Typhoon relief: Provide more aid, please

Typhoon relief: Provide more aid, please

I applaud our Government for dispatching Singapore Civil Defence Force personnel to Tacloban, the city in the Philippines that was worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan, and donating $200,000 to the disaster relief efforts ("Killer storm still packs a punch as it hits Vietnam"; Tuesday).

However, Singapore has the capacity to do more.

Taiwan has pledged US$200,000 (S$250,000) in immediate cash aid despite its spat with the Philippine government over the fatal shooting of a fisherman, and New Zealand is donating up to US$1.8 million.

As a fellow ASEAN member and a country with a considerable number of its citizens in Singapore, the Philippines is undoubtedly an important economic partner and ally of the Republic.

I strongly urge the Government to do more to help the Philippines at this critical time.

Sam Wu Shao Zong, Reader

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