Where’s the Heart? Walk the Talk!
I read with indignation the report on how a dying man’s wish to spend his remaining days with his two dogs was turned down by the HDB.
Yes, the regulation is that each HDB household may only keep one dog, and only certain breeds are permitted. But why can’t the authorities make an exception in this case?
To tell a dying man that his dog will be sent to the SPCA where it may be put to sleep is not just being insensitive. It is downright cruel.
And I can’t help but wonder: The dogs have already been with Mr Tan for sometime; if they have really proved to be such a nuisance, why was this matter only raised now by a certain neighbor? Why couldn’t the neighbor settle whatever unhappiness he or she had with Mr Tan in private instead of heading straight to the authorities? Why couldn’t the neighbor show a little bit of compassion and tolerance?
Mr Tan has mentioned in the video below that the complainant is a foreigner (at 1:56).
If the complainant is indeed a foreigner, please listen up:
Our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged Singaporeans to have a bigger heart.
We Singaporeans are trying very hard to be big-hearted, even as we bear with the inconveniences and stress in our day-to-day life caused by the huge influx of foreigners.
We understand that foreigners who come to live amongst us are also trying to forge a better life for themselves and their families, and we hope you will empathize with us too.
Understand that it is already not easy to be a Singaporean living in this densely populated, highly competitive and increasingly expensive city-state.
Understand that it takes mutual tolerance for more than 5 million of us to live together harmoniously in this tiny country.
Understand that a little kindness goes a long way and kindness will help you win our hearts.
So if you are the complainant, please, go to the HDB and say you will retract your earlier complaint against Mr Tan.
To the HDB:
Where’s your heart? Walk the talk!
How can we help Mr Tan?