? Your article quoted a former FBI agent as saying, 'I am surprised he was not given an immediate clearance waiver . . . when he showed his credentials'. I think he is damn lucky he wasn't shot. In Singapore or Malaysia he might have been.

Let the FBI go traipsing through the Philippines. If that government is prepared to put up with them that is its business. Hong Kong is now part of China. I would like to see a citizen of any country try carrying live ammunition through one of its airports.


Unpredictable cows

R. E. J. Bunker ('Stop for cows', February 10) concludes that to have a collision with a cow, one must have been driving a vehicle recklessly. Cows are not large, slow-moving animals. They vary in size and even the large ones can move quickly and unpredictably.

There are no road signs warning of wandering livestock in this part of Hong Kong - all we have are tell-tale signs on the roads that cows were there. One also learns to expect them if a bull is wandering about and before a significant drop in barometric pressure (they come down from the hills before bad weather hits).

The correspondent is right that drivers should adjust their speed accordingly. This, however, does not prevent cows running into my stationary vehicle. From reading these columns, it is interesting to see how the motorist is always the evil one. Until we rid our roads of livestock, bull-bars have clear use in Hong Kong.

Unlike cows, humans are expected to behave. Laws determine how I operate my vehicle - pedestrians coming into contact with bull-bars or vehicles means either pedestrians or vehicles are not where they should be. Since I see few vehicles driving down the pavements, why not solve this problem with the same logic as bull- bars and not allow people to have legs? Otherwise we are treating the symptom and ignoring the disease.