Tan Chuan-Jin reminds Singaporeans to help those who fall through govt’s ‘social safety net’
Posted by temasektimes on August 6, 2012
Speaking at an annual charity event of Darul Arqam, the Muslim Converts’ Association of Singapore, Mr Tan said there are many assistance schemes in Singapore’s social safety net, but it may be more important to catch people before they fall.
“That’s where, as a community, I’d suggest sometimes be a bit more ‘kay poh’ (nosy). When you talk to people, you actually find out a lot of things which we may not realise. Sometimes by talking to them, you realise they’re struggling. Then you can step in to help, earlier,” said Mr Tan.
Unlike other First World countries, Singapore does not have a comprehensive social safety net to help its citizens who are expected to work for as long as they can till they drop dead and die.
Though Singaporeans have the highest saving rates in the world, most of their life savings are locked away in their CPF accounts which they are unable to utilize.