Opt-out from receiving NDP 2020 funpack
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This petition is in reference to the NDP 2020 committee's announcement that every Singaporean and Permanent Resident household in Singapore is to receive a funpack to celebrate National Day this year.
Firstly, I would like to commend the effort on the part of the organisers to rally the population and spur happiness and positivity. 2020 has been one of the darkest years in recent memory for many Singaporeans, and all of us are affected either directly or indirectly by the ongoing pandemic. At a time like this, I understand that handing out funpacks, 'something Singaporeans have a close affinity with' could certainly bring joy to many of us.
However, I believe that there could be a much better use of the resources used to make roughly 1.4 million funpacks; such as the perishable goods inside the funpack, the novel single-use items, the manpower to acquire, make and distribute the funpacks and not to mention the planning of it. All these are resources that could be better spent addressing more urgent needs of the society at present. Moreover not every single item in the funpack is of any long term use to most of us and it is not uncommon to see many of these funpacks thrown away at the end of NDP in the past years.
At a time when a recession is looming over our economy like none before, and unemployment on the rise; we could use these resources to help those in need in these unprecedented times. I for one would prefer to give my funpack away to someone who needs it more than I do. I also do not want to see many funpacks disposed off irresponsibly by those who do not need it. This will only require more manpower to clean it up. Singapore could also use this as an opportunity to set the right example of moving towards a zero-waste society in times of rapid climate change to the rest of the world.
I understand that the funpack holds sentimental value to many in society and I do not wish to deprive them of that, as such I will like for there to be an opt-out system for those who do not wish to receive the funpack.
If you do not wish to receive the funpack too sign this petition and help spread the word to others. Come on. Let's put the money where our mouth is. Let's #SGunited and do the right thing.
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