31 May '12, 12pm

Priorities, priorities [Yawning Bread] (Looks like Singaporeans are not among the priorities, unfortunately.)

Priorities, priorities [Yawning Bread] (Looks like Singaporeans are not among the priorities, unfortunately.)

Sometimes, on an ordinary day, minding one’s own business, we cannot help but notice things that make us think beyond our private thoughts and about the wider world. And so it was one evening last month when I visited my father in hospital. I found him bored out of his wits. “Why don’t you at least turn on the telly?” I asked. “There’s nothing there.” I wasn’t going to believe him so easily. So I fiddled with the remote to surf the channels. There were our handful of free-to-air channels (in other words, nothing worth watching), and another 6 or 7 cable channels. With the exception of the Cartoon Network, all the cable channels were Arabic. Three of them are imaged on this page – channels 15, 18 and 14. There were news, drama and even Arabic cartoons. We weren’t in a private hospital, but a public one. What does the menu of channels tell us about our public hospitals’ prio...

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