What readers are talking about this week

People's Action Party candidate for MacPherson SMC Tin Pei Ling greeting supporters at Bedok Stadium at the end of September 11 polling day.
People's Action Party candidate for MacPherson SMC Tin Pei Ling greeting supporters at Bedok Stadium at the end of September 11 polling day. ST PHOTO:DESMOND FOO

The surprising results of the 2015 General Election were on readers' minds this week. Some readers congratulated the PAP for its win and urged the party to carry on pushing through sound policies, and listening to the ground and addressing grouses, such as issues that were raised during the hustings.

They also said Singapore shouldn't blindly copy other countries' style of democracy and have an opposition just for the sake of having one, and that a unique brand was required for Singapore. 

Others said there was still room for an opposition voice in Singapore's form of democracy, and encouraged candidates who did not win to continue putting their political talents to use beyond the ballot box.

The haze was another talking point. Mr Eric J. Brooks suggested boycotting palm oil products to reduce the burning that causes haze, while Mr Francis Cheng said such boycotts were not an easy or a long-term solution. Others called for more to be done to help school students when air quality dips.

Here are some of these letters:

It pays to pay heed to the silent majority
Room for opposition voice in a democracy
Put political talent to use beyond the ballot box
Strengthen institutions to make them last
Developing mature electorate starts in the classroom
Clear up issues raised during hustings
Boycotting palm oil products not a long-term solution
To stop the burning, cut the demand 
Do more to protect kids when air quality drops
Install air purifiers in classrooms

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