Letters to the Editor, July 16, 2017
Carrie Lam can help revive HK’s fortunes
When I landed in Hong Kong 21 years ago with my family, on a flight from London, we immediately realised this was a land of opportunities.
We are leaving for good now, Hong Kong has profoundly changed, and not for the best. It is easy to blame Beijing, but it has saved Hong Kong a few times, during periods of economic hardship. It did this in various ways, such as allowing millions more mainland tourists visit our city.
So who should we blame for losing our prominent position in Asia and having a divided society? First of all, we should blame the landlords. The interests of the real estate sector have been the real focus of many of Hong Kong’s leaders. Substandard bureaucrats and politicians have contributed to our decline.
However, now we can rightly have high hopes for the leadership of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. She is strong-willed and maybe tougher than many would like, but we need her, an honest and intelligent leader. She can help to repair the relationship with Beijing and save Hong Kong.
Fabio De Rosa, The Peak
Invest in new technology to fight pollution
There are days when the air pollution index is high in Hong Kong and very high in some areas of the city. This problem is getting worse and all citizens should be concerned about it, because of the effect it can have on our health.
As society becomes more prosperous, an increasing number of people can afford to buy their own car and this exacerbates roadside pollution.Hong Kong’s location is also a major factor. As China is a developing nation and has made rapid economic advances, more factories have opened just over the border. Winds carry polluting emissions from these plants into Hong Kong, a haze envelopes the city and the air quality gets worse.
Citizens with respiratory illnesses face the greatest risk on those really bad air days.
It is important for the government to raise levels of awareness about the importance of environmental protection. It needs to make an advert for TV and online encouraging people to use public transport where possible instead of taking their cars.
It needs to do more research and invest in new technology that is able to reduce air pollution levels.
Scientists are trying to use innovations to ensure that levels of pollution are reduced.
The more it spends on cleaning up the air, the less it will have to spend on treating people in public hospitals for the effects of pollution.
Law Ying-lo, Kowloon Tong
Trump has been a very poor president
US President Donald Trump and his family keep attracting a lot of negative publicity.
It started during his presidential election campaign last year and shows no sign of letting up. He has targeted broadcasters like CNN, but the criticism has come from many sources. The latest controversy concerns allegations of possible links between the Trump campaign (in particular his oldest son) and Russia to help him beat Hillary Clinton in the election in November.
I think he is an unsuitable person to be president. His tactics during the election campaign were unacceptable. He made inflammatory speeches. I also disagree with some of his policy decisions since becoming president, such as withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate agreement.
A president of the United States should be focusing on important policies, not sending out silly messages in Twitter. He and some of his family members must act more responsibly.
Kingsley Kwong, Tseung Kwan O
Taxi drivers will be happier if they are civil
The standard of taxi drivers has deteriorated over the years. I think locals realise this, but I am sure visitors to the city have also noticed it.
The poor quality of our cabbies hurts our international image. It is important for them to raise their standards and recognise the importance of good manners.
They frequently get into arguments with passengers, conflicts which are probably avoidable in most cases.
I think training courses for taxi drivers are a good idea. They can help them to learn to control their emotions and behave with civility towards their passengers. If they do this, they can avoid confrontations in most cases.
They will get a far better response from customers who will appreciate their goodwill and this in turn will make the cabbies feel better overall about their jobs.
Leung Yi -ling, Yau Yat Chuen
Stay healthy by always reading food labels
Many Hongkongers eat too much junk food, with instant noodles being particularly popular. They also enjoy deep-fried dishes.
Of course, too much of this junk food is bad for their health and they can become obese and contract various illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.
One of the problems with junk food is that it can be so addictive. The manufacturers use additives which make it taste delicious.
People just need to take greater care. We should all spend more time reading the labels on food packages, so that we know what a product contains.
By taking greater care we can ensure that we stick to a healthier diet with, for example, less salt and sugar.
We should also try to eat regular meals and avoid snacking.
Jonathan Lau, Po Lam