8 new initiatives to help the needy in the last 15 months?

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Another new scheme to help needy students?

I refer to the article “More support from CDAC for 2,000 needy students” (Straits Times, Apr 2).

It states that “Some 2,000 needy post-secondary students will get additional financial and skills training support, thanks to a $1.5-million programme launched yesterday by the Chinese Development Assistance Council.

The Youth Empowerment and Aspiration Programme provides eligible students a grant of $720 per academic year, while also offering programmes and activities to help them develop work and life skills.

Eligible students must be Chinese Singaporean, or a permanent resident or have a parent who is one. They must also be studying full-time and aged between 17 and 25 years, and their family’s gross monthly household income must not exceed $1,900 or a per capita income of $650.”

So many new schemes – Govt not doing enough?

This is yet another new scheme to help the needy. What does this arguably indicate? That the present schemes are inadequate or that the Government is not doing enough to help the needy?

So many new initiatives to help the needy?

The following is a listing of articles about some of the new schemes or initiatives to help the needy in the last 15 months:

Needy getting help depends on where they live (luck)?” (Mar 30, 2017)

Milk powder fund’s link to making babies?” (Feb 11, 2017)

More flexible in helping needy: How long, what criterion, how much?” (Jan 9, 2017)

Charity TV Show: Cost $1m disappears from the news? (Jan 3, 2017)

Should politicians compete with VOs for donations? (Dec 25, 2016)

Free public transport for the disabled?” (Apr 3, 2016)

Needy volunteer to get $120 – in Bt Batok soon?” (Mar 27, 2016)

Avoid overlap of charity, community efforts?” (Jan 24, 2016)

8 new schemes, initiatives in 15 months?

So, does it mean that there were at least eight new schemes or initiatives to help the needy in the last 15 months or so?

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong
Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.