Excerpts from readers' letters

POTENTIAL IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE TREND

Looking at the development of electric vehicles (EV), driverless or autonomous vehicles and the big demand in South-east Asian markets with a population of about 600 million, I would urge the Economic Development Board to strongly consider developing an EV components manufacturing industry in Singapore.

If EDB can attract manufacturers from China, Europe and the US to establish R&D and manufacturing facilities here, it will give the Singapore economy a big boost that will last decades.

Alex Yip Kit Meng


COMPILE REPORTS ON JASON CHEE

Whenever I read The Straits Times reports on para-athlete Jason Chee, I feel ashamed for being constantly unhappy about life due to my struggles with mental illness. Through him I have learnt to appreciate what I have in life and stay positive again.

I suggest The Straits Times make a compilation of all its articles on Chee and let everyone have easy access to them as they are a good source of learning and motivation.

Everyone can learn from Chee who never gives up, is always positive and never fears challenges in life.

Kwah Choon Hong (Madam)


FORGING A BOND ACROSS ALL RACES

Time and again, I read about the need for multiracial Singapore to socially stay connected with one another at all levels in order to achieve a harmonious state. My response is a resounding "yes" because we are all members of the same contingent.

However, the moves to promote social interaction among the ethnic groups will not achieve much.The way to unify people is to highlight "the will to bond" which is not based on social relationships but a principle.

Florence Veronica Minjoot (Ms)


WIDEN COVERAGE IN PA'S COMIC BOOK

It is heartening to learn that the People's Association is taking the lead to promote good social habits and etiquette by illustrating them in a creative and humorous way in the comic book it created. (Comic book to promote good habits; Sept 22).

The social norms in the book should embrace a wider spectrum that covers personal behaviours and habits which are generally not acceptable in the eyes of the public. For example, spitting and smoking in non-smoking areas.

Teo Kueh Liang

RELOOK PLASTIC BAG FEE

The idea of curbing the use of plastic bags is laudable but the same cannot be said about the way it is being done by the supermarkets - forming a cartel to fix a price on plastic bags. Each supermarket chain should come up with its own creative way to discourage the use of plastic bags.

Ronnie Lim Ah Bee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2017, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe