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Many developed counties are paying increasing attention to the needs of the disadvantaged. How far is this true in Singapore

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8. Many developed counties are paying increasing attention to the needs of the disadvantaged. How far is this true in Singapore? Keywords Developed countries: having achieved economic status recognized as advanced and acquiring the traits associated with countries of such standing. Increasing attention: acknowledging the rights of such groups to be incorporated into mainstream life, preventing them from being marginalized; doing more than just tokenistic acknowledgement. Needs of the disadvantaged: identifying ?disadvantaged? to refer to minority groups that are marginalized because of physical impairment, but also including those who suffer setbacks not of their own doing, and therefore requiring help. Also in terms of Singapore, the racial minorities. Question Requirements ? Students need to identify which groups constitute the ?disadvantaged? in society and what their needs are. ? Students should argue that the state is responsible for the disadvantaged minority and should go beyond simply catering for the needs of the general populace. ? Students should also highlight that the progress of a country is also measured by its compassion for and its ability to cater to the minority groups such as the underprivileged and disadvantaged. ...read more.

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Point 1 The physically disabled have their needs increasingly met by the government over the years due to the upgrading of infrastructure which eases them in their transport and accessibility. Also there are aids by the policies formulated by the government to alleviate their inconveniences. Not only alleviating their inconveniences alone, some of the policies have also managed to help these physically disabled people to achieve their dreams of excelling in sports. Elaboration: 1. All along, the physically disadvantaged always have a problem travelling due to the inconvenience posed by their disabilities and the fact that the outside world does not have the necessary infrastructure to make travelling easier for them. 2. With increasing efforts put up by the government to upgrade these facilities to cater to the needs of these physically disabled people, it has definitely increase accessibility for these disadvantaged in terms of travelling. 3. Also there are aids by the policies formulated by the government to alleviate their inconveniences. Not only alleviating their inconveniences alone, some of the policies have also managed to help these physically disabled people to achieve their dreams of excelling in sports. ...read more.

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Point 3 Attempts to engage and to provide for the needs of the disadvantaged are still limited in scope / tokenistic: 1. The nature of meritocracy means that elitism is to be expected, thus the disadvantaged would naturally have a lesser standing in such a society. The focus has always been on excellence, resulting in the disadvantaged minority being displaced and treated as second class citizens. 2. Government funding and facilities for the disadvantaged in society is substantially limited compared to those in the mainstream eg. special schools catering for the intellectually disabled have far less facilities compared to mainstream schools. 3. Funding for the disadvantaged is lower compared to other countries although this is changing in Singapore. (It must be recognized also that these countries are largely welfare states). 4. Recent scandals involving high profile charities (National Kidney Foundation, Renci Hospital) catering to these disadvantaged members in society are setbacks. Conclusion: Catering to the welfare of the disadvantaged is part and parcel of a country?s progress. As a country becomes more developed, democratic ideals will inevitably seek to bring about greater equity and to eliminate unnecessary lines of division. ...read more.

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