Writer of the week

Retiree Tan Peng Boon says he writes because he feels strongly that injustice and unfairness should be eliminated, and wants to help to solve problems that Singaporeans are facing.
Retiree Tan Peng Boon says he writes because he feels strongly that injustice and unfairness should be eliminated, and wants to help to solve problems that Singaporeans are facing.PHOTO: COURTESY OF TAN PENG BOON

Who: Tan Peng Boon, 71, retired department manager at a petroleum refinery.

My family: My wife (also a retiree) and I have two children and six grandchildren.

My home: A two-storey house in Hillcrest Park.

My passions: Gardening, travelling, video editing and tending to my Teochew website "Teochew for English Speakers".

I first started writing to the Forum page...: In 1961.

What I write about: Any issue, where there is something about it that needs fixing.

Why I write: I write because I feel strongly that injustice and unfairness should be eliminated, and I want to help to solve problems Singaporeans are facing.

I read the Forum page because...: I am interested to know what Singaporeans are concerned about, and that good deeds are appreciated.

My wish for Singapore:

• That Singaporeans will continue to live harmoniously, irrespective of race or religion, or whether they are born in Singapore or abroad.

• That everyone will make it a point to speak out against extremists from one's race and religion, rather than leave it to the offended community to react.

• That Singaporeans and the Government will continue to help those in need, especially children or people who are unable to work (because of disability or illness) or people who are temporarily out of work because of an economic downturn.

But Singapore should not swing to the other extreme either, becoming a welfare state where able-bodied people feel entitled to be subsidised by the state.

• That the Government will not give out too many "goodies", such that future generations are unable to balance the Singapore Budget, when the ratio of retirees to working people increases significantly.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2015, with the headline 'Writer of the week'. Print Edition | Subscribe