LettersHong Kong must focus on the economy, not politics
- Readers look to the past to discuss the challenges facing Hong Kong today, suggest how employees can prepare for a rainy day, explain why the nationality of lawyers is relevant in national security law cases, and reflect on the derailing of an MTR train carriage
This was a good policy. The port facilities and other infrastructure were upgraded, laying the foundation for Hong Kong’s transformation into an important trading post in the region.
Should Hong Kong be turned into a political city? If we can uphold the concept of “one country, two systems” purely as a tool to develop the economy, Hong Kong will flourish and can shine even brighter in the years ahead.
Lo Wai Kong, Tsuen Wan
How employees can brace themselves for bankruptcy
Employees should be aware of how companies go about the process of filing for bankruptcy.
With most privately owned companies, the issue of impending bankruptcy may not be obvious to anyone other than executive management. But there are telltale signs that employees can watch out for. One obvious sign is when the company misses its scheduled payrolls.
When an employer files for bankruptcy, there will always be unpaid employee salaries. However, there is protection for employees under law; they become creditors to the company. As a result, their wages become a top priority for the team leading the liquidation process.
However, this does not mean that the wages will be paid on time. This is the unfortunate reality for most employees whose employers declare bankruptcy. Thus, it’s important, especially during these tough economic times, for all employees to aim to have a few months wages saved up for a rainy day.
This might be a tough ask for some, but it can help you avoid the more difficult situation of having to go several weeks or months without a living wage.
Kong Cho Yin, Pok Fu Lam
Nationality of lawyers is important in security law cases
The trial concerns offences against Chinese national security. Not relevant? Then perhaps we should have asked the British parliament to pass the Hong Kong national security law in the first place, or send Lai to a British law court, or generally allow the Chinese to do in the United Kingdom what the British are allowed to do in Hong Kong, for example, allowing Chinese lawyers to represent defendants charged in British courts with national security offences.
If nationality has no meaning, why in 1997 did the British government convert Lai into a British subject without requiring him to take up residence in the UK?
C.Y. Leung, vice-chairman, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and former chief executive (2012-2017), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China
Latest accident a blow to confidence in MTR
I used to stand at the door every time I took the MTR, but I will refrain from doing so in the future. My confidence in the MTR has dropped. I hope we will see fewer such accidents.
Linda Poon, Tseung Kwan O