Hong Kong Sevens

Letters to the Editor, April 3, 2013

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 April, 2013, 3:29am

Bicycle ban on promenade is pointless

My family thoroughly enjoyed our Easter weekend excursion along the new Central waterfront promenade.

What a shame that we were chased by three security officials who instructed my children that they were not allowed to ride their tricycles along the walkway.

While Hong Kong does allow for cycling along certain paths, we are missing a golden opportunity to promote this fantastic promenade to tourists and locals alike, by not allowing our children to roam free with not only bat and ball but bicycle as well without being harassed by the promenade police.

We have visited many beautiful promenades globally where cyclists are either presented with their own cycle path or are allowed to ride their bicycles along the same paths as used by pedestrians.

One need look no further than Barcelona, Cape Town or Vancouver, to show Hong Kong how to implement such a cycle-friendly environment.

We should ask, with respect to the supposed dangers of allowing children's bicycles on the promenade, why the government seems to forbid cycling along Bowen Road, for example, yet allows vehicles free rein. They are far more annoying and dangerous and a cause of pollution.

David Rabinowitz, Mid-Levels


Concerns over burglaries in Sai Kung

Can the police, through these columns, explain why there are now so many burglaries in Sai Kung and Clear Water Bay.

Nearly every day you hear of someone being burgled in these areas. When I came to Sai Kung three years ago, it was because I was told that it was a very peaceful place, but this no longer appears to be the case.

Only last month, my uncle's neighbour was burgled even though a full alarm system had been fitted.

I am thinking of buying a large dog, but first I would like to know how many burglaries there have been in the Clear Water Bay and Sai Kung areas over the last three years.

If there is a burglary problem, then surely more officers could be deployed to patrol these areas. It's not as if there is a shortage of police, given that the force comprises more than 30,000 officers.

Alberto Chan, Sai Kung


Fiji fans sorry for upsetting little girl

Fiji supporters wish to convey their apologies to Helen Cheung ("Very poor show from rude Fiji fans", March 27) and especially to her six-year-old niece for the unfair treatment that took place.

We love our rugby and our culture. What transpired is definitely not our way of treating people, in particular little children. We all have families and when a loved one is hurt or unhappy, we feel for him or her.

Our fans are mainly adults and are aware that whenever they travel overseas they become ambassadors of our country.

During the games, many people crossed the first row in Block 131 and we always gave them access.

Some of us even befriended the children who held plastic hand-pointers.

When the need arose, we would politely ask them to sit down or move back as they were obscuring our view of the game.

We love Hong Kong, its people and Hong Kong Stadium. It is the largest and most fun-filled venue for the HSBC Sevens World Series. People of all walks of life come together as one family to enjoy the best of rugby sevens.

To Ms Cheung and her niece, we are very sorry for what happened.

We will ensure there is no similar incident in the future.

Pat Colgan, on behalf of the Fiji supporters, HK Sevens, 2013


TVB's history of amazing blunders

I refer to Cindy Cho's letter ("TVB showed no respect for its audience", March 29) and have to say that this is not the only time that TVB has shown an absolute disregard towards its audiences.

I can remember way back when, having the bulk of viewers in Hong Kong because of lack of competition, TVB made some amazing blunders.

Two that come to mind are the showing of the film The French Connection, when around six minutes worth of adverts were shown slap bang in the middle of one of the finest screen car chases of the time.

Another concerns one Christmas Day, when they screened Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, a film about a Japanese prisoner of war camp featuring all the attendant horrors involved in the second world war.

Quite obviously no one at TVB had bothered to find out what the film was about.

They simply assumed the title Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence meant it must be about Christmas and therefore suitable to show at prime time on Christmas Day.

Great family viewing and an incredible programming decision.

Peter Olsen, Discovery Bay


Encouraged by Xi's pledge on corruption

I hope China will enjoy a better future under the new president Xi Jinping.

People are more hopeful following his promise to fight corruption in the country and malpractice in government.

These are long-standing problems on the mainland and as a consequence, civilians have suffered a great deal.

Many have lost out financially to corrupt officials, resulting in a great deal of public discontent.

I recall a survey several years ago which revealed that a majority of Chinese would rather not be citizens of the People's Republic of China if they had a choice because they were so sick of the corruption in their society.

We have not seen mass riots, but that does not mean it is a harmonious society.

An increasing number of rich Chinese are leaving the mainland to live in other places such as Hong Kong.

The emergence of more intellectuals calling for a better China, and defending human rights, illustrates the urgent need to make the necessary improvements.

Corruption is the most serious obstacle to the continued development of the nation.

Xi deserves praise for taking such a courageous stand against this problem.

No previous president has shown the same vision.

However, actions speak louder than words and I hope we will see improvements implemented by the president in the near future.

Hilda Tsang Hiu-ki, Kwai Chung


Laws needed to switch off bright lights

Hong Kong has a very poor track record when it comes to protecting the environment.

A study of brightness measurements in the city found that the worst reading at Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui was 1,200 times the International Astronomical Union standard.

This is a serious problem that we need to deal with.

Such high levels of light pollution pose health risks, such as disrupting the biological clock. People end up feeling tired during the day and this can affect their productivity at work.

Excessively bright lights at night can also be bad for animals and plants, for example, making it more difficult for fireflies to breed.

Clearly, legislation is needed to curb this type of pollution. After places like the Space Museum are closed in the evening, external lights should be switched off. This rule could apply to other public buildings.

Leslie Ng, Tseung Kwan O