Singapore minister in tears as he thanks unsung heroes

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SINGAPORE (The Straits Times / ANN): Making the war on the coronavirus involves all Singaporeans fighting together, but there are health workers and "many more unrecognized heroes across the island," it said Wednesday. National Development Minister Lawrence Wong (March 25). )

He praised them for going beyond the call of duty in these difficult times.

But when he cited the many sectors that were put in place to help contain, if not conquer, the coronavirus, the usually professional minister was overwhelmed with excitement.

The sectors include cleaning, security and airport management, he said.

"Hotels, food and beverages (F&B), transportation and many more services for Singaporeans all continue to strengthen, keeping their spirits up, and there are many Singaporeans who have stepped up in their own way, taking care of each other and caring for our fellow Singapore, "she added as she paused to hold back tears.

"Can I have a minute?" Wong asked President Tan Chuan-Jin as House MPs pounded on the armrests to express their appreciation for these workers.

In composing himself, the minister, who co-chairs the multi-ministry working group addressing the outbreak, said: "Let me rephrase that and repeat what I just said: words are not enough to express our appreciation for the presence of so many inhabitants of Singapore, everything to fight the virus.

"And I just want to say a big 'Thank you' to everyone who is doing their part."

Previously, the minister had focused on volunteers, such as members of the Youth Corps Singapore who have gone door-to-door to share personal hygiene tips with the elderly, and groups like the Singapore Red Cross that have stepped up their friendship calls. . isolated elderly people.

Wong also expressed his appreciation for the public servants of all the agencies, who, he said, had worked day and night to present timely public communications to update Singaporeans on new and updated precautionary measures.

"Not everything they do is visible to the public, but I can tell you that they are working all day, and it is incredible what they have been able to achieve, especially given the fast response times," he said.

We are literally making new measurements every other day, implementing adjustments to the measures almost daily. "

While the rapidly changing situation meant that he had no clear answers to some of the fears and concerns that Singaporeans had expressed to him, Singapore will continue to work together on the challenges, he said, speaking slowly as he regained his composure.

"The coronavirus is, without a doubt, the greatest threat that the world and Singapore have faced in decades," he added.

"So let's join together and rise to this challenge, because as SG United, we can beat the virus together and come out stronger and tougher after this crisis." – The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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