Correspondent

Govt refutes ST Forum writer that middle-class incomes had stagnated

Last Sat (22 Jun), ST Forum reader Isaac Neo Yi Chong wrote that even as Singapore’s economy has been consistently growing, the rise in income inequality has been accompanied by “middle-class incomes stagnating, and even real wage declines for the lower class”. He also noted that inter-generational income elasticity (the disparity between incomes among generations) is heavily correlated with social …

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Retrenched young working Singaporeans cannot find jobs; Many turn to becoming a private-hire driver

It was recently reported in the media that a young Singaporean in his late 20s lost his engineering job and was unable to secure another job. Feeling hopeless, he holed himself up at home, mostly playing computer games and eventually developed the “hikikomori” syndrome. The term “hikikomori” was coined by Japanese psychologist Tamaki Saitoō in the late 1990s, referring to …

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Bilahari: President Xi must act if protests in Hong Kong continue

On Mon this week (17 Jun), former Singapore Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan commented on his Facebook page with regard to the recent mass protests in Hong Kong over its proposed extradition law. The proposed law which would allow Hong Kong to extradite people wanted in China infuriated large number of Hong Kong people. Many fear that people in Hong Kong may …

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Top Parliament absentee for 2018 is Minister Iswaran – missing 9 out of 32 sittings

TOC went through the Parliamentary Votes and Proceedings to examine the attendance records of MPs in Parliament for last year (2018). The Parliamentary Votes and Proceedings are the official minutes of the proceedings of Parliament, including the proceedings of the Committee of the whole Parliament. It contains a record of attendance of the Members, announcements by the Speaker, papers presented …

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Heng Swee Keat to partner SGs to design policies for peripheral issues instead of pressing ones

Speaking at a REACH-CNA dialogue session today (15 Jun), Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said that the Government wants to partner Singaporeans to design and implement policies on 4 areas: Environmental sustainability Housing environment Young Singaporeans Social mobility For the environment, Heng said this is an issue that many young Singaporeans are passionate about “because they will be inheriting …

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