The cost of cancer treatment is very high, I believe that this is a con job.
Going through the public health care here in Singapore, it is overloaded with Singaporeans and foreign workers.
The reverse is true for those who wanna cling onto life waiting for a miracle. Case in point: HOTA Argument. But that's another topic for another time I guess.
My school of thought is that when the Greater Being above decides its ur time to go, morphine or not, HOTA or not, your body will turn cold before the crack of dawn.
If the Boss up there decides its not ur time yet, you will by a stroke of fate, come to.
Let's use simple logic. Cancer treatment is not cheap. It costs in the region of thousands $. For the guy to beg a few dollars and cents here and there per day, by the time he collects sufficiently, I'm not sure if he will have died from the sickness.
I personally encountered a few other cases of begging. One involved a healthy looking guy who went around in hawker center asking for money to buy food. Another went around with an elderly lady saying something like she needed money for medical treatment.
Think about it. There are avenues out there for the sick and poor to seek treatment. This is Singapore not some backward country where they let people die in the streets cos they've got no money. No matter what, there is help. Is there really a need to beg? and like I said, beg till when so that they have enough to pay the medical bills?
A friend made a very good observation that, for some of these beggers and healthy-looking con artists (really, they are just that), they can walk, talk and breathe normally like you and I, is there really no job out there they can do to earn their keeps, no matter how simple, rather than beg?
I hate to say this, cos I'm implicating myself. But I find Singaporeans can be really dumb sometimes. We rush for cheap stuffs, we refuse to help our own fellow countrymen, we are rude to one another, but when a foreign national begs and plays with our sympathies, we give them cash readily. The guy or woman begging may look pitiful and "break our hearts" but then again, I sob at touching Hollywood movies too.
Another case in point is the fake Buddhist monks and nuns going around for alms. It's been reported so many times yet they still exist, and people still give.
I just encountered a China Mandarin-accented lady standing in front of the MRT station yesterday asking for donations while holding a tin can and wearing a lanyard around her neck(with some sort of identification). And passersby gave without checking or batting an eyelid.
I told my friend with me she was likely a fake. I might be wrong. But it was after 6pm (very rare for donations to be asked at that timing), no where else did we encounter these people (usually we'll see many of them in shopping centres and other MRTs on the same day). And I hate to say this, but I have stereotyped and I'm not afraid to admit it, she sounded foreign.
So be careful. Not that I'm heartless. In fact, I think we should help the needy and poor always. But maybe writing a one time cheque to a large charitable organization would be better.... Or wait... NKF and the Renci Hospital saga came to my mind suddenly.
Oh what the heck, maybe just help our favorite organization or people who we know personally that are genuinely in need. They say Singaporeans are kind-hearted. To be fair, there are kind Singaporeans out there. But many times, I think it's more about our gullibility being manipulated to the fullest.
Last edited by Priscilia; 18th December 2008 at 10:42 AM.
we are not anything but ignorant.
what is the harm done in AMD?
There are so many fakes nowadays. Examples
1) Disabled PRC nationals that beg for money at various places.
In case you all don't know, they belong to a syndicate and are brought here by the organization with an minder and stay in hotels
2) Fake Thai monks and nuns...
Also syndicate and they are no monks or nuns....
3) Huang Nan case where a young PRC girl was murdered and Singaporeans poured tons of money to her mother and stepfather. The stepfather took the money and went back to China to build a 3 storey mansion in "honour" of his deceased step daughter.... and of course at the same time he enjoy staying there too.... Singaporeans who donated cried foul as stepfather was alleged to have said he will donate money to charity.... oh well he did.. he did say the grand mansion is in his deceased daughter's honor.
4) PRC nationals asking for donations for some charity or another.... Think about it logically, they are PRC means they are here on work permit... u think they so free to help local charity? the are more likely working to pay back the debt they incurred to be send here... hence also fake and the donations are going into their own pockets.
Nothing against PRC but Singaporeans are really idiots and retards when it comes to things like this and Priscilla is right.... don't help your own but when some PRC cry for help. everyone rush to help.... that kind of logic I really cannot understand.