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Monday, September 25, 2017

Daily Lessons from Life 25 September 2017 - "Love" over public duties!?

"Doctor on trial for helping HIV-positive boyfriend deceive MOM

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean doctor is on trial, which opened on Monday (Sep 25), for allegedly helping his HIV-positive American boyfriend dupe the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) into issuing him an employment pass.

Ler Teck Siang, 36, is accused of giving a sample of his own blood to be submitted so that Mikhy K Farrera-Brochez could hide his HIV status.

He allegedly did this twice, first in March 2008 and again in November 2013 when Brochez’ employment pass was up for renewal. The application was subsequently granted.

At the time of his arrest, Ler was head of the National Public Health Unit (NPHU) at the Ministry of Health.

Besides the two counts of cheating MOM into giving Brochez an employment pass, Ler faces another two counts of lying to public servants.

In December 2013, Ler allegedly lied to a Ministry of Health official from the surveillance and enforcement branch by denying that Brochez was at his clinic at Twin City Medical Centre the month before."

This is, hopefully, a very isolated n exceptional case of a young, obviously brilliant star of MOH as head of National Public Health Unit at younger than 36 yrs old, making BAD decision due to a relationship.

This case shows again that when it comes to matter of emotion, rationality has no chance!!

Maybe he believes being HIV positive is no a BIG DEAL anymore given how much medical science has advanced since AIDS was 1st diagnosed. HIV can be controlled n may not harm anyone if the carrier is aware n very careful interacting with others. 

If such is his thought, it is easy, or easier, to comprehend how he could hv acted totally the opposite of what we're expected of him as a public health personnel n a trained medical doctor!!

Would anyone had made that decision to conceal the HIV thingy? Were the employer n the co-workers of that American carrier happy to hv him during the time he was employed n worked alongside them?

Did they feel that they should be informed even if this Doctor Ler n their co-worker believe that HIV-positive has NO BEARING on how well he can work n posed no risk to them? Or they feel that they deserved to know n decide how they can interact with the HIV-positive person?

Whatever it may be. Glad that it is being addressed.

Regardless, hope indeed no one got infected n the "couple" get served their "punishment" rightly n justly. 

Will Sgp change its law to cater to this so that nobody had to lie? I m not sure we r ready though medically a HIV-positive person can live a long n productive life without harming others!!

For future public servants, duties n obligation to the group, community n nation MUST come 1st in a conflict of interest situation. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Daily Lessons from Life 24 September 2017 - Sgp Poster Boy for IS? N Terrorists' playbook!

1. "Fighter in Islamic State video is believed to be radicalised Singaporean: MHA

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday (Sep 24) said it believed a person featured in an Islamic State video was a Singaporean man named Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad.

The video, allegedly made by the media wing of Islamic State, features a fighter who claims to be "Abu 'Uqayl from Singapore". The 3min 30s clip has been circulating on social media.

In the video, "Abu 'Uqayl" and a few others in camouflage military attire are loading what look like artillery shells onto a truck with a machine gun mounted on it.

He turns to the screen and speaks in English, calling for people to join the Islamic State in East Asia, or to fight with Islamic State fighters in other areas such as Libya, Yemen, West Africa, and urges them to "sacrifice all that is precious".

He also addresses Britain's Prince Harry, taunting him to "come here and fight us if you're man enough".

"Our security agencies have been aware for some time now of the presence in Syria of a Singaporean, Megat Shahdan bin Abdul Samad (aged 39), and have been monitoring his activities," MHA said. "It is believed that the person in the video calling himself 'Abu Uqayl' is Shahdan."

Minister Shanmugan revealed the gov has been monitoring this guy. So, it is not a surprise. 

Guessed the guy is now a poster boy for IS. Will he has special attraction to would be terrorists in Sgp?

Probably not as he is not really a celebrity. 

This battle will always be fought as long as there r people who try to recruit others to be terrorists! So, there is no need for any special alarm. 

Key is to hv people who know that terrorists r terrorists no matter what excuse they used to kill innocent people!

2. "'We must be very careful that we don't fall into trap of extremists': Vivian Balakrishnan in UN speech
SINGAPORE: Leaders should be "careful and measured" in their response to extremists, Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in his speech at the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Saturday (Sep 23).

"Extremists everywhere actually have a common playbook," he said. "First, commit an egregious act of violence. Second, stick a religious label on the situation in order to convey a sense of 'us' versus 'them'. Third, to eliminate the grey zone of moderates by causing alienation due to an overreaction.

"We must be very careful that we don’t fall into the trap of these extremists."

Citing the ongoing conflict in Myanmar's Rakhine state following a terrorist attack in August, Dr Balakrishnan said it was the responsibility of every government to protect every civilian, regardless of their ethnicity, religious belief or origin."

Indeed terrorists need new blood to die for them as the "old hands" will send these new blood to blow themselves up since them r too clever to believe there is a heaven with number of virgins waiting for them!!

Make any bad news transparent n let 3rd parties come in to report as they n the local see the going on. Only the truth cannot be fabricated for too long. 

With transparency, fake news n "self-inflicted" atrocities will be revealed n the mostly peace loving masses will know the truth n be clear who r the bad guys really!!

Daily Lessons from Life 23 September 2017 - Death in NS Duties n Man-made Earthquake?

1. RIP to the soldier who died in the training accident in Australia n condolences to the family n friends. Many turned up at his send-off n he was accorded a military honour. The father is strong m wanted the young man's mates know they can deal with this tragedy.

Bless the family n may this never happened again in future.

2. Experts said the small earthquake in North Korea could be a natural one instead of as speculated by the Chinese that it was related to an underground nuclear test.

I sure hope the experts r right as natural earthquakes r happening ard the world a lot more frequently in the last few years. Or they got reported on more now with better technologies!!

The ones in Mexico City killed a few hundred people n cutting electricity to millions!! While Mt. Agung in Bali is rumbling so hard that the authorities had started evacuating hundreds of people as it last blown its top was in 1964!

The North Korea leader simply cannot care that it is a blessing NOT to hv natural earthquake. Guessed nothing much can be expected of a mad man!!

Peace on earth.