What do you think of the food labelling proposals?
The proposed food-labelling laws may cause problems for food producers, but it is necessary, because it will benefit consumers.
For food producers it could mean increased costs, because some firms might have to do additional research to produce labels that comply with the law. As a result, the cost of food production will increase.
Nevertheless, if people consider the benefits of the food-labelling law they will realise that the problems it will present to food manufacturers are comparatively insignificant.
The legislation will enable consumers to have a better understanding of the ingredients and nutritional value of a product, if it contains any additives and if it is a risk for someone with a particular allergy.
This is important because different people have different needs. For instance, overweight people trying to diet need food with a low-fat content.
Other shoppers might want to know if a particular product has been genetically modified, if it is organic or if it was grown using chemicals.
Sun Pui-wa, Sham Shui Po
If the present food-labelling laws are amended, the amendments will not take effect for two years (July 2010).
With the decision to change the original proposal so that more food items will be exempt from labelling requirements set out in the bill ('Food-labelling compromise set for nod despite concerns', May 20), I now definitely support it.
I think citizens will benefit from this new legislation. They will have a better opportunity to recognise and choose healthy food options. I hope more shoppers will choose food which contains less fat, sodium and sugar.
The law will force manufacturers to be more open about the content of their produce. They will not be allowed to make false claims on their labels.
The labelling law will enable Hong Kong people to lead healthier lifestyles.
Cindy Chan, Yau Ma Tei
Should the MTR install
With an increasing number of retailers moving into MTR stations, the concourses have become mini shopping malls.
However, an indispensable element of shopping centres that you see elsewhere in Hong Kong seems to be missed in these MTR stations.
I am referring to public toilets.
As the MTR is one of the most popular modes of public transport in Hong Kong, such an essential facility is needed.
The MTR Corporation has outlined the problems it would face in putting in such toilets, such as shortage of space. That can be solved by reducing the number of stores in the stations to make room for washrooms.
I think passengers will welcome the introduction of these toilets, especially during the rush hour.
Claire Lau Ka-yiu, Tsuen Wan
On other matters...
I am quick to criticise the government for perceived deficiencies, but then fail to note outstanding service when it is encountered. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to recognise the Pok Fu Lam quarantine facility for far exceeding our expectations.
The difficulty of relocating from Shanghai was compounded by worries of a long quarantine period for our three cats. Envisioning a cramped environment where they would be neglected, we were heartened to find our pets in a comfortable and roomy pen replete with a hiding area, scratching post and the toys from their cages.
In addition to meeting all of their immediate needs for food, water and clean litter, staff go well beyond the minimal requirements.
Each time I visit the facility I am warmly greeted, promptly escorted and afforded valuable observations about each animal.
Not only do the workers share any concerns they may have, I am also informed about behaviour like increased activity, friendly interaction with the staff and other specifics that reveal the level of care our pets are receiving.
While quarantine is stressful for any animal, the kind people at this facility do everything they can to minimise the trauma.
Adrienne Urbanec, Mid-Levels
I just wanted to pass on a positive experience I had last month.
I realised I had left my wallet on a green minibus as soon as I arrived at my destination.
I went straight to the information counter in Metroplaza in Kwai Fong and asked a very helpful woman to please call the minibus company. Within an hour my wallet was back in my hand with everything intact.
It is easy to write in and vent about the bad service in Hong Kong.
So here is a positive example to keep things in balance and hopefully encourage more of the same.
B. O'Donnell, Tsuen Wan
Many people have expressed opposition to the bus fare increase because we all are suffering from the effects of inflation. Companies throughout Hong Kong, including restaurants, are raising their prices.
Although there has been a public outcry over the fares it appears to have been to no avail ('Most bus passengers to pay 2pc more after Exco backs rises', May 21). I think people would have been more willing to accept these increases, if they had been smaller.
The bus firms have made profits in the last financial year so, at the very least, they should come up with some scheme that offers discounts.
Fian Lee Lai-sze, Kwai Chung
I agree with Samuel Chan (Talkback, May 15) that the environment on our buses is getting more annoying then ever.
Many of us have to get up early to go to work. When we are on the bus, we hope that we will be able to have a nap for 20 minutes.
However, when I travel on a New World First Bus the broadcasts on the video screens disturb me and other passengers. The advertisements and the music videos are repeating every few minutes and the volume is so loud that you cannot ignore the screens. Being bombarded in this way is like a kind of brainwashing.
I can see expressions of anger and frustration on the faces of other passengers around me. I really hope the bus company can do somethings about this. If they do not, passengers will choose other forms of transport that are much quieter.
Jody Leung Kai-man, Wong Tai Sin