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TheEdge
23-05-2003, 04:09 PM
I AM disgusted with the irresponsible outbursts from some quarters in Malaysia, accusing Singapore of exporting the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) to them by not screening a 19-year-old Japanese at Changi Airport (their recent Berita Harian editorial), and allowing a feverish Bangladeshi businessman to fly on to Kuala Lumpur International Airport ('KL accuses S'pore of letting Sars suspects fly; The Sunday Times, May 18).

Singaporeans may frown tolerantly on the antics of their domestic newspaper playing up to its readers, but unsubstantiated statements from senior officials like their Health Ministry's deputy director-general reveal their negative intentions. Unfortunately such comments - the usual Singapore fault-finding tantrums - may alarm other countries.

Therefore our Health Ministry must make a public rebuttal, with facts and clear evidence, against each and everyone of their nonsensical claims. The initial praise from the Malaysian Health Minister and senior ministry officials was good while it lasted. Then when the international media, other countries and the World Health Organisation praised Singapore instead of their country, which has only six officially reported Sars cases, they became envious.


HUA PAK CHEONG

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/forum/story/0,4386,190631,00.html?

empress_julz
23-05-2003, 06:58 PM
Wow, I read your article, BRAVO!

I think it may also have to do with them trying to downplay events that have taken place... Below is the URL for the benefit of readers who don't know what's going on.

Singapore... does this surprise me? Heh.

///Ej

http://202.186.86.35/news/story.asp?file=/2003/5/18/nation/sysars&newspage=Search

Abdullah unhappy with SARS screening at Changi

KEPALA BATAS: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi expressed dissatisfaction over the SARS screening at Singapore's Changi International Airport after two Malaysia-bound passengers departed without being screened._

He said Malaysia had been frequently informed that the Singapore government was strict about SARS screening at the airport that it would be almost impossible for anyone to escape._

?But, it's still the same. They are supposed to be highly efficient but with these cases, we have our doubts,? he said after chairing a meeting of the Kepala Batas Umno Division yesterday._

Abdullah, who is also Home Minister, was asked to comment on the two cases, one involving a Bangladeshi businessman yesterday and the other a Japanese tourist on May 11._

The businessman, a SARS suspect, has been hospitalised in Klang. ? Bernama _