New social compact for Singapore to progress together
PUBLISHED ON 30 Nov 2018
Government support schemes should be easily accessed and simplified to ease the stress of those who are seeking support.

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam said that government agencies should do back-end coordination, so as to relieve the stress of people who need access to such support schemes. For example, Social service offices that are run by the Ministry of Social and Family Development have linked up with hospitals so that individuals need to only go through one round of assessment.

DPM Tharman said that multiple helping hands in the form of government agencies, social service offices show a compact, exercising collective action and engaging individuals and families to develop their own successes.

At a separate event, Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing called upon individuals and groups to redouble efforts to help 'the slow keep pace with the fast', to progress as a society together.

Talking about the challenges of social mobility in Singapore, Mr Chan reiterated that there needs to be a new social compact in Singapore, and Singaporeans should also develop a sense of collective responsibility. "If we have that kind of collective responsibility to one another, the kind of societal values that say it is a privilege to take care of others... and it's not just about us taking all that we can - then, I think, we will have the new social compact," he said.