Gan Kim Yong; Parliament

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong revealed in Parliament yesterday (Feb 3) that the Wuhan virus can be spread without the carrier exhibiting symptoms like sneezing or coughing. The PAP minister said while there have been scientific evidences proving so, it would not occur in Singapore because the cases are “isolated”. Minister Gan Kim Yong refused to explain further:

“There is evidence that the new coronavirus can be spread before the infected person shows any symptoms. This, however, is uncommon. This form of transmission has so far involved isolated cases only.”

There are now 426 deaths reported, and 13,522 confirmed cases – surpassing the 2003 SARS epidemic. Singapore alone has 18 confirmed cases, with 2 Singaporeans infected locally. An undisclosed number of infected Singaporeans were left abandoned in Wuhan.

Minister Gan Kim Yong then repeated his ministry’s propaganda claiming that wearing a mask is not needed because it offers no protection when one does not wear gloves:

“If these droplets come into contact with the eyes, nose or mouth of an individual, directly or indirectly through hands that have come into contact with these droplets, the individual may become infected. However, potential infection from asymptomatic persons is less likely to be from coughing or sneezing directly, but more likely by touching contaminated surfaces, for which masks offer no protection.”

The PAP millionaire minister said wearing a mask will cause a person to touch the face more, and as such he declare that wearing a mask is “counterproductive”:

“Wearing a mask when we are well often gives us a false sense of security instead, and we are more likely to touch our faces when we constantly adjust our masks, which is one way the disease spreads.”

At the middle of the ministerial speech, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong relayed a joke from Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan which had the dictatorship’s PAP MPs and millionaire ministers roaring with laughter:

“He said while I was giving my speech, he has observed 13 out of 41 MPs sitting opposite us have touched their face, within just 25 minutes. So… touching face or whatever it is, I think it is not easy to avoid. But please wash your hands.”