Mdm Chitra, 39 years old, is a Malaysian citizen who married a Singaporean man. Together, they have three children between the ages of 9 to 13 years old. Mdm Chitra’s two younger children are Singaporean citizens. Her eldest son, however, is a PR and was born in JB. Shortly after the birth of her eldest son, she moved to Singapore to be with her husband. Her eldest son would have qualified for Singapore citizenship if her husband registered his birth. However, her husband refused to register the birth of his eldest son and he is now a Singaporean PR even though her son has lived in Singapore his whole life.
Mdm Chitra informs us that her husband is rarely at home and rarely sees their children. She worries greatly for the future of her eldest son as his school fees are not subsidised. She has incurred education arrears and have been informed by the school that if she is unable to afford her son’s school fees, her son will have to stop schooling. She has also incurred SP and Town Council arrears.
Mdm Chitra is currently working hard as a part time playgroup teacher. In the morning she goes to work and in the afternoon, after work, she attends a course organised by her company as she does not have proper qualifications to work full time as a playgroup teacher. After she has completed her course, she is able to convert to full time and her pay will increase. With her current income of less than S$400, she is unable to fully provide for her three children.
Give Hope- Help Needed
Mdm Chitra’s husband has finally applied for citizenship for his son in the beginning of September this year after his son’s education debt snowballed to S$5,000. Every year, his school fees is expected to increase and Mdm Chitra worries that she will not be able to send him to school. She understands the importance of education and wishes that her son, who has lived his whole life in Singapore, would one day earn a degree for himself as education is the only way out of poverty.
ROHI would therefore like to raise S$1,680 (S$280 x 6 months) for Mdm Chitra’s son’s school fees. His monthly school fees are S$280 a month and the fees raised will be paid directly to her son’s school. We are hoping that ICA would approve his citizenship as his father and two siblings are Singaporeans and he has lived his whole life in Singapore. Please give the gift of education to Mdm Chitra’s son so that he can have a bright future ahead of him!
* Mdm Chitra’s son is currently not receiving any government assistance as he is a PR