Encouraging that many praying for his recover
My letter to The New Paper on the above subject is published today, Monday 16th May 2016.
Like many Singaporeans, I was deeply saddened to read of Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat suffering a stroke.
It is no mean feat managing the nation’s finances, especially when Singapore has to revive the economy in the face of global uncertainty.
And Mr Heng, with his brilliant mind was just the man to take this up. He has also been handling various important projects, including SG50, the Committee on the Future Economy. And on top of all that, he has to serve as Member of Parliament for his GRC.
It would seem that there was just too much on his plate and the workload could have taken a toll on his health.
Given Mr Heng’s sharp mind, he could have so easily been successful in the private sector and led a quiet life with his family.
Yet, he made sacrifices and put the nation before self.
Mr Heng also showed a keen interest in the welfare of our citizens with special needs and their caregivers. I know this personally from the Singapore Conversation sessions that he chaired.
It is encouraging that so many people, including ministers and Members of Parliament, are praying for Mr Heng’s recovery.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO