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Ageing society

Older workers should be cherished by Hong Kong employers

  • A young person is not the equal of an older one as far as intellectual and other abilities are concerned. Experience and talent should not be discarded so easily
PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 December, 2018, 8:03am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 December, 2018, 8:03am

As a veteran translator and experienced lecturer in English and translation, who has been constantly rejected for full-time appointments by institutions and companies that have a retirement age of 60, I cannot agree more with University of Hong Kong academics expressing discontent over the management’s decision that elderly staff must go (“HKU academics express discontent over retirement at 60”).

My point is simple: while people who are 60 may be old in terms of age, their expertise and talent should never be passed over so easily (“Older drivers unsafe? Think again”). I just do not see how a young person can equal an older one as far as intellectual and other abilities are concerned. It is high time the whole of society became aware of this issue and set the system right.

Lawrence Choi, Tai Po