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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 March, 2007, 12:00am
 

Relief as more toilets planned


I heard some very good news - 11 public places will increase toilet facilities for women.


For a long time, women have complained about long queues in public toilets.


Under the new guidelines, there will be a significant increase in the number of cubicles in female toilets, according to Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung.


The decision to increase sanitary facilities for women in public places, such as shopping malls, cinemas and entertainment premises, should be praised.


This will not only save customers a lot of time, but also help to attract more people and boost sales.


Sometimes women allow their children to relieve themselves outside a building because of the long waiting time in public toilets.


With the installation of extra cubicles in female toilets, our environment will also become more hygienic.


I am sure this move will be welcomed by everyone.


Chin Kei-yu


Train bombers should die


The trial into Spain's worst terrorist attack opened on February 15, with 29 suspects facing charges for the brutal 2004 bombings that killed 191 rush-hour commuters.


The first defendant to take the stand, Egyptian Rabei Osman, refused to answer any questions. He said he did not understand the charges against him.


He is accused of being one of the masterminds behind the attacks, when 10 bombs ripped through four packed passenger trains. When he tried to give an explanation, the judge cut him off and ordered the prosecutor to ask questions.


The trial promises to be highly emotional, recalling terrifying memories of one of Spain's darkest days. Some 100 experts and 600 witnesses are likely to be called.


I hope justice will be done, with the accused sentenced to long jail terms.


Since there is no death penalty in Spain, the judge may only impose life imprisonment on the bombers. This is unfair because I believe they should get the death penalty.


The worst thing is that people may think it is no big deal after committing the most horrible crimes.


Timmy Tsang


Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School


Fast food dangers


Hong Kong people are always in a hurry so some may have fast food for breakfast, lunch and even dinner.


Fast food outlets have sprung up on almost every street in the city and people flock to them because they are convenient.


But fast food is unhealthy. If we eat it every day, it will be quite dangerous.


So try to eat more rice, fruit and vegetables.


Lam Chun-hin


Magazine's insult


Easy Finder's cover story featured photographs of Twins member Gillian Chung Yan-tung changing clothes backstage during a concert in Malaysia.


I think the magazine should apologise because it showed a lack of respect for women.


If nothing is done about the article, the situation will get worse and more women will be victimised.


The government should introduce laws to protect female entertainers in Hong Kong.


Chan Ka-yui


Patients should be told about treatment


I am writing to express my views on the article 'Ruling will stifle medical advances' (South China Morning Post, February 12).


I strongly agree that doctors should tell patients about their expertise with new techniques.


This will help a patient to have more confidence in their doctor.


Besides, patients have a right to know about the procedures being used by doctors.


If patients have no knowledge about the latest methods, they would be unable to make a decision. This could cause uncertainty among patients and their families.


Patients should be fully informed about the treatment they are taking.


This will benefit both patients and doctors and help improve the relationship between the two parties.


Wansy Ho Wan-sin


Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School


Show courtesy and win over tourists


I have heard people using foul language, which shows disrespect to others.


Those who use bad words have a poor upbringing and don't care about the feelings of others.


There is a tendency among young people to speak obscene language as they like to imitate some adults.


Parents should never swear in front of their children. They are role models and should always act responsibly.


Don't let tourists criticise Hongkongers as uncivilised people.


We should strive to make Hong Kong the city of courtesy.


Cheung Lai-yin


SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School


Money matters


Money is important, but it cannot solve all our problems.


We need money to buy clothes and food and pay tuition and transport fees.


Hong Kong people usually say: 'No money, no talk!'


If we have no money, we cannot survive.


But money cannot buy friends or family and health or happiness.


That's why we must treasure what we have.


Bonnie Lam Hiu-tong


Our Lady of the Rosary College


Tsang's good ideas


I read a news item about Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's future plans for Hong Kong. I believe he has some good ideas, such as the need to protect the environment.


He has also given a boost to education with his subsidy scheme for pre-school children.


Mr Tsang should listen to the people before implementing his proposals.


Wong Ching-yung


Try to help others


As the saying goes, it's better to give than to receive.


When we help others, we should not expect any rewards. Sometimes we may not realise that a little help may change people's lives and bring them hope.


So, don't be selfish; try your best to help others.


I believe you can live a happy and meaningful life if you can both give and receive.


We should be grateful when we receive help from others.


Daphne Yu


Maryknoll Fathers' School


Enrich your life


People often think that everything comes easily, so they don't make a big effort.


Life is now more comfortable but people are more corruptible.


They waste their time and money working on meaningless tasks in order to satisfy their wishes.


By doing this, people forget their real goals.


Life will be more enriching if you make a contribution to society.


Look around and ask yourself whether you treasure every minute of your life, and being with your family. Please appreciate what you have!


Chan Hou


St Francis Xavier's College


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