Thursday, 23 March 2017

Exceptional people: Singaporeans donated mobile phones to migrant workers

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While many blue-collar foreign workers in Singapore use 2G or second-generation mobile phones – which provide voice calls, SMS and basic Internet access – telcos will be shuttering the 2G network by April 2017.

But a mobile phone is essential for such workers, to both keep in touch with loved ones back home and to call for help if they are involved in workplace disputes.

TWC2 is giving out the phones to its clients who are unable to work or who have not been paid by their employers, with a points system to help prioritise workers according to their needs.

TWC2 treasurer Alex Au said that the group has collected about 300 phones since September 2016, of which half were in working condition. The group also raised $11,458 and bought an additional 100 phones.

The Lasallian Youth Network are also collecting 3G mobiles for foreign workers.

It has amassed 20 phones since February and has also raised some $2,500 to purchase phones. It hopes to collect 100 phones and raise $4,000 by April as it has identified 105 needy individuals.

Those who wish to donate can find out more at


Singapore the healthiest country in Asia

Singapore is the healthiest country in Asia and the fourth healthiest country in the world, according to a new Bloomberg index.

Based on information from the World Health Organization, United Nations and the World Bank, the index ranked 163 countries based on variables such as life expectancy, causes of death and health risks such as high blood pressure, tobacco use, malnutrition and the availability of clean water.

Italy is the healthiest country in the world.

Growth in Italy has stagnated for decades, almost 40 per cent of its youngsters are out of jobs and it is saddled with one of the world's highest debt loads relative to the size of its economy.

Yet Italians are in way better shape than the rich Americans, Canadians and Britons - all thanks to its famous Mediterranean diet, rich in vegetables and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.


Staff and kids screened for TB at Clementi pre-school


Forum: Basic courtesy begins at home (家教)

Greeting and thanking the bus driver is basic courtesy, but to most people, it can be a tall order (Some simple courtesy goes a long way by Professor Tikki Pang; March 17).

Most residents find it difficult to acknowledge one another's presence, let alone greet their neighbours in the neighbourhood and inside the lifts.

Although our courtesy campaign and kindness movement have had some positive effects, the desired outcome has yet to be achieved.

Perhaps, these social shortcomings are partly due to poor upbringing at home, which is the ideal environment in which to instil such values in the young.

Hence, parents must teach their children basic courtesy, such as greeting and thanking their domestic helpers as well as those who serve them at food outlets.

Parents and grandparents should teach by example.

If the young are exposed to unacceptable behaviour at home, they may find it difficult to be socially responsible as they grow up.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng