Writer Of The Week

Dr Teoh Ren Shang with his wife Victoria and son Xavier. He writes about health and current affairs, and hopes Singapore will be more inclusive of divergent views.
Dr Teoh Ren Shang with his wife Victoria and son Xavier. He writes about health and current affairs, and hopes Singapore will be more inclusive of divergent views.PHOTO: COURTESY OF TEOH REN SHANG

Who: Teoh Ren Shang, 36, medical doctor.

My family: Married to Victoria Tay, a nurse, 30, with a two-year-old son, Xavier.

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

My passions: Reading, soccer, music, meditation and fatherhood.

I started writing to the Forum page...: As an undergraduate of the National University of Singapore, more than 10 years ago.

What I write about: Health, current affairs, bouquets and brickbats for services received.

Why I write: It is important to express one's heartfelt opinions in a media with a wide reach locally. And it is also fascinating to test the boundaries of what gets published, or not.

I read the Forum page because...: It reflects mainstream opinions and what is permissible.

My wish for Singapore: That we become even more inclusive of divergent views across the social and political spectrum.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2015, with the headline 'Writer Of TheWeek'. Print Edition | Subscribe