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July 2015

Youth is a mindset, not a time of life!

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Today, our youth in Singapore got a break from school and celebrated “Youth Day”. While we honour the youth in our nation on this day, let us also remind ourselves of Samuel Ullman’s poem “Youth”, in which he writes that: “Youth is not a time of life – it is a state of mind”. So often in our society, we hear people use their age as an excuse for not pursuing their potential: “I’m too old to do this”, “I’m already an Uncle/ Aunty”, etc. But it is almost always not the truth; it is a perception that limits one’s potential and reduces…

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Running to Help

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Over years and centuries, the way societies are organised has moved from “Family and Community” to “State and Market”. But somehow as human beings we feel somewhat uncomfortable about this, and we long for the trust and comfort of relationship in family and community.  It is a matter of being at ease. The State may be able to deliver services and financial help, but it cannot deliver heart.  The market may deliver efficiency through competition and effort, but oftentimes it comes at the expense of being uncaring and unfeeling, and sometimes even unthinking. So we have the challenge of how…

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri… Be strong and choose to forgive!

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all our Muslim friends…our very best wishes to all as you celebrate the end of Ramadan, the fasting month! Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a time where Muslim families and friends seek forgiveness from each other, visit their ancestors’ graves, say prayers at the mosque, and visit relatives and friends to feast on traditional Malay delicacies. In Singapore and Malaysia, children are also given token sums of money from their parents or elders. The most common greeting used by Muslims in Singapore is “Selamat Hari Raya”. Another greeting is “Maaf Zahir Dan Batin”, which translates loosely…

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Acting Selflessly for One of our Own

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The Straits Times reported today how two doctors from Singapore took the trouble to track Singapore burn victim Megan Loy down in Taiwan to arrange for her to be evacuated back to Singapore to receive treatment at SGH’s Burns Centre, which is the only specialised facility managing major burn injuries in South-east Asia. Megan Loy is fighting to stay alive after she suffered serious burns to up to half her body at a fire disaster at the annual Colour Play Asia festival that was held on the outskirts of Taipei last Saturday night. When asked why they acted so selflessly to…

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