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Enabling Masterplan for PWD – What was achieved in the last five years?

February 26
13:29 2012

~by: Leong Sze Hian~

I refer to the Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016: Maximising Potential, Embracing Differences (for persons with disabilities).

Yet another 5-year plan?

It states that ”In 2006, the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) embarked on the inaugural Enabling Masterplan 2007-2011 to chart the development of programmes and services in the disability sector for a period of five years. The current Enabling Masterplan 2007-2011 has guided the sector to make much progress over the last five years”.

Statistics on the disabled

Let's see what has been achieved in the last five years, now that the second 2012-2016 Enabling Masterplan has been published.

“Approximately 3 percent of the resident population have some form of disability” – about 97,200 Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs).

90% earn less than $200?

“only 10 percent of the trainees in the sheltered workshop programme are earning more than $200 per month” – this means that about 90% are earning less than $200 a month?

“Based on the income profile of persons with disabilities in sheltered workshops in FY2009 and FY2010, the majority of persons with disabilities earn an average monthly allowance of $0 to $100”

In how many developed countries do persons with disabiity draw such meagre income? How many persons with disability (PWD) are employed by Government agencies in Singapore?

I understand that in countries like Malaysia, the Government gives a monthly allowance of RM1,050 (S$437) to disabled workers.  As of 2008, there were 220,000 PID and hardcore poor people registered with the Malaysian Community Welfare Department (MCWD).

Only 1 in 5 graduate with job?

“As a result of vocational education and partnership with employers, 21% of students from special schools are graduating with a job in 2010 as compared to 3% in 2008” – this means that only 1 in 5 are graduating with a job.

Low placement rate?

The table on Post-SPED placements indicates that for the three years from 2008 to 2010, only a total of 732 were placed in employment.

For example, in 2010, only 60 or 24.8% were placed in Open Employment.

Can't use Medisave?

“In order to help alleviate the financial burden of families, the Committee recommends that the Medisave framework be broadened to encompass some essential early intervention support services” – why can't the PWD or their caregivrers' Medisave be used with more flexibility? 

Medishield cover?

The committee is also recommending that Medishield cover be given to PWD.  I understand that in the past, tens of thousands may have been denied cover because of their disability.

As there any developed countries in the world, which deny coverage to PWD in their national health insurance schemes?

Concessionary transport fares?

The committee is also recommending that concessionary public transport fares be given to PWD.  I understand that the community of PWD has been asking practically every year for concessionary fares, but to no avail.

If the 2012 Budget can spend $1.1 billion to have more buses to help the transport operators which are private companies, why can't we spend a single cent to give concessionary fares to PWD?

How many developed countries in the world do not have concessionary transport fares for PWD, like Singapore? Even Malaysia has concessionary fares for the disabled.

Government vs private spending?

How much money will the Governement spend to help PWD in a year, relative to the spending by the Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) and philantrophic sectors?

PWD should be able to participate fully in social life, development and equality. And equality for PWD can only be attained when there is parity with opportunities for those of the entire population.

Parity in this sense should not be static and lag behind as the coutry develops, but one that is fostered and dynamic as our nations progresses.

PWD should not have to wait for 5-year plans to enjoy these parity and hence equality.


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  • traveller

    1. Malaysia government pays RM 1050 to disabled workers, no wonder they are always in deficit. Such welfare programs never work. The disabled should instead upgrade their skills instead of depending on handouts. Ditto for the deficit-laden UK government.
     
    2. If the government allow disabled to use Medisave, they will have nothing left when they old.
     
    3. If national health insurance is to cover disabled people, our premiums & taxes will rise significantly.
     
    4. Our transport operators are facing higher operating costs. They can't be expected to give concessionary fares or they will run losses.
     
    In short, the disabled have to do something for themselves. It is not the government responsiblity to have affirmative action for any particular group of people.
     

  • traveller

    1. Malaysia government pays RM 1050 to disabled workers, no wonder they are always in deficit. Such welfare programs never work. The disabled should instead upgrade their skills instead of depending on handouts. Ditto for the deficit-laden UK government.
     
    2. If the government allow disabled to use Medisave, they will have nothing left when they old.
     
    3. If national health insurance is to cover disabled people, our premiums & taxes will rise significantly.
     
    4. Our transport operators are facing higher operating costs. They can't be expected to give concessionary fares or they will run losses.
     
    In short, the disabled have to do something for themselves. It is not the government responsiblity to have affirmative action for any particular group of people.
     

  • Lye Khuen Way

    If you ask me, they failed to achieve any worthwhile objectives these last 5 years. I do not have anyhigh hope that it will be better anytime soon. Not even in 5 years….

  • Lye Khuen Way

    If you ask me, they failed to achieve any worthwhile objectives these last 5 years. I do not have anyhigh hope that it will be better anytime soon. Not even in 5 years….

  • iVOTEDahMENGagain

    you see our pap rulin government assumed disable person don't travel on pubic transport..they assumed EVERY disable person hav children who owned private car to chaufferred them aroun….
    in the yes of leekingyou disable person should be TERMINATED..yet he placed his beloved poem spouse on th respirator in a GOVERMENT hospital with a 5stars/24/7 treatment for FREE for a few ears

  • iVOTEDahMENGagain

    you see our pap rulin government assumed disable person don't travel on pubic transport..they assumed EVERY disable person hav children who owned private car to chaufferred them aroun….
    in the yes of leekingyou disable person should be TERMINATED..yet he placed his beloved poem spouse on th respirator in a GOVERMENT hospital with a 5stars/24/7 treatment for FREE for a few ears

  • iAMaMENG

     

    you see our pap rulin government assumed disable person don't travel on pubic transport..they assumed EVERY disable person hav children who owned private car to chaufferred them aroun….
    in the yes of leekingyou disable person should be TERMINATED..yet he placed his beloved poem spouse on th respirator in a GOVERMENT hospital with a 5stars/24/7 treatment for FREE for a few ears

     

  • iAMaMENG

     

    you see our pap rulin government assumed disable person don't travel on pubic transport..they assumed EVERY disable person hav children who owned private car to chaufferred them aroun….
    in the yes of leekingyou disable person should be TERMINATED..yet he placed his beloved poem spouse on th respirator in a GOVERMENT hospital with a 5stars/24/7 treatment for FREE for a few ears

     

  • Sgcynic

    If those on public assistance can be insulted for asking for three meals a day, the PWD is likely further down the pecking order when it comes to government handouts.  Better to keep them out of sight and out of mind. Then again, a miracle can happen since there are signs that this PAP government is swinging to the populist end.

  • Sgcynic

    If those on public assistance can be insulted for asking for three meals a day, the PWD is likely further down the pecking order when it comes to government handouts.  Better to keep them out of sight and out of mind. Then again, a miracle can happen since there are signs that this PAP government is swinging to the populist end.

  • Kampong boy

    The prime minister has said that his government is very busy with national issues.

    So, in my simple kampong boy mind, he was saying that his government has no time for this type of issues involving citizens.

    Just the same as they have no time to even decide whether to call a by election for hougang smc.

    Trying to guess what the prime minister really said really hurts my simple mind.

  • LOL

    Do the national issues they are busy with include sending out lawyer's letters to vindicate themselves? LOL

  • Damn

    Can we assume he's really busy FIXING THE OPPOSITION which left him no time to fix real national issues like those faced by the PWD?! Daddy's distorted "Eugenics theory" is handed down to son!

  • Parent of PWD

    I have an adult child with severe autism.  I am grateful that the government has been increasing their spending in this sector over the years.  But more needs to be done. 
    I would like to see a change in attitude that PWD need to "pay back" to society by becoming gainfully employed.  For some, this will be impossible. 
    Secondly, I would like to see the government play a more active role in helping the volunteer organisations do their job.  This year, my daughter's fees went up 140% to $1200pm because the VWO which is doing an excellent job was underfunded by MCYS.
    Families need a lot of help. Helping PWD is not Welfare State mentality, it is a World Class Government mentality.

  • mice is nice

    ok, they have been harping in YSL's case on accountability but they never practise? little wonder everytime, they meet resistance to their grand plans, they are very quick at finger pointing, from xenophobia in welcoming foreigners, to intolerance to foreign employees who can barely converse in english (so meritocracy is hot air?),  to selfishness on having eldercare centres in neighbourhood.
     
    is the inability to change for good a form of disability? maybe for pappies, stifling potential (threats), never embrace differences (to that of their own)…
     
    :p

  • georgia tong

    With our buses and train packed like sardine, even if they cater to PWD, how are these folks going to get on the bus / train ? Nowadays, if we are lucky to get on the bus/train during peak hours, our back are only cms away from the door. So I suppose PWD can only wait and wait till there is a relatively less pack bus/train to come by. Or they can only travel during off peak hours.

  • ???

    I dont understand, why malaysian old folk come to SIngapore and they have concessionary fares in our bus service?

  • anon

    There is obviously a lot that   is wrong  in the way the govt is going about its responsibility. Lots of hot air publicity but when you scrutinise it, it's actually a lot of empty talk. Empty vessels making a lot of noise. Just pyrotechnic like the national day fireworks-lots of smoke and hot air!    

  • Manfred

    To: Mr Traveller,
    Pray that you never become disabled.  And if you do, God forbid, that you have a fat bank balance to cover your needs to the end.  You seem to lack a vital virtue – "EMPATHY".

  • givehelpsumtimes

    Mr traveller:
    We are Singaporeans.. We care.. They can’t do much for themselves hence the word disable.. It may be caused by accidents or age or sickness whatever,and importantly it can happen to anyone.. Rich or poor.. U or me..(touch wood).

  • Angelina

    @Manfred
     
    Re Traveller, what about his children or grandchildren or great grandchildren, pray that none of his love ones ever be disabled.

  • hardeepak

    The Malaysian government make you believe that they pay RM1,050 to the disabled.  Only fools believe that the disabled receive the payment.

  • H. S.

    http://newnation.sg/2012/03/fellow-singaporeans-wake-up-your-idea
    Should the enabling of PWDs be left to the government? What can we Singaporeans do? Should employers refuse to even consider a girl who cannot walk, when she aced her A Levels and is more than capable of doing the job? Would she benefit from the Enabling Masterplan?

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