Wu Kam-ting asks why risk the living to save the dead, why is the salvage effort taking so long and why Chinese-language media don't seem to care The missing crew members from the sunken Ukrainian vessel are definitely dead after so many days. I cannot think of any reason for divers to continue the rescue operation. It is risking their lives. Why are we asking living people to save dead people? It would be much better first to lift the ship up from the seabed and then take the bodies out. But I do not understand why the Hua Tian Long - the biggest floating derrick in Asia - cannot get here earlier for the salvage operation. I read the newspapers saying for a week that the government had asked it to come and help. It is from Guangzhou, isn't it? I think there may be some contractual disagreements between the sides. Maybe we are being asked to pay a large sum of money to use it and the deal cannot be done. What a big pity for the families of those sailors. But you know, the lives of these non-Chinese weigh much less than Chinese in local media. The tragedy involves 18 lives and may be the worst in decades, but it did not appear in the splashes of the Chinese-language newspapers. I think the divers have done as much as they could to rescue the seamen but obviously our equipment does not sufficiently support the operation. But this is normal. We do not have ships crashing and sinking every day. People would criticise the government for wasting resources if it purchased the kind of advanced equipment to deal with such disasters. These days, there is no other option but to rely on assistance from the mainland. Like a few years ago, mainland tourists were given the freedom to travel to Hong Kong to boost our economy. But I think the new policy adopted by Taiwan's new president, Ma Ying-jeou, may jeopardise our business because the mainlanders can now go to Taiwan instead of Hong Kong. Mr Ma appears to be more friendly to the mainland and I think his ideas to improve links with the mainland and liberalise economic contact will soon be implemented. When the Taiwanese people can travel directly to the mainland, or vice versa, the economy of Hong Kong must surely be hit heavily. The taxi business must suffer too. You can now see many taxis queuing up in Causeway Bay or anywhere at night waiting for customers. Many people choose not to take taxies nowadays and most who do are short-haul customers. Few tourists take taxis as well. Sometimes we have to wait for hours before a ride and it will definitely get worse when Taiwan and mainland tourists can choose to bypass Hong Kong. I am also not sure if the win by Mr Ma is good news for the people of Taiwan. He looks less competent than his opponent - Frank Hsieh Chang-ting, of the Democratic Progressive Party, if I remember correctly. I heard on the radio that Mr Hsieh is a human rights lawyer and his appearance looks more convincing than Mr Ma. Mr Ma is kind of a good guy but I do not think he is capable of making good decisions. But what these politicians think is difficult to comprehend for us common people. I heard that Democratic Party legislator Martin Lee Chu-ming is going to retire soon. He has been in the Legislative Council for a long, long time and I think it is time for him to step down. He is about 70 years old, isn't he? If I were him, I think I would have retired earlier to take care of my grandchildren. Anson Chan Fang On-sang is about that age too. Is she going to run another election campaign again? I think she is too old as well. The schools are to open again on Monday after the flu crisis. I think it is the right time to get the kids back to school. It is better than letting them wander around the streets doing nothing. The school closure was announced so late at night but the government has learned its lesson and this time has let everyone know earlier about its decision on when the schools will reopen.