My Point

Swim schools shouldn't hog pools

WHEN I visited Ang Mo Kio swimming pool recently, I was shocked to find that six lanes of the main pool were reserved from 4pm to 7pm for swim schools, while only two lanes were open to the public.

There were 16 people crammed into the two public lanes when I was there.

According to the lifeguard, this situation is for the duration of the SEA Games, as the Bishan and Toa Payoh pools were closed for the event.

I have no issue with swim schools booking lanes at public pools occasionally for their classes, but to have three-quarters of the pool reserved for profit-making organisations while the public endures packed conditions during the most popular times of the day for swimming is not acceptable.

Now that the SEA Games is over, will this situation be allowed to continue?

Public pools should be for use by the public, and not dominated by profit-making groups.

Thio Sin Lo


Mission of all to contain outbreaks

ADVANCED medical facilities and futuristic technology are not sufficient in themselves to contain and control the propagation of contagious and deadly viruses.

It is also crucial that governments and healthcare professionals rigorously work with the public on awareness and social responsibility.

Singapore has not had a case of Ebola, but the way in which the Government prepared itself for the pandemic potentially reaching our shores is exemplary ("S'pore 'well prepared to deal with Ebola'"; Dec 6, 2014).

The people play a vital part in the defence against infectious disease threats by taking ownership in a highly responsible and civic minded manner.

Jon Yoong


Migrant workers deserve rewards

WHAT a wonderful thought by Ms Lim Su Lyn - that in the true spirit of celebrating Singapore's golden jubilee, we should extend small but encouraging bonuses to the migrant workers in Singapore ("SG50 gift for migrant workers"; last Thursday).

I share the same sentiments, as Singapore is beautiful and clean because of the migrant workers.

In fact, from time to time, they should be rewarded for their contributions to Singapore.

Shamim Moledina (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2015, with the headline 'MYPOINT'. Print Edition | Subscribe