Photo of Lee Hsien Loong from MCI

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ran out of topics on his National Day speech for 2017, and randomly picked the diabetes disease, with a number of drama-like choice of words. Speaking at the Bay East Garden yesterday (Aug 8), the dictator Prime Minister said Singaporeans must “go all out” to “fight” diabetes:

“At first, diabetes is an invisible disease. But over time, its consequences are severe – blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, amputated limbs. This is why the country must go all out to fight diabetes.”

The PM became weirder further telling Singaporeans to “drink plain water” in his embarrassing National Day message:

“Each one of us must take responsibility for our own health. Each one of us must make the effort to watch our lifestyle and diet, to exercise regularly, to drink plain water instead of soft drinks. And this must start from young. That is the way to reduce the risk of diabetes, stay healthy and live well.”

However Lee Hsien Loong choosing “diabetes” as a National Day topic is not a surprise as he is trying to avoid “sensitive” topics like public transport, cost of living, falling birth rate, worsening diplomacy with China and US, increasing unemployment, crime rate and falling quality of life – virtually everything else except diabetes is not looking good and hence unsuitable for presentation.