Letters to the Editor, August 26, 2016

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 August, 2016, 5:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 26 August, 2016, 5:15pm

Healthy diet is becoming far too expensive

I take a different view to the ­article (“Eating out in Hong Kong tonight? You’ll be lucky to find something healthy, study finds”, August 24).

I do not think Hongkongers eat unhealthy diets because of limited time during a lunch break or the difficulty in finding healthy food. The main reason they make bad choices comes down to money.

It is easy to find healthy food like a salad dish in a restaurant or even in cha chaan teng, which are found all over Hong Kong. But a salad at an eatery will cost at least HK$30, which is more ­expensive than a hamburger. So what will you choose – the ­pricier salad or the cheaper and tasty burger?

Healthy foods like vegetables are becoming more expensive while the cost of food which is not good for us drops. You do not just see this in Hong Kong, it is a global trend. For example, in the US, it is cheaper to buy a soda than bottled water and this ­puzzles me.

This is why more people are suffering from diabetes and heart disease, ­because they are making bad diet choices.

However, you can go for healthy options and not break the bank by, for example, ­making up a lunchbox with ­nutritious food.

Taffy Wong, Lam Tin

Amendment aims to curb rogue breeders

Protection of Animals Lantau South (PALS) is relieved and ­delighted with the long overdue and hard-fought-for amendment CAP139B. It seeks to exert tighter controls over unscrupulous puppy breeders in Hong Kong.

We would like to emphasise our deepest gratitude to all the NGOs, as well as noted individuals, across the animal welfare spectrum that joined together to continually lobby the government to actually make this ­happen.

PALS was a very small cog in a much bigger wheel but we are proud to have played a part.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is tasked with the implementation of these new regulations. We hope it will step up and apply itself vigorously and with full commitment to ensure the lives of breeding dogs in Hong Kong are changed irrevocably for the better.

PALS hopes that, in the not too distant future, the effects of this amendment will filter down to negatively impact on the ­often immoral and ethically ­dubious pet shops, which proliferate on some streets in this city, and will cause their closure.

This could be good news for the thousands of abandoned and abused puppies and dogs which are rescued, and often languish in animal shelters throughout the territory, and are simply looking for a long-term loving home of their own.

I urge readers to always ­consider adoption from a ­shelter as their new pet option.

Jacqueline Green, PALS

There is too much focus on exam results

I refer to the article by Paul Yip (“Hong Kong’s exam obsession must end if we are to bring the best out of all our young people”, August 18).

Hong Kong is a city obsessed with exams. This can have a ­negative effect on young people and good exam results do not always guarantee success in life.

It is important for young ­people to pursue the things that interest them and look at other options than university, such as starting an apprenticeship.

Tests and exams should not be seen as the only way to ­measure the ability of students.

Youngsters have different kinds of talent and some may not be good academically, but could find other rewarding ­careers that do not require ­having a university degree.

I wish teachers, parents and the Education Bureau would realise this.

Kiera Wong, Tseung Kwan O

Students can gain so much from tablets

All our daily lives are heavily ­influenced by advances in technology, such as computers, TVs and smartphones.

They help us acquire and ­absorb information more easily and systematically. Our school may soon ask all its students to use a computer tablet in the classroom.

I think this is a good idea as these tablets will provide a better learning environment.

They can enhance the ­learning experience. In a traditional classroom setting, you ­listen to teachers and watch them write on the blackboard. You may not grasp all that is being said, but the tablet offers video learning, which can help to give students a more ­complete understanding of a subject.

For example, in a science ­lesson the teacher can explain an experiment, but that may not be enough for some youngsters.­

When they are asked to do the experiment, if they lack sufficient knowledge they will make ­mistakes. However, they are more likely to understand it when they are able to view the whole experiment online and then they can go ahead and try to do it in the lab. They are likely to make fewer mistakes.

There is no doubt that video teaching promotes a more effective learning experience.

Also, you have to keep listening to the teacher and if you miss something you can lag behind. When you are viewing an explanation of something on your tablet you can pause, or, if you missed something or didn’t grasp it, just play it back.

This makes it less likely that a student will fall behind in a ­subject.

Using a tablet can also make a subject more interesting. Listening to a teacher for long ­periods can become monotonous. A video watched on a ­tablet can offer a more lively alternative and can arouse the curiosity of young people.

I support the school’s ­proposal to use tablets in the classroom as I believe it will lead to students learning more effectively.

Evan Lee, Ngau Tau Kok

Pokemon Go will not last much longer

While Pokemon Go proved to be hugely popular when it was launched in Hong Kong last month, it is already becoming clear that the craze will be short-lived.

While some individuals got really caught up looking for Pokemon and becoming ­trainers, others just got involved because it was so popular and it was something to chat about with their friends. But they have quickly lost interest and no ­longer want to play the game.

It will not be long before they have deleted it from their smartphones. Some people who got really involved found it was interfering with their work and decided to stop playing as it interfered with their work-life balance.

It was causing problems with some people in public places putting themselves at risk ­because they were so distracted. This was another reason why some people deleted it and it is the next computer game that will be forgotten by the public.

Candy Tai, Kwun Tong

Harassment in workplace is unacceptable

Earlier this year, 60 per cent of prefectural assembly women surveyed in Japan said they had been sexually harassed by ­people including male ­colleagues and voters.

I think most cases of sexual harassment happen in the workplace, with perpetrators generally being male colleagues or bosses. It is also a problem in Hong Kong. Such behaviour causes women to feel uncomfortable, annoyed and ­distressed. Although men might sometimes be victims, most of the time it is women who are ­harassed in this way.

They feel so helpless and ­often stay silent, thinking that speaking out will do no good.

Victims must not be afraid to speak out. Also, the government must provide education so that the next generation learns about how to deal with sexual harassment.

Mandy Yu, Tseung Kwan O