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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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SG POWERLIFTING CHAMP STRANDED WITH NO MONEY IN MINSK

Ms Daphne Loo, the media officer for Powerlifting Singapore, started a crowdfunding campaign to bring the two home as they missed their flight back to Singapore, and have no money to buy new air tickets. When the brothers arrived in Minsk on June 16, they were told that no visa was required. But when they were leaving the city for home, officials detained them and demanded a US$600 (S$830) fine. When the officials realised that the brothers had no money, they waived the fine and told them to get their own air tickets home. However, they had already missed their flight due to the mix-up, and they had no other means to purchase the tickets.

MFA had worked to get the airline, Lufthansa Air, to agree to lower the fare from €949 to €603 (S$1,470 to S$935). From the crowdfunding effort, one anonymous donor contributed $2,000. The brothers are now waiting for a flight back on Friday. The boys did Singapore proud in setting a world record, in fact, they even paid their own way to take part in the competition. And our rich ministers and Ministries see it fit to only settle for a reduced cost price of an air flight, and not pay for their immediate flight home. And the flight they got will only take off on Friday. For the time being, they are stuck at the transit area with little money left. This is how we treat our local heroes, it seems.

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NO WAGE INCREASE FOR 80% OF LOW WAGE S'POREANS SINCE 2012

It states that “On Wednesday, the National Wages Council (NWC) urged employers to raise the pay of workers earning up to $1,200 per month by between $45 and $60 this year. This is the sixth year in a row it has recommended minimum pay hikes for low-wage workers. The amount was set at $50 in 2012 and raised to $60 in 2013, where it stayed for three years. Last year, the recommended hike was a range – from $50 to $65.

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