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  1. I agree wholeheartedly with Mike Rowse (“Need for political reform more urgent than ever”, April 6) about political reform in Hong Kong. The advent of Covid-19 has drawn a temporary veil over last year’s virulent discontent and outright violence in the city. One of the most striking things about this period was the almost total lack of condemnation of the violence, and the rampant use of false news to stir up trouble, demonise the police and make the government look as bad as possible.Political…
  2. I am writing in response to the letter, “As coronavirus cases rise in Hong Kong, three reasons this is no time to be holding a crucial public exam” (April 6), and a Now TV commentator saying the exam should be scrapped at this crucial moment. In my opinion, the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination should not be entirely cancelled, as it plays an indispensable role in students’ education and career prospects.First, some argue that holding a crucial exam amid the coronavirus…
  3. As Hong Kong battles the Covid-19 crisis, its social services sector is more important than ever. Every day, volunteers and social workers are going out and directly helping disadvantaged people across the city. But just when social services are needed the most, many NGOs and social enterprises are facing bankruptcy.Covid-19 has caused fundraising and other streams of revenue to dry up almost overnight. Across Hong Kong, desperate NGOs and social enterprises are asking for help, and many will…
  4. I fully agree with Francis Cheung’s commentary (“Coronavirus threatens Hong Kong’s very future if it cannot protect livelihoods along with lives”, April 5). Over the years, financial secretaries have told us we need to save our huge monetary reserves for “a rainy day”. Well, in case they haven’t noticed, it’s pouring now, it’s a veritable typhoon.So where on earth is the help for those thrown out of work because of the emergency? The help for small businesses? For mom-and-pop stores?Time to…
  5. Carrie Lam claims that the “fundamental rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents are fully protected by the Basic Law”, in her opinion piece titled “Our path to progress” (April 4).The reality is that, in recent months, the city’s “independent” judiciary and the police have been publicly directed on several occasions by officials in Beijing and the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office to crack down on pro-democracy demonstrators. Where is the independence in that?Increasing the level of police…
  6. Instead of pointing fingers at each other, political leaders must build bridges and develop cross-boundary measures to limit the spread of the Covid-19 disease. And, once the pandemic is under control, they must explore long-term solutions to deter a recurrence.Protective gear such as surgical masks have became a daily necessity to reduce the risk of contact with the Sars-Cov-2 virus. However, these disposable masks, which are mostly made from plastics, will add to our waste problem.Reusable…
  7. Shops and eateries in Hong Kong have reportedly turned away Mandarin-speaking customers amid the Covid-19 scare. A common defence goes, “People are mad that there hasn’t been a complete border shutdown, and they are doing whatever they can to contain the pandemic.”But even the most sensible objective can be marred by the way it is pursued – the end does not always justify the means. Is what you are doing relevant to your goal? Are there other options that wouldn’t affect a disproportionate…
  8. I am writing in response to your report, “Virus fears have students planning to resit exams they have not taken yet” (March 30). As an avid reader of your paper and a Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education candidate next year, I present three reasons to illustrate why, after the initial postponement, the 2020 DSE should be scrapped altogether.First, holding the exam is a risk to the physical and mental health of students in Hong Kong. The number of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong has been…
  9. On April 1, 2003, Canto-pop superstar Leslie Cheung committed suicide by jumping off the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong. When the news first spread, people just thought it was a piece of fake news or an All Fools’ Day prank. But it was sadly true.Seventeen years later, again on All Fools’ Day, social media lit up with fury at being pranked by Kim Jae-joong, a sought-after South Korean singer, songwriter, actor and member of pop group JYJ, who announced that he had…
  10. The Covid-19 mortality rate in Italy is over 12 per cent, the world’s highest, partly due to its rapidly ageing population, with 23 per cent of citizens aged 65 or older. Yet Japan, the world’s No. 1 ageing country, has a Covid-19 mortality rate of only over 2 per cent. The reason may be that the countries allocate treatment resources differently.The Italian College of Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care recently issued guidelines, stating that during this extraordinary…