PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 June, 2007, 12:00am

Should rules be tightened on beauty salons?

Complaints have been received about the services provided by some beauty salons.

This raises questions about whether or not rules should be tightened on these salons, which mainly promote their businesses by advertising in entertainment magazines. Several people have been cheated by these so-called beauty salons' adverts, with claims customers can be helped by gaining height or having double-eyelid treatment without surgery. This problem can be solved if the government tightens the relevant rules.

The regulation just protects consumers who pay for goods, but those who pay for services are not protected. Because they are not seen as medical services, they are not regulated by the Undesirable Medical Advertisements Ordinance or the Trade Description Ordinance.

Protection of customers is one of the responsibilities of our government. Some companies are lying to citizens and a plastic surgeon reveals that for an adult, gaining height without surgery is impossible, and so is gaining double eyelids by electric current. The government should block the grey area of these kinds of adverts.

Poon Tsz-hin, Tseung Kwan O

Walking along a crowded street in Mong Kok or Causeway Bay it is not uncommon to find several adverts claiming to offer magical treatments such as height gain or double eyelids without surgery.

These offers sound attractive to some people. However, the complaints received show that such claims are dubious and the treatment offered may threaten the health of consumers. As consumers, we always should be protected no matter whether we are buying a product or a service. The rules must be tightened, especially when it comes to firms offering health and beauty services.

It is not just that customers are cheated, but their well-being also is at risk. The government should educate citizens so they are more aware of the risks posed by these salons.

Summer Ha, Shun Lee

Are universities too uptight about sex?

I hope Andrew Tay can have more respect for the facts when he tries to defend the CU Student Press (May 31).

As a non-Christian, I do not believe the Bible contains accurate descriptions of historical events. But the fact remains that, as a well-known piece of ancient literature and religious text, the Bible can definitely be exempted under Section 28 of the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance, just like the cases of other literary works and religious tracts.

The Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority certainly erred in the case of Michelangelo's David, but the error was subsequently rectified by the courts, with Tela learning a valuable lesson in the process and thereby making a correct decision with the Bible.

On the other hand, any comparison between the meticulous and scientific surveys conducted by Alfred Kinsey with the prurient contents and flippant questionnaire of the Student Press can merely highlight the inadequacy and offensiveness of the latter.

Mr Tay may think I belong to the 'conservative few'. But according to various independent surveys on this controversy, including those reported by the Post, a majority of respondents do find the contents of the Student Press indecent.

Joyce Siu, Tsing Yi

The editors of the Student Press have treated some ultra-sensitive topics in a flippant manner.

As these articles have been deeply offensive, it is only fair and proper for such articles to be graded 'indecent' by the Obscene Articles Tribunal, in particular as copies of the journal are freely distributed both inside and outside the campus of the Chinese University.

It appears that the editors of the Student Press are now trying to present themselves as defenders of freedom of expression. However, they must realise that such freedom has its limits.

Their own intolerance towards dissenting views in forums and their website merely exposes their own selfishness and hypocrisy in the matter.

Raymond Wong, Happy Valley

How can animal welfare be improved?

It is cruel to dump a cat alone in a box. When you buy a cat it is your responsibility to take care of it until it dies. Cats are innocent creatures and it is unfair to mistreat them by putting them in a box.

Many pets are dumped by owners and the problem of cats being abandoned is getting worse. The government should curb this unhealthy practice of throwing cats away as if they were rubbish.

Although the government reinforced the punishment for pet owners who dump their animals, it is not doing enough to stop these people from acting in the same way again.

Animal protection organisations should run more adverts highlighting this problem, on radio and television and in newspapers. That way, people may get the message - think carefully before you take a pet home.

The Education and Manpower Bureau also should encourage publishers of textbooks to publish more articles on the fun of keeping an animal and teach young people to be more patient with animals.

T. Tsang, Shueng Wan

How can we tackle the problem of childhood obesity?

The problem of childhood obesity is become more serious. I think the government, schools and families must act in order to deal with the problem.

The government should allocate more health resources for children and teenagers.

I do not think a physical check once a year is enough, because children's bodies can change dramatically in 12 months. The checks should be carried out twice a year. The government must do more to promote a healthy message.

Schools must show a greater awareness about the health of students. If a school realises certain students are overweight, their parents should be told there is a problem.

Also, schools should be offering students a healthier choice of food and stressing the importance of leading a healthier lifestyle during classes and through physical education.

The best way to teach children is in the family environment. Parents should be role models for their children when it comes to a healthy way of living.

If government, schools and families could work together, the problem of childhood obesity could be solved.

Leung Lok-yi, Sham Tseng

On other matters ...

Where do people defending the MTR Corp's escalator policy live?

Probably, like Annelise Connell (May 29), on a different planet! No reasonable person will condone putting others at risk by walking down an escalator. But, in general, the only risk is to those who refuse to 'stand on the right'.

There is no need for children on an escalator to stand next to a parent or helper. They should be taught, from an early age, to stand on the right.

I have frequently travelled on escalators with a large suitcase and with young children and a pushchair; there isn't a problem.

It is easy to leave enough room for others to get past. Of course, if you insist on transporting the pushchair without folding it or, worse still, with the child or children in it, then there is a risk, but the MTR Corp has insisted, for many years, and quite rightly, that you should not do this.

And what, exactly, is this issue to do with the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department? Surely their jurisdiction is the inherent safety of electrical and mechanical equipment and systems.

Clearly they have a role in ensuring that escalators are safe to use, but they should no more rule on the safety of people walking on escalators than they should on people walking at different speeds, and in opposite directions, on pavements, which, let's be honest, is more dangerous than walking on escalators.

In more than 60 years of frequently using escalators, I have yet to see an accident on one. I have no doubt that they do, from time to time, occur. But accidents occur on roads. Is anyone going to ban people from using roads? They occur in swimming pools. Is anyone going to ban swimming pools? They occur on aircraft: is anyone going to ban planes?

Let's just be realistic; some people like to stand still on escalators.

Let them, but educate them to stand on the right (the rest of the world seems to cope with this) so that those who wish to walk (we're not all out to get you, Ms Connell) can do so.

Peter Robertson, Sai Kung

I feel ashamed that Hong Kong people waste too much electricity.

Your readers might ask if I have made an attempt to reduce my use of electricity, and the answer is yes, I have.

First, my family use energy-saving lights at home. We turn off the lights when we don't need them.

Second, we use air conditioners only when we feel really hot. Usually we switch the air conditioners on only when it is more than 33 degrees Celsius during the day.

During the summer months, we usually use air conditioners at night. Third, we switch off the power when we are not watching television.

In addition, we turn the volume down when only a few people are watching it. It is definitely another effective way of saving electricity.

Most MSN users will stay online even when they are nowhere near a computer.

I used to be like that with MSN, but I have changed my ways in order to save electricity. I switch MSN online only when I want to chat with friends or send documents.

Finally, I don't turn on the lights unless it is necessary.

For example, in our toilet, a lot of natural light floods in, so it is often bright enough without switching on a light. This saves electricity and also is convenient.

Christine Choi Yin-yin, Wong Tai Sin