Writer Of The Week

Mr Chin Kee Thou, seen here with his daughter Michelle, enjoys reading Buddhist scriptures and going on meditation retreats. He has been writing to the Forum page since April 2006.
Mr Chin Kee Thou, seen here with his daughter Michelle, enjoys reading Buddhist scriptures and going on meditation retreats. He has been writing to the Forum page since April 2006.PHOTO: COURTESY OF CHIN KEE THOU

Who: Chin Kee Thou, 65, retired since 2005 from a foreign bank as head of its trade finance department.

My family: Married to a housewife, who is in her late 50s, with a son in his late 20s, and a daughter in her mid-20s.

My home: A four-room flat in Toa Payoh.

My passions: Reading Buddhist scriptures, going on overseas meditation retreats and humanitarian trips, leisure photography for photos to accompany my articles for blogs and newsletters.

I started writing to the Forum page...: In April 2006, with more than 300 letters published to date.

What I write about: Anything under the sun that is flawed, with suggestions for improvement or remedy.

Why I write: So that improvements can be made to ameliorate any anomaly.

I read the Forum page because...: I want to share in other readers' concerns to make living conditions more congenial.

My wish for Singapore: I hope it is able to live up to its reputation as a First World nation in words and deeds. For example, the sight of elderly folk collecting cardboard and the frequent breakdown of our MRT system are a dismal reality despite the fact that Singapore has the best team of technocrats.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2015, with the headline 'Writer Of The Week'. Print Edition | Subscribe