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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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HELP SAVE THE ONLINE CITIZEN

The Online Citizen is Singapore’s longest-running independent online media platform. Our aim is to examine the issues that matter, or should matter, to Singaporeans and to reflect the diversity of life, of ideas and opinions, that is Singapore.

We believe that Singapore’s future is best served by having an informed and involved citizenry that has access to a wide range of sources of news and views and an open and vibrant environment in which to share and to debate ideas and opinions. The Online Citizen was set up to help create such an environment, and that is what we continue to work towards.

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PROOF THAT GOVT NEVER SPEND ANY MONEY ON HEALTHCARE?

Since Government Health Expenditure (operating and development) was $4.8 and $5.9 billion, in FY12 and FY13, respectively – does it mean that from a cashflow perspective – there was hardly any Government spending at all? For example, the increase of $5.5 billion in Total Medisave Balances from 2011 to 2012, was actually more than the the Government Health Expenditure of $4.8 billion in FY12.

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SOCIOPOLITICAL WEBSITE THE ONLINE CITIZEN SHOULD REBRAND ITSELF TO EARN MORE ADVERTISING DOLLARS

If the TOC readership consists of Singaporeans critical of PAP policies and its ‘non-western standard’ illiberal democracy model, then who are those who would advertise on TOC to reach out to these group of readers? I suspect they are NGOs, Human Rights Groups or local political parties. TOC is perceived as a political website hence they are not attractive to local advertisers (i.e: Banks) with deep pockets. TOC appears to comply with MDA’s request grudgingly because it felt its growth was inhibited by MDA’s “excessive” foreign funding concerns. Clearly, TOC statements have suggested its difficulties in securing local funds for sustainability and profitability.

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