Letters to the Editor, January 13, 2018

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 January, 2018, 9:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 January, 2018, 9:00am

Hectic pace eroding our quality of life

I refer to Luisa Tam’s column (“Too busy to be kind? We Hongkongers have no excuse”, ­January 8).

We should all slow down in our daily lives to appreciate how precious life is and to take in the positive aspects and various ­lifestyles our city has to offer.

The pace of the city is hectic. When you are on the street or crossing a road, you will be frowned upon or receive a cold stare from other pedestrians if you are not fast enough.

Society sees productivity and effectiveness as the most important achievements. Most workers eat their lunch as quickly as possible just so they get back to work without delay and to continue the march to progress. This almost has become the only lifestyle in Hong Kong.

People seem to ignore the things that are closest to them. They rarely spend time with friends and family and often don’t even find free time to relax themselves.

Too much stress can lead to illness so people need to learn to slow their pace, look at the world, take care of those who are close to them to them and sometimes just sit down with friends and family.

Bonnie Cheng Ka-wai, Kwai Chung

The more buskers the merrier

Hong Kong’s busking culture has taken off and there are a number of reasons for this.

Firstly, it’s a special culture with a team spirit among participants that leads the buskers to share with others. They have either seen or experienced the atmosphere in other countries where busking is common and want Hongkongers also to enjoy the music, dance and other busking performances.

Buskers will invite friends to share their street gigs, which are usually in popular districts where they can entertain many passers-by, including tourists. The word soon spreads among the buskers and others will go there to join in for an extended session, thus ­spreading ­awareness of the culture.

A hands-off approach from authorities, who realise buskers usually don’t seriously disturb anyone or spark many complaints, has given performers confidence to branch out. The buskers’ freedom to perform mostly where and what they like has multiplied their numbers.

With increasing support from the public, and a positive image of the city they give to tourists, the buskers deserve to be recognised as important ­cultural assets.

Jason Luk, Tseung Kwan O

China would lose too, in war with India

In the article (“Doklam lessons”, January 8) it seems that Zhou Bo, being connected to the PLA, has written for the domestic ­audience.

He also plays around with words to say that “Today, Chinese soldiers remain in Doklam...Fresh Chinese road construction activity, although not at the exact location of the face-off, began shortly after.” The main aim of Indian troops entering Doklam last year was the prevention of Chinese road construction on that spot, nothing more. With that in mind, India has already achieved its objective. According to The Washington Post and other media at the time, Chinese netizens were upset because they had “lost face”.

Mr Zhou says any conflict between the two countries that leads to war would be unfortunate, and warns India that it cannot sustain any long-term war with China. If anything, it will be even more fatal on the Chinese side, as their economy is heavily dependent on exports and foreign investments, whereas the Indian economy is domestically driven.

Actually, since Doklam relations between the two countries have been improving. Indian and Chinese delegates at a meeting on December 23 in New Delhi agreed peace and tranquillity should be maintained in their border areas and discussed confidence-building measures. Media reported they also focused on bringing out the “full potential” of a closer developmental partnership between the two countries.

Kailash Singh, Pok Fu Lam

Millennials could use help and guidance

Some youngsters from the generation known as the millennials are angry about having no ­control over their lives.

Some people think millennials are a lazy, entitled and commitment-phobic crowd of youngsters incapable of ­growing up.

People like to complain about millennials and are quick to criticise and stereotype but let’s not ignore reasons that have embittered some.

Many millennials are stuck living at home with their parents because they cannot afford their own place on meagre salaries.

Upward mobility is a serious problem in Hong Kong. The government should at least provide them with some benefits for living expenses.

It’s not an easy environment for younger people these days and many can’t see a future in the tough job and housing markets. We should be more understanding and offer guidance and help.

Kayla Poon Wai-kuen, Shenzhen

Public servants should revisit job description

I read with wry amusement, and well-founded despair, the “wish” list for 2018 of some “activists, politicans and experts” (“A happy new Hong Kong”, January 6).

As long-suffering residents we are only too aware that a moribund civil service, spineless executive and ruthless cartels will ensure that the laudable suggestions contained in the ­article are snuffed out at source.

Unfortunately, even laws that are designed to enhance the quality of life of its citizens are routinely ignored by those who are meant to enforce them. For example: pavement obstructions, littering, dumping, motoring infringements, noise pollution, smoking, occupied walkways, hawking and even the re-emergence of illegal structures in high places. The list is endless.

May I be so bold or naive as to tender a small wish for 2018, namely that the chief executive, forcefully, reminds government departments that they are public servants whose duty is to work together in the best interests of the public, rather than as self-serving entities. Then, perhaps, Hong Kong will function as a truly world city that puts the needs of its people above those of a favoured minority.

Hong Kong people expect, and deserve, far better.

Jim Francis, North Point

AI is not the complete solution

I refer to the article (“How AI will change your life this year, from medical advancements to using your face as a credit card”, January 9). While reaping the benefits of technology advancements, we should be aware of the harm and the security of the internet and AI.

People now rely on technology and hope that AI can do everything for them so that they can have a more relaxed life.

But internet crime and fraud are increasing and we need better security if we want to enjoy more benefits of technology.

We also should understand there are many jobs that need human care and love that AI cannot do.

Sara Wong Ching-wa, Kwai Chung