A few days ago, Facebook page Bread&Butter posted photos of an elderly tissue seller with the captions: "Jalan Besar CC Staff says they cannot sell Tissue at Lavender Mrt station."
The post has since garnered much attention as some netizens bashed the page for not providing clear details of whether they were indeed working at the CC and how the conversation had transpired.
The viral post triggered a response from MSF Singapore. It clarified that they were staff at the Social Service Office at Jalan Besar who are helping the man with his application for ComCare's Long Term Assistance.
"Our officers were following up by checking on their well-being and assessing how else we can support them."
While Bread&Butter probably meant well, it should not have jumped to conclusions. Perhaps with more verification of information, it will be able to prove itself as a good initiative in helping needy Singaporeans.
Whatever the case, Singapore needs a vigilante team like them to get our authorities moving. Otherwise, there will be more and more people selling tissue paper as a living and more and more social service officers who we can only hope really help them get going.
What on earth is going on to our society? The last we checked, Singapore is a first world country.