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Ex-offender lost his Grab driver job after LTA didn’t renew vocational license

Ex-offender lost his Grab driver job after LTA didn’t renew vocational license

The HDB block seems desolate as I took the cranky slow lift up to visit Michael - a 46-year-old single father and currently jobless who has recently written in seeking assistance. He has a adopted [...]

Jobless engineer unable to land job for 3 years and disappointed with CDC/e2i

Jobless engineer unable to land job for 3 years and disappointed with CDC/e2i

Hi Gilbert, This is my first time writing to you though I have heard of you for many years. I have been unemployed since year 2015 and actively seeking jobs but in vain. First question that [...]

Jobless Singaporean struggling to land a job after ROD

Jobless Singaporean struggling to land a job after ROD

Hi Gilbert I am Jason, I am a true-born Singaporean who have serve in the army for the nation for 2 years of my life. Sadly to say, with the huge influx of foreigners competing in the job market, [...]

Homeless poor have little chance of breaking out in Singapore

Homeless poor have little chance of breaking out in Singapore

We completed our fifth homeless distribution last night and fortunately there is a big group of nine doing the round of giving out blanket, packed food, biscuit and mineral water. A family alone [...]

Unemployed Singaporean without any savings asking for assistance

Unemployed Singaporean without any savings asking for assistance

Dear Panel, I've been unemployed ever since LTA did not grant my vocational license in August 2017. The reason being what they say is an "undesirable record" since I chose to plead guilty to an [...]

Caucasian with PhD contemplating applying for EP or LTVP while working in Singapore

Caucasian with PhD contemplating applying for EP or LTVP while working in Singapore

Hi, I am debating whether I should apply for LTVP. What are the benefits compared to just applying for EP directly? Background: PhD from Europe, 4 years on EP previously, wife is Singapore [...]

Reader appalled at the high number of foreigners working in Changi Airport

Reader appalled at the high number of foreigners working in Changi Airport

Dear Mr Goh, I recently went on a short trip and flew from Terminal 1 but was rather surprised to find the situation inside the check-in, to be far worse than employment outside as Singaporeans [...]

Poor primary school-going child lives without proper water supply for a year

Poor primary school-going child lives without proper water supply for a year

  It is almost a week later after her message for help  that I managed to schedule a time to visit single mum Aisha and her primary 5 school-going daughter at Woodlands. There is no proper [...]

Ten recommendations to improve on our train fiasco

Ten recommendations to improve on our train fiasco

Ten recommendations to improve on our train fiasco: 1. Replacement - replace the current CEO Desmond Kuek and his ex-army team with people from the proper rail industry. The current top management [...]

Fresh graduate of NUS from Malaysia rejected EP for sales position in healthcare sector

Fresh graduate of NUS from Malaysia rejected EP for sales position in healthcare sector

I am a fresh graduate from National University of Singapore. I am offered a sales position at a MNC in the healthcare industry. The company told me that my EP application is rejected, reason given is [...]

Family of five plunges into crisis when breadwinner father has stroke and can’t work

Family of five plunges into crisis when breadwinner father has stroke and can’t work

Since we launch the Poor People's Campaign about a year ago, we have receive several requests for assistance from families whose breadwinner can't work due to various reasons but usually its because [...]

Cambodia: nice place to live and work in

Cambodia: nice place to live and work in

Dear Mr Yong, Please kindly allow me to add some comments and suggestions. Let begin to say that despite what others think of Cambodia or if they have been there or not, Cambodia is a very good [...]

ITE graduate left Singapore for US at 26 years old and flourishing after 15 years

ITE graduate left Singapore for US at 26 years old and flourishing after 15 years

Each year, about 10,000 Singaporeans study and work abroad and many never want to return to a pressure-cooker environment whereby transport is a hassle with frequent break-down and more damagingly [...]

Singaporean PMET relocating to Cambodia and seeking some assistance

Singaporean PMET relocating to Cambodia and seeking some assistance

Hi Gilbert, I came across an article posted on transitioning.org by Daniel in 2012, a Singaporean who relocated to Cambodia, and am curious if you would be able to link me up with him? I am [...]

Single mum struggles with cost of living and worries about roof over her head

Single mum struggles with cost of living and worries about roof over her head

I visited Mdm Siti at her home yesterday morning after her appeal for assistance came a week ago. It was my first foray into the Boon Lay area and it took me almost an hour to reach the place [...]

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