Excerpts from readers' letters

ALLOW LONG-TERM MAIDS TO STAY

Singapore should consider allowing foreign domestic workers who have lived here for many years to remain permanently (Sri Lankan has worked in S'pore since 1988; June 16).

Domestic helpers play important roles in helping families take care of children and the elderly. They free up time for their employers to work and reduce the demand on government services.

In many ways, they contribute as much as the more educated and skilled foreign talents.

Most importantly, those who have worked for many years in Singapore have integrated into the society. They understand the local culture and most speak the local languages and even Singlish.

To require long-term maids to return to their country of origin may be considered unkind, as they may not assimilate well after many years away.

To accept them is an acknowledgement of their important roles.

Kan Kin Mun


IMPROVE SERVICE AT ORCHARD

Recently, I made a purchase at a boutique in Scotts Square. As I did not submit the receipt to the mall's concierge on the same day, I was told I could not obtain rewards points for it.

Sometimes people are busy or forget to submit the receipts.

Singapore is spending a lot of money on improving the shopping experience on Orchard Road.

Perhaps they could start with improving service and incentives for returning customers.

Andrew Quoc Dutton


HAVE DISMOUNT ZONE NEAR BUS STOPS

It should be made mandatory for all personal mobility riders to dismount when they are within 3m of a bus stop.

This is to prevent riders from riding across the bus stop while commuters are alighting, and injuring them.

Offenders should be required to attend a safe-riding course.

Foo Say How


REMIND RIDERS ON RULES FOR KIDS

It is disheartening to learn of a row involving a child passenger that turned nasty (Police investigating after Grab driver allegedly punched in face over cancellation dispute; ST Online, June 16).

Some riders may not be aware or may have forgotten about the restriction which forbids drivers from ferrying children without a booster seat or child restraint.

As the cancellation policy affects riders and drivers, both parties are reluctant to cancel the ride.

Grab can play its part to prevent future incidents by implementing a prompt reminder of the child passenger rule after riders specify their destination.

Loh Weng Mun


MISCHIEVOUS BIKE ABUSE CONTINUES

New rules that were introduced in March appear not to have fully tackled the problem of shared-bicycles being illegally dumped.

While the new rules penalise bike operators who, in turn, bar recalcitrant users that park indiscriminately, there is nothing to deter those who dump the bicycles out of mischief.

I have seen bikes left at places that are unlikely parking spots, such as traffic islands on busy roads.

In fact, I once witnessed a group of secondary school students carrying bicycles up a grassy slope along the Ayer Rajah Expressway and dumping them there, all the while laughing at their "prank".

What becomes of the previous hirer, who might have parked the bicycle responsibly? Might he be penalised due to their mischief?

The dockless bike-sharing scheme is a wonderful idea, if not for the actions of the selfish few who have inconvenienced others.

The mindset that it is okay to abuse the bicycles simply because the users do not own them shows the failings of a society that is materially well-off but poor in civic-mindedness.

Alan Kiat-Leng Lee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2018, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe