From left: Giant pandas Kai Kai (male) and Jia Jia (female). PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Who would have thought that two cute, innocent little animals would draw so much hullabaloo.
So they cost about $8.6 million to bring in, and this drove the anti-establishment people making grumpy remarks such as, “This money could have been used to help others”! Well, every cent from the government’s $50b + revenue goes directly into public goods, society and charity. And further more, it is difficult to argue about the “need” for these two pandas, as it is difficult to argue for the need of multimillion dollar performances at the Esplanade, or even the existence of the Bird Park and Night Safari.
And by the way, this money comes from Capitaland – and they have done their fair share of raising money for the needy. Read this:
“CapitaLand has jumped onto the charity train to support an annual Singapore fundraising campaign The President’s Challenge. Into its 10th year now, it aims to raise US$5.5m (S$8m) for charities this year.”
And this is just but one of their efforts.
What about the jobs that the $8.6m goes into creating? Someone has to do the landscaping. The zoo keepers have families to feed. Taxi drivers bringing tourists to the zoo benefit. Docents at the zoo get to teach more people about wildlife conservation.
Have a look at more Capitaland charity initiatives here at the Capitaland Hope Foundation.
The Tote Board (the people who collect your 4D spendings) also put a lot of money into developing arts and other social causes. Have a look, will talk about this another day.