Today a sad piece of news in the chinese papers about singer 岳雷 (Yue Lei) passing away at the age of 50. For those who have difficult reading the chinese news article below - it says that he passed away yesterday night in Malacca. He had planned to return to Singapore to celebrate the birthday of his adopted child but did not make it. Okay, you may not remember or know 岳雷 whose heyday was in the 80s. Here is a video tribute to him on YouTube, I'm sure some of you will remember him:
Yes, he was once a cultural icon that was very much a part of Singaporeans' life during his heyday as an entertainer.
....So at this point you may be wondering what has all this got to do with this blog?
Yue Lei had cancer and had gone to Mahkota Hospital in Malacca [I wrote about this hospital here] because, according to the chinese papers, his finances were tight and he had to sell his home to get medical care and tried to save money by seeking treatment in Malacca. ......his story casts plenty of doubt on Minister Khaw's statement:
"The bottom line : We have good high-standard public hospitals that are affordable because of the 3Ms" - Minister Khaw
If it is so affordable, why did 岳雷 have to go all they way to Malacca for treatment? It is sad that he had to die so far away from home without his loved ones by his side.