Sunday, July 31, 2011

Roslan Bin Ali passed away Saturday 30/7/2011

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A friend passed away ystday after being bedridden for 5 yrs, subsequent to a slipped disc operation. semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas sahabatku Roslan b Ali.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Praying for my former schoolmate Roslan Mohd Ali
Emma Ibrahim January 9 at 7:20pm Reply
Hi soong, Roslan had to go thru a slipdisk operation after contemplating about doing it for almost a year... It was doctors negligence that during ops, the doctors didn't take care of the breathing apparatus that left him without oxygen for more than 10 mins ... Even though he was stable after they revive him, the Doctors still went thru with the ops....only when he didn't wake up after the ops and went into fitting many2 times after the ops, they diagnose him as brain damage .. Or so called hypoxic encyclopathy....now he is still in a coma state... Jemputlah kerumah whenever you are in KL .

(Pergi lah ziarah jika ada kelapangan di alamat no2 jalan baiduri 6 taman baiduri dengkil)

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1491927908563&set=a.1566452531632.78938.1544989640

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Neck Pain and the Effects of Aging

Neck pain and symptoms caused by cervical (neck) spine disorders are common problems as we age. Half of the population will have evidence of degenerative (wear and tear) changes in their cervical spine by the age of fifty years. These changes happen because the intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers between the vertebral bodies of the cervical spine wear out as we grow older. As the intervertebral discs wear out, they begin to collapse, or prolapse, and become less flexible.

There are many instances where non-surgical care for cervical disorders is preferable to surgery in many instances, non-surgical treatment can provide good to excellent results in many patients. Some examples of non-operative treatment include activity modification (adherence to good posture, avoidance of smoking ), non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy, acupuncture, ahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifnd epidural or nerve root block.

Decisions about surgery should be made after careful consideration of the potential benefits of the surgery compared to the risks of the surgery, and the chance that the operation will relieve your pain. For example, if your MRI shows a prolapsed cervical disc that is pushing on a specific nerve , and the physical examination confirms this, then you will probably benefit from removal of the disc and decompression of the nerve.

Must read: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0962994200/curezone-20#reader_0962994200

Invitation to Readers.
Let us lobby together and ask the doctors and scientists in medicine to begin the evaluation of the statements dictated by the new paradigm (solvent) that recognizes the regulatory and reactive hydrolytic functions of water in the human body.

If we are to prevent decompesation and/or achieve relief from pain of disc displacement, we have to make sure that our body is optimally hydrated so that water can leave the main circulatory systems and hydrate (service) the disc core ; also, that the front angle of the intervertebral spaces is kept widely open, until corrective restitution to the physical properties and position of the disc have taken place : How do we do this? Simple body bending exercises and regulated water intake. And correct salinity, daily.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

HEALTH or WEALTH: WHICH IS BETTER

Look to your health ; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience ; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.


These are the words of wisdom and none would question their validity. but there are times when people do value money over health. When a person has been deprived of a thing for too long, he longs for it; and as money is the commodity most in demand people want money to fulfill their needs. Money can help rent or build a house. Money can buy medicines, clothes, fruit and food ; money can pay for the small pleasures of life as well as the big one - maybe a cup of tea or a holiday abroad. Aesthetic and cultural enjoyment - tickets for the latest play, an evening at the opera, an expensive book, the latest L.P. - all these money alone can buy. There are far too many things which are out of the reach of the middle and the working classes. A good education of truth, expensive sports and games like water/snow skiing and golf, traveling in comfort, owning the latest gadgets which add comfort to life - these are things which people with limited incomes cannot buy. The unprecedented unemployment of the present was responsible for a great deal of human misery and resulted in the loss of self-respect, human-respect and dignity. It also forced people to recognize the worth of money and resulted in a disproportionate attachment to the material world.

If one has to choose and even if there is no choice, health is better than wealth. Money is the value of the man-made world - not of the world God created. Health is a god-given grace and let us be grateful for it. Invest your wealth and health in taking care of others as well as you take care of yourself. Bring more health by sharing this water cure to others......



" Ice melts when heated "
"Eyes melt when hated"

Alexander, after conquering many kingdoms,was returning home. On the way, he fell ill and it took him to his death bed. With death staring him in his face,Alexander realized how his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no consequence.

He now longed to reach home to see his mother's face and bid her his last adieu. But, he had to accept the fact that his sinking health would not permit Him to reach his distant homeland.

So, the mighty conqueror lay prostrate and pale, helplessly waiting to breathe his last. He called his generals and said,"I will depart from this world soon,I have three wishes, please carry out them out without fail."

With tears flowing down their cheeks,the generals agreed to abide by their king's last wishes.

"My first desire is that", said Alexander, "My physicians alone must carry my coffin."

After a pause, he continued,"Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury".

The king felt exhausted after saying this. He took a minute's rest and continued. "My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin".

The people who had gathered there wondered at the king's strange wishes. But no one dared bring the question to their lips. Alexander's favorite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart.
"O king, we assure you that your wishes will all be fulfilled.
But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?"

At this Alexander took a deep breath and said:
"I would like the world to know of the
three lessons I have just learnt.

Lessons to learn from last 3 wishes of King Alexander...

I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people
should realize that no doctor can really cure any body.
They are powerless and cannot save a person
from the clutches of death.
So let not people take life for granted.

The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other
riches on the way to the graveyard is to tell
People that not even a fraction of gold
will come with me.


I spent all my life earning riches but cannot take
anything with me.
Let people realize that it is a sheer waste
of time to chase wealth.

And about my third wish of having my hands
dangling out of the coffin,
I wish people to know that I came empty handed
into this world and
empty handed I go out of this world".

With these words, the king closed his eyes.
Soon he let death conquer him and
breathed his last. . . .

LESSONS TO LEARN
Remember, your good health is in
your own hands, look after it.
Wealth is only meaningful if you can enjoy
while you are still alive and kicking.
What you do for yourself dies with you but
what you do for others, lives on.
It is called "Legacy."

Life is ten percent what you make it
and
ninety percent how you take it!

Friday, July 29, 2011

FALSE APPENDICITIS PAIN

A severe pain can sometimes appear on the right lower abdominal region. It can mimic an inflammation of the appendix and present some similarity to the pain of early appendicitis. Other distinguishing characteristics are not seen - there is no rise in body temperature, no guarding and renderness in the abdominal wall, and no feeling of nausea. One or two glasses of plain water will relieve this lower right abdominal pain. One glass of water can serve as a diagnostic tool

In Summary : Dyspeptic pain, Bulimia

is a thirst signal associated with chronic or severe dehydration in the human body . it can also exist in conjunction with other thirst pains of the body. Read Samuel Liguori's letter . He had both hiatal hernia and anginal pain. With water intake, one pain disappeared and the other diminished significantly after only one week.

Dyspeptic pain, no matter what other pathological label is attached to it, should be treated by regular sufficient intake of water. The current use of antacids and histamine-blocking agents is not to the benefit of a chronically dehydrated person whose body has resorted to crying for water.

One of the most misunderstood and upsetting conditions that is a complication of severe dehydration is bulimia. People who suffer this condition have constant "hunger." When they eat, they cannot retain food and have an uncontrollable urge to vomit. In these people, their "hunger" is, is in fact, an indicator of thirst, and their urge to vomit is the protection mechanism explain in another post in this blog. If bulimics begin to rehydrate their bodies well and drink water before they eat, this problem should disappear.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

WATER Elegancy triumphs over excessive drugs

Medicine has traditionally divided the human body study-logy into so many specialties and subspecialities based on the different body organs ' way of revealing their water shortages. Each of these groups has its own rituals for investigating within its "fiefdom." The pharmaceutical industry has accommodated physicians and has designed medications that are used in that particular "domain" of medicine. This is why, when dehydration manifest itself in more than one organ or domain of the human body, the patient is forced to see many different specialists to address his or her organ-specific symptoms. Hence the use of so many different pills and treatment procedures, in the same person, for the same underlying cause - dehydration.Here is demonstrate how water alone naturally reverses multiple health concerns.


It is never too late or too early to revise and be wise again for the rest of our journey.......

Use Water-cure. Rather be thankful for the timely warning, and do something about it.

Drink at least 10% of your own daily water-quota (31.42 ml multiply by your present body weight(kg), every 90 minutes. Use 1/4 teaspoon of sea-salt in your daily diet, for every 1250 ml water drank.

Pain is a sign/signal produced by dehydration in the human body. Pain may be common but it is not normal.

To simplify complications is the FIRST essential of success.

drink enough water daily to destress your distress

INITIALLY SILENT COMPENSATION MECHANISMS ASSOCIATED WITH DEHYDRATION
When the human body becomes dehydrated, the physiological processes that establish are the same ones that occur when coping with stress. Dehydration equals stress, and once stress establishes, there is an associated mobilization of primary materials from the body stores. This process "mops up" some of the water reserves of the body. Consequently, dehydration causes stress, ans stress causes further dehydration.

In stress, several hormonal overrides becomes operative. The human body assumes a crisis situation and begins to mobilize for a fight-or-flight response. The body does not seem to recognize the social transformation of humans. It assesses all situations of stress as though a fight-or-flight stance has to be maintained, even with stresses associated with work in an office. Several strong hormones are secreted and remain"triggered" until the human body gets out of its stressful situation. These hormones are mainly endorphins, cortisone release factor, prolactin, vasopressin, and renin-angiotensin.

Lofe worth you much? Live

"Is It Worth It"

Ecclesiastes 4:1-8 : Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now? (v.8).

Lou Gehrig may not have died from Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Hall of Fame pro baseball player is the namesake for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating neurological disease that slowly paralyzes its victims and ultimately leads to death. New research reveals that Gehrig may not have had ALS, but exhibited similar symptoms due to blows to his head. Gehrig was the legendary Iron-Man who played in 2,130 consecutive baseball games. He started one game the day after he was hit by a pitch, with a bump on his head so large that he wore George “Babe” Ruth’s larger cap. We praise Gehrig for his resolve to play through pain, but his commitment to baseball may have led to the disease that killed him. Gehrig was really good at what he did, but what he did may have ruined his life.

Is it worth it? (Ecclesiastes 4:8). This question nags at the young lawyer eating takeout as she proofreads documents deep into the night. Her job drains the joy from her life but she owes too much to the bank to do anything else.

Is it worth it? This question haunts the dreams of the traveling businessman. He’s making more money than he can responsibly spend, but he’s gone more than he’s home.

If you have drive and talent, most likely you’re good at what you do. But don’t let the good get in the way of what’s best. You owe it to God, yourself, and those who love you to ask the big question: ”Who am I working for?” (v.8).

Is your career, business, or obsession with blogging or writing a novel keeping you from the people you love most?

You may be really good at what you do, but what you do may be ruining your life. Is it worth it? —Mike Wittmer

Is it worth it?

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Read Psalm 90 to discover how to become wise about life and making daily decisions.


List the most important people in your life.
Do your choices typically help or hurt your relationships?
What can you do right now—and long-term—to show them that they greatly matter to you? How can you show God that He matters most?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MrTan Kin Lian :Leadership Guided by Values

Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment must be received prior to confirmation of your seat.
Please make your cheque payable to “Marketing Institute of Singapore”.

Leaders have to make decisions and bring their followers
along with them. Good leadership is important in
business as well as in society. Good decisions will lead to
sustainable business models that have impact over a long
time and contribute to the well being of the enterprise.
A set of values can be the guide to make good decisions.
When leaders are able to articulate these values that
can be understood and accepted by the followers, the
decisions that are taken will be consistent with the values
and will have long term impact on the business.

The speaker Mr Tan Kin Lian
will explain the set of
values that he has adopted in building a large business
organisation over a period of 30 years.
Mr Tan Kin Lian qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in
1975. He joined NTUC Income in 1977 as the Chief Executive Officer.
During a period of 30 years, he built up the business, assets and
sphere of influence.
From a base of $28 million, the total assets increased to over $17
billion as the time of his retirement on 1 March 2008. NTUC Income
is a leading life and general insurance co-operative in Singapore.
From 1992 to 1997, he was Chairman of the International Cooperative
and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF), an international
organisation representing 123 insurance groups in 65 countries.
Mr Tan was conferred the Friend of Labor Award in 1978, the Public
Service Medal in 1983, the Rochdale Medal Award in 1992, the
Financial Personality of the Year Award in 2000, the 2001 International
Management Action Award, the Public Service Star in 2004, Leading
CEO Award 2005 and the Friend of I.T in 2007.


27 JULY 2011, WEDNEsday
6.30pm - 9.00pm @ Rock Auditorium
(3 Temasek Boulevard #03-063/065 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983)
Member: $15 • Non-Member: $30
Guest Speaker: Tan Kin Lian

Tel: 6327 7593 / 592 I Email: membership@mis.org.sg I Website: www.mis.org.sg/membership
MIS Members enjoy free entry when they register with 2 non-members

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Thank you.



Tan Kin Lian

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www.tankinlian.blogspot.com


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Does the President have freedom of speech under the constitution?
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Insight into Tan Kin Lian

This article writes about the history and values of Tan Kin Lian.

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Kin Lian: Fear of responsibility a serious problem

by Tanya Fong
04:46 AM Jul 28, 2011
SINGAPORE - At his first public talk since he put his name forward to contest in the Presidential Election, former NTUC Income CEO Tan Kin Lian yesterday cited Singaporeans' fear of taking responsibility as a "serious problem".

Mr Tan, who has said that his presidential campaign will be guided by his "personal values of honesty, fairness, positive attitude, courage and public service", was delivering a talk at the Marketing Institute of Singapore themed "Leadership Guided By Values".

During the question-and-answer session, Mr Tan was asked by an audience member how would he be able to "influence the political and economic climate of Singapore" through his leadership

Mr Tan replied that many people who approach him for help "find that I'm very different".

He said: "I take over and help them as best as I can. Sometimes I can't handle it but they know that I'll take over and ask someone else for help to find a solution."

Mr Tan noted that, too often, people finger-point rather than take responsibility.

He then gave an anecdote of how a Singaporean approached the police for help with another resident whose car was making a lot of noise every morning. The person was told by the police to approach the Land Transport Authority (LTA) instead, said Mr Tan.

He pointed out that the police should have taken over the complaint and sorted it out internally with LTA, so that the resident did not have to "run all over the place".

Adding that Singaporeans' fear of taking responsibility leads to the fear of making decisions, Mr Tan reiterated that values such as trust, honesty and courage are important for self-improvement.

Mr Tan said that these were the values that guided him in his 30-year tenure at NTUC Income, where he began his career in 1977. Instead of bowing to pressure to overcharge customers, he said, the insurance cooperative adopted a different business model by offering good products to customers, keeping operating costs low and reducing commission to agents while helping them to earn more through productivity.

He noted that the model helped NTUC Income grow to a large organisation with over one million customers and assets of S$17 billion.

Presidential hopeful Tan Kin Lian. TODAY FILE PHOTO



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1 - 3 of 19 responses to "Kin Lian: Fear of responsibility a serious problem"

Updated 05:59 PM July 28, 2011
I can never get it, this constant harping by TKL about wanting to be a voice of the people.

If TKL had truly wanted to speak for the people, then he ought to have run in the last GE2011. As a MP, there are established mechanisms to tap people's views e.g. meet-the-people sessions, parliamentary debates.

Why didn't TKL run for MP? All he did was to make guest appearances and speeches at SDP and NSP rallies. For those who heard him speak (look up Youtube), please assess honestly whether he is cut out to become our President.

George Yeo
Updated 05:25 PM July 28, 2011
It is very very obvious that the PAP govt is trying its best to 'gun down' TKL by using its proxies - including even university professors.

It is a load of rubbish to insist that the EP has to be apolitical in order to perform his duties. Although the present govt received only 60% of the vote it is performing none the less, although 40% of the voters are decided against it.

It is typically Machiavellian behaviour of the PAP to create the EP requiring the people of Singapore to vote him in, yet he is not supposed to speak and represent them in issues that greatly involve and affect them! Why not when the so called people's rep are not doing their job and are allowing themselves to be the rubber stamp of the govt, ignoring the interest of the people. Then there is also the issue of pork barrel politics of the PAP -sing the country's money to LITERALLY buy votes from naive and ignorant voters. The govt has NO MORAL AUTHORITY or STANDING to tell the EP what he can and cannot do. It is hypocritical behaviour.
The GRC system results in scores of PAP MPs entering parliament without the real support of the people. This is well known, no need to dwell on it here.

Any time Singaporeans would be better off with TKL than either TT or TCB. TKL gets my vote. BUT, I believe the govt would pull out all the stops to prevent him for entering the race or winning. LKY and his cronies are known for their dirty tricks, and TKL is indeed very brave to step into the ring for our sake.

Sam
Updated 04:27 PM July 28, 2011
Simple> Uh what did Nathan ever do as president anyway?

All these attacks on TKL... guess ppl are afraid he's going to get elected over Oil slick Tony.

Simple
Updated 04:23 PM July 28, 2011
I respect Tan KL for his help to some sggrieved mini-bonds investors. But he still has to share publicly why he chose the presidential over the recent political election to further his opposing views on government policies which he propounded at rallies of opposition party. Comparatively, the presidency route is more glamorous and less ardous. Is he motivated by these factors?

SIMPLE

Updated 04:11 PM July 28, 2011
I respect Tan KL for championing some aggrieved investors in the Mini-bongs saga. But that act of public service alone is not sufficient to qualify him to be a potential presidential. Apart from that and some sound-good speeches, not much is known about him, his character, temperament, and ambition. While I share many of his critical views of specific government policies in the media, at rallies of oppostion parties and his proclaimation to continue to do so if elected as president, I am doubtful of his choice of the presidential over the recent political election to further the cause and his push for political changes. The parliamentary route is comparatively more ardous and less glamourous but is the appropriate one for his purpose and even to push for a more robust presidential role. The use of the presidential platform to oppose the govertment is both disruptive and divisive for the country. Having said that, he is a more preferred candidate by default versus PAP-connected ones.

Mmm
Updated 02:13 PM July 28, 2011
But tan kin lian IS that ugly to begin with .....lol

Not Endorsed - Funny Pictures
Updated 02:06 PM July 28, 2011
ShittyTimes, Toaday, Mediacorpse - all mouthpiece / proPAPganda machine of the Lee Dynasty take it upon themselves to put up the worse, ugliest, funnies, caricatures of anyone that would run against their person of choice in any elections.

CheeSoonJuan / Chiam See Tong / JBJ and now TanKinLian pictures have been chosen to show them in the weirdest gesture, or criminal looking, or gaunt and old.

The EDITORS OF ALL THESE MEDIA should go to **** for their corrupt use of power.


Sniper
Updated 01:55 PM July 28, 2011
My experience was with the MP at the "meet the people session" in Sembawang, which I'm grateful to this day.

I reported my problem to the MP Mr Khaw. The case was originated as a "Seller and Buyer" dispute which was ended up in the small claims tribunal.

He listened very seriously. He didn't redirect me to police or CASE or anywhere. But advised me to wait one day for a phone call.

The next day I received a call from the "Ministry of Law". In short the case was satisfactorily settled and both parties were happy.

Why I'm writing this?

Please know : On this little red dot there are many people who love their people and country more than each of us would claim to be. They don't want to see their country insecure.

Every morning please kneel infront your alter and pray:

1. I shall develop empathy, kidness and love to all mankind and beings.

2. I shall be patient to everyone all the times, and

3. I shall keep in my heart and accomplish forgiveness to all.

Yoru mind will be at peace and serenity and your God will look after you wherever you are, whatever you are doing, and success will be there right infront of you.


Soong See Choo
Updated 01:19 PM July 28, 2011
For respect to the request by the organiser of the event nt toask anything regarding the Presidential Election , the original full question posed was condensed from this version to the one below. Real original version read : Mr, Tan Kin Lian, in the coming weeks mare Singaporeans look to you for your unique take on how the Presidential Election will shape up. What I like best about your blog is that you bring very up-to-date local political decisions, happenings and policies afeect each and every one of us .
Too often people are rigid on their style and flexible on their principles - the exact opposite of what you recommend.
Mr Tan, tell us, in what elegance way are you able to influence the ruling party (changed to "business climate and political climate") of Singapore for better governance through your leadership guided by values which you have share and presented so clearly this evening?

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Soong See Choo
Updated 01:10 PM July 28, 2011
Here is the question posed to Tan Kin Lian in full:" Too often people are rigid on their style and flexible on their principles - the exact opposite of what you recommend. Mr Tan, tell us, in what elegance way are you able to influence the business climate and political climate of Singapore for better governance through your leadership guided by values which you have share and presented so clearly this evening? "

georgia tong
Updated 11:51 AM July 28, 2011
Govt sector is famous for their re-directing. Even within the same board / dept - they still will redirect you instead of finding out or get the person to call you back.

They can even get basic customer service pointer right. So don;t talk about taking responsibility. Definitely not their cup of tea.

Simply Disgusting
Updated 11:21 AM July 28, 2011
I agree it is not the fear of responsibility.

It is the simply COMPLETE ABSENCE of responsible responsibility. Look ! So glaring as hugh broad daylight - the leaders DO NOT OWN up to owning the responsibility of failing to handle the problem of floods, the problem of overspending of YOG budget, the problem of packed trains, skyhigh home prices etc.

Which Leader had SINCERELY done so - to admit straight directly from the bottom of his heart, that he has humbly failed. Even apologies are slanted..

And look, didnt someone just claimed Singaporeans 'ARE THRIVING'. Shockingly, what is THAT? Who is thriving? How is he thriving?

Goodness me, am I a child or what !!

De Leviathan @ Sg

Updated 11:15 AM July 28, 2011
For roles and responsibilities of the EP, these could be and are defined by the Constitution.

When its "Voice of the People" ... The Constitution would not be able to define this, or rather dictate the "scope" of what people want to say freely.

Obviously, the EP will be intelligent enough to reflect the "Voice of the People" only relating to his "Roles and responsibilities". Certainly, this should not be a "minority" voice. Whether or not the EP will "go wrong" whilst speaking up, it is a performance issue. Choose one who is logically with the right "values".

Due to "structural issues" with governance as pointed out by Mr Tan KL, is it then necessary to see where the thin line falls between the role and responsibilities of the Govt with "executive powers" and those of the EP with "custodial powers"? Our Govt now wants to keep them separate and distinct.

So if MPs and the Govt., given the "executive" powers; chose to "ignore" or "keep quiet", should the EP then speaks up as ""Voice of the People", while representing the majority (both technically, as empowered by the people's votes; and practically, as collecting and representing people's views)

Next is whether the Constitution should give the EP a "leeway" to say more outside his "authorised" roles and responsibilities which are defined by the Constitution. Again, if the Govt refuses to amend the Constitution in this respect, can the EP raise this up openly?

Soong See Choo
Updated 10:15 AM July 28, 2011
Tan Kin Lian is one unique personality who can help unite present government and Singaporeans to weather the dark storms ahead with values of sincere honesty, human-center fairness, positive attitude, courage to stand up in altruitic community service spirit, not to enrich oneself but to enhance others quality of life. I endorse him as next Singapore President with respect and honesty.

Sam
Updated 09:18 AM July 28, 2011
At least TKL won't be like Nathan, the bo-sia president, who just bent over or close one eye to the MIW.
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Pathetic
Updated 09:09 AM July 28, 2011
It is not the fear of responsibility!! It is the lack of taking responsibilities by the authorities who is creating the frustration in its people!!

Darren
Updated 08:01 AM July 28, 2011
Mr Tan KL has spoken out truely of what many felt. He has a correct principle in handling of daily issues by authorities that we faced. It is therefore important to have an honest leader to lead those given the duties to look after the people of our nation and exercise fairness and willingness to serve.
I believe he makes a good choice for the coming EP. Lets make our own future and choose a leader with honesty and strong believe that our predecesors have. This is the chance that we may have to re-build our nation for peace and stability for all our people.

Alan
Updated 07:35 AM July 28, 2011
He said: "I take over and help them as best as I can. Sometimes I can't handle it but they know that I'll take over and ask someone else for help to find a solution."
Mr Tan noted that, too often, people finger-point rather than take responsibility.
He then gave an anecdote of how a Singaporean approached the police for help with another resident whose car was making a lot of noise every morning. The person was told by the police to approach the Land Transport Authority (LTA) instead, said Mr Tan.
He pointed out that the police should have taken over the complaint and sorted it out internally with LTA, so that the resident did not have to "run all over the place".
Don’t do anything about it?

Source from links :
http://www.todayonline.com/TalkBack/Singapore/EDC110728-0000076/Kin-Lian--Fear-of-responsibility-a-serious-problem


http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110728-0000076/Kin-Lian--Fear-of-responsibility-a-serious-problem



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Two candidates, two approaches
by Ng Jing Yng
04:46 AM Jul 23, 2011

In contrast, former NTUC Income CEO Tan Kin Lian yesterday publicly called on Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to "take urgent steps to revamp the public transport system in Singapore by increasing the capacity and encouraging more effective competition among the public transport operators".

In recent years, Mr Tan Kin Lian has suggested ways to improve public transport. Yesterday, he also asked the authorities to give "urgent consideration" to his earlier proposals, including greater regulation.

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Elected president can be voice of the people


ASSISTANT Professor Wan Wai Yee ('Don't politicise role of president'; last Thursday) argued that the president should stay within the powers of the Constitution and avoid 'politicising' its role. However, she did not explain what she meant by 'politicising'.

If someone offers a view that is different from the stand taken by the Government, will it be considered 'politicising'? To find solutions that are best for the people, it is better to openly discuss issues and consider various points of view, before coming to a decision.

The Government and the president are elected by the people to perform their duties as stated in the Constitution - but the ultimate aim is to improve the lives of the people. The president is required to carry out certain specific duties that are intended to act as a check and balance on the Government, primarily to prevent abuse of power and corrupt practices.

To exercise this power effectively, the president needs to be in touch with ordinary people who are affected directly by these issues. In doing so, the president may hear views that fall outside of his constitutional duties but are still important to the people.

I agree with Prof Wan that it is the primary duty of Parliament to discuss these issues and pass the necessary laws to implement the solutions. We should, however, be aware of the structural weaknesses in our current governance where, for a variety of reasons, many of the hot-button issues affecting the livelihoods of the people were not actively debated in Parliament. It was only days prior to the last general election that the Prime Minister realised the extent of the people's unhappiness and apologised twice for the shortcomings of his government.

It is likely that the newly elected Parliament will continue to face the same structural issues and obstacles.

The elected president can play a useful role in being an additional channel for the people to bring legitimate issues to the attention of the Government. To regain the trust of the people and restore pride in our country, the Government has to show that it is willing to hear the voice of the people and consider their views. The elected president can help in these tasks.

Tan Kin Lian

The high cost of living
. It is not sufficient for the Government to explain that the higher prices are due to external factors. The people expect the Government to find effective ways to deal with this problem. This is what voters elected the Government to do. What can the current Government do about the high cost of living in Singapore?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lump, Get out from me !

Breast Lump: Get It Out

Let me reproduce an e-mail which I received from a lady in Italy on 26 June 2010.

Dear Dr. Teo,

My sister has a lump in her left breast. She found out about this lump, it was the size of a dollar coin, three years ago. Last year when she finally decided to tell us, her family, about it, it was already one breastful, 8cm in diameter. But she has decided not to do any surgery. It’s hard to accept her decision. My parents are very sad, but I’m trying to live with this. I know she’s very afraid but tries to act as if nothing’s happening.

Read more: http://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/07/23/breast-lump-get-it-out/


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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Source Of Error In Medicine: ASSUMPTION

The human body is composed of 25 % solid matter (the solute) and 75% water (solvent). Exploit the obvious. If we solve the 75% of water necessity daily, the balance of 25 % will solve itself naturally.

Brain tissue consist of 85 percent water. When the phase of inquiry into the workings of the body began, because the scientific parameters and a very broad knowledge of chemistry had already become well-established, it automatically became the assumption that the same understandings that were developed within the discipline of chemistry applied to the body's solute composition.

It was therefore assumed that the solute composition is the reactive regulator of all functions of the body. At the very onset of research into the human body, the water content of the body was assumed to act only as a solvent, space filler, and a means of transport ---the same views that were generated from test tube experiments in chemistry. No other functional properties were attributed to the solvent material. The basic understanding in today's "scientific" medicine -- which has been inherited from an educational program established at the dawn of systematic learning -- also regards solutes as regulators and water as only a solvent and a means of transporting material in the human body. The human body is even now regarded as a large "test tube" full of solids of different nature, and the water in the body as a chemically insignificant "packing material."

In science, it has been assumed that it is the solutes (substances that are dissolved or carried in the blood and serum in the body) that regulate all the activities of the body. This includes the regulation of its water (the solvent) intake, which until now has been assumed to be well-regulated. It is PRESUMED, because water is freely available and one doe NOT have to pay for it, that the body has no business falling short of something that is easy to obtain !

Under the ERRONEOUS ASSUMPTION, all the human-applied research has been directed toward the identification of any one "particular" substance that can be held responsible for causing a disease. Therefore, all the suspected possible fluctuations and variation of elemental changes have been tested without a clear-cut solution to a single disease problem . Accordingly, all treatments are palliative and none seems to be curative ( except for bacterial infections and the use of antibiotics). Hypertension is not generally cured ;it is treated during the lifetime of a person. Asthma is not cured; inhalers are the constant companions of the afflicted. Peptic ulcer is not cured ; antacids have to be nearby all the time. Allergies are not cured; victims is always dependent on drugs-medication. Actually all these patients are experiencing prolonged cellular dehydration, and water is the only remedy. Arthritis is not cured ; it eventually cripples; and so on.

Based on this preliminary assumption of the role of water, it has become a practice to regard a "dry mouth" as a sign and sensation of body water needs, which are further assumed to be well-regulated if the sensation of "dry mouth" is not present, possibly because water is abundant and free. This is an absurdly ERRONEOUS and confusion-generating view in medicine and entirely responsible for the lack of success in finding permanent preventive solutions to disease emergence in the human body, despite so much co$tly research.

I treated more than three thousand (3000) peptic ulcer sufferers with water alone. I discovered for the first time in medicine that this "classic disease" of the body responds to water by itself. Clinically, it became obvious that this condition resembled a thirst "dis-ease." not a disease. Under the same environmental and clinical settings, other "disease" conditions seemed to respond to water by itself. Extensive research has proven my clinical observations that the human body has a variety of most sophisticated thirst signals - integrated signal systems during regulation of the available water at times of dehydration.

Naturally, chronic dehydration of the human body means persistent water shortage that has become established for some time. The most efficient methods of treating the associated disorders is by supplementing the missing or shortage ingredient: water. Accordingly, if we begin to recognize the health complications of chronic dehydration, their prevention and even early cure become simple.

My scientific views in medicine were peer reviewed before I presented my paradigm change information as a guest lecturer at an international cancer conference in 1987.This confirms the validity of the views on chronic dehydration ; water deficit as a disease producer. Chronic dehydration is the root cause of most major degenerative disease of the human body, diseases whose cause was not clear until now. Now with this new knowledge about water metabolism and water body integrity maintenance we know the etiology of disease : water deficit.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

How to heal

a sick healthcare system from the ministry of health of the government of the day.

1: What's wrong with healthcare today?

2: Remember your lastest visit to your doctor(s)?

3:Poorly organised patients + rushed doctors = badly performed consultation/misdiagnosis/prognosis = poor medical care.

4: How can we improve this ?

THE PARADIGM THAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED


What is a paradigm, and how does it change ?

A paradigm is the most basic understanding on which new knowledge is generated.

As an example, the earlier understanding was that the Earth was flat.

The new understanding is that Earth is round.

The roundness of the earth is the basic paradigm to the design of all maps, globes, recognition of stars in the sky, and calculations for space travel.

Thus, the earlier paradigm for holding the Earth to be flat was inaccurate.

It is the correct understanding of the Earth as a sphere that has made advancement in many fields of science possible.

This change in paradigm is basic to our progress in many fields of science of humanity.

The shift in that paradigm and the transformation it brought about did not occur easily. many in the the mainstream practices based on old inaccurate paradigm will fight or proverbially 'kill' the promoters of new paradigm shift.

Adoption of a fundamentally significant new paradigm in the science of human medicine is more difficult, even if the outcome is highly desirable and desperately needed by society.

THE SOURCE OF ERROR IN MEDICINE

Lupus is due to overtime prolonged chronic dehydration

. Drink water drink water drink water .

Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) is a long-term autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacks normal body tissues as though they were foreign substances, causing inflammation and tissue damage throughout the body. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, skin rashes, and muscle and joint pain.

Inflammation caused by lupus can affect the skin, the joints, and most other organ systems in the body, including the kidneys, heart, lungs, and nervous system. It causes a variety of symptoms depending on which organ systems are affected and how severely they are affected.

Some people may have severe episodes; others have a milder form of the disease. Symptoms of lupus may come and go in episodes called flares. There is no cure for lupus. Home treatment and, if needed, medications to control inflammation are the primary treatments.

The most common and serious type of lupus is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); the four other types are discoid/cutaneous, subacute cutaneous, drug-induced systemic, and neonatal lupus. Lupus is more common in women than in men.

Last Revised: May 7, 2010

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Really sick joke from the Health care communities to the public citizens

You Won’t Believe Who’s Now Teaching Dietitians Their Education Courses…
Posted on July 11, 2011 by CA Care (www.cacare.com )

According to the American Dietetic Association, registered dietitians are now given formal education by the Coca Cola Company Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness on how safe its ingredients are.

Oh, what a joke … really, sick joke! Are you and your children going to be told that drinking all those canned drinks — whatever brand it is — is good for health?



Read more:http://www.anh-usa.org/dietitians-are-buying-cokes-line/">http://www.anh-usa.org/dietitians-are-buying-cokes-line/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/09/why-do-dieticians-believe-sugar-fluoride-artificial-colors-are-safe-for-children.aspx

To put blinkers over our eyes … they created a very high sounding-name-institute … click this link,

http://www.beverageinstitute.org/en_US/pages/webinar-childrensdietary-cpe.html

And mind you with support from Health Experts …. You believe that?

The ADA is sponsored by the soda and junk food industries—which we feel greatly tarnishes the organization’s credibility. And you may recall that the ADA has mounted a state-by-state campaign to make sure that its Commission is the only one which will be accepted as a credentialing body for both registered dietitians and nutritionists.

There are, of course, significant philosophical differences between nutritionists and dietitians—they represent two different fields of study and practice. By accepting only a single credentialing agency—one run by the dietitians, not nutritionists—state boards are establishing a “one-size-fits-all” standard which removes all competition, essentially handing the ADA a government mandated monopoly over nutritional therapy.

Lymphoma ... a review

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Friday, July 15, 2011

one man, matchless among billions,

life, we aspire a free nation, language, love of truth, justice, liberty shone, shines today.

disputes over sporting events turned violent: supporters and players clashed, death , injuries, pot-shots.

honesty, integrity , impartiality.

what was true, good and right, and just , I would never surrender : I would die before I would surrender my ideas of those.

i have always wanted to deal with everyone I meet candidly and honestly. If i have made any assertion not warranted by facts, and it is pointed out to me, i will withdraw it cheerfully.

quest for truth and love of the law and freedom hat stood as the moral center of my character.

every man or woman is said to have his or her peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, i can say for one that i have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far i shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed.

there is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.

passion has helped us, but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defense.

i believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood ; and the accidental truth of the assertion does not justify or excuse him.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Increase Odd of Winning against cancer ......

CANCER: How to Make Decisions to Increase Your Odd of Winning

We make decisions every day. Some decisions are just over trivial matters. For some people, their decisions can be a “mother” of all decisions – especially if you or your loved one is being diagnosed with dreadful diseases like cancer. The consequence of your decisions can be a matter of living or dying. I always say this to cancer patients, Listen to whatever comments or advices others give you, but remember that at the end of it all, you and you alone are going to bear the consequences of that decision. YOU suffer or you die, NOT them.



Read more: http://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/07/02/cancer-how-to-make-decisions-to-increase-your-odd-of-winning/



Happy reading,

Sunday, July 3, 2011

SignThe Petition for Yosef Nadarkhani, a Prisoner of Conscience in Iran

URGENT!! Halt The Execution Of Iranian Christian Yosef Nadarkhani For "Apostasy"


Published by John S. Burke on Jun 30, 2011
Target: Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay,
Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament

Region: GLOBAL
Web site: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/urgent-halt-the-execution-of-iranian-christian-yosef.html


Background :
On June 28, 2011, Iranian Supreme Court confirmed Yosef Nadarkhani’s death penalty and refused his objection to the sentence issued by the lower court.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Yosef Nadarkhani has been charged with apostasy at the age of nineteen and converting to Christianity. Iranian judicial authorities also state that Yosef Nadarkhani has preached Christianity for years.

Accordingly, Gilan Province Court, Branch 11, has sentenced Yosef Nadarkhani to death penalty on charges of apostasy and preaching Christianity.

Yosef Nadarkhani has been locked up in Rasht Prison since October 12, 2009. If the death penalty is carried out, it will be the first official hanging for apostasy and conversation to Christianity in the last twenty years.

On December 3, 1990, Pastor Hussein Sodmand was hanged in Mashhad Prison for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Pastor Sodmand is the only priest who has been officially executed by the Islamic Judiciary Branch for apostasy and conversation to Christianity.

Petition:

We the undersigned URGENTLY demand that the international community act forcefully to compel the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMMEDIATELY vacate the illegal death sentence against Yosef Nadarkhani for "apostasy". He is a prisoner of conscience sentenced to die for nothing more than peacefully practicing the religion of his choice.

This barbaric sentence does not only violate international laws, treaties and covenants to which Iran is a signatory state, but it is an intolerable affront to the very norms of modern civilization which form the raison d'ĂȘtre for the international community's institutions.

ALL AVENUES MUST BE ACTIVELY PURSUED AND EXHAUSTED TO SAVE THE LIFE OF YOSEF NADARKHANI AND SECURE HIS IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE!
Sign the petition {{Click the website above to sign the petition}}


The URGENT!! Halt The Execution Of Iranian Christian Yosef Nadarkhani For "Apostasy" petition to Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: yosef nadarkhani, death penalty, execution, apostasy, christianity, iran, islamic republic of iran, religious freedom, freedom of religion, political prisoners, prisoners of conscience.

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Another Prisoner Story , Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D.

Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D., an internationally renowned researcher, author and advocate of the natural healing power of water, was born in Iran in 1931. He attended Fettes College in Scotland and was a graduate of St. Mary's Hospital Medical School of London University, where he studied under Sir Alexander Fleming, who shared the Nobel prize for the discovery of penicillin.

Dr. Batmanghelidj practiced medicine in the United Kingdom before returning to Iran where he played a key role in the development of hospitals and medical centers. he also helped establish sport projects for youth in Iran, including The Ice Palace in Tehran, the first ice skating and sports complex in the Middle East.


When the Iranian Revolution broke out in 1979, Dr.Batmanghelidj was placed in the infamous Evin Prison as a political prisoner for two years and seven months. It was there he discovered the the healing powers of water.
One night, Dr.Batmanghelidj had to treat a fellow prisoner with crippling peptic ulcer pain. With no medications at his disposal, Dr.Batmanghelidj gave him two glasses of water . Within eight minutes, his pain disappeared. He was instructed to drink two glasses of water every three hours and became absolutely pain free for his four remaining months in the prison.

Dr.Batmanghelidj successfully treated 3,000 fellow prisoners suffering from stress-induced peptic ulcer disease with water alone.

While in prison he conducted extensive research into the medicinal effects of water in preventing and relieving many painful degenerative diseases. Even proved an ideal "stress laboratory," and despite his being offered an earlier release, Dr. Batmanghelidj chose to stay an extra four months in prison to complete his research into the relationship of dehydration and bleeding peptic ulcer disease. The report of his findings was published as the editorial of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in June 1983. The New York Times Science Watch reported this discovery on June 21, 1983.


On his release from Evin Prison i 1982, Dr.Batmanghelidj escaped from Iran and came to America. At the Foundation for the Simple in Medicine he began to research the effect of chronic unintentional dehydration on the human body . His finding were published in the Foundation's "Journal of Science in medicine Simplified" in 1991 and 1992. They can be read on the website www.watercure.com .

Dr.Fereydoon Batmanghelidj wrote his first self-help book "Your Body's Many Cries for Water" in 1992, in which he stated that a dry mouth is not a reliable indicator of dehydration.
The body signals its water shortage by producing pain. Dehydration actually produces pain and many degenerative diseases, including asthma, arthritis, hypertension, angina, adult-onset diabetes, lupus and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Batmanghelidj's message to the world is, "You are not sick, you are thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication."

Dr.Fereydoon Batmanghelidj devoted the last 20 years of his life promoting public awareness of the healing powers of water. This blogger hope you can do a noble public service by introducing and sharing this blog to all your contact. Thank you for your public service. His work has created an international community that has embraced the natural healing of the water cure. His ground-breaking book "Your Body's Many Cries for Water" has been translated into 20 languages and continues to inspire readers all over the world.

R.I.P.
Dr.Fereydoon Batmanghelidj died of complications from pneumonia on November 15, 2004, in VIrginia, U.S.A. He was 73.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fighting serious $$$$$ cancer bu$ine$$

Outrageous Truth: Cruel Injustice Against an Honest Man Who Had Found A Credible Cure for Cancer

http://vimeo.com/24821365

Burzynski, the Movie (Duration 1 hour and 48 minutes without commercial break)

takes the audience through the treacherous, yet victorious, 14-year journey both Dr. Burzynski and his patients have had to endure in order to obtain FDA-approved clinical trials of Antineoplastons. This documentary



As with anything that changes current-day paradigms, Burzynski's ability to successfully treat incurable cancer with such consistency has baffled the industry. Ironically, this fact had prompted numerous investigations by the Texas Medical Board, who relentlessly took Dr. Burzynski as high as the state supreme court in their failed attempt to halt his practices. Dr. Burzynski resides and practices medicine in Houston, Texas. He was able to initially produce and administer his discovery without FDA-approval from 1977-1995 because the state of Texas at this time did not require that Texas physicians be required to adhere to Federal law in this situation. This law has since been changed.

To watch the movie: http://vimeo.com/24821365

Read more
: http://www.burzynskimovie.com/

NOTE
: if you want to hear the good news only, fast forward and watch the movie at 30:30 onwards: all kinds of cancer can be cured !....live normal life again....more good news fastforward to 1:17:24 ....

31 Dec 1991
:Antineoplastons deserve a closer look. It turns out that the agents are well defined, pure chemical entities. The human brain tumor responses are real.- Dr.Michael Friedman, Associate Director, Cancer Theraphy Evaluation Program.

Why? i drove the last KTM train into Tanjung Pagar Singapore

HRH Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar of Johor
Guest Blogger
Why I drove the last train out
July 01, 2011 Friday, 10:00 PM
His Royal Highness, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar of Johor, on why he asked to drive the last KTM train out of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

WHEN I found out last year that Tanjong Pagar Railway Station would be closed, I expressed my desire of driving the last train out of Singapore to the KTM chairman.

What the governments do has got nothing to do with me. To me, it is a sentimental matter.

It was my great grandfather, the late Sultan Ibrahim, who opened the Causeway, designed for both road and rail links. He paved the way, literally, for the first train to rumble into Singapore from Malaysia back in 1923.

I felt it was only appropriate for me, as the ruler of Johor, to drive the last train out.

Besides trains, I fly jets, helicopters, and I sail my own yacht. I am never a boring person. Everything to me is a challenge. I always like to find something new to do. Every day, I look at the weather and think to myself, what should I do today?

So when the KTM chairman said OK, the train instructor was sent to my palace.

There was no train simulator. I had to study the diagrams of the controls and learn about the mechanics of how a train moves. After that, we started the practical lessons.

The first time I sat at the controls, it felt a little funny because there is no steering wheel. There is only the throttle and the brake.

It was a little scary too because, unlike a car, you cannot swerve when you’re driving a train. If there is something on the tracks, you cannot avoid it. You will hit it. It’s not like a helicopter, where I can go up and down.

What helps is that there is a note, or manifest, that the station master hands you before you leave the station, and which you need to sign for. It describes the route you would be taking, what the speed limits are, where the crossings are, etc.

As the lessons progressed, I learnt one other thing: You cannot think only for yourself when you drive a train.

You need to feel it. You need to feel its length, its weight, the momentum and the gradient you are on.

I drove around to places like Negri Sembilan, Kluang and KL, after I received my locomotive driving licence.

Thursday night was the first time I set foot into Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. That’s because when I come to Singapore, I usually drive or take my yacht.

I was told not to go more than 60km per hour, because these are old tracks and they could be a little unsteady.

There were two safety drivers with me at the controls. One of them was my instructor, because I always feel more comfortable when he is beside me.

I also brought my iPad onto the train because I always like to find out where I am and how fast I am going (Yes, you can do that with an iPad!).

I felt a little sad that it was a night journey and that I couldn’t see what was around me as I drove.

But I also felt very honoured, because there were so many passengers. They are a testament to the bond of friendship between the people of Johor and Singapore.

I knew many of them felt sad about the station. Some of them feel that Singapore is developing too fast. But I don’t think so.

We cannot control development. It happens at its own pace. But we must always know our history.

In Malaysia and Singapore, when we go to school, we do not learn about ourselves, but about the world.

You ask a Singaporean on the street: Where is Kazakhstan? Or, say, where is Cape Town? He will probably know.

But Segamat, Malaysia? Probably not.

So this is the message I want to say to Singaporeans: Learn about the history we share.

More than anything else, that is why I asked to drive the train.