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Sometimes, we just need to take strong a stand ,even if it means being hurt in the process. My decision to to sue Dr London Lucien Ooi for misdiagnosis and wrong medical advice was a case in point. Taken from my Facebook posting on 16 May 2017:

STAY RIGHT WHEN WE’RE WRONGED: I knew I was up against great odds when I appealed against the high court judgement in favour of Dr London Lucien Ooi, whom I’ve sued for misdiagnosis & wrong medical advice. The Singapore government through its Attorney-General joined the fray & gave a written submission – it’s likely concerned that healthcare costs could go up if I were to win my appeal & open a floodgate of lawsuits. When my case was ongoing, Dr Ooi was also sued by another Malaysian businessman whose wife died after a Whipple surgery by him. I’ve been asked if there’re other parties who couldn’t afford to bring similar grievances to court: I think this question should best be posed to the good doctor himself. The defendant claimed he never told me I had pancreatic cancer, and that the decision to have surgery was entirely my own – the judges believed him. I also developed complications weeks later due to a pancreatic leak, which required emergency surgeries by our own Malaysian surgeons. Dr Ooi of course also denied any negligence in post-operative care. The Court of Appeal dismissed my appeal last Friday & adopted a “new test” to determine if a doctor has been negligent. It makes me wonder if my chance of winning would be better if the same old test were to be applied. Since it has been described as a “landmark decision,” my case will likely change the future landscape of medical litigation in Singapore, hopefully for the better. I hope it will also create more awareness among patients that “renowned” surgeons & and their medical advice may not always be right. It’s not uncommon for lies & inaccurate versions to be admitted as evidence in courts of law by those who wish to save their own skin at all costs. With this closure, Dr Ooi can sleep better at night – that is, if he had been truthful in court. He knows in his heart if he had told the judges the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I know too, but who’s to believe me? I guess in life, the real test is how we react when we’re treated badly or unfairly. I will choose to stay right even when I’ve been wronged.


Selected followers’ comments:

Philip Lim: Tan Sri, the real winner is the one who could sleep well at night. Your exemplary courage in upholding your righteousness throughout this ordeal has already won the hearts and minds of many.

Krizian Lim: I don’t believe law is perfect. At best it is the system we design and choose to govern a nation, in the name of protecting the interest of the citizen. Sometimes, the justice can only be found (and remains) in the heart. You are fighting with intention to set things right, for you and for other victims or potential victims, not for monetary damages. You don’t need that. No amount of compensation can pay back the pain.

Tan Sri, it reminds me of your posting on “thinking doctor”. I have also read many articles about the dark side of the pharmaceutical industry. How they are profit-oriented instead of placing the best interest of the patient as priority. We need more thinking doctor.

Muhammad Aqil Deraman: While I am not legally trained, I can deduce this: you have no reasons to relive the nightmare in the witness box, as well as during the court process, not to mention foot the exorbitant fees incurred for an uphill battle. And you don’t need the money had you won. Dr London Lucien Ooi, meanwhile, had every reason to cover for any mistakes, while the courts would be “duty-bound” to protect national interests or risk Singapore losing its draw as a so-called hub for medical tourism. Since your case had been used as a landmark judgement, the court seems to be bending backwards for reasons best known to itself (but I think we all know why). Continue to remain on the straight and narrow path, Tan Sri. Allah knows when and who to dispense rewards and punishment. We are with you on this.


My other FB postings between 15 May 2017 and 21 May 2017:

15 May 2017:

AWESOME, BUT IT’S JUST A NUMBER: 2 million Facebook followers. That’s an awesome figure this Page is crunching now. It seems only a short while ago that we reached the earlier milestone of 1.5 million “Likes.” But I think the really important moments in life aren’t momentary achievements. They’re also not our birthdays, graduations or anniversaries. What’s important is what we are & how we live each day. Our lives are measured not by the occasional milestones, but by the sum total of our daily routines & usual behaviour.


Selected followers’ comments:

Latha Ravindran: Congrats Tan Sri! There are a.number of others who rant and rave and post their mundane daily routine on FB. However what makes the difference is how we touch the lives of people around us. It’s not possible to connect with every ondividual but your thoughts and insights have certainly struck a chord with many people. Now thats what it means to make a difference. Milestone is not what we achieve for ourselves and our family but what we give back to society too. It meed not be monetary, a kind thought, deed or even keeping people in our prayers will do. Cheers to a great week to all my FB friends.

Cherie Tan: Yesterday was my 37th birthday on this earth. Age is just a number and I am glad that all these times i have live my life according to my own decisions hence everything is wonderful to me ☺

“I am not getting old. I am getting better.” -Unknown

Gee Jakee: You’re and your writings are worth the LIKES…. Entertaining, Educational, Inspirational and something where we can identify with.. Congratulations, Tan Sri !!!


17 May 2017

AN HOUR TO REJUVENATE: There’re associates who tell me they usually don’t have time for lunch, preferring to skip that meal to remain at work in the office. I however see the 1-hour break as a good way to re-charge our energy after a hectic morning. When I’m not having business lunches, I prefer to catch a quick bite at a nearby KFC or food outlet. Stepping away from the workplace gives us a change of scenery. Sitting in a quiet corner and embracing silence for a short while can help us to regain our focus for the rest of the day.


Selected followers’ comments:

Eric Wong: Skipping meals for sake of work is bad for health and everything.

Skipping meals for the sake of dieting is also bad. When you skip meals, whatever you eat later will be stored by the body as fat to be used in the event you skip meals again. The God given body is a highly intelligent piece of work to know what to do for us.

Now. Any wonder why people who diet and still put on weight?

Regular meals at least 3 meals is good. Experts claimed 3-5 small meals are even better. It’s tough to follow such strict diet requirements. Then again what’s easy?

Now. If you’re diagnosed with a Heart Attack, Stroke or Cancer, would you still continue to do what you’re doing now? You would drop everything and pray to God. Finally. You have time right? Priorities. Thank you for reading. God Bless!

Tuck Meng Choong: It is good to take that break to recharge. But some folks reload so much in that hour that their energy level actually goes down soon after. Especially so if a meeting has been scheduled for the afternoon session. Then they will be physically present, mentally they are at another ‘meeting’ …. intensive session with Chau-kung, the God of Naps. LOL

Susan Quat: The lunch break is a good time to stay away from the monotony of office works . The saying ” all works and no play makes Jack a dull boy” rings true . Just don’t eat too full or we will be sleepy after the lunch break and unable to focus on the work ahead in the office.


18 May 2017

The expected usually happens. It’s the right response to the unexpected that we rarely plan for. But then, not knowing what’s in store for us can be life’s best motivator. When we can’t tell the future, we’ll try our best to survive and enjoy each moment as it comes. In fact, the best things in life can suddenly happen on the detours that we didn’t mean to take.

Selected followers’ comments:

Yuk Choi Lee: Interesting sharing, Tan Sri. We all have plans, wishes and expectations of how our day and our lives will turn out. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out as we expect them to. Too often, things seem to twist and turn in ways we did not expect or foresee. At some points, we all have to deal with challenges without prior notice. That’s both the joy and frustration in life.

Learn to expect the unexpected. Keep learning and making adjustment toward reaching and sustaining a well-balanced, enriched and fulfilled lifestyle.

Alice YokYuen Wong: Good one Tan Sri – expect the unexpected! Got me thinking about life. Yes life is full of surprises! It’s how we tackle these “surprises” that determines pleasure or pressure. Handled well it’s a pleasure. Unable to cope it’s a pressure (headache). Good morning Tan Sri.

Rodjeanall Tinjan: “Not knowing what’s in store for us can be life’s best motivator”
-Clement Hii
It is indeed, life’s is interesting and can be life’s best motivator for the unexpected things happen in our life. But unfortunately, many humans do not understand the meaning and how to react to this unexpected, they tries to blame themselves and others for the incident, which in actual fact, blessing in disguise. Cheers, another beautiful gorgeous Thursday


19 May 2017

THIS TUN IS UNFLAPPABLE: Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob at 79 is in his 4th term as Melaka’s Head of State, and he’s proving that it’s never too late for a new beginning or to create the best legacy. After a luminous career in politics in the federal govt & Pahang, he now plays no small role in Melaka’s transformation as a vibrant hub for foreign investments. The wealth of experience that people like Tun Khalil (who’s known to be calm & unflappable) have, shouldn’t be wasted. Age is no barrier to making a positive difference to our local community.


Selected followers’ comments:

Shenna Dot: You rub shoulders with the VVIPs a lot? They say in Malaysia, you need connections and the right cable to succeed. Hard work alone would not be enough.

Emil Lee: Good morning and a refreshing day to you Tan Sri Clement and also to all my friends herein. Experiences come with age and age is just a number. It is just like an analogy of the skipper of ship who have weathered the storms after countless journey across the oceans. Come what may he will be able to master the situation with great ease. Old wine tastes better rings a bell here.

Rohaty Majzub: There are several issues here which have cropped up involving participation and posts and work and contribution: Yes indeed tons of experiences count to enhance development
However another issue is the practice of appointing experienced politicians to the posts: one should give opportunities to persons with expertise and are more neutral : lately civil servants have lesser roles though they are are more knowledgable in certain areas
TRY and see the consequences of the choices made for the betterment of the organization ,firms, companies or government both short or long term:Anyway it does not mean we cannot serk their advice if needed.


20 May 2017

THEY’RE HERE, BUT NOT HERE: I find it a drag to deal with, or talk to, people whose minds are always somewhere else. They don’t focus on what they are doing, as if they’re day-dreaming. These to me are grossly rude & ineffective individuals. One of the key rules of success is to focus on matters at hand. If we’re constantly distracted, we’re giving the impression that the matter at hand and the people in front of us aren’t important. As a result, there’ll also be no reason for others to care about us, or help us achieve our goals. We too won’t deserve their attention.


Selected followers’ comments:

Eric Wong: Once a friend who was divorced invited me for dinner in my favorite mall in KL.

As we sat for dinner, she kept on checking her phone and replying messages to her client. Everything was urgent to her business. I sat there like a fool. She was not looking up much and eating little.

It was her invitation for dinner otherwise I wouldn’t have spent that few hours. Needless to say I avoid her like a leech now. During her divorce I’m like the shoulder to cry on. When people are back on their feet, you know you’re not needed anymore. It’s a good lesson. Let’s take care of ourselves better and spend more time with people who mean the most to us. Good day!

Choon Pin Yoong: A long, long time ago before I landed my first job, I happened to read a book entitled, Enthusiasm makes the Difference by Dale Carnegie.
Imagine the obvious lack of attention, focus and enthusiasm shown by another when his mind is not there.

Jennifer Chan: It is true. If we don’t focus on what we are doing, we won’t succeed in whatever we are doing. It is as simple as that, isn’t it, Tan Sri?


21 May 2017

A NOBLE & SOOTHING COLOUR: There I was in Beijing, awash in a golden backdrop that looked like a throne in ancient China. Yellow has great significance in traditional Chinese culture. It denotes completeness, wealth & metal. It’s viewed as the most noble colour, symbolising the earth, and used for clothing of emperors. Yellow looks soothing to me, but in life, I think our mind shouldn’t be biased towards just one colour. In an increasingly grey world, we should be splashing more varieties and fun to make our lives more colourful.


Selected followers’ comments:

Philip Lim: In our increasingly grey world, splashing some colours into our lives may be something wise for us to do. Personally and figuratively speaking, I would prefer pastel colours to the gaudy ones.

MarknJo Ang: Colours do play an important part in most of our lives
From observation I’ve noticed that countries that experience cold dreary weather,seem to go for sober colours namely shades of grey and blue grey Whereas in places where the sun is a constant companion we have bright and brighter colours denoting happy,cheerful and wide smiles everywhere It is natural for us to squint and show our teeth even when not really smiling

Dennis Chua Eow Seong: commonalities.

yellow royal for chinese, malay and austronesian, and even indian.