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Throwback: Given Away At Birth

I interviewed my grandmother, who shared the story of her birth (and how she was given away), life on the cash crop plantations on Pulau Ubin (and through the Japanese Occupation), as well as her eventual move to mainland Singapore. Continue reading

National Career Framework For Social Workers Constructive

The new National Social Work Competency Framework (NSWCF), which “charts the career development of social workers” (TODAY, Nov. 21) by specifying levels of proficiency and the corresponding job scopes, not only raises the profile of the sector, but can also increase levels of professionalism if support is secured from more organisations, and if the Steering Committee of 16 senior social workers can lead – and build upon – platforms for the sharing of resources as well as best practices. At the moment, hopes for six organisations to adopt the framework are modest, and should be expanded to benefit more social workers. Continue reading

Given Away At Birth

“有人要你就好了”, Jie Liu (揭六) said in Cantonese, hours after his seventh daughter, Pang Tai Quee (彭大娇), was born in the early morning of September 26, 1939, on Pulau Ubin. She was the ninth of 10 children. It was a baby boy her father wanted, and seven days later she was given away to his friend, Pang Heng (彭兴). Opium brought both men together, who had to take 25-cent boat rides to buy packets of the substance from Changi back home, and had to dump them into the sea when the sirens of police boats blared in the distance. Continue reading

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