Talkback

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 May, 2008, 12:00am
 

Who should be given the vacant school in Mui Wo?

The Christian Zheng Sheng College should be given the vacant campus.

Part of the college's present facilities are on Lantau, so it would be helpful to keep their facilities and resources in the same area. The college provides a very important social service to young people in the city, people who are struggling to recover from drug addiction.

I have met several of the young people who have been helped by the services of the college and have been impressed by the care of the members of staff and the high-quality programme they provide with very limited resources.

Although it may not want to admit that drug addiction is a big problem in the city by giving a school building to the college, the government should do more to support the college and make its services available to more young people in need.

The article ('Expansion of centre for addicts in doubt', May 5) referred to a waiting list at another school, but the need to expand to meet the increasing demand for the services of the college should also be considered as an equally important 'waiting list'.

Julie Winslow, Fanling

What do you think of supermarket prices?

High prices in supermarkets place a heavy burden on the public, especially the poor. Supermarkets are heavily patronised by housewives and domestic helpers, so any price change affects every household in the city.

I feel prices are reaching record levels and this has an impact on people's lives.

Meanwhile, the supermarket chains continue to make large profits and this has angered consumers.

Because of this, the Consumer Council is surveying prices ('Supermarkets not so super with their prices', May 8) of products sold in supermarkets and comparing them with other retail outlets.

The supermarkets blame food shortages and prices worldwide and point to special discounts offered at weekends.

I am disappointed by this response and feel the stores should appreciate the effect these prices have on all families in the city.

Wan Ka-ka, Kowloon City

Should the government overhaul data controls?

Many people in the city will have been shocked by the news reports of the Hospital Authority losing data through lost devices, including USB flash drives.

I am sure most citizens are concerned that their personal data might be lost and could find its way onto the internet where the information is misused. The government must find remedies to stop a repeat of these incidents. It should forbid medics from storing information on patients on flash drives.

Also, they should only be allowed to access and read this information on the hospital premises and the information must be password protected. Medical staff must be held responsible for ensuring patient privacy.

Details of a limited number of patients should be stored in each file. For example, each file could have details of only 500 patients. This would limit the number of patients affected by a file being lost and possibly illegally used.

Wayne Tang, Tsing Yi

Given what has happened with the lost Hospital Authority data, we have to have a rethink about the use of USB flash drives. To avoid recurrences of these cases, the government should overhaul its data control procedures.

It must instruct its entire staff to use only special USB flash drives to store the data.

It should use fingerprint identification and passwords to open files to prevent unauthorised access.

Also, there must be limited access to computer rooms where this data is stored. Unauthorised personnel should not be allowed to enter these rooms.

I hope the government will learn from its mistakes and there will be no more reports of missing data.

Kaos Lam Ka-kit, Western District

On other matters ...

It would be nice to see the words 'vegetarian burger' on the huge menu boards of McDonald's and Burger King when I enter the fast-food chains, especially in the Tsim Sha Tsui and Central branches.

Having eaten the veggie burger at McDonald's outlets in India and heard of London's scrumptious version, it came to mind that a cosmopolitan city such as Hong Kong would do extremely well in the sales of this burger.

The large vegetarian community of our city would also appreciate it. Not only would it reach the palates of vegetarians, but it would certainly be a healthy option for almost anyone.

Burger King at the airport serves the meat-free burger, so how come the Tsim Sha Tsui branch does not?

I think sales at the Canton Road branch would rocket with this one additional item.

And McDonald's, I hope you can introduce the burger here in our 'world-class city', if not permanently, then maybe on a trial basis for a few months.

I assure you that you will have many people waiting in line to try it out.

R. Mirpuri, Tsim Sha Tsui

While on holiday in Hong Kong, in the early morning of both April 30 and May 1, between 6am and 8am, ATV and TVB news failed to tell viewers the results of the two Champions League semi-final soccer matches (Manchester United vs Barcelona and Chelsea vs Liverpool respectively).

By the time the news bulletins were broadcast, the matches were already over. I had to get out of bed and turn on my computer to find the results. I had heard that the city was a passionate sports town.

Can ATV or TVB offer an explanation as to why they did not report the results?

Tony Yuen, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival on Monday is a popular event during the Buddha's Birthday public holiday. Twelve finalists have been selected to participate in the [tower-climbing] bun-snatching competition.

As I understand it, no women will compete, because it is felt that they could not successfully challenge their male counterparts in the preliminary round.

I think men and women should be allowed to enjoy the excitement of this activity. The best solution next year would be to have two categories, one for men and one for women, which would attract more tourists.

Angus Ho, Cheung Chau

Share

 

Send to a friend

To forward this article using your default email client (e.g. Outlook), click here.

Talkback

Enter multiple addresses separated by commas(,)

For unlimited access to:

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