Ng Kin-ming, 54, has lost all faith in mainland food supplies and trust in mainland authorities From Quarry Bay to Tuen Mun Fare: $331 I always try to make a nice meal to share with my family when I have holidays. But I do not know what to buy these days because of the food scare. I have to buy more vegetables and fruit. I want to make some Chinese thick soup, but then I dare not buy pork after the pig-borne disease outbreak. I think the Hong Kong government has performed poorly in dealing with the food scare. The mainland authorities actually gave Hong Kong a list of fish farms that have no fish, and the Hong Kong government just released the list without doing an inspection. The media has done a great job this time, as they visited some of the designated fish farms and found out the problems. Hong Kong people never have any good impression about mainland products. I think we have lost all our faith in the mainland government and mainland food after the food scare. Many of my customers are telling me they prefer to stay in Hong Kong during holidays rather than go to the mainland, as they know what they are eating in Hong Kong, and if something goes wrong, they can file a complaint. But things are very chaotic on the mainland. Everything is decided by those in authority. Once I drove a Shanghai passenger and he was caught for spitting, and the inspector told him he would be fined. This Shanghai man said: 'I am a friend of this and that government officer and how dare you fine me just for spitting?' Of course the inspector insisted and explained to him that according to the law in Hong Kong, he had to pay $1,500 for spitting. So, he did. This is why mainland cities can never beat us. It will take ages for the mainland to develop such a culture. It is very worrying that we are now under the rule of the mainland where things are chaotic and policies are decided by a tiny bunch of people in authority. It seems that the Hong Kong government is learning this culture from the mainland authorities. Hong Kong was much better when it was under foreign rule, as the British government at least has a decent system when it comes to governance. The news about seven-year-old Shum Ho-yin being attacked is just horrible. I think the attack raises an alarm. It warns us to educate our children better, especially about love and care for others. My friends and I doubt the attack was done by debt collectors or triads, who know well that they should not harm children and should not attract attention from the police and society. Gang members do use violence to get what they want and take revenge, but they do not harm children. Their usual practice is to target only those who owe them money or have offended them, instead of dragging the concerned families or children into fights. I cannot imagine triad society members attacking a seven-year-old kid. If this is one of the triad members' assignments, then it is a very insulting 'job' for the attacker. My seven-year-old daughter asked me about Ho-yin's case. I just said that Ho-yin might have offended some bad people who hurt him badly. I do not want my daughter to know too much about it. Children are too young to digest such information and they might develop some strange thoughts if they learn too much about these kind of news stories. I was happy to learn that Ho-yin can now walk and use his left hand. I think it is a miracle that he recovered so fast. But then I also feel sorry for him, as his family background is too complicated. The poor relationship between his stepmother and Ho-yin must have a negative effect on him. It is good that some celebrities have tried to do something for Ho-yin. It is nice to see pictures of pop stars visiting the boy after reading horrible news stories about a seven-year-old being chopped.