Things we can do better as citizens

As Singaporeans, we often expect high standards from our leaders. There is nothing wrong with that, although I don’t advocate a sense of entitlement. However, personally, I think it is important that we as citizens do better ourselves.

I recently came across this article in CNA which talks about organ donation in Singapore. We often pride ourselves to be at the top of many things. Our airport, our ports, our technological advancement, our education and our medical care; many of which are top in the world. With our high literacy rate, I would expect that organ donation for our country is also within the top few. Unexpectedly, this is what was lifted from the CNA report:

Singapore had a deceased organ donation rate of 6.6 organ donors per million population (pmp) in 2017, a slight increase from the close to 5 organ donors pmp a decade ago. This is low in comparison to Spain’s 46.9 pmp in 2017, the highest in the world.4 Feb 2021

This is embarassing. Do note that this is for deceased individuals, not even living ones. While we bury our precious organs away to rot, there are countless individuals who are waiting desperately for one. To be honest, I would not have been exposed to this if no one in my family encountered a medical situation. And I think it is the same for many others. Most of us do not know how important it is actually for one to donate their organs until one of their family member requires one.

Hence, in this post, I hope to share and advocate that we step up to this if we can. There are some who mentioned that it is against their religion or cultural belief to donate their organs. But I also believe that many religions also advocate doing good and saving lives. Like what a famous Buddhist saying goes: Saving one life accumalates more good karma than building a seven storey pagoda.

Hence, do consider signing up for MTERA, which is a voluntary act to donate your body for medical purposes when you pass on. I think it is a great, selfless act and I have signed up myself to lead by example.

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By ben@sgben.com

Hi, I am Benjamin. I am a Singaporean son, born and bred. I came from a modest background, just like most Singaporeans and went to mainstream schools like most middle-class Singaporeans. What makes me different is my unconventional choices and journey in life, giving me more profound insights. Entering a secondary school infested with secret societies in the earlier days exposed me to a different side of Singapore. I graduated well despite having a volatile phase. I chose one of the youngest polytechnics despite having a score good enough for JC, even as others tell me it is not recognised, and I would not make it into university through that path. During my National Service, I also went through a difficult phase of rediscovering the purpose of serving. My university was another defining chapter, spanning over nine years, involving many adventures and endeavours. As you can see, I seldom bother myself with dogmas. I strongly believe in Steve Job's speech at Stanford University. I hope to lead others by example, inspire them to do the same and empower the decisions they have to make in their lives. Reach me at sgBen.com.

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