Writer Of The Week

Miss Woo Jia Qian, a recent NUS graduate, enjoys reading the perspectives offered in the Forum pages.
Miss Woo Jia Qian, a recent NUS graduate, enjoys reading the perspectives offered in the Forum pages.PHOTO: COURTESY OF WOO JIA QIAN

Who: Miss Woo Jia Qian, 23, just graduated with a physics degree from the National University of Singapore.

My family: Single, living with parents and two older brothers.

My home: An executive apartment in Pasir Ris.

My passions: Going to different green spaces like Pasir Ris Park to see if there are interesting birds, hanging out with friends and family, watching TV.

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

What I write about: My views on issues discussed in Parliament and on national issues like the bone marrow donation programme.

Why I write: I see myself as a stakeholder and seek to offer my perspective. By writing, we also train ourselves to assert our stand without putting down opposing views.

I read the Forum page because...: I like to see the justifications for the different perspectives offered.

The arguments stimulate thought because, after reading the letters, we think about what works for Singapore and what does not. I also feel that we develop maturity of thought from reading these discussions.

My wish for Singapore: On the economic front, I hope that our high gross domestic product per capita translates to more comfortable lives.

On the political front, I hope our MPs continue to air their views on national issues.

Socially, I hope Singapore continues to uphold the traditional family unit of father, mother and children. On the environmental front, I hope that the green spaces we have will continue to be preserved.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2015, with the headline 'Writer Of The Week'. Print Edition | Subscribe