When there is talk of how people end up behind bars due to corruption or robberies, we often heard people say, “Money is the root of all evil”. In fact, money is not the root of all evil, but the greed of it is.
No doubt, money is needed for survival and to pay for essential things such as clothing, meals and medical bills etc. Even priests need money, not for themselves, but for the community. Churches have to be built or refurbished to meet the growing needs of the community who include the needs of the elderly. So it is not uncommon for some of our Catholic priests to appeal for donations from their parishioners to build more and better facilities for the churches.
But when money becomes the do all and end all; and when some women indulge in honey trapping or scams to make a fast, then there must be a big no, no.
And when it comes to marriages, couples can split because of money issues. It has been said that the material aspirations of the Singaporean can be defined with the 5Cs – Car, Cash, Condo, Credit card and Country club.
The report on the 39-year-old A* Start staff, Yu Jiarong which grabbed the headlines in The Straits Times on Saturday is yet another sad tale of how the greed price of money can ruin a man’s future (Former A*Star employee jailed for taking bribes; September 10, 2016).
I just cannot imagine how hurt those close to him who includes his parents and if he is married, his wife would feel now that he is convicted.
Then what about the investment which the government had entrusted in him in the hope that he can have a bright future.
Given that Yu was entrusted to recommend quotations of huge amounts to his superior who must have also trusted him, it is timely for checks to be put in place so that corruption in all forms is eradicated.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO
PROFILE OF THE WRITER
Raymond Anthony Fernando is a motivational speaker, poet, author, trainer, songwriter, freelance television actor, ghostwriter, media celebrity, regular newspaper forum page writer and an advocate for the mentally ill.
He is a volunteer with the Institute of Mental Health. The author of 32 books was married to Doris Lau Siew Lang, herself an author of 8 books. Doris was called to the Lord in April 2014. This Model Caregiver 2007 and Mental Health Champion 2010, who is born on Valentine’s Day, has contributed 31 years of service to the public sector, 15 years of experience in public relations work, and received several awards and commendations from government organisations.
Raymond attributes his success to his beloved wife, Doris, who has always been his greatest inspiration.