Letters to the Editor, February 13, 2017
Trump will get comeuppance in near future
I am much prouder to be a US citizen today.
Our system worked. Real leadership on a somewhat equal footing with the president stood up to say that Donald Trump has failed the American people, the constitution and the laws of the country.
I believe Mr Trump has been untruthful about his executive action to block the entry of people from seven Middle Eastern countries since it was tweeted and “presented” to the American public and the world at large. He tried to justify it with the lame argument that it is all about the security of Americans.
His executive order was always about doing only what he promised if he was elected.
Rather, it was based upon a biased hateful opinion of his own and others at his side about Muslims, throwing all Muslims into the pot of the small percentage of radicals doing harm while claiming to be Muslims.
What if Mr Trump treated all Americans on the actions of a small percentage of radicals in the US who are killing their fellow Americans?
I applaud the real leadership of America’s judiciary, including those representatives in the state of Washington who stood up for their people and spoke for many in the rest of the US.
They have, through the courts, proven again that truthfulness and transparency are at the core of leadership and governing.
The ruling of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, rejecting the government’s argument that Trump’s national security decisions aren’t subject to review, is effectively an apology for Mr Trump, who has been determined since his inauguration on January 20 to exploit his authority and roll over the innocent lives of those who are dependent on rational and humane thinking.
All leadership requires character. I am also confident that giving a person with little character enough rope will ensure that he or she will eventually hang themselves.
As for Mr Trump, with his very low level of character, integrity and humility, and such a high level of self-righteousness and selfishness, the hanging could occur must faster than anyone ever imagined.
Cliff Wallace, Wan Chai
Government has deferred to courts too often
“Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung’s bid to be our leader is ridiculous.
Leung is being tolerated for his ever-escalating antics. And he even managed to get a court ruling against the Correctional Services Department for cropping his hair short while serving his prison sentence.
The Hong Kong government has too often deferred to court rulings on matters which had nothing to do with the legality of its decisions, although it has now been revealed that the government has only lost in a small percentage of the overall number of cases brought before the judicial review court.
It could do with some Donald Trumpism (as in the case, now supported by 50 to 60 per cent of the public, of temporarily banning immigrants from seven countries) and Theresa Mayism (as in the Brexit case).
After all, Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li said at the 2017 opening of the legal year, “It has often been emphasised by many people, my predecessor and myself included, that the courts only determine the legal questions and only consider the legal merits of the cases before them.”
Peter Lok, Chai Wan
Driverless trains will put people at risk
I am writing about the incident in an MTR train in Tsim Sha Tsui station that left 19 people injured (“MTR firebomb suspect charged with arson”, February 13).
One thing to note is that it was a busy period in the evening, and the train was packed. This would have made it harder for people to escape from the flames.
I think this illustrates that the MTR network is now so busy that it has become saturated. The MTR Corporation needs to recognise this and make the necessary improvements to the system.
Also, MTR has said that it hopes to have more driverless trains in the future.
This would concern me if there was an emergency, because a driver would be more likely to act faster than a train being operated by computer.
Billy Sit, Tseung Kwan O
Needle reuse in hospitals can’t be tolerated
I refer to the report about HIV infection from hospital needles (“Five patients infected with HIV after needle reused”, February 10).
This makes it clear that there are problems with medical standards on the mainland, especially as the hospital concerned is considered as one of the best in Zhejiang (浙江) province.
Such carelessness has to be considered as unacceptable, especially at a top hospital.
Obviously needles should never by reused, because of the risk of cross-infection. And there are fears that this has happened before in mainland hospitals in an attempt to save money.
Surely the health of patients should be the priority, not saving money. Staff should not see the hospital making profits as the priority. This shows distorted values are at play in some mainland hospitals.
The central government should be treating such incidents as very serious breaches. It only made public this latest incident months after it had been reported. This is a failure to take action that acts as a deterrent.
A thorough investigation should be launched in all hospitals on the mainland to check if this action is widespread. Then a comprehensive report should be made public. Office staff found to have reused needles should be sacked. Patients should also be offered some form of compensation.
Citizens on the mainland should be able to enjoy a better quality of life.
Mable Shing , Kwai Chung
Rethink plan to level Wan Chai sports ground
I do not agree with the government’s plans to demolish Wan Chai Sports Ground in order to make way for the expansion of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
There is no other sports ground nearby, so it will be very inconvenient for groups that use it a lot.
Moreover, it is a part of the collective memory of residents of Wan Chai and the sports clubs and schools which use it. It is a also a great facility for people who use it for regular exercise.
Officials should think about the views and needs of the users who want the ground to stay. I hope there will be a rethink.
Coco Yu Ho-yan, Yau Yat Chuen
Tax system is unfair to those on lower pay
I totally agree with politicians who have called on Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po to use the government’s large cash reserves to boost public spending.
Any spare money should not be wasted, but rather be spent to help the public.
Extra funds should be used to boost the livelihood of citizens; the government has a responsibility to do that. Both rich and less-well-off people have to pay the same relatively low tax rate – and I think that this is unfair.
For the rich, this is a trifling amount that they can easily pay. For people on lower incomes, it can be quite a steep bill and it may adversely affect their standard of living if it turns out that they have to pay quite a lot.
More people should comment on how they would like to see the reserves spent.
Yanis Choy Man-yan, Kowloon Tong