Improving Our Social Security Schemes

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2019

Improving Our Social Security Schemes

Our social security schemes are targeted and they are designed to promote self-reliance, improvements and resilience.

However, in trying to customize support and services, the authorities have overly-added many layers and depths to the schemes and made them complex and complicated.

As a result, these schemes are difficult to remember and hard to explain to targeted beneficiaries.

That may make it hard to persuade our people to support the schemes, and execute the schemes effectively and efficiently.

Exact more resources to administer the schemes, and increase coordination issues among and between agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other key stakeholders.

In trying to prevent people from abusing the system, they may have put in place more than required checks and balances.

And unwittingly affected current and potential beneficiaries’ self esteem and self-efficacy, and fighting spirit to overcome the odds against them.

As a result, some of the targeted beneficiaries may fall between the cracks.

Perhaps, the authorities should look into how to simplify what’s complicated so as not to complicate the simple.

In doing so, ensure that nobody is left behind, and we can build a more compassionate, gracious and caring society.


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