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CANCER STRICKEN MUM RECEIVED $900K IN CROWDFUNDS DENIED MEDICAL SUBSIDIES

Ms Tam Chek Ming, 46, raised $900,000 in crowdfunding after she launched appeals for help on crowdfunding platforms Give.Asia and Generosity... but now she has run into problems with receiving state subsidies for her medical treatment as the National University Cancer Institute has screened her out of these subsidies due to her new found financial wealth.

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GOVERNMENT CAN'T JUST SAY IT HELPS THE POOR, MUST SHOW DETAILS OF FINANCIAL AID TOO

The Government should give details of how much aid was given to dispel distrust in our welfare system. Why is it that half of those who applied for ComCare did not qualify for it? If the Government claims it is indeed helping the poor, then it should jolly well be transparent and disclose details of how much financial assistance they are giving. Without more transparency, people will have the impression that they are falling through the cracks or that the Government may not be doing enough.

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INSULTING A PUBLIC OFFICER LANDS MAN IN TROUBLE, FINED FOR HIS VERBAL ABUSE

Nowadays, a lot of people always think they are in the right in anything, and would not think twice about scolding or insulting someone else. These people often think they can get away with it.

This was the case with Chan Kong Thoe, 56, who never thought of the consequences of his action. When pressed for details by a public officer on how he had used up $147,538 in retirement funds within five months, Chan, who was a ComCare applicant, passed a snide remark that humiliated a public officer ans insulted her modesty. He also showed further disrespect when calling the officer a "low class officer".

For using insulting words towards a public service officer, Chan was charged and found guilty. He now have to cough up a $3,000 fine.

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HELP FOR NEEDY DEPENDS ON WHICH TOWN COUNCILS THEY ARE IN?

I am somewhat confused. Can anyone help to explain what does “would ensure that there was no excessive help given to some particular needy persons on the one hand, and no neglect of families on the other hand, ensuring a spread of support to all households that need support” mean? According to the ComCare annual report for FY2015 – there were 39,548 unique households (86,759 unique beneficiaries) that received financial assistance.

So, how do we decide which of the 39,548 households to give the eggs for only 2,500 needy households to? Is it not indicative, arguably, of how inadequate our assistance programmes under ComCare are? With each Community Development Council (CDC) or town council having their own piecemeal assistance programmes – we may have a situation whereby getting milk powder or eggs, etc, may depend on where you live.

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SOCIAL SERVICE DATABASE: SPENDING MILLIONS TO DELIVER PEANUT RETURNS?

How much are we spending with the introduction of these Social Service Offices, staff costs, etc? The tender to develop the system, called Social Service Net, was awarded to consultancy firm Accenture for $26.5 million, announced the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) on Friday.” ComCare only spent $102.4 million in financial assistance to needy families a year. And we are spending $26.5 million on the database system?

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PITIFUL COMCARE ASSISTANCE, HOW TRUE IS "WITH YOU FOR YOU FOR S'PORE"?

I received in the mail today – an 86 page booklet “With You For You For Singapore“. On page 9, it states that “We expanded social safety nets, We shared the fruits of our economic growth, redistributed surpluses and used income from investing our reserves to help Singaporeans. Why can’t the ComCare annual report just disclose the average amount of monthly financial assistance per household? Looking at the above statistics – do you agree with “With You For You For Singapore”?

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BOTH THE WP & PAP'S VICTOR LYE INCAPABLE OF IMPROVING MY WELFARE

The problem with the WP is that they're not prepared to win a GRC and run a Town Council and are thus, overwhelmed by these issues to spare enough time to look into resident's welfare besides the occasional kopi sessions and free hair cut. They also do not have a comprehensive backup plan when the PAP advisers cut off the local ComCare assistance following the WP victory. Our plight will go on and on with many more of such stories until the rest of the 60% wake up and put a stop to all these!

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12,000 HOUSEHOLDS RECEIVE FINANCIAL HELP BUT 360,000 STILL LIVING IN POVERTY?

The ComCare Annual Report is a welcome exception, as it shows how much money is given out under the various ComCare schemes. However, these statistics could be more comprehensive, since figures on the number of applications received are not released.” My curiousity was aroused by the above, as the ComCare statistics did give the number of applications for financial assistance and the success rate in the past – which apparently has disappeared, according to AWARE’s above letter.

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