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Government speaking from both sides of its mouth again

Government of the day speaks out of both sides of its mouth, again.

On one hand, they forewarned we will eventually see about 2,000 Covid-19 deaths a year despite the “best possible medical care” and on the other hand, an average 500 foreign doctors and nurses resign yearly. Now, how do they manage best possible medical care when facing severe labour crunch.

Evidences of their express admission are appended hereunder for authentication purposes.

Dr Puthucheary openly admitted that as they increase beds, they stretch and stretch our healthcare workers; it came to the point (at this very juncture of time) that they will no longer be able to provide that “continuous excellent care”.

Adding fuel to the fire, Ministry of Health intends to step up “recruitment of healthcare workers from overseas”. Blimey, stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The foreigners will leave for personal reasons, for migration, or moving back to their home countries or when push comes to shove like now.

7,500 jobs and 1,600 training opportunities in healthcare sector will only be created by end-2021. It takes no lesser than 3 years to train a nurse and 6 years, a doctor. The enemy is at the gate and the public office holders neither possess helicopter view nor foresight. They only react albeit never proactive. Public office holders must always pride themselves in being open, honest and transparent.

They ought to understand that the foundation of nation building is built upon trust, are always available at anytime to their voters and are always open to receiving and providing meaningful feedback. They failed. At best, they are just technocrats. The crudely put together political doublespeak is both distasteful and so shallow we can tear into shreds.

An iconic scene in The Godfather is when Michael informs the family’s longtime consigliere Tom Hagen that Tom is “out” as consigliere. Michael is brutally honest with Tom and tells him, “You’re not a wartime consigliere, Tom. Things may get rough with the move we’re trying.”

To be considered a wartime consigliere, policy makers need to constantly demonstrate excellent judgment when dispensing national directives. She/he should not focus on theoretical risk when counselling the commoners but instead a wartime consigliere provides practical, easily digestible and “street smart” approaches to problems.

In the light of the abovementioned we can conclude Covid-19 pandemic is truly a baptism of fire that roasted the so-called 4G leaders, debunked the myth they are crème de la crème and 61% had misplaced their trust and faith.

Thank you.

 

* Article first appeared on Durian Tabloid.

 

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20 Responses to “Government speaking from both sides of its mouth again”

  • Blame PAP's low wage policy:

    It is basic economics. There is a shortage of healthcare workers because wages are too low.

    The problem is PAP’s low wage policy. It keeps wages low but pays it office holders millions each year. It also pushes up prices with it “rent-seeking” behavior to accumulate reserves to “buy votes” so it can stay in power and continue to pay themselves millions each year.

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  • Let go:

    Looks like the VIRUS is making great PROGRESS, not pinklee government?

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  • Bogeyman:

    You just need the PAP to compare the budget allocated to each ministry to see the shocking truth as to why our healthcare system is collapsing in time of crisis like pandemic or over explosion of population.

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  • One country Two systems:

    Pappy Incorporated over the Sheeples Republic….. & who’s in charge?

    A couple of sovereign wealth fund bedfellows isn’t it?

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  • C’est la vie:

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    Covid is a “stubborn and altogether, unpredictable opposition” to the pap, … that cannot be pofma’ed or bullied or litigated into submission !!!

    Covid has been destructive in many many ways, but, … a necessary evil, to highlight the “shit show” that is the pap and, … the sublime stupidity of the majority !!!

    As is the nature of SG, … the status quo will continue !!!
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  • Sad state of affairs:

    Nothing but A bunch of useless mil$ paid court jesters panning to the whims and fancies of their clown prince.
    Doing a horrible job of governing our little city state.
    What the hell are they good for then???

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  • Mother Of All Failure:

    Heavily dependence on foreign workers is not inline with building Resilience Self Defence. Enemies don’t need an army to walk in, they just walk out. This is the failure of the D’honourable One!

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  • Realistically:

    https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/1500-healthcare-workers-resigned-first-6-months-2021-moh
    NOVEMBER 01, 2021

    >>Giving an update in Parliament on the current situation in the intensive care units and hospitals, Dr Janil said about 1,500 healthcare workers have resigned in the first half of 2021 alone, compared to about 2,000 annually pre-pandemic.<<

    I don't disagree with the writer…………however, sinkies should ask WHY "about 2,000 (resigned) annually pre-pandemic" and similarly "1,500 healtcare workers have resigned in the first half of 2021 alone"?

    Is the main reason because of incompetent but arrogant leadership leading to epic mismanagement, not only of the COVID-19 pandemic but the whole health care (and national) system of governemnt, which seems to me to be the case or any other reason/s?

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  • Realistically:

    Just to say that I have FOREWARNED of the probable NEGATIVE consequences of ill-thought policies – not only pertaining to the epic mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic, BUT also NATIONAL POLICIES especially pertaining to the DISASTERS in the management of our reserves at GIC and especially Temasek Holdings under Ho Ching.

    Readers might like to know that I had submitted several pages of written representation to the Parliament Select Committee on the Land Titles (Strata) (Amendment)Bill, [Bill No: 10/86] in 1986; with most my recommendations being implemented over 30 years, the last being in 2019, even as the then Lee Kuan Yew Administration, followed by wooden Goh Chok Tong and currently the emperor without clothes administrations; that the Straits Times in its May 1, 1998 newspaper had credited me for the CPF Board’s acceptance of my suggestion made in my letter in the ST Forum page around the middle of January 1998 that the CPF abolish the “no0contra” trading rule for CPFIS investors, which numbered nearly a million, as disclosed by then Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam; that I had warned the emperor without clothes and then GIC Chairman Lee Kuan Yew and Executive Deputy Chairman Dr Tony Tan against GIC’s investment of 11 Billion Swiss Franc in UBS Mandatory Convertible Notes……..and that if GIC persisted, to get UBS to give up certain of UBS rights under the original TERM SHEET, which had resulted in GIC’s not forfeiting around S$1.9 BILLION…………..etc etc etc.

    Just also to remind readers who might have missed my declarations that my name is BIN HEE HENG.

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  • Mee Siam Mai Hum Add Copi:

    The jigsaw puzzle finally shows the whole picture, why when sick you SHN at home with no doctor and medicine. Practice of the stone age, living in caves where hospital, doctor and medicine were non-existence.

    Giving an update in Parliament on the current situation in the intensive care units and hospitals, Dr Janil said about 1,500 healthcare workers have resigned in the first half of 2021 alone, compared to about 2,000 annually pre-pandemic.<<

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  • xoxo:

    With more LAME BUT ARROGANT ministers like Ong YOU CON,expect worse things to come.

    Certified UNFIT FOR DUTY.

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  • Fire:

    Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung said yesterday (Nov. 1) that the government has been receiving suggestions from members of the public as well as Members of Parliament to make unvaccinated Covid-19 patients pay for part of their own medical treatment.

    This suggestion, said Ong, will be considered

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  • left behind:

    The big question is how many will die during the covid-19 crisis. They predict it is 2000 per year but is this true? PAP used to predict covid-19 cases will reach 500, then 3000 and then 5000. The shifting of goal post has left a big question how high the limit of death rate will be. Remember the covid-19 new variants will infect Singapore as Singapore still open its border.
    I think PAP is shameless about not admitting their wrong policy of causing Singapore to have this covid-19 crisis. They owe us an apologize. They should kneel down and say sorry, beg for our forgiveness.

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  • Harder Truths:

    From https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/11/01/an-orchestrated-fake-covid-pandemic-was-used-to-destroy-health-civil-liberty-and-the-doctor-patient-relationship/

    The PCR “Covid Test” Was Used to Create the Appearance of a Pandemic

    Nobel Prize Laureate Kary B. Mullis was the inventor of the polymerase chain reaction technique, which is analyzed in this article.
    Dr. Kary B. Mullis, who passed away on August 7, 2019 at age 74, stated emphatically that no infection or illness can be accurately diagnosed with the PCR-RT.
    “PCR is a Process. It does not tell you that you are sick. … The measurement is not accurate”.
    Mullis described the PCR-RT as a “technique” rather than “a test”.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/nucleic-acid-testing-technologies-use-polymerase-chain-reaction-pcr-detection-sars-cov-2/5739959

    7,200 physicians and medical scientists worldwide have signed the “Rome Declaration” to alert citizens about the deadly consequences of Covid-19 policy makers’ and medical authorities’ unprecedented behavior

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/thousands-physicians-medical-scientists-sign-rome-declaration-protest-launch-new-information-platform/5757188

    57 Top Scientists and Doctors Release Shocking Study on COVID Vaccines and Demand Immediate Stop to All Vaccinations

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/57-top-scientists-doctors-release-shocking-study-covid-vaccines-demand-immediate-stop-all-vaccinations/5746848

    A Letter to the Unvaccinated

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/letter-unvaccinated/5752287

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  • Trust only myself:

    We can always recall the time when locals cannot get to study medicine due to limited places and many had to go overseas to study.

    Now they need to recruit hundreds of doctors from overseas, this is clear failure on the part of this gov, but stupid guys cannot understand.

    Already our enemies, if they want to, can bring us down without firing a single shot.
    Yet they want to strengthen our enemies by getting more of them in….

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  • xoxo:

    Members of public oso suggest that daft n arrogant OYK BE SACKED IMMEDIATELY.

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    Many locals and myself have commented before that Sinkiepore should have instituted NS (as nurses / medics) for ALL Sinkiepore girls.

    This would have killed multiple birds with 1 stone:

    1) COMPLETELY resolved our reliance on so many Foreign (Pinoy) nurses for our medical establishments.

    2) Since 2 years of NS salaries is very low, Sinkiepore would have saved HUGE manpower COSTS in many of our local hospitals / poly-clinics / aged homes etc.
    Imagine how much money saved in the industry if ALL our 18 year old girls served 2 years of NS since the 1970s. This manpower costs component in turn would have helped to control our escalating medical & medical insurance costs over the past decades.

    3) Provide EXCELLENT & USEFUL medical training & skills (e.g. CPR skills, basic medication & nutrition skills taking care of children & aged, invaluable experiences & real-life training for childbirth & mid-wife nurses in hospitals etc.). Then, ALL Sinkie Women will also have better knowledge to take care of their own kids and families in future, instead of spending their 2 years going shopping for Gucci handbags yeah? LOL.

    Our Boys do life-fire military training exercises, while our Girls do life-training in hospital setting serving pregnant women or as mid-wives.
    BOTH benefits from real-world EXPERIENCE & Training.

    4) then during pandemics such as our current Covid crisis, Sinkiepore would have been well-prepared with LOTS of women with practical nursing & medical knowledge. In fact, if Girls also serve RESERVIST (same as our boys), to refresh their knowledge and update their training; then Sinkiepore would have VAST resources to support our medical needs during this pandemic, yes?

    Instead, PAPies now claim many Pinoy nurses quitting and we are short of mecial personnel and need to import more & pay more to attract Pinoy nurses to Sinkiepore?? LOL.

    Yet, PAPies simply REFUSE to incorporate this HIGHLY SENSIBLE and PRACTICAL policy of NS for ALL 18 year old Sinkie girls, which I suspect is because they want to retain 50% of “supportive” votes forever? LOL.
    Is that why so many Sinkie Women are so “supportive” of PAPies gang, yes? LOL.

    Anyway, even if we had missed the boat on this current pandemic, GOING FORWARDS, it is still perfectly practical and sensible to PURSUE NS for ALL Sinkie Girls maybe STARTING in 2022.
    Better late than never, yes? LOL.

    This pandemic will NOT be the last one. We had SARS back in the 2003, and then now Covid in 2019 till now. If we start NS (as nurses / medics) for ALL 18 yr old Sinkie Girls NOW, we can be much better prepared for the NEXT pandemic or medical crisis, yes? LOL.

    Do you think PAPies will be very SCARED of this highly LOGICAL & SENSIBLE proposal? LOL.

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  • Blur Blur White Sheep:

    Wonder why no MP ask in Parliament, what will happen if 50% of FTs walk out of SG together?

    What measure & how the millionaire Ministers continue to provide adequate services to Sinkies?

    Don’t tell me they take the opportunity to increase prices on all services.

    Mother Of All Failure:
    Heavily dependence on foreign workers is not inline with building Resilience Self Defence. Enemies don’t need an army to walk in, they just walk out. This is the failure of the D’honourable One!

    Trust only myself:
    We can always recall the time when locals cannot get to study medicine due to limited places and many had to go overseas to study.

    Now they need to recruit hundreds of doctors from overseas, this is clear failure on the part of this gov, but stupid guys cannot understand.

    Already our enemies, if they want to, can bring us down without firing a single shot.
    Yet they want to strengthen our enemies by getting more of them in….

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  • Smart Nation:

    What training? It’s cheaper, faster and better to import. No need to wait 3-6 years and spend money on training. A short orientation course and on-the-job training would be cheaper, faster and better. Not too far back, I had a nurse who tried inserting an IV needle into my hand to prep up for a surgery. Not sure if she was local or foreign. She attempted twice and gave up; another nurse came to do it! Ouch!

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  • VERY HARD TRUTHS:

    THE VERY HARD TRUTH is that these gagmt hospital ARE privatised, and no longer like previous past few decades ago totally under gagmt conttrol,\in order to survive they employed cheap labours etc, like foreign medical officers,nurses, hospital attendents while reluctant to employ locals which cost higher in wages,and need to pay CPF.
    And these foreigners are not stupid they earned wages here which about 20 times higher than their countries in terms of convertion rate,and many buy properties in their own countries while working here.
    FOREIGNERS working here ,their property companies have setup office here for many yrs for them to buy properties back home.
    So in terms of more works like pandemics, many simply are very smart THEY QUIT, AND HOPING TO COME BACK when pandemics settle down.
    I was in hospitals for few times ,I saw few locals while the bulk were foreigners including hospital attendents.
    NO CHOICE HOSPITALS HAVE TO CUT DOWN COSTS TO SAVE MORE TO FEED THE TOP MANAGEMENTS WHERE THE VERY TOP EASILY EARN 1 OR 2 MILLIONS SALARY EACH YR.
    A MEDICAL PROFESSOR IN HOSPITAL CAN EARN ABOUT $1M EACH YR.
    SO CHEAP LABOURS IS ESSENTIAL TO SAVE,LOCALS ARE NO LONGER PRIORITY
    FOR COST SAVING .
    MONEY HAVE BECOME GOD IN SINGAPORE,WHERE THE CULTURE OF MATERIALISM IS TOO INGRAINED ,AND IT IS A 300% CAPITALISTIC SYSTEM LIKE AMERICA WHERE ARE SOME 25 JOBLESSS MILLIONS SLEEPING IN TENTS IN THE STREETS IN MANY CITIES.
    I FORSEE IN TEN YRS TIMES SINGAPORE WILL HAVE MORE BEGGARS SLEEPING IN MANY HDB VOIDS AND IN PARK JOBS ARE TAKEN AND GIVEN TO FOREIGNERS,LOCALS HAVE TO SERVE NS AND WORK AS PMETS WITHOUT CPF AND EKING TO SURVIVE .
    PAP IS PRO FOREIGNER FOR JOBS.VOTE FOR PAP MEANT U WILL HAVE NO JOBS,OR LOW PAYING JOB AND NO MONEY TO GET MARRY.

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