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MTF has fallen short on a number of areas

According to Ong YK, our MTF will not chase down every single C19 cases anymore but rather, going forward, we will open up our economy and live with C19.

I understand that Singapore, unlike many other much bigger countries with huge domestic demands, does not have much options to continue closing our economy in the face of a highly transmissible and still mutating C19 Delta variant. I fully understand that lives and livelihoods are at stake and the stakes are real and high.

I ask apart from more structured testings, more DIY testings, more vaccinations, more booster jabs, more freeing up ward and ICU beds and more suppressing of information such as not reporting unlinked cases anymore etc, what more can we, both the MTF and the people do to help facilitate a more acceptable and safer opening up of our economy?

I feel that our MTF has fallen short on a number of areas. I will name 2 of them.

1) It fails to step up serious enforcement efforts couple with effective punishments against people who gather in groups of say >3 or more chatting away, idling away or drinking away at night at some quiet hawker centres etc.

Although police cannot be everywhere but policecam are everywhere. Failure to take tough and effective actions against such people during a pandemic must send the wrong signal to them and thus, embolden them even further and it leads me to suspect that it is a deliberate decision by the authorities to turn a blind eye on them.

2) To live with the endemic will inevitably extract painful cost on our people in terms of human lives and more specifically, not just seniors’ lives but also not so old people and even juniors’ lives.

The MTF has fallen short again about preparing our people mentally to accept that and the C19 roulette could descend on any family, and if anybody does strike C19 jackpot, can they suck it up calmly, don’t blame, don’t cry and don’t cry father and cry mother? If it comes to pass, we may even see 6 or 7 C19 deaths daily. I ask if our people are mentally geared up to accept such a harsh possibility?

Living with C19 is much more than uttering some battle cries, saying some brave words and putting on some brave fronts. If living with C19 is the way going forward, then preparing our people, the ground adequately is very, very necessary and it shouldn’t be delayed.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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15 Responses to “MTF has fallen short on a number of areas”

  • Asd:

    I think it’s failure given up but iron rice bowl still take m$ salary no accountability to those who are affected and no income due to their irresponsible letting in dieases f trashes

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  • opposition dude:

    The lockdown last year cost PAP dearly since they couldn’t collect a lot of money when businesses were all forced to close for 2 months and after that with some closing down after the lockdown. The F&B sector cannot afford to shut whenever there is a spike in cases or else there would be plenty of restaurants shutting down.

    So in time to come the logical assumption is that more countries will have to learn to live with the virus since we do not know how much more it will mutate and whether the newer mutations will be even more transmissible than Delta. Since PAP has declared it endemic and hasn’t taken any action despite cases being over 500 for days now it falls upon us to use our common sense and try to stay home as much as possible, there really is no other choice.

    We know the useless good for nothings known as the 4G don’t have any brilliant ideas on how to tackle this pandemic so all we will read about are excuses and more excuses. They already started off by saying to expect 1000 cases 2 weeks or so ago followed by hospital beds being overwhelmed and all that. The numbers of seniors requiring oxygen supplementation and being in ICU have, to no one’s surprise, increased as well.

    But just wait for PAP to continue publishing data on the deceased about how most of them weren’t vaccinated. The 2 seniors who were reported as dying from Covid were fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated but PAP chose to instead harp on them both having underlying illnesses as usual.

    There is nothing we can do except to wait for the cases to start dropping. In the meantime just stay home as much as you can lah.

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  • SG is doomed:

    A lousy captain at the helm.
    Only spends his waking hours suing ordinary citizens.
    So who is left steering the slowly sinking ship?
    We’re doomed.

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  • Common sense:

    Stay at home as much a possible.
    Open more Community care Facilities quickly to cope with the expected surge.
    Do not overwhelm our Hospital.Save the critical ill.
    The rest can only wait until this spread cycle die down ….

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  • xoxo:

    MTF IS A circus!
    What with clowns like OngYouKon.

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  • Not yet 3000:

    He said it will go 2000 then max at 3000. So far 1000 then drop to 900, so he is doing well bcos never reach expected 3000? A hypocrite.

    He said depend on the public vaccination rates…..so if situations worsen, blame the people.

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  • Harder Truths:

    One of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people’s motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans — anything except reason.

    Thomas Sowell

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Aus death currently nearing 1200.

    Sg death still below 100.

    Malaysia 23K deaths.

    Thailand 15K deaths.

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  • 22 Sept: With the rise in COVID-19 cases in the community, more COVID-19 cases have been detected amongst hospital staff, patients, and visitors.

    1,109 cases are currently warded in hospitals. There are currently 147 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and 17 in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

    Just for the month of Sept alone, MOH says more than 13,000 have been infected.

    You can run, but you got nowhere to hide. The C19 is now everywhere!

    Repeat after me: Thank you NDP 2021. lol

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    新西兰高官坦言可能无法回到清零状态

    新西兰卫生署署长布卢姆菲尔德说,新西兰可能再也无法回到冠病清零状态。目前新西兰还在努力遏制德尔塔变种冠病病毒引发的疫情。

    布卢姆菲尔德表明,新西兰现在的目标是尽量控制好疫情,同时提高冠病疫苗接种率。

    他说:“将疫苗接种率提高到90%以上……这就是我们的新对策,我们将能通过这个方法让我们重获自由。”

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  • Effective Education:

    opposition dude: The lockdown last year cost PAP dearly since they couldn’t collect a lot of money when businesses were all forced to close for 2 months and after that with some closing down after the lockdown. The F&B sector cannot afford to shut whenever there is a spike in cases or else there would be plenty of restaurants shutting down.

    The MTF should knows how the COV-SARS2 virus is transmitted and be able to effective educate the people how to break the transmission. However, the infomercials I saw they put up is to get more people to be vaccinated. We already attained more than 80% vaccination rate. If the “vaccine” is effective at all, we should now be in the herd immunity state. So, why not spend money to educate people on the followings:
    – Proper wearing of mask, type of mask to wear (cloth ones issued by Temasek is not effective against aerosol transmission). Educate people to importance of wearing their mask to cover their nose and chin. Too many are still not doing so.
    – Importance of social distancing and avoid unnecessary social gathering. Teach the seniors to use social apps so that they could socialize virtually.
    – Importance of doing self test (ART) when engaged in close contact social gathering like dining in in-door restaurants, in-door workouts, in-door seminars/talks/shows etc.

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  • oxygen:

    @ PAP mandate strong

    LEE-jiapore admitted that the virus infection spread much faster than they had anticipated.

    PAP mandate strong: Aus death currently nearing 1200.

    Sg death still below 100.

    Malaysia 23K deaths.

    Thailand 15K deaths.

    In layman English, it means ‘THEY HAVE LOST CONTROL” of the virus fight.

    Meantime, the rate of infection spread CONTINUE TO ESCALATE.

    What are you waiting to hear of further “good news” from them?

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  • The LEEders thought that they can masek masek with peasant’s lives because the C19 cannot touch then and they think that the vaccine will also protect them.

    Well, unfortunately, when the number of infected reaches 50,000 and more, no place on the island will be safe and that’s when the LEEders start worrying.

    Unless there is an area 51 where they can all huddle underground till the pandemic is over, is there?

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  • Sperm:

    Its a choice the People have made.

    They have to suffer the consequence of enabling them the power and entrenching them with power.

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  • I am MIKE:

    I said already before long long time ago.

    V2 = Virus + phase III vaccines = Virus on Steroids

    SG do not have politician managed with heart, they managed with KPIs.

    Now, plus Booster? Can we start preparing our wills?

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