Letters to the Editor, March 24, 2013

It is time to stop keeping birds as pets in cages. Photo: Xinhua

The superb award-winning film Amour now showing here made me think of two things. First, that life for too many of Hong Kong's elderly is no bed of roses because, despite being one of the richest places in Asia, the government here is not doing enough to care properly for its aged and ageing population.

Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 4:49am 13 comments

Letters to the Editor, January 6, 2013

Body scanners have proved controversial. Photo: AP

Party is stuck in universal suffrage rut

I refer to the report ("Democrats make Emily Lau leader", December 17).

Emily Lau Wai-hing correctly identifies that her Democratic Party needs to rejuvenate. However the problem runs much deeper than just image and its ability to refocus on the younger generation and women.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:51am 1 comment

Public hospitals seek extension of 'do not revive' guideline

Public hospitals seek extension of 'do not revive' guideline

Public hospitals want to extend a guideline that allows chronic and critically ill patients to choose death rather than being revived by emergency procedures.

It is proposing that the option should not be confined to people dying in hospital but include critically ill outpatients.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:06am 1 comment

Tributes as funeral is held of quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun

Mourners pay their respects in front of a photo of Tang Siu-pun at the funeral parlour. Photo: Sam Tsang

A funeral service was held last night for Tang Siu-pun, the quadriplegic who touched Hongkongers' hearts with his plea nearly a decade ago to be allowed to end his life.

Bouquets from government officials, lawmakers and friends surrounded the memorial hall at the Grand Peace Funeral Parlour in Hung Hom.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am

Owners angry as Macau Canidrome fails to stop euthanising retired dogs

Brooklyn is a greyhound icon long feared dead. Photo: Red Door News

Greyhound owners are rebelling over the mass killing of retired racing dogs at the Macau Canidrome, where animals are euthanised at the rate of more than 30 a month despite an outcry from welfare groups worldwide.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am 1 comment

Honour Tang Siu-pun with euthanasia debate, not pity

Tang Siu-pun attends the new book sharing session at Hong Kong Book Fair 2009. Photo: Sam Tsang

There is something indecent about even talking about Tang Siu-pun, the quadriplegic and euthanasia advocate who died on Sunday aged 43. Before the enormity of his suffering and loneliness, you can only be humbled and shut up.

So this column will not be about Tang, but our collective responses to his plight.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:06am 1 comment

Quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun, who stirred debate on euthanasia, dies

Tang Siu-pun

Quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun, whose appeal for the right to end his life sparked widespread discussion about euthanasia, died yesterday. He was 43.

"When he left us, all his family members, friends and classmates were beside him," a family statement said. "He left at ease, without any suffering."

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man described him as a "warrior of life".

10 Dec 2012 - 7:14am

For Tang Siu-pun, a small measure of happiness after years of despair

Tang Siu-pun at hospital in 2007. Photo: Dustin Shum

After an accident left him paralysed in his 20s, Tang Siu-pun sank into despair and thought constantly about taking his own life. But in his unsuccessful battle for the legalisation of euthanasia, he found some measure of purpose in living, he once said, and his courage became an inspiration to Hongkongers.

10 Dec 2012 - 7:15am

Pro-euthanasia quadriplegic Ah Bun dies aged 43

Author of 'I Want Euthanasia' Tang Siu-pun (Ah Bun) visits the Hong Kong Book Fair at the HKCEC in 2007. Photo: Martin Chan

Tang Siu-pun, whose high-profile appeal for euthanasia to be legalised in 2003 raised public awareness of the subject, has died at the age of 43.

The quadriplegic, popularly known by locals as Ah Bun, died on Sunday morning of septicaemia, or blood poisoning, at Caritas Medical Centre, where he was admitted on Friday, according to reports.

9 Dec 2012 - 7:35pm

Locked-in syndrome patient dies peacefully days after losing euthanasia bid

Tony Nicklinson, 58, had fought for assisted suicide. Photo: AP

A British man left paralysed but fully conscious and aware of his predicament died yesterday, days after losing a legal bid to end his life of "pure torture", his lawyers and family said.

Tony Nicklinson, 58, who had locked-in syndrome as a result of a stroke he had while on a business trip to Athens in 2005, died of natural causes.

23 Aug 2012 - 4:17am

Controlling Guangzhou's stray cat population a labour of love

Li Yanling's phone is a lifeline for many of Guangzhou's stray cats. When she's not in the classroom, the 48-year-old kindergarten teacher is usually mobilising volunteers to rescue vulnerable strays in danger or plotting the next TNR project.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Volunteer sees beauty in helping deformed babies

Xu Pu, former manager at a US company in Shanghai, is cofounder of the Shanghai Baby Home, a care centre for disabled infants forsaken by their parents. She has devoted a lot to the charity, but says she has been 'taking' more than 'giving'.

Tell us about the care centre.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Ah Bun's lesson is one we can all learn from

Last week, Tang Siu-pun, better known as Ah Bun, moved into his own home after spending 19 years in a hospital after an injury to his spine paralysed him. Physically, Ah Bun still requires a hi-tech sensor-controlled wheelchair to facilitate his movements. But mentally, Ah Bun has an intellectual agility and strength of character that puts the rest of us to shame.

26 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Pros and cons of changing the law on euthanasia in Hong Kong

As Victor Fung Keung pointed out in the Observer column ('A person has the right to a dignified death', August 18), most people object to euthanasia without thinking about the subject in a rational way.

22 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

TV euthanasia show out to tackle a taboo

A pioneering television show airing in Hong Kong next month hopes to break one of the biggest taboos in Chinese society - euthanasia.

The weekly programme will feature debates and euthanasia cases from around the world.

12 Jul 2009 - 12:00am