'Good Samaritan' law is ill-conceived

I'm writing in response to a proposal to introduce a 'Good Samaritan' law to urge people to be more helpful to others. I totally disagree with this proposal.

Wednesday, 4 January, 2012, 12:00am

'Good Samaritan' law can be a model

Little more than a month ago, the nation was agonising over Wang Yue, the two-year-old girl ignored by at least 18 passers-by in the Guangdong city of Foshan as she lay gravely injured on a road after twice being hit by vehicles. Eventually, an elderly woman came to her rescue, but perhaps too late - she died eight days later.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong needs 'Good Samaritan' law and mandatory smoke detectors

As is the case with all of China, I am deeply saddened by the circumstances around the death of the toddler Wang Yue in Foshan.

With regard to Hong Kong the tragedy brings to mind that we still have failed to pass a 'Good Samaritan' law that would protect citizens who render care to those in need.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The good old days of Good Samaritans are gone for good

Respect for the old and care for the young are traditional virtues of the Chinese people'. For centuries, mainlanders have been brought up with that tenet instilled in their minds, through teachings by their parents and teachers.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Medical charity pleads for $200m

Samaritan Fund cannot keep providing expensive drugs to poverty-stricken patients without community help

Legislators will be asked next Monday to support a one-off $200 million government grant to the Samaritan Fund, which helps pay for drugs that patients cannot afford.

13 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Samaritan Fund to get $100m boost

The government will boost the Samaritan Fund charity by about $100 million for the first time in years to help cover the costs of middle-class patients at public hospitals who need life-saving but expensive drugs.

The Hospital Authority made the funding proposal and is understood to have told a workshop for patients' groups on Wednesday.

11 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Samaritans needed

In an increasingly hectic, violent and economically depressed world, it is not too often that a story emerges which warms our hearts. So, it is reassuring to learn the actions of four Good Samaritans in Guangzhou have saved a months-old baby who was on the brink of death while in the uncaring arms of beggars. It has reaffirmed our faith in the decency of humanity.

12 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Zhu takes double talk to new low

Politicians are often cagey. That's the way we expect them to be.

So we weren't surprised to hear that Prime Minister Zhu Rongji ducked a question while attending a conference in The Hague.

What did surprise us was his evasion technique. It appeared to be this: puzzle your adversaries into submission by making your answer as bizarre as possible.

10 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Volunteers to be litter wardens

I was particularly appalled at the picture with 'Far from a star-studded spectacle' (South China Morning Post, November 19) showing the devastation left by hopeful meteor gazers.

25 Nov 1998 - 12:00am


I loved your friendly piece 'From the Corridors' about my marriage to Deborah Glass (South China Morning Post, November 14).

My article about Lee Teng-hui appeared in The Times on the Monday, not Tuesday. Keith Richburg of the Washington Post and I did not share an interview; his was Thursday, mine Friday.

22 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Gold thief foils Good Samaritan

A GOOD Samaritan chased and caught a man who snatched a gold necklace after answering the victim's cry for help.

But the thief proved too wily for the would-be hero when he tricked him into letting him go.

31 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Answering call of duty

DOUGLAS Harteam's enigmatic letter (South China Morning Post, September 25) deserves a response as he implies that we were responsible for at least some of his ''frustrations'' on the night he tried to get help for an injured puppy.

First, he should realise that Green Cross Veterinary Clinics are not an ''institution''. We are a private veterinary practice.

7 Oct 1993 - 12:00am