26 Jun '11, 3am

‘More good-hearted workers needed in Singapore’: By Andrew Loh The Ministry for Community Development, Youth and...

‘More good-hearted workers needed in Singapore’: By Andrew Loh The Ministry for Community Development, Youth and...

Minister of State Halimah Yacob has cited the serious need for social workers in Singapore. (MCYS photo) By Andrew Loh The Ministry for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) is seen by some quarters as one of the more insignificant ministries. Such perceptions, however, would be incorrect. As Singapore's population ages (by 2030, one in five — or 900,000 — residents will be aged 65 or older) the ministry's community development or social service role will increasingly become more critical. Cost of living, housing and employment issues, coupled with the falling birth rate, currently at its lowest-ever of 1.16, and longer lifespan, will bring into sharper focus the importance — and shortcomings — of the ministry in this. Its former minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan , was charged with the responsibility of creating Singapore's social safety net , without risking Singa...

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