Writer Of The Week

Mr Ravi reads the Forum page because it is one of the few public spaces where ordinary Singaporeans can share ideas and concerns in a thoughtful and civil way.
Mr Ravi reads the Forum page because it is one of the few public spaces where ordinary Singaporeans can share ideas and concerns in a thoughtful and civil way. PHOTO: COURTESY OF RAVI GOVINDAN

Who: Ravi Govindan, 68, retiree, previously worked in logistics for firms based in the United States.

My family: Wife Alice, and sons Sanjay, 38, and Rajiv, 31.

My home: A terraced house in the north.

My passions: Family and friends, retirement, my religion, current affairs and helping people.

I first started writing to the Forum page...: In 2008

What I write about: Singapore concerns, fairness, justice, honesty in the Government, civic duty and implications of events abroad that hold lessons for Singapore's improvement and well-being.

Why I write: To share ideas about making Singapore and our lives better. To protect our shared values, like being multiracial and multi-religious, and to improve and widen Singapore's civic space. Government and politicians alone cannot do the job or think that they are the only ones who can. They need feedback from the bottom up and one way is through the Forum page.

I read the Forum page because...: It remains one of the few public spaces where ordinary Singaporeans can share ideas and concerns in a thoughtful and civil way.

My wish for Singapore: That we continue to grow and prosper safely, peacefully and productively. Mine is the lucky silver generation and I hope that each succeeding generation will enjoy what we are enjoying now after having put in the hard work in younger days.

My wish is also that our shared values of individual ethical behaviour, family, tolerance, modesty, open-mindedness, and incorruptibility in government and public behaviour will remain a part of the core values that are transmitted with every generation.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2016, with the headline 'WriterOf TheWeek'. Print Edition | Subscribe