Sunday, 18 January 2015

Poverty in Singapore


After my research, poverty in Singapore grew from 16% in 2002 to 28% in 2013. The poverty line in Singapore would be someone who earns less than $1500 every month. I once witnessed a kind person who was approached by an disabled woman who sells tissue paper. He gave the woman $20 but didn't take the tissue paper that the woman offered. He was quite a touching scene to watch. 

If you look at the CPF Annual Report in 2011, where the distribution of the monthly wages of Singaporeans were last available (the government omitted this information from 2012), 458,257 Singaporeans were earning less than S$1,500 every month. This represents 26% of the Singaporean and PR population (Chart 1).

As such, it can said that 26% of Singaporeans are living in poverty in Singapore.


Chart 1: CPF Annual Report 2011



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