Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Beggar induced...

If you've been in the Klang Valley long enough, you'd have realised that there are a significant amount of handicapped beggars out there doing rounds at eateries, accompanied by a 'social worker'.

I always give them the shake of a head, or a wave of the hand, telling them that I do not want to contribute to thier plight.

It's not that I do not want to help them or anything like that, but it baffles me that there's a 'social worker' that brings them around, begging for money. I mean, I can fully understand why the handicapped is begging for money, but I do not understand why the 'social worker' is doing the thing he's doing. I do not consider bringing a handicapped person around begging for money is contributing to the betterment of the handicapped community.

When you really sit down and think about it, isn't it better for the social worker to spend his/her time doing something more worthwhile rather than just bringing the handicapped person around?

Everyone has the potential to earn wealth. That is a God-given ability. And with the time that the 'social worker' spends bringing the handicapped around, he/she could use the time to earn something, and donate it to the establishment where the handicapped person is affiliated to. Isn't it a waste of time and energy for the 'social worker' to be bringing the fella around asking for alms whereby something can be done to help the poor fella fend for him/herself? I mean, if these people are willing to accompany a blind man to beg for alms at eateries until the wee hours of the night, why not channel such energy to helping the blind man on his way to self support?

(This post is inspired by a piece of news on The Star)


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