Help is not the solution for the needy?

I refer to the article “In the search for solutions to the class divide, a call for more financial help” (Channel NewsAsia, Oct 3).

It states that “Children from poor families should get early support from the government, and their access to resources should not be tied to their parents’ marital or work status. That is what the director of a family service centre has suggested as a way of bridging the class divide.”

We may arguably be – not stating and asking the obvious question?

Why do we continue to have procreation incentive policies that discriminate against lower-income families?

For example, a high-income mother can get as much as $80,000 procreation tax benefits, whereas a lower-income mother may get zero tax benefits.

Procreation benefits should be the same, regardless of income, like other countries.

As to “This arose during an exchange in the Channel NewsAsia documentary Regardless of Class, with host and OnePeople.sg chairman Janil Puthucheary remaining unconvinced that long-term government handouts are the solution. The question of what it would take to uplift poor families is one he “often grapples with” as a politician, he admitted. (Watch the documentary here.)

Methodist Welfare Services Covenant Family Service Centre (Hougang) director Cindy Ng-Tay, a social worker for decades, based her suggestion on her centre’s experience with families struggling to break out of intergenerational poverty” – similarly, we may not be stating or asking the obvious – most of the families that do not break out of poverty, may be due simply to the issue that the amount of financial assistance is insufficient and arguably, miserly.

Why not disclose the actual quantum of financial assistance and the formula used to pay needy families?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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6 Responses to “Help is not the solution for the needy?”

  • Homeless Cat:

    Janil Puthucheary remains unconvinced? I hold the same opinion about paying incompetent ministers and MPs higher salaries, or suffering the holier-than-thou attitude of them and their supporters.

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  • opposition dude:

    Just another one of PAP’s all too frequent wayangs. Haven’t we all read this before about doing more to help the poor/needy/underprivileged etc etc all so many times already?

    And yet, with all the supposed “help” available, it does not eradicate or solve the problem. Just like having people rent HDB flats for over a decade, one wonders why HDB never bothered about this group but just let them continue renting year after year?

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  • LIONS:

    obviously,the PAP got it all wrong.
    HELP IS SURELY NEEDED FOR THE POOR AND NEEDY.
    instead,the PAP OFFER HELP TO THE RICH N POWERFUL by giving them FREE PARKING SPACE ETC???

    WTF! COLLECT MONEY FROM POOR TO SQUANDER INSTEAD OF TRYING TO GIVE HELP?

    THE PAP IS INDEED WHAT I CALL A ‘GO-STAN’ GOVT.
    IT GOES BACKWARDS RATHER THAN FORWARD.

    IT SCREWS AWAY ALL WE PAINSTAKINGLY BUILT FOR OUR FAMILIES AND COUNTRY AND SQUANDER AWAY ON THEMSELVES AND FOREIGNERS!

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  • Kaninah:

    KNN,only know how to f–k the poor.
    This piece of shit piss me off.
    Flush him into toilet.
    Lancheow loonie.

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  • Do more:

    The help given to the poor and needy is grossly inadequate.
    Many such people cannot cope with the high cost here..

    Need to do much more for the poor,elderly and sick ….

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  • Be Very Very Scared:

    When the govt said they wanted to make HDB flats affordable, prices shot through the roof. Do you still believe them when they say Social Enterprises will make hawker food affordable for the poor ? Read what K F Seetoh had to say. Very soon, we’ll see the poor resorting to eating leftovers at hawker centres !!

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