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?