Letters to the Editor, April 23, 2017

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 April, 2017, 9:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 April, 2017, 9:00am

Harbourfront could so easily be vibrant spot

Is anyone in the Hong Kong Environmental Protection ­Department, the Development ­Bureau, or the Tourism Board reading this and willing to act?

Make use of our beautiful and unique sights, and promote them for tourism and for our ­inhabitants.

How many government buildings and offices line our harbourfront views, instead of hotels and residences?

This is not only poor planning but ­represents stealing from the public.

We should promote our ­harbourside and hilltops as ­scenic vistas. To give just one example, I recently walked to the top of Mount Parker. The ­summit views are blocked by barriers at the radar stations. Why not make a tourist observation area? It would provide one of the top viewpoints in Hong Kong and be a major attraction.

Similarly, along the Quarry Bay seafront, we have a Towngas pigging station, a long parking area for coaches and cars, a huge MTR fan exhaust, and other nondescript buildings – instead of what could be a ­vibrant ­harbourside ­environment.

To the west, massive ­expressways devour the ­harbourfront right up to Causeway Bay. Doesn’t anyone ­possess the imagination to ­envisage what could instead line the Hong Kong side of Victoria Harbour? Hasn’t anyone travelled to ­Europe, Canada and Australia, to witness striking, well-planned harbour views?

Or is it not only that officials cannot plan, but also that they just don’t care, like leaving Kai Tak and West Kowloon as scrap heaps for decades. Come on, somebody, wake up.

Is their energy only channelled into food trucks, as if we didn’t have enough dai pai dong and restaurants in Hong Kong for tourists? Let’s make a better showcase of our vistas of sea, tall buildings and mountains.

Peter A. Tanner, Shau Kei Wan

Parents must act as good role models

It is quite common to see teenagers smoking nowadays, and they are also targeted by tobacco companies.

This should be a cause for concern, given the ailments connected with smoking, such as lung cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure.

It is also costly for Hong Kong and the government, with ­billions lost in sick leave, medical expenses and early deaths.

Some teens start smoking because they see their parents doing it. Parents must recognise the importance of being good role models. If they cannot give up tobacco they should at least ensure they do not smoke in front of their children. Workshops should be organised to educate parents and help them realise that smoking among young people is a problem.

Also, the government should raise the tobacco tax, which could force some teens to quit.

Kaylie Lai, Kwai Chung

Airport needs 24-hour train timetable

One has to congratulate the MTR Corporation for supplying us with clean trains, efficient routes, ease of payment and ­regular services over the years.

I can understand its decision to increase fares for the Airport Express , but feel it is now time that they provided a 24-hour service to our 24-hour airport.

There are many shift workers servicing the airport who start and finish work before 6.45am and after 12.45am, not to ­mention the many tourists who, with increasing slot availability and low-cost carriers landing at late hours, who also need the train. I can understand not offering trains every eight minutes during the early hours, but a train every half hour between 1am and 6am would help to ­promote Hong Kong International Airport to a 24- hour hub.

Increasing fares is one thing, but improved services must run parallel with the increase.

Jan Bochenski, Tai Tam

Reduce, reuse and recycle as part of daily life

I agree that action is need to ­ensure Hong Kong cuts back on its volume of waste so we can clean up the environment.

It shocks me when I read about how much municipal solid waste is ending up in our landfills every day and they are nearing capacity. We all need to adopt greener lifestyles if we do not want to see Hong Kong eventually being characterised as a “city of rubbish”.

One area where there is so much needless waste is with the overpackaging of products sold in supermarkets.

In our daily lives we should all adopt the 3Rs – recycle, reuse, reduce. For example, we can ­simply dispose of cans, plastic bottles and paper into the recycling bins that are situated throughout the city.

Whenever we go out, we should make sure we have a plastic bag with us and we should choose items with a minimum of packaging when we are shopping.

Chloe Fun Hau-yi, Kwai Chung

Sabre-rattling by Trump is dangerous

Many articles have appeared in the world’s press, including this newspaper, asking if we could be on the brink of war on the Korean peninsula.

US and North Korean relations have deteriorated since Donald Trump became US president. He seems to enjoy showing off America’s military strength, but he must recognise that any conflict will affect many nations, not just the two Koreas and the US. It could result in huge casualties.

Trump must educate ­himself about all the issues ­relating to North Korea.

There must be a full discussion of these issues ­before any action is taken.

Eva Choy, Tai Wo Hau

Hostilities will not be second Korean war

In the article (“Who’ll blink first?”, April 18) Niall Ferguson referred to the potential for a “second Korean war”.

The Korean war ended with a ceasefire but not a final peace treaty.

Any outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula would more likely be a protracted continuation of the Korean war, not a ­second Korean war.

Christopher Ruane, Lantau