Letter to the New Paper: HOME MAKEOVER SERIES UNDER FIRE
My letter to the New Paper is published today, 3 Feb 2010, Page 19.
I refer to the report, “ Why pick on us? We are helping people” (The New Paper, 29 Jan).
We need the media to highlight the plight of the needy so that the Government will review its policies and give better support to citizens who feel uncared for, and they include our seniors, the mentally ill and the disabled.
I feel that shows like Life transformers and RenovAID did an excellent job in rasing awareness of the plight of the needy.
Hosts Michelle Chia, Christopher Lee, Quan Yifeng and the production team should not be discouraged by the unfair criticism levelled at them.
It takes courage to clean up homes that are invested with pests and dirty toilets.
It is always easy to criticise than to appreciate.
I was deeply touched that volunteers offered to renovate and refurnish the homes of the needy so that they could have a better quality of life.
Our country will be a far better place to live in with people like these who are able to feel the suffering of citizens who are in less than fortunate circumstances.
Rather than manipulate viewers' emotions, I believe the shows have been successful in striking a cord with audiences.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO