Wednesday, 22 April 2015

[Straits Times] My Point

Let park stay a home for otters
MONDAY'S report on a family of otters spotted at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is likely to draw much attention from members of the public ("Antics of female otter and her triplets caught on video at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park"; ST Online).
It is heart-warming to learn that such delicate animals have decided to settle down and start a family in our concrete jungle.
It is equally important to educate the public not to feed, disturb or even try to approach them too closely.
With our continual efforts to keep our environment clean, hopefully, more such animals will call this place their home.
Lim Lih Mei (Ms)

Stop lamenting, be discerning
IT IS common for consumers to lament the rising cost of food and to urge retailers to reduce prices ("Keep hawker prices in check" by Mr Tay Wi Keng; April 14).
But individual consumers can also exercise their common sense and rights by not purchasing from a particular hawker or brand if the prices are too high.
There are viable alternatives, such as house brands, that offer better value. Consumers must learn to make sensible purchases that do not hurt their wallets.
Complaining and calling for remedial action do not make for a discerning consumer. It comes from exercising prudence and having a keen eye for value.
Ewe Seow Chie (Ms)