Being disabled is a privilege in Sydney

My parents had no difficulty wheeling me around town for a shopping spree. There were ramps and lifts for wheelchair users. In some places, there were no steps – only ramps for both the able-bodied and the disabled. When I was in Sydney recently, I found myself in the place […]

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Why can’t I call a spade a spade

I have many happy memories of my primary school days. Among them was a measure of freedom of speech which I miss. My classmates and I did not back-stab one another. We complained openly and honestly and got one another into trouble. There was no problem as not many took […]

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A young life lost…in vain?

…I could not believe it when I heard the terrible news on the radio. To be sure, I watched the evening news on television. It was a tragic end for lively eight-year old Huang Na and her dream of becoming a doctor. Her body was found in a box which […]

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If we don’t, who will?

It was reported recently that dengue fever cases are at an all-time high here. “Why?” I asked myself… …”Can’t the National Environment Agency (NEA) do anything to keep the deadly disease in check?” Evidently, it can’t. Otherwise, the number of cases would not have risen. So, is the agency at […]

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Idol Fever

On 4 October 2004, I was asked to welcome some stars of the American Idols when they visited the chronically ill children at the Shaw/NKF children’s ward at the National University Hospital (NUH). As the Young Ambassador for the National Kidney Foundation Children’s Medical Fund (CMF), I have many duties. […]

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Meeting Jackie Chan the Great

My mother told me that she got tickets to the Gala Premiere of “The New Police Story” for that very evening! That might not sound like much. However, I was delirious with joy when she revealed that Jackie Chan and Daniel Wu – the stars of the show – were […]

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Hold It! Don’t Reach for the Cane

Corporal punishment does more harm than good – public caning, especially, should be banned. To cane or not to cane – that is the question… …As a child born with brittle bones, I thought I would be safe from being whacked. I was wrong. My father is a strong believer […]

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Not ‘Cool’ to be Seen Helping Disabled

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at his swearing-in-ceremony: “We must also have a place in our hearts and our lives for the disabled, who are our brothers and sisters, too.” Last Saturday, he showed what he meant in concrete terms… …He announced that his Government would set aside $220 […]

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How To Handle Bullies

“If you don’t want to do anything, don’t blame me if I do something nasty”… …that was what I said to my parents after telling them about my problems with bullies in my class. I was at my wits’ end when I was at risk of physical harm. I gave […]

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Aiyah! It’s gold-painted, not gold-plated..

Are we so materialistic that we have to get something in return for everything we do? Perhaps. I was asked by many well-meaning people if I was paid as the Young Ambassador of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Children’s Medical Fund (CMF). When I told them that I was just […]

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