Finance minister Lawrence Wong has a message of hope for Singaporeans who have been battered by Covid-19 and re-imposed restrictions.
"It’s always darkest just before dawn. So let’s be strong and keep the faith. The dawn is coming," he said.
Paid tribute to those working to fight Covid-19
At the end of his Ministerial Statement in Parliament on July 26, Wong paid tribute to two Singaporeans who have been working hard to help contain the spread of Covid-19.
Lok Chun Kiet, a cleaner, attends to high-risk locations while donning full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
While his usual work is not easy under normal circumstances, he and his colleagues have to adhere to stringent procedures.
The deep-cleaning he performs helps to reduce the chances of virus transmission.
Wong also highlighted the work done by Siti Zulaina Bte Md Said, a Senior Medical Technologist with the National Public Health Laboratory at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
Siti leads the team to investigate outbreaks and undertake testing surveillance.
Wong described it as "mission-critical work" requiring long hours, stretching into weekends and public holidays.
"You can imagine the load coming through recently with the surge of cases in the community. It’s because of people like Siti and her team that we are able to detect and ring-fence infections early," he added.
Wong said there are many more such dedicated individuals out there, and asked the House to join him in giving them a "big, heartfelt thank you".
Wong then channelled Harvey Dent, the District Attorney in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight", saying that it's always darkest before the dawn.
Top image from MCI YouTube Channel and the Dark Knight.