Finance Minister Lawrence Wong confirms he didn't make "lousy school" comments

Sep 23, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

In response to a Facebook netizen's question on whether he made the "lousy school" comment in Parliament, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said no.

Wong was responding in his Facebook Live post about securing jobs and livelihoods for Singaporeans.

The netizen Dex Wong asked the minister in the comments section, “Actually I think people are more interested to know whether you were the one who made the "lousy school" comment in Parliament.”

Wong replied, “Thanks for the question. I assure you that I did not make any of those comments.”

Background

In a video of the parliamentary debate last week (Sep 14), which was livestreamed on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Communications and Information, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan can be heard saying "he's illiterate", after Manpower Minister Tan See Leng replied to a question from Progress Singapore Party's Leong Mun Wai.

Dr Balakrishnan is heard a few minutes later saying "seriously, how did he get into RI? Must have been a lousy school". His comments were directed to Leong.

Some netizens attributed the "lousy school" comment to Wong instead, who sat beside Dr Balakrishnan.

Clipped video proved Lawrence Wong did not make the comment

Fathership took the liberty to enhance the audio of the video clip to ascertain the who's who of who cares.

According to our voice analysis, the comments during the parliamentary debate against PSP's Leong Mun Wai indeed came from Dr Balakrishnan.

You can view the video here.

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.