Rejuvenation of Bedok is to be lauded

Bedok Town Centre has been transformed into a beautiful and pleasant living environment.

First, there is the Bedok Mall, which consists of residential units, retail shops and an air-conditioned bus interchange.

Then the open carpark was redeveloped into a multi-storey carpark providing many more parking spaces.

The new hawker centre is bigger and comes with a high ceiling and huge ceiling fans, which has improved ventilation.

The old hawker centre was demolished and rebuilt as Bedok Town Square.

The footpaths and open spaces have also been nicely retiled.

When the new Bedok Integrated Complex opens in the middle of the year, with amenities like the Kampong Chai Chee Community Club and the public library, Bedok Town Centre will definitely be a wonderful place .

Credit must go to all those people who planned and executed these projects.

Tan Keng Hai

Involve SSOs for offences by elderly

A call was made to be empathetic towards the elderly involved in minor offences, as well as elderly suspects (Exercising restraint in the use of restraints; March 23).

There are currently about 450,000 seniors with chronic ailments. Medical care is adequately provided by our hospital services but this number will only increase over the next few years.

All praise must go to the 24 social service offices (SSOs) under the auspices of the Ministry of Social and Family Development for the staff's untiring dedication in bringing relief to the poor and needy.

When the elderly are involved in municipal offences, instead of reporting to the police or the courts, the social service offices should intervene and assist where possible to reduce the constraints of statutory board staff in implementing standard operating practices.

Baby Mathen Mathews

Noble dedication of IMH's staff

If a country's degree of civilisation is judged by how it treats its mentally ill, Singapore is surely at the forefront with the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) as the treatment and care centre.

Recently, I experienced first-hand the noble dedication and professionalism of IMH staff when my brother was admitted for treatment after suffering a serious relapse.

When the chief executive of the facility himself would care for the patients, that spirit can only trickle down to each and every staff member.

Bravo, IMH.
Tan Lye Huat

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2017, with the headline 'Bouquets'. Print Edition | Subscribe