20161210 Is ComCare helping needy Singaporeans by giving them $4.15 per day?

Without batting an eyelid, the kiam siap PAP could invest billions of our reserves in a single foreign investment.  But when it comes to helping the needy, the money somehow just isn’t there.

The latest MSF report has announced its ComCare schemes have disbursed $130 million to some 87,000 beneficiaries in 2015. link

As usual, PAP would like to have the public believe it has been providing generous assistance and the higher the number of beneficiaries, the better.

The problem with this is the amount disbursed is pittance even if it was 20 years ago in 1995, not 2015.  It’s quite shocking when the figures are put into perspective:

$130 million divided by 87,000 citizens = $1494 per year
$1494 divided by 12 months = $124 per month
$124 divided by 30 days = $4.15 per day


Is this collect-cardboard-for-exercise Minister Tan Chuan Jin’s idea of helping needy citizens?

http://statestimesreview.com/ has highlighted to me that this post is a simplistic conclusion of ComCare schemes.
However, ordinary citizens like me are not to blame because the government has intentionally mask its statistics to prevent scrutiny of policies and schemes.  This is done through ‘commingling’ of data.
For example, under short and medium term assistance, ComCare  assists X number of beneficiaries plus Y number of households.
What is the total number of beneficiaries?  Are there many members in most households which MSF is trying to conceal?  Why doesn’t MSF simply state who gets what?
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2 Responses to 20161210 Is ComCare helping needy Singaporeans by giving them $4.15 per day?

  1. Xmen says:

    A few cities (e.g. Seattle) in the US has a minimum wage of US$15 (S$21.50) per hour. S$4.15 is equivalent to 12 minutes of wage for the lowest paid workers in those cities. How does Singapore have higher per capita income than the US?

    • Confused says:

      If this is indeed true, it goes to say that the disparity in income between the top and bottom is so huge that say 10% of the top can pull up say 40% of the poorest and still beat the US’s number, it is incredible assuming the 50% being the average middle class .

      This is simple averaging maths which the PAP is very good at when they report the long term return of the GIC by stretching it to their convenient to deliver the results it thinks fit their purpose.

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