On March 1, 2010, Dr. Susan Lim, sensing trouble, sent a threatening letter to George Yeo.
She writes, “I presently face allegations in disciplinary proceedings brought by the Singapore Medical Council of overcharging [the Patient]. I may soon be asked to give evidence and I am very concerned that in order for me to defend myself properly, I will have to divulge sensitive information about my patient, her immediate family, the Brunei Government and the Palace.” Yes, that’s a threat.
Dr. Lim continues, “… I am deeply concerned that information will eventually come to public light, which will cause unnecessary embarrassment to Brunei. This, in turn, may affect ties between Brunei and Singapore.” Dr. Lim is really stretching it with this threat, implying that even her case may affect the eventual merger between Singapore and Brunei. Who does she think she is?
Next Dr. Lim comes up with, “I continue to look forward to a practical resolution of the matter, which I believe to be in the interests of Brunei and Singapore.” Here she gives her case and herself more credit than either deserves.
This is followed by another threat, “Moreover, if a settlement can be reached, I would not have to commence a civil action against the Brunei Government to recover my fees and disbursements, which presently remain outstanding.”
And finally, Dr. Lim finishes with a sweetener, “Whatever may happen in the disciplinary proceedings, Brunei will have to make payment of a reasonable amount for the services rendered, unless as part of an overall settlement I waive some part of this.”
On March 16, 2010, Singapore sent Dr. Lim her answer putting her down by writing, “I refer to your letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo dated 1 March 2010. We have taken note of your letter. We wish to inform you that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not in a position to intervene in an ongoing legal process.”
The response to Dr. Lim from the Singapore government was not signed by George Yeo, but by a low-level staffer, Peter Lim. Dr. Lim had to be humiliated by the government’s terse response. Her threats and her sweetener did not work.
Dr. Lim not only showed her desperation by writing to George Yeo; she made a fool of herself, as well.
Living in Singapore, Dr. Lim should have known better.