From ‘Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in stable condition in ICU’, 14 May 16, article by Tham Yuen-C, ST
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat was in a stable condition yesterday, the day after he had emergency brain surgery following a stroke.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who visited him at Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), said: “He was sedated. His condition is stable, but he will remain in the ICU for some time.
“He is in very good hands, like all patients at the National Neuroscience Institute.”
…Many Singaporeans showed up at the hospital to ask after Mr Heng’s condition. A table at the hospital’s Heritage Museum was overflowing with flowers, cards and gifts, and had to be expanded.
Yesterday, leaders of nine faiths from the Inter-Religious Organisation came together to pray for a smooth recovery for Mr Heng.
I wish the Minister all the best in his recovery, and may the combined healing powers of the IRO bring the good man back up on his feet again. Singaporean leaders are a hardy bunch who soldier on despite terrible illnesses to serve the nation. Our own PM had to deal with both prostate cancer and lymphoma. His father suffered for the country till the very end.
I’m not sure though, if such resilience creates unnecessary pressure on our ministers to carry on despite being stricken with illness, instead of spending more time with their loved ones and, well, taking things easy for a change. No one should expect Minister Heng to spring back to work after this incident, and if he decides to step down for health reasons, no one should fault him for giving up the portfolio or forsaking his Tampines residents either. MPs have quit on us for far more frivolous reasons.
Still, another job for the inter-religious leaders, who recently paid holy tribute to a dead strongman known to be a recalcitrant agnostic.
The power of united prayer even extends all the way to the victims of US school shootings.
But it seems like this religious ‘supergroup’ is not done chanting incarnations for sick people or those who’re already dead. They also provide prayer services to newly commissioned SAF officers. I don’t know if this prayer package includes other military lowlife like recruits out of BMT, who also occasionally die due to safety lapses too. Still, not sure if anyone still wants to sign up for OCS if it’s so dangerous that you need the combined powers of 9 religious leaders to make sure shit doesn’t happen to you.
They bless inanimate objects too, such as:
(Though they should also pray at major marathons. More people have died running marathons than the past seasons of the F1 Night Race)
The newly opened Downtown Line.
(A ritual which, unfortunately, couldn’t prevent the recent power/signal faults that led to train delays. Or the Pasir Ris freak accident when SMRT staff were killed on track)
Bedok Reservoir, where the souls of the drowned reside.
(Now this probably worked like a charm. Suicides at Bedok Reservoir are at an all time low)
Last but not least. WORLD PEACE FTW! Keep up the good work, IRO!