“People are calling our hospitals a First World sector, but that our long-term care is Third World standard. Besides the over-reliance on voluntary welfare organisations, patients’ families and cheap labour, the financial structure in this sector needs to be thoroughly re-looked.”- Professor Phua Kai Hong
Askmelah’s Note: Singapore adopts a fairly minimalist approach to welfare, restricting direct assistance to those too sick or old to work. For the rest, the approach is that the best welfare is a job, so those who cannot find one must be given training until they do. The right question is : are the trainings really yields jobs and higher wages? Chuan Mui Hoong (see article below) has rightly pointed out that a rich nation like Singapore can definitely afford to do more for the needy.
to receive help from the local grass root / glass root or cut loose group, one must able to speak english, well wrriten explanation why you need help in english, print out your pass income statement, your bank account, take a number, explain to the volentee No. 1, then No 2, then fill in a few forms, meet the MP representative, meet the volenteer accountant to look into why you come to this state, how to cut cost of your income, give you a “basic” salary job 2 hour from your home. if you don’t take the job they say you are choosy. then arrange you to attend upgrading night class, but first you have to pay for the school fees, claim later after submit in all your forms………
there is help, but you need to go thru all the long route and turning and uphill before they even consider you. this si what they call “checking machanism” to ensure help is given to the right people.
well we all are scam before proven we are not.
so before you ask for any help, you better don;t wait to the last minutes else you might not see the help and have to resolved to deperate action…..
Well that is so much our governing machine is doing.
all resonale and all in order.
“GDP numbers only benefit civil servants and the political leaders who are paid GDP bonuses according to the GDP growth!
Government should scrap the GDP bonus and replace it with bonus ties to growth of median income of Singaporean.” – Ricky commented in Figures should serve as an alarm
Related links :
- Poverty has been eradicated in Singapore? Think again!
- Our homeless sleeping in public places
- Has the Government done enough for the poor?
- MPs call for fundamental changes to make healthcare affordable – this piece of not so new “news” to most citizens show how broken the healthcare system is. It reaffirms the sayings “in Singapore, it is better to die than to sick (long term illness)”. 14Aug2013
- Mentally-ill mother gets five years’ jail for death of son – a mentally-ill mother pushed her seven-year-old autistic son out of the window of their high-rise home in Tampines.
- 50 Year old Lady’s Vagabond Life Living in Changi Airport for 8 Years – What I Learned – Changi Airport becomes a new luxurious refuge for homeless