Writer Of The Week

Mr Chow, wife Keng and children Marc, Carina (with dog Butty) and Isabella. The hospitality consultant and adult education trainer writes to the Forum page because it is a good platform for people to write responsibly and be heard - without unkind pr
Mr Chow, wife Keng and children Marc, Carina (with dog Butty) and Isabella. The hospitality consultant and adult education trainer writes to the Forum page because it is a good platform for people to write responsibly and be heard - without unkind prejudice.PHOTO: COURTESY OF CHOW KOK FAI

Who: Chow Kok Fai, 58, a hospitality consultant and adult education trainer.

My family: My wife, Keng, works in the finance industry. We have three children - Marc, Carina and Isabella - and a dog named Butty.

My home: A flat in the eastern part of Singapore.

My passions: For enlightenment, I love to see the world, and am a practitioner of lifelong learning, especially in adult education.

I enjoy playing sentimental oldies on the electronic organ as a pastime.

I started writing to the Forum page...: In 2013.

What I write about: Mostly about matters concerning politics and education, which are close to my heart.

I count my blessings that our tiny, resource-barren island has become what it is today, although I am concerned about our children's tomorrow.

Why I write: In view of the pervasiveness of public misinformation, the Forum page serves as a credible, national platform for people to write responsibly and be heard - without unkind prejudice.

I write also to show my children the simple joy of writing, as well as the beauty and satisfaction of being able to communicate efficaciously in the written word - other than texting and using emojis.

I read the Forum page because...: It provides a window to other people's interesting, and sometimes conflicting, points of view.

Such views get me to reflect. Sometimes, they also get my children to do the same when we have the opportunity to discuss certain issues raised in the Forum page.

Through reflective communication, we can recognise our own prejudices.

My wish for Singapore: That the stars will continue shining on our island, illuminating our honest and able citizens, and reflecting the ethos of our forefathers.

I also hope that in good times and bad, we will count our blessings and live harmoniously together as one people.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2016, with the headline 'Writer Of The Week'. Print Edition | Subscribe