26% Of Singaporeans Live Below Poverty Line In Singapore

A very interesting article by Roy Ngerng on poverty in Singapore, well worth a read!

The Heart Truths

According to The Straits Times, the “Singapore (government) is not considering having an official poverty line, as it would not fully reflect the severity and complexity of issues faced by the poor, and may also lead to those above the line missing out on assistance.”

Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing had said that, “A poverty line does not fully reflect the severity and complexity of the issues faced by poor families, which could include ill health, lack of housing or weak family relationships. If we use a single poverty line to assess the family, we also risk a ‘cliff effect’, where those below the poverty line receive all forms of assistance, while other genuinely needy citizens outside the poverty line are excluded.”

This is not the first time that the government had been asked what our poverty line is. In 2011, when asked, Chan Chun…

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