Enhanced Parenthood Package 2008 Petition for change of implementation date sign now

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng
Members of Parliament

Dear Sirs,

Re: Enhanced Parenthood Package 2008 Petition for change of implementation date

We are a group of Mothers-to-be (due between August and Dec 2008).

Many of us were delighted to hear of the new initiatives announced during the Prime Minister's National Day Rally Speech this year. However, we are extremely disappointed to learn that most of the new policies will only apply to parents with babies born after Jan 2009.

We do not understand the rationale for this cut-off date which seem to discriminate against many Singaporean mothers like us who are currently expecting our babies to arrive between August-Dec 2008.

As part of the intention of the enhanced package is to ease the financial burden of giving birth and raising a child in Singapore, we feel that mothers that qualify for the incentives at the time of announcement should be considered eligible for the enhanced maternity benefits that the government is now offering.

We would hence like to appeal to you to consider revising the implementation date so that the new benefits can be enjoyed by as many Singaporean mothers as possible.

We understand that there is a need for a cut-off date and that not everyone will qualify for the enhanced benefits. However, we wish that you consider following the same cut-off date back in 2004, when the last enhancement package was announced, and allow parents who qualify at the time of the announcement to enjoy the new benefits.

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