Letters to the Editor, August 12, 2017

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 August, 2017, 9:03am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 August, 2017, 9:03am

Express rail link will boost city’s economy

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link will start operating in 2018.

Supporters of the project say it will shorten the travelling time from Hong Kong to the mainland. However, some people have been critical of the proposed co-location arrangement, with immigration officers from the mainland being located at the rail terminus in West ­Kowloon.

I believe the express rail link will result in economic growth for Hong Kong. It will greatly ­reduce travelling time and this will encourage more businessmen from north of the border to develop business links with the city. Increased mainland investment could help us ­compete with other cities in the Pearl River Delta.

It also offers the public ­another transport option ­between Hong Kong and other Chinese cities. The present rail option is on ordinary trains and is slow and time-consuming. For example, it took me about 20 hours to get to Jiangsu (江蘇). The high-speed train linked to the rest of the express network in China, will take far less time.

Despite the misgivings some people have about the co-location arrangement, I think we must support the new express line.

Scarlet Woo, Tai Wai

Breakdowns on MTR cause for concern

I am concerned about the signalling problem that led to a 10-hour service disruption to the MTR’s Kwun Tong Line on ­August 5.

I came as a surprise to passengers and the MTR Corporation is launching an independent probe.

The MTR raises fares almost every year, so given that we have to keep paying more passengers expect the best quality of service.

During its investigation the MTR Corp must ask itself if it is checking equipment like signals regularly enough. If not, then this check system needs to be ­modified accordingly.

Cheung Wai-ting,Tsing Yi

Not that easy to succeed as a full-time gamer

The E-sports and Music Festival Hong Hong last weekend attracted a lot of teenagers. Some were fans, but there were also people new to e-sports and they would have been impressed by what they saw.

Some teenagers who are keen on e-sports want to go beyond it being a hobby and hope to earn a living as professional gamers. There is no doubt that gaming can bring work opportunities for talented youngsters, but it is not easy to succeed in such a fiercely competitive environment.

They will have think carefully about what is involved before making this career move.

When it’s just a hobby they are playing a game with no pressure. This is very different from being in competition at the highest level, where you need a great deal of mental and physical stamina. And they will have to practise a lot to perfect their technique, training for up to 10 hours a day, five days a week. They will have to sacrifice time with family and friends.

They also need to be aware of the downside in terms of their health. Professional gamers can sustain chronic injuries such as elbow, wrist and shoulder pain. They can get eye strain from looking for so long at a computer screen.

There can also be psychological problems if, because they are spending so much time in the virtual world, they do not take time to maintain their connections in the real world with friends and family.

Also, young people need to realise that it is a relatively short career. Gamers are in their prime between the ages of 17 and 24. After that their responses get slower and they are less ­effective.

I think any young people who are thinking about doing e-sports professionally have to consider all these points and they should discuss it with their parents before making any ­decisions about pursuing ­gaming as a full-time job.

Wendy Wong, Sha Tin

China can curb pollution with cooperation

Global warming is having a profound impact on citizens in northern China, especially those who live in cities like Beijing and Tianjin (天津).

When the air pollution levels are high they really suffer and are forced to wear masks whenever they go outside.

There is clearly an urgent need to tackle this problem, by the authorities and individuals.

Much of the pollution is caused by factories.

With the countries rapid economic development, there are industrial plants all over this part of China, and many of them are emitting pollutants.

If there were fewer factories and controls on emissions were tighter, this could help to clean up the air.

Those plants which are ­inefficient could be shut down.

Another consequence of economic progress is that more citizens own a car and this causes severe traffic congestion and pollution as vehicle numbers increase. Citizens need to change their habits. They should organise car sharing with work colleagues and where possible use public ­transport.

With a concerted effort by all stakeholders China’s air can get cleaner. However, if the ­problem is ignored then it can only get worse.

Tiffany Cheung Yi-lok, Yau Yat Chuen

HK’s tourism sector is in healthy state

The Hong Kong Tourism Board has released the latest data of visitor arrivals in June 2017, with a growth of 2.4 per cent when compared to the same period last year. Approximately 27 million visitors came to Hong Kong in the first half of the year.

This is definitely good news to our economy, given the importance of the tourism sector. With more people from different parts of the world coming here and staying longer, overall spending will increase.

The government is doing a good job collaborating with the Tourism Board, hosting events to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover. For example, last weekend there was the e-sports and music festival. I was there on the second day and there was a great atmosphere. Also, we can look forward to other big events such as the annual Cyclothon and the Hong Kong Tennis Open.

I hope the Tourism Board will continue to think outside the box when planning events.

Daniel Hui Yin-hang, Sha Tin