Writer Of The Week

Mr Moore is driven by the desire to create a better or fairer society. He writes on issues such as environmental protection and cyclists riding on pedestrian paths.
Mr Moore is driven by the desire to create a better or fairer society. He writes on issues such as environmental protection and cyclists riding on pedestrian paths.PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALLEIN MOORE

Who: Allein Moore, 74, retired agency creative director and publisher, who now lectures from time to time on related subjects.

My family: I came to Singapore from London 36 years ago. Naturally, I married a Singaporean. I have a daughter and two grandchildren in Britain from a previous marriage.

My home: A condominium in the east.

My passions: Practising taiji and walking my dog. I also read daily and widely, from crime novels to books on comparative religion. I am also trying to master another language.

I first started writing to Forum page in...: 2006.

What I write about: Right now, having recently been hit twice by cyclists while walking, I am writing on this subject, but in the past, I have lobbied to retain the train line from Tanjong Pagar train station, raised environmental issues and defended homosexuality.

Not having been born here, I avoid subjects which I feel may be sensitive, coming from an ang moh.

Why I write: When I was a teen, I joined an all-night candlelight vigil in London's Trafalgar Square, protesting against apartheid in South Africa. A drive to create a better or fairer society has always been with me.

I still sit on committees, hoping I can play a part to improve sections of society here.

Until I came to Singapore, I felt it was pointless writing to a newspaper, but The Straits Times is so widely read and is so influential that I feel it is a great platform to raise issues and highlight options.

I read the Forum page because...: This section offers an insight into what is currently bugging Singaporeans. I may not always agree with the views expressed but, generally, the letters are well argued.

From responses, one can see that senior executives in the Government and private sector take notice of public feedback.

My wish for Singapore: Many of my early wishes have been fulfilled (environmental preservation and better architectural design, for example).

I would like to see Singapore continue to prosper as an adaptable, pragmatic, secular country.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2016, with the headline 'Writer Of The Week'. Print Edition | Subscribe