To all the critics of the PAP govt, you have been proven totally wrong. Through its highly generous Comcare, the PAP has shown that it cares alot for poor Singaporeans. A massive $68M has been given out to 90,000 families over a period of 18 months. See how much the PAP cares for the poor and needy in Singapore. $68M over 18 months for 90,000 translates to $42 ($68M divide 90,000 divide 18) per month for each family. $42 is alot of money for the poor. With $42 they can pay for one third of their utilities bill OR the transport fee increase OR one phone bill OR instant noodles for the family for 2 weeks OR one fancy hairdo OR 3 distant taxi rides OR half a pair of Nike shoes.
.$42 is also what our beloved President Nathan ($2.6M per year) earns in 10 minutes assuming he works 24 hours a day without holidays...if just count working hours it is 2.3 minutes.
Yes $42 is alot of money to give to the poor. Any more will undermine their work ethics and render them useless for Singapore Inc. It is for their own good not to give them more so they are motivated to work harder. The $68M given out is about 1% what they (Temasek)paid to Thaksin for those magnificient Thai investments. While the PAP can afford to spend billions on Biotech without any tangible results (Philip Yeo says can see results only in 15 years!!) because of their farsightedness, one has to applaud them for their effort in ekeing out this $68M from other glorious projects to give to the poor out because of they truly understand the long term impact of poverty to our society and the vicious cycle so many families face. This understanding is reflected in the $68M ($42 per family) given out....it shows how much the PAP believes in investing in ordinary Singaporeans vs investing in Thailand.
The poor people of Singapore are so lucky to have such a generous govt who balance help with the need to work the poor harder for their own good.