x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Hijab-wearing athletes win twice

A reader applauds the Saudi female athletes for choosing both to compete at the Olympics and to wear the hijab. Other letter topics: technical education, Michael Phelps's golden career and banks' use of social media to shame customers.

A reader applauds Saudi Arabia's Wojdan Shaherkani for competing in her hijab. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters
A reader applauds Saudi Arabia's Wojdan Shaherkani for competing in her hijab. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

I am writing in reference to Saudi female athletes in 'shameless' Olympics row (July 30).

As a professional woman who wears the hijab and wants the world to accept me for my competence (which is still an uphill task), I think this is really historic.

Women sticking to their right to wear the hijab and still participate actively in life is a great thing.

There are two sides to this story: the ultraconservative thinking that limits women on the one hand, and the ultra-modern and extremely racist attitude that does not accept women's choice to keep their hijab and still perform according to their competence.

For me it is a battle these ladies have won on two counts, not one.

Ayesha Asad, Dubai

Online shaming troubling tactic

Regarding Bank put my debt on the net (August 5), a bank did the same to me and my family as well.

I have reported the matter to the Reserve Bank of India and through the Right to Information Act, I have sought information whether foreign banks and other agencies abroad are legally permitted to use collection agents in India.

I believe the banks are violating a Supreme Court of India direction. It is time somebody took the issue seriously.

KB Vijayakumar, Dubai

To post this kind of personal notice on somebody's social networking page is disgusting. It could ruin this man forever.

Tricia Sutherland, Dubai.

Phelps is a golden inspiration to all

The phenomenal achievements of Michael Phelps, winning 22 Olympic medals including 18 gold (The gold standard, August 5), are truly inspirational.

In every field of human endeavour there comes a person once in a generation who leaves his footprints on the sands of time forever.

Clearly Phelps is a sportsman whose name will be written in golden letters for his pursuit of excellence in his chosen field, ever since he made his Olympic debut as a 15-year-old at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

His comments after winning the 22nd medal explain his philosophy: "I've been able to do everything I've wanted. I've been able to put my mind to the goals that I wanted to achieve ... I think if you can say that about your career, there's no need to move forward. Time for other things."

The standing ovation given to him at the aquatics centre was more than richly deserved.

I do hope that the US and the sporting community in general will honour him suitably, so that he can inspire many generations to come.

He has done more to instil self-confidence in the US than many past presidents of that country.

Rajendra K Aneja, Dubai

Unpaid fees affect all property owners

Regarding Regulator sets up talks on property service fees (August 2), the payment clearance issue shouldn't only be a matter of tenant versus landlord.

It is also a concern for the rest of the apartment owners in the property. The building management should have the power to hold new leases on flats that have not paid fees, and not clear them for tenancy until the charges are met.

This is only simple logic; I'm not sure why it hasn't been applied from the beginning.

Ronald Balit, Dubai

Populists punish their supporters

In reference to France will find new levy galls investors (August 2), my belief is that capital formation is a necessary condition for economic growth - and, by the way, it's also the way to reduce unemployment and poverty.

I believe that government policies that indirectly or directly cause either unemployment or poverty to increase are unethical - and they are all the more so when introduced as part of populist ploys to boost electoral support.

Alas, this support comes from the very masses that suffer most from such foolish choices.

Christopher Lingle, US

Technical courses lead to great jobs

As mentioned in Thousands turned down for places at university (July 25) the Higher Colleges of Technology have always had a fairly high standard. This decision may help shore the HCT up.

I think there is a lot of room in the vocational system, and I would like to see broad-based programmes in water and wastewater treatment processes, as well as solar energy technologies.

Based on the long-term needs of the country and this region, this would be a win-win situation, whereby graduates are bound to find good jobs and be able to pursue rewarding careers.

Bassem P Fakhry, Dubai