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Retraction of the open letter by the 12 doctors

The retraction of the open letter by the doctors is a reflection of the kind of society we are living in now.

It is one that is intolerant of alternative views other than the official narrative. Within a day, 11 of the 12 doctors had to retract their public statements. Why would 11 professionals, who having seriously considered and discussed their opinions, change their minds in less than a day? No doubt, intense pressure had been brought to bear on them, probably including threats to their careers and livelihoods.

This is another assault on the people’s freedom to think and speak their mind. George Orwell’s “1984” on thought control may have been written about a totalitarian state, but it may well have been about Singapore.

Alas, what joy to life will there be if one cannot think and speak freely his mind like a human being? Instead, one will have to suppress his thoughts and live like a hypocrite? What will Singaporeans become?
In contrast, I recently read about how the government of Sweden instead of suppressing free speech, took steps to enshrine it.

A pediatrician and professor of clinical epidemiology by the name of Ludvigsson had written a peer-reviewed article showing that children aged 1 to 16 were doing remarkably well against Covid and that none of the very few children in intensive care died. Sweden was one of the few countries that kept schools opened during the first wave and there were parents who disagreed, as a result he was bombarded with hate mails. The experience took a toll on him and for a week he woke up at 3am every night and could not get back to sleep, he lost his appetite for researching Covid-19 as well as talking about it.

In response, Sweden is planning to provide increased support for academic freedom through an amendment to its Higher Education Act.

Matilda Ernkrans, Sweden’s minister for higher education and research, told The BMJ, a medical journal, “It is deeply concerning when academics are threatened to the extent that they don’t have the courage to keep on doing their job. This is not a new phenomenon, but we have seen an increase of threats against academics related to research on the coronavirus. When people are silenced, it’s a threat against the freedom of speech and our democracy.

To strengthen academic freedom, the Swedish government has proposed a new amendment that points out that education and research must be protected to enable people to freely discover, research, and share knowledge.
In Sweden, the government is trying to enshrine freedom of speech, but in Singapore, we are threatening well-intentioned people who share their views, albeit not in alignment with the official narrative. We still have a long way to go, but speak up, we must.

 

Foong Swee Fong

 

 

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25 Responses to “Retraction of the open letter by the 12 doctors”

  • Fact and Reason:

    IMHO, the letter is based on facts and, where there is a lack of fact, well reasoned advice.

    Why is there a need for retraction?

    On the other hand, some of the official ideas are not based on fact and bulldozed through. For example, any claims that these new vaccines are absolutely safe for both near and long terms, are clearly against available data.

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  • Gary:

    I subscribe to your thought, I am still waiting for the day to come.

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  • xoxo:

    You mean so-called scholars cannot discourse like gentlemen?
    They TAKE UMBRAGE!
    Yes,they only want others to *KEE CHIH* for them and TAKE BLAMES for THEIR MISTAKES.

    Thought SCHOLARS ARE GENTLEMEN?
    Guess not in UNIQUELY SG.

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  • xoxo:

    Oh,when there are Big Floods in future,we better call them *PONDING*?
    And,we NO NEED to wear mask when they say
    so and must immediately wear a mask when they suddenly fancy so?

    But whatever,DONT WEAR A *mask* like THEM.
    BE SINCERE.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Stick n Carrot Fong, carrot taste better n good fo the eyes to see in the DARK…

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  • oxygen:

    WHY MUST I BE REMINDED yet again of these?

    Collective Evolution :In Canada, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario put out a note stating that physicians who are publicly contradicting public health orders and recommendations, and there are many of them, will be subjected to an investigation, especially if they are communicating “anti-vaccine, anti-masking and anti-lockdown statements.”

    How is science and data that calls into question government public health recommendations “anti” anything? Why are these labels always used? Why are physicians and scientists being bullied into silence and subjected to extreme amounts of censorship on their social media platforms?

    Kulldorff has been one many victims of this treatment, while scientists who agree with and promote the “accepted narrative” seem to receive interview requests from mainstream media outlets all the time. This isn’t normal, and it’s served as a catalyst for more people to ask, what’s really going on here?

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/05/no_author/why-did-twitter-censor-an-eminent-infectious-disease-expert-for-his-opinion-on-covid-vaccines/

    FOUND THIS INTERESTING QUOTE in a website called 321gold.com –

    “We live in times where smart people are silenced so stupid people won’t be offended.”

    Unknown

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  • NotMyProblem:

    This is the same situation when one has shit in his pant, he tries to stop others from talking about it, even when the smell is everywhere!

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  • Here my prophecy de Sg:

    Autocracy will be at Historical High because of covid.

    Democracy will be at Record Low.

    The 1-trick Pony and its mens and horses cannot stop the ship, the planes, the tanks from destruction.

    Before covid , the strategy is gdp at all cost .
    During covid , the strategy is More GDP at human costs.

    After covid, brace yourselves.

    The 1-trick pony is plunging to a all time low!

    We are fcuked!! Beyond Fcuked!

    The prophet has spoken.

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  • I, Prophet:

    Singaporeans must one day pass their gce ‘o’ levels in Democracy and learn that :

    Democracy can NEVER Exist without their speaking up and Only exist when they speak up and Democracy cannot be given but its ensured by the people only.

    The puppies will only learn it the hard way.

    The Prophet has spoken.

    See my prophecies comes true before your very naive eyes.

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  • What say Paul Tambyah ?:

    They realized they have blundered and make a honest mistake. And therefore they retract.

    Expert like Paul Tambyah already posed answers on his facebook. Irrational apes here just cannot accept it.

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  • xoxo:

    No wonder our ministers all sing the same tune all the time no matter what the issues are.
    They have to GROUPTHINK AND GROUP-TALK as well or they will be punished by the GROUP-LEADER?

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  • Angry Mother:

    A child was asking a lot of questions. Mother can’t answer, very embarrassed. Child kept asking, mother angry warned child not to ask anymore otherwise keys to the house will be taken back and child thrown out of the house.

    Child bo pian, dares not ask anymore. Mother happy, told all relative she nurtured child to be obedient.

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  • #08-193 Huang Ba Dan Always:

    Singapore has ALWAYS been about what’s officiaal. No alternative views are tolerated.

    People like to pretend about being inclusive, democratic and all that.

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  • Bad Boy:

    澳门首次出现B1617变种病毒个案

    澳门首次发现有人感染冠病B.1.617变种病毒。确诊的澳门男子已完成接种两剂疫苗。

    综合香港星岛日报及台湾联合报报道,患者是澳门居民,已在澳门完成接种两剂国药灭活疫苗,其后离境,先后在香港及尼泊尔停留,本月中经土耳其、法国及台湾转机返回澳门,入境时和隔离期间检测结果呈阳性,随后确诊。

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  • mike:

    All democratically elected govs are taking a huge bet with vaccines, lockdowns, CBs…

    If nothing improves in the next 18 months or so, people should know what to do with their votes in hand.

    It is time to get in contact with Dominion voting machine providers.

    In next 24 months, we will know what kind of results the vaccines will bring us to.

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  • Angry employer:

    Nice story, but mother-child relationship may be a bit off.

    An employer was asking a lot of questions. The servant can’t answer, very embarrassed. Employer kept asking, servant angry warned employer not to ask anymore otherwise keys to the house will be taken back and employer thrown out of the house.

    Angry Mother:
    A child was asking a lot of questions. Mother can’t answer, very embarrassed. Child kept asking, mother angry warned child not to ask anymore otherwise keys to the house will be taken back and child thrown out of the house.

    Child bo pian, dares not ask anymore. Mother happy, told all relative she nurtured child to be obedient.

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  • oxygen:

    @ What say Paul Tambyah ?:

    TWELVE PROFESSIONALS IN THE SAME DISCIPLINE LONG PRACTISED and in deep discussions/shared thoughts made THE SAME IDENTICAL MISTAKE on EACH OF THE ISSUES THEY SHARED?

    I have compelling apprehension that a peasant mind will vomit disbelief at this possibility.

    Remember the thalidomide scandal and birth defects? How many decades later then they “discovered” truths and cover-up all those years?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide_scandal

    What say Paul Tambyah ?: They realized they have blundered and make a honest mistake. And therefore they retract.

    Expert like Paul Tambyah already posed answers on his facebook. Irrational apes here just cannot accept it.

    If the contrary is true, I still worried about the healthcare profession of their TRAINING/PROCLAIMED “expertise”, maybe not their honesty and integrity.

    Stubborn stupid monkeys wouldn’t know.

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  • EU experts:

    The EU experts already advise people. The goody 12(-11) are right.

    What say Paul Tambyah ?:
    They realized they have blundered and make a honest mistake. And therefore they retract.

    Expert like Paul Tambyah already posed answers on his facebook. Irrational apes here just cannot accept it.

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  • What say Paul Tambyah ?:

    Why not ? Its possible. Especially when it involve $$$.
    Pay $$$ i also echo you.
    Happening in Europe.

    Not so good news for Paul. Are you questioning Paul’s expertise and maybe suggest his license to be revoke ? Or ruin SDP chances in next GE ?

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  • xoxo:

    When virus first whistled blown by that chinese doctor in Wuhan,he was persecuted.
    Now,warnings of side effects from vaccine by some concerned medical doctors must be retracted?

    Time will tell who are right and who are wrong.
    But side effects n death oredy happen?

    Why brush them aside?
    Maybe it can save us n our children.

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  • Better safe than sorry:

    Should allowed open discussion.
    Many unknown still on the Virus mutation and long term effect of the Vaccine.
    Better safe than sorry,especially for the young.They still have long runway ahead.
    No need to go hard on those who has different considered opinion.
    They may be right…remember the mask issue?.They will right after all!

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  • mike:

    Dear @ 50c of Great Middle Commie Covid Party

    I got a new present for you so that you can recook your messages to make your 50c living! :DDD

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk2HM1PYkro

    Covid aka the CCP-VIRUS IS a Non-traditional Bio-weapon to Ruin Economies and Slaughter each countries’ medical & healthcare system!

    CCP please repent quickly, say sorry and get some big scapegoats for sacrifices. The world will forgive you, and you just need to pay compensation. Rollover and play good!

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  • Billy ma:

    That Simon tay told Singaporeans that we should not pass comments in such bad time.

    Ya. Sure.

    Good time cannot give comments.
    Bad time cannot give comments.
    Messy time cannot give comments.
    Crisis time cannot give comments.

    Basically he’s just telling Singaporeans to just shut your big gap all the times & at everytime.

    Good advise.
    Of course from PAP nevertheless as aways as usual.

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  • Increase by 30.6 million/day:

    1.78 Billion shots given and increasing by 30.6 million everyday.
    OR almost a billion every month.
    Pop of the world is 7.7 billion.
    So by end of July, half of mankind would have been vaccinated.
    Thanos would then snapped his fingers!
    Half would die.
    Problem is we do not know which half.
    So to all the fellow experts here, we have 2 more months; on with the debate!
    And do not take it personally.

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  • MarBowling:

    Given the Sarcastic comments by SMOS Dr Ars*Hole, we CANNOT REALLY BLAME The Holee RETRACTION of LETTER by 11 of 12 kind souls. If they refused, their spouse and parent may CHASE THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE!

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