Based on statistics and perception of foreigners, Singapore is a wealthy country. But Singaporeans who have eyes living here will know that Singapore is actually a pseudo wealthy country.
Poverty in Singapore is glaring and even foreigners from less developed countries are shocked at the record number of elderly, some above 80, engaged in menial labour. With low income wages stagnating more than a decade or real income declining, the PAP has understandably refused to define a poverty line with our scholar and PM hopeful insulting himself with kuih lapis.
PAP should have heeded Ngiam Tong Dow when he cautioned the government 12 years ago about believing in its own propaganda. Now that an increasing number of jiak liao bee members have joined the ranks of other JLBs, the poverty rate in Singapore looks set to climb from the current 26%.
Singapore is the envy of foreigners who are mostly from third world countries, the very same people who apply for citizenship. To them, a $2000 salary is heaven sent and a passport to early retirement in their home country where the cost of living is only a fraction of ours. Little do they know that an income of $1,900 and below qualify for some form of state assistance in Singapore. This is the poverty line which PAP is too pai seh to define.
Our ‘wealthy’ status is a joke because NO wealthy country has 30% of its population earning an equivalent of S$2,000.
To confirm our pseudo wealth, I looked around real hard and found some concrete evidence staring at me in the face – 80.4% of residential units are HDB flats ie public housing. Since only a handful of wealthy citizens would choose to live in public housing estates, there little evidence of wealth in a large part of Singapore.
Fact: about 600,000 HDB units are 4-room and smaller flats. Anyone who claims wealth is clearly evident in these apartments needs to have a vision check.
Foreigners who believe in our 153rd ranked media should go take a peek, with permission, into the 60,000 1- and 2-room flats.
How can Singapore be considered a wealthy country when these are common sights?
Most occupants in public housing are struggling with the high cost of living and many are now in debt. PAP’s secret in creating the illusion of wealth in HDB estates – use tax dollars and residents S&CC to spruce up the exterior of HDB blocks.
but the interior of our award winning public housing tells an entirely different story. Thousands of residents could not even afford a fresh coat of paint for their flats which are older than 30 years.
Increasing poverty has been staring at PAP in the face at hawker centres and food courts but PAP eats at restaurants so of course blind to poverty.
Obviously there has to be wealthy citizens as PAP themselves earn million-dollar salaries. But wealth has been unfairly distributed and is concentrated in the hands of the 10% minority such as ex PAP MP, Michael Lim.
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What the PAP has been doing is accumulate all the wealth for themselves and control the population through public housing using our CPF.
The majority of ordinary Singaporeans are not able to retire and also live with the fear of being bankrupted by an unforeseen medical event.
The PAP has continued to delude itself by creating an illusion of wealth where HDB building facades matter more than the welfare of flat occupants. No signs of wealth exist in the majority of public housing units.
With the highest proportion of elderly citizens doing menial work, Singapore was never a wealthy country but only a playground for the rich.