Crime is Increasing in Singapore because Income Inequality is Worsening, and I Blame the PAP for It

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A friend was talking to me about how crime has increased in Singapore. He blamed it on foreigners.

I think it is more complex than that.

Studies have shown that the more unequal a society is, the higher the crime rate and the higher the prisoner rate.

Indeed, Singapore has the highest income inequality among the developed countries. It thus also has the highest prisoner rate among the developed countries, after the United States.

Where Singapore has the highest income inequality and poverty rate, this has resulted in many Singaporeans having difficulties to make ends meet.

Today, the poverty rate in Singapore is estimated to be about 30%, which is the highest among the developed countries and on par with even other Third World countries. The rich in Singapore are paid the highest salaries in Singapore but the poor are made one of the lowest salaries among the developed countries, and thus we also have the widest rich-poor gap.

30% of Singaporeans are unable to earn enough to spend, even on basic necessities. 30% of Singaporeans are never able to save and have to go into perpetual debt.

The government has refused to define an official poverty level so as to then set a minimum wage to that level. Instead, it has forced low-income Singaporeans to live on handouts, but only if they are willing to bow down and ask the PAP for money. But for many Singaporeans who have pride and want to live with dignity, they would rather struggle to find their own jobs to support themselves. But even then, the jobs simply don’t pay enough.

If the PAP keeps demanding that Singaporeans should be self-reliant, then shouldn’t the PAP ensure that people are able to earn enough? Why is the PAP forcing them to beg for handouts instead? Instead, the PAP has continuously increase their own salaries to millions of dollars – and the highest in the world – and with each time that they do so, also cause income inequality to become worse in Singapore and widen the rich-poor gap further.

If we were to earn only $1,000 a month, as many Singaporeans do today, life would be so tough it would also cause us to have poor mental health. It is no wonder that suicide rates have increased and the mental health of Singaporeans have deteriorated. Also, where life is now truly hard for a significant portion of Singaporeans, it can sometimes cause them to snap. Imagine if it were us, we would as well.

When foreigners come into Singapore, we expect them to integrate into our culture. But where life is now increasingly hard, and where anger is simmering, what culture are we expecting others to integrate into?

Add to that, where lower-income foreigners earn low wages as well and are also affected by the stress in Singapore, is it any wonder why crime might increase? Yet, for higher-income foreigners where laws are lax towards them and where the PAP government is also more tolerant and lenient with them, we are also seeing some of them become more brazen in their condescending attitudes against Singaporeans.

But this is by no means representative of all foreigners, and of all Singaporeans. There are foreigners who do try their best to fit in and might Singapore their home, even if temporal.

But the social problems that have resulted are real.

When income inequality and poverty increases, crime increases. Where people earn low wages and they are unable to earn enough to survive, this affects their psyche and do result in more mental health problems, stress, depression etc. When such social problems are allowed to persist, they will grow and this will affect the stability of our society. In the long term, mental health problems become more widespread, crime increases and the prisoner rate increases, as is the case for Singapore.

Where foreigners come into our midst while all these social problems are getting worse, the problem becomes compounded. Foreigners come in, in too large numbers and are unable to integrate. Singaporeans have become so incensed with the government’s open door policy that we have turned our anger against the foreigners. Foreigners similarly become defensive and get angry back at Singaporeans.

But when will this ever end?

The root problem of all these is that life in Singapore is getting harder not just for Singaporeans but for foreigners as well. Wages are so low and the cost of living has risen so quickly that the people living here simply have to struggle to be able to survive. Mental health is at its worst in Singapore and will only continue to deteriorate.

The increase in crime we see today will only get worse.

To fix the problem, we need to increase wages, reduce the cost of living, increase subsidies for basic essentials while we try to find a new balance. Only when people are able to get their lives back on track will we be able to take a breather and start working together to build Singapore again. And only then will our society start to become gentler, smoother, more together and stable.

But as long as the PAP pursues a pro-business objective, as it has over the past 30 years, it will continue to depress wages and artificially inflate prices. They will continue to import too much cheap labour into Singapore to depress wages and will continue to allow Singaporean professionals and executives to lose their jobs because there is a lack of adequate employment protection laws. As long as the PAP continues its path as it will, the PAP will compromise and sabotage Singapore’s social compact.

If you ask me, I put the blame on the PAP for the increasing crime in Singapore. The PAP does not want to recognise the social impact that its pro-business objectives has done to Singapore and in its want to continue to make off with more money from Singaporeans and foreigners alike, it is willing to see Singapore be torn apart and to see Singapore go down the drain.

But for a government to be so irresponsible so as to do this and cause Singapore to deteriorate, this is wrong. Our forefathers, which the PAP likes to so affectionately call the “pioneer generation” has worked hard to build Singapore up but the current PAP politicians have over the past 10 to 20 years dragged Singapore back down, and in the process, is destroying what the “pioneer generation” has worked so hard to build. Why pretend to champion what the “pioneer generation” has done when the PAP is so eager all the same to tear down what they have done?

Where Singapore once had a golden age up until the 1990s, we are at risk now of losing all that.

The PAP and the rich affiliated to them claim that it is Singaporeans who have grown lazy and selfish, they claim that poorer Singaporeans are the ones who will do Singapore in. But low-income Singaporeans never had a chance to grow. They were never given higher wages, they were simply never given the chance to properly live a life, because the PAP and the crony capitalists with the PAP took the money from the poor in Singapore to enrich themselves. Now who exactly is the one who is selfish and lazy and who is relying on Singaporeans to make them rich?

Yes, crime is increasing but can we blame low-income Singaporeans for it, or even Singaporeans? Or should we blame the PAP and their business affiliates for forcing low-income and even lower-middle income Singaporeans into poverty?

The solution to Singapore’s social problems is to increase wages by implementing a minimum wage, and to reduce costs. It is also to increase subsidies for basic necessities and to relook how many foreigners we should bring so that we can sustain Singapore into the future. The PAP has shown that it is unwilling to do so. It has refused to define a poverty line or implement minimum wage. It insists on artificially increasing prices. It refuses to increase subsidies to a suitable level to protect Singaporeans. And yet, the PAP pretends to Singaporeans that income inequality has stabilised when what they have done is to fudge the income inequality statistics to make them look lower, but when income inequality is actually very high.

To me, the solution is clear. We have to vote the PAP out of government if we want to protect Singapore. Singaporeans have been asking the PAP to fix our country for a long time now but the PAP has turned a deaf ear to it because they want to continue to earn their money. But this is tearing our country apart.

For the sake of our country, we need to change the government. Yes, the new government might be weaker but what we need is a new government which will listen – and which will listen to the civil service, academics, civil society, think tanks and Singaporeans like you and I, whom have been telling the government what the solutions are for the past 10 to 20 years, but which the PAP government has ignored.

No, a change of government will not result in instability. Instead, it will bring Singapore back to stability. It is under the PAP that Singapore has become more and more unstable and where our economic and social lives are now at risk. Our civil service, academics, civil society, think tanks and Singaporeans have been giving new ideas and solutions for 10, 20, even 30 years now. We are actually the ones running the country and who have the country’s interests at heart.

We need a new government to finally listen to our solutions and to implement them, to bring Singapore back on track.

For that, we have to ask the PAP to leave government.

For that, we have to work together to bring in a new government and see to it that this happens, that we can bring the Singapore we know back.

Singaporeans, are you willing to do what is needed to protect ourselves? Are we willing to start being firm and being sure, and to speak up, and vote out the PAP?

Your lives, your family, and that of your children, now lies in your hands, our hands.

It is up to you to find out more, be aware and do what you need to, to protect our home.

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46 comments

  1. Singapore first

    To reduce crime rate, gays like Roy should be castrated as he is a bad influence to the society moral. Not to mention the health care cost they incur when they contract hiv. Will you for the good of the society set an example ?

  2. President Teo En Ming, Federation of the Universe

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  3. 請李顯龍增加羞恥感和罪惡感

    particularly their police Minister by the named of Wong Kan Seng , he is criminals, He assist criminals to escape,His greatest skill is to arrest our Singaporeans. destroyed Singaporeans
    when we lived in Singapore, we sent him about more than 50 times letter for asking a help, during a trap in a scam
    he kept sleeping status all the time like a zombie, his female secretary replaced his duty, very arrogant. very bad team in the World

    after we are in the end of life, we lost home , shops and everything, left Singapore, but still write to Singapore Prime Minister and this team , we ask for a supporting reason why authority ignore our appeal for last 2 years, however, this team like to deal with rich people , they look down us ,never drop a line for response

    this Lee government is the most worse government in the World .
    they just want money, no more else !

  4. 請李顯龍增加羞恥感和罪惡感

    when i am above 55 year old , i want my own CPF back, no way ? we issue wages for my staff, we paid their CPF, but what’s point you government there ?
    my home you taken, my shops you destroyed , my appeal you never response
    what do you want Prime Lee ? is that time you repay us whatever you owe us, in our living country we never have chance to use your PFC hospital, an huge suffer occur under Lee family leadership , we hate Lee Family , the evil Lee system , when we appeal, where are you, Lee system . now we look down of you, becasue you owe us .

    pains never goes away …….

  5. 請李顯龍增加羞恥感和罪惡感

    in Dec 2010, that day we left Singapore in a taxi to airport, the driver told us .he also hate police minister Wong Kan Seng , his family is also the victim, he exposed that Wong Kan Seng is Lee Kuan Yew’s relatives, that family gangs disgusting us. They like to wave their hands on TV shows, nothing other ability.

  6. 請李顯龍增加羞恥感和罪惡感

    that time we saw the news that Wong Kan Seng was sick , we believed God heard sadness voice. God appear.

  7. 請李顯龍增加羞恥感和罪惡感

    we live in Germany’s neighbors, our protest letter will pass through the Parliament member or to LHL’s hands if he would come and visit. we strongly express anger about his mistreatment to the people of Singapore.

  8. SIMPLE

    Roy, are you one of the 30% that live in poverty.
    So to be out of the poverty, maybe PAP should made you an MP so that you will be among the rich.

  9. SIMPLE

    Or the 30 % that lives in poverty donate 0.50 cents per month to you so that you will strive to bring them out of poverty.
    I am one of the 30 % that lives in poverty, I do not have a car. Maybe you should talk about high COE??

  10. SIMPLE

    Singaporean fight for yourself according to ROy.
    Those that do not a flat fight bring the price of HDB flat down.
    Those that wants to upgrade from the present HDB flat to condo fight to bring the price of HDB flat up. Otherwise the resale price of the HDB flat go down.
    Happy fighting and you will bring ROY prediction that we will be part of Malaysia sooner.

  11. SIMPLE

    Yes, crime is increasing but can we blame low-income Singaporeans for it, or even Singaporeans? Or should we blame the PAP and their business affiliates for forcing low-income and even lower-middle income Singaporeans into poverty?

    Roy are you implying that because the lower-income Singapore are more likely to commit crime that those of higher income. Are you more likely to commit crime because you are jobless? Surely not. Please don’t generalise.

    • lea xian loon

      Hi SIMPLE-minded aka Peter,

      I thought my pap paid you thousands as an undercover in websites, to discredit Roy and his supporters, and deviate the public from the truth?

      But how pathetic you looked, by being shot down repeatedly by the thinking netizens, with your weak and lame strawman arguments!

      Go buy more of my lky memoir from popular bookstores, and brush up yourself. Don’t force me to rise up my arse from the sick bed when i still see things not righted, and terrify everyone! REPENT

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  13. informer

    Consequences of Poverty 

    The repercussions of Poverty may vary in scale, but all carry a negative effect, regardless of political, conomic, social. 

    Social 
      
     –  High Infant Mortaliy and Annual Death Rate. 
    –  Increase in hygiene and diet related diseases , for example cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis etc. 
    –  Increased Crime Rate, since people turn desperate to survive in the face of poverty. 
     –  Increased rate of homeless people 

    – As poverty sets in, more and more people face greater financial woes – those who already have a roof over their heads may experience difficulty paying rent to their landlords, and those without homes cannot afford a home. This will greatly affect the nation’s tourism trade – A street full of beggars and homeless vagabonds is but an eyesore to tourists. 

    Poverty poses a great impact on the affected children’s development, both physically and mentally. Let’s take a look at some shocking facts and figures. Children from poor families are:

    1)      1.7 times more likely to be born with low birth weight,

    2)       2 times more likely to repeat a grade in school

    3)       3.1 times more likely to have an out-of-wedlock birth than children from wealthy families.

    Poverty takes a toll on poor children’s development. For example, poverty causes malnutrition which would affect the development of a child’s mental thinking and healthy body. 
    Poverty, being a difficult-to-end cycle, will only make the poor even poorer. This is detrimental to a country’s economy, as children in poor countries are unable to fill their stomachs, not mentioning to receive education. Hence, there would be a lack of intelligentsia and educated intellectuals to run the country, and therefore poverty issues will remain. 

    The Ex-president of United States Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn’t know it had a name.”This shows the deep roots and implications of poverty in the humanitarian society which is hard to solve. For many years, efforts were made to solve poverty but to no avail. Poverty penetrates deep into poor countries and renders them poorer and poorer. 

    Political 
    – increased risk of war. 
        Nations that are unable to keep up with world economy, lack raw materials and markets to do so may turn to war in a bid to obtain new markets for its goods, and simultaneously acquire raw materials from the state as well. This, however, is not a viable option – often this will lead to international condemnation, resulting in trade embargos from various countries, or even conflict between peacekeeping forces (i.e. the UN) and the nation itself. Therefore, it can be said that such a move isn’t ideal – the negative aspects overshadow the positive ones. 

    – Mass emigration of population. 
         In the face of a nation’s poor economy and weak rule of the government, the population may seek to migrate to areas with a better-faring economy, where the trade is more profitable, where there is low cost for all. Since the people of such poverty-stricken nations choose to migrate in search of better living/job/social conditions, it may undermine the nation’s ability to recuperate from the far-reaching effects of poverty.

    -Genocide
         This is a most extreme case of poverty, where there has only been one example in history – Uganda under the regime of the totalitarian and brutalistic Idi Amin , army colonel turned leader. In this case, Idi Amin spending spree quickly landed the beleaguered nation to total economic collapse. It is known  that he systematically organized a mass killing pogrom of his fellow countrymen. Relatives of the victims were to pay an exorbitant sum to “recover” the bodies, and this was how he kept Uganda’s battered economy afloat. 

    – Terrorism 
          Through recent years, analysts have been able to point out that politically and economically weak nations often fall prey to terrorism. i.e. Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen . Poverty too is a major factor in explaining the spike in terrorism in recent years. Between the years of 1933 to 1973 were times when Afghanistan experienced political and economic stability. By the end of the Soviet-Afghan War , the country had been ravaged by infighting and devastation caused by the Soviets. Only then did terrorism flourish.

  14. informer

    Children antisocial behavior

    One of the effects of poverty on children’s development is to lead them to build an antisocial behavior that acts as a psychological protection against their hostile environment. Discrimination and social exclusion often push them to more aggressiveness and less self-control and nuance in reaction to stressful events. Having often been taken advantage of in their early childhood, they rarely come to a constructive way to deal with conflicts.

    As they grow up, these behaviors are more and more entrenched in their personalities and often considered unrecoverable. This highlights the importance of taking action as early as possible to improve children’s living conditions. Policymakers should understand that not just income but a child’s social environment at large (parenting, school violence, housing, but also sanitation, uncontaminated food and water) play a big role in creating new effects of poverty. – See more at: http://www.poverties.org/effects-of-poverty.html#sthash.4lAmM1cq.dpuf

  15. poopoo

    Sin very good.Homeless people live in tents in beautiful east coast beach with first world public toilet facilities and drinkable new water. Got miracle new water won’t die lah.

  16. policestate

    That’s where the rule of law comes in…and most effective in tiny places. It ensure you can’t commit the corruptible and forces you to exit from this world.

    It commits legitimate murder clinically or have your mental state reassessed in Oxfart institution.

    • lea xian loon

      Interesting thoughts. If you get these people in to compete for elections and into Cabinet…they can post a real threat to pap. Perhaps time for pap to brush up its competencies and stay relevant

  17. Bullshit Roy

    Part of the bane of democracy is that if the number of idiots is greater than the number of sane persons, a batch of jokers can be elected… Just look around, some of our neighboring countries, elected jokers into power and destroyed their future…

    • lea xian loon

      Don’t have to look around too far. Switch on govt-controlled tv media news, and you can easily see xian loon’s freaking face and my gang of pappy jokers “elected” into power, and destroy your future.

      Watch out for my Shit (I meant Straits) Times pooped on your door tmw. Hope you subscribed to it 🙂

  18. Called for new leader

    Dr Chee Soon Juan, Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim , and other party can form a coalition government. Singapore need them . Singaporeans need them. They shouldered the mission to rebuild homeland for Singaporeans , we are happy to see a new leadership soon.

  19. An overseas Singaporeans

    that time we suffered by criminals attack & lost about millions, police say they can do nothing . ( but we saw Singapore police are very keen on arrest Singaporeans or shamed Singaporeans, especially the person who doubting Lee Kuan Yew )

    we remembered that Wong Kan Seng’s secretary named by Alice, we asked Wong , he does not care. we asked Wong ‘s secretary , her heart was cold as ice while she read our report ,……she was irritated for disturb her ….. Lee Kuan Yew called elite was such…….

    We still remembered, there is a nice voice from Parliament, can’t recall her name precisely , perhaps is Irene. she was the only one who sympathize us, but she has no power to help. she advise we still go back to police secretary ……

    They give us the impression that the entire leadership, after they got a large sums of money, they are not in work .
    that time criminal was in Singapore, we no give up, we wrtoe about more than 50 times appeal for help to Prime Minister LHL, and senior Minister Lee, they never response . ” who care of your individual things … ”

    after exhausted, all money lost on the way of appeal, In desperation, felt someone push from back to jump off to suicide,

    in ther last day, we phoned directly to Prime Minister office, his secretary said , write to this address: psc@psd.gov.sg
    We did, but still no response .after we left Singapore, we check it what is the PSC , such as SingTel CEO Chua Sock Koong such greedy people work together inside this PSC

    there is no record shows this government offer any care to the people’s appeal . they are corrupt officials
    他们所说的风雨同舟,共创未来是骗人的.

  20. An overseas Singaporeans

    Now we are very sympathetic to those people commit suicide, and their unfortunate experience we had.
    when we faced with catastrophic disaster. Even if the appeal letter issued thousands, the leadership missing
    they only appear while they sued Singaporeans or the new election coming

    in our view, the current leadership is criminals.
    we welcome Dr Chee Soon Juan, Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim , and other party leaders can form a coalition government.
    Singapore led by you. This is the wishes of countless life

  21. lea xian loon

    Not any tom, dick or HARRY can be a minister to lead the millions.

    But many candidates are already better than existing pap members.

    If you place a cockroach to compete with a pap member in a SMC, guess which may get more votes?

  22. I love u roy

    Well said.. It’s the Garmen fault.

    Recently, my man boobs get bigger. It’s the CB Garmen. I very du lan. My wife tell me man boobs not sexy. She also blame Garmen.

    I vote oppo party, so that I have more healthcare to take care of my man boobs.

    That day, I go HK. Very crowded. If our Garmen gave me better job, I could have gone Maldives. CB Garmen.

  23. President Teo En Ming, Federation of the Universe

    Dear Fabrications About The PAP and other Facebook Users,

    Roy Ngerng Yi Ling DID NOT flee Singapore and abscond with the donated money. There is very clearly a mis-understanding between M Ravi and Roy Ngerng, as explained to me by Leslie Chew and various quarters. We are trying to patch things up between M Ravi and Roy Ngerng. We sincerely hope M Ravi and Roy Ngerng could still remain as friends. The Singapore Government is apparently trying to sow discord between M Ravi and Roy Ngerng. Please delete and stop circulating my video. This video is my intellectual property, I filmed it and it cannot be used without my express permission. Again, I request you to delete and stop circulating my video as soon as possible. I have also taken down my Original Youtube video. Thank you very much.

    Yours sincerely,

    Teo En Ming (Zhang Enming)
    Singapore Citizen
    8 Feb 2015

  24. President Teo En Ming, Federation of the Universe

    [YOUTUBE VIDEO] Launch of the Singapore Democratic Party Economic Policy Paper by Dr. Chee Soon Juan on 7 Feb 2015 Saturday

    Dear Citizens of the World,

    I have just completed uploading my video coverage of the presentation by Dr. Chee Soon Juan to Youtube at 6:25 PM SGT. Video rendering on my Intel Core i5 4430 desktop computer took a solid 4 hours for a 2 hr video. Youtube may take another 10 hours to process my video before it becomes online. Please wait patiently for my Youtube video. The presentation by Dr. Chee Soon Juan started at 2:00 PM SGT on 7 Feb 2015 Sat. I was late for the presentation by 45 minutes due to another important matter that I had taken up. I am very very sorry for being late.

    Filmed by Teo En Ming (Zhang Enming)
    Singapore Citizen
    8 Feb 2015 Sunday Singapore Time

    COPYRIGHT NOTICE:

    COPYRIGHT © 2015 TEO EN MING (ZHANG ENMING)
    SINGAPORE +65-9117-5902

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