ST Forum letter writers feted at annual gathering
260 guests field questions ranging from press freedom to paper's layout
Things escalated very quickly for Cheang Ko Lyn, 15, when she wrote to The Straits Times Forum page this year.
Her letter about having faith in Singapore was noticed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who ended up quoting her in his National Day Rally speech, saying: "It is imperative that we do not forget we are building this country together."
The student said last night how she likes being able to share her views. "You can just put your ideas out there, and people can read about it," she said. "It's a free market of ideas."
She was one of 260 guests who attended this newspaper's 11th annual gathering for its Forum letter writers at the News Centre auditorium in Toa Payoh last night.
NOT ALWAYS EASY
Sometimes when I read the papers, I don't really understand them and will ask my mum about it. But this can discourage those of my age from reading the papers because it's a bit tiring.
- Pupil Mariessa Jam, 12,
BE CRITICAL, NOT OFFENSIVE
There's a difference between being critical and offensive. We're happy to have views contrary to what the Government says, that's a critical view but offensive ones like personal attacks (are different).
- ST editor Warren Fernandez, responding to a question from retiree Geoffrey Kung, 68, about whether letters which were considered "critical and offensive" would be published by the paper.