TAN CHUAN-JIN

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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TAN CHUAN-JIN: WE ARE ON SHAKY GROUND IF PSLE IS THE MAIN DETERMINANT OF OUR CHILDREN HAVING HAPPY CHILDHOOD

For those of you who feel that PSLE determines our children's happiness, I understand your concerns. Many parents have different views on exams and assessment etc. May I suggest that we focus more on our own parenting efforts? I think we are on really shaky grounds if PSLE is the main determinant of our children having a happy childhood.

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MR PNG'S POST WAS AIMED AT STIRRING HATE & ANGER, ALSO AT MY RESIDENTS & VOLUNTEERS

On the return journey, ICA facilitated the clearance for me and my security officers who were carrying their firearms, as well as the residents and volunteers who were with me on my bus.

Our ICA officers do not have an easy responsibility. Cross border traffic at the causeway is one of the highest in the world. They have to maintain security while also trying to ensure a smooth flow of people entering and departing daily. I know because I too have been in the queues when on personal trips.

I had the impression Mr Png waited a very long time.... But the purpose of his post, and that of his compatriots, was clear. It was not about the old folks. It was aimed at stirring hate and anger, not only to be directed at me, which I can understand politically, but also at my residents and volunteers (who organised as well as helped guide each bus), as well as our officers who secure our borders. It's unfortunate that he and his colleagues chose to politicise the issue.

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MP TAN CHUAN-JIN: WHETHER U HAVE FLU OR NOT, PLS RESPECT FELLOW WORKERS

I popped by JEM to visit Mr Png Lye Heng, the deaf cleaner who was reprimanded publicly at a foodcourt last week, and management. He was in good spirits and gestured to me that he was no longer bothered by the incident. I also told him that I was impressed with his positive spirit, and that his act of magnanimity is something that we could all learn from. We (as in my colleague!) managed to communicate by penning questions in Chinese on a piece of paper, while he gestured with his replies.

We can all still learn to treat Singaporeans with special needs and disabilities with more empathy. An attitude survey conducted by the NCSS Singapore showed that the public displayed social distances towards persons with sensory or physical impairment, as well as autism and intellectual impairment. More than one third of the public also said that they would not employ persons with disabilities if they were an employer. However, the survey also noted that with more frequent contact, the public's attitudes towards persons with disabilities could be improved. And this is why we've launched the Disability Awareness Campaign - hopefully, we will all learn to see persons with disabilities for who they are as individuals, and how they too can contribute to society, instead of the disability they have.

This is a regrettable incident but let's hope that it has also lend focus on overcoming these mindsets. And for us all to be conscious as we interact with others.

(Btw....whether you have flu or not, or if a person is disabled or not, one shouldn't have behaved in the way the woman did. Respect our fellow workers.)

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5,000 FOREIGN TALENTS WITH FAKE QUALIFICATIONS CAUGHT IN LAST 3 YEARS?

Adrian Chua, Divisional Director of Manpower Planning and Policy Division in MOM, replied to the reader and others in ST Forum today (18 Jul). Mr Chua began by saying that MOM “takes a serious view” of foreign PMEs using fake degrees to seek employment in Singapore. He said, “We have caught more than 5,000 such applicants with forged qualifications between 2012 and last year. They have been banned from working in Singapore for life.”

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ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP WILL CONDUCT UNDERCOVER AND STING OPERATIONS TO PROTECT ANIMALS

Wildlife rescue group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) has formed Animal Crime Investigation Unit to investigate complaints on animal cruelty and wild life crime. The methods used will include undercover work and sting operations. The evidence collected will be used by ACRES to prepare case for Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to be used in court.

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FOREIGN STUDENT IN SINGAPORE DEMANDS SAME RIGHTS AS TRUE BLUE SINGAPOREANS?

I am foreigner, just recently graduated from the top local business school in Singapore. Due to the fact that I am a foreigner and the increasingly tightening employment policies in Singapore, I had been facing problems securing part-time and 6 months internships (I have been offered but couldn’t take up the offer in the end due to visa restrictions), and now facing problems securing full time job.

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