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#129 Feb 20, 2012
Daily fights for two families of 14 people

Singapore, Singapore

#130 Feb 21, 2012
Increasing cpf of older will make them even harder to be employed. When our senior can not make a living, it wil be harder on the younger as they have to support them. No point giving scheme, is not as easy to apply. Many r in hardship cos their senior can not get employed becos the employer refuse to contributie to cpf. It wil be easier if there is a community tat can help to find them a job. We prefer to earn our own money.

Singapore, Singapore

#131 Mar 9, 2012
He earns $850 and owns a two-room flat
Odd-job worker will save on rent when family moves to new home in Punggol

Published on Mar 9, 2012

By Tay Suan Chiang
Can a Singaporean who earns $850 a month afford to buy a Housing Board flat?

Mr Mohammad Charlie Jasni says yes.

The odd-job labourer earns that amount, and he and his family will be moving into a new two-room HDB flat in Punggol by the end of the year.

He had successfully balloted for the 45 sq m build-to-order unit in August 2009.

Singapore, Singapore

#132 Mar 9, 2012
Profile of needy family: Mohd Yazif Bin Saleh, 42,(left), the sole breadwinner with a monthly income of $800, with his wife Norafiza Saaim,(right), 30 and son Muhammad Nabil, 7. More needy families will get help from the ComCare scheme, due to a change in its income criteria that will kick in from April 1.

Singapore, Singapore

#133 Mar 9, 2012
Inflation on product and services. Is there anything that our government urge the private sector to rise salary in line with the inflation rate. Many singaporean had lost our home land job to foreigners. Can our pay be treated fairly. It is getting hard to give our child the best education with giving them sufficient resources. We r short of cash. Can the government look into the current salary of the private sector. Can they have a system of a minimum starting pay according to academic qualification. If they government can, I don't see any problem for the private sector to fallow their system. Pls urge them to do it now. Many thanks

Singapore, Singapore

#134 Mar 17, 2012
In short term, mr Mohd Yazif bin Saleh still able to cope with such a low income. Once his kids go to school, he will see more problem coming up. The private sector is killing all singaporean workers, they replace the quota to as many foreigner workers. If the singaporean salary in the private sector still remain unchanged, I m very sure Mr Mohd Yazif is going to suffer much more than u can imagine.
Monday Morning

Medan, Indonesia

#135 Mar 25, 2012
I am at 57, struggling to be employed in Marine Industry, fight and compete with foreigners, and earning so much for my daughter education and house expenses, yet I have to pay income TAX, must be in time! Or else penalty'

Now not employed! How to pay the Tax? The foreigner stay, I have to go, and the Tax keep on going!

The men in white monthly $$, cannot be less! As I have to drawn lesser salary , when joining new project! But when?

Singapore, Singapore

#137 Apr 13, 2013
New tables, beds for needy family

The household items and grocery vouchers were given to Madam Chan yesterday at her three-room flat.-My Paper
Nigel Chen

Fri, Apr 12, 2013
My Paper

SINGAPORE - Madam Yvonne Chan, 48, knew for a long time that she needed to buy new furniture, such as tables, for her two children. She would share the kitchen table with her sons, aged nine and 11, who used it to do their school homework.

But as she earns less than $1,000 a month, from the three jobs she juggles - including being a supermarket retail assistant - after her husband died of a heart attack four years ago, Madam Chan never made the purchases in the end.

"My boys are still growing up, so I have to buy essentials such as food first before even thinking about furniture. I have to watch our expenses," she said.

However, her worries eased yesterday after home-grown retail giant Courts donated about $5,000 worth of household items - including new tables and beds - and grocery vouchers to Madam Chan's family.

The household items and grocery vouchers were given to Madam Chan yesterday at her three-room flat.

Heartware Network, a voluntary welfare organisation, had identified Madam Chan's family as one of 10 needy families to be the beneficiaries of a project with Courts. Some $52,000 worth of goods were given to the 10 families.

The funds were raised through a campaign launched by Courts in December last year, in which the company contributed $1 for every "Like" pledged on its Facebook page.

Courts also donated $5 for each of the 10,028 hours of volunteer work clocked by Heartware Network's volunteers.

Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, who witnessed a $52,000 cheque presentation yesterday to Heartware Network from Courts to purchase the household items, urged more companies to help the needy.

Citing Courts as a role model, he called for firms to help, counsel and advise needy families on financial prudence.

Singapore, Singapore

#138 Apr 15, 2013
She's sick but hasn't seen doctor in 10 years

By Benson Ang
The New Paper
Monday, Feb 20, 2012

People like housewife Tan Miu Muay could well be who Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam had in mind when he spoke about the Government's emphasis on a fair and inclusive society.

She's poor. She's sick. She has five school-going children.

And because she hasn't seen a doctor in 10 years - she fears she cannot pay her medical bills - she has only a vague idea of what ails her.

The 41-year-old is a needy Singaporean who hasn't been forgotten in this year's Budget, which was announced yesterday.

She will benefit from a new GST voucher scheme, a permanent system of offsets to help lower-income Singaporean households.

Her children will also benefit indirectly from top-ups to various funds which help with education and social support.

Madam Tan has been living in a two-room rental flat on Lorong Lew Lian for the last 10 years.

She has five sons, aged seven to 17. Her husband, Mr Chua Chue Po, 40, is a Malaysian who is a permanent resident here. He earns $1,200 a month moulding cornices.

Their monthly rent is under $200.

Madam Tan, who left school after Primary 6 and can't read or write, has been having trouble with her liver since she was 28.

Since: Apr 13

Singapore, Singapore

#139 Apr 16, 2013
I think that it is becoming a concern that cost of living in Singapore is increasing but at the same time I think we shouldn't forget the less fortunate families in Singapore.
There is an upcoming event called "Bare Your Sole" which is just about walking barefooted for 2.5km. And this event will be raising funds to improve living conditions of these less fortunate families.
So do participate and help these families.
The event will flag off at 9am on 1st of June.

For more information:
To register for this event:
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Singapore, Singapore

#141 Jun 4, 2013
Top 1 per cent earn annual average of $700k

Number of individuals in this group gone up from 29,524 in 2009 to 32,285 in 2012.-ST
Robin Chan Political Correspondent

Thu, Nov 15, 2012
The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Singapore's richest 1 per cent have an average taxable income of $700,000 a year, the Finance Ministry revealed for the first time yesterday.

The number of individuals in this group has gone up over four years from 29,524 in Year of Assessment (YA) 2009 to 32,285 in YA 2012.

These figures were given in a written response to a question from Non-Constituency MP Gerald Giam in Parliament on Monday. They provide more details on how wealth is distributed in Singapore amid concerns of rising income inequality.

Mr Giam had asked Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam for the average income and total income of the top 1 per cent of income earners in Singapore for the past 10 years, including their income not from employment, such as that from capital gains, property rentals and interest.

In the reply, Mr Tharman said that comparing incomes over the past four years would be better as certain types of income have been exempted over the years, which makes the income base different.

The main exemptions from tax were introduced before the 2009 Year of Assessment, he added.

And while income data is collected by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras), individuals are required to declare only income that is taxable. Capital gains - income derived from selling an investment - are not taxed and are therefore not captured by Iras.

Income inequality in Singapore has become a hot issue as the gap between rich and poor has grown.

The richest top 10 per cent of households in Singapore have seen their income growth outpace those in the bottom 10 per cent.

The Gini co-efficient, an oft-cited measure of income inequality, has risen from 0.45 to 0.47 over the last decade.

Mr Giam told The Straits Times that he had tabled the question to get a better sense of how income is distributed in Singapore.

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Singapore, Singapore

#142 Jun 4, 2013

"It is illustrative of the trend that the number of people at the top 1 per cent has increased over the years," Mr Giam said.

He added that there could still be significant non-taxable income of these high earners not reflected in the data.

"So actually the wealth of the top 1 per cent could potentially be quite a bit higher than what is published here," he said.

Separately, Mr Giam also asked the Manpower Ministry about low-wage workers who earned less than $1,000 a month.

Citing published figures from the Labour Force Survey, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said that among full-time workers, 100,000 Singaporeans and 10,000 permanent residents earned less than $1,000 a month.

They made up about 6 per cent of the full-time local labour force, as of June last year.

The pay cheque of low-wage workers has been boosted by the Government's Workfare programme, in both cash and Central Provident Fund payments.

The National Trades Union Congress has also rolled out a progressive wage model to systematically raise low-wage workers' pay through training and job restructuring.

Cleaners are among the lowest-paid workers in Singapore. Office cleaners earn $815 a month, according to past figures. Others who earn below $1,000 a month include car washers, odd-job labourers and food stall assistants.

Singapore, Singapore

#144 Mar 4, 2014
Yes, Singaporeans are becoming poorer in this most expensive city in the world!!!!
no money for food

Singapore, Singapore

#145 Mar 7, 2014
Singapore Budget 2014: Govt looking at mandating progressive wages in landscaping
Published on Mar 07, 2014
By Janice Heng

The labour movement's progressive wage model may be made compulsory in the landscaping sector as well, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower Hawazi Daipi said in Parliament on Friday.
It will be the third one after the security and cleaning industries, though Mr Hawazi stressed that there is no plan to legislate the model in other sectors.
The scheme sets out career ladders with benchmark wages for resident workers - Singaporeans and permanent residents - in various sectors.
In the landscaping sector, wages for resident workers are higher than in the cleaning and security sectors, but have still stagnated at around $1,000 for several years, noted Mr Hawazi.
Haji Muhammad Abdullah

Jakarta, Indonesia

#146 Mar 23, 2014
Singaporean are very proud to be first world country, and Singaporean said that Indonesia is thrid world country.

In fact the statistic show that the majority of tourist in Singapore are Indonesian. The tourist come from Indonesia from January to December, although Indonesia is the third world country.

There aren't any Singaporean tourist in Indonesia, because the majority of Singapore are poor people, although Singaporean claim to be first world country.

In fact, the majority of Singaporean couldn't afford to have vacations in foreign country. The Singaporean must work hard in order to survive, so many Singaporean are under pressure and the Singaporean seems stress and feel depression.

I hope I was wrong, because I wish the Singaporean to be the best.
Singaporean should learn how to speak Bahasa Indonesia, in order to serve well Indonesian tourist.

Malaysian never spend little money in Singapore, when the Malaysian come to Singapore, but Indonesian spend a lot of money in Singapore, when Indonesia come to Singapore as tourist.

Malay is the second language in the Mount Elizabeth hospital because the majority of patient are Indonesia. Malay language is 99% the same as Indonesia language

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