Excerpts from readers' letters


I refer to the new compulsory CareShield Life scheme that is soon to be implemented.

Some have expressed concerns that premiums are relatively high and payouts are not sufficient if one were to be struck down with illness (Disability payout not enough for necessities, by Mr Gabriel Ong, May 29; Explain reason for higher CareShield Life premiums, by Mr Lee Zhe Xu, May 29).

Mr Lee also noted that the collections-payout ratio for ElderShield is currently at less than 4 per cent. This proves that there is a large margin of safety for insurers.

As the Government's intention is to care for citizens and not make a profit, lower premiums and higher payouts for CareShield Life are, thus, in order.

In addition, I hope the Government will consider lowering the payout eligibility criteria. Currently, one's health would have to hit rock bottom for one to receive payouts. Help that is too little, too late is no help at all.

Tay Yew Chee


If the water supply agreement with Singapore is too costly for Malaysia, what about other issues the country thinks are even more costly (Malaysian PM Mahathir revives Singapore water dispute, says supply deal 'too costly', June 25)? Would they be in jeopardy?

This could fuel tensions between Singapore and Malaysia.

We should not speculate on the matter before official negotiations between the two countries begin. But it is important to remember this is not a matter of contract, but one of long-term trust and rapport.

Singapore and Malaysia are neighbours who have worked in close partnership for years.

Both nations have their own challenges and lack different resources. I am certain both countries will fare better working hand in hand, helping and supporting each other to overcome their obstacles.

The world has witnessed the success of the Trump-Kim summit, which many may not have expected. If such a massive event can be successful, a regional partnership between two neighbours can certainly work out smoothly.

Leonard Poh Wei Jie


I laud the Government for the online Singapore Government Directory, but it needs to update the information on the Web portal.

Some names in the directory are outdated, with the officers having already resigned, transferred elsewhere or no longer working in the organisation or department.

Several years ago, when the Singapore Government Directory was available in book form, the details of all the officers were printed clearly according to the respective ministries and statutory boards. Since converting to the online format, some organisations seem to provide only the bare minimum information.

The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) told me that the information is provided by the variousministries and statutory boards, and that MCI has no control over this.

I believe MCI should check if the information supplied by an organisation is outdated or insufficient. It must also ensure that all information is updated periodically.

This directory is essential in facilitating communication between the public and the public service.

If this was done meticulously when the directory was published in hard copy, why can't it be better in digital form?

David Kwok Ng Kan


Congratulations to our women's floorball team for qualifying for December's World Floorball Championships in Prague (Floorball title a stepping stone for S'pore team; June 24).

I noticed that the members in both the men's and women's teams are young, and the teams do not appear to rely on foreign talent.

Considering our success in floorballand that our physical attributes are more suited to the sport, unlike football, basketball or volleyball, perhaps the authorities should seriously consider giving more funds to develop this growing sport. This is likely to bring more success to Singapore.

Sebastian Tan Gee How


I refer to Ms Florence Veronica Minjoot's letter (People inevitably drawn to those on same wavelength; June 18).

I take issue with her assumptions, as it may be too presumptuous to think that people from different backgrounds or with different interests would not enjoy talking to one another.

I also do not agree with her view that smarter students will only enjoy the company of peers with a comparable intellectual level.

If what she says is all true, then this world would be rather cliquish and insular.

Amos Wu

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe