Helping others is what makes us human

MY heart bled when I met two bubbly boys recently. One was ten years old and the other was three years younger. I was saddened because… …I felt that life had dealt them a cruel blow. Being young and innocent, they certainly do not deserve their fate. Unfortunately, cancer does […]

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They wept at my pain, but gave me a shot at life

“Would you let your sick kid die?” read a headline on the front page of the June 13 edition of TODAY. The report was about… …whether parents, faced with the news that their newborn child was stricken with a life-threatening disease, would withdraw treatment so that the child would not […]

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Father’s Day-and no one noticed

This Sunday is Father’s Day. Unlike Mother’s Day, there isn’t much of an air of excitement around this day… …there is not much publicity. There are hardly any write-ups on fathers. Tributes to fathers are also scarce. Few people talk about it. And the day tends to come and go […]

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Forget about that dream Singapore

I read with interest the series of letters from Today readers some time ago on their “visions for Singapore”, and wondered if the Singapore that the writers want will ever materialise. After giving considerable thought to their wishes, it is my suggestion that we should not entertain too high a […]

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Singapore has many heroes

My Mother’s Day article triggered a suggestion by TODAY reader, Mr Lee Yeau Yin, who was a taekwondo student of my father many, many years ago. Mr Lee feels all of us have our own heroes who deserve to be honoured, and proposed that… …he and I jointly initiate a […]

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The hospital waiting game

Is there a better way of doing things? My answer is:… …”Yes. How do we do it better? Let’s find the way.” I think it is a tragedy to say: “No way. It is impossible. That’s the way we have been doing it. We can’t help it if you find […]

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Thank You for being a Mother

MAY 8 this year will be a special day for me… …It’s my Mum’s birthday and it’s Mother’s Day. Many happy returns, Mum! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful, loving and selfless mothers. Believe me, we children love our mothers more than anything in the world. To us, […]

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TAF? Torture Anyone Fat!

My mother was concerned because I had not been eating much. One day, she asked: “Jeremy, why are you not eating?” That happened when I was about five years old. My response, not the exact words, was: “I don’t want to make it difficult for you to carry me. If […]

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Being good, is Singaporean

“This is typical of Singaporeans,” my friend said while reading the March 16 issue of this newspaper. Referring to the letter from Michael Teo, he said: “How can the commuters ignore the cheerful greetings from the bus captain? Isn’t it natural for you to return a greeting? But being indifferent […]

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Discipline students, but in a productive way

A group of boys was asked to copy a Chinese passage five times. When it was completed, it came to about 15 to 16 foolscap pages. The exercise was not only tedious but also punishing. What’s more – it had nothing to do with the learning of the language. The […]

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