An open letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister for Health & related Govt leaders/agencies
Does it make sense to place a mentally retarded child who is obviously not in her correct state of mind into prison just because no one wants to assist this family? Is this what an inclusive society is all about?
Our mental health care providers, including the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) must work closely together to help ease the suffering and emotional distress which caregivers of the mentally ill face every day in their lonely and isolated lives.
As a society if we cannot feel and show compassion to the vulnerable in our society, then will we ever become a gracious and caring nation? To this end, I am not at all surprised that Singapore was ranked as the most emotionless society in the world, according to a Bloomberg News report on a Gallup survey.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO