Writer Of The Week

Mr Kong Peng Sun says that the Forum page is a good platform for people to share their thoughts as more people read the newspapers, in paper or digital form, than any other medium.
Mr Kong Peng Sun says that the Forum page is a good platform for people to share their thoughts as more people read the newspapers, in paper or digital form, than any other medium.PHOTO: COURTESY OF KONG PENG SUN

Who: Kong Peng Sun, 57, civil engineer/project manager (building construction)

My family: Married to a housewife, 49, with a daughter, 14.

My home: A four-room flat in Bishan.

My hobbies: Various interests, especially reading, writing, photography, sports, movies and travel.

I first started writing to the Forum page...: In 2007

What I write about: I write about local and foreign issues which have an impact on the lives of people and their livelihoods, their problems, sufferings, shortcomings and grievances, as well as their behaviour, both good and bad.

I am also interested in current affairs, including the work of non-governmental organisations, professional bodies and clan associations, as well as entities to do with charity, sports, travel, health, and so on.

Why I write: I like sharing my thoughts and comments. The Forum page is a good platform for ordinary people to share their thoughts with fellow Singaporeans as more people read the newspapers, in paper or digital form, than magazines or any other medium.

Readers of the Forum page range from the young to the old, and include politicians and others in positions of responsibility.

Thoughts and comments in the Forum page sometimes garner positive responses from those who are in charge, which is a good thing for society.

I read the Forum page because...: Sometimes, I learn from the responses or replies from other readers to what I have written. I also share my contributions and those of other readers with my school-going daughter, in the hope that it will enhance her knowledge and values, and exposure to a wide range of issues, and to guide her perspective on things surrounding or affecting us and our lives, for example, in the area of education.

The content in the Forum pages also helps to liven up the conversations I have with my wife, especially during our travels together.

My wish for Singapore: That our society will be more gracious and understanding about the motivations that drive some people to do what they do. For example, in the pursuit of development, one should expect some inconvenience such as construction noise and road diversions or disruptions.

I also hope that more people, not just the rich and the privileged, will be able to afford to enjoy the local places of interest and watch events such as concerts and sport events. I am happy many museums are now free for local residents and I hope the cost of enjoyment will be further reduced.

Education should be free for all, as what was done in the past. I was fortunate to have studied and graduated in England in 1981, when fees were relatively low and affordable. I doubt my father could afford to send me for overseas studies if the fees were what they are now.

I wish for people here to continue living in harmony, and extend their hands to one other in times of need.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2016, with the headline 'Writer Of The Week'. Print Edition | Subscribe