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Veteran opposition politician Goh Meng Seng asks: “Heng Swee Kiat, are you a God?!”

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Following the appointment of Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat as the first assistant secretary-general of ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), rumours and doubts about his health have been going around, especially since he suffered a stroke in May 2016. While he assured Singaporeans, “I have made very good recovery, my doctors have given me a clean bill of health”, the very same day he was appointed, many others such as veteran opposition politician Goh Meng Seng, have expressed skepticism.

Heng Swee Keat, “My doctors have given me a clean bill of health”

In a Facebook post on Sunday, November 25, Mr Goh wrote, “Thought of the Day – Heng Swee Kiat, are you a God?!”

He continued, “As far as I know, no doctor in this world can guarantee any stroke patient that they will Never have a recurrent second stroke. In fact, statistically speaking, 25%-35% of first time stroke patient will have a second stroke in their lifetime”.

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Mr Goh then added, “So I was pretty shocked when I read HSK said that he is pretty sure that he will not have another stroke again! Is he or his doctor a God or what?”

According to information shared by Mr Goh on his post, the recurrent stroke for a stroke patient within 5 years can be as high as 40%. He also added that within 5 years of a stroke, 24% of women and 42% of men will experience a recurrent stroke.

“This is especially so when he is put in a job that is extremely high stress and demanding!” Mr Goh continued.

To conclude his post, Mr Goh Meng Seng opined, “Well, I guess he must bear in mind that for second stroke, it will have higher fatality and disability rate. He is just not God but human.”

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