30 Apr '11, 4pm

Real life example of a poor, old, struggling Singaporean gets left behind in this 'economic powerhouse': #sgelections

Real life example of a poor, old, struggling Singaporean gets left behind in this 'economic powerhouse': #sgelections

I’ve just returned from the second SDP rally. There were various comments about it from the people around me but the story from the taxi driver, Mr Tan, on our way home to Ang Mo Kio was the most amazing one. Mr Tan was an IT professional up till 2008 when his company retrenched 65 of them and employed 20 Indian nationals along with keeping just five of the old staff. After that he couldn’t find a job and over time drew down his CPF to the point where he started being in arrears for his 5-room flat in Tampines. He was given an information card by the HDB that seemed to offer help – it invited to the office to discuss how they could help him. However, when he eventually went there all they did was ask him to pay up. He returned repeatedly for help, By the time the process ended he actually knew every single person behind all the different service counters. They knew that he...

Full article: http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/4788-the-taxi...

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