Tough times require an able leader
In the 50 years that I have lived in Hong Kong, I have never taken local politics very seriously due to the complex nature of the governance procedure, firstly under British rule and its civil service, and then later with the obvious and necessary relationship with China.
Local politics and the antics of some rougher politicians are often embarrassing. Consequently, I have been watching the build-up to the election for the next chief executive with some concern. I was delighted to see Henry Tang Ying-yen had pulled ahead in the polls ('Tables turned - Leung lags Tang in top job bid', December 13).
While not a political animal, I have concerned myself in Hong Kong for over half a century in a more practical way by running factories and trading companies, and working hard at improving the city's quality by standing up for Hong Kong and sitting on many boards and committees. I have made every effort to improve trade and industry.
Over this period, I have become acquainted with Henry Tang's ability and concerns as an industrialist, having sat with him on the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, the Labour Advisory Board and various other bodies. He has often spoken out not just for employers but also understood the workers' point of view. He has shown a willingness to compromise with unions in difficult debates that ranged from maternity leave to the Mandatory Provident Fund.
Hong Kong is heading for some difficult years, and we need a chief executive who understands the importance of trade and industry. Mr Tang does, and is also friendly with the mainland.
The whole world is heading for very difficult times, especially with Europe and America struggling, and China holds the key to the economic future of the world. Therefore, I find the prospect of someone like Henry Tang at the helm quite reassuring.
Albert Gazeley, Tsim Sha Tsui
Democrats must support C. Y. Leung
It is clear that the chief executive election campaign will be a two-horse race - 'Tang vs Leung'. Any involvement by the pan-democrats will be just for show. If Beijing prefers Henry Tang Ying-yen, there is a unique opportunity to test its willingness to listen to the people of Hong Kong.
Leung Chun-ying, with the backing of pro-democracy groups, could get the support of the Hong Kong people and maybe persuade Beijing not to endorse Mr Tang.
If the pan-democrats decide to put forward a candidate for chief executive, this would dilute support for Mr Leung. It would make it easier for Beijing to ensure that Mr Tang takes charge.
Pan-democrats on the Election Committee must act in the best interests of Hong Kong and support C. Y. Leung.
Ken Chan, Tai Po
Name airport after beloved kung fu icon
Years before Chek Lap Kok airport was opened, I campaigned for either the airport itself or the highway leading to it to be named after Hong Kong's 'Number One Son'.
Former governor Chris Patten was a guest at several concerts I promoted, including those by Elton John and Bob Dylan, and at one of these I mentioned this suggestion and he said it was a 'jolly good idea', but of course nothing came of this informal conversation.
I also misguidedly suggested it to the Urban Council before it became the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
I received an informal phone call from one of council chairman Dr Ronald Leung Ding-bong's assistants saying it was very unlikely that anything official would be named after Bruce Lee because of the 'where and how' of his death.
I'm a great admirer of [Olympic gold medallist] Lee Lai-shan, but how many people around the world would recognise her name? And how many people will ever remember or be able to pronounce Chek Lap Kok?
Kung Fu Boulevard leading to the Bruce Lee International Airport has a much better ring to it.
Anders Nelsson, Yuen Long
Bruce Lee is no match for Mao
I refer to the letter by Jeffry Kuperus suggesting that Hong Kong airport should be named after Bruce Lee ('Mao would not be right choice', December 13).
I do not think this would be appropriate, as Lee did not fight any internationally known martial artists. It was the fool- hardiness of Hong Kong audiences who saw his films and decided he was a kung fu master.
I do not think he compares with the great kung fu masters of China, including Taiwan, some of whom are still alive and who never show off.
It could be named Comrades Airport after people like Mao Zedong and Sun Yat-sen who made such great sacrifices for their country.
K. M. Nasir, Mid-Levels
Hear what the children have to say
I refer to the letter from Iris Yeung Hiu-chung ('Children's commission is a must', December 15).
I could not agree more with those who argue that the voices of children are neglected. Children play a crucial role in our society and they will have a vital part to play in the future.
Their opinions should be taken seriously. Although they are immature, they still have important things to say, for example about Hong Kong's education system. After all, they are participating in this system and should be listened to when they wish to comment.
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the child shall have the right to freedom of expression.
There should certainly be some organisation which gathers the opinions of children and helps to make their views known. Just because they are young, we cannot neglect what they have to say.
Jenny Ng Yin-shan, Mong Kok
Our money is going up in smoke
As a taxpayer, I do not agree with spending our hard-earned money to fund the New Year fireworks, which will cost HK$8.5 million ('Taxpayer to foot bill for fireworks', December 20).
How many of us head to the harbourfront to watch the display? Most of the people who see it do so on television as they watch the countdown to the new year.
Also, there are other occasions when we can watch fireworks displays, such as Chinese New Year. Given that we have watched so many displays over the years, I wonder if anyone gets excited about it.
I think it would be better to spend the money in another way. It would be a show of goodwill and would bring enjoyment to Hongkongers.
A massive traditional Chinese poon choi dinner could be held at both the Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai promenades for senior citizens, disadvantaged citizens and children.
We could invite some foreign visitors to join us and enjoy traditional food and culture. I am sure they would appreciate a free dinner. Also, they would have lots of stories and photos to share on Facebook when they returned home. Our children and old people would feel some of the warmth that is often lacking in this commercial city.
Zack Lee, Happy Valley
Crowds at terminal under control
I refer to the letter from Bob Wurth ('An urgent call for crowd control', December 16).
The Marine Department is responsible for the overall management of the three cross-boundary ferry terminals in Hong Kong. They are the Macau ferry terminal, China ferry terminal and Tuen Mun ferry terminal. As always, we are very concerned about the crowd management at these terminals.
After checking with the controlling officers of the departure hall at the Macau ferry terminal, we learned that the operations of the departure hall were normal on the morning of December 1. We also know that the crowd was managed and cleared in time without any delay in boarding ferries.
Furthermore, we have checked our video records of the departure hall and confirmed that the passenger flow was orderly and smooth.
Nevertheless, the ferry terminal's staff will continue monitoring the situation, while the Marine Department will closely liaise with all parties concerned to ensure safe and efficient daily operations.
K. P. Kui, senior marine officer/ferry terminals, Marine Department