Monday, 10 August 2015

Chew Jing Heng 25


Issue being discussed:
The free SG50 commemorative Lego sets given by the Ministry of Education to students, were actually found to be sold on online platforms for more than a $100 dollars. The gift, meant for students from primary level to junior college level, commemorates Singapore's 50 years of independence and is named "Building My SG: Reflect, Celebrate, Inspire". The Straits times had found more than 17 sets being sold online.

Although the writer did not state his opinion, he/she had quoted a comment from a netizen.
 One Facebook user Ken Yeoh said: "When there is a demand, the market forces will be at work. Just hope that we don't deprive our own children of the fun they can get by forcing them to give up their sets for parents to sell. That's sad."
I agree with this Facebook user. As only students of Singapore will be able to receive this special limited edition Lego sets, there will be many people out there wanting to get their hands on these Lego sets as well. One example are the fans of Lego. They would be willing to pay any amount of money to get their hands on these sets, and therefore some parents may take this opportunity to earn some money.Selling this Lego set can fetch them at least $100, and to some parents, it may be a day worth of work. However, I believe parents must know that these Lego sets are specially designed and given to students of Singapore, the future leaders of Singapore, not for parents to sell these online for an opportunity to make money. Parents definitely do not have the rights to do so.
In conclusion, as students here in Singapore, we should learn to treasure this Lego set specially designed and made for us. Parents should also learn to not sell this Lego set online to make money as it deprives their children of fun.

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