Excerpts from readers' letters

TRANSITLINK, POSB NOT CASHLESS

TransitLink and POSB should explain why they do not appear to support going cashless, despite the Government's push towards this.

I have tried to top-up my senior citizen card at TransitLink counters at MRT stations but I was told that they only accept cash payments.

And when I tried to top-up my senior citizen card at POSB/DBS ATMs, I was asked to pay an additional 50 cents service charge.

How can the public be encouraged to go cashless when TransitLink only accepts cash payments and people are required to pay an additional cost for cashless options?

David Kwok Ng Kan


ATHLETES' SPIRIT COMMENDABLE

I am heartened to read that former Olympian Mary Klass, will be featured in a short film to be screened during the National Day Parade next month (Pioneer female athlete among the five; July 6).

Occasionally, I reminisce about the days when our track and field athletes were a force to be reckoned with when competing regionally. Athletes such as Glory Barnabas, Chee Swee Lee and Kesavan Soon distinguished themselves, even when there were no sponsorships and incentives for them.

Despite training under unfavourable conditions, they stayed disciplined and focused on bringing glory and honour to Singapore. Our present generation of sportsmen will do well to emulate the selfless contributions and can-do spirit of the greats of the past.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng


LESSEN BURDEN ON ANIMAL SHELTERS

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA)'s latest move may just be the final nail in the coffin for many of these shelters, which not only face a five-fold increase in their rent, but also the poor design and construction of the facility means more money has to be spent on renovation and repairs (New home, higher costs for animal shelters; June 30).

This could result in thousands of animals being put down.

These animals shelters are already doing the AVA a great service by helping it with its mission to ensure the health and safeguard the welfare of animals, and also by reducing the number of stray animals on our streets.

The least the AVA could do is not to charge them "cost-recovery rates", which take even the cost of land into account.

Joel Chia Ze Hong


LOCAL FOOTBALL NEEDS MORE MONEY

I hold a different view from Mr Irwan Jamil, who believes that participation in the Malaysia Cup is the panacea for Singapore's football woes (Malaysia Cup will reignite Singapore fans' interest in local football; July 10).

Playing in a Malaysian tournament will not make Singapore an Asean footballing success.

The future of football here must be rooted in the Singapore Premier League, something that is presently not competitive and rarely eye-catching. Local players are generally unmotivated to deliver exciting games with good standard to bring in the crowds.

They cannot not train and play as hard as players in Thailand and Malaysia due to the concerns about living expenses and the bleak prospect of life after football.

The Singapore League started off in the 90s with a bang by addressing these issues.

In recent years, however, imposition of age limits, the LionsXII and shrinking football budgets have been eating into the fundamentals of professional football in Singapore.

Liew Eng Leng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2018, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe