• Thu
  • Dec 18, 2014
  • Updated: 9:38pm

Talkback

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 February, 2008, 12:00am

What do you think of Edison Chen's statement?

I am sorry but I really don't believe there needed to be an apology within Edison Chen Koon-hei's statement and I don't buy the idea that the public should be outraged by this.

What happened was that a normal guy took photos, in private, and these were taken without his consent.

I think it is sad for the celebrities that they are embarrassed in this way, but these people are only human and what they do in private should stay that way.

Yes, celebrities have a responsibility as role models when they are engaged in public activities, but in this situation what they did was private.

It is understandable why the media jumps on stories like this.

It sells magazines and newspapers, but when the media plays on the idea that it is somehow indicative of the moral decay of society, then that is just playing to the moral extremists who cling to the idea that old-fashioned taboos and values are somehow the key to a happy and well-rounded society.

I think it took some courage for Chen to come out and admit that he took the photos himself, but maybe all those involved could have just admitted it and said, 'So what?' and stopped all the reactionary reporting that has gone on.

Most people aren't outraged by this; they just love the drama and the gossip.

Just admit this to yourself the next time you eye the headlines on the celebrity magazines while walking down the street.

Stu Lowe, Wan Chai

What is your favourite memory of 'Fei Fei'?

Lydia Sum Tin-ha [also known as Lydia Shum], was such a lovely comedienne. She cheered us up with her remarkable laughter and acting.

However, to me, she was not just a famous comedienne, but also a fighter, who struggled bravely with ill health in the last two years of her life and always had an optimistic outlook.

As well as being successful in her career, she was also a good mother.

She raised her daughter, Joyce Cheng Yan-yee, on her own.

I think Fei Fei's death is a great loss to Hong Kong.

She will always be our favourite comedienne and we will never forget her or her distinctive laugh.

Ho Sze-wan, Tuen Mun

Should the proposed incinerator be built?

The government plans to build an incinerator either in Tuen Mun or on Lantau. I appreciate that building an incinerator can help reduce the pressure on Hong Kong's landfills.

In Tuen Mun, it has been argued, after the treatment of trash at the incinerator, the energy produced could be easily transferred to the power grid.

In spite of all this, I do not support the construction of the incinerator.

I think it will be able to cope with only about one-third of Hong Kong's trash.

The remainder of the city's waste will still end up being transported to our landfills.

This may allow us to use the landfills for a longer period, but it does not solve the main problem.

Also, I am concerned that the incinerator may cause pollution which could damage the environment. This would be particularly bad for residents living near the site.

If it was built on Lantau, I am worried about what effect it would have on the surrounding landscape and on marine flora and fauna.

It would cost a lot to build and its annual operating costs would also be expensive.

It could end up being a financial burden for the city's taxpayers.

The government can learn from Japan and Singapore. Both are making great progress with recycling.

If all of us work together at recycling, this would be far better than having an incinerator.

Ho Mei-ying, Cheung Sha Wan

Should the Hong Kong Marathon be held on the Island Eastern Corridor?

The location of the marathon is less important than the time it is run.

People have argued that the marathon should not be held in the eastern part of Hong Kong Island, because there would be too many complaints from residents. However, a marathon has to start somewhere and whatever place is chosen, it will always be near some residential area.

Wherever it starts, some residents will inevitably complain about the noise. I think what concerns residents is the time.

The marathon starts too early, and the cheers and yells from thousands of participants and spectators wake residents up. When something like that happens early in the morning, it is difficult to get back to sleep.

Therefore, rather than talking about changing the route, I think it would be more sensible to consider rearranging the starting time.

Li Pui-ying, Tseung Kwan O

On other matters ...

I made the mistake of switching channels to the local TV station, TVB Pearl, on Monday night.

I normally get my fill of news from either international stations such as Fox, BBC World and Sky News, or CCTV9. I do occasionally watch Now TV news, if I'm trying to catch up on Hong Kong news.

I find it incomprehensible that TVB has not changed in the 15 years that I have been here. It seriously appears to be in a time warp.

The same corny voice-overs continue to annoy between programmes, and the same cheap 'lifestyle' programmes that are consigned to the backwaters of cable TV in other countries continue to take centre stage during prime time.

The evening news is truly abysmal, with the same wooden scripts, given by the same wooden presenters.

Why is the weather forecast given a humorous feel? Since when has the weather been funny? Do the presenters have any meteorological training?

The people of Hong Kong deserve better than this.

How many people really want to watch Dolce Vita, Fashion Connection or Project Runway?

Maybe it is time to take this English language station off the terrestrial platform. If it can't be bothered trying to provide a service worthy of its viewers, its licence should be given to a serious, committed broadcaster, whatever the language. And as for ATV World, I stopped caring 10 years ago.

Chris Mercer, Lantau

Share

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Login

SCMP.com Account

or