It is very encouraging and uplifting for us to read this letter. We applaud our colleagues who have patiently and passionately helped Ms Janice Chia and other families in need. 🙂
My husband is out of the country for the next few years and, having been a stay-at-home mother for three years, it took me a few months to look for a job. Yet, I did not feel pressurised to quickly find one, as the CDC understood our situation and granted us almost S$800 a month in that time for our daily expenses.At KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where I seek counselling, I get full subsidy. This helps working mums like me to cope with stress, as I have young children who need attention.
At the National University Hospital, where my son receives therapy, we pay only 20 per cent (less than S$10) for each session. When his therapist said he needed a bicycle to train his motor skills, the CDC was very understanding and bought one for him.
The CDC also approved a childcare subsidy of about S$4,000 over the past six months. I can work in peace, knowing my kids are in full-day childcare.
Having spent almost a year in another country where the low-income are left hungry and most taxes are lost to corruption, I am proud Singapore is trying its best to do the right thing.
May 30, 2012, Todayonline