Letters to the Editor, October 30, 2012

Cautious approach to new pension

The controversy over the means test for the proposed Old Age Living Allowance has intensified in the last few weeks.

Tuesday, 30 October, 2012, 3:03am

Less than half 999 calls genuine

Of the 2,279,672 calls made to the 999 emergency number last year, only 44 per cent, or 995,188, were genuine, with the remainder being nuisance or misdialled calls, the police said yesterday in a statement urging Hongkongers to use the hotline only for emergencies. A spokesman said misuse tied up hotline staff and could delay handling of genuine emergencies.

29 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Stop abusing 999, police urge

Police have appealed against abuse of the emergency 999 number, after 1,293,452 calls, or 58 per cent of those received last year by command and control centres were nuisance or misdialled calls. A total of 2,239,457 calls were received, of which only 946,005 were genuine calls.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Most 999 calls pranks or wrong numbers

Nearly 60 per cent of calls made to the 999 centre in the first half of the year had been nuisance calls or from people who had dialled the wrong number, police statistics show. The call centre dealt with 1,108,035 calls between January and June, or 6,121 a day. Of the total, only 462,545, or 42 per cent, were genuine.

30 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Scrambling for a story

Macau police absorbed in cat-and-mouse pursuits of bad guys are becoming increasingly irritated at busybody newshounds, who are poking their noses in where they are not wanted. By eavesdropping on police radio communications with special devices, the aggressive reporters and photographers are sometimes beating police to the scenes of crimes and accidents.

1 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Have Your Say

Nightmare bus ride on a rainy day I still have nightmares about a bus accident in which some of my fellow passengers were injured.

It was raining heavily that day. The bus was taking a sharp bend when it skidded and crashed into a tree.

13 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Police end standoff

A man is wheeled from a Kwai Chung flat by an ambulance crew (far left) after being arrested when police wearing body armour broke into the flat to end a three-hour standoff yesterday. Police said the 39-year-old man had argued with his wife - who was not injured but taken to hospital for checkups (left) - in the Kwai Shing East Estate shortly before 8am.

6 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Emergency SMS number for disabled

People with speech or hearing problems will be able to send SMS text messages to police when emergencies arise under a new service - the first of its kind in the world - beginning today.

Users will be able to send an SMS message to the hotline number 992 if they have an emergency and the message will be handled in the same way as a 999 call.

21 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Proposed measures can ease phone congestion

A report commissioned by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) has recommended several improvements in order to relieve the effects of telephone network congestion (to deal with emergencies and severe weather conditions), and prevent a repeat of what happened on September 11 last year.

26 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Editor clings to his desk

Police were called to magazine publishers Thomson Press on Tuesday after its managing editor refuted attempts to sack him and refused to leave his office.

5 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

A phone call away

It is great to see that the police have discovered how to use the phone system ('Taxi drivers to turn crime fighters', South China Morning Post, February 8).

21 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

New number would help police

I refer to the letter from Wong Doon-yee, for the Commissioner of Police (South China Morning Post, December 5), regarding setting up a separate, non-emergency phone line for use by the public, to prevent people from misusing the 999 number.

8 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Still waiting for hotline solution

G. Marques, in his letter to these columns (South China Morning Post, October 2), rightly complains of police inability to move with the times.

His observation that the police have failed to provide a single telephone number for the public to call in case of a 'non-emergency requiring slightly less than prompt action' has been long outstanding.

10 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

New number plea

What do you do when you are woken up at 3.35am by a group of young men who are screaming and hurling tin cans and pushing an old wheelbarrow around in a nullah 16 floors below your bedroom window?

5 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Lawyers press their suits with iron clarity

From this week's Cat is Out of Bag file, comes law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and its small plastic laminated cards.

The company has issued pointers to staff on how to deal with phone calls from journalists. The notes are on small plastic cards that can be kept by the phone.

9 Aug 2001 - 12:00am