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Justice for my 87 year-old father before it is too late!

I want to urgently highlight my father's situation. My father's domestic worker, Anandhan Valarmathi, ran away on 4th March 2018, leaving him alone, well knowing his health and medical condition. My father is 87 years old and was hospitalised at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) from 23rd March to 26th April 2018. He is alone at his flat since 6th May 2018. I am worried about my father's well-being and his health. There is no one to check on him and ensure he is alright. I am not able to fly back to Singapore to be with him as I am undergoing chemotherapy in Germany. I am already sick but now I am more worried sick something might happen to him. I am alarmed about my father being in a life-threatening situation. My father is unable to stay alone. He can't walk without help. He can't stand up without help. He is hardly eating as there is no one to buy him food. He is a heart patient and has diabetes. He underwent heart surgery last year and had a pace-maker implanted. He needs to take his medication on time and food on his own which he is unable to. He has also been given a doctor's memo in which the doctor clearly stated that my father needs a dedicated domestic worker. MOM has been sent a copy and is aware of the content of the memo.  After Anandhan Valarmathi was found based on the missing report my father made, she made a police report that my father molested her and did not pay her salary. In total, I made four police reports on my father’s behalf. The police reports made by father are being chucked aside and everyone is focusing on the police report made by Anandhan Valarmathi. If Anandhan Valarmathi was telling the truth, why not go to the police or MOM directly on 4th March 2018 itself? She attended English lessons on 4th March 2018 from 2 to 4pm before she made her way to H.O.M.E. Then she made her police report on 6th March 2018. Did it suddenly occur to her two days after she ran away that she was molested and was not paid her salary?!!! My father lives near Ang Mo Kio Hub. The police station is 5 minutes away in walking distance. BUT she did not go to the police on 4th March 2018. What she did was that she went on her off-day telling my father she will be home at 6pm, attended English class and then ran away. And MOM deems her to be innocent?!!! The list of claims and accusations made by Anandhan Valarmathi against my father has increased to date. She even claims that my father is keeping her passport and lying that he does not have it. She also claims that my father is lying that he is unwell. She has conned my father of $400 and when asked about this money, MOM officer Ms Quek told us to settle it on our own by a civil suit. Anandhan Valarmathi has extorted another $100 from my elderly father through Ms Quek claiming that my father did not pay her the salary. It hurts to the core that our pleas for help are unheard by the police and MOM. It breaks my heart to see my father in this condition and suffering so much. He has helped Anandhan Valarmathi so much and treated her like a daughter. She is also aware of my medical condition. And yet she ran away abandoning my father to be on his own, being fully aware that he will not be able to manage on his own. And now she is accusing my father of so many things which is simply not true and totally unfair to him. My mother passed away in 1980. To this date my father is living in her memory and is the only woman he loves and will love till his last breath. To accuse my father of molesting her whom she calls "Appa" (father in Tamil) leaves me speechless. My father is no such person!!! The audacity Anandhan Valarmathi has to accuse my father of such a thing makes my blood boil! It is ridiculous and cruel of Anandhan Valarmathi to accuse an 87-year-old man, who is frail and ill, of molesting her. It is even more downright ridiculous and grotesque that MOM seem to be believing only her words. Why is MOM penalising him based on the allegations of a cruel and heartless domestic worker who left him all alone and ran away, abandoning her responsibility to care for him? Does MOM seriously think that my father is in the condition to go around molesting Anandhan Valarmathi who is double his size and half his age? I have already applied for a new helper on 5th March 2018 for my father. The work permit application is still pending approval to date. The new helper is ready to come to Singapore ASAP. The new helper is a reliable and responsible person with a good work record. MOM is refusing to grant approval for my father’s work permit application. They refuse to assist and have turned down our appeal. They insist that my father will not be allowed to hire a new domestic helper as long as the police case is pending. In the meantime, Anandhan Valarmathi who ran away is allowed to seek re-employment. She has a new employer as of 8th May 2018. If there are restrictions placed on my father, shouldn't it be the case for her who ran away abandoning her responsibility and alleging that an 87-year-old man molested her and did not pay her salary? She has conned him of $500 and yet the police and MOM have not taken any action against her. If my father is not allowed to hire a domestic worker as long as the police case is pending, the same should be the case for Anandhan Valarmathi. What makes MOM think that she is innocent and telling the truth? So, to sum up, my father is the criminal and Anandhan Valarmathi, who ran away leaving my ill and frail 87-year-old father, abandoning her responsibility, who has caused so much chaos, is innocent?  I have been writing to Dr. Koh Poh Koon, who is my father’s MP, since 28th March 2018 to appeal to MOM on my father’s behalf. MOM has yet to hear from him. Dr Koh has met my father before and had requested him to vote for him during the last general elections. Dr Koh is not assisting although he is made aware of the situation. Mr Vikram Nair who is not even my father’s MP, has sent an appeal letter to MOM on my father’s behalf on 10th April. I have been writing to MOM since 7th March 2018, appealing to MOM to help my 87-year-old father. All our pleas to MOM for assistance have fallen on deaf ears. I have written to MOM Minister Mr Lim when he was in office as well as the new MOM Minister Mrs Teo. Both have not responded to date. Can you imagine the mental and emotional anguish and torture my father is put through? Can you understand how deeply hurt and to what extent my father and I are mentally and emotionally affected? My father needs a domestic worker ASAP to care for him. My father has suffered and been penalized enough by the accusations of Anandhan Valarmathi. MOM’s refusal to grant him approval for a new helper is treating him like a criminal. A psychiatrist from KTPH has attended to him and he was counselled by the MSW at KTPH as he is depressed and is in mental and emotional agony on top of his existing and current medical condition. My father and I are driven to the end of our limits. We cannot go on like anymore. And we do not know how long we both can endure this mental and emotional anguish and torture that we are going through. Please do not penalize him or prolong his agony any further. Please kindly grant my father the approval for his work permit application as the helper is ready to come to Singapore. Thank you.

Shantha Kumar
714 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to 内閣総理大臣 安倍晋三, 厚生労働大臣 塩崎恭久, 加藤勝信

Please review the use of physical restraints in Japanese psychiatric treatment

 In May 2017, my son Kelly Savage, who worked as an English teacher in Japan, died after being found in cardiopulmonary arrest while he was in a psychiatric hospital in Kanagawa prefecture. The cardiopulmonary arrest was completely unexpected, and occurred after he had been hospitalized on the psychiatric ward for 10 days. We asked the psychiatric hospital to investigate the cause of his death and to review their policy on the use of physical restraints, but they refused to do so. From the first time that a Japanese high school student came to our house on an exchange programme, Kelly loved Japan.  He loved watching Japanese movies such as Totoro and became fascinated by Japanese culture.   He studied Japanese through high school and university and qualified to be an English teacher in Japan.  He taught English to Japanese children in elementary and junior high schools in Kagoshima for about two years.  The students and other teachers loved his fun-loving, friendly personality. Unfortunately, he became depressed and entered a Japanese hospital in April. But less than two weeks later, he was discovered in cardiopulmonary arrest. It seems that he was tied to his bed with leg, waist and wrist restraints almost the entire time he was in the hospital. Compared to other countries, Japanese psychiatric hospitals keep patients in restraints for a much longer time. According to a survey conducted on 689 patients in 11 psychiatric hospitals, the average time spent in physical restraint is 96 days[1].  Meanwhile, the average time in foreign countries is at most several hours to tens of hours. Although it is thought that there are not many people in Japanese psychiatric hospitals, in fact, the number of people who are physically restrained in Japanese psychiatric hospitals continues to increase. In 2014 more than 10,000 people were restrained-the highest ever recorded, and more than double the number a decade earlier [2]. It is well known that long-term restraints can cause grave physical, as well as psychological, harm to patients. It may cause deep vein thrombosis, also known as economy-class syndrome, which can be fatal[3,4]. In order to give proper treatment for hospitalized patients, the use of physical restraints in psychiatric medical treatment must be reduced. Together with Toshio Hasegawa, Professor of Health Faculty at Kyorin University, we have set up a group to try to appeal to the country to reduce the use of physical restraints in psychiatric treatment[5]. According to Professor Hasegawa, experiences similar to Kelly’s occur to many Japanese people as well [1]. At the very least, we hope that Kelly’s experience will not be repeated.  Kelly, who was fascinated by Japan and loved Japanese culture, would want Japanese psychiatry to improve.  We hope that this incident will lead to improved psychiatric care in Japan. We appreciate your continued support so that this request can be delivered to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Thank you. Martha Savage [Our request] To prohibit the use of body restraints for a long period of time (24 hours or longer) in psychiatric hospitals. To quickly investigate whether there are human rights violations caused by physical restraint in psychiatric hospitals. In order to prevent human rights violations and deaths from occurring in psychiatric medical care, require a visual record, such as a video recording, whenever physical restraints are used.  Allow access to those recordings for patients or next of kin within 14 days to determine the actual conditions employed. The government should demonstrate leadership by setting targets with specified dates by which both the number of people in physical restraints and the time period of restraints are reduced. To provide medical information to patients and bereaved families, require hospitals to disclose information based on "guidelines for providing medical information" by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. We ask for your continued support so that people receiving psychiatric treatment in Japan will receive proper medical care, will not be restrained more than necessary and will not lose their lives. References:[1]長谷川利夫. (2016). 精神科医療における隔離・ 身体拘束実態調査 ~その急増の背景要因を探り縮減への道筋を考える~. 病院・地域精神医学, 59(1), 18–21.[2][3] Dickson BC, Pollanen MS: Fatal thromboembolic disease: A risk in physically restrained psychiatric patients. J Forensic Leg Med 2009; 16:284–286.[4][5] 【ホームページ 精神科医療の身体拘束を考える会】 日本語版ページはこちら: Our homepage:

Alliance against physical restraint in psychiatric care (精神科医療の身体拘束を考える会)
7,291 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to The Planning Inspector, Cllr James Mills, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Robert Courts MP, Sajid Javid MP, , Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP,

Develop housing for local needs that people can afford and doesn't ruin our countryside

We, the residents of Eynsham village, like people in many other parts of the country, are threatened with badly planned development that favours greed over need.   If West Oxfordshire’s Local Plan goes ahead unchanged, our rural village will almost triple in size, becoming a dormitory town, encircled by existing and new roads. The ex-trunk road into Oxford, in particular, is already heavily congested, with traffic stationary at both peak and off-peak hours. The Local Plan is likely to destroy our strong community spirit and identity, not to mention valuable farmland, biodiversity and historical assets.   We are not NIMBYs. We have developed a Neighbourhood Plan for Eynsham, supporting development of 750 new homes appropriate for local needs, which would increase our size by a third. West Oxfordshire District Council appear to have shelved our plan, and they have ignored the objections of hundreds of residents who have responded to several consultations on the Local Plan.   To cap it all, we have scrutinised the Local Plan and found it to be unsound in its method and decision-making process. We know that this is the experience of communities around the country – the result of a deeply flawed national planning system.   We call on the Planning Inspector, West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council to stop and listen properly to the people who live and work here, to take full account of their opinions, and to act in a more just and democratic way.     Eynsham Improvement Planning Campaign (EPIC) 2nd April 2018   Supporting material 1.     EPIC's top 6 points on why West Oxfordshire District Council's (WODC) Local Plan is unsound  2.     Above photo (© Sue Chapman, resident) shows the organic farm which WODC propose to build on.  It forms part of one of the proposed development sites i.e., Oxfordshire Cotswold Garden Village.  This site is for at least 2,200 homes and is described as “distinct” from Eynsham although it is actually only separated by the notoriously busy and congested A40 trunk road. 3.     City Farm biodiversity  4.     Eynsham Parish Council's response to West Oxfordshire District's Local Plan  5.     Residents manipulated and penalised? Comments by resident Sarah Couch  6.     The south-facing fiasco: Comment's by resident Nigel Pearce 7.      A deeply flawed plan: Comments by resident Angie Titchen

EPIC - Eynsham Planning Improvement Campaign
1,030 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Simon Fraser University, Simon Fraser Student Society

Save SFPIRG! Provide us space at SFU!

The Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) is a student-funded and student-directed resource centre at Simon Fraser University (SFU) dedicated to engaging students and community in social and environmental justice. All students at SFU, both undergraduate and graduate, are members of SFPIRG – and have been since 1981! Areas of work include education, action, research, and community-building. SFPIRG brings together a diverse range of people and our work is all centred on a shared set of values. Ultimately, a thread that runs through all our work is advocating for a more just and inclusive world; one which prioritizes everyone’s wellness, access, and participation. SFPIRG currently subleases office and lounge space in the Rotunda from the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS). The SFSS is currently building a new Student Union Building (SUB), and will be relinquishing its lease on the Rotunda once the SUB is completed. This means SFPIRG will need a new home on campus to keep engaging students and community in social and environmental justice! SFPIRG serves approximately 30,000 students at SFU, including undergraduate and graduate students. Our current lease is for approximately 1,400 square feet in the Rotunda. To continue our current programs, SFPIRG needs: Space that is accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. The Undergrounds, which SFSS has mentioned but has not formally offered, will require extensive renovation to meet this need. We currently collaborate on events and programs with the other independent student societies on campus. The allocation of space to SFPIRG cannot mean that our fellow organizations will be rendered homeless. To continue our existing programs and services, we will require space that is functionally equivalent to our current office and lounge space. If organizational space can be arranged to work for several work study students, a volunteer Board of Directors, various volunteer teams, three permanent staff, and all those students who come to our organization seeking support and a place where they feel safe, we are prepared to accept space no smaller than 820 square feet – the size of the smaller organizational suites in the SUB. Who has the power to meet these needs and house SFPIRG? SFU can decide to lease to SFPIRG directly, in the Maggie Benston Centre (MBC) office space that the SFSS will be vacating when they move into the SUB. The SFSS can decide to lease the "organizational suites" in the SUB to the independent student societies on campus, including SFPIRG, Embark, CJSF, and The Peak. Either of these options would meet both SFPIRG's space needs AND the needs of SFU students! If SFPIRG loses its space and is forced to relocate elsewhere, the SFU community risks losing one of the few hubs where students can come together to engage with social justice issues and explore alternatives to the status quo, as learners and also as leaders. SFPIRG is a place where students who are facing social barriers here at SFU can find emotional and practical support that is grounded in an awareness that social injustice is a real thing. We regularly hear from students that SFPIRG is one of the only places on campus they feel safe talking about their experiences of injustice. Students need more than simply space – they need a wide array of programming and support. SFPIRG is one organization meeting part of that need. We call on SFU and the SFSS to do the right thing, and lease appropriate campus space to SFPIRG! Support student leadership! Support student engagement! Support social justice at SFU! What do current and former SFU students have to say about SFPIRG? "I regularly apply the skills I gained from SFPIRG to my life, studies, and grassroots community organizing efforts, leading to employment as a women's centre coordinator. SFPIRG's active commitments to disrupting all systems of oppression, supporting resistance struggles, and uplifting systemically marginalized voices on their own terms resonate with me, and having such safer, accessible space on campus has been integral to my growth and wellbeing as a student." - Maisaloon Al-Ashkar, BA in First Nations Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies "There are so few resources on campus for students and faculty alike to so easily draw on for support in the difficult work of unlearning our privilege, identifying the intersections of oppression and power that we are all entangled in, and growing in our capacity to do our work in ways that foster inclusion, respect, and welcome. SFPIRG offers the support to do this, and so much more." - Scott Neufeld, BA, MA, PhD Student in Psychology, Vanier Scholar "It is more essential than ever to protect spaces like SFPIRG, true hubs for empowering engaged, critically thinking leaders. And this is precisely what we need most in order for a just world to blossom - dedicated leaders, with space and time and room to grow with and into and beyond themselves. SFPIRG nurtured me to be the leader I am today." - Aleks Besan, BA in International Studies, 2014 Valedictorian of Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences "The layered benefits of a community space are many: the lifelong friendships forged through balanced discussions; a place of refuge between busy classes and the demands of life; a work environment for students to get hands-on experience; a research hub where students and community can reach symbiosis. At every point of interaction with the SFU community, SFPIRG has lasting positive change and provides an essential bridge between students and their communities." - Isaac Louie, BA in Psychology, BEd. w/ minor in Environmental Education "If we want to believe that the university produces ethical and responsible persons, we need to also believe in the on-campus communities, like SFPIRG, that make that possible. Academic spaces need to be in collaboration with social-justice-centric organizations that present different, creative, and alternative approaches to making a better world, and to surviving in one that is not there yet." - Tavleen Purewal, BA in English and French "An engaged university facilitates student access to organizations that provide opportunities to wrestle with the social and environmental issues of our time. It is in SFU’s best interest to ensure that SFPIRG continues to exist, as it contributes to SFU’s overall ecology of engagement on campus, while providing students grounded opportunities for professional and personal growth. I cannot imagine an engaged SFU without SFPIRG." - Alyssa Serpa, BEnv. in Human Geography, Minor in Music

Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG)
609 supporters