Singapore, 8 June 2020 – Residents across South East District will be receiving $400,000 in their fight against COVID-19. This will be announced by Business China and South East Community Development Council (CDC) on 8 June 2020.
Earlier this year in March and April, there was a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Business China’s premium network of Prominent Business Leaders (PBLs) and companies felt a strong connection to our local communities, with family and business operations in Singapore, They hence decided to step forward to provide financial support to help ease the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business China CEO, Tin Pei Ling, said, “Business China is glad to have rallied our network of prominent Chinese business leaders with strong connections to Singapore to contribute to South East CDC’s effort in supporting residents and families profoundly impacted by the pandemic. Some of these families used to do get by but are now under water, deserving of help. We are deeply encouraged by the contributions made, as this demonstrates their solidarity with Singapore to fight pandemic. Together, we shall overcome.”
Of the $350,000 that was donated from Business China, $300,000 will be channeled to 12 divisions in South East district, to alleviate the cost of living of the residents. Local Adviser and Grassroots leaders will be able to exercise flexibility to use the fund. It could be a direct hand-out of vouchers to support the residents, otherwise they can use it to develop programmme that could best support their residents, such as for example, workshops to help home-based business with on-line set up.
South East CDC will provide a 1:1 matching for the remaining $50,000. A COVID Grant will be set up to support residents whom have lost income and job but may not be eligible for the national scheme. For example, some middle-income earners who may be asset rich but experienced an income lost, retrenched or terminated. Others may have inconsistent reduction of monthly salary. This funding will be a safety net for middle income earners.
Dr Maliki Osman, Mayor of South East District applauded the efforts, “COVID-19 has been one of the biggest challenges faced by Singaporeans in recent times, and people of all walks of lives have been affected. It is thus heartening to see our partners from Business China stepping up, despite also being affected by this global pandemic, to provide assistance to the community. At South East CDC, we take heart to act as a social broker in this difficult time, and we urge more partners who wish to extend a helping hand to step forward, and we will make sure that your help will best reach those in the community who needs it. Their acts of kindness truly exemplifies the spirit of SGUnited!”
For more information, you may reach Ms Claire Koh at 9695 7630 / Claire_KOH@pa.gov.sg.
About South East Community Development Council
South East CDC was set up on 24 November 2001. It oversees the Marine Parade Group Representative Constituency (GRC), East Coast GRC, Fengshan Single Member Constituency (SMC), Mountbatten SMC and MacPherson SMC, and serves a population of about half a million residents. At the helm of South East CDC is Mayor Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, who steers efforts in achieving the three strategic thrusts that guide the work of the CDCs. Termed the “ABCs of Community Bonding‟ — Assisting the Needy, Bonding the People and Connecting the Community — South East CDC initiates and manages programmes in collaboration with both community and corporate partners along these three strategic thrusts, so as to nurture a vibrant and self-reliant community.
About Business China
Launched in November 2007 by Founding Patron and Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Business China’s mission is to nurture an inclusive bilingual and bicultural group of Singaporeans through extensive use of the Chinese language as the medium of communication, so as to sustain our multi-cultural heritage, and to develop a cultural and economic bridge linking the world and China.
For more information, please visit www.businesschina.org.sg.