Letters to the Editor, July 26, 2016

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 4:16pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 4:16pm

Consequences of Brexit are still unknown

I refer to N. Millar’s letter (“Brexit fallout cannot be ignored”, July 21), which refers to my response (“Having a tantrum over Brexit result”, July 8) to Jason Brockwell’s contribution (“Whatever the Brexit mitigation, a bad decision is still bad”, July 3).

Millar seeks to repeat the point that decisions have consequences. I agree with that, but I stick to my point that the consequences of the decision are as yet unknown.

He suggests that the fall of sterling is a known consequence fulfilling the doomsayers predictions. I disagree, as the change in sterling’s value is not a result of leaving the EU, but of currency speculators’ guesswork as to the likely consequences of leaving the EU.

Changes in UK productivity following departure from the EU (which, by the way, has not happened yet, and probably won’t for a couple more years) might constitute a consequence; speculation as to likelihood of those changes does not. And if it’s of any interest, the FTSE was as high as it’s ever been on ­Thursday. There is no evidence (yet) of any change in UK productivity, and inward investment in UK industrial production continues as before.

It is indeed unfortunate that Millar feels poorer as a result of sterling being low. No doubt he felt pretty rich in 2009, when it was HK$16 to the pound, and he will probably feel OK again in a few months when this all rights itself.

Christopher Heneghan, Abergavenny, Wales

Supporters of Trump face uphill battle

If you listen to Donald Trump on Muslims, immigration and building a wall on the border with Mexico, you realise how far off the wall he is.

He rants about current events, but says nothing. His “new-found” high-profile supporters (Rubio, Christie, Gingrich et al) can’t do anything to enhance his stature in this presidential race. How can anyone support this shallow man? Both party’s candidates leave a lot to be desired.

In his acceptance speech Mr Trump promised to solve the nation’s ills fast. If he accomplishes one-tenth of his promises, I will apologise for doubting his ability to lead.

Herb Stark, Mooreseville, North Carolina, US

Demand by car park operator was so unfair

Around noon last Saturday, I parked my car in a Wilson ­Parking car park at Hung Hom.

After I got out, I was told to leave my car key at the cashier’s office. I refused as there was something valuable in my car and I was aware that Wilson would not be responsible for any damage to my car even if it was driven by its staff.

I said I would leave my phone number and promised to come back at once but was asked to drive away. I tried to reason with the member of staff but he was so rude and unhelpful and called the police. I tried to call Wilson’s hotline but no one ­answered the phone.

I find it outrageous that a ­major car park operator like ­Wilson could provide such a poor service.

Y . C. Tsai, Sham Shui Po

People must act responsibly with Pokemon

The new game Pokemon Go has proved hugely popular in the countries where it has been launched, such as the US, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Germany. People try to catch pokemons using Google’s ­mapping functions.

I have to say I have not been looking forward to its launch in Hong Kong (“PLA, police ready as Pokemon Go arrives in city”, July 26).

My concerns are based on reports about the bad effect the game is having. I have read news reports about some people ­becoming so obsessed by this game, they quit their jobs so they could spend more time playing it. Some individuals, playing it at night, strayed onto private property because the map showed there was a pokemon there, which is crazy.

No matter how wrapped up they get in the game, people have to act responsibly and think about the impact their ­actions will have on other citizens.

For the sake of their own well-being they have to stay alert while they are walking in busy places or near traffic. ­People need to be aware that computer games can become addictive.

Amanda Chu, Tai Kok Tsui

Enjoy the game but don’t take stupid risks

I refer to the report (‘Two men fall off a cliff while playing ­Pokemon Go, as more gamers lose their grip on reality”, July 15).

People all over the world are enjoying playing this game with their friends, trying to catch as many characters as they can with their smartphones. It is good that the game leads to greater interaction with friends, but there is a downside.

Critics have expressed safety concerns and given the above story, they are justified. Apart from the cliff incident there have been other accidents with ­people sustaining injuries and even dying while playing ­Pokemon Go.

They bump into lamp posts and cross the road without ­looking. Some have wandered into restricted areas such as military installations. And they have played the game in inappropriate locations, such as ­museums and cemeteries. No matter how enjoyable the game may be for some people, they have be aware of the risks if they do not pay attention to what is happening around them.

It is not worth catching a lot of Pokemon Go characters if in the process you put yourself in a dangerous situation and have a serious accident.

Game players must stay alert at all times and not play it at inappropriate ­venues.

Michel Dik, Fo Tan

World’s largest seaplane is in Canada

In the picture caption (“Enter the Water Dragon”, July 24) it was stated [in wire copy from ­Xinhua] that the new Avic “AG600 Jiaolong (Water ­Dragon)” is the world’s largest ­seaplane.

This is definitely not the case. There is still an operational “Martin Mars” (JRM-1) available for forest fire fighting operations flying out of British Columbia, Canada.

The aircraft has a gross weight of 74 tonnes, a full 20 tonnes heavier than the AG600.

Kevin Wylie, Tung Chung

Encourage teens to think outside the box

In society, we have our own fixed ways of living and most of us ­adhere to these social norms. We tend to ignore those people who act differently.

These norms also apply to schools where students who ­answer exam questions that fit the recognised criteria set in marking schemes get straight As. ­Students who try to be a bit different are made to feel like outsiders.

These young and unique teens can often be worn down by pressure from schools to ­conform.

We should encourage them to be different and offer up new insights. They must be ­allowed to dare to imagine.

We should be willing to ­respect and listen to them and recognise that there is nothing wrong with being different and answering questions in an exam in an original way.

I know it will take time, but I hope we will see changes in ­society and a greater willingness by citizens to accept young ­people who are willing to think outside the box.

Gigi Wong, Tai Po