Letters to the Editor, December 26, 2017
Insurance deal important for beauty centres
The jailing of a beauty chain owner for 12 years for manslaughter has surely raised public awareness about accusations of suspect trade practises in the beauty services sector in Hong Kong.
This trial will have further undermined confidence in the industry and highlights the need for measures to be taken to ensure greater protection for consumers.
I welcome the initiative taken by the Hong Kong Beauty Industry Union to try to improve service quality in the sector. It has come to an agreement with an insurance company to provide coverage for “small and medium-sized beauty parlours as long as they are properly accredited” (“Insurance deal sealed for beauty parlours”, December 9).
This can offer some safeguards to consumers if they choose beauty centres covered by the policy. At least they know some form of compensation will be available.
In the past small and medium-sized businesses have struggled to get insurance policies, because they faced unaffordable premiums, but this new agreement now makes that possible.
The new deal can help to improve the reputation of the beauty services sector in Hong Kong.
Suki Lee, Hang Hau
MTR must curb sneaky passengers
During the rush hours in the morning, in Sheung Shui and Fanling MTR stations, most passengers wait in line to enter the first-class compartments through the external train doors.
However, in order to get a seat, an increasing number of sneaky passengers are avoiding the queues by entering the first-class compartments through the gangway doors of standard compartments.
I filed a complaint with the MTR Corporation on this issue in 2015 but it failed to take any measures to address my concerns. Fortunately, a North District councillor, Lau Ki-fung, of the Democratic Party has now intervened on my behalf.
I hope the MTR will soon take effective measures to ensure that the seats in the first-class compartments are reserved for passengers who have a sense of decency.
Simon Wang, Kowloon Tong
Mining firms will do so much damage
The decision of the Brazilian president to abolish a major reserve in the Amazon rainforest earlier this year was condemned by environmental groups.
It is feared that this area of the Amazon will now be opened up to mining companies, as the land is rich in gold and other minerals.
WWF has said that getting rid of the reserve and allowing mining will lead to substantial deforestation, the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of water resources.
There will also be conflicts between mining companies and indigenous people in the rainforest whose homes are being destroyed.
Because of policies like this being adopted by the Brazilian government, the rainforest is shrinking as mining firms and farmers demand more land and want more trees to be felled.
Although mining large quantities of precious metals like gold can boost the country’s economy, the cost to the environment is very high, especially for people living in the affected regions. They rely on the trees and on animals who will leave or die off as their habitats are destroyed. Whole ecosystems will disappear.
These people will also suffer from polluted water systems and this affects the food chain.
Governments in South America which oversee the Amazon should be trying to protect rather than destroy this precious environment.
Wincy Lau, Tseung Kwan O
Make healthy choices when eating out
Hongkongers now eat out more often than they used to, rather than cooking at home, and I wonder if they consider the possible impact on their health.
Part of the reason for this is that many citizens have to spend long hours in the workplace, maybe nine or 10 hours a day and they have little time to relax. After a tough day in the office, they may be too tired to prepare and cook a meal and then do the washing up and it is easier to go to a restaurant and order a dish.
They certainly have plenty of options, as Hong Kong is famed for being a food-lovers’ paradise. It is one of the reasons so many tourists visit the city.
However, it could have negative effects on their health if they do not think carefully about the dishes they order and eat too many meals that contain a lot of sugar, salt and fat. This can lead to them becoming overweight and being susceptible to various diseases, including high blood pressure and heart problems.
There is nothing wrong with dining out regularly. But citizens need to think a bit more about what they are eating and try to make healthy choices when looking at the menu.
Ethan Cheung, Tsuen Wan
Better diets with working hours law
I agree with claims that more Hongkongers are now overweight.
This is partly due to the pace of life here. Many people have high-pressure jobs and work long hours. They often opt for fast food, which is high in calories and contains a lot of sugar or salt.
A standard working hours law would ensure that people did not have to spend so long in the office. They would have more time to think about preparing and eating a healthy meal.
People who have a nutritious diet and are not overweight are more likely to be content with their lives and physically are in a better condition.
Emily Wong Wing-chi, Kwai Chung