FROM tomorrow, Straits Times readers will have another avenue to air their views with the introduction of the ST Online Forum.Before you leap up in joy at such a charitable act by ST, allowing access to the forum letters free of charge. Go read the letters first. [link]
Readers who write to The Straits Times Forum Editor and do not see their letters in print could well see them in the Online Forum instead.
ST Online Forum Editor Lee Kim Chew said: 'The criteria for selection of letters in Online Forum remain as vigorous as the printed version's. Though editorial space is not a constraint on the Internet, readers are encouraged to be clear and concise in their letters.
Here are some choice selections:
Skydiving is too risky for S'poreans
The lost art of eating with chopsticks
How dare you claim laksa is Singapore fare?
I read these letters with a tinge of nostalgia, of the old days when they only print selective letters online and on the newspapers.
If these issues are what Singaporeans deem important enough to write a letter to the newspapers, I fear for the country.
I guess ST cannot claim responsibility for such lousy letters. Because its their readers who wrote them.
For example, strong though Kanwaljit Soin's arguments were, no PAP MP stood up to echo them. Instead Tarmugi and Chen only revealed their subjective, elitist and male-chauvinist sides, while other members of the House twice voiced their approval with cries of "hear, hear!"