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我们必须依靠善良的人民攀越这座高山……我们一定能够攀越巴督山(马来语BUKIT BATOK即,武吉巴督,

 

以下是民主党于55日举行的最后一场武吉巴督补选群众大会淡巴雅医生在群众大会上讲话全文

朋友们、同胞们,

您们当中一些人都知道,我把自己一部分最美好的时光是生活在圣安德鲁学校。这所学校电运动的橄榄球比出色的学术表现更为出名。

但是,更为重要的是圣安德鲁学校校誉的价值。 我很高兴的看到一份报告说,雅各伯巴拉斯纪念碑的奇异杯在今年一月份揭幕。真正吸引了我的眼球的是一名为此盛会剪彩的嘉宾。他是前国会议长柏墨先生。是的。他自己羞怒自己。让他的家人、新加坡人民和在2013年投票给他的榜鹅东区选民。 但是,他为此付出了代价——他失去了国会议席、失去了一份收入丰厚的国会议长职业,以及理所当然面对社会难堪的痛苦。但是,在2016年1月份,圣安德鲁学校是以校友的身份接受他回来,而不是以他的不良行为作为考量。那让我感到骄傲他是一个圣人,他仍然是圣安德鲁大家庭的一份子。

这就是在上个星期我谈到有关判断王金发先生时发表的声明。新加坡民主党是一个民主的政党——徐顺全博士并不审核我们的演讲稿。这是行动党难于理解的地方?也是我们党与行动党之间不同之处。新加坡民主党就是确实信赖自己的人民的。

事实上,徐顺全博士根本就不知道接下来我要在群众大会上说些什么?他只知道我们自己选择那些课题。有时候我们是犯了一些错误。

事实上,我们的一些演讲者在演讲中说了一些有关讽刺王金发先生的谈话。徐顺全博士找我们个别谈话、或者发出电邮给我们。同时,在民主党举行的第二场群众大会上,提醒我们停止对王金发先生进行个人的批评。就如您们所看到的,在民主党接下来的群众大会上再也没有人提起有关王金发先生个人的问题了。我到遗憾的是,我们的这些讲话却被媒体和政界人士扭曲了。

我将不会为此感到惊讶,假设明天的报章会全版刊载内阁部长们谈话。他们会说感到愕然一个传染病教授正在推动通奸。昨天我在书店时,一个著名的前报章记者跑过来问我,为什么我说:“性格不是一个问题”。我回答说,“我并没有这么说。而是你的前同事自己在海峡时报这么说的”。他听了摇摇头说,他已经不再这家报社里。

这就是我在第一次群众大会上所指出的,行动党控制的媒体和人民协会对其他反对党的反击是如何狠毒的。我们当中一些人尝试通过使用文字去更正这些从错误。

去年是我的金禧年 — 我的50岁生日。在这一年,我决定把自己相当大的一部分收 入捐给我所相信的慈善事业, 包括我的教会,也特别包括一间在裕廊善达曼给予很大帮助的机构,其目的在于协助自闭症患者、爱之病患者和其他的疾病患者以及外来移民工人群体的新机构,也包括像国立大学的教育机构和其他推广言论自由和民主的组织(诸如《网络公民》网站和新加坡民主党)。

我知道,也有许多人也同时正在做着同样的工作。

去年,一名国大的教授告诉我,他要捐款给民主党,但他不要自己的名字公开。他问其他人是如何处理的?我半开玩笑地告诉他,他们都带着雨伞和水桶。令惊讶的是,在大选过后。他应了解了民主党的雨伞和含义了。他向我要了几把雨伞。这种恐惧的气氛已经开始慢慢的失消失了。

我们大家在看到Phua Chu Kang’s(新广第5频道演员)的妈妈都受到鼓舞。我说的是梁瑞莲,他在星期二晚上就站在这个台上。两年前,当徐顺全博士在来福士坊售卖自己的书籍时,大家见到都绕过他走往街的另一边去。这个星期,大家排上几小时的人龙队伍等待徐顺全博士签名,并与他一起拍照留念。

当我在2011年的大选站在竞选的群众大会讲台上讲话时,很多人都认为我将失去这份工作,接着,我将被迫到伊丽莎白医院去为那些来自区域国家的病人看病。他们感到惊讶,但我在2013被晋升为终身教授。在上个星期,他得到了许多年长者给予的巨大支持。

钳制时代(即思想束鎛)已经彻底结束了。我们必须依靠善良人民攀越这座高山。这些人敢于站出来为我们说话,并做出了无私的奉献。我们一定能够攀越巴督山(BUKIT BATOK是马来语,武吉,bukit即是山的意思)。我们将会达到顶峰。我们将会带着“现在是时候了”的信息到达顶峰。我们新加坡民主党人拥护徐顺全博士!不论山峰多高,我们将不会放弃他!我们将会继续往上攀爬。

人民经常在问我:为什么?为什么您要理这事?我将会告诉这些人,我们之所以会展开这场运动,那是因为我们看到周围非正义的事情,我们希望把这一切非正义的事情纠正过来。我们渴望一个美好的新加坡。我们也为此准备做出努力,和为这个理想付出代价。我们希望一个独立的声音将会在国会出现,他将会发出不同的反响。我们坚信,现在是把徐顺全博士送进国会的时刻了!

在2011年,新加坡民主党提出了医疗护理成本问题。从那个时候起,政府就开始增加了数倍的医疗护理开支。2012年的医疗护理开始是47亿元,到了2016年,医疗护理的开支增加到110亿元。尽管医疗护理开支的增加是如此庞大,但是,在照顾新加坡的普通老百姓方面还是有增加开支的空间。

例如,在我们进行家访期间,我们发现有不少病人错过了诊疗所的预约期或者是程序等问题,这些简单的原因造成了没有让人带他们到医院或诊疗所进行复诊。

其中一些病人对服食普通标准适用的药物病情没有反应,必须服食价格昂贵的非普通标准适用的药物。服食这些药物的病人只能是在极其复杂的调查工作完成后政府才给予津贴。

令人难于置信的是,没有一个病人可以在那些医疗护理援助计划下,使用如医药保健户头、健保双全、医药基金、建国一代配套、蓝色CHASE卡号橙色CHASE卡来支付往返诊疗所(或医院)与住家之间交通费。

假设老百姓这个起码基本问题都无法获得解决,那我们拥有世界上最好的医药护理有啥用呢?还有一个典型的例子,那就是一些学者的办公室装修得高档堂皇,但是,这一切对于并适于年长者和残障者的病人不适用。

当新加坡民主党在2012年开展我们的医药护理计划。这份计划书是由我的GP同事们 Tan Lip Hong医生 和 Leong Yan Hoi医生领导一个医药护理专家所共同纂写的。他们在中心地带每天看着进进出出的病人。

我们呼吁提供一个真正普及健康医药保险计划给予全新加坡人民。我们同意,每个人都能在医药保险下获得照顾。但是,我们要求政府为那些无法支付这些医药保险的保费的人民么人不是把他们排除之外。这才是真正制定终身健保的架构。

假设您们不相信我所说的,请到卫生部的网站浏览,在他们的网站里清楚地说明这一切。我就节录怎么一段话:

“但是一个受保人被告知他被限制离境直到他的保费缴清。但是,如果坚持要离开新加坡,他将会被逮捕。”

终身健保是政府进行医药护理改革的旗舰。但是,这个改革的先决条件是在医药护理改革下。我们应该感谢工人党国会议员必丹星。我们都知道,咱们的医药健保是世界上赚取利润额最丰厚的公共健康保险保单。终身保险的保费已经全线上涨但免赔额几乎没有变化。这对于那些年龄超过80岁住在C级病房,他们的第一个2000元医药费是无法在终身健保计划下被扣除。他们必须使用现金或者(公积金的)保健储蓄户头来支付。

这是极其明显的,大部分的病人事实上并没有在终身健保计划下受益。因为它制定了的高免扣除额。医药保健的保险极少适用于如癌症和肾脏病人主要的门诊手术。

为此原因,根据卫生部在最近国会辩论开支时披露,在2015年到2016年之间,终身健保支付的保费只有1.36亿元。假设我们把这个数字增加到4倍或者5倍,那就是达到总额6.8亿元。或者在这个数字基础上减少5%,作为估算医药护理的总开支——就是新加坡每年在私人和公共的在医药护理的总开支了。其余的95%来自政府的津贴、雇主支付的保健保费和病人支付的现金,包括了从(公积金的)保健储蓄户头的扣除。简而言之,新加坡的医保健全是建立在这些花哨视频下——复杂的医疗保健金融系统。它事实上只占了整个医保健全的一个非常小的一部分。这些数以十亿计的额外开支的钱到哪里去?

我们需要像徐顺全这样敢于发言的人在国会里里提出类似于这样的问题。

默仁里提出了建议要我的同事Dr Carol Tan和医药集团合作区协助需要帮助的年长者,但是,我们告诉他们,这些年长者不要别人的施舍和捐助。您们知道徐顺全博士将会为这个问题向国会施压。告诉您们的阿伯和阿姨、妈妈和妈咪和其他长辈们,请他们投票给徐顺全博士,争取获得一个公平的医药护理待遇。他们知道,他们不要看到那些花俏似的表演,他们需要确保自己生病得起和在现代化的新加坡忍受不必要的痛苦和死亡。

徐顺全博士在过去20多年为了我们的这个社会发出了声音。陈振声在外国媒体面前给他贴上许多的标签,其中包括了政治失败者。尽管如此,他还是继续为新加坡的自由和民主而斗争。

我毫不质疑地说,

在过几年,新加坡将会成为一个新闻自由和可以公开讨论和辩论涉及所有新加坡人的政治课题的正常发展国家。政府将会更加透明和负责任。有才干的新加坡人将可以更加自由的表达自己意见。

到了那个时候,每一个人将会尝试争取一个开放的社会的要求。让我想起了许多年前我在偶遇一个在东欧的人。这个人在东欧国家脱离苏联瓦解前住了许多年。他告诉我,在东国家瓦解后,每一个人都冲了过来提供社会和其他的服务,但是,那里的人比任何人都认识他。

就因为这个原因,当时是艰难的,造成了他在那里住上很多年。

他们对其他提出的评语是:苦难和危险的时刻需要我们帮助时,我们在哪儿呢?当还有许多人未能站出来时,我们在哪儿呢?当新加坡变成更加自由、每一人都在尝试突出自己曾经为民主做出贡献时,人民将会问:“您在哪儿啊?”自从伟大惹耶勒南逝世后,有谁可以挺胸举起手站出来说:“我就是一直在哪儿一步一个脚印的为您们而斗争”?那个人就是徐顺全!

现在是时候了!请投徐顺全一票!请投民主党一票!

 

We have a mountain to climb but with the help of good people… we will reach the people of Bukit Batok.

Below is the full speech of Dr Paul Ananth Tambyah at the last Singapore Democratic Party rally in Bukit Batok SMC for the Bukit Batok By-Election

 

Friends, fellow Singaporeans

Some of you know that I spent some of the best years of my life at St Andrew’s School. The school is more well known for sports especially rugby than for stellar academic performances.

However, more importantly, St Andrew’s has a reputation for values. Recently, I was very pleased to see a report of the unveiling of the Jacob Ballas Memorial at the Kiwi Cup in January this year. What really caught my eye was one of the guests of honour who cut the ribbon at the opening. He was the former speaker of parliament, Mr Michael Palmer. Yes, he disgraced himself, let down his family, the people of Singapore and the voters of Punggol East in 2013, but he paid the price, lost his parliamentary seat, lost a lucrative job as speaker of parliament and deservedly suffered public embarrassment. Yet, in Jan 2016, St Andrew’s School accepted him back as an old boy who was not defined solely by his acts of bad behaviour. That made me proud to be a saint, someone who is part of the St Andrew’s family.

That is what I was talking about when I referred to judging Mr David Ong in my statements last weekend. The SDP is a democratic party – Dr Chee does not vet our speeches. This is something which is difficult for the PAP to understand. The SDP is a party which actually trusts the people.

In fact, Dr Chee has no idea what I am going to say in the next few minutes, he just knows what topic we have chosen. Sometimes we make mistakes. In the first rally speech, a couple of speakers made jokes about Mr David Ong. Dr Chee called us out on that in person, by email and he spoke out at the second rally reminding us to stop criticizing Mr David Ong personally. As you can see, that has not happened in the subsequent rallies.  It is sad that those remarks have been distorted so badly by our media and politicians.

I would not be surprised if tomorrow’s newspapers are full of accounts of cabinet ministers proclaiming how astounded they are that a Professor of Infectious Diseases is promoting adultery.  Yesterday when I was at a bookstore, a distinguished former journalist came up to me and asked me why I said that “Character does not matter”. I said to him, “I never said that but your former colleagues in the Straits Times did”. He shook his head and said that he is no longer with the paper.

That is what I was referring to during the first rally when I pointed out how the odds are stacked against the alternative parties with the PAP’s control of the media and the people’s association. Some of us have tried to correct that by literally putting our money where our mouths are.

Last year was my jubilee year, my 50th  birthday year. I made a decision to give a biblically significant proportion of my income that year to causes which I believe in — my church, in particular a new building in Jurong that is being helped a lot by DPM Tharman,  charities working with people living with Autism, AIDS and other diseases, groups that work with migrant workers , educational institutions such as NUS and organizations that promote freedom of speech and democracy such as The Online Citizen and the Singapore Democratic Party.

I know that there are many others who have done the same.

Last year, a NUS Professor told me that he wanted to contribute to the SDP but did not want his name to be recorded. He asked how other people did that. I half jokingly told him that people bought umbrellas and mugs. To my surprise, after the election, he told me that he now had a whole collection of SDP umbrellas and asked if I wanted a couple of them! This climate of fear is slowly disappearing.

Many of us were very encouraged to see Phua Chu Kang’s mother, I mean Neo Swee Lin, here on this stage on Tuesday night. Two years ago when Dr Chee was selling books at Raffles Place, people would cross the street to walk on the other side. This week, there have been lines of people waiting for hours to get Dr Chee to sign his books and to take selfies with him. When I spoke up in GE 2011, many people thought I would lose my job and be forced to work in Mt Elizabeth treating rich people from the region. They were very surprised when I was promoted to full Professor with tenure in 2013. In the last week, I have received a tremendous amount of support from many senior people at work.

The knuckle duster era is well and truly over. We have a mountain to climb but with the help of all of you good people who have come forward to speak up and to give generously, we will reach the people of Bukit Batok. We will reach them with the message that Now is the Time for change. We in the SDP are like our candidate, Dr Chee. We will not give up, no matter how high the mountain is, we will keep climbing.

People always ask why? Why do you bother? I will tell you why. Firstly, we campaign because we see injustice around us and we hope to put that right. We want a better Singapore and are prepared to work for it and give to the cause if we have the means. We hope that an independent voice in parliament will make a difference. We believe that now is the time to put Dr Chee Soon Juan in parliament.

In 2011, the SDP raised the issue of healthcare costs and since then, the government has more than doubled its healthcare expenditure from 4.7 billion dollars in 2012 to 11 billion dollars in FY 2016. Despite this huge increase in expenditure, there are still major gaps in healthcare coverage for ordinary Singaporeans. For example, during our home visits, we have encountered numerous individuals who missed out on clinic appointments or procedures for simple reasons such as having no one to take them to the clinic or hospital. Some of them did not respond to standard drug treatment and needed expensive non-standard drugs which are only covered by complicated means-tested subsidies. None of the numerous incredibly complex medical support schemes such as medishield, medisave, medifund, pioneer generation package, CHAS blue and CHAS orange routinely provide support for transportation to and from clinics.

What is the point of having the best medical care in the world if you cannot reach it? That is another classic example of a policy that looks good in some scholar’s office but has serious concerns when applied to the real lives of elderly and disabled residents.

When the SDP launched our healthcare plan in 2012 it was written mainly by my GP colleagues Dr Tan Lip Hong and Dr Leong Yan Hoi together with a team of healthcare professionals. They see patients in the heartlands day in day out, we called for a genuine universal health insurance program that provided evidence based healthcare to all in Singapore. We agreed that everyone should be covered by the universal health insurance but suggested that the government pay the fees for those who could not afford to pay rather than locking them up. That seems to be the way that Medishield Life is structured. If you don’t believe me, read the MOH website which states very clearly, and I quote “However if an insured person is informed that he is restricted from leaving the country until his premiums are paid, but still tries to leave the country, he will be arrested.”

Medishield Life which is the flagship of the government’s healthcare reform is an improvement on Medishield in that it covers pre-existing conditions. Thanks to a parliamentary question by Mr Gerald Giam of the Workers Party, we now know that Medishield was the world’s most profitable public sector health insurance policy. With Medishield Life, the premiums have gone up across the board but the deductibles have barely changed. What this means is that for those over 80 in a C class ward, the first $2000 in a calendar year is not claimable under Medishield Life. You have to pay in cash or medisave.

It is obvious that the majority of hospitalisations are actually not covered by Medishield Life because of its high deductibles. Very few outpatient procedures are covered mainly in the area of cancer and kidney failure. As a result, according to the Minister of Health during the recent COS debate, the Medishield Life payout from Dec 2015 to Feb 2016 was only $136 million. If we multiply that by four or even five, it reaches a total of $680 million a year or less than 5% of the estimated total healthcare expenditure – both public and private in Singapore every year. The rest of the 95% comes from government subsidies, employer-funded health insurance and out of pocket expenditures including medisave. In other words, Medishield Life which was featured on all those fancy videos is a very small part of the complex healthcare financing system in Singapore. Where did all those billions of dollars in extra spending go to then?

Those are the kinds of questions that we need someone brave enough like Dr Chee Soon Juan to ask in parliament. Mr Murali has proposed engaging my colleague Dr Carol Tan and her healthcare cooperative to help needy seniors but we are arguing that these seniors do not want charity, they do not want handouts. They want fairness, they want dignity, they want to have equal access to evidence-based healthcare. You know that Dr Chee will press for this in parliament. Tell your makcik and your pacik, your Ah Em and Ah Pek, your Mamma and Maamee to vote for CSJ to get a fair deal in healthcare. They know, they do not want some fancy wayang. They need the assurance that they can afford to get sick and do not need to suffer and die needlessly in modern Singapore.

Dr Chee is someone who has spent the last 20+ years speaking up for the last and the least in our society. He has been called all kinds of names including a political failure in the foreign media by Minister Chan Chun Sing. In spite of this, he has remained dedicated to the cause of freedom and democracy for Singaporeans.

I have no doubt that in a few years’ time, Singapore will become a normal developed country with a freer press, and open discussion and debate on political issues that are relevant to all Singaporeans. The government will become more transparent and accountable and there will be freedom of expression for talented Singaporeans.

At that time, everyone will try to claim credit for the opening up our society. I am reminded of an encounter I had with someone who had worked in Eastern Europe for many years long before the fall of the iron curtain. He told me that after the curtain fell, everyone rushed in to provide social and other services but the people there recognised him more than anyone

The reason was because he had been there for years when the going was tough. Their comment to the others was – when it was hard and risky to help us, where were you? When it was not popular to take a stand, where were you? When Singapore becomes more free and everyone tries to claim that they had been enlightened democrats all along, the people will ask them, “Where were you?” Since the passing of the late great Mr JB Jeyaretnam, there is probably only one Singaporean who can stand up hand on heart and say, “I was there, fighting for you every step of the way” – Dr Chee Soon Juan.

Now is the time, vote Dr Chee, Vote SDP.

武吉巴督补选相关链接

  1. 《人民呼声论坛》:《行动党长期控制和主导竞选课题的主导权在傅海燕的“白猫黑猫论”宣告结束了!!》

https://renminglishiziliaoaku.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/

2. 《人民呼声论坛》:《MURUAH就武吉巴督补选发表声明》

https://renminglishiziliaoaku.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/

3. 《人民呼声论坛》:《徐顺全博士:请投选一位在25年前就已经选择留守新加坡的候选人》

https://renminglishiziliaoaku.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/

4. 《人民呼声论坛》:《淡巴雅教授:行动党对管管理武吉巴督已经失去方向。

https://renminglishiziliaoaku.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/

5.《人民呼声论坛》:淡巴雅教授回应李显龙对民主党的指责! https://renminglishiziliaoaku.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/

6.《人民呼声论坛》:行动党的爷们和婆娘们,火急了吧?还有更新的关于徐顺全博士料可以爆的吗?

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