Excerpts from readers' letters

MAKE NEA REPORTING EASIER WITH APP

I couldn't agree more with Mr Derek Wee's observations about the state of most of our public toilets.

The public can help the National Environment Agency (NEA) if only there is an app with which pictures of dirty toilets can be easily sent in, together with details of the location. Maybe then, we can be like Japan one day.

Kang Choon Tian

TREAT DOGS LIKE DOGS

Lately, I have been seeing dogs, whether large or small, in clothes such as a dress, coat, T-shirt, hat, shoes and even hair accessories.

Some of these dogs are not allowed to walk, but are pushed around in a modified version of a pushchair.

RELEASE FINDINGS ON ROAD ACCIDENTS

Whenever there is a serious road accident, the authorities should release the findings to the public after their investigations are over.

News reports may not be able to give a full, accurate account of the event.

I am sure there are many lessons the public - road users and stakeholders - can learn from such accidents.

Albert Ng Ya Ken

Dogs do not need clothes. In the long run, it could damage the dog's skin, and not allowing the dog to walk deprives the animal of essential exercise. Are these pet owners sound of mind?

Ann Staveley-Taylor (Mrs)

TRAIN MORE TO USE AED DEVICES

Although a voice prompt is built into Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices to minimise missteps, there are certain aspects, particularly during the preparation, on which users could do with some guidance.

The device may not prompt one to ensure there is no electrically conductive medium in the surroundings, such as wet floors, which could endanger bystanders.

A layman might also be oblivious to any necklace or sweat on the victim. In attempting to help, the untrained rescuer may end up with a lawsuit on his hands.

Lim Chee Khiam

SHOULD MINISTER FIRE MISSILE?

Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung's visit to Singapore troops participating in Exercise Wallaby and his emphasis on safety could not have been more timely, in the light of the recent death of Third Sergeant Chan Hiang Cheng Gavin.

On the subject of safety, it was reported that Mr Ong tried his hand at firing a Spike missile.

As a missile is not like small arms, perhaps it would be better - from a safety point of view - to allow untrained personnel to fire only from the simulator.

Even from a resource point of view, I would think that a Spike missile does not come cheap.

By allowing a VIP to fire a real missile, it deprives one of our gunners of a much-needed live-firing experience.

Neo Eng Chong Rodney

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2017, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe