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Given the accidents that have happened on road shoulders, how can these areas be made safer?

Using a bridge as shelter might not be a great idea because of darkness during rainy times. Building a small bus stop-like shelter is useful, and that can get the attention of other road users.

Bilal Ali Ahamed

Riders on the shoulder should make it a point to face the traffic, instead of having their backs turned. Although this is not a foolproof method, there is at least some chance for them to react/jump out of harm's way.

Tricia Ong

The root problem is complacency and unsafe acts... Rashness and impatience are the perfect match for an incident to occur. Good and considerate driving will prevent this.

Jonathan Low


Are we always in such a hurry that we neglect simple courtesy? How can we improve?

I believe that one can be courteous if one wants to... With common sense and mutual respect, it will come naturally to every one of us. All one needs is to smile. If the other person doesn't respond, well, it's their loss, not yours.

Siti Nor'aini A S

It is not in the culture for passengers boarding a bus to greet. Many would feel out of place and would not respond. It does not necessarily mean we are not courteous, but our context of courtesy is different.

Wilkie Ong Keng Soon

It's hard to achieve simple courtesy in a dog-eat-dog, dog-stealing-another-dog's-lunch world. Such effects tend to trickle down in a way that courtesy eventually goes out the window.

Lum Ping Guan


Should the use of Singlish be allowed in ads?

It depends on who the target customers are that advertisers want to sell to. Speaking the language of the customer could help with the sale. This is also why you sometimes see sales staff switching from Singlish to accented English when selling to foreign customers.

Theo De Roza

Whether it is allowed or not is not the issue. Singlish is part of our culture. It evolves from our daily activities. Nobody teaches or certifies it. It is still a work in progress... How to get our attention is advertisers' bread and butter. If Singlish can do it, they will use it.

Loh Wai Poon

Singlish is a colloquial form of spoken English and, therefore, should not be used in the mainstream media, including advertisements. Written communication should be in standard English.

Au Kah Kay

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2017, with the headline 'On Facebook'. Print Edition | Subscribe