Focus on issue of going car-lite instead of free parking

Teaching is a calling as much as it is a profession. In our time, all of us have encountered outstanding teachers who have influenced us beneficially and left an indelible mark on us.

However, I concur with Mr Cheng Shoong Tat (Look at each civil service job to see if pay is fair; May 31).

Sacrifices are made by Singaporeans in their course of work every day, silently and without compromise, and no one makes a more honest living than another.

Teachers cannot be the exception. Fighting for them to be given perks is a cause celebre that has no merit.

Being car-lite is the national cause that we should be working towards.

Cars are an extravagance that space-and environment-conscious Singapore will always make their owners pay heavily for. In time to come, more and more spaces dedicated to motorists will be taken away to create salubrious green spaces for more healthy living.

Planners can start by minimising land allocated for parking in schools, and dedicating these areas for functions more in keeping with what schools are for - teaching.

Yik Keng Yeong (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'Focus on issue of going car-lite instead of free parking'. Print Edition | Subscribe