PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 August, 2005, 12:00am

Q Is it appropriate to commercialise the tragic history of Bela Vista Villa?

Transforming the Bela Vista Villa into a ghost town with a charcoal-burning museum is the pinnacle of bad taste. The person who proposed this definitely has no business ethics and has no sensitivity towards the families of the deceased.

Besides offering an opportunity for adventurous locals and tourists who seek thrills to stay at a 'haunted' house, what else is this 'brilliant' plan trying to achieve? Is a charcoal-burning museum going to display all the necessary tools and offer step-by-step instructions on how to do it?

What Hong Kong needs is not a haunted mansion (I think the Haunted House in Disneyland can fill this market gap) nor another so-called museum. What Hong Kong lacks is open space with trees and flowers. If district councillors or officials are brainstorming what to add to attract tourists, how about a nice big park where people can sit, have picnics and play with their kids and pets? I am sure a beautiful park will not only attract the locals, but tourists will love it as well.

Estelle Chen, Central

On other matters ...

We refer to Jimmy Wong's letter, which appeared in Talkback on August 10, regarding temperatures inside air-conditioned buses.

We have duly noted Mr Wong's comments. However, unlike other air-conditioned premises, the air-conditioning and temperature inside a bus are indeed influenced by many factors, including the number of passengers carried, solar radiation through windows, and outdoor air temperature. The above factors also vary at different times within a day, for different routes and bus models.

We have already set a suitable temperature level for our buses, based on our experience, after having thorough discussion with our suppliers as well as considering comments from our passengers.

Furthermore, to provide more comfortable journeys for our passengers, our buses are equipped with a thermostat, which can adjust the temperature automatically.

Nevertheless, we shall keep closely monitoring and reviewing our services regularly to meet passenger demands.

Elaine Chan, New World First Bus

I would like to express my complete agreement with Candy Tam's comments in Talkback on August 8. I travel on the MTR several times each day and on almost every journey there are people eating and drinking in the same carriage. I am sure there must be people doing the same thing in most carriages on most trains.

I have never, in the many years I have been here, seen any enforcement of the regulations prohibiting such behaviour. I have seen full McDonald's meals and sushi trays complete with wasabi and soy sauce being eaten. The carriage floors are littered with tissues and empty drink cartons and there are sticky wet patches on the floors from spilled drinks.

The only way to stop this, and the habit of blocking the carriage doors and passages with commercial trolleys full of goods to a dangerous degree, is by firm enforcement.

On a similar subject, a gentleman a while ago referred to the selective cleaning by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. I wonder if the director of FEHD can explain why the newspaper deliverers and sellers who litter Queen's Road Central each morning between 6.45 and 7.30 are never prosecuted. On the contrary, FEHD deploys a gang of cleaners to clean up after them, while any other member of the public, such as an old lady dropping a key, gets prosecuted.

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We would like to thank your reader Candy Tam for her comments (Talkback, August 8) regarding cleanliness on MTR trains. We would like to assure Ms Tam that there has been no cutback in the number of cleaners deployed within the MTR system.

The MTR Corporation recognises the importance of providing passengers with a clean and pleasant environment for travelling and strives to ensure that all stations and trains appear clean, bright and litter-free at all times. Train compartments are cleaned daily before entering service and again at terminus stations after the completion of each journey.

Nevertheless, we would also like to take this opportunity to appeal for assistance from our passengers not to leave litter in train compartments. Litter bins and recycling boxes are available at all stations and passengers can use them to discard their litter.

May Wong, MTR Corporation

I am a schoolteacher in charge of S6 admission.

Right after Stage 1 admission around noon, an Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) officer called me, asking why we did not update vacancy information. I should have told her that the EMB did not allow us to do so. Only schools with no vacancies for Stage 2 admission have the privilege to set the number of vacancies to zero before 1pm. The rest have to update the vacancy information from 1pm to 1.30pm, and the Stage 2 admission starts at 2pm. Will the EMB do eligible students a big favour by providing them with the latest vacancy information for Stage 2 admission as soon as possible and not ask us stupid questions?

On the second day of admission, the same EMB officer called me again, saying that we did not fax a hard copy list of admitted students to the EMB (we sent a soft copy the day before). Schools were instructed by an EMB circular either to send a soft copy or to fax a copy of the list to the EMB. Will the EMB be specific if both copies are needed and not waste our time?

C.P. Leung, Yuen Long