Pro­tect S’pore’s mul­ti­cul­tural roots

The Straits Times - - OPINION - Woon Wee Min Lim Lea Lea (Ms)

I read with in­ter­est so­cial me­dia ed­i­tor Daryl Chin’s What’s Trend­ing col­umn on Huff­in­g­ton Post jour­nal­ist Kimberly Yam’s rev­e­la­tion that she was once ashamed of her race be­cause of racial be­lit­tle­ment and marginal­i­sa­tion (Too soon for a #MeToo come­back?; Sept 2).

Philip Roth’s New York Times best­seller The Hu­man Stain is a tale of the pro­tag­o­nist’s deep shame of his race.

En­cour­age­ment from his mother that he needs to be proud of his race falls on deaf ears, and he lives out the greater part of his life by pass­ing him­self off as be­ing of a dif­fer­ent race.

We are for­tu­nate to live in Sin­ga­pore where there is a strong foun­da­tion, laid by the found­ing lead­ers and pi­o­neer gen­er­a­tion, of cel­e­brat­ing and re­spect­ing mul­tira­cial­ism and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism.

Dur­ing th­ese times of height­ened se­cu­rity ten­sions where trust is at a pre­mium, it is more im­por­tant than ever to con­tinue to build on this foun­da­tion and to be vig­i­lant against any com­pla­cency which may com­pro­mise this foun­da­tion. re­tire­ment an­nu­ity on the one hand, and cash pro­ceeds on the other.

Se­niors who take up LBS are re­quired to top up their CPF sav­ings to reach the cur­rent Full Re­tire­ment Sum. This amount varies with house­holds and it en­sures that their monthly pay­outs are ad­e­quate to meet their ba­sic liv­ing ex­penses.

The qual­i­fy­ing age of 65 for LBS al­lows se­niors to im­me­di­ately re­ceive their monthly CPF pay­outs when they take up the scheme.

Nev­er­the­less, HDB is pre­pared to ex­er­cise flex­i­bil­ity on the age re­quire­ment, es­pe­cially for those who are in ill health or fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

To know more about the LBS or other mon­eti­sa­tion op­tions, ap­proach any HDB branch, or call 1800-225-5432.

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