Writer Of The Week

Yu An with his parents, Mr Wong Tien Hua and Madam Lim Hwee Hwee, and sister Wong Yu Xin. The 15-year-old writes on issues that may affect the general student population, among others.
Yu An with his parents, Mr Wong Tien Hua and Madam Lim Hwee Hwee, and sister Wong Yu Xin. The 15-year-old writes on issues that may affect the general student population, among others.PHOTO: COURTESY OF WONG YU AN

Who: Wong Yu An, 15, student

My family: I live with my parents, Mr Wong Tien Hua and Madam Lim Hwee Hwee, both 47, my grandparents and my 11-year-old sister, Yu Xin.

My home: A house in Bukit Timah.

My passions: Cycling, running and reading. I like reading mainly non-fiction, such as Nature and National Geographic magazines.

I first started writing to the Forum page in...: 2013, after my Primary School Leaving Examination.

What I write about: Global concerns that will have a significant effect on our nation, such as terrorism and food waste, significant national events, and issues that may affect the general student population.

Why I write: To share my opinions. I also write to practise diplomacy and dealing with sensitive issues in a tactful way.

I read the Forum page because...: I can see different perspectives from Singaporeans from all walks of life, as well as views of foreigners and heads of major organisations.

Being able to appreciate a topic from another person's point of view is important to understanding the bigger picture.

My wish for Singapore: That it will be able to remain a peaceful country with friendly ties with our neighbours, and that it will make use of our people's innovation and creativity to stay ahead.

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