Take the broader view

Take the broader view

Parallel traders are causing big problems in Hong Kong. They were the target of protests in Sha Tin and Tuen Mun over the past two weeks. Police even had to use pepper spray against the protesters, while several people were injured.

Some shop owners in a Tuen Mun mall criticised the protesters, saying their actions were affecting locals' livelihoods. Many mainlanders said their visits would help to boost Hong Kong's economy. I agree. A lot of pharmacies and jewellery shops here rely on mainland visitors to boost their sales.

However, there's more to this problem than meets the eye. For example, traditional shops are being replaced by brand-name stores. If parallel traders continue to flood in, Hong Kong could lose its identity and become another "mainland city".

I think we can use other methods to improve our economy. Why don't we put more effort into promoting our music and movie industry in foreign countries? Why don't we use our wonderful heritage to attract tourists from around the world?

The government should try to tackle the problem of parallel traders without delay. In addition, they should think of new ways to increase revenue and bring more prosperity to Hong Kong.

Lo Lai-ying, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Lai-ying. You are absolutely right in all the issues you point out regarding parallel traders.

Hong Kong's identity is being eroded as we lose our own traders to big brands and become the great mall of China. But, realistically, there is not much we can do. We don't vote for our leaders, so they don't have to listen to the wishes of the people. They will look after Hong Kong's finances, even if it kills Hong Kong.

Susan, Editor

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
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Tsz Kei Tse


I totally agree with Lai-ying on her view that parallel traders bring more harm than good to Hong Kong. It is sad to see that more and more traditional shops are vanishing like some Hong Kong style restaurants and shops. It seems that Hong Kong has been losing its own identity. Also, being a Hong Kong citizen, I feel bad that our place is being occupied by the increasing numbers of mainlanders and everywhere is always crowded. I hope the government can do something to tackle the problem before it is too late.