Excerpts from readers' letters

DIFFERENCES INEVITABLE IN MARRIAGE

I disagree with Mr Cheang Peng Wah (Ensure couples go into marriage with eyes open; June 9).

Two closely similar individuals may be best friends, but they may not become best partners in a marriage. Differences in views are inevitable, and compromising is the solution. Differences also can widen our perspectives.

Mandating a premarital medical test also goes against the tenet of a marriage to love someone unconditionally.

Marriage serves as a catalyst to see our own flaws and make quick self-improvements. We do not aim to marry a compatible person, but to marry an imperfect person and then perfect the marriage.

Lim Chee Khiam


FOCUS ON ERRANT RIDERS ON ROADS TOO

With stricter enforcement on personal mobility devices and power-assisted bicycles, more of these machines have been confiscated.

However, videos and photos on social networks suggest that many of these machines were ridden by the elderly, parents with children or workers travelling at a slow pace, and confiscated simply for being on the heavy side or for not having the speed limit capped.

Meanwhile, nothing is done about the real culprits who ride recklessly on the roads.

The Land Transport Authority needs to relook its enforcement.

It should also focus on the retailers, as that is where the bulk of the problem lies.

Shah Pakri

 


INSURANCE FOR E-SCOOTER USERS

I refer to the report (E-scooter rider admits to causing grievous hurt; June 14) in which the victim suffered "severe brain injuries".

The 55-year-old victim was saddled with close to $2,500 in medical bills, from an original unsubsidised bill of $107,000.

Is it time to consider mandatory insurance for users of e-scooters or, alternatively, the provision of a guarantor to back any possible claims for injuries?

This will ensure that victims are not financially penalised if the e-scooter users are from the lower-or no-income group.

Chiok Beng Piow


'NO' TO MANDATORY PREMARITAL COURSE

As a divorcee, I am confident to say that even if my former wife and I had attended a marriage preparation course, it would not have saved our marriage because there are many reasons why marriages fail (Make marriage preparation course compulsory for all, by Mr Lim Boon Seng; Forum Online, June 5).

I am not against such a course per se, but I am against making it compulsory, as it implies that all couples do not have the wisdom to maintain their relationship. This is insulting to all.

There are many avenues that couples can learn from such as parents, books, the Internet and so on to improve their relationship.

Ace Kindredzen Cheong

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2018, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe