My letter to The Straits Times on the above matter is published today, Saturday 14th May 2016.
I was shocked to read of Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s stroke (“Heng Swee Keat undergoes surgery after stroke”; May 13).
Being in charge of the nation’s finances carries a very heavy responsibility and can be stressful.
Mr Heng could have been successful in the private sector and led a quiet life with his family. Yet, he put the nation before self and was willing to make sacrifices. Most certainly, that makes this humble politician a very special gentleman.
When he chaired the first Our Singapore Conversation session, Mr Heng, through the secretariat, invited me to give my views on people with special needs.
I was impressed with his deep concern for the well being of caregivers of the mentally ill. He came across as being totally genuine, showing much empathy, telling me that it was not easy for caregivers to travel this journey.
After hearing my candid sharing, Mr Heng promised to raise my feedback to the Government.
It is encouraging that so many people are praying for Mr Heng’s recovery. We all hope he makes a full recovery.
Raymond Anthony Fernando