On 28 July 2015, ST reported that Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has started reviewing policies regarding unwed mothers.
As usual, Minister Tan Chuan-Jin got flamed again. Sigh …. Give the man a break, have a Kit-Kat. He is just doing his job and trying to help vulnerable Singaporeans break the poverty cycle.
Subsequently, Mothership indicated that the idea that single parents should receive same benefits as married ones was mooted by Workers’ Party Lee Li Lian(current MP of Punggol East SMC) in 2013 during a rally speech for the Punggol East SMC by-election.
Was this raised before? Yes, in a similar context.
Back in 2004(yikes), this was raised by Ms Irene Ng (current MP of Tampines GRC).
Following that, we also managed to find out in 2013 that childcare and infant care leave were extended to single unwed mums thanks to Mr Seah Kian Peng (current MP of Marine Parade GRC).
Indirectly, Mr Seah Kian Peng started a process that led to further review by MSF in 2015.
Kudos to Mr Seah Kian Peng! Wooohooo. FYI, he is also the CEO for NTUC FairPrice.
Anyway, good to see that PAP and WP are on the same page. As the saying goes, “Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan” is valid. Hahaha. What are your thoughts?
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