Letters to the Editor, August 31, 2016

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 August, 2016, 4:48pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 August, 2016, 4:48pm

Quick, healthy meals better than fast food

I refer to the letter by John Chan (“Healthy diet is possible with a little effort”, August 9).

I accept that the pace of life is hectic in Hong Kong and ­everyone is in a rush. Students are no exception and they also have a busy daily schedule.

People of all ages feel that if they do not work hard they will be left behind in what is a very competitive society and so they often resort to eating fast food during meal breaks.

I have a lot of regular and supplementary lessons and homework and revision every day for the school-based assessment and Diploma of Secondary Education. I am constantly trying to find more time to finish all that I have to do.

However, I know it is very ­unhealthy to eat a lot of fast food. The best way to ensure you have a healthy meal is to prepare it yourself and it can be done quickly. And you don’t have to be an outstanding cook as long as you choose simple dishes, for example, oatmeal for breakfast and salad for lunch and dinner. I know it is possible, because I have done it.

I do not think it is difficult for people to make sure that they have simple, quick and healthy food and I hope more Hongkongers will try to make their own meals instead of eating fast food every day.

Emily Yeung Ching-yi, Sham Shui Po

More recycling bins needed in country parks

I think more rubbish will be ­deposited and have to be ­collected in country parks after refuse bins are removed ­(“Family walks, nature trails to go bin-free”, August 27).

Removing bins and reducing the size of bin openings, deals with the symptoms but not the ­disease.

The government should be praised for its efforts, but there is more it must do if it wants to extend the time it will take for our landfills to reach capacity.

I believe the key is recycling. ­Instead of removing bins, the government should have even more ­recycling bins on roads and in ­country parks.

This can reduce volumes of discarded litter and enable more people to become accustomed to the idea of ­reusing things. It is important to raise levels of ­public awareness so that more people are willing to lead environmentally-friendly lives.

All citizens should be trying to reduce waste at source. This will lead to lower volumes of waste and increase the lifespan of landfills.

We must recognise the ­importance of protecting our city and our planet.

Sandy Chan Lap-kiu, Yau Tong

Lion City deals effectively with its rubbish

Singapore has come up with successful policies to deal with its refuse.

These measures ­prevent its landfills reaching ­capacity and ­protect marine life, and the Hong Kong government could learn from them.

The Lion City has four waste-to-energy incineration plants and we could ­follow this ­example.

The government prevents ­pollution by transporting the ash in covered barges so it is not blown into the atmosphere or into the sea. This is important as marine ecosystems must be protected.

When they are ­damaged or destroyed this can disrupt the food chain and we can effectively have a dead sea if most marine life is extinguished.

When coming up with ­effective waste management policies, the Hong Kong government must ensure that ­proposed schemes are comprehensive and that all citizens can benefit.

Tim Cheung, Tseung Kwan O

Hoping police action can curb boy racers

I thank Chief Superintendent ­Joseph Au Chin-chau for his ­reply (“Tackling illegal road ­racers is police priority”, August 26) to my concerns over dangerous motorcycle activity along Route Twisk (“Police inaction on deadly road racing ­baffling”, ­August 14).

There is something about this stretch of road that attracts boy racers like bees to a honeypot.

Let us see if the concerted ­actions he mentions will result in a reduction, maybe even the elimination, of this scourge to other, law-abiding, drivers and riders.

David Ollerearnshaw, Yuen Long

Politics and sport should not be mixed

I refer to the report (“Chinese Olympic delegation receives a warm welcome in Hong Kong – without politics”, August 27).

Many Hongkongers were clearly happy to meet with members of the national squad who competed in the Rio ­Olympics last month.

This contrasts with some comments I read on Facebook during the Games from people who said they were happy to see some of the ­athletes losing in events.

I felt saddened and angry by such views. Politics should not be mixed with sport and these athletes deserve our ­respect.

I know there are citizens here who have expressed anti-mainland sentiments over political issues, but this has nothing to do with athletes and they should not be blamed for these problems by radical localists. As swimming bronze medallist Fu Yuanhui said about Hong Kong and the rest of China, they are “one family, bonded by flesh and blood”.

I hope the visit of these ­athletes can lead to improved ­relations between Hong Kong and China. It helped establish a sense of belonging to China.

Charis Ng, Tseung Kwan O

Determination of athletes is inspiring

The athletes who took part in the Rio Olympics made great sacrifices to get there.

Some of them got the results they hoped for and others did not, but they all demonstrated their passion for sport and showed spirit and determination.

The most unforgettable ­athlete for me was the Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui. Aside from her sense of humour, she showed the right attitude as an athlete.

She was tired during her events in Rio, but still tried her best.

Stephen Leung Chun-hin, Lam Tin

Trying to ease overcrowding in prisons

I write to clarify some factual points made in your report (“HK’s largest jail transfers ­inmates to ease strain”, August 28).

The Correctional Services Department has been regularly monitoring the changes in penal population with a view to alleviating the overcrowding situation of individual facilities and optimising resource allocation for better management and ­decent treatment of persons in custody (PICs).

It is untrue what is reported in your article, that a PIC turned violent during the removal and force was used by our officers to remove him. Based on our information, throughout the transfer operation last week, one PIC was ­initially reluctant to transfer. However, after counselling, he eventually paid heed to advice.

Regarding food bills for ­private food in Lai Chi Kok ­Reception Centre and Stanley ­Prison, they more or less cost the same.

Each PIC is provided with a bed, contrary to your report that they are cramped and sleeping on top of everybody.

Marenda Lo, for commissioner of correctional services