Letters to the Editor, September 26, 2017
Cut salt use by raising levels of awareness
It is good that the government is stepping up its efforts to cut sodium levels for children (“Reduced salt in school food aiming to make children healthier”, September 15). Since the start of the academic year, 13 suppliers have cut sodium levels in the lunchboxes they provide to primary schools.
While this is a positive development, we must get to the root of the problem. It is important to raise levels of awareness among students and parents about the risks of having too much salt in one’s diet, such as high blood pressure, which can lead to heart or kidney trouble.
Primary school students should be taught about the food pyramid and the importance of choosing food of high nutritional value. Older pupils should learn to read food labels so that they make wiser choices.
There should be talks at schools for parents as well as children, so that they can learn about the benefits of healthy eating and about other ways to season food instead of using salt, such as certain herbs. Also, parents should avoid taking the family out regularly to fast food restaurants.
Schools and parents play an integral role in helping children form healthy dietary habits.
If they start making sensible food choices at a young age, they will be more likely to make it a lifelong habit.
Tess Law, Kwun Tong
UN must take tough stand over Rohingya
The United Nations Security Council voted on September 11 to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea. However, it has not imposed similar sanctions on the government of Myanmar for allowing its military to commit genocide against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.
The innocent Rohingya have been victims of atrocities at the hands of the army for decades, and now hundreds of thousands have had to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh.
It is time for the UN to act on this issue.
K.M. Nasir, Mid-Levels
Kim’s missiles are making his people suffer
North Korea faces more sanctions while its people struggle under the worst drought in almost two decades. This will bring more severe hardship to ordinary citizens.
They will suffer while the country’s leadership continues to pour limited resources into its nuclear weapons and missile programme; and this is absurd.
North Korea has suffered famine in the past and yet its leaders do not seem to care, which I find shocking.
The leadership continues to indoctrinate its people with its vision of socialism and what is known as “Kimilsungism”.
The people are taught to believe that without their leader Kim Jong-un, the country could not function. This brainwashing continues on a daily basis, making it difficult for citizens of the country to distinguish between reality and lies.
This nation desperately needs freedom, so that its people can lead better lives. When I look at their plight, it makes me feel so lucky to be living in Hong Kong where we should cherish the freedom we enjoy.
Ada Yeung, Tseung Kwan O
Build plants for large-scale waste recycling
The Recycling Fund will offer local recycling firms financial help to deal with the mainland’s ban on imported foreign waste.
The trend of separating at source and recycling is growing globally, and this includes the city of Hong Kong.
No matter what the material, whether paper, plastic, glass or metal, there is now greater awareness that we all need to be more environmentally friendly and try to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
Apart from offering financial help to recyclers to buy machinery, the government also has to build plants where large-scale recycling can take place, especially if it becomes more difficult to send material for recycling to operators north of the border. If the local recycling sector expands, it can offer more jobs to young Hongkongers, especially those who have not done well at school.
We all need to change and try to lead greener lifestyles.
Sandy Chan, Tiu Keng Leng
Solar panels on KMB buses a welcome start
I welcome the initiative taken by KMB to install a solar-powered ventilation and cooling system in one of its buses, and eventually fit these solar panels on the roofs of more of its vehicles.
These panels will convert solar energy into electricity to cool the bus even when parked, and thus reduce emissions and save energy. It will also power USB charging ports which passengers can use to charge their smartphones.
This means KMB buses fitted out in this way will utilise clean renewable energy, rather than depend on fossil fuels.
I hope this trial scheme is expanded and more large commercial vehicles in Hong Kong will install these panels.
Holly So Hor-kay, Wan Chai