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PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 May, 2010, 12:00am

Getting around poses a problem

I am writing in response to the article 'Do more for the disabled, officials urged' (South China Morning Post, May 10). The anti-discrimination watchdog has criticised the government for not providing proper facilities for the disabled.

The Equal Opportunities Commission says the provision of barrier-free facilities at government-owned premises such as libraries and wet markets is 'far from satisfactory'.

There is a lot of discrimination against the disabled in the community. As a result, they face inconvenience as well as danger in their everyday lives. Take the Light Rail Transit (LRT), for example. Two years ago, a blind man fell from a station platform but survived. Since then, a lot of money has been spent to improve LRT facilities.

However, when this person was interviewed by local journalists about present conditions in LRT stations, the answer was not encouraging.

Although the facilities had been improved, getting on a train is still a challenging and dangerous task for blind people.

The government should look into the problem to avoid future tragedies.

Philip Cheung, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Give up bad habits, build new future

In the past, people could have easily identified a young Christian - they were polite, kind, responsible and studious. But things are different these days.

Present-day children are not responsible. They get what they want in Christianity, that is an eternal life, but they don't want to make any sacrifices. Jesus offered us eternal life with only one condition; that we believe in him. Many youngsters think that's all they need to do. But that's not right.

We should have a grateful heart. We should not only do what we are required to do, but do our best to repay the gift.

And the greatest mission for Christians is to share Jesus' love.

Nowadays, this is not only a problem for Christians but almost the entire younger generation. Let's give up our bad habits and build a new future.

Mak Hiu-fung, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

Money well-spent

I think the government should cut down on unnecessary expenditure like fireworks displays, and use that money to help poor people or victims of natural disasters.

Also, it can provide jobs for people who receive welfare assistance. Then this money can be put to better use, such as helping earthquake victims on the mainland.

Welfare assistance does not really help the public. Some people use this money for drinking and gambling. Assistance should only be provided to those who really deserve it. This way, everyone can be happy.

Balwinder Singh Brar, Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo)

TV debate can help clear the air

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has challenged Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee to take part in a televised debate on constitutional reform.

The government's reform package has generated a lot of controversy. The debate, due to be held on June 17, will give lawmakers a clearer idea before they vote on the proposal. It will be held from 6.30-7.30pm to avoid a clash with World Cup matches. This is a good move because more people will watch the debate.

However, I think other political parties should also be given a chance to air their views on the issue. I would also like to see public participation in such an important event.

Jack Tam Ming-ki, POCA Wong Siu Ching Secondary School

Green lifestyle

Hong Kong's air quality is becoming worse. There are some simple things we can do to preserve our environment.

For example, we can reduce the use of tissue paper by bringing our own handkerchiefs, reuse plastic bottles, and recycle newspapers.

We can use fans instead of air conditioners and put our rubbish into separate recycling bins. These can help improve the city's air quality.

I believe students should take the lead to spread the green message in the community.

Jeff Poon Long-sing, Po Leung Kuk 1984 College