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Will a sugar tax be effective in helping to curb diabetes? What else can be done to promote a healthier diet?

A sugar tax does nothing to promote healthy eating, unless the proceeds are used to subsidise the cost of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. Otherwise, people will just get used to a penalty that has no alternate incentive. It should make sense that a fruit juice should cost less than a fizzy drink.

Lim Yok Zuan

The impact of cost is one of the most effective ways because it is painful to the wallet and people will look for alternatives.

This is just like smoking and drinking, which are highly taxed in Singapore and have been managed reasonably well compared with other countries.

Calvin Yong

No. Ban restaurants from charging for water and, instead, subsidies should be given for water dispensing machines to be placed in all restaurants to encourage people to drink more plain water.

Sometimes we are thirsty and our only option is a sugary drink.

Kerry Teo


Should employees in non-profit organisations be paid less than those in other firms?

What is the difference in working for profit and non-profit organisation? It is still employment. Why should one working for a non-profit be paid less? Pay them the same market rate. Anything less is exploitation.

James Toh

No, work is work. We work to make a living. Should we lower our living standards because we work for a non-profit organisation? No.

Loh Wai Poon

I think it is not about being paid less or more. People who work for non-profit organisations care more about the welfare of those who are suffering and those they are helping, and most of the budget goes to the people they help rather than to themselves.

It is a challenging situation but if you believe in giving without expectations, money shouldn't be a problem but, rather, a minimum stability for your rice bowl.

Elaine Claire


Do you think that the Land Transport Authority has an obligation to help oBike users get refunds?

Let's think out of the box to resolve this. As there is no way the Government can help users get back their refunds, the next best thing is to get the agreement of the other market players to have it converted to some form of credit for another rental bike provider of their choice.

Kevin Loh

It isn't quite correct to say LTA "approved" it as these companies just launched their services requiring no approval.

However, these bike-sharing services actually helped LTA to save millions of dollars budgeted to launch their own bike-sharing schemes. Isn't it fair for LTA to channel some of this money into handling the situation?

Dennis LH Cheong

It just doesn't make sense for Case to handle hundred of complaints individually. In the interest of the vast number of oBike users, LTA needs to do something as the transport authority.

Garrick Woi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline 'On Facebook'. Print Edition | Subscribe