Letters to the Editor, September 5, 2017
Why Chinese tourists need civic education
Two mainland tourists were fined in Berlin recently for making Nazi salutes. There have been less serious incidents in other countries where mainland tourists misbehaved.
Some of them have acted rudely while visiting Hong Kong, including discarding rubbish on the street. When they behave in this way, it harms the reputation of Chinese tourists as a whole.
It is up to the central government to take action. It should have more moral education lessons in schools, so that youngsters get the message about the right social conduct at an early age.
It could also use television adverts to promote the idea of being civil and respecting local traditions when visiting another country. These ads could feature popular celebrities who can help to promote the idea of correct behaviour, and show examples of what is considered incorrect behaviour abroad.
Also, when Chinese tourists travel outside the country, it is up to the tour guide to explain what is considered acceptable and what is not.
But also what is needed is greater tolerance. When people behave rudely or just inappropriately, we should try to be more tolerant and explain to them politely what they are doing wrong.
This is what a teacher does when a student is out of order.
Kevin Wong, Tseung Kwan O
People should show respect for anthem
There has been heated debate on local radio stations about whether Hong Kong citizens should show the deepest respect for China’s national anthem. Obviously, showing such respect for their anthem should be compulsory for all nations.
Any Hong Kong Chinese with a degree of common sense should appreciate this fact. Only extremist activists with an axe to grind should feel vulnerable if such a law in introduced here.
Individuals with a decent patriotic mindset have nothing to fear.
Peter Wei, Kwun Tong
More help for street-level recycling
I agree that the government should do more to help the recycling sector (“Cash boost to help Hong Kong recyclers when mainland waste port ban kicks in”, September 4). It needs to ensure that more rubbish is being recycled and less is ending up in landfills.
The government set up a fund in 2015 to upgrade the recycling industry’s capabilities. However, the sector still needs the help of frontline street-level recyclers.
The government should also set up a fund to encourage more people to become one of these street-level operators, so that much more waste is recycled throughout the city.
Officials need to pay more attention to recycling in Hong Kong, so that it becomes more prevalent.
They should try and get the message across to all citizens about the importance of recycling, so that separating waste becomes a natural part of our daily lives.
In this way, as people adopt environmentally-friendly practices such as cutting waste, we can eventually see less rubbish (such as plastic bottles and leftover food) ending up in our landfills, which are now nearing capacity.
More recyclable material will be reused, which will be good for the city.
Natalie Leung Tsz-ching, Tsing Yi
We must try to be a lot less self-obsessed
I agree with calls for Hongkongers to learn from the polite behaviour of commuters in Japanese cities. In this city we seem to have lost the ability to act in a civil manner. So often you see people glued to their smartphones, ignoring whatever else is around them.
I don’t think the argument that this lack of consideration stems from ours being such a busy city is acceptable. Cities in Japan are just as crowded, and yet commuters behave with such civility. I think that civility is why Japan is such a popular destination with Hongkongers.
Citizens here are so wrapped up in their own lives that some of us have lost the ability to respect and care about other people.
I think we would all be a lot happier if we showed our concern for others, instead of just thinking about ourselves.
Stella Ng Lok-wing, Kwai Chung
No end in sight to violence in Myanmar
I saddened me to read of the suffering of Rohingya Muslims, including some who were found drowned when trying to flee the violence in Myanmar.
The crisis has become worse, because some Rohingya rebels attacked police stations in the country. This new upsurge in violence appears to be the most serious since last October.
Things do not seem to have improved despite the visit by an international commission, led by former UN chief Kofi Annan.
The Rohingya have faced years of persecution and it looks as if this will continue.
Kiki Wong, Tsui Lam