PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 July, 2010, 12:00am

Push harder for a minimum wage

When the People's Alliance for Minimum Wage sent its members to pretend they wanted jobs at 7-Eleven, Circle K, Wellcome, ParknShop, Vanguard, Mannings and Watsons, they found that 7-Eleven had the lowest hourly pay rates. It only pays its workers HK$23.40 an hour. Mannings had the highest rates, paying its workers HK$28.10 an hour.

Even so, it is not HK$30, and it is still clearly far from a minimum wage of HK$33. I think the government and the public need to push harder for a reasonable minimum wage.

Michael Ng Ho-man, Po Leung Kuk No 1 W.H. Cheung College

No more delays on better air quality

Hong Kong is well known for its bad air quality. Air pollution is a very serious problem, especially in busy districts like Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.

The main source of pollutants is the busy traffic in Hong Kong. Vehicles produce large amount of particulates and greenhouse gases, which can increase the temperature and worsen respiratory diseases.

It is time for the government to set up a low-emissions zone, a defined area which only allows low and zero emissions vehicles access to these districts. But this seems likely to be delayed. This is totally unacceptable, as the city's air quality is already critical. The need for a low-emissions zone is crucial.

Air pollution caused by the busy traffic threatens citizens' health. The air pollution index sometimes goes over 100, which means the air quality is so bad that people may feel uncomfortable on the streets, and those who have respiratory diseases are urged to stay indoors.

By setting up low-emissions zones, air quality in these busy districts can be greatly improved.

As Hong Kong citizens mostly carry out their daily activities in these districts, their health can be protected.

This would increase the average life expectancy of Hong Kong citizens as well as decrease the medical costs the government has to bear.

Traffic traps heat in the streets, making them hotter. Setting up low-emissions zones can benefit our environment and make it easier to get around.

Last but not least, the Hong Kong's bad air quality is bad for our reputation as an international financial centre. It scares away potential investors.

All in all, setting up low-emission zones could benefit Hong Kong in many different ways. The government should go ahead, and with no delays.

Keith Leung

No need for more 'Avatar' footage

I am writing in response to the article 'Avatar to show extra footage' (Young Post, July 12). I think it is unnecessary to add extra footage to the movie.

Firstly, it is only 10 minutes of footage, so they can put it in the DVD as a bonus feature, or they can create a video game with the footage.

Secondly, audiences may want more, but will this be enough? I don't think they will be fully satisfied with just 10 minutes. Besides, why wasn't the footage included in the first place?

I don't think the extra footage is necessary. The filmmakers and cinemas just want to make more profit.

Ruby Leung, Maryknoll Convent School

Use technology in moderation

With the arrival of the iPhone 4G, many parents are probably panicking. iPods, PSPs, mobile phones and Facebook - among other things - take up enough of young people's time as it is.

Apart from the costs involved, technology affects young people's socials skills, their eyesight, and means more teenagers are becoming addicted to computer games.

But, despite all the problems caused by technology, I still do not think it is to blame. The purpose of all these gadgets is to provide entertainment and to make our lives more convenient.

Facebook helps us reconnect with old friends and instant messaging services help us stay in touch with each other, for example. It is all a question of how we use these new technologies. Parents need to educate their children about the difference between 'want' and 'need'.

Vivian Leung, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School