Excerpts from readers' letters

INDESCRIBABLE TRAGEDY

No words can describe the tragic loss of a loved one.

My sincerest condolences to Mr and Mrs Desmond Chan for the loss of their son, 3rd Sergeant (3SG) Gavin Chan Hiang Cheng , during a military exercise in Australia.

Hopefully, time will ease the bereavement.

Like Gavin's army mates, I too lost a former buddy to a military accident during national service.

I commend the Ministry of Defence's efforts to bring them back to pay their last respects to a young man who died serving his nation, as well as helping Gavin's family cope with their sudden loss.

Toh Cheng Seong


BOOK ON EX-PRESIDENTS IMPORTANT

The new series of books on former presidents will be important for national development.

The first books in the series should not only target secondary students, but also working adults, many of whom appear less knowledgeable about our founding fathers, much less our nation's past presidents.

I am sure the series will also remind us of our humble beginnings and our roots.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng


TACKLE SMOKING AT COFFEE SHOPS

I hope the relevant authorities and agencies will take more robust steps to "curtail" smoking at "populated" public places.

At coffee shops, there is a clear designated area for smokers but, sad to say, the division is very artificial as the distance between tables is just a metre.

Patrons sitting next to the smoking area often end up inhaling the smoke from those puffing away in the smoking zone.

Smokers are not allowed to smoke near bus stops, hospitals, and so on. Why, then, are they allowed to smoke at these public places where many Singaporeans eat and drink every day?

Tan Teck Huat


YISHUN TOWN COUNCIL A ROLE MODEL

No one can dispute the fact that President Halimah Yacob's Yishun neighbourhood is spic and span.

HDB dwellers give her our heartfelt thanks for choosing to continue staying in her HDB home over the Istana. It helps in setting an achievable benchmark that HDB estates can attain.

Yishun Town Council has done a great job, heartlanders are eager to see their respective town councils looking up to the role model.

Loong Chik Tong


RELOOK PLANS FOR WELL-USED PARK

On the one hand, we are told to exercise, take walks and appreciate nature but on the other, the Government appears to be cutting down the places where we can do this.

The latest casualty is a popular park in front of Block 5 1, Kent Road, and two other private residences bounded by Owen Road and the CTE look set to go.

Well used by Farrer Park residents, it hosts a running track, a fitness area, barbecue pits and several shady trees.

Many people, young and old enjoy the park, which also serves as a gathering place for the community and a green lung for the area.

But last week, a sign went up which caught many of us by surprise: "This property has been granted special temporary use for recreation, until notice of future development plans. Please join our efforts to take good care of this property".

Can the authorities relook their plans, please.

Goh Khong Kok

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2017, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe