x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Work to prevent fire deaths

A reader says action bust be taken against building owners who ignore fire safety measures. Other topics include: upbringing, beauty treatments, Shia jihadism

A reader says penalties must be imposed on building owners who fail to ensure residents’ safety. Sarah Dea / The National
A reader says penalties must be imposed on building owners who fail to ensure residents’ safety. Sarah Dea / The National

Find causes of fire and work to prevent deaths

I refer to the news article Abu Dhabi apartment blaze kills father and child, 3 (June 3).

This is one of the most tragic incidents to have taken place in Abu Dhabi so far this year. The article mentioned that investigations are under way to determine the cause of the fire. The cause is likely to be faulty wiring.

This is not the first time such an incident has taken place in Abu Dhabi. Last month a building blaze killed three people. In the first six months of last year, 85 people were killed in 3,359 fires across the UAE, according to statistics. Seventeen people were reported dead and 161 injured in fires that occurred in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region that year.

These fires often result in tragedy. The causes behind the latest incident must be found out quickly so that necessary actions can be taken to prevent any more such deadly fires. Mistakes do happen, but they should not be repeated.

I think Abu Dhabi Municipality should impose harsh penalties on building owners who ignore safety measures.

Mariam Khanji, Abu Dhabi

Attitude depends on upbringing

I enjoyed reading the opinion article Wanted: a Barbie who doesn't mind a hairy, greasy Ken (June 6) by Rym Ghazal. I had a quiet chuckle.

I was raised in a male-dominated society by a sensible mother. She was never the typical doting, smothering mother. She was very practical, rational and intelligent.

My father was a maverick in his own right. Since he didn't understand ideas such as "the complicated shift of gender balance" that was imminent, he chose to let my mother deal with them. As a result, we (two brothers and two sisters) were brought up by our mother who instilled in us the right attitude towards the opposite sex.

That happened because my mother is educated and was brought up by a father who instilled those attitudes in her. It's a generation thing that depends on upbringing. As much as I hate to say this, there are some women who are responsible for this kind of Barbie-craving men. When women give in to what men want, that becomes an accepted behaviour. I am not against women expressing their individuality in the way they comport themselves. But I do see a lack of contextual relevance sometimes in the name of expressing oneself.

Keep writing on these subjects.

Lasheen Yusuf, Dubai

Exercise caution in pursuit of youth

UAE Scientists develop more natural collagen for ridding you of wrinkles (June 2) is good news. All of us, and especially women, go through a middle-age crisis.

Women become anxious once they notice a wrinkle or two on their faces.

They often try helplessly to retain their youth by resorting to beauty treatments.

Botox, laser treatment or plastic surgery are most popular. They are fine, but if you fall into the wrong hands, such treatments can increase your woes and you can be scarred for life, as stated in another news article, Health alert over bogus facelift 'doctors' (Juen 2). I was terrified to read about people whose lives have been ruined by some rogue operators who injected them with counterfeit Botox.

However, it is good to know that researchers in the UAE have developed an injection that is cost-effective and whose effect lasts for one and a half years. But it's better to wait and watch for after-effects. The article mentions that the volunteers experienced swelling but no other problem.

Iris Smith, Abu Dhabi

A point missed in 'Shia jihadism'

I read the opinion article The rise of Shia jihadism in Syria will fuel sectarian fires (June 4) by Hassan Hassan with great interest.

The writer said: "In Damascus the shrine of Sayyida Zainab, Hussain's sister, has been used as a recruitment tool. Shia fighters have come from Iraq, Yemen, Iran and Lebanon to defend the shrine from being attacked. Hizbollah's involvement has also been incremental, first by claiming it was defending Lebanese Shia villages, then defending Shia villages on the Syrian side of the border, and then by announcing recently it is fighting on the side of the regime."

Like other analysts, the writer forgot to mention the desecration of the grave of Hujr ibn Adi.

If you study the timeline of events, this was a great catalyst in recruiting Shiite fighters from other countries. What is more interesting is that English news sources almost ignored this event.

I would also like to mention the analysis (I don't remember the source) on the heart-eating episode by an FSA fighter. The analysts mentioned that the video will be used by the opposite side to gain supporters against FSA.

Asad Raza, US