"Remember your place in society before you engage in political debate... Debate cannot generate into a free-for-all where no distinction is made between the senior and junior party... You must make distinctions - What is high, what is low, what is above, what is below, and then within this, we can have a debate, we can have a discussion... people should not take on those in authority as 'equals'
[video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4tUBcyC8co]
'Who are you? What are you doing? Why aren't you working?'... The mother said she wanted to explain her son's condition (low IQ, attends special school, has blood disorder), but wasn't given a chance. 'I felt like we were being scolded,' she said. The meeting ended after two or three minutes
Lim Hwee Hua:
'I made it very clear to (the mother) that this is unacceptable behaviour. It is not justifiable in any circumstance. There's no excuse to be violent,' Mrs Lim told The New Paper.
She also explained that she was not in a position to excuse or forgive the boy (who has low IQ. attends a special school and suffers from thalassemia, a blood disorder that renders him weak and sickly, and who has already written an apology letter:
'Please fodgive me for what I dad I am sinelely truely I'm sorry (sic),' the teenager had written in big, neat handwriting.)
Well, I guess the three of them now have 5 years to repent! Repent for treating citizens like peasants and pests!
But, it's more than just arrogance:
Geroge Yeo was the minister responsible for reviewing our health and legal sector in the early 1990s and his conclusion then - published in some white paper - was that we have way too many doctors and lawyers! He debated the medical and legal fraternity and insisted that he was right, specifically that
(paraphrased) "the more doctors we have, the more expensive medical cost is going to be, because the health sector is unique and does not follow the usual market commonsense that greater supply = cheaper product."
But he was unable to explain his anti-commonsense "health sector is unique" argument, thereby frustrating the medical fraternity, especially the doctors in public hospitals and polyclinics, who were clearly overworked and stressed out.
He was the one who cut medical school admission from 200+ to 150 per year, and heavily restricted foreign medical school qualification to less than 10 universities.
Fast-forward to 10 years later, we have so few doctors that we were forced to double medical school admission to 300 - heavily straining resources at NUS medical faculty and the teaching hospitals - and to now accept more than 100 foreign medical schools. Most of these doctors - from India, Myanmar and China - cannot communicate with our senior citizens in dialect / Malay / Tamil and yes, English! Many need to rely on busy nurses doubling up as untrained translators, to understand the symptoms of patients!
A pair of doctors from Myanmar and India was responsible for causing a death at our public hospital when they failed to do a chest tube procedure properly. I am sure there are many other cases which were not reported by our "nation-building" press.
Meanwhile it was reported in the newspapers in 2010 that most Singaporeans who went overseas for their medical degree refused to return to Singapore! That's a severe brain drain (for the past 20 years and continuing) coupled with insufficient doctors in Singapore (for the past 20 years and continuing)!
As for lawyers, the AG office has been lamenting for years that we do not have enough lawyers, and a new law school had to be opened at SMU to, hopefully, redress the situation in a few years time. Meanwhile, the new medical school at NTU, is still in the planning stage!
So, 20 years of insufficient doctors and lawyers. All because of George Yeo and please be reminded, the situation is still not remedied, and will NOT be remedied - unless you think importing foreign doctors who cannot speak local languages and who are not familiar with diseases that are prevalent locally and who are less well-trained than local doctors (NUS has just been ranked the number 1 medical school in Asia) - can be called a remedy?
So, George Yeo, I say: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish!
And btw, I want to see if George Yeo and Lim Hwee Hua can earn multi-million dollars in their new private sector jobs. Let's see for ourselves if Bargain Hen was correct to say that we got our ministers at a bargain because they can earn much more in the private sector.
Please don't let me catch the two of you hiding behind some pathetic excuses of wanting to retire to spend more time with families. For then, we Singaporeans will all know the truth: PAP ministers are not worth their million-dollar salaries. PAP's justification for their $X,000,000 salary is nothing more than a greedy attempt to LeeGALISE CORRUPTION.