Excerpts from readers' letters

BRIDGE DIVIDE WITH RIGHT ETHICS

The Government, in its attempt to solve the problem of social stratification, has neglected an important aspect - ethics.

More attention should be paid to ingraining ethics in young children.

A child brought up on a strong foundation of positive values can only make for a better people and nation.

Focusing on success in life based on power, wealth and social status must be frowned upon. Bridging the social divide can then happen.

Lee Kok Lin


GOOD FOR STUDENTS TO GO OVERSEAS

It is heartening that our young people are venturing overseas (More varsity students heading overseas for internships; June 4).

Our young people would indeed do well to venture out not just to acquire valuable industry-specific skills, but also to develop cultural sensitivity, robust habits of the mind and desirable personal traits from working and living overseas.

Woon Wee Min


INSTALL MORE SPEED CAMERAS

I travel the Holland Flyover every day and have observed the lack of driving discipline and excessive speed of most drivers.

They drive above the speed limit but slow down just before reaching the speed cameras located at the Dempsey Road-Holland Road junction, or when nearing the traffic junction at Holland Village.

More speed cameras should be installed at all flyovers to promote safer driving.

Sum Kam Weng


ENSURE PREMIUMS ARE AFFORDABLE

I welcome the introduction of CareShield Life. I am sure it will help Singaporeans cope with rising healthcare costs.

However, I am concerned about the high premiums. As we age, we will not have an income, will have reduced Medisave funds, and will have to depend on Central Provident Fund (CPF) Life payouts.

I hope the authorities can review the premiums to ensure they are affordable in the long run and do not exceed a certain percentage of household income or the CPF payout.

Leong Kok Seng


DON'T BE A PUSHOVER IN HSR PROJECT

Although Singapore is only a little red dot in South-east Asia, it must not be a pushover.

If we relinquish or are reluctant to exercise our right to seek compensation over the scrapping of the High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, we would be perceived as weak and vulnerable in the eyes of the global community (S'pore still incurring costs on HSR as it awaits KL clarification: Khaw; June 2).

The sanctity of legal contracts would ring hollow unless they are duly enforced. Any policy or plan for mega infrastructure needs to be followed through to its end. It should not be suddenly aborted on the whim and fancy of governments without compelling valid reasons.

Zhang Guocheng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2018, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe