Letters to the Editor, February 13, 2016

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 February, 2016, 12:15am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 February, 2016, 12:15am

Riot wake-up call for CY’s administration

Hong Kong was shaken by ­Monday’s riot in Mong Kok. Basically it was hooliganism under the guise of protecting the Hong Kong culture of allowing hawkers to sell as they like ­during the Lunar New Year ­period.

I am bemused by so-called tradition that would encourage people to break the law in the first place. The police were just carrying out the lawful act of ­imposing ​control measures.​ That the riot lasted for 10 hours speaks volumes about the police force and by extension, the ­ability of Leung Chun-ying’s administration to handle such ­situations.

The police should have ­responded early and forcefully with overwhelming manpower to nip the riot in the bud.

I am not advocating police brutality, being only too familiar with indiscriminate shootings and beatings on the streets of Burma, where I come from, under the military regime. There are many measures that a competent police force could ­employ for riot control and prevention. Obviously Asia’s finest came out quite far down the ranks last Monday.

To be fair, they have to take orders from their political ­masters and the rot starts at the top. This is almost a repeat of the failures of the present administration which does not seem to be able to decide when to be firm and when to compromise.

Quite sad. We seem to be ­seeing too many wake-up calls for the present government.

K. S. Lam, Hong Lok Yuen

More exercise and better food choices vital

Hong Kong citizens don’t seem to care about their health . There are two aspects of their daily lives that represent bad habits that damage health.

To start with, their liking for food that has too much oil, sugar and salt. Street snacks and lunches at cha chaan teng are not the best for health. Then many like to have a mid-afternoon tea break when tarts, red bean ice drinks, steamed egg custard buns and other high-calorie food are eaten. An egg tart has about 20 grams of sugar per 100 grams and sugar calories are the worst for health since sugar turns to fat in the liver which increases the risk of ­diabetes, heart and liver disease.

This is not only a concern for the elderly, but teenagers also need to care about it .

Likewise, exercise should be a higher priority for a healthy lifestyle. Hong Kong citizens are very lazy and claim they are too busy. They mostly spend any leisure time playing with their smartphones rather than exercising.

I think Hong Kong citizens should be eating more vegetables and not so much meat and must give up their high-calorie food habits. Moreover, without a balanced diet and some ­outdoor activities such as hiking to breathe some fresh air the health consequences can be ­severe.

Wong Chun-hei, Tseung Kwan O

Fung sends a message to inspire us all

I am writing in response to the article entitled “Fung hopes victory will inspire others”, published on January 18 and I would like to express my admiration for Fung Ying-Ki.

Fung , a wheelchair athlete, won the Hong Kong Marathon 10 km race in 28 minutes and 51 seconds. It was not an easy victory on a tough course and against some Guangzhou-based athletes but Fung won the race through his own strong willpower.

I was also inspired by his ‘never say never’ philosophy and that no one should be sidelined by a disability.

Fung’s approach to life should not only inspire other disabled people but is a reminder to everyone that we should persevere in striving for our goals.

Sandy Chan Lap-kiu, Yau Tong

Escalator walkers beware

For Charlie Chan’s information, I’m a local and prefer to stand on the escalator, (“Insult to the intelligence of HK public”, February 3).

I get peeved when, in rush hours, I find myself having to queue up to join the single standing line on the right side of the escalator when the left side is left open for walkers. I volunteer to start a standing line on the left as well. In that way the carrying capacity is nearly doubled.

Only fit fellows would choose to walk on an escalator, especially an upward one.

When walking, they naturally would not be playing with a smartphone but would haul themselves upwards by pulling on the handrail, thus unwittingly heeding half of the MTR’s exhortation. They may suffer fewer injuries, in absolute ­numbers, than the standee weaklings, but perhaps not percentage-wise.

The MTR Corporation must have statistics to show the ­higher incidence of injuries for walkers when downward escalators suddenly stop compared with an upward halt. Bring on the statistics.

Peter Lok, Chai Wan

No role for government in HKU post

I am writing to express my views on the issue of students ­demanding a review of the structure of the HKU’s governing council. The students ­believe that the council’s ­chairman should be appointed by the council instead of the chief executive.

I am on the same side as the students. I believe that HKU should be able to choose its own council chairman, instead of having one appointed.

I think university students have the right to choose since they know what is best for their school. The council chairman should be on the same political side as the students to avoid conflict within their own grounds. Universities in Hong Kong should be able to make choices without government interference.

However, the student tactic of boycotting classes is inappropriate and counter-productive. It only serves to disrupt order and peace in Hong Kong.

Communication is the way to solve issues. If both sides don’t settle this, it could create a bigger political problem.

Desiree Lam, Kowloon Tong

Opt-out option way to boost organ donation

Hong Kong should follow the example set by Singapore and have an opt-out law for organ donations. This can increase the number of organs available for transplant operations.

Even though the body is your own when you are alive, it does not belong to you anymore after death. You can’t come back from the dead, so why not do some good for others?

Since schools have the most influence over students, education in school might engage them more on the subject of ­organ donation

The concept can be deeply rooted in their brains when they are young. I strongly urge the government to immediately look into this matter of inadequate organ donation.

Melody Wong, Tsuen Wan

Students have too much exam pressure

I refer to Paul Yip’s article (“Exam fatigue”, February 1).

Pressure on Hong Kong ­students is widespread because there are many different tests and examinations. Students have no choice but to concentrate on exams to meet university entrance requirements. When we start our ­studies, our target is simply to get into university, not join the workforce.

It is a hot topic of debate whether the Territory-wide System Assessment is suitable for Primary Three students. They are young but have little time for fun and face a lot of stress.

To make study more interesting, students should be able to join extra-curricular classes they will enjoy, not those their parents force them into.

Summer Ting, Tseung Kwan O