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14 year old Singaporean vows to leave Singapore if PAP is not voted out by the next general election (Temasek Review)

14 year old Singaporean vows to leave Singapore if PAP is not voted out by the next general election

Dear TR,

After reading mails from Ms Melissa Quek, Mr Devoran, Ms T.Rajendran and Ms Judy Eng, I’ve decided to stop idling behind the computer screen waiting for change to happen. I’m writing in hopes that I can reach out to people whom may read and perhaps relate to what I have been experiencing as of late.

First off, I’m a 14-year-old Secondary School student. My family aren’t rich, but we are staying in a 4-room HDB flat. Even though I’m 14, I understand the things that are happening.

A little about my current family position. My mother has cancer and she has to go for check-ups regularly.

Early last month, about 8 hours after my mother had left for a checkup at Singapore General Hospital, I went with my father. It was 11pm then, and we both were worried about her. There was no reason for a checkup to be this long. So we went, but we didn’t know which block she was at. I called her by phone.

Turns out that she was at the emergency block, Block 1.

A little of a back-story. A doctor who removed the tumor in her right lung claimed there was no need for chemotherapy. However, she still complained of pain in her right chest. It turned out that the cancer cells had already infected her lymph nodes and it wasn’t detected then. Now it’s too late though. The cancer cells are slowly eating her life away.

Now that when I recall this incident, I feel disgust and hate towards this medical standard. Is this acceptable? Why should a check-up, in the EMERGENCY block, end up being 8 hours long?! How on earth did that doctor think that chemotherapy was not necessary?  I had no idea what happened. By the time my mother had received the report and we reached home, it was almost 2am. I missed school the next day as I was too fatigued.

What is the government doing? Did they even CHECK? Where’s our money going?!

Obviously that greedy geezer and the famiLEE.

This really angers me. My mother also has very little money left in her bank. She cannot go to work, and now I’m also trying to save as much as I can so she doesn’t have to give me too much allowance everyday. GIRO doesn’t help much either. Luckily, my now married sister and brother, who have their own families, are helping. But that doesn’t even amount to much. It’s still a hard road to walk, but walk it we must.

Other than this beyond disappointing medical incident, I also have a school life. It’s not very enjoyable either.

MRT, public buses. I’m sure everyone knows that it’s crowded as heck, and my gigantic monster of a school bag doesn’t help either. Going my car isn’t any better. The road is congested as hell in the morning. In the afternoon, it’s better. But I occasionally have a couple of PRs sitting in the seat before me, talking loudly non-stop. Even the earpieces blasting my ears to deaf doesn’t help.

In school, sometimes we have CME or PG lessons and the teacher gives the class a worksheet which sings praises about what PAP has done for the people. One I recall from memory, was roughly,

“Every time I see old folks gathering recyclables from a garbage can on the street, my heart laments for them. The people these days are lacking filial piety…” …. “…I am glad that the government is helping the needy with assistance schemes. The government is doing a good job.”

Obviously there is something very wrong there. I thought to myself, ‘if the government is doing a good job, then why are these old folks gathering and selling recyclables?’ I asked the teacher so, but he just shrugged and replied that he doesn’t know why.

He’s probably another brainwashed PAP dog, that’s why.

Also, 4 china students transfered into my class during the past month. They are always getting the praises and 1st place for tests/exams. They are leeching the motivation out of everyone. No one really mixes with them. The whole class might as well be a class for PRs instead! I cannot really express myself too well with words, but every time I see them, I can’t help but hate their attitude. I know not all of them are bad, but with all these incidents like then acting all big and mighty, or talking loud and sometimes insulting us behind our back loudly, really left this impression on me.

The government loves them too. They bring money with them. They are also cheaper, faster, better. The way I see it, they are cheaters, liars, asses. Again, I know not all of them are bad. I am referring to the ones that really gives the impression. I have seen it too many times. It’s easy to tell.

I also sometimes worry about my future if I were to continue to stay in Singapore. No doubt the population density would get really dense, and at some point, buying a house would blow a million dollars. Everything sucks you dry. So therefore I arrived with this conclusion. If nothing is done right to change is broken system, then I’m moving to another country. Living here is as good as being in a lifetime debt to the government, and that is the same as being on a leash.
I feel so much rage for this greedy government. Leeching our money, which they then throw them in a well praying a genie would come out. I vow, if PAP is still not voted out after the next election, then goodbye, Singapore, I’m moving onto another country once I am able to stand on my own.

By the by, there’s more mind control worksheets I’ve done.

“Do you feel proud to be a Singaporean? If so, why?”
No. The government is ignorant and greedy, that’s why.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I feel better getting these off my chest. You may do whatever you wish with this.

 

Kristine Tan

http://www.temasekreview.com/2010/03/30/14-year-old-singaporean-vows-to-leave-singapore-if-pap-is-not-voted-out-by-the-next-general-election/

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  35. Fellow student says:

    Dear Kristine,

    I am sorry to hear about your mother and I am impressed by the insight and awareness that you possess. However, unfortunately things are not always so clear cut.

    It is true that mainstream education (especially in secondary schools) do not teach you the whole picture of certain aspects of society – but sadly, that is mainly due to constraints on the syllabus and of course realistically speaking, which government education system would teach the failings?

    And it is a misconception that science knows everything. In Medicine right now, although technology is advanced to the point of the possibility of extending human life, there are many things that are not fully understood – and cancer is one of them. Every cancer is different, and some cancers are harder to detect than others. More than often, the decision is up to the subjective analysis of the doctor. And scans don’t always show everything. I understand your frustration at the inefficiency you highlighted and at the doctor’s err in his decision, but things are not always so clear cut.

    And hating the government or moving away isn’t going to solve it. Like many other posters have mentioned, the grass is always greener on the other side. Every country will have their own problems, and inequality will always exist because of capitalism – and even the ‘socialism’ we know now (which isn’t the truest sense of socialism) is not going to resolve inequality. It is unfortunate, but it is true. And the government cannot take on a large-scale welfare system to change things because it would mean heavy taxes on workers who are already faced with the burden of an ageing population.

    Furthermore, with regard to the issue with the foreigners that you have, it is a situation many singaporeans are upset with, but the reason behind it are so much more important that the government still chooses to go ahead with it. To put it simplistically, they need foreign investment and new citizens to try and reverse the ageing population. It is not so easy to just oust them or shut them away.

    This may all sound very apathetic or even ridiculous to you, but I hope this has helped in some way or the other. If you want change, moving away is just escaping to a new set of problems. Instead, aim to go to university, and get a job where you can make change happen. Don’t let your passion and intelligence go to waste.

    I wish you all the best.

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  39. scam-buster says:

    Great posts, but I’m curious if the 14 year old (by now in 2012, should be 15 year old) really DID leave Singapore or not?
    Since the ruling party still won hands down in the last 2011 elections., does anyone know if this teenager really did leave Singapore premanently?

    The cynical me tells me that a lot of folks just vent their anger online, but never really follow through. Talk is easy but action is filled with excuses.

  40. To_AllSg says:

    Who says??

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

    Don’t pay any attention to those daft noisy troublemakers.

    They do not have the gumption to do anything.

    They will complain non-stop but they will still vote PAP at election time.

    They may have no work for a few years but give them a few hundred dollars at election time and they WILL vote PAP.

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

  41. To scam buster

    Yes, I have left . I am the 14 yr old and I am
    In UK now.

    What about you? I guess you are only a big
    Mouth!

  42. Why says:

    Why does it seems everything about this blog have been fixed? Especially when the comments look so similar. And if this article was really written by a 14year old boy, it makes sense. Because he just sounds ignorant and innocent.

  43. Why says:

    W0W, 4 china students transferred to his class yeah? Never heard of such a thing before. What a coincidence all from China ya? So 4 is the lucky number? The most I’ve had 1 new student transferred to my class.

    Why is it that the doctor’s fault could be pinned on the government? Ridiculous.

    Why is it that many old folks do not have a job and this is the government’s fault? What can the government do about this? Or rather, what can these old folks contribute to the society? Without education, its hard for them to get a job. They could only get cleaning or washing jobs.

    But of course, why they didnt choose to apply for these jobs is another matter, is up to the elderly’s decisions. Why would gathering and selling recyclables be wrong? The elderly is more accustomed to a different lifestyle, and could have different ideologies. Gathering could help the elderly make more friends and spend their leisurely time and selling recyclables is helping to conserve the environment.

    Boy, you should be glad for these elderly indeed. I do not blame you for not being able to see the bigger picture. To not understand the elderly is discriminating them and that should never happen. They had set the stepping stones for Singapore’s transformation into a first world city and we should respect them for that.

    To conclude, there is only a limited amount of help that the government can provide. The government is not your parents. Even if you pray to god, god will not help you all the time. Boy, you should be glad that you are even born in a first world country. Hidden in your suffering actually is happiness that you have yet to discover. You chose to hate life, you chose to berate. This is your choice and your destiny is in your hands.

    • MALE Singaporean DOCTOR ஜனில் புதுச்சேரி, Professionalism Does NOT Equate With Patriotism says:

      @why:

      The world’s HIGHE$T paid minister of FOREIGN AFFAIRS and law does NOT even reckon Singapore is a country – it is “ONLY A CITY”.

      Furthermore, Singapore is still, according to its OWN GOVERNMENT, “DEVELOPING” – apparently to avoid/assuage the impact of HIGHER GLOBAL (AID) responsibilities.

      By the way, I of course, need NOT mention “city, NOT country காசிவிஸ்வநாதன் “கே” சண்முகம் by name.

      Also,do NOT start me going what happens if a stinkaporean couple has a disproportionately HIGH number of MALE children all born with solely the nationality of a “city, not country” amid the PLUMMETING birth rates.

      I am sure MALE stinkaporean larry medina, like MALE stinkaporean compatriot madhupati singhania, cares about the abbreviations “NSF” and “NSman/men” as much as HIS MALE stinkaporean compatriot robert viswanathan (v.)
      chandran.

      To all posters, after reading, you may toss – or rather, KICK – MALE Singaporean egmar gonçalves into the menagerie.

      By the way, considering where that FOOTBALLER is NOW, I am sure you are just as aware that, considering where HE was born, eduardo luiz p. saverin has a BENTLEY.

  44. weareyoung says:

    Poor boy we are very sorry for your mother’s condition and I hope that she get better soon. Best wishes.

  45. sal says:

    Spore education is about memorizing your school work and practice the past year questions…if you are good at these, you will definitely score in your exams.

  46. Elfred says:

    Influence your classmates to want to leave as well, make it so big by spreading your message to other classes. Do you know that being a students nowadays mean you have lot of rights?

    Make your message heard by MOE, and perhaps eventually those PAPies. It’s a win-win situation for you and the general Singaporean population at large.

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  48. Walter Gan says:

    My heart goes out to you on this plight that you’re facing.

    I wish your Mom well and hope she recovers from this.

    I am glad that you could express this with a sharp tone and most importantly an effective way of expression.

    Now, do understand that after a surgery in any operation, chemo cannot be prescribed immediately as your mom needs to be on a stable condition thus chemo can then be prescribed. Not many people can take chemo theraphy as it has lots of side effects as well. I believe the error comes from the doctor who has not express in his explanation well. Many people do get frustrated when we see our own flesh and blood is suffering. That is understandable. Do remember, remain strong and being that will only bring a clear mind to yourself and your dad of what are the next steps to be taken or administer for your Mom. We all get worried and angry when they are not doing the job. But it’s good to stay focus with a clear mind as I mentioned.

    I can agree with you that our hospital has many flaws in so many ways of helping and reaching out. Especially to the elderly and also to those who are not well-off.

    Btw, never never think of giving up your citizenship if you’re going to have the next intention. Be a stayer not a quitter… Be part of the voting system and vote them out. Because when you renounced, the replacement will never be the same Singapore we used to lived and be where our heart beats as one. Fight for what you deserve and not let others decide for us of our rights.

    Cheers and take care lots..

  49. David says:

    Kristine,

    If you are a boy, you can leave Singapore, but you got to return to serve NS leh!
    if you leave, and you have a brother, how?
    Your koh koh still boh pien, got to return and serve NS!!!!!

    Think deeper, mate!

    David,
    Perth, Western Australia.

    • eugene nirvan anthony ("nirvan44" on "The Economist") TALKS UP Singapore but TELLS OFF A MALE SINGAPOREAN CITIZEN says:

      Hello David,

      If so inclined, you may like to read the comments on “The Economist” by user-name “nirvan44″.

      Here is the منافق of APPLECROSS, Western Australia (WA) 6153, Australian Passport #: N2157646

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      In addition, you may also perform an internet search for these terms:

      ” nirvan44 scheme CPF rules discipline asinine childish “.

      It is sure interesting on the train of thoughts that drives one to comment.

      Best,
      ‘eugene nirvan anthony (“nirvan44″ on “The Economist”) TALKS UP Singapore but TELLS OFF A MALE SINGAPOREAN CITIZEN’

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