Date
26 September 2017
This baby changing room in Metro City Plaza II draws a quick glance from a male passerby. The two women inside are presumably mothers waiting their turns. Photos: Apple Daily, internet
This baby changing room in Metro City Plaza II draws a quick glance from a male passerby. The two women inside are presumably mothers waiting their turns. Photos: Apple Daily, internet

See it to believe: Why mothers hate this baby changing room

Does this mirror Hong Kong society?

We hope not, but the fact someone even thought of it is telling.

That’s why this see-through infant changing room in Metro City Plaza II in Tseung Kwan O has become the latest object of women’s scorn.

Mothers, especially those with small children, know what it’s like to be inside.

The room has a transparent glass wall that separates it from the hallway. Women aptly describe it as a fish tank.

A young mother, surnamed Tsui, had an embarrassing moment when she saw a middle-aged man staring at her while she was breastfeeding her baby, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

Tsui had to ask other women to admonish the interloper.

“It was really embarrassing,” she said. “I’d rather go to a coffee shop to feed my baby.”

Apparently, similar amenities have sprung up across Hong Kong and some concern groups have complained to building managers about them.

They have been told the transparent glass panels are meant to discourage abuse.

Privacy issues aside, these facilities are not up to hygiene and safety standards in the first place.

Some users have complained about the lack sanitary items and safety mats for changing diapers.

Tang Miu-chi, chairperson of the Hong Kong Breastfeeding Mothers’ Association, said changing rooms like these are useless. 

“If they designed these rooms to discourage abuse, are they also going to install glass walls in toilets for the disabled?”

The building manager of Metro City Plaza II has yet to respond to the complaints but it has introduced temporary measures.

By Monday, the glass window had been plastered with stickers.

No word if breastfeeding mothers feel reassured.  

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