Dr Tan Cheng Bok and a united opposition is the only hope for hundreds of thousands of Singaporeans who are struggling every day to make ends meet!
I refer to the article “7 opposition parties discuss forming a new coalition, invite former PAP MP Tan Cheng Bock to be leader” (Sunday Times, Jul 29).
It states that “Dr Tan, 78, who attended the meeting as an observer, said: “If you want me to lead, then we must think of (the) country first. If we go in, we must go in as a team.””
My friends said “this is a great initiative – it (Dr Tan Cheng Bok and a united opposition) is the only hope for the hundreds of thousands of Singaporeans who are struggling every day to make ends meet!”
In this connection, after writing “Long-term care: S’pore spends the least, pay the lowest, least transparent?” (Jul 27) – someone asked me a very interesting question – “do you think VWOs (Voluntary Welfare Organisations) are focusing too much on helping the needy, and neglecting the criticism of policies which are perpetuating the increasing numbers of needy Singaporeans and their problems?”
Part of my my answer to him was that I shall compile a list of policy issues (in just the last month (30 days)) that I hope, perhaps not just VWOs, but ordinary citizens will discuss more “openly” (not the usual closed-door) …
“Don’t give too much help to the poor?” (Jul 7)
“Workfare: Self-employed $8 cash monthly?” (Jul 7)
“Support have uplifted the majority of S’poreans: Really?” (Jul 4)
“GST Voucher: Less money to less people?” (Jun 28)
Leong Sze Hian