Letters | Covid-19 vaccine exemption scam: doctors and civil servants involved let Hongkongers down
- Readers discuss the spate of arrests over fake vaccine exemption certificates, the persistent denial of scientific evidence of human influence on global warming, the benefits of a citywide five-day work week, and the impact of exam pressure on students’ mental health
Doctors have a duty to protect the public from public health risks. Fraudulently issuing vaccination exemption certificates is an act of selfishness and a violation of doctors’ professional code.
Chief Secretary for Administration Eric Chan Kwok-ki has said it is Hongkongers’ civic responsibility to protect themselves and others and to stand united in fighting the pandemic. All of us need to get inoculated as soon as possible. Those who acquire these bogus exemptions are neither protecting themselves nor others but rather hampering efforts to control the pandemic.
Vito Wong, Tuen Mun
Where’s the evidence to support climate change doubt?
The conclusion of human influence warming the atmosphere, ocean and land is drawn from the sixth assessment report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) compiled by over 230 scientists from 65 countries who have assessed more than 14,000 scientific publications. The overwhelming scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change is clear.
Your correspondent is sceptical of anthropogenic climate change without presenting any scientific evidence. Casting doubt on an overwhelming scientific consensus without providing any supporting scientific evidence is just a technique of science denial.
Your readers are reminded that IPCC assessment reports are the most authoritative in the assessment of climate change. Endorsed by 193 United Nations member countries, the reports and the statements therein were compiled based on a large amount of peer-reviewed scientific evidence, representing the global consensus of climate scientists.
Lee Sai Ming, senior scientific officer, Hong Kong Observatory
Allow all Hongkongers a five-day work week
In Hong Kong, if a statutory holiday falls on a Sunday, the next day will be a rest day. For example, October 2, 2023, will be a holiday because National Day next year falls on a Sunday. Since National Day this year fell on a Saturday, however, the city’s residents did not get an extra day off on Monday to enjoy a four-day break because Hong Kong has yet to adopt a five-day work week.
Howard Lam and Alan Yau, students, Baptist University
Study pressure must ease for children’s well-being
It’s almost as if people have forgotten that students are human beings, not studying machines. Asian parents are notorious for their high academic standards, demanding nothing less than an A grade from their children.
Parents are no doubt driven by societal norms that view students who attain higher grades as being of better character overall, but pay little attention to the feelings of their children. The right amount of pressure can have a positive effect, but too much and children might be overwhelmed with questions and doubts, which can adversely affect their self-esteem.
Parents are not the only ones responsible for students’ poor mental health though. Not only do teenagers tend to compare themselves with their peers, teachers also do so, often comparing the academically weaker students to those who excel at exams.
If Hong Kong is concerned about youth mental health and the suicide rate among young people, much more can be done to reform the education system.
Luca Song, Yau Tong