Helping the Poor, Promoting Self-reliance
70. Helping the poor is one of our
recent establishment of the Commission on Poverty
reflects the Government's determination to help the
poor and address their needs.
At the first meeting of the Commission, members
agreed that its objectives should be to prevent and
alleviate poverty and promote self-reliance.
They also agreed that we should use multiple
means and channels and actively involve the community to
provide the poor with more opportunities, so that they
can realise their potential, regain dignity and
self-confidence, and move up the social ladder to live a
more fulfilled and happier life.
Some of our existing
policies already target these objectives.
We have set up the Community Investment and
Inclusion Fund and the Partnership Fund for the
Disadvantaged, which are now open for applications.
Through these funds, we hope to develop a
tripartite relationship between the Government, the
business community and the non-government organisations,
and encourage various entities to mobilise community
resources to help individuals and various groups in
society cope better with adversity and become
will review the operation of these funds regularly and
examine their resource requirements as and when
I would like to
emphasise that helping the poor does not mean dishing
out largesse. Because
every dollar comes from taxpayers' hard-earned money,
we must be very careful in our spending.
Besides, providing financial assistance is not
the best way to lift people out of poverty.
I believe that what the poor want most is an
opportunity to improve their livelihood and that of
their families through their own efforts.
Our policies on economic development, employment,
education, training and welfare reflect our belief in
helping people to help themselves, so that people from
all walks of life can participate in our economic
development and build a prosperous and harmonious