Just received the letter requesting me to go for a medical check-up for my immigration application. The letter was dated 2 weeks after my IELTS results were out. I am impressed by the quick processing.
At our last gathering, 2 of my nursing kakis who are born-and-bred locals, expressed their view that Singapore does take care of its poor. They cited cases of destitute in-patients in public hospitals who are allowed to stay as in-patients until the hospital's medical social workers (MSW) successfully assigned them to a community home. In their opinion, that shows that the government is taking care of its people.
Perhaps I am expecting too much of the world's highest paid ministers by far. I find it unacceptable that the government resources come into play only when one is hospitalized and homeless. In addition, community homes are not exactly environments where in-patients can enter or leave at will. Thus, the destitute person is practically imprisoned in such homes. Based on my observations, there are homeless or poor elderly who are not sick enough to be hospitalized, struggling to survive by collecting scraps. I do not find it acceptable that a rich "first world" nation does not have open and integrated social support policies.
This is yet another example of how I feel that I share less and less in common with the typical locals. Even the PRs at my workplace praise the Singapore government for its efficiency, non-corruption (after all their multi-million pay is openly announced at parliament), and cleanliness.
4 months ago