The Inequality that PAP Created Has Resulted in Social Problems in Singapore

Today, Singapore has the highest income inequality among the developed countries. The PAP also spends the least on social protection, healthcare, education and pension for Singaporeans among the developed countries, and one of the lowest in the world.

1 How the PAP's Inequality Created Social Problems in Singapore @ Inequality

Chart: A Handbook on Inequality, Poverty and Unmet Social Needs in Singapore

In fact, because the PAP spends so little but makes low- and middle-income Singaporeans earn the lowest wages among the highest-income countries, Singapore also has the highest rich-poor gap.

On top of that, every time the PAP increased its own salaries in 1984, 1994, 2000 and 2007, income inequality increased as well. So did the income share that went to the rich. The share of income that went to the richest 10% in Singapore increased from 30% in 1995 to 42% in 2011.

The PAP keeps increasing its own salaries that today, it earns the highest salaries in the world. Meanwhile, Singaporeans earn one of the lowest wages among the highest-income countries and have the lowest purchasing power.

And because Singapore has become the most expensive country in the world, where Singaporeans have to pay the most out of our pockets for healthcare and education, have to pay for the most expensive public housing in the world and have one of the least adequate pension funds in the world, 30% of Singaporeans today live in poverty.

The income inequality and social problems in Singapore are all created by the PAP. The PAP no longer cares about Singaporeans and have allowed Singaporeans to languish in our own country.

2 How the PAP's Inequality Created Social Problems in Singapore @ Social Protection Expenditure

Chart: International Labour Organization World Social Protection Report 2014/15

It has been shown that higher expenditure in social protection can reduce poverty and income inequality.

In fact, the more a country spends on social protection, the lower the income inequality.

However, the PAP spends the lowest on social protection among the developed countries and one of the lowest in the world.

And because of that, Singapore’s income inequality is also the highest among the developed countries and one of the highest in the world.

However, Singapore is supposedly one of the richest countries in the world and there are tens of billions in surplus that the PAP does not declare to Singaporeans every year, which would be able to give all Singaporeans free healthcare and education, and still has a lot left in surplus.

However, the PAP refuses to give this money back to Singaporeans, yet makes Singaporeans earn one of the lowest wages among the highest-income countries and make Singaporeans also pay the most out of our own pockets for healthcare and education in the world.

3  How the PAP's Inequality Created Social Problems in Singapore @ Diversity

Chart: The Economist Goldilocks nationalism

It has been shown that in countries which are more homogeneous, their governments would spend more on their citizens.

However, Singapore has been ranked as the most diverse country in the world. As such, the PAP also spends the lowest on public spending among the developed countries.

It has also been shown that smaller countries also tend to spend more on social protection for its citizens.

However, even though Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world, the PAP actually spends the lowest on social protection among the developed countries and one of the lowest in the world.

Why is it that even though Singapore is small, the PAP still spends so little on Singaporeans when it can afford to spend a lot more? Where has all the money taken from Singaporeans go to?

Also, is the reason why the PAP spends so little on Singaporeans because Singapore is diverse? What then is the PAP’s attitude towards Singaporeans?

4  How the PAP's Inequality Created Social Problems in Singapore @ Growth

Chart: International Monetary Fund Equality and Efficiency

It has been shown that the higher the income inequality, the lower the economic growth in a country.

Indeed, because Singapore has the highest income inequality among the developed countries and one of the highest in the world, this has also resulted in one of the lowest levels of economic growth.

In fact, this has also been shown to be true by the OECD which said that ,”Rising inequality is estimated to have knocked more than 10 percentage points off growth in Mexico and New Zealand, nearly 9 points in the United Kingdom, Finland and Norway and between 6 and 7 points in the United States, Italy and Sweden.”

However, the PAP refuses to reduce income inequality in Singapore. In fact, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong claimed that income inequality has stabilised and the PAP even fudged the income inequality statistics to make them look lower.

The PAP refuses to reduce income inequality but continues to allow themselves to get rich, while more and more Singaporeans become poor.

5  How the PAP's Inequality Created Social Problems in Singapore @ Self Enhancement

Chart: Association for Psychological Science Economic Inequality Is Linked to Biased Self-Perception

It has been shown that the higher the income inequality, the higher the rates of self-enhancement.

And because Singapore has the highest income inequality among the developed countries, we also have the highest rates of self-enhancement.

This means that Singaporeans are more likely to view themselves as being better than another person.

The reason is because the income inequality in Singapore forces Singaporeans to compete with one another, and to outdo one another. We are forced to believe that someone else is not good enough, so that we can climb over them to get ahead.

Because the PAP makes Singaporeans earn one of the lowest wages among the highest-income countries but lets the rich earn the highest salaries among the developed countries, this has forced many Singaporeans to become more self-centred so that they can earn more than another person.

But this inequality and competition has forced Singaporeans to become more self-centred and uncaring. In fact, in the World Giving Index in 2013, Singapore was the second least willing to help a stranger in the world.

The PAP has thus created policies that have forced Singaporeans to become more inward-looking, stressed up and self-centred.

6  How the PAP's Inequality Created Social Problems in Singapore @ Trust

Chart: The Equality Trust The Spirit Level

Because Singapore has the highest income inequality among the developed countries, this has also led to the lowest levels of trust, after Portugal.

Singapore used to be a caring place, where people of different different ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds could get together and speak the languages of one another.

However, Singapore today has become very divided. The PAP has created policies that have caused Singaporeans to fight among one another, where we have to fight to do well in school and fight to get promoted at work.

Where Singaporeans used to trust one another and help one another along, today we have become more wary of one another and do not trust one another’s intentions.

Because we are forced to fight among one another to get ahead and for survival, we have learnt to only look out for ourselves and to be less trusting of another person.

7  How the PAP's Inequality Created Social Problems in Singapore @ Social Mobility

Chart: Brookings Thirteen Economic Facts about Social Mobility and the Role of Education

Because Singapore has the highest income inequality among the developed countries, we also have the one of the highest social mobilities among the developed countries.

In fact, educational resources are not equally distributed in Singapore. The PAP gives “better” schools more resources than the other schools.

Also, the rich-poor gap in Singapore is the highest among the developed countries, where 30% of Singaporeans live in poverty. In fact, more and more Singaporeans are falling into poverty over the past 15 years.

And this is going to get worse. Today, Singapore is the most expensive country in the world and where the PAP makes Singaporeans pay the most out of our own pockets for healthcare and education.

Meanwhile, the PAP also makes Singaporeans earn the lowest wages among the highest-income countries.

As such, poorer Singaporeans are likely to be stuck where they are while more and more middle-income Singaporeans fall into poverty.

8  How the PAP's Inequality Created Social Problems in Singapore @ Imprisonment

Chart: The Equality Trust Imprisonment

Today, Singapore has the highest income inequality among the developed countries. We also have the highest prisoner rate among the developed countries, after the United States.

It has been shown that the higher the income inequality, the higher the prisoner rate.

The Equality Trust said that, “The proportion of the population imprisoned in a society is influenced by four things: crime rates, conviction rates, the tendency to give prison sentences rather than fines or community service, and the lengths of prison sentences. Some societies use imprisonment far less, and when they do imprison people, they put more emphasis on training and rehabilitation so that re-offending rates are also lower.”

In recent years, questions have been raised about the fairness of the law in Singapore, where there is increasingly the perception that the PAP is more likely to be lenient towards a well-to-do person, as opposed to a poorer Singaporean, when offences of similar nature are committed.

There is a growing perception that the PAP is also more likely to adopt institutional violence rather than work towards rehabilitation.

9 How the PAP's Inequality Created Social Problems in Singapore @ Hours

Chart: University of Massachusetts – Amherst Emulation, Inequality, and Work Hours: Was Thorsten Veblen Right?

Because Singapore has the highest income inequality among the developed countries, this has also led to Singaporeans working the longest hours in the world.

The Equality Trust explained that, “people in more unequal societies work much longer hours to keep up appearances. They spend more, save less, get into debt more and aspire to ever higher incomes.”

But because Singaporeans earn one of the lowest wages among the highest-income countries but also live in the most expensive country in the world, this has forced Singaporeans to have to work long hours just to earn enough to even spend on basic necessities.

In fact, for 30% of Singaporeans, they cannot even earn enough to use and have to spend 105% to 151% of their incomes. Also, two-thirds of the middle-income can only earn enough to spend on basic necessities and not on anything else.

As such, the majority of Singaporeans simply cannot earn enough even to save. Many poorer Singaporeans even have to take up several odd-jobs just to be able to feed their own families.

The income inequality and social problems in Singapore are all created by the PAP. The PAP no longer cares about Singaporeans and have allowed Singaporeans to languish in our own country.

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25 comments

  1. Hardeep Saini

    Imagine the growth of the Singapore economy IF the 30% living below the poverty line were to earn a decent income and were able to spend that extra cash.
    These 30% have very little money to spend and that will translate into less people buying in Singapore’s retail outlets.
    Hence, the increasingly empty shopping malls and retailers who cannot survive because they are being charged exorbitant rentals.

  2. THE SIXTEN

    The author analyzed quite right !

    Even if there an existing disparity gap between rich and poor,

    but it shall not happen between the government and the nationals. ( except businessmen or production maker )

    Otherwise wanted to have a debt-free life is really hard, behind all this was a scam !

  3. THE SIXTEN

    What they defrauded ?

    1. Shorten citizens life – they defrauded the people’s trust

    2. no life security, since they through various of persecuting to scam or empty the nationals hard earned money.

    3. use of police fix the civil issues , let the ruler took the opportunity to enjoy leisure, they defrauded the sky-high salaries during the ruling period.

    4. they set the court for extorting money, they defrauded the original meaning of the Law which shall correct the wrongful and assist innocent defendant not guilty verdict.

    therefore, they defrauded the people and the justice.

  4. Yan can cook, so can you!

    Ingredients

    1 (2-pound) napa cabbage
    1/2 cup kosher salt
    About 12 cups cold water, plus more as needed
    8 ounces daikon radish, peeled and cut into 2-inch matchsticks
    4 medium scallions, ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces (use all parts)
    1/3 cup Korean red pepper powder
    1/4 cup fish sauce
    1/4 cup peeled and minced fresh ginger (from about a 2-ounce piece)
    1 tablespoon minced garlic cloves (from 6 to 8 medium cloves)
    2 teaspoons Korean salted shrimp, minced
    1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar

    Instructions
    1Cut the cabbage in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 2-inch pieces, discarding the root end. Place in a large bowl, sprinkle with the salt, and toss with your hands until the cabbage is coated. Add enough cold water to just cover (about 12 cups), making sure the cabbage is submerged (it’s OK if a few leaves break). Cover with plastic wrap or a baking sheet and let sit at room temperature at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.
    2Place a colander in the sink, drain the cabbage, and rinse with cold water. Gently squeeze out the excess liquid and transfer to a medium bowl; set aside.
    3Place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the cabbage and toss with your hands until evenly combined and the cabbage is thoroughly coated with the mixture. Pack the mixture tightly into a clean 2-quart or 2-liter glass jar with a tightfitting lid and seal the jar.Let sit in a cool, dark place for 24 hours (the mixture may bubble). Open the jar to let the gases escape, then reseal and refrigerate at least 48 hours before eating (kimchi is best after fermenting about 1 week). Refrigerate for up to 1 month.

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  6. Vince

    To be honest, all that long writings come down to, Education.

    This is not really a Singapore only thing, it has been happening in other Asian country/cities eg. Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. It comes down to education and social stigma related to it.

    In a society where you are forced to compete from young, one should not wonder much what and why this is happening with Singapore. Children are first thrown into these stigma during their EM1 EM2 EM3 streaming, secondary school streaming, JC ITE Polytechnic streaming etc. In the first place, all these streaming should not have been in the education system. While it eases up the work to allocate Children, it is also about the same as passing death sentence for Children in EM2 etc.

    Are these streaming even necessary? My take is, No. Is it easier for school?, for Sure. Is it detrimental for the country? Of course.

    Imagine a country with Children who were taught early on that some jobs are degrading and some people are lower than themselves, one would not need to imagine how they will turn out when they enter the society.

    Unfortunately, again, there is still no ideas and suggestions by the blow owner.
    So, I shall give my views on this post.
    1. Singapore Education system need a major overhaul, removes the unnecessary streaming system (or make it an optional choice if parents opt for it). Removes the streaming in Secondary school, let Children choose their own (and reap the consequences themselves.) The real meritocracy lies at each individual performing better than themselves and not dragging people down so they can go up (I will go into this later).
    If a student able to perform, then they can continue on what they choose, if they can’t they should be allowed to drop subjects that they are not capable of.

    2. Do not advocate what job is degrading, each job has its role and necessary for the country to work. Though, this is also more of social culture more than Education issue. However, a correct mindset must be instill during Children education stage.

    3. While unrelated to education issue, work place should actively weed out the bullying and back stabbing issue. Back stabbing is not “ok”, and no one should allow it.

    Singapore (and probably some other countries) is a rather unique place for education, rather than students working together, I had witnessed how fellow classmates back stab/drag down others just so they can move 1 rank higher. Fortunately, I made my choice to receive tertiary education abroad and met some of most fabulous mates in my course, where, rather than back stab each other, we pushed each other forward.

    To argue that current political party is to blame for current society issue, I am not sure to decide.
    To argue that current political party is to blame for current education system, then yes.

    To end with, my point is, fix/overhaul the education system please…

    • lea xian loon

      Singapore is the only country right now in globe, which subscribes to an A Level with a complexity that no other countries subscribe to. The International A Levels (IAL) exam question presentation is even easier than some of our PSLE’s question!

      This is believed to be the scam by PAP govt to discourage and prevent true-blue Singaporeans from achieving a local degree. That’s why PM Lee said in last year’s rally that its ok not to have a degree.

  7. lea xian loon

    So be careful what you sow, for one day you may find yourself reaping the “justice” you deserve.

    • Vince

      lol, well, Singapore does have one of weirdest Justice system too, unlike most country (excluding those that do not really have Justice system), Singapore has a mix law system, English and Germanic law both mold into one.

      While, one might suggests about how freedom of speech should be free, they are always an exclusion for it. In this case, if in United States of America, this is easily an easy court case where defamation is the issue. He is probably lucky/unlucky that he is in Singapore whereby the government still tries to show that they are still advocating for free speech (with restriction). It is really how you see it pretty much.

      To remove/change something, you will require another thing to replace it. Of course, there is no reason to replace a half broken thing with total broken one though…

  8. Trying hard to understand the PAP government

    Have some difficulty in understanding some of PAP weirdest policies. Take for example, the recent hike in the causeway tolls by more than 400%. The reason: Tit for Tat. Very childish indeed. A reputable government acting like a little child to engage in a Tit for Tat price war with its Malaysian counterpart! Consequence: Ordinary citizens who have to use the causeway suffer drastically.

    This is just one of the many weird policies created by the PAP government.

  9. THE SIXTEN

    let’s hit the points to the authority :

    1) Singapore is a country or a company?

    If is country, every citizen has the right to share few percentage of GDP.
    If is company, the entrepreneur won money ,He will issue a yearly bonus to each of employees.

    2) Have you really brought people together as your song saying , tone people, one nation, one Singapore ?

    whatever consider you are the country or a company , showing you have been abandoned your nationals since long ago.

    3) A selfish, arrogant, fraud, ongoing use eraser altered the constitution. ( in fact, constitutions can not change in the half way )

    建国宪法是能被篡改 !

    尤其在当时参与制定写宪法的人, 在他们先后死去以后,更加不能涂涂改改, 否则就是建国一代的真实理念的背叛 !

  10. Teo

    All these charts that Roy quote, are from organisation that no one hears before. Anyway, what’s new. Beside the few people in his gang, all around Singapore no one bothers him already. Just go read and listen ,everyone thinks Roy has zero credibility, only nonsense. And this is coming from me who is a opposition supporter. Don’t take my word, go ask and read forums around.

  11. LOL

    (Below is a comment from an article on the arrest of a MUSLIM. Read how afraid the person who commented when he made an illogical conclusion lol)

    ‘Self radicalization’ is a term used often by US and Western media ….to describe a local (usually a young American and European) who without formal indoctrination by ‘radical’ teachers…has accepted a version of Islam that the West found “extreme” and violent.

    One measure used by the US and European authorities to determine radicalization is…. the youth try to fly to Syria to join ISIS…to kill non believers.

    Most Americans have not read the Quran. If they had, they would know that in the Quran, the holy verse…. command the killings of non believers:
    Suria 2.191: “Kill the infidels where ever you find them….”

    ALL Muslims believe in the words in the Quran just like Christians believe in the words in the Bible.
    Are those Muslim youths who try to join ISIS to kill infidels being detained…because they believe in and they obey the command of the Quran!

    Personally, I don’t believe a word written in the Bible, in the Quran and other so called Holy books…becausethey were the works of human beings…who lived in the dark ages.

    I must quickly added that the Quran has no command for Muslims to carry out violent attacks on Singapore. If they planned to do so, then they must be detained and jailed.

    (Be like the Christians here. Wait for superman to return from the sky lol Much safer from power mongers lol)

    • Summary

      In Singapore, government policy in inequality of rich and poor , is pregnant with embryos of ‘Self radicalization’, it surly formed in capitalist society & developed, such as poverty group , education, frustration, Inferiority emotions, the natural desire of social individual forces collapsed , such a state of anomie caused among those who lack a legitimate chance.

      therefore, self radicalization its occurrence is determined by the social reasons.

      Lee’s government must pay an inescapable responsibility

  12. lumda

    Point to note: Charts show correlations between income inequality and X. But correlation does not equal causation – this is a basic fact in science. So when you say Because income inequality there increase in self-perception bias, that is not correct.

    • Vince

      I’ve pointed out on other post on his data and charts, as far as I am concerned. The posters:
      1. Do not understand how to interpret data and charts.
      2. Manipulate data or chart to fit into the argument.

      All his data and charts are questionable, especially the argument he used based on them.

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    Subtle Denial of Medical Treatment by the Singapore Government for Mr. Teo En Ming (Zhang Enming)

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