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  1. I refer to the letter from Jose Alvares, “Hit TV series shows Hong Kong ready to talk about gay rights, but gently does it” (July 22). Ossan’s Love, which finished its run on ViuTV two weeks ago, has been the talk of the town.The huge impact of the drama comes as no surprise. Canto-pop boy band Mirror has had a meteoric rise to fame and two of its more popular members featured in this “boys’ love” drama.Also, Hong Kong has just survived a prolonged period of social unrest and the long-lasting…
  2. Would the US and its allies be happier to have China just be their sweatshop and under their influence?While the US has slapped sanctions on anything to do with Huawei Technologies Co., even pressured its like-minded allies to do the same, Huawei Technologies Co. founder and chief executive Ren Zhengfei has called the iPhone a good product, and said he would oppose any plans to ban Apple products in China – a lesson in graciousness.Talking to a manufacturing executive in China last year, I…
  3. The Hong Kong government has decided to delay opening up the city to people from high-risk places fearing it would jeopardise their efforts to resume cross-border travel with mainland China (“City delays opening for jabbed arrivals”, July 21).We have had “zero local infections” for the past 49 days, and this still doesn’t seem to satisfy the mainland and Macau authorities open their borders so Hong Kong residents can travel there quarantine-free. So, is this an elusive target?I hope the…
  4. The bill on criminalising doxxing is bound to be passed this legislative year: no question about that. Although the legislature sees it as a belated undertaking, it’s better than doing nothing to tackle this menace.People these days are always talking about respect for privacy. Yet, disclosing personal information without the consent of the individual and other invasions of privacy have truly become all too commonplace in an web-linked world. Such acts are no different to someone taking…
  5. Your correspondent Harriet Tung spoke for many of us who wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Department of Health officials for having demonstrated steely will in combating the spread of the elusive Covid-19 virus for the past year and more (“Why I’m happy to be in Hong Kong during the pandemic”, July 7).Their perseverance helped forge public consensus on the need for strict social distancing measures, mask-wearing and other preventive action, as they dismissed the lazy and reckless…
  6. Thanks to the business sector in Hong Kong, a slew of lucky draw and discount packages have been dangled before the people as a prod towards vaccination. This has indeed spurred an uptick in bookings over recent weeks, but such lotteries can only be a temporary means to increase inoculation numbers. The government should adopt more targeted publicity measures for a more effective vaccination drive.The health authorities and administration should act quicker to respond to misinformation and…
  7. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor might not understand the meaning of a pluralistic society. It is a society where people’s values are appreciated, a society where two or more groups coexist with respect and friendship.That she uses the word but then describes the LGBT community as “them” – saying “Hong Kong society does not have a consensus on giving them any legal status or further rights” – reveals her obliviousness to the reality of Hong Kong’s people.Her time as chief executive…
  8. On June 1, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority wrote a letter addressing the chief executives of all authorised financial institutions, requiring the institutions to strongly encourage their staff to take the Covid-19 shots.The institutions were asked to draw up a list of staff performing client-facing roles or critical support functions that were expected to receive inoculation. The staff not yet vaccinated were required to be tested for Covid-19 every two weeks, with the first round of tests…
  9. I refer to your July 14 poll question titled “Film Studies”, relating to the Hong Kong commerce chief’s dismissal of lawmakers’ calls to censor online films, asking whether this was practicable or necessary and urging more public discussion.I previously wrote that the new censorship guidelines stand to reason, and noted that the scope of the new rules was yet to be clarified – whether it considers all forms of enacted expressions, including self-uploaded videos on platforms such as YouTube. My…
  10. The Post is to be congratulated on its policy initiative and the allocation of significant resources to establish the ARTEFACT project based on its extensive newspaper archives (“SCMP generates digital assets from its rich archives”, July 20), an enterprise that will undoubtedly bring both pleasure and profit to the community of Hong Kong.This initiative shows the value in preserving records uniquely created in the course of normal business activity, in this case that of 118 years of journalism…