Ridiculous situation

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 June, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 June, 1994, 12:00am

ACCORDING to a reliable press report, there are now over 2,000 restaurants doing business without the required government licences.

As any restaurateur who has had to go through the painfully slow business of acquiring such a licence will testify, the process can take anything up to two years.

Something has to be very, very wrong.

With tourism occupying a proud spot as being Hong Kong's second biggest earner of hard currency and our restaurants being one of the prize attractions to tourists, what sort of Alice in Wonderland situation have we drifted into when thousands of our restaurants and bars are being forced to operate illegally through the inadequacies of a blind and tortuously slow bureaucracy? TED THOMAS Wan Chai