Have your say

  • In Haiti, just two months back, more than 10% of donated food supplies, clothing and aid items did not reach its intended recipients, and were instead sold at black markets. What went wrong?
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  • What happens when social entrepreneurship becomes more of an economic investment than an act of philanthropy? Do the entrepreneurs’ motivations, intentions and values matter?
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  • The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (Singapore) raises money to support poorer school children’s education fees, to subsidize the price of their textbooks and uniforms, as well as provide for their pocket money. Will it cause a systematic division between social classes in children at their tender age? What lasting effects will they have on the psychology of children who have benefited from this organisation?
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  • In the heart-crushing documentary The Cove, Ric O’ Barry and his team installed hidden cameras to capture never-before-seen devastating, dolorous and literally bloody scenes of dolphins being killed in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan; which begets the question – is it ethical to transcend the fine line of morality for social entrepreneurship projects?
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What do you think?

– lightningpore

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9 responses to “Have your say

  1. I feel that the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund will not cause a systematic division of classes. I feel that we should not view this initiative negatively as it clearly has good intentions in helping the poor. In the society, there are bound to be different classes, and the lower classes have to accept the fact that they are the more disadvantaged. As children, they may not understand their own plight at this tender age. Hence, they have to be educated to not take subsidy for granted and learn to make full use of the given resources to maximize their potential. They should realise how fortunate they are to recieve subsidy and free pocket money instead of feeling sorry for themselves, or worse still, exploiting the benefits from the organisation.

    • superzookeeper

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I assume you’re saying it will not cause a division because the division is evidently there in the first place.

      Why resign to the ‘fact’ that there has to be social classes and that those who are less well-off are more disadvantaged, even in a school setting?

      Isn’t the main point of the fund to ensure the ‘disadvantaged’ are less disadvantaged?

      x

  2. Corruption is in every level of society, the only problems are whether it is obvious or not. In most courtries people in these sort of Criminal activties have had years of experience on how to be successful in such incidents similar to that of Haiti and of many other courtries that recive aid. As Security evolves so too does Crime. Crime in todays world is starting seem more like a business activty then just an immoral act. More and more criminals are getting smarter and most have the ability to cover up such activities very. In so doing they leave domestic and international security force at dead ends.

    As for the SPH School Pocket Money Fund, I am indifferent towards this subject, meaning that I am not at all bothered by the fact that some students get free money and I do not. I am not a rich kid, I am only able to get with what I have, but do not complain. I think that with simple proper finacial planning, even students can save up a lot of money from just Pocket Money from their Parents.

    Thats all I have on these topics at hand, do feel free to comment.

    -jeremy
    p.s this site is interesting…. 😀

    • Corruption is in every level of society – probably. However, most dealers in black markets like that of Haiti are but just day to day people without state/government authority. Interesting observation about crime starting to seem more like business activity though.

      Thanks Jeremy. (:

  3. With regards to the topic on Dolphin killing, yes i have to agree that the scenes may be gore and all , but hey? if these scenes were not secretly captured, we would have never knew how brutal the killings of these dolphins are. Yes you bring up the issue of ethics and morality , but when it comes to animal slaughtering, put the question first , are the Japanese behaving ethically in the first place?

    To me , i feel that there is no wrong is filming such scenes. I mean , viewer’s discretion can be imposed to protect young viewers, but that should not stop these videos from airing. Only then , people will be more aware and be more mindful of the seriousness of this problem.

    • superzookeeper

      Given your alias it’s a bit hard to take you seriously haha.

      I see where you’re coming from, that its justifiable so long as there’s a greater good. My views are somewhat in line with yours, but justification of actions, like judgement, is abstract and relative. So.

      Thanks Jon. (:

  4. good questions 😛

  5. yong huey chyi

    Yes, there are social classes existing in the first place but there isn’t really a clear line dividing the classes. In Singapore, we rarely name the less well-off families as the “poor” nor do we discriminate them. Hence, i do not feel that there will be a huge impact on the children’s psychology health. Unless we belong to a communist country which believes in classless society, then can we say that there is no distinct class in Singapore. However, history has proven us that it is never possible to have a classless society. Yes, providing subsidy fund is an attempt to make the less well-off to be less disadvantaged. But, the point is, they are disadvantaged to begin with. And this is the point i am trying to emphasise here – the recognition of their own status quo. In reality, money is needed to gain access to resources including education. Being less well-off certainly denies them from this entitiy. Hence, compared to the other children, the children from less well-off families will naturally be less advantaged. Yes, so the main point of having subsidy fund is to bring the disadvantaged children on par with other more fortunate children. Naming them as the “disadvantaged” is not trying to subjugate them. Just like how we name the handicapped “disabled”, we do not bear discrimination towards these people. We simply recognise the fact that they have fewer advantages than us.

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