One thing I haven't told you guys about myself is I'm a contest junkie. Every week I send out at least 2 contest forms. However, after reading the very touching story below, I think I better go easy on these contests because some Singaporeans are counting on winning these contests to make ends meet.
I highlighted various interesting parts of the story that you should pay more attention to. There were a few occasions when my neighbors knocked on my door in the middle of the night for help when their loved ones got sick. I helped to send them to the A&E via taxi. I noticed that before the doctor sees them, the hospital collected a fixed sum of $65 (KK & Changi Hospital). I think it is big deterrent for poor folks who can't afford it. ...are they suppose to tell the cashier they "are poor and have no money" and beg the cashier-stranger to allow them to get treatment? Is the govt afraid that the poor people will pretend to be sick, take a cab in the middle of the night to get to the hospital just to exploit subsidised medical care?
We have an extraordinary govt - one that will demand that Madam Tian Poh Choo's two sons serve their National Service but gave her no assistance to when her sons were sick. ...extraordinary indeed.
Mum pawned jewellery... so I could see doctor
Thanks to CATS Mother's Day contest, son gets to repay mum
By Shree Ann Mathava
May 13, 2007
THIS mother's tears flowed freely as she stood watch over her two sick sons.
Three years ago, Madam Tian Poh Choo's two sons, Chen Jian Wen, then 14, and Chen Jian Song, then 8, were running high fevers. Her elder son, who was more ill, had a fever of 39.6deg C.
And despite taking medication, his fever persisted. But Madam Tian, then 35 and a housewife, didn't have any money to take them to a doctor. All she had in her wallet was $30.
The family had problems making ends meet after her husband died in a road accident in 2003 and she had problems looking for a job. She had gotten by on some money given by relatives. In desperation, she pawned her precious gold anklet and necklace, which she wore daily, for $300 at a pawnshop in Toa Payoh Lor 2.
With that money, she took both her sons to see a doctor at a clinic.
That incident may have happened some years ago, but the memory of his mother's love is etched deep into Jian Wen, her elder child, now a Sec 5 student in St Gabriel's Secondary School.
He relived his memories in his entry for the Cats Classified 'The Day I Made Mum Cry' Mother's Day contest in The Straits Times and Lianhe Wanbao.
His was one of the five winning entries out of 1,500 submissions. And contestants got to state what they wanted for their mothers up to a value of $1,000. All Jian Wen (above, right) wanted was $400, which he used to redeem his mother's jewellery on Thursday.
However, the family, who lives in a two-room HDB flat in Toa Payoh, will also receive $600 NTUC supermarket vouchers from organisers.
SHE KEPT CRYING
Jian Wen said of the incident: 'I remembered how she kept crying and used cold towels to try to bring down the fever throughout the night.
'I felt sad that she had to pawn her jewellery, but at the same time, I felt very proud of her.'
Madam Tian, now a retail assistant, felt she did what any other mother would have done.
She said: 'I don't think what I did was great. I just did what I could.'
The other winners' mothers were presented with their gifts, which included a haircut by celebrity hairstylist David Gan, a massage chair, and a trip to Genting Highlands.