Bursary sees more go beyond O levels
The Straits Times
| Mar 21, 2000
The scheme initiated by MP Peh benefits about
100 students from Primary 1 to university each year
MORE students from Geylang West constituency
are studying beyond the O and A levels due to a bursary scheme initiated
by their MP.
In the past, most residents preferred their children
to work after their examinations, MP Peh Chin Hua said on Friday.
"They did not encourage their children to continue with tertiary
education as they needed them to supplement the family income,"
Mr Peh, who is an MP in the Jalan Besar GRC,
decided to do something to change the mindset - he set up a bursary
to help them.
From a modest $20,000 in 1998, the bursary has
ballooned to $150,000. The money came from business and clan associations.
About 100 students from Primary 1 to university
receive bursaries each year. Now, Mr Peh hopes to extend the scheme
to all Singaporeans, with the help of a foundation.
"Those who are fortunate should try to help
He hopes to raise $10 million in five or six
years for the proposed foundation.
Mr Peh's media briefing was held ahead of a ministerial
community visit on April 2 by Mr Lim Boon Heng, Minister without
Mr Peh also praised the Geylang West community.
"We are not a rich constituency. More than
60 per cent of our residents live in one-, two- and three-room flats,"
"Nevertheless, we are rich in community
Mr Peh will be donating some of his Chinese paintings
to Pertapis, a Malay-Muslim welfare organisation, to help it raise
"Some donors prefer paintings to plaques
as they can hang them on walls.
"I'm happy that I'm able to use my hobby
to help people."