Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I paid tribute to all mothers at the Hougang CDC ‘Alive’ Show. I was delighted to be given the opportunity. To me, all mothers are simply fabulous. Therefore, instead of honouring my Mum who is very special to me, I would to salute all mothers for giving your all to your children.

All of you know what automation is. It is a process that gets all the work done while you just stand there. Your children will call this process mother. As a mother, you do everything for them like you have been programmed to do so. What they are today, they owe it to you. What they hope to be in future will rest on your shoulders.

To your children, you are incredible. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. When they can walk and talk, you will scream at them to sit down and shut up.

My mother is smart. She has never taught me to walk but she makes sure that I speak well by sending me to Juliet McCully School of Language. Now whenever I talk back at her, she will say, “Shut up or I’ll stuff chillies in you mouth.”

Despite this, almost all children think their mothers are the best. If you don’t believe me, ask them and they will tell you that you are the best mother any child can have. However, don’t ask them when they are angry with you. Suddenly, you become a witch, a devil from hell or worst. Take comfort, they don’t mean what they say when they are out of their mind.

We all love our mothers simply because they are wonderful. They work long hours, get very little rest and are not paid. When we fall, they are there for us. When we hurt ourselves, they will kiss the injured part and miraculously the pain is gone.

On behalf of all children especially those who are chronically ill, I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our mothers for their inspiration, sacrifice and, most of all, love. All of you mean a world to your children even though they may not say it.

I hope you had a marvellous Mother’s Day and pray that Mother’s Day is everyday to you.