Gratitude begins at home

Gratitude begins at home
That was a suggestion made in Parliament by Jurong GRC MP Ang Wei Neng to help the younger generation build a “wind of gratitude”.

SINGAPORE - Why go to say, Cambodia, to assuage middle-class guilt? Students parachuting in will not have the time nor capacity to comprehend complex issues there. Surely ‘poor’ is not measured by the lack of air conditioning.

Spend taxpayers’ money and send our school children overseas.

Let them sleep under the stars and enjoy the morning dew.

Then they will appreciate Singapore’s infrastructure better.

That was a suggestion made in Parliament by Jurong GRC MP Ang Wei Neng to help the younger generation build a “wind of gratitude”.

The proposal is flawed on several levels, but I will focus on a few.

First, there is no need to send Singaporean children overseas to appreciate what they have.

Send them to one-room flats here.

I don’t mean shoebox apartments, but the HDB flats that are quite common in older estates across Singapore.

Why not instead consider getting the students to help groups that actively seek out needy families, like Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre in Jurong?

On its website, the group describes a programme it runs, Project Home Sweet Home, as “a house visitation and cleaning project” which began in 2010.

The group also provides breakfast for needy families and welcomes volunteers.

Why go to say, Cambodia, to assuage middle-class guilt? Students parachuting in will not have the time nor capacity to comprehend complex issues there. Surely “poor” is not measured by the lack of air conditioning.

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