Letters to the Editor, June 6, 2016
Illegal parking blitz does not solve problem
I am writing in response to the article, “Drivers caught in surprise police blitz complain over ‘unfair’ fines... despite being illegally parked” (June 1).
I support this campaign by the police, giving out tickets to drivers who were illegally parked and taking a zero tolerance approach.
Allowing these motorists to act with impunity weakens the effectiveness of the police.
We now have a huge number of cars on Hong Kong’s roads, many of which are narrow, and so congestion is a common sight. I hope this latest move by the police will act as a deterrent.
Although I agree with a crackdown on illegal parking, officials also need to look at claims by motorists that legal parking is often difficult. Fines are swift penalties, but fail to address one of the causes of illegal parking.
Maybe there really are not enough roadside parking spaces for cars given space limitations.
If that is the case, then the government needs to look into the possibility of building more car parks.
All new malls could be required to provide underground parking.
S. M. Wong, Tseung Kwan O
Actor’s green message had global reach
At this year’s Oscars when Leonardo DiCaprio won the award for best actor, in his acceptance speech, he urged humans to be more aware of climate change.
He said, “Climate change is real” and described it as the most “urgent threat facing our species”. He said we should not take the planet for granted.
Because of this speech, he gained worldwide recognition for being a dedicated supporter of environmental causes, and for his determination to raise public awareness over this serious matter. However, even though many of us agree with what he saying and we decide to make changes in our lives, it is easy to revert to old ways. It is almost automatic for most of us during the summer to switch on our air conditioners at home. We should listen to activists like DiCaprio urging us not to waste energy. Because of wasteful habits, the planet is heating up.
The government has to do more to fight global warming, such as widespread tree planting and cracking down on vehicles which have been disqualified because of harmful exhaust emissions, but are still on our roads.
All Hong Kong citizens also have to play their part. We should use fans instead of air cons and public transport instead of private cars.
Peter Tam, Tseung Kwan O
We can all help to make a difference
Now that summer is upon us, we can all feel the heat, especially during extremely hot days.
Outdoor temperatures are increasing every year and many people seem to accept this as normal.
However, we have to understand that these steady increases in temperature bring negative effects to all our lives and to our planet.
Increased global warming adversely affects different species and some might have difficulty surviving, for example, as more ice melts in the North and South Poles.
Humans in different parts of the world will have to cope with more extreme weather and the spread of some diseases.
Obviously, we need to tackle this problem as soon as possible. If we do not act, future generations will face even more natural disasters. Of course we cannot clear up all our environmental problems quickly, but individuals can try to reduce their carbon footprints.
We can take more public transport and switch off lights at home when they are not needed. We need do more for the sake of future generations.
Hebe Ng Yik-huen, Tseung Kwan O
Protests fine, but they must stay peaceful
Many people expressed their opinions on the internet about the June 4 incident, given that the anniversary was on Saturday. However, how much do we really know about the events that unfolded on June 4, 1989 and what the students were actually doing?
At weekly assembly in my school, there was some discussion about it and many fellow students were critical at the assembly and online of the central government. But, I am not aware that any of them went to the candlelight vigil in Victoria Park on Saturday evening.
I sometimes feel that many young people in society, lack the resolve of older generations. They seem to be reluctant to get involved in politics, fearing that there might be repercussions and they might even get into trouble with the police.
Of course, there are many teenagers who are not so timid and who are willing to make their voices heard. Some of them have shown a great deal of courage in order to express their ideas. However, they can be quite radical and, through the tactics they adopt, get into trouble with the police. Conflicts between many Hong Kong citizens and the government have become more serious. This can damage social stability and does not lead to problems in society being solved.
We should all be aware of the need to protect Hong Kong’s reputation. Young people should have the courage to firmly express their opinions, but they should do so in a peaceful way, or they will create more problems for society.
Mary Ko Ching-nga, Sai Kung
Parents should let children fail sometimes
Much has been written in the press about the number of adolescents committing suicide.
This is a problem that appears to be getting worse. Many people have blamed the education system and the pressure that is put on students, especially those trying to get a place at a local university. While this is definitely a problem, we should not overlook the negative influence of what are known as “monster parents”.
These aggressive parents tend to be overprotective giving their children whatever they want. Whenever they face a difficulty, the parents solve it.
As a result, these young people grow up with a feeling of low self-esteem, and are unable to deal with the difficulties they will face.
Some of them feel so depressed they take their own lives.
Parents shouldn’t be so overprotective. They should let children fail sometimes, because they can learn from the experience and it makes them stronger.
Celia Ng, Ma On Shan
Relocating special school was necessary
I am pleased that the Education Bureau has decided to relocate a secondary school for boys with emotional and behavioural problems from south Lantau to Tuen Mun.
Initially, it was opposed by a mainstream secondary school which will be next to the site allocated for the relocated school. However, I think the concerns expressed by a school head and residents were unfounded. Residents had talked about safety fears.
This school is helping these youngsters to learn positive values. They do not pose a threat to anyone in Tuen Mun.
Although the students have suffered emotional and behavioural problems, they have the right to receive an education, which will help them to control their emotions.
This school helps these troubled teens to eventually lead normal lives and they should be accepted by society.
It is clear that the facilities they have at the south Lantau campus are inadequate and so the relocation was necessary.
Joey Fung , Yau Yat Chuen