Letters to the Editor, June 6, 2017

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 4:13pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 4:13pm

Transport officials stuck in the past

Hong Kong is attempting to ­position itself as the innovation city with a drive to attract financial technology and e-commerce players. However, we are still so far behind other markets in terms of what is still our customary day-to-day business acumen.

An example of our continuing to live in the past can be seen at the Transport Department. When I recently went to renew my vehicle registration – which should be an online process – I noticed that for business-owned vehicles, documents must be stamped with a company chop.

First of all, the Companies Registry no longer requires companies to have a chop, but someone forgot to tell the Transport Department this.

Second, how does a chop make something official and ­legitimate when all you have to do is pay HK$50 at a side-street stall anywhere across Hong Kong, and you will have your brand new, non-authenticated ­company chop in 24 to 48 hours?

We worry about clamping down on financial crime and money laundering but as long as government agencies, and our way of thinking, continues to pay homage to the all-powerful chop, we are not progressing, let alone catching up.

Simon Constantinides, Pok Fu Lam

HK teams need to build longer dragon boats

Every year the dragon boat ­festival is held here to remember the Chinese poet and minister from the period of the Warring States, Qu Yuan.

It is now a very popular sporting event and everyone can take part, from children to elite teams. I have noticed that the boats used for the festival on the mainland are longer than the boats we have in Hong Kong. I think we need to follow this example and have much longer boats.

During the festival, families meet and share a meal. It is also important that young people should be taught the history of the festival, so they can learn more about Chinese culture.

Designing new and longer boats can help raise people’s awareness about the importance of the festival.

Katherine Chan, Tseung Kwan O

Anti-gay views will not change overnight

Anfield Tam talks about traditional beliefs in Hong Kong being an obstacle to changes in the law (“Take time over ­same-sex marriage law”, May 31).

Many local people still hold to these traditional ways of thinking and your correspondent also points out that ­children adopted by a gay ­couple might be confused about family relationships.

In Hong Kong society, there is still a general lack of understanding about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community and this can extend to younger generations. These adopted children could find themselves being bullied in school, because their parents are from a same-sex union.

Citizens must acquire a deeper understanding of LGBT issues before the law can be changed.

This is more likely to happen with education. Schools can ­invite speakers from the gay community who can share views on issues such as same-sex ­marriage with students.

I hope that Hong Kong will have same-sex legislation in the near future.

Miki Hui, Tseung Kwan O

Get help from friends when fighting stress

I agree with correspondents who have said that it is not a good idea for people to resort to a lot of shopping to relieve stress.

Many citizens do feel stressed out in Hong Kong, but there are healthier ways to deal with it than going shopping.

If people are under pressure for whatever reason, they should talk about their problems with friends and family members. They may have suggestions and ideas to help them deal with this stress.

This is very important for ­students who should share their feelings with ­classmates.

It is obviously a bad idea to ignore stress and hope it will go away. It is a common problem in Hong Kong and it should be ­addressed, as it can lead to worse conditions, such as heightened levels of anxiety and depression.

What matters most is to choose a positive way to cope with it. Activities such as reading can be helpful. Ignoring it or choosing the wrong methods to deal with it will only make things worse.

Ada Yeung, Hang Hau

Youngsters must learn basic life skills

Parents in Hong Kong emphasise the importance of academic studies in schools. They see ­doing well in exams as the best way for their children to get good jobs and enjoy better lives.

I am not denying the importance of using textbooks to study subjects, whether it is literature or science, but the local education system should be offering more than that to young people.

Many students grow up with overprotective parents and a very traditional academic style of teaching. They come out of school with no life skills, for example, cooking a simple meal, or even communicating with others.

The Education Bureau has to modify the syllabus, with some classes that will enable young people to learn about and ­practise basic life skills.

Oscar Au Yeung, Po Lam