My letter on the above matter is published in The New Paper today, Monday 23rd September 2013.
It was a thoughtful gesture for Parliament to celebrate the 90th birthday of Singapore founding prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew last Monday.
Mr Lee showed dedication and commitment by attending the Parliament sitting that day even though it was against doctors’ advice. That’s the mark of a true leader.
There can be no doubt about Mr Lee’s commitment to making a better life for all Singaporeans.
He has personally supported notable initiatives, for instance in education.
I appeal to him to consider another area where a lot can be done. The psychiatric community here is growing and many in this group are struggling to cope.
Some are in dire need of financial assistance. They can’t find jobs because of discrimination; and they are being left behind. Yet many in this group have hidden talent and with training, motivation and encouragement, they can make significant contributions to society.
A fund can be set up to support psychiatric patients and their caregivers in their quest to find meaningful work or to set up a business. Such an initiative can even be a model for other world leaders to support their marginalised citizens.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO