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Why Chan Chun Sing’s face looked pensive in Parliament?

Why Chan Chun Sing’s face looked pensive in Parliament?

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This is a 60-second reduction of the original article by Chan Chun Sing, first published in The Straits Times on March 20, 2012, Page A19.

When he is not looking pensive, Chan Chun Sing appears to be Jim Carrey when mixing with young girls, as seen in this screen grab from the electric fish tank.

Got quite a lot of people give us positive feedback on Budget 2012 because we help the poor, the disabled and the elderly.

What did we do?

ComCare eligibility? Change.

How much committed to take care of disabled and special needs community? $1 billion.

But some observer told me that when I made these announcements in parliament, I got pensive face.

My face of course pensive, because I think of the challenges ahead.

First, there is many things that still needs to be done to reach out to those in need.

But we also cannot ask Government to do everything.

Singaporeans and voluntary welfare organisations need to take responsibility also.

You pay taxes so what? Everything Government do? Outsource everything to external agency?

Like that society will be impersonal and have little warmth because we become transactional society what.

But I am encouraged by Singaporeans who come forward, like students and professionals who volunteer.

Also got one example called Project Dignity Kitchen. I like this one. This one is a hawker training school for persons with disabilities and the disadvantaged.

They got provide lunch treats for elderly also.

Second, the concept of help cannot be about giving out aid all the time, you know.

We must help people become independent instead.

Like that those in need will then be confident.

Give people new sense of mission and purpose in life will help them also.

Third, want to do more sometimes also problem.

Where to find resources?

Even more headache when our economy in future got slow growth.

This problem other countries also face. Want to help but cannot because not enough resources.

We must do things in a sustainable way like that.

Resources also mean need to find partners to do things together. Not just about money one, you know.

If not, how?

Confirm cannot find ways to support new ideas one.

We as a society must do more.

Next time got minister make announcement in parliament, I hope his face is not pensive also.

Because he can mobilise Singaporeans and not just because he got a lot of government programmes to announce.

Chan Chun Sing is Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.

Misguided: Nationwide campaign to boost social worker numbers

Misguided: Nationwide campaign to boost social worker numbers

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Up the salaries of social workers to make vocation as prestigious as law and medicine instead.

By The Social Guru

It has been reported that a huge drive to attract more people to become social workers is currently being carried out.

With 800 registered social workers, Singapore is still in need of 200 more practitioners.

It has also been revealed that a social worker pulls between $2,550 and $2,750 a month.

And to drive these points home, an ongoing nationwide campaign that includes print and TV advertisements has been launched to promote social work as a career of choice.

But how much money is that to coordinate a campaign of this scale, you think?

Millions of dollars annually? From taxpayers presumably?

Oh for crying out loud!

Why can’t the government take all that money and split it evenly among the 1,000 social workers that Singapore is targeting?

This will raise the profile of social workers significantly by tangibly raising the salaries by a quantum leap.

Because in Singapore, you see, the worthiness of a vocation is led by how much money it yields for the practitioner.

Price and opportunity cost will always be a determinant.

But check out what our favourite minister had to say about social workers.

Acting minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Chan Chun Sing, said the remuneration of being a social worker is competitive when compared to similar jobs, such as teaching, that serves the needs of others.

Well, for the record, teaching is a profession that is not very attractive to begin with judging by the perennial lack of teachers.

And to peg social workers to teachers and vice versa is not doing either profession the favour of profile-raising.

But there’s always that hackneyed argument that you need to have a heart for social work to do it, right?

It’s not always about the vulgar aspects such as how much you’re getting paid, right?

Oh, come on.

Name me a job that doesn’t serve the needs of others?

And name me a job that doesn’t require you to have a heart?

For the record, social work is like any other kind of work.

It could be law, medicine, flipping burgers or grooming dogs.

The better the pay, the more professionalised it becomes, the more people it attracts, the more competitive it gets and the better the quality of the candidates who show up for job interviews.

PAP believes in paying top dollar to ensure quality pickings for minister-calibre individuals who can serve the people and nation, right?

So why not apply that same belief to social workers?

Why the discrepancy?