PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 August, 2007, 12:00am

What do you think of the metalworkers' strike?

While, on the one hand, I can understand that people in general have their grievances (don't we all?), how has it become possible that a protest against something seen as unfair should involve those not directly responsible for it?

That these construction workers chose to block traffic and inconvenience hundreds of citizens who had nothing to do with the dispute is mind-boggling, but a precedent was not set.

I think back to 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung and his supporters, who, in order to protest against the increase in tolls for the Eastern Harbour Tunnel, chose to obstruct traffic, yet again inconveniencing Joe Public.

Then there were the homosexuals who stormed a church in Hong Kong in 2003 and interrupted a service.

What did the parishioners do to deserve this?

Or what about the Tin Shui Wai residents who walked on to the tracks and blocked Light Rail trains?

Be upset, voice your opinion, fine. But leave the rest of us out of it.

G Marques, Lai Chi Kok

What do you think of

Nokia's recall exercise?

I am satisfied with Nokia's actions. When they realised there was a problem with the battery, they reacted straight away, with announcements through the media.

I don't think many other companies would have responded as swiftly.

I think there are some firms, especially on the mainland, which might not even make a public announcement about a suspect product for fear of losing money. That is why a lot of people are reluctant to buy some mainland products.

By contrast, Nokia's openness is the reason I buy its phones.

Andy Chan Ka-ho, Sha Tin

Should makeup be subject

to tougher regulation?

The discovery that some mascara wands contained 150 times the bacterial count limit shows that tougher regulations are needed to protect the health of consumers.

Customers have no idea, when they buy cosmetics, how long they can use it and they often rely on smell and texture.

There must be better labelling on these products, including an expiry date and instructions for use, such as a warning to customers if the mascara should not be diluted with water.

The safety of consumers should always be the first priority.

Also, if the labelling is unclear, cosmetics manufacturers will lose the confidence of shoppers.

Shirley Chow, Kwun Tong

Tougher regulations are needed to protect consumers buying makeup. It is supposed to make us look good, not cause us harm.

There must be more frequent checks of cosmetics to minimise the risk of a faulty product getting to shops.

Only high-quality products should be allowed on the shelves and this will be possible if the rules are tightened.

The government should also have a safety campaign to educate the public and advise on the safest cosmetics.

Philip Wai, Kwun Tong

What do you think of

pay-TV services?

Rugby is a major sport in Hong Kong.

Not only that, but people who follow the sport are high-income earners.

Why, then, do we get such bad telecasting of rugby?

Last Saturday England played France in a nail-biting match. Why was this game not shown live?

This is on top of the shoddy upcoming telecast of the rugby world cup.

What are these TV broadcasters thinking? Why do they fail to show the games people want to watch?

If they continue not to show these games, then they should stop stating that they are broadcasting 'the most popular international rugby games'.

Stephen Anderson, Wan Chai

Is enough being done to

protect trees in Hong Kong?

Our trees are not getting the protection they deserve, which is why part of the 'king' banyan tree in Kowloon Park collapsed.

In many other countries it is common to have laws which protect trees that have some historical significance or are some kind of landmark.

Therefore, as a world-class city, Hong Kong should have similar legislation.

Mistakes were made from 1989 onwards - when Kowloon Park was built - which have led to the collapse of part of the 200-year-old banyan.

Surely, it is time we learned from these mistakes and did more to protect those trees that are still standing.

We have been spending too much time with new development projects in the city. It is now time that we stood back, recognised how valuable our natural heritage is and worked out ways of protecting it.

Martina Ngai, Tseung Kwan O

I do not think enough is being done to protect our trees.

Although we have had a lot of storms, I do not believe that was the reason for the partial collapse of the old banyan at Kowloon Park.

Officials should remove the concrete which encases the bases of many of our trees in Hong Kong.

Debby Wong, Lam Tin


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