I have a friend who once got into some financial difficulties because his business failed. He had many things on his mind and sank into depression. His life fell apart as he tried to fix one problem after another. One day he got home at night and tried to turn on the lights....but there was no electricity. Singapore Power cut his electricity off because he wasn't able to pay for his electricity bill. That was the day he sank so low he wanted to jump out of the window to end his life. Tears rolled down his cheeks..... he spent the entire night thinking if life was still worth living. The next morning, all the fishes in his fish tank were dead and food in the refrigerator was turning bad. He called Singapore Power to ask why they had disconnected his power to cause him so much distress. They told him that they had sent him 3 warning letters..... 3 warning letters, that to him was a cruel joke. He was in financial trouble and had more than a hundred letters on his desk - demanding payment, warning letters, threatening letters from lawyers, red letters from creditors, etc many of which he didn't dare to open because they contain threats of legal action or demanded payment which he couldn't make. My friend narrowly escaped bankruptcy but it took him 8 years to put his life back together. Looking back the lowest point of his life the night Singapore Power terminated his electricity - he tells people now that he was once so broke he couldn't afford electricity.
I was reading about the NTU stabbing and suicide case and this part caught my attention:
"NTU engineering student received three warning letters.........Two weeks ago, his scholarship was terminated." - Straits Times 04 March 2009.
They didn't even bother to talk to him or counsel him when they terminated his scholarship. They don't even how troubled the student was when they did this to him. The Straits Times article put it as if the university 'went all out' to help the student by sending the 3 warnings letters. I can't imagine how insensitive and bureaucratic Singapore has become. Can't they call him up to talk to him and see if he needs help. It did not occur to our bureaucrats that terminating his scholarship can be emotionally shocking.
This is Singapore. When you are poor or financially distressed, the govt does not send a social worker to talk to you. The govt makes its presence felt in your time of trouble by cutting off your electricity. ....they have every right to do that because they sent you 3 warning letters.
NTU student was warned 3 times The school had asked him to seek help for his studies but he didn't.
Wed, Mar 04, 2009The Straits Times
NANYANG Technological University student David Hartanto Widjaja was warned not once, but three times, that he had to buck up or lose his scholarship. NTU engineering student received three warning letters, copies of which were sent to his parents in Jakarta, The New Paper reported on Wednesday. But Widjaja's grades did not improve.Two weeks ago, his scholarship was terminated.
In the past year, the 21-year-old NTU engineering student received three warning letters, copies of which were sent to his parents in Jakarta, The New Paper reported on Wednesday. But Widjaja's grades did not improve.Two weeks ago, his scholarship was terminated. On Monday, Widjaja, and Indonesian, stabbed Associate Professor Chan Kap Luk, 45, in the back in his office during a discussion on the student's final year project , then slit his own wrists before fleeing and falling four floors to his death.