Excerpts from readers' letters

OTHER CHANNELS FOR EXPRESSION

Fears that including peaceful protests in the Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Act would undermine Singapore's reputation as an open and free society are groundless (Peaceful protests can help build a more robust society, by Mr Michael Zhou Xizhuang; May 7).

We have many channels to express ourselves politically, besides peaceful protests. Government consultations portal Reach is one, and The Straits Times Forum is another. A robust society can be achieved only with political stability. Only when such stability is attained that investors will come and the economy will grow.

Elliot Taylor Hong


SHORT-TERM RENTAL RAISES INEQUALITY

If short-term rental is allowed in private residential areas, property investors may think they will be able to rent out such units, especially shoebox units, and collect income.

This will further prop up the property market and create an artificial exuberance.

Developers will be more enthusiastic in bidding higher prices for land, thus pushing for even more shoebox units.

This will not be fair to HDB flat owners, and may worsen the inequality in our society.

Cheryl Tan Cher Lin (Ms)


BETTER WAYS TO UPDATE ADDRESS ON IC

I recently visited four police stations while attempting to update the address on my identity card. At three stations, the officers were too swamped with actual police work to attend to me.

As I understand, updating addresses is the job of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, and the police are just assisting. This task takes up the officers' valuable time.

There must be a better way. Perhaps police stations should have an automatic machine to update our addresses.

Lahiru S. Wijedasa


IMPOSE AGE LIMIT ON PMD USERS

The current regulations on personal mobility devices (PMDs) are inadequate in protecting pedestrians.

REVIEW AMOUNT GIVEN IN SUBSIDIES

In order to build a better future for Singapore, the various ministries need to be proactive and regularly review subsidies.

For instance, Medisave withdrawals have not been reviewed to cater for inflation.

The withdrawal limit for outpatient chemotherapy treatment has been at $1,200 per month for more than 10 years. Costs have increased since then.

David Soh Poh Huat

PMD users should be required to give way to pedestrians. Failing to do so should be an offence, and the PMD user should be held responsible for any accident.

The regulations also do not address reckless, inconsiderate and dangerous behaviour.

As many PMD users are juveniles, perhaps we should consider an age restriction for PMD use, with the exception of bicycles and non-powered devices.

A separate category of PMDs that are restricted to lower speeds can be made available to juveniles.

Tony Lim Thiam Poh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2018, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe