Government must not treat Tin Shui Wai's problems in isolation

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 March, 2008, 12:00am

It has been really frustrating and depressing to read about the recent family tragedies that have occurred in Tin Shui Wai.

Because these domestic tragedies have happened in the same area of Hong Kong, it has led some people to, mistakenly, call it the 'city of sadness'.

While it is understandable that people will sympathise with the plight of some Tin Shui Wai residents, we must not lose sight of the needs of people in other areas.

I do not understand why charities spend disproportionate sums to finance services in Tin Shui Wai.

The indifference of people to the problems of needy people in other districts is something that disappoints me.

Tin Shui Wai should not be helped to the disadvantage of other areas with social problems. These problems exist throughout Hong Kong, which is why Tin Shui Wai should not be characterised as a city of sadness.

Compared with other poor districts, such as Sham Shui Po, Tin Shui Wai has a better-established infrastructure and has more facilities.

There may be areas of the city where the problems of poor living standards, domestic violence and the ageing population are worse than in Tin Shui Wai.

It is important for the government and the relevant charities to take a more in-depth approach.

As a Tin Shui Wai resident, I really feel insulted and humiliated when I hear the term 'city of sadness'.

I like living here. We have good air quality and beautiful scenery, and there is enough room for everyone. Whenever you go to one of the parks, you can hear the laughter of children. So, where is the sadness?

The government must realise that the domestic problems that some families face in Tin Shui Wai exist elsewhere in Hong Kong.

As I said, if we are going to tackle these problems and deal with them effectively, we must do so in the whole of the city, not just in Tin Shui Wai.

Brandon Lo, Tin Shui Wai