Dear Editors

I refer to the article “More support from CDAC for 2,000 needy students” (Straits Times, Apr 2). It states that “Some 2,000 needy post-secondary students will get additional financial and skills training support, thanks to a $1.5-million programme launched yesterday by the Chinese Development Assistance Council.

The Youth Empowerment and Aspiration Programme provides eligible students a grant of $720 per academic year, while also offering programmes and activities to help them develop work and life skills. Eligible students must be Chinese Singaporean, or a permanent resident or have a parent who is one. They must also be studying full-time and aged between 17 and 25 years, and their family’s gross monthly household income must not exceed $1,900 or a per capita income of $650.”

So many new schemes – Govt not doing enough? This is yet another new scheme to help the needy. What does this arguably indicate? That the present schemes are inadequate or that the Government is not doing enough to help the needy?

The following is a listing of articles about some of the new schemes or initiatives to help the needy in the last 15 months:

“Needy getting help depends on where they live (luck)?” (Mar 30, 2017)
“Milk powder fund’s link to making babies?” (Feb 11, 2017)
“More flexible in helping needy: How long, what criterion, how much?” (Jan 9, 2017)
“Charity TV Show: Cost $1m disappears from the news? (Jan 3, 2017)
“Should politicians compete with VOs for donations? (Dec 25, 2016)
“Free public transport for the disabled?” (Apr 3, 2016)
“Needy volunteer to get $120 – in Bt Batok soon?” (Mar 27, 2016)
“Avoid overlap of charity, community efforts?” (Jan 24, 2016)

8 new schemes, initiatives in 15 months? So, does it mean that there were at least eight new schemes or initiatives to help the needy in the last 15 months or so?

Leong Sze Hian

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