Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Humiliation of the poor...

There is this show on Channel 8 called Life Transformers in which they send pretty MediaCorp actresses to visit poor families with disabled children. The contrast is startling - a heavenly creature from the stars comes down to visit a downtrodden struggling family in an act of charity. Plenty of emotional drama and tears...and shock on the faces of these actresses as they find out how hard life is for these poor folks.

In my blog, I sometimes receive comments about how the poor can get help from the govt. The govt controlled newspapers talk highly about the govt's many helping hands approach as if many sources of help will start flowing readily to those in need to ease their pain. Here is a family that obviously needs help and are poor due to no fault of their own. They have 2 kids with disabilities and the father has difficulty finding a job. What does the govt do to them? Humiliate them when they ask for help and threaten to evict them from their rented flat due to arrears. The part about govt help starts at 6 minutes 23 seconds into the video.

Here is the transcript:

"I've applied with the govt before. It always comes to nothing." - Mother

"Where do you go to apply" - Christopher Lee

"The fourth floor of HDB inToa Payoh. I don't understand much English. I only know it is the welfare department. Sometimes, they reject my applications. We go to them because we need help. Otherwise, why bother going to them or subject ourselves to humiliation? I wished I didn't have to go there. They can be so rude. " - Mother

"In what way?" - Actress..

"They keep telling you to work. Its okay if I can find a job. But I may not find one that allows me to look after my children. We go to them only because we need help. They shouldn't say 'Look for a job. Don't always expect help' - Mother

"How did you reply" - Actress

"I kept quiet. Just weep. What else?" - Mother.

So the govt helps these poor folks by telling them to look for a job. Having 2 disabled kids is not a sufficient to qualify for help? That's PAP govt help for you. So if you're slightly better off but is struggling with, say, an autistic child, you can forget about getting any support from this govt.

87 comments:

Anonymous said...

You wrote this in the middle of the night????

Musicwhiz said...

That's a really really sad situation.

Wish the Govt would be able to help such people without subjecting them to humiliation.

Cheers,
Musicwhiz

Anonymous said...

very very sad....

we have civil servant who could spend 50 thousand dollars for a cooking lesson.. and we have people struggle below the poverty line....

Anonymous said...

So we need to help back the gov by removing the SIN gov and replace the gov with more compassion one. We should united as one to help the gov for removal.

Anonymous said...

I said I PLAN FOR EVERYTHING I CAN FOR MY OWN FATE AND SURVIVAL.

I will help the poor with whatever little surplus I have.

IF HEAVEN WANTS TO DESTROY ME, THAT'S ME.

The Garmeh, if they can spare somemore free hongbao money, is just plain bonus to me.

Some of the poor have many children and I think is not only demeritious to themselves but also THEIR FUTURE GENERATIONS. STRANGE??? The Poor have no money but many children whreas the rich and O.Ks have few or none. There must be some corelation with their THINKINGS and CURRENT SITUATION.

Anonymous said...

Life is never fair. There will always be those who are destitude and there will always be the lucky ones who earns millions. The most important lesson we must learn is to have a little compassion for the unfortunate ones around us. However, as a foreigner in your country I find that compassion is very rare in the Singaporean society. It is a very dog-eat-dog society here and the poor and the unfortunate are very rarely given a helping hand. When you chase after GDP growth for the last 50 years, you will mould a very competitive and kiasu society in which people care only for themselves. The less fortunates and the poor will be viewed as leeches and parasides because they are less able to contribute.

Anonymous said...

In advertising or promotion strategy, whether to solicit money for charities or whatever, it must have maximum impact on any or all of the 5 senses for a desired outcome.

Lucky, are you now moved to donate more for charities to help the poor? Or the outcome is of a different kind nothing to do with parting your money?

Fievel said...

Elitism is inevitable, according to the old one. The son, in the meanwhile, goes about making sure the statement makes good with his continued eye on $$ compensation for him and his friends. And Mr President just sits there happily raking in the dough, occasionally, "show face" at high publicity value charity events.

Talents indeed.

Shaking your heads yet? No?

Towkay said...

The staff of welfare department is right. As a boss, I do not care what you do in your spare time including whether you need to take care of your retarded children or not. If you cannot adhere to my timing, I will replace you with a cheaper better faster foreign worker. Government is right to allow bosses to hire foreign talent. Imagine every Singapore worker is like this lady, how will Towkays maximise our profits?

I will continue voting for PAP so that they will appoint the right people at welfare departments who dare to reject fussy and difficult Singaporeans. I'm sure many Singaporeans agree with me.

Disappointed said...

I am very upset at seeing this clip. with the government that is. What is the motive of this documentary?

Anonymous said...

No wonder we always target Towkay in riots. Must be retribution.

QA said...

towkay, are you sarcastic or for real?
If you are for real, i want to see how you cope with the situation if you are that woman.

Anonymous said...

Watching this just made me wonder how on earth could the Government comes up with S$10m to help foreigners blend in & yet couldnt lift a hand to help families like the Ows!! Taxpayers' money are been used to rescue foreign banks & are gone forever. It's really sad that we have fallen so low; hopefully, we could kick out some deadwood this election!

Anonymous said...

who gives a fuck about this lazy ass old cunt with defective genes.
Please dont say they are miserable when they have a hdb to live, food to eat and even subsidized healthcare to boot.

Compare to the destitude in phillipines or indonesia where death by starvation is commonplace.

The most genius part of this program is mediacopr cheap exploitation of them bring high rating which in turn allows mediacorp to charge way higher commercial air time.

This show no matter how worthless a thing is, there is always some hidden value waitiing to be unlocked. by the way i am holding 500 lots of SPH in my portfolio. i say bring on the poor bastards program.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10.40, I hope you will remain wealthy and no misfortune befalls onto you.

Anonymous Cunt said...

Here's how you bring on the poor bastards.

Boycott SPH shares.

Anyway SPH shares are going down soon after elections.

I hope to see you and your poorfolio soon ...astard.

Anonymous said...

The solution is very simple, vote out the PAP!

http://i48.tinypic.com/jzbmgx.jpg

Yet many times these very same poor people who have been marginalized by PAP are the ones who sang auld lang syne and voted for PAP when the scums throw a few hundred dollars at them days before GE.

Say no to nonsense said...

This article reminds me of an earlier case... the glass slamming incident. Apparently, our MP Cynthia Phua has been so insensitive to poor and helpless people's plight that it cause the mildly retarded boy to flew into a rage after their meeting and slam a chair against the glass of the town council.

I am not surprise at seeing this kind of incidents happening at all. Don't forget another of our MP Wee Siew Kim had gave her unwavering support to her daughter who had wrote blatantly against the poor and the helpless.

All these just shows what kind of mentality is prevalent among those who are up there. Seems to me that our country is very much in favour of this kind of people. Elitism is one of our main core value... perceive to be a neccesary evil to bring our society to greater heights.

This evil causes our society to be in a vicious cycle... in an attempt for the people to become eiltes, the poor are undermined and humiliated.... to avoid being poor and humiliated, more people will strive to become elites... and in turn, the poor will be undermined and humiliated more. In short, our society will become more and more deviod of empathy and compassion... deviod of 人性...

And the saddest thing is, I don't this vicious cycle breaking any soon.

Anonymous said...

Little wonder there are more and more mad men in Singapore, with one minister being set on fire and another being threatened. Singapore, a heartless city.

Anonymous said...

Somehow, someone with connections, managed to get this family on TV and the help they need.

There IS a rich-poor divide, why do we get so outraged since it is already a fact almost everywhere else, not in Singapore. Walk the talk. Turn the outrage into action.

The government should and can do more. Singaporeans, PRs, expats, society, the individual should and can do more. Let's stop pointing fingers as if the government can provide the perfect solution to everything. We are not a welfare state. If we were, I suspect we would be taxed much higher. In those circumstances, we have the right to demand the government to do more.

If this video really moves you, do something.

Anonymous said...

if this video really moves you, do something.



The video does move me. And I will do something, but nothing along the lines of donation which is what the pap govt hopes to achieve - asking citizens to help fellow citizens while it sits atop doing nothing, how convenient.

Instead the poor must be educated about the power of the ballot box.

elite said...

the video did moved me. i had a good laugh

SG Girl Next Door said...

The increased in GST to help the poor obviously has missed out helping this family.

Fortunately there are other kind organisation like churches amd temples who are helping the needy when application for financial assistance from the departments failed due to some grey areas or criteria not met.

For those who humiliate the poor, *#@%! May they face the same humiliation one day.

Anonymous said...

We can only do so much with our charity dollars.

It's the government's social policies that punish the poor (such as increasing the GST)and enrich the rich (such as abolishing the death tax) we should be pursuing.

Anonymous said...

to be fair, its not that good in the USA either

ProbusinessAndProrich said...

I have to agree with Towkay's reasoning. The top priority is to maximise profits and Spore workers must do their part, i.e. work more, grumble less lah!

When the Towkays reap in more profits, they will expand the business and thus create more jobs.
In other words, a towkay's greed will create more jobs,
even pathetic jobs for the poor, like collecting cans and card boxes which the Towkays can recycle for profits.

Look at it this way, at least no one dies from hunger. So far none, right ? So don't expect Towkays to understand this so called humiliation of the poor.

Towkay said...

ProbusinessAndProrich is a honest man who dare says what he really feels. So many Singaporeans agree with my views as can be seen in PAP's mandate election after election. But some Singaporeans pretend to be kind and caring in real life and in cyberspace but still gave their votes to PA...pathetic.

Anonymous said...

To Towkay,

Maybe it's time for the alternative parties to use your 'reverse tactics'..Since many times CSJ & CST tried to point out the real issues of the ruling parties...Singaporean juz don't understand...So, as you said, vote them so that towkay can lower biz cost and employ more FT so that more local will be jobless..

Welfare organizations to hired 'iron heart' ppl to turn away ppl seeking for help..

Maybe this tactic can work and also avoid law suits as well :D

Anonymous said...

lived in spore and lived in australia. Australia has one of the best social welfare systems in the world (behind, in my opinion, only the scandanavian countries).... But the australian tax rate is 30pc compared to 18 in spore.... And thats only the company tax...
Anyways... pay more tax... Or demand lower return on cpf... Or pray po ching does really well :)...

Anonymous said...

Two generally fit working adultS. Sons are also working. Health care heavily subsidized. Took two bites from hdb
(Profitted-correct me if i am wrong). And still, amassed 9000 over dollars in rental arrears. How is this possible?

Towkay said...

I don't know what "reverse" tactics u r talking about. I'm a real Towkay with some spare time in my hands because my business of importing foreigners is slow now. Before every election, the government will pretend to care for Singaporeans to get votes so they are restricting import of foreigners now. After elections is over, it is business as usual. Then I will have to attend to my booming recruitment business I won't have time left to waste here. I don't mind saying this loud as this practice is not a secret.

My Mercs has been vandalised yet again. Seems like lots of sour grapes Singaporeans, I really enjoy replacing them with foreign workers. Don't these sour grapes realise they voted for this meritocratic system where nationality is not a guarantee of jobs? Anyway, my money is enough to buy Mercs like toys, I just can't stand the hypocrisy of Singaporeans who pretend to weep for poor fellow Singaporeans but continue supporting PAP's policies. At least my suggestion of shipping useless Singaporeans to nearby JB and Batam is more practical and humane.

Anonymous said...

I just wonder how many of you self-righteous people will pay $1 for 4 packs of tissue paper from the annonymous old lady the next time you sit down for your meal at the hawker centre?

How many of you will buy the low quality tissue paper from her out of pity? Or do you, like some, do the math and decide its more cost effective to buy a bundle of these tissue paper from NTUC for $2?

Please don't pretend to be kind. when

Anonymous said...

I am sure we can offer them a hand shaking job and their housing woes will be eternally resolved.

Heck, $40k french cooking holiday, no sweat!

Anonymous said...

LuckyBama

U are so lazy.
Take a videocam to those rental flats and I guarantee you will get much better material.

Btw, this article is very unfair to the HDB officers at the frontline.

According to your own stats (somewhere) 1 in 7 Singaporeans are in arrears. This kind of stories is dime a dozen. In their lowly position, you will get numb quickly too.

Couldn't u do something like organizing a fund-raising instead of just using them to attract eye-balls?

Anonymous said...

hey Towkay, go live in condo lah, your Merc wont be vandalised then. ;)

Anonymous said...

"Dead wood"????
They think you are "dead wood"ecause u don't know how to use yr brain.
Sad state

family man said...

I would recommend the movie, Bodyguards and Assassin - about social revolution. It was a Chinese version of Les Mierable, and it is also a version of Singapore waiting for a govt with a heart and soul.

Enjoy the movie... Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

We huff and we puff; we quarrel among ourselves in blogs.

But still we remain in the same comfortable rut.

We deserve to be called KIASU!

Anonymous said...

The people at the HDB department are just expounding Mr Lee's theory. By Mr Lee, I mean Lee Kuan Yew and his son "Tsien Man". Survival of the richest.

If you are not elite, just perform three things: your NS, your tax and top up your CPF.
If you are struggling, it's your fault. You die your business.

Anonymous said...

Why are we comparing ourselves to other countries? In no other countries that the citizens are told to give up land for pittance for the government to sell at a huge profit. In no other countries that the citizens surrender almost 40% of their savings to their government. In no other countries that employers can over requisite for foreign workers while the government make money by levying a fee while citizens lose their jobs.

Onlooker said...

Actually I can empathize with the anger and disbelief in this type of situation but:-

1) like I said before there is going to be a series of tear jerking episode on prime time TV. beside those show that criticize your look and balding condition if you have them or oily hair. I'm Disappoint with the shock doctrine but obviously someone thought it is effective brain control/warning.

2) certain group of people(FT) will be evangelize by means of TV.(the method is the same probably thought of by an annoying noy/nay)

3) PAP do not believe in safety net for Singaporean.

in the end,We will herded and say What to do? it happened.... in futility.

And into ignoring the fact that there are people who abuse their authority to help themselves to public trust/money.

EG TT Durai.

Anonymous said...

dont watch body guard and assassin if you are not in the mood for comedy

CK Lim said...

I hope this is not true and deserved attention. Could there be some missing backgroud info? Any idea where does the family stays?

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WingLeeCheong said...

Testimony of an ex-Singaporean who has a special need child:

In Singapore, one can go bankrupt if there is a major illness in the family and need to be hospitalized.

As we ward our daughter,all hell broke loose. We did not have CPF medisafe bec. we were self-employed, then no insurance. I remember vividly standing at the registration counter of the SGH LIMITED.. since I did not have all the usual coverage, she asked for my credit card and got me to sign on the BLANK copy and told me they will charge me later. I was signing a "BLANK CHEQUE"! Can you imagine how heavy my heart was when I was walking back to admit my daughter!

Not long after we landed in Canada, we received a letter (I kept it till today so that I will show my great grandchildren later) from the University of Alberta Hospital. It gave us two full-days of schedule with all those professors and sepcialists...from heart, hearing, speech, ear etc..you name it we have it there...to check on my 3 year old Singapore-born daughter. Again (like the same scene in the SGH) on the day of the medical check-ups I went over to the registration desk. After the white receptionist helped me to fill up all the forms, I sheepishly asked her: "How much must I pay for all these professors and specialists check-up on my daughter?" Listen, listen listen to the answer, ready?: "Sir it is FREE. It is under Alberta Health Care."
What!!? I could not believe her...I have not even paid my first Alberta Health Care premium (that time we need to pay about Can $100 per month for a family) and not a single cent of tax and yet we got FREE real professional check-ups for my daughter! I almost cried! The receptionist did not ask for my credit card. It was/is FREE!!!!!

Same daughter, same illness but in a different country and heaven and hell difference. Lucky we mmigrated to Canada. Lucky. Pure luck.

At kindergrader her class had only 7 special needs kids but they were taken care of by a full-time teacher, an assistant and watch over by a nurse and a specialist for special needs kid!

Fast forward. On reaching 18, she is given a monthly inflation-indexed allowance of Sin $1,500 (C$1+S$1.3), free medical and drugs, free dentistry and glasses (Sin $ 400 every 2 yrs). She can enroll for all kinds of studies and even dance, swim or social dance ... all paid for..yea FREE. Monthly bus is half price at Sin$45 per month ...unlimted bus and train travel.

If she is out of job, the social service will immediately find her a suitable job. Now she works 1 to 2 days a week in the Dollar Shop to do stuffing and packing...earning about sin$400 per month...no tax and no crawl back as it too low an income. So total monthly allowance+income about Sin$2,000.

I always tell Singaporeans that it takes alot of courage to emigrate out of Singapore but it takes even more courage to live in Singapore!

Canada is not a perfect place but you know for sure that it is not Singapore where if you do not die in the hospital, you will die of shock by just looking at the hospital bill!

Open to the idea of emigrating out of Singapore. We are not taking about politics here, we are talking about happy laughter of our children and grandchildren playing in the snow. We are talking about focusing on how to have our children get well in the hospital without worrying over the hospital bills.

The name of the writer is kept confidential to protect the rights of the child. This is a true case as I know the writer personally.

Anonymous said...

it's like a gal looking for a life time companion. if she hook up with a poor chap who is obsessed in being rich but not really rich(lack resources), she may have to end up feeding or paying for his upkeep instead of the other way round.

however, hooking up with a fat sheik with plenty of oily money will ensure a free supply of imelda's shoes.

moral of the story?

ditch the poor guy and go for the rich bastard!LOL

Anonymous said...

sg society is never developed. always be reminded by Ghandi's words, look at how animals are treated in sg.

compassion? wait long long.

Maomao said...

After watching the episode on Youtube last night, I wonder where has all the monies raised with the increase of 2% GST gone to? The govt said that it is suppose to help/feed the poor.

But why are families like the Ows are falling through the cracks?

What Lucky tries to show here is the irresponsible attitude of Govt glaringly at us and the humiliative tactics they use to avoid giving handouts to the poor and helpless.

I do not know the real reason behind the production of this series. Be it high airtime charges or whatever, at least, it brings to our attention the plight of some of our common folks. True blue Singaporeans.

We are all human and everyone deserves some basic respect. If you were in her shoes, would you want to go begging for a paltry handout and subject yourself to a series of humiliation publicly?

Lucky, please keep up the good work and publish more articles that concerns us.

It helps to remind us till voting day, what kind of govt we had put in place and the impact of their policies on us.

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Anonymous said...

no...the moral of the story is...in every sobbing and moving story, there is a bastard at the other end counting his money under his pillow or ....trying to be the next prime minister! haha ha ha hahaha

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Anonymous said...

not so simple lah. rich may just be a number game. are we really rich? even if we are,our elders may have a "poverty mentality"(rich enough to keep their kind in power but not rich enough to pay for your welfare) or they truly believe in "pushing you to the limits" is actually good for your soul in which case, you maybe living in a MILITARY CAMP that occasionally result in the death of its soldiers during training.

ho ho ho ho. merry christmas ha ha ha ha

Anonymous said...

Humiliate them, so that they would not come to you.

The less people come to ask for help, the better.

It is "out of sight, out of mind". If I don't see or hear, who care. Just pretend not to know of the problem, it will go away by itself.

Alfred said...

I find it unbelievable the gahmen MediaCorp did not censor the mother's interview. Fishy...

Anonymous said...

it's a bias report. go interview the respective authorities and get a more complete picture of what actually transpired.

this write up lacks credibility because of it missing link.

go after the people responsible if you really think there has been injustices committed otherwise, you are shooting blanks.

Anonymous said...

Talking about Canada health care system, we have been told that almost free health care like Canada will leads to long waiting times.

But from what I know, people with cancer also need to wait for quite a long time for our public health care for surgery.

And our health care is not free and can bankrupt the whole family.

I felt that we have been screwed big time, not free and expensive, get the same or worse standard than a free system like Canada.

The reasons are fairly obvious. Expand the population to 6.5 millions without corresponding increase in health care facitlities.

The same area where rich people like Tan Tock Seng donate to built hospital is now sold to a private health care provider to built a private hospital.

If want to argue that a total free health care will leads to problems like long waiting times, fine, as the saying goes, there is no free lunch.

But to get fuck out service for a much more expensive is really screwing residents big time.

No wonder Singapore will never get good quality citizens from developing countries. Even many true blue Singapore talents migrate to other countires every year.

At the end of the day, I think the mindless giving of pink or blue ICs will leads to further strain on public transport, public health care as only the so called "less quality" people left here.

WingLeeCheong said...

Free Health Care leads to long waiting lines?????
Please do not be naive and gullible. This is the type of spin the government wants you to believe so that they do not have to follow the same system. Don't just listen to govern BS, go ask the 20,000 ex-Singaporeans living in Canada now. Just be careful that cyber police may post as ex-Singaporeans to give you false answers.

wahlau said...

The TV program hosts and volunteers only helped so much, the Ow family will have to shoulder the burden the rest of the way. My primary concern is they owe over $9000 in rent, can something be done with HDB to ensure they don't get evicted? Can their MP get involved? All this work is useless if they get evicted. Bad PR for HDB if they do something bad, now that the spotlight is on this family.

wahlau said...

The TV program hosts and volunteers only helped so much, the Ow family will have to shoulder the burden the rest of the way. My primary concern is they owe over $9000 in rent, can something be done with HDB to ensure they don't get evicted? Can their MP get involved? All this work is useless if they get evicted. Bad PR for HDB if they do something bad, now that the spotlight is on this family.

wahlau said...

The TV program hosts and volunteers only helped so much, the Ow family will have to shoulder the burden the rest of the way. My primary concern is they owe over $9000 in rent, can something be done with HDB to ensure they don't get evicted? Can their MP get involved? All this work is useless if they get evicted. Bad PR for HDB if they do something bad, now that the spotlight is on this family.

Anonymous said...

If it is at all possible, I would just like to say as a British resident (I was supposed to migrate to Singapore as this is where my very young daughter is) who has first hand experience of socialised healthcare, yes, it may well be true that long waiting times are possible but if you are suffering from a serious disease such as cancer, you will be dealt with straight away. I have a brain tumour (diagnosed in January of this year) and had a biopsy performed within two days of it being found. When the biopsy showed the tumour to have high grade malignancy (I was given 6-12 months to live) I had another operation to remove it. That is two vital operations in the space of nine days. I have also undertaken six weeks of radiotherapy and 9 months of chemotherapy which on its own would have cost £20,000. If you count the cost of the operations, consultations, MRI scans, the cost would be more close to £70,000. I have not had to worry about any money from my pocket and in all the time I have had to recuperate, the government have been paying to me in order for me to pay for my home and living. My current benefits come to around £900 a month which include Employment Support Allowance which is about £160 a week for severe disability and £90 a week for actually being disabled. I also get breaks in my council tax too.

The problem is this...me ex, who is a Singaporean citizen, actually believes that the NHS that is keeping me alive today to be of sub-standard to what she can get in Singapore. If I was in Singapore I would be dead already! Of what benefit would this to be of my daughter. She needs her father very much alive than six feet underground.

I was in Singapore recently to visit my daughter, pass some money to my ex and buy some necessaries for my baby to help in her future. For the most part, I really enjoyed it but it is quite apathetic. My ex had never wished for me to get well and this is a classic example of the uncaring attitude that seems to have rubbed off from the government. if the government does not care for its people then how can the people care about there fellow man?

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of great folk there in Singapore who I have great admiration for and I will still endeavour to fight fit and hopefully migrate to Singapore (since my ex will never consider coming to the UK)so I can give my daughter what she deserves most, but I can't help but think she would be much better off here.

Anonymous said...

"go after the people responsible if you really think there has been injustices committed otherwise, you are shooting blanks."

Didn't msm do this to clarify matters before airing the programmes. I thought they always prided themselves for being credible & getting facts right. Mind you, the lady dropped the name of an institution.

Do you think the programme aired for wider public consumption was also shooting blanks.

Injustice ? We have law to ban chewing gum and law to allow the sale of cigarettes & soon the operation of casinos (aka IR)

Anonymous said...

Dear Singaporean Mind,

We do not respect human beings in this fucking country. We can legalise prostitutes from Sichuan to come and work legally in Geylang brothels. Yes! That's what the government has done. You can now find the china girls inside the registered brothel instead of fucking them on the streets. But you won't make it easy to help a fellow singaporean.

I will promise you that I am not the only one waiting to put a cross against a non-PAP voting slip next year. I am just waiting to see what new political tricks they have up their sleeves now, considering we have 5% unemployment and more than 30% of the country is a fucking non-Singaporean. It's time to elect them out. The very least, remove their fucking arrogance that Singapore only belongs to the PAP alone. Put in more opposition or whatever we can, before this UNCHOSEN government fucks things up for us. You better pray you don't fall sick in this country.

Anonymous said...

APPEAL TO ANG MO KIO RESIDENTS: PLEASE VOTE WISELY! OUR LIVES ARE AT STAKE HERE AND YOU HAVE THE ARROGANT PRIME MINISTER IN THAT CONSTITUENCY. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE LIVES OF YOUR FELLOW SINGAPOREANS WHO CANNOT VOTE BECAUSE TOO MUCH POLITICAL OPPRESSION HAS LED TO A LACK OF OPPOSITION TO VOICE OUR DISAGREEMNT IN PARLIAMENT! SO, PLEASE HELP US ALL! WE DON'T WANT 5 MORE YEARS OF BULLSHIT. WE MAY NOT REMOVE OUR GOVERNMENT POLITICIANS' HYPOCRISY AND WAYANG OVERNIGHT! BUT, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF THE PRIME MINISTER IS REMOVED FROM ANG MO KIO CONSTITUENCY. SO PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING!

Anonymous said...

Just an obligatory brief interruption between "First Class" and "Singapore Idol" to earn our TV Licence fees.

Well done TCS !!!

Anonymous said...

We have a fantastic government. It collects millions from the people through the countless charity drives and shows on TV and then plays the generous patron dishing out the money collected from the people. I for one will not donate a single cent to the charities or the national charity campaigns on TV. I always personally buy food items for the poor people I came across or I will take their bills and pay it for them. I usually do not give them money. I do not need a middle man to distribute my money to the poor

Anonymous said...

Hey, "go look for a job" and "don't be so picky". these 2 statements worth millions a year and i am damn sure they are the best of all best to come up with something like this. brilliant idea i must say. ;)

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Hi all,

I would have to agree that this family is indeed in a tough situation. It may be true that the welfare department proposed that the parents get a job when they asked for help. However, lets try and look at this situation from a more informed and objective perspective.

Firstly, it is undeniable that the long term solution to their problem is for the parents to get a stable job. I believe that the Singapore government focuses more on giving its citizens a long term solution to their problems instead of just giving them help that would not allow themselves to be independent. For example, there is the CDC which helps citizens to look for jobs which are suited to their ability or which satisfies their certain needs. Besides that, the CDC also has multiple schemes and grants which will help the needy greatly. There is also the MPS which is held on a weekly basis where the needy can go and ask for advice on what is the best solution for their situation. There is also assistance given to the needy at the MPS in the form of food as well as vouchers. As we can see from the above, the government does provide help to the needy where food and vouchers can be obtained to help the needy on a short term basis while schemes, grants and aid in finding a suitable job will help the needy in the long run. In this way, the government is enabling the needy to be independent instead of provided a certain form of help which will result in the needy relying on the government for survival.

Many are somehow comparing our country to others and saying that their needy gets help in the form of a substantial amount of money each month and etc. However, we have to firstly understand that Singapore is not a welfare state like some other countries. It is thus unfair and inappropriate to compare Singapore to such countries. In fact if we compare Singapore to countries which are not welfare states, than we will see how much better off our needy are as compared to theirs. Firstly, it is true that we have citizens who are in need of flats. We however have relatively few people homeless or having to beg for survival. Now for those that have been to multiple countries, you will be able to tell the distinct difference in the number of homeless people and beggars as compared to Singapore. Secondly, no matter how needy a family is, the children will definitely have a chance to go to school and get an education sufficient for them to get a decent job within Singapore. This is something that many of us take for granted. The needy in other countries have to have their children finding various means for survival. Education will be the last thing on their mind. Now this is the difference between the needy in other countries as compared to Singapore.

As such, i believe that it will be more productive if we could spend our time on helping the needy personally in terms of donations or through community work instead of complaining about how inefficient the government is in providing aid for the needy. The fact is that the government is providing aid in the form of long term solutions thus resulting in many being unable to see it.

The above is my personal point of view. I apologize if i have offended anyone in the process of expressing my views.

Peace.

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This is really sad. Today's Straits Times has announced that there will be a group of SEA junior sportsman/woman that will be sponsored by the govt every year. Can you imagine that? SG tax payer's money being used to pay for other countries' athelethes?

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Are you sure voting PAP out is the REAL SOLUTION to the problem? Are you really really sure that other parties will definitely do a better job than them and not flunk it instead? Think twice. Yes, this is very sad, and I do agree that they need our and our government's help. However, I think "humiliation" is too strong a word used. There are many many families like this family here in Singapore. If all of them decide to not work at all and instead only seek help from the government without really trying, think, what will happen to our society?

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