After Typhoon Mangkhut, Hong Kong should have put safety of commuters first
I was very disappointed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s comments on having work resume after Typhoon Mangkhut tore through Hong Kong.
Transport services had not yet returned to normal, most buses were off the road and there was chaos at MTR stations. So many roads were blocked by fallen trees. Some workers had to commute from badly affected areas like Ma On Shan, Sha Tin or Tseung Kwan O. The surroundings were too dangerous for them to walk to bus or train stations, with unstable trees and shattered glass everywhere. The government should have given more consideration to the safety of commuters, and taken the lead in asking employers to grant a day off.
Our government could have followed the example of Macau in declaring a holiday for schools and civil servants. Yes, there would be economic losses, but ensuring the people’s well being is more important. Our workers toil every day for the economic growth of Hong Kong. The least the government can do is show that it cares about their safety and comfort.
So many members of the public joined in community clean-up efforts, so that Hong Kong could return to normal life soon. I found the community spirit heart-warming. I hope the Hong Kong government will learn something from the people, like team spirit and camaraderie.
Vivian Choi, Kwai Chung