Letters to the Editor, June 28, 2017

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 June, 2017, 5:06pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 June, 2017, 5:06pm

High hopes for new era of cooperation

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will shortly take over as Hong Kong’s next (and first-ever woman) chief executive.

Earlier this month, Lam ­announced her choice for principal officials and the names of members of her Executive Council. I am grateful that she has made the effort to unite society by offering appointments to moderate democrats.

Former Civic Party member Ronny Tong Ka-wah will join Exco and Dr Law Chi-kwong, a founding member of the Democratic Party, will be the city’s new secretary for labour and welfare.

The relationship between the government and the pan-democrats has deteriorated since the ill-fated political ­reform campaign in 2014 over the election methods for Hong Kong’s chief executive.

Political divisions had made policymaking and efficient ­governance well-nigh impossible during the last three years of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s administration.

After she was elected in March, Mrs Lam immediately held out an olive branch to the pan-democrats. As a teenager, I think it is important to have an open mind and to be willing to listen to others, especially to those who disagree with you.

I am hopeful that we will see a strong and stable leadership in government, implementing policies which cater to the needs and interests of all stakeholders. It is important to develop the economy in a stable society.

I know many of my peers were dissatisfied with Mrs Lam for various reasons prior to her election, mainly due to her relationship with Beijing. Although substantial improvements are still needed here and on the mainland, there is a need to put former perceptions aside and rebuild mutual respect.

Youngsters should learn from Mrs Lam’s attitude and try to adopt a more open-minded approach. They need to acquire a deeper understanding of the mainland and focus on how to get the best deals for this city.

Anfield Tam, Quarry Bay

Give Lam a chance to make real changes

As the next chief executive, it will be Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s responsibility to make improvements in Hong Kong with the policies she introduces.

I accept that many residents did not believe she was a suitable candidate when she ran for chief executive. Public perceptions may not have changed much since then, but we must have faith in her.

Although Hong Kong is an international finance centre, it still has a lot of social problems, such as housing, which the present administration failed to address. It will not be easy to deal with these issues, but I hope Mrs Lam will listen to our voices.

May Lo Mei-hang, Yau Yat Chuen

Listen to just grievances of local workers

I do not think raising the ­minimum wage, as it was last month, is the best way to help workers improve their lives.

When the minimum ­statutory wage rate increases, prices will also go up. And there is still the problem in Hong Kong of employees being forced to work unpaid overtime, often for long hours. This is unfair.

The Hong Kong government needs to find better ways to help these workers, because these people have no power.

All they can do is join marches or sign petitions. The administration must listen to their ­grievances.

Ip Hiu-wa, Kowloon Tong

Tough action would help to deter bullies

Bullying is a big problem, especially in schools. This can take a number of forms, including ­cyberbullying. Sometimes it can be physical abuse. Bullying can definitely have a severe effect on victims psychologically. In some ­extreme cases, they may take their own lives to escape the ­bullies. Others may not do that, but are severely traumatised.

Bullies tend to pick on youngsters who are weaker than them or hold different views. The government must take this problem seriously.

Our ­education system must be ­improved to try and lower the incidence of this kind of behaviour, and tougher punishments should be meted out to these bullies.

Laurent Li, Tseung Kwan O

Offer subsidies so more food trucks hit road

Critics of the food truck scheme say that it was a waste of money and doomed to failure, but I agree with officials who say that it has been effective.

Some traditional eateries suffer if they are in the wrong ­location with few customers. These trucks have mobility and so can visit different sites, often spots around the city that are popular with tourists.

Also, there is a wide variety of food on offer, and so tourists can try things they might not have had before, such as a pineapple bun with fresh cream.

If they are impressed by the diversity of the food truck experience, they will tell their friends and family about this when they ­return home.

The government should ­offer subsidies to small food shops which are keen to start up trucks. This will increase the ­variety of food on offer at mobile eateries.

It can also help small ­restaurant owners if they want the chance to try offering their menus at the designated sites, rather than being stuck with the single location of their present restaurant, where they may be struggling to get enough ­customers.

Heidi Keung, Kowloon Tong