Letters to the Editor, August 3, 2017

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 August, 2017, 4:51pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 August, 2017, 4:51pm

Harassment in the office must be reported

I agree with your editorial (“More work must be done to fight workplace sexual harassment”, July 17).

It is unbelievable to learn that many people do not report cases of sexual harassment to their employers. Such harassment should not be tolerated under any circumstances.

I think some people do not report these incidents to police either, because they are afraid of losing their jobs.

This can mean that the harassment continues and they keep suffering in silence. Companies have to make it clear to all staff that sexual ­harassment is not acceptable.

Also, someone may wonder if they would be overreacting if they reported a lewd comment made to them. Should they just dismiss it as a joke between co-workers and get on with their jobs? But if they don’t act, there will be a vicious cycle as people keep making such comments in the office.

There are countries where there is still no legal framework, but this is not the case in Hong Kong, where sexual harassment is illegal. Therefore victims must speak out.

There must be a concerted effort in society as a whole and in the workplace environment to deal with the problem of sexual harassment.

This is the only way that it can be effectively dealt with and eventually eradicated.

Marco Kwan, Hang Hau

A chance to scrutinise the mainland

July was a busy month for ­amateur discussions of the “one country, two systems” principle.

The month began with ­a protest and frustration that the pre-1997 hope that the civic values and rule of law of Hong Kong would somehow pass by osmosis to the mainland authorities has not come to pass. Then the month ended in frustration at the proposed co-location of immigration and law enforcement at the West Kowloon rail ­terminus.

This is certainly the least cumbersome and most beneficial way of managing high-speed rail immigration and will almost without doubt be ­implemented. Contemplating this from a longer perspective, the fact is that mainland law enforcement will be performing their duties deep inside Hong Kong territory, under the ­watchful gaze of seven million Hong Kong residents.

These are citizens who are accustomed to speaking their mind about the government and police ­(including in this newspaper).

This is a meaningful opportunity for Hong Kong residents to scrutinise the mainland authorities and to hold them to a high standard of behaviour and respect for rule of law (even if it is mainland law), a scrutiny which is widely ­acknowledged as being ­desirable.

At the same time, it presents an opportunity for the mainland authorities to demonstrate their post-2047 intentions towards the special administrative ­region and its legal system.

There is an opportunity here, not just for ease of travel, but for a meaningful political engagement.

Paul McKay, Sheung Wan

See high-speed railway as an opportunity

For those who harp on about immigration checks for the new rail terminus, let us remember the bigger picture.

Railways create opportunities. They were critical to the industrial revolution and the development of European economies, and they remain ­vitally relevant today.

The linking of Hong Kong to the rest of China via high-speed rail networks gives access and opportunity for those who realise the importance of China’s growing economy.

We should be thankful to have such unhindered access to it.

Mark Peaker, The Peak

Regular review of wage will help poorest

A. L. Nanik’s call for a more regular review of the statutory minimum wage is spot-on (“People on low incomes struggle in city”, August 2).

A company I worked for sometimes hired elderly cleaning staff. The hourly rate they were paid was so low, they had to borrow money from fellow workers for transport and meals, and pay them back at the end of the month. They earned so little because they were illiterate.

The rise in the statutory hourly rate helps people like this a lot. At least they can pay for basic necessities like transport and having three meals a day.

An increase of a few dollars in the minimum wage will not lead to a rise in inflation. The prime suspect there is the hike in ­property prices.

Edmond Pang, Fanling

Professional gaming is a full-time job

With the advances in computer games, some local teenagers want to carve out a career in ­e-sports.

However, it is not easy to become a professional gamer and some youngsters probably underestimate the difficulties they will face.

It is one thing to spend a lot of your time playing computer games, but doing it professionally is a different matter. Being involved in e-sports is time-consuming and demands a great deal of commitment.

Young people may have to give up their academic studies to be successful full-time gamers. They must constantly work at enhancing their skills if they want to join a professional team.

If their studies are still important then they may have to abandon the idea of being pro­fessional gamers at that stage of their lives.

They have to be realistic and realise that even if they commit to it 100 per cent, unless they win at international competitions, they may not be able to earn enough to make a living. They have to accept that despite their best efforts, they may sometimes experience failure.

Kathy Ho Kai-fai, Tseung Kwan O