Writer Of The Week

Mr Neo with his granddaughters Sheer Ann, five, and Sheer Zee, nine. He is passionate about giving people a helping hand when he can and displaying graciousness.
Mr Neo with his granddaughters Sheer Ann, five, and Sheer Zee, nine. He is passionate about giving people a helping hand when he can and displaying graciousness.PHOTO: COURTESY OF NEO POH GOON

Who: Neo Poh Goon, 70, a police pensioner.

My family: Married to a housewife, 68. I have two sons and a daughter-in-law, and all three are in the education service. I have two granddaughters, aged five and nine.

My home: A house in Serangoon Gardens.

My passion: Being able to extend a helping hand within my means and display graciousness whenever I am faced with situations that demand it.

I first started writing to the Forum page in...: 2009. My first letter was published on June 12, 2009 titled "Singapore, it's time to count your blessings".

What I write about: I write about things that I think may be relevant or of public interest. I try to refrain from touching on political issues, as I feel it is best to leave such matters to politicians. I have voiced my displeasure on the Pokemon Go craze as well as personal mobility devices.

Why I write: I write as a form of relaxation. It enables my mind to be active because I have to think quite deeply before I put my thoughts into writing. I feel that this is one way to fight against the risk of becoming senile.

I read the Forum page because...: I want to keep myself posted and knowledgeable about the things happening around us.

My wish for Singapore: That Singapore remains a vibrant and liveable city state. I marvel at the infrastructure in our country and am always fascinated by the trees and flowering shrubs that line our roads, expressways and flyovers.

Another matter that I am proud of is our housing. The new projects that have been built are a sight to behold, as will those that are coming up - the Watertown in Punggol, as well as those in Bidadari and Tengah. The landscaping in these new towns is a cut above the rest.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2016, with the headline 'Writer Of The Week'. Print Edition | Subscribe