Not a good reason not to have a baby drop

With all due respect to our suai ger Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, I don’t get his explanation for Singapore not to have an anonymous baby drop so that women with unwanted births will have a safe place to abandon their newborn.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan gave his explanation in his written response to a question from Nominated Member of Parliament Laurence Wee Yoke Thong who asked  if the Government would consider developing a baby hatch similar to that in Malaysia.

And what’s his explanation?

Dr Balakrishnan said the experiences of countries such as the US and Japan have not shown that ‘baby hatches’ or ‘baby drops’ were effective. Cases of babies abandoned in unsafe places are still reported despite such “baby drops’.

Sure, that’s a fact. That’s a reality. But that’s not a good reason not to have a drop.

If that’s a good reason, it’s as good as saying we shouldn’t have laws against crimes, because criminals continue to be born every day.

Or for that matter, why should anyone want to support the ST Pocket Money Fund which, after 10 years, instead of making hungry children history is now supporting them in the thousands, in exponentially far higher numbers than when the fund started.

Ditto the National Kidney Foundation which after 41 years is supporting larger numbers of kidney disease sufferers than ever before.

Going by Dr B’s reasoning, I should conclude that neither ST Fund nor the NKF solved the problems they were created to meet. Especially when one remembers that neither charity covers everyone they are designed to benefit.

So because more children are hungry and more people have kidney illness after ST Fund and NKF came into being and they can’t help all they should help, then we shouldn’t have had them?

Utter nonsense of course.

So, let’s have one tiny baby drop, please Dr Minister, please?


6 thoughts on “Not a good reason not to have a baby drop

  1. Sometimes I don’t understand the idiocy of these mini$ter$. If his argument holds, then why make cars install safety belts and even implement laws to fine them? After all, there will still people who will not put the belts on.

  2. Xizor2000, unlike most S’poreans I don’t mind the $million earned by our ministers. Wot’s a few million$ between friends, :-D. Wot I don’t like however is for them to giv patently wacky reasons when they don’t have decent ones, like in the case of the baby drop!

  3. We love to compare Singapore with US and Japan, and sometimes Swiss. However, the lessons that one can draws cannot be extrapolated to a Singapore due to our difference in environment, culture and definitely land size. Is it silly to a try for save a star fish from the sea shore ? To a kid, a simple logic is that it matters to that star fish. It also boils down to effectiveness and the cost of maintaining the scheme. How much value do we associate to saving a baby ? Say in a year, we only have one baby dropped in. Is the effectiveness of the scheme measured by pure KPIs ? Or do we see it as a great achievement to save just one baby ? How then would we know it cannot work in Singapore more effectively than other countries if we don’t try it out ? Casino a bad idea ? Perhaps so, 10 years ago ? An idea can be copied and improved upon by many. How we execute it and what attitude we adopt is important. Only when we dare experiment can we make a difference. The question remains is that is this for the Greater good of Singapore or are we encouraging more abandon babies and catering for a small minority of Singaporeans/Foreigners ? How can we tell if these babies are from Singaporeans ? 🙂 Suai Ger or not, I am sure the attention now is on YOG.

  4. Hi Keng! U shld be Brother Suai Ger’s speech writer and LA. That way, his reason might stand up to better scrutiny.

    Come to think of it, there’s no need for Govt to be directly involved in a baby drop. Let one of the “social entrepreneurs” operate such a drop. Or let Fairprice do it?

    Or, let the group behind NMP Lawrence Wee, who I believe represents some Presbyterian do-gooders n runs very good n effective senior citizen activity centres in the HDB heartland, have a crack?

    And does it matter if the thrown away baby is the offspring of a Singaporean or a foreigner? Hey, there’s a baby dearth in S’pore or have you been away too long in mid-America to remember? I’m sure there would be many eager adoptive parents for such babes.

    Have a good week-end!

  5. Thank you for your compliment. But I am no scholar nor do I qualify to write speeches. Side line intermittent commentaries are always easier than if our job depends on what we say. I can see the fear in having a successful scheme. Yes, a baby is a baby independent of nationalities, and a life always worth saving. However, any good Government’s upmost responsibility is to look after her citizen 1st and be accountable for the proper use of money. And the fear is that we are too successful so that we attract visitors depositing their babies. One might think of Immigration controls but do we really want to do that ? Increase the complexity and cost of operations all for the sake of say arbitary a 0.01% of our population ever doing so ? I appeal to speech writers to derive the logical ( dollars and cents ) side of the argument using the brain but hope that the delivery of the message is via the heart. The future does not belong to us, but to our next generation. Singapore need to develop our next generation of thinking citizens but caring enough to passionately raise concerns that are not inflamatory and counter establishment. For our children living in good care, these concerns doesn’t affect them. And we don’t need 90% of our population to fight for such causes, we just need to create an environment that allows that 10% of our population to feel unthreatened when voicing an opinion and that will lead to a cultivation of our new set of leaders in future. You have a great weekend too.. Cheers

  6. Uncle Keng, y u denigrate yrself? I think 99.9% of S’poreans aren’t scholars but we r wot makes the country tick.. as for the next generation, alamak, u worry me. Why is a man who ain’t yet 50 even thinking of the next generation? Why is a man who isn;t old enough to have heard of Mary Tyler Moore so resigned? U’d still b very much around in the next and next and next generation. And given technological advances, the 21st century belongs to a Joseph coat of many colors and many generations, all having a say, tho the say would be weighted according to which color and which generation has the mike in a given decade, or two. Once again, had a great wk-end!

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