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MUSLIM FAMILY MAY LOSE HOME DURING RAMADAN

A Muslim couple may lose their Housing & Development Board flat by 30 June if they cannot find the money to pay $414, the equivalent of 3 months rental. The husband works as a pest controller and earns $1000 before CPF deduction. His wife stays at home to look after the children.

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MEDIA USES PONDING AND DISPLACED TO PAINT A NICER PICTURE OF SG

A few years back when the skies opened up, and Orchard Road faced the first of its flooding issues, the media reported it as ponding. Well, how can it be a flood if there were no homes washed away, or people getting lost in the flooding, unlike our neighbouring countries. Those are proper flood. Singapore, we call it ponding.

Most recently, the plight of the homeless are getting the spotlight, as they are now more brazen and no longer hide away in Singapore's dark alleys and corners. Now the homeless can be found in shopping malls. Guess what? The media report to this group as the displaced. Displaced?

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MORE HOMELESS PEOPLE SEEN AT HDB ESTATES AND MALLS

Lately, been reading more and more reports of people who are homeless being more open about their situation, and can be seen making public spaces as their temporary homes.

But now, you can see them everywhere. On the beaches, in shopping malls, eateries, near supermarkets and in multi purpose halls in HDB estates. MSF had said that the number of homeless people in Singapore had not gone up, but they have not gone down either. It is only because they are now more visible that the homeless come into the thoughts of Singaporeans.

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MORE YOUNG S'POREANS JOINING RANKS OF HOMELESS PEOPLE

“We are seeing more younger people, those in their 50s instead of their 60s and 70s, camping at Starbucks, McDonald’s, Internet and gaming cafes, libraries and other urban spaces, as these are places where people hang out and it is not immediately obvious that they are homeless,” he added.”

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WOMAN RENTS OUT 3 ROOM FLAT, SLEEPS IN AIRPORT & LIVES ON RENTAL

Chinese Daily Wanbao has reported on the story of a 50 year-old woman who has been sleeping overnights in Changi Airport so she could earn some money from renting out her 3 room HDB flat. She has been living in the airport for the last 8 years and reaped a sizable sum from renting her whole flat.

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I BOUGHT AN INFLATABLE PILLOW FOR A HOMELESS MAN

It pains me when I saw him sleeping on a hard rock bench using his frail arms as a pillow. We all know that resting on our arms may cause arm pins and needles. Personally I hated that feeling. Insufficient rest and poor living conditions are also detrimental to our health.

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HOMELESS COUPLE CAMP AT CHANGI AIRPORT FOR FREE INTERNET, WATER AND ELECTRICITY

Miss Eileen Ho and her boyfriend, Mr Daniel Soo, both 24, have been walking around the Changi airport with their belongings in a suitcase for the past 7 months. At night, they sleep on thin comforters in a corner of Terminal 3, near Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe.

It was reported that they had moved into the airport after Ms Ho had falling out with her parents, after which she also took her brother who suffers from epilepsy, 20 year-old Wilson, along with her to the airport. She said that "we have no other place to go, that is why we stay like this," and the couple chose the airport for the free internet, free electricity and free water. When asked what they do each day, Ms Ho answered with a shrug: "Eat, smoke, charge phone."

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HOMELESS GIRL RAPED BY CEMETERY WORKER

41 year-old cemetery worker Roslan Jaafar has admitted in court today to raping a 12-year-old girl who was staying at the cemetery with her family. It was understood that the girl and family had been evicted out of their HDB flat in the past and had no fixed place to stay in. They had been living in a tent at the cemetery for several months.

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