The Lonely Ghost Movement

July 21, 2008, 11:45 pm
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Deja vu. the lonely ghost was just typing this post about monday blues and the “back” button was accidentally hit. There could be another spirit nearby. the lonely ghost was saying, as some of us start the week with the monday blues, our very own Singapore government got hit by some blues of their own. Baby Blues.

An Excerpt from ChannelNewsAsia:

Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng on Monday said in Parliament that the government is looking at creating a more pro-family environment in Singapore to boost the birth rate.

The measures will include financial and childcare help, and more information will be released in about a month.

Now thats a piece of good news for all parents and parents-to-be. Most Singaporeans have probably shaved off an 1″ or more as they tighten their belts due to rising costs in transportation/fuel charges/food prices etc.

The Big Question now is, at what cost will the goverment roll out such incentives to increase birth rates? Increase in taxes? Increase in ERP gantries?

The Baby Bonus scheme had some degree of success with the fertility rate went up to 1.29 in 2007. However, the number is still far below the replacement rate, hence Mr Wong – who heads country’s National Population Secretariat – said things which will be addressed include creating more opportunities for singles to meet; financial support for parents; flexible workplace arrangements; and better childcare options.

the lonely ghost do agree that creating more opportunities for singles to meet would definately be a good medium term strategy. A lady friend of mine commented that she was embarressed to let people know she had meet people online. Stigma still surrounds online dating. Sad to say she hasn’t been able to find someone special.

Apart from singles meeting up, another crux lies with DINK couples (Dual Income No Kids) . There are couples in this category who are comfortable with their level of income (typically higher) and would prefer to leave it later to have kids (if having kids are on the plans in the first place).

the lonely ghost feels that the goverment should really take steps to understand from the average joe and jane, the reasons for having 1 child or no child and really set up initiatives that will tackle the problems faced by parents today effectively.

Read more at ChannelNewsAsia


Do you know?
July 21, 2008, 4:03 pm
Filed under: Personal Ramblings

In Singapore, there are 2462 registered charities and 487 registered IPCs (Instituitions of a Public Charter). Now now, who should doners donate to? Which charity has more urgency? Difficult decisions even for the lonely ghost, what about the average joe or jane?

Taken off the MCYS/Charity Portal:

Charities are organisations set up exclusively for any of the following charitable objects:
-relief of poverty,
-advancement of education,
-advancement of religion, or
-other purposes beneficial to the community, such as:
-the advancement of health;
-the advancement of citizenship or community development;
-the advancement of arts, heritage or science;
-the advancement of environmental protection or improvement;
-the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages;
-the advancement of animal welfare; and
-the advancement of sport, where the sport advances health through physical skill and exertion.

Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs) are non-profit or not-for-profit organisations. Majority of the IPCs are charities, and the rest are sports associations.

Only those organisations which are conferred the approved IPC status are authorised to receive tax-deductible donations (i.e. donors are given tax-deduction for donations made to these organisations).

The following are the conditions of an IPC:

An approved IPC must either be a charity or an institution or fund which is:
1. a hospital not operated or conducted for profit;
2. a public or benevolent institution not operated or conducted for profit;
3. a public authority or society not operated or conducted for profit and which is engaged in research or other work connected with the causes, prevention or cure of disease in human beings, where the gift is for such activities;
4. a university or a public fund for the establishment, maintenance, enlargement or improvement of a university;
5. an educational institution not operated or conducted for profit, or a public fund for the establishment, maintenance, enlargement or improvement of such an educational institution;
6. a public or private fund for the provision, establishment or endowment of a scholarship, exhibition or prize in a university, or an educational institution not operated or conducted for profit;
7. a public fund established and maintained for the relief of distress among members of the public;
8. a charitable institution or a body of persons or a trust established for charitable purposes only; or
9. an organisation not operated or conducted primarily for profit which is engaged in or connected with the promotion of culture or the arts or with the promotion of sports.

For an institution/fund to be an IPC, its activities must be beneficial to the community in Singapore as a whole, and not confined to sectional interests or group of persons based on race, creed, belief or religion, unless otherwise approved by the Commissioner of Charities. These activities must meet its objectives under its governing instrument and the objectives of the Sector Administrator.

The institution/fund must also be administered by a group of independent trustees and at least half of whom are citizens of Singapore.

New Home Soon!
July 21, 2008, 3:55 pm
Filed under: Personal Ramblings

the lonely ghost will be moving to a new “haunt” soon. linger around and when the new “haunt” is up, I’ll let you know.

What is the lonely ghost movement?
July 21, 2008, 2:03 pm
Filed under: Personal Ramblings

It’s a secret for now. The lonely ghost will reveal on the 1st of August 2008.

I can only say that for now, spread the word about You are going to be part of a big thing. Your friends and love ones will be part of a big thing. A Singapore Movement.

I am asking you for your time.

Would you spare a minute for the old?
Would you spare a minute for the young?
Would you spare a minute for the sick?
Would you want to make a difference?

First Legalized Gambling Now Legalized Organ Trading
July 21, 2008, 5:44 am
Filed under: Personal Ramblings

Interesting news today when lonely ghost got wind that the Health Minister had expressed his view that our little island might be considering Legalized Organ Trading. Top eBay executives must be licking their lips and clasping their hands in glee when they hear this.

“Imagine we could have a whole new category of eBay items! Corneas, Kidneys, etc. We could sort them out by sizes. Colours maybe. The demand will be huge! Sellers could set HIGH Buy It Now Prices”

Lonely ghost believes that when the goverment says “maybe”, most likely its a “Yes, we will do it” scenario, just that they want to cushion the potential public outcry.

SINGAPORE: Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan has said Singapore may consider legalising the sale of organs if there are safeguards against the exploitation of the poor.
He said: “In countries like Norway, when patients have kidney failure, the doctors will straightaway ask, which family member is going to donate (their kidney). And you see the whole family putting up their hands – grandmothers, grandfathers, grandchildren – everyone offers (their kidney). In the case of Singapore, I asked our doctors, (and they said) first, not many put up their hands. And, (among) the few families that do put up their hands, very few family members put up their hands.”

Mr Khaw believed this shortage has led to some people buying organs illegally from neighbouring countries, creating a black market where the poor could be exploited.
Mr Khaw said: “The key problem is exploitation. So if you can find a way to eliminate exploitation or minimise exploitation to a low level, isn’t that a better outcome, than pretending that the problem doesn’t exist but the exploitation continues?”

Individuals who have never taken kindly to goverment policies would veiw this as another. “If its a money making opportunity, the governement will want to put its hand in it”

Lonely ghost thinks its too early to comment until a framework has been drafted but could this be another “Singapore First” ?

Article can be found at ChannelNewsAsia

We have to start somewhere..
July 20, 2008, 4:16 pm
Filed under: Personal Ramblings

Welcome to the lonely ghost website or blog or what you may call it. There are many reasons why I decided to embark on this journey and I’ll share 2 today.

I have my fair share of reading online blogs and “surfing” aimlessly on the internet until I came to an epiphany just today.

Just recently in the island of Singapore, another charity official had been charged by the police. Events such as this will only deprive charities of the much needed funds they need. Would you donate your money again to such charities? If you don’t, how will the needy survive?

Another point that the lonely ghost wants to bring up today. The Sunday Times headline was on 2 bloggers in Singapore squaring off and one sueing the other for defamation. Why do people blog in the first place? I cannot fathom the rationale for such actions. Thank god the lonelyghost has no address for them to sue me. Maybe they could burn the letter and hope it reaches me somehow?

Do people blog for fame and publicity?
Do people blog for interest?
Do people blog for money?

The lonely ghost blogs for nothing yet the lonely ghost blogs for everything. 1st August 2008. Take note of that date. I will announce what the lonely ghost movement is all about.