Monday, April 05, 2010

Homeless in Singapore....

Al Jazeera should be commended for keeping the location of these homeless people a secret so that the police cannot raid them.

What happens when the police raids a tent occupied by a poor desperate homeless person at one of our parks:

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Jailed for living in illegal tent [Link]
By Sujin Thomas

HOMELESS and unemployed, Noor Mohammad Yassin Ismail pitched a canvas tent at East Coast Park in May, 2007, and lived there for almost a month - without a lease or licence to do so.He was discovered on June 26 of that year, after he was apprehended by park rangers.In court on Tuesday, Noor was asked to produce his Identity Card or passport but he said that he had lost both items. It prompted District Judge Mr Shaiffudin Saruwan to retort in jest: 'I suggest you use a bicycle chain to tie yourself to a tree or you may lose yourself as well.'Pleading for leniency, Noor, who is tanned and skinny, said that he seldom ate, only doing so if friends gave him food. He added that his mother is paralysed and looked after by a younger sibling, while an elder sister does not care about him.

He was fined $800 but could not afford to pay the fine so he was jailed four days instead. He could have been fined up to $2,000

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“If you were a poor person, anywhere on this planet, Singapore is the one place where you will have a roof over your head, where you will have food on the table. Even if you can’t afford it, we will have meals delivered to you.” - Vivian Balakrishnan [Link]

Apparently nobody delivered food to Noor who was jailed for pitching a tent at East Coast Park without a permit. A jail cell technically is a roof over your head... so are run down overcrowded shelters. Those 'meals on wheels' programmes are run by volunteers at the YWCA[Link] and not something by the govt. They cover only a small area in Singapore and don't have the resources to help everyone who needs assistance.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Which number call I call to have the food delivered to me? Can I choose from hawker centre, food court or restaurant?

Shit! I didn't know I have been living in paradise.

skeptic said...

To the PAP: Your Singapore Not Mine.

Anonymous said...

Vivian doesn't know what he is talking about.

When Al-Jazeera talked about this certain relevant minister who declined an interview, they just put his smiling photo and his quotes! Damn funny!

Also shows you what kind of a sly minister this is. Got shit happen but yet, don't want the whole world to know what sort of hellhole Singapore is.

Anonymous said...

The PAP has resorted to lying to the people.

Anonymous said...

In SIngapore, if you don't plan properly and unemployed and in debt, YOU ARE FINISHED.

Give other people a chance lah. That's meritocracy. Still counting as we speak, you know how many young people are taking things easy

Anonymous said...

Vivian was telling the truth ...

Based on the case of the chap who was jailed for staying at the beach, the poor in Sg will get a roof over their heads (in jail) and will have food delivered to them (by their jailors).

Ah Vivian! You left out very crucial information.

Anonymous said...

Vote wisely. Vote for million dollar HDB

Anonymous said...

At first I hated them as politicians but now I have lost all respect for them as a fellow human being. These are people who are prostituting themselve for money in the pretext of serving the people. Now I understand the term "political cowards" very well. Its such a sad thing but Orwell was right.I really believe there are too much skeletons in the cupboard, that they would resort to anything to stay in power. Anywhere I believe thier tentacles are so well entrenched that even if a opposition wins it would not be able to effectively run the government. The GLCs and the two investment giants would still remain in their control.

Anonymous said...

Get real. There are many free loaders out there....not only in Singapore but all over the world - Middle East included (Al-J pls take note). Dont be naive and go about bitching and putting the blame on others. I suggest the writer go talk to these people, verified it and get to the bottom of the situation. Of course there will be genuine cases but generally 99 percent are free loaders.

Deity of Conflict said...

Take note: Al-Jazeera was taken out of Mio.....there are unproven tales of this news reported made Singtel pulled the plug on Al-Jazeera.

sgcynic said...

Our leaders are world class. "Of course there will be genuine cases but generally 99 percent are free loaders."

Anonymous said...

I just got a feeling this story would be similar to the other story which feature an old lady scavenging for a living and later upon investigation by the garmen found that the old lady actually owned a condo unit/flat and has able grown children.

In this story, there was no intend to dig deeper into their plight such as, what happened to the monies from their matrimony flat which they sold?

Is this going to be another story where the gahmen will demolish with sordid evidence against the couple?

Anonymous said...

I just got a feeling this story would be similar to the other story which feature an old lady scavenging for a living and later upon investigation by the garmen found that the old lady actually owned a condo unit/flat and has able grown children.

In this story, there was no intend to dig deeper into their plight such as, what happened to the monies from their matrimony flat which they sold?

Is this going to be another story where the gahmen will demolish with sordid evidence against the couple?

Anonymous said...

Al Jazeera was suddenly removed from cable TV in Singapore, after it showed the programme about homeless in singapore.

When the authorities found out that Al Jazeera was going to interview the homeless around Singapore, the police, NParks & MCYS officials were quickly sent all over Singapore to round up those tent-stayers. It was an extended operation. Al Jazeera missed a number of these homeless by just a couple of days e.g. at Changi Beach.

Come on, if the govt has nothing to hide why conduct your operations so high-handedly, so covertly, and so co-incidentally? Why not bring out the issues in the open and debate about underlying causes in Straits Times and CNA? Why simply dismiss them as free-loaders and lazy bums and paint a one-size-fits-all picture? I'm sure govt leaders will say different things if giving a speech or writing a paper for an international audience. Why speak with forked tongues or be double-headed snakes?

Anonymous said...

You guys need to understand what is going on in this country.

There is a strong reason to explain why the ministers were given million dollar salaries, gentlemen.

LKY has always aimed to lock Singaporeans in. He doesn't want his Singaporeans "chips" to move to another land. So he plotted for this a while ago.

He is playing you out now after milking you like a cow and a fool. And he did it all by buying your trust. Not all the ministers in PAP like LKY. And Uncle Lee knows this well. You can sense if someone is not happy with you and your policies; and for that matter, his way of doing things.

There are a number of MPs and ministers who know that the policies are wrong and does not take Singaporeans' interest, let alone welfare into account. People who does not have much retirement savings and have problems buying ostentatious pigeon-holed flats know this all too well. All too well.

So LKY did what any psychologists does to engineer this climate we are in now. And to get everyone on board, he gives them incentives in terms of million dollar salaries. There is a cognitive dissonance in many of our ministers when they speak. They are logically inconsistent because they do not agree with the way that LKY and LHL is running the country.

And LKY and LHL knows this all too well. All too well.

Keeping cognitions (your thinking) consonant is a primary human motivation and one that can have a powerful impact on our beliefs and feelings. Indeed, keeping cognitions consonant may be more important than fulfilling other wishes. These million dollar salaries changed the ministers' attitudes to be more consistent with what they had openly declared to be untrue., presumably to reduce cognitive dissonance.

That's why you get Vivian trying to convince HIMSELF that he has done his job. That's why Mah Bow Tan is constantly spewing half-truths.

This is a prove pscyhological fact, gentlemen. So pay attention. You are being engineered to be an economic rat.

The problem with pscychological hypnosis is that the victims don't know what is being done to them. But over time, it becomes harder to indoctrinate the citizenry as you'll get hurt and will sense it.

A serious problem occurs when you are made to like your suffering and revel in it. And that phase of indoctrination is currently taking place under LHL leadership.

Anonymous said...

PAP has become MAP =Money Action Party.

homeless has no money for them to tap,instead they have to fork out money to provide them with basic shelter and food.

Anonymous said...

"“If you were a poor person, anywhere on this planet, Singapore is the one place where you will have a roof over your head, where you will have food on the table. Even if you can’t afford it, we will have meals delivered to you.” - Vivian Balakrishnan [Link]"

Lucky Tan,
please stop discrediting Vivian.

Vivian is stating the truth that the gov care for you by providing you a free shelter, free food, free delivery, free 24hrs around the clock protection, albeit all these in Changi Prison. Only in prison can Singaporeans enjoy these privilege. thumb up to Vivian. Looking forward to the day that Vivian and the rest of Pappies enjoy similar resort treatment in Changi !

Sylvester Lim said...

Call him at 1800-VIVIAN for food delivery.

Anonymous said...

sounds like China rounding up HR activists before the '08 Olympics to make the country look squeaky clean.
Are we no better than communist dictatorship? And we call ourselves
a Parliament democracy?
Maybe the MPs are absorbed in counting their $14,000 monthly allowance.
VB should find a place to hide his face now that he and his Govt hypocrisies have been shown to the world

Xtrocious said...

Posting tongue-in-cheek

In this case, Vivian has kept his promise...

The guy was jailed for 4 days and in that 4 days, the prison technically would have clothed and FED him...

So in a perverse way, food was delivered to the poor (provided that person gets jailed)...

Anonymous said...

There are homeless people all over the world since Adam. The bible says ` The Lord shall provide all your needs' so I think when tomorrow comes, I wont be surprised the writer will start to blame God for all the homeless in the world from Japan to the Americas and also all her woes and warts!

Anonymous said...

After reading that the govt is leaving it to organisations like YWCA to help, I have decided to send them a donation. With them doing work that govt should do, YWCA and others deserve all the help that we can give.

Anonymous said...

the million dollar salary is used to shut the minister mouth up, and to make them work shamelessly for the lee family.

it is very obvious that singapore is undergoing a changes, from bad to worst. yet the minister say otherwise. vivan is not stupid, he is paid to fo his job for the lee. vivan is just a bootlicker

Anonymous said...

use money to stuff mouths? use sex to buy favor or entrap or blackmail your foes and those who may post a threat to your position or power? raise the elites profile, importance, position if they bow to the devil or submit to his rule?

is the pap capable of that?

naaaah.

Anonymous said...

Scholars are used to perfect scores.
How will they ever be able to deal with imperfection? Denial?

Anonymous said...

Run and hide like a mouse when a cat comes running over for an interview.

What a joke.

I can do his job at half the cost, anything happen I just decline interview lor! Who want to vote me in the next time?

Anonymous said...

If only our immigration system vets the FTs as thoroughly as the MYCS vets the poor for welfare!

After careful vetting, Vivian decides that only 11 new Singaporeans deserve to receive a welfare cheque!

Compare that to the tens of thousands of FTs who get PRs from Wong Cunt Sing!

Anonymous said...

sibeh sianz. When I look at how our society deteriorates under millionaire ministers.

Anonymous said...

Me had been suggesting that Singaporeans get free foods, lodgings, medical cares, protections and live in big bungalow when one is no more able to provide for oneself, for years.

But, it seems that Singaporeans are too proud and want to stand on their own feet or they prefer freedom over regulated livings.

In SIN, no one will be homeless or needs to starve; Minister Vivian is never wrong.

Anonymous said...

Vote opposition for Free education, Free medical care, Free transport and HDB .. half price only!
Vote wisely!

Anonymous said...

...and can take back CPF before age 50!

Votely wisely!

Anonymous said...

So YWCA is not doing a good job? Where's the young women skeptic association?

Anonymous said...

If per chance low or chee becomes the prime minister of sg, they will not be paid millionaire salary.

Their service to you and the country will cost taxpayers $999,999.00 only.

Vote wisely

Anonymous said...

Welcome any opposition in my GRC anytime. If not my no chance to vote in my lifetime which is so sad.

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Martin said...

sounds like China rounding up HR activists before the '08 Olympics to make the country look squeaky clean. Are we no better than communist dictatorship? And we call ourselves a Parliament democracy? Maybe the MPs are absorbed in counting their $14,000 monthly allowance. VB should find a place to hide his face now that he and his Govt hypocrisies have been shown to the world

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