Letters | Hong Kong hotel quarantine rules: a plea for common sense and mercy
- A long, difficult journey to Hong Kong was endured in the strong belief and hope that all would be fine upon reaching the city. But those hopes were dashed
March 4 was the worst day of my entire life. About a dozen officers working for the authorities took away both my sons, aged 14 and 19, from our quarantine hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui to an unknown place like criminals, in front of their begging and crying helpless mother. It was all because my younger son took one small step out of his hotel room to grab a packet of potato chips that his brother had thrown out of the room while their mother was putting out the garbage bag.
A 14-year-old child who is unaware of the law and has made a small mistake should be warned, if not ignored or obliged, but this is not a view the authorities subscribe to. In this situation, they did not show any mercy or offer any help in the face of our pleas not to punish us.
We were not aware of how we would be treated worse than animals here.
Waheed Butt, Kwai Chung