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Government has no plans to make vaccination compulsory?

Time and again the government had assured Singaporeans that it has no plans to make vaccination compulsory. I recall it said that at the beginning of the vaccination programme. In September 2021, it again assured us that this is the case.

So why is the government telling us that from 13 October 2021, unvaccinated people cannot eat their meals at coffeeshops, hawkers’ centres and enter the shopping malls? Have our ministers forgotten their assurances to us? Do they respect Article 12 of our Constitutions which states clearly: “All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law.” Why this inequality now? Is their policy based on facts?

What is the infection rate in open air coffee shops and hawkers’ centres as compared to airconditioned restaurants, pubs and hotels?

I think we have reached our limits or at least I have. While it is true that we gave ministers the mandate to govern us in whatever way it fancy, I don’t think we have given them the liberty to treat us in such a shabby way. They think they can kick us around because they have the whole arsenal of laws, rules and policies and armies of civil servants to carry out their orders.

This new discriminatory policy affect ordinary Singaporeans who enjoy having meals with friends and neighbours at open air hawkers’ centres and coffeeshops. What is life if we have to be cooped up in small flats? Stepping out of the concrete walls is a necessity. Similarly, stall holders need to sell food and drinks and earn a living. Eating out is different from buying food and taking it home. Can our ministers understand this? Or is it something that they cannot imagine because they only eat in high class restaurants?

Covid-19 affects every person. No one wants to fall sick. People make choices, considered choices. We are not as stupid as our ministers think we are. Stop telling us how many of those who die of Covid or got infected with Covid are vaccinated or not vaccinated. They didn’t report such details in earlier times. Why do they do this now? If vaccinations cannot immunise people from the disease, this latest policy is yet another act of blind desperation to control the deteriorating Covid situation.

This is not the way to treat us.

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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30 Responses to “Government has no plans to make vaccination compulsory?”

  • Lucky for 'em:

    Lucky for them this isn’t France or Oz, wouldn’t be so easy to meet out measures as such.

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  • xoxo:

    Junta govt says what it likes.
    Do what it likes.
    Push blames as n when it likes.
    Restrain n bash sgs when they like.

    So much for first world govt.

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  • Save Our Seniors:

    Govt banning unvaccinated to shopping malls & coffeeshops (beginning with restaurants) is ANTI-SGs & desperately grasping at straws as cases continue to spike!

    MOH-MTF have made the wrong choice for the national vaccination program with mRNA vaccines which are not effective vs the Delta variant!

    When is it TIME TO REPLACE MTF & PROF KM to SAVE OUR SENIORS?

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  • PAP Reaping what they sow:

    Thank you Ms Teo..well said… the PM and ” geniuses” at the MTF are clutching at straws.
    Epic failures from the start..so now its if all else fails, blame us peasants..
    One tiny rock of a country they couldnt handle well.
    Good For Nothings!

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  • MarBowling:

    On 13 Oct 2021 an HISTORICAL EVENT will happen in SinKapore since our beloved country became an Independent Republic on 9 Aug 1965: THOSE UNVACCINATED FOLKS WILL BE RECLASSIFIED AS 2nd CLASS CITIZEN aka THE UNTOUCHABLES! They will be deprived of carrying out essential stuffs which they have been used to doing all day LOONG for their families: this is BECAUSE while 82% of those FOOLY oops FULLY VACCINATED are MOSTLY SinKaporean FOLKS who are WORKING, SCHOOLING, DOING BUSINESS, there are substantial numbers of family members WHO ARE NOT VACCINATED FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER, WHO ARE ATTENDING TO FAMILY MATTERS LIKE SHOP FOR ESSENTIAL FOODSTUFFS AT NEARBY SHOPPING MALLS, LARGE STANDALONE STORES and LATER COOK FOR THE FAMILY! ON THIS FATEFUL DAY, THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER ANY SHOPPING MALL OR LARGE STANDALONE STORE!

    So on 13 Oct 2021, all those AFFECTED UNVACCINATED FOLKS WILL have to go an EXTRA Mile or Miles to HUNT for Large(and small)Standalone Supermarkets(exempted)! Holee shits. What the Hell is the difference between a Supermarket in a farking Shopping Mall and a Standalone Supermarket. One see peh Tua Kee the other see peh Suay Kee?

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  • Times like these:

    With TOC no more, and ‘trying times’ like these, TRE can publish more articles (which they did) and post comments instantly (which was mentioned a few weeks ago).

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  • Kudos:

    I guess the next step is to ban unvax from stepping out of their homes. After that would be to send them to the southern islands for indefinite quarantine.

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  • kannan:

    Must the people pay protection money in the guise of paying for mRNA jabs to enjoy some freedom?

    The common factor for those who died, other than getting infected, is having medical conditions, not whether they are vaccinated or not.

    Old age and being unvaccinated are just distractions to frighten people to pay protection money.

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  • WP Voter:

    It is wrong to discriminate against the unvaccinated. COVID-19 vaccination is a personal choice just like other vaccinations.

    The vaccinated now is the major spreaders.

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  • flickshit:

    They have gone overboard and force those that don;t want to Vaccinated or those who cannot vaccinated due to medical reasons.

    It time to get tough with them and don’t take our lives for granted. Don;t let them to crash into to submit you and your loved ones lives into danger.

    I hope all can work together to protect ourselves.

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  • All the below:

    Multiple choice question:-

    官字两个口 – people who talk like this are called (?????) – please fill in the blank.
    1) Lj lan,
    2) Cb lan,
    3) All the above.

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  • Since Ms Teo feels that the current policies have violated Article 12 of the constitution, as a lawyer herself, maybe she should consider seeking legal recourse?

    I am sure there are many unvaxxed who are willing to sponsor the action and wants to hear what the courts have to say about this. A class-action may even be possible since there may be thousands that are unvaxxed, no?

    I hope she is not like another female lawyer with the “others have to die so I can live” mentality, thus waiting for someone else to take the lead.

    Hm… now that I mention it, that female lawyer was blaming the unvaxxed urging them to go for vaccination so the society can “open up”, now that more than 80% dafts have been vaccinated liao, open up already or not?

    In fact, now more jialut, why she so quite lately? Is she going to continue to blame the unvaxxed, like the PAPies do?

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  • 4G CMI, SG dies:

    We know how selfish singaporeans are, don’t we? Unvaccinated people are now the minority. So how many of our fellow singaporeans do you think would actually feel for the unvaccinated people? Some heartless idiots even cheered after the decision was made.

    The ‘orr sim’ people who have sia-suayed their parents have these to say:-
    “Orr-bee. Who asked y’all not to be vaccinated?”
    “Early early vaccinate tio bo dai chi liao lor?”
    “Don’t want to vaccinate then must lock up at home lah!”

    And the ‘die die want face’ govt thinks:-
    “You want to kwai lan with me? Ti ki don’t want to listen, die die don’t want to vaccinate? Limpeh will NOT make it compulsory one. BUT Limpeh can make life difficult for you! You enjoy eating with friends, enjoy eating out, right? Limpeh chin chye give an excuse, say to protect y’all, can ban you from doing the things you enjoy liao. See for how long you can tong. See when you will guai guai go and get yourself vaccinated.”

    See? Why do they even need to make vaccination compulsory?

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  • Fire:

    All along, I don’t vote pappies.

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  • opposition dude:

    The PAP loves wasting time going after minorities, it’s how they do things. Same case when going after a couple of activists, they would rather spend so much of their energy on this instead of making life better for us all.

    Very soon they will simply declare that all unvaccinated people cannot go out.

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  • Did u give them the mandate?
    If have stopped whining here, you deserve it.
    Make the right choice in 2025 and don’t be a coward

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  • Smart Nation:

    If vaccination is not compulsory or mandatory, why are all front-liners, NS enlistees, employees of govt institutions and agencies, expected to be vaccinated? Isn’t there some form of pressure being exerted from the top down? This decision to ban unvaxx people from hawker centres and shopping mall is a form of pressure to get them vaccinated or be denied their freedom.

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  • Full vaxx & highly infectious:

    Gov chasing wrong targets.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-11/fifo-mine-worker-tests-positive-for-covid-19-in-sa/100530128

    This Australian case is double-vaccinated and very infectious.

    Please, don’t treat vaccinated as safe to themselves and safe to others. They are NOT.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Denying people their basic livelihood is a criminal offense. But then they make the laws. If Indian = Malay, then unvaccinated = criminals.

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  • Smart Nation:

    The fully vaccinated are not necessarily protected from the Delta variant. They too can be infected and spread it to others. Therefore, should they also be banned from coffee shops and shopping malls? By allowing air-travel, the vaccinated could bring other variants home with them! LOL! Why so stringent on one group, and so relax on another? The unvaccinated want their choice and freedom to be respected.

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  • Respect Texas Governor:

    “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued another executive order cracking down on COVID-19 vaccine mandates — this time banning any entity in Texas, including private businesses, from requiring vaccinations for employees or customers.”

    https://www.texastribune.org/2021/10/11/texas-greg-abbott-covid-19-vaccine-mandate/

    YES. Totally voluntary and a $1000 fine on anybody asking for vaccination proof.

    This governor got balls. M-T-F no balls.

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  • cycle of back to square one:

    //Hm… now that I mention it, that female lawyer was blaming the unvaxxed then to go for vaccination so the society can “open up”, so now that more than 80% dafts have been vaccinated liao, open up liao bo?//

    this is more of a distraction and to blame the unvaxxed for the unexpected results of the opening up ??? common punching bag for the majority vaxxed ??

    no matter what, there will always be X no. of unvaxxed people and as vaccine efficacy deteriorates (for even those vaxxed ??), opening up will just translates to Y no. of serious cases and passing-on unless herd immunity somehow develops (if there is one) or better vaccine is produced before the next killer mutation results in another cycle of back to square one ??

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  • Phua Chu Kang:

    More than 80% already “fully vaccinated”, but thousands of infections per day.
    still no opening up as promised and now need for booster shot after six months.

    How many rounds of booster is needed ?
    How long will 2 jabs “fully vaccinated” become unvaccinated ?

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Stated above :Quote-”Government has no plans to make vaccination compulsory ?….”Unquote.

    Response :It is not that government has no plans to make vaccination compulsory ! It is just that government cannot officially make vaccination compulsory by declaring “vaccination as compulsory” ! If government declare vaccination as compulsory, it give those family members whose members died after vaccination the opportunity to sue the government for losses if their families members died after vaccination !

    And government can do it in another way and that is to block those unvaccinated people from malls , supermarket,….if not vaccinated ! This way will force people to do vaccination on their own basis for how long can people take it if blocked from shopping mall to enjoy the free air con and shops there ?

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  • xoxo:

    So far,despite the numerous Covid *governance*,the PM N HIS MINISTERS,have never utter a sincere word of apology for their errant n erratic policies.
    Not to mention the HUUUUgE FINANCIAL SQUANDERING OF SGS’ RESERVES,the BIG SACRIFICES made to support the GOVT’S LOCKDOWN have also been wasted by letting into CROWD-OUT TINY *sg* all the numerous DELTA-INFECTED CECA-imports( FTs plud relatives plus *partners*) who were QUARANTINED HERE at our EXPENSE and making us EXPOSED TO THE FEROCIOUS DELTA VIRUS that saw a wild fire spread n killing quite a number of innocent sgs.

    Like the more infectious DELTA VARIANT,THEIR ARROGANCE is getting from bad to worse.
    I cannot agree to a barring of entry for uninfected,unvaccinated sgs when the GOVT openly n boastfully dumped INFECTED CECA-FTs here in the first place?

    The CURRENT WILDFIRE DELTA SPREAD CAN BE EASILY LINKED TO THE DUMPING N INTEGRATING OF DELTA-INFECTED CECA-FTs and citizens’ open concerns previously should not have been branded as XENOPHOBIC OR RACIST?

    THOSE WHO ARE QUICK TO CLAIM CREDITS MUST ALSO BE *GENTLEMANLY ENOUGH* to accept blames for their WRONGDOINGS.
    And,i would expect SCHOLARLY sgs in public service to do so.

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  • Money Lord:

    Every individuals are cast to roles playing games run by game tokens. Game makers decide the rules. You decide if you want to play. It is not that shops want to ban anyone but they must always act according to Power who gave them the rights to earn “money created out of thin air”

    If you know the game rules, this is called game glitch. Fix the money creation rules and these parasites will die naturally.

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  • What say opposition ?:

    @ Did u give them the mandate?
    If have stopped whining here, you deserve it.
    Make the right choice in 2025 and don’t be a coward

    Why so far no opposition parties voice out ?

    What say WP?
    What say PSP?
    What say SDP?
    What say NSP?

    What will you do ?

    Stop all trains and buses ?

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  • illiteate lousy school:

    Smart Nation:
    The fully vaccinated are not necessarily protected from the Delta variant. They too can be infected and spread it to others. Therefore, should they also be banned from coffee shops and shopping malls? By allowing air-travel, the vaccinated could bring other variants home with them! LOL! Why so stringent on one group, and so relax on another? The unvaccinated want their choice and freedom to be respected.

    Very well said.

    Allowing travel when virus bug is still very active and always mutating is the wrongest move any human with brains won’t make.

    Wrongest?

    Got such thing as wrongest?

    Yes.

    As is clear by now, vaccinated or unvaccinated, more are dying per day in Sep2021 and Oct2021 than the whole of previous 18 months.

    pap is absolutely WRONG, in other words, pap is wrongest when pap continues to open legs for travel.

    own people cannot infect own people. the virus came in from the outside. it did not originate from small island.

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  • NO ONE TRUST PAP GAGMT ANYMORE:

    ABUNDANT DATAS CAME OUT FROM ADVANCED COUNTRIES, SHOWN nMRA VACINNES can cause heart issues to inflame thus leading to heart attacks,and also affect the brain nervous systems leading to paralysis of limbs.
    WHEN REAL CASES OF SUCH HAPPENED, IT CONVENIENTLY CLASSIFIED AS UNDERLYING CAUSES OF THE OLD PEOPLE.
    EVEN YOUNG PEOPLE ALSO SUFFERED THE ABOVE ISSUES OF HEART INFLAMMATIONS, AND SERIOUS EFFECTS ARE BRUSHED OFF.
    WHERE IS THE INTEGRITY , AND HONESTY OF THIS GAGMT.
    NO ONE TRUST THIS GAGMT ANYMORE
    YET IT IS VERY,VERY DIFFICULT TO CLAIM COMPENSATION AS THE BARRIER SETUP TO DENY CLAIM BY SAYING underlying causes.
    SO many old people want to take the inactivated virus vaccines such as SINOPHARM but is NOT FREE, SO THEY PUT OFF VACINNATION.
    IF PROVIDED FREE I BELIEVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD TAKE IT.

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  • Headless chicken:

    Rules are so badly thought out that they get changed so frequently.

    Now can enter mall to dabao food. Along the way, can go dabao clothings or not? Must go bank to get money for food, right?

    Bloody mtf making life difficult for people. The obvious hotspot, bus and train, cannot solve.

    Singapore is too fkg crowded. Someone quarantined at home can just sneeze and send his covid jets to the next block neighbours.

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