Excerpts from readers' letters

ANOTHER FEATHER IN S'PORE'S CAP

Singapore hosting the Trump-Kim summit was a very important decision our Government has made.

On Tuesday, I watched the TV with bated breath. I was overjoyed when it was announced that both parties had signed a declaration putting them on the path of peace.

Surely, the returns for the money spent will be manifold, as Singapore and the island of Sentosa were watched by the world. People all over the world will want to visit Sentosa and capture a picture of Capella Singapore hotel, the site of the successful meeting.

I salute all those who were involved in the summit for their part in ensuring the whole event ran without a hitch. It is indeed another feather in Singapore's cap.

Jeff Tan Hong liak


PROUD TO BE SINGAPOREAN

At last, a conflict of over 70 years is coming to an end, paving the way for world peace.

That it happened in Singapore makes every Singaporean proud.

Singapore is blessed to have capable leaders who played a part in this historic event.

I salute all those who had sacrificed their family time and spent sleepless nights in coming together at such a short notice to make the event a success.

There were inconveniences like traffic snarls and having to make detours and walk a little more.

But they are nothing compared to the world recognition that this event has brought Singapore.

I am proud to be a Singaporean.

A. Raviprakash


START OF A NEW BEGINNING

The Trump-Kim summit has more than established Singapore as a great place to meet, a natural convention city where security is guaranteed. The world saw what Singapore has to offer.

There is real hope that the two Koreas will do more to pursue peace on the peninsula, against the backdrop of denuclearisation.

The emphasis now should be on accelerating economic development, especially in the North, with the rest of the world contributing by way of investments.

It is the start of a new beginning, and Singapore can proudly say it played a big part in all this.

Manoraj Rajathurai


NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE ACHIEVED

The Singapore summit did not live up to its expectations.

There was no agreement, no peace treaty and no declaration to end the 1953 armistice between North and South Korea.

It achieved nothing of substance except to avert the threat of a second Korean war for the time being.

North Korea is still a nuclear state, and it will continue to be a threat to the world long after Mr Donald Trump is no longer the President of the United States.

Douglas Chua

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe