Tag: cost of living

Education, cost of living, retirement security: What the S’pore budget has in store for families and seniors

Singapore—Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced the Government’s support for families and seniors in this year’s national Budget. Mr Heng announced the three-pronged approach to providing this support: stronger efforts to support families, empower seniors in their retirement years, and encourage...

SDP to continue to focus on 3 key issues—cost of living, CPF, jobs for Singaporeans

Singapore—Chee Soon Juan, the head of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), said that the party will continue to keep focusing on three issues that are important to the future of Singapore: cost of living, CPF funds for seniors, and jobs. Speaking to members of the...

Pessimism among Singaporeans boils down to stagnant wages and a rising cost of living

A survey by The Week in Asia, a publication by the South China Morning, shows four out of five Singaporeans interviewed saying their pessimism boiled down to salaries not matching up to costs and a sense that wages were stagnant. A delivery guy who did not complete his secondary school...

Man from sandwich-generation writes to activist Gilbert Goh saying, “Why can’t our government make healthcare cost cheaper for low-income people like us?”

In an open-letter, a man who says that he is part of the sandwich-generation and drives a Grab for a living, wrote in saying that he finds it difficult to make ends meet caring for his parents, spouse and two children. The man wrote in...

Has Singapore achieved a “Swiss standard” of living by overtaking Zurich as the 3rd most expensive city?

According to a 2019 worldwide ranking on cost of living, Singapore placed third. Mercer’s 2019 cost of living ranking saw Singapore two ranks above Zurich, Switzerland. In the 2018 ranking, Zurich was placed third, and Singapore, fourth. In 1984, before now-Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong...

For expats, life in Hong Kong is more expensive than in Singapore

Singapore—The good news is that it is cheaper to live in Singapore than in Hong Kong, if you’re an expat, that is. The bad news is that the little red dot is now the third most expensive place in the world for an expat...

Singaporeans feel that every time PM Lee aims to alleviate cost of living, he elevates it

Since yet another announcement of costs in Singapore going up – this time bus and train fares – has struck a chord with many Singaporeans. The announcement for a 4.3 per cent planned increase in bus and train fares came after a 30 per...

PM Lee has been assuring Singaporeans that the Government will help to manage the cost of living since 2011

Ahead of the National Day Rally that was held last Sunday, PM Lee said on his Facebook page, "I shall be talking about things which are on people's minds: cost of living, water and electricity prices, medical costs and housing." Singaporeans - who are contending...

PM Lee says living in Singapore is affordable, while Singaporeans gripe about not being able to afford raising children

During his National Day speech this year, Prime Minister spoke about costs of living in Singapore and how the Government manages costs of living for its people. Delivering his speech, he said, “Kampung Admiralty is an example of what the Government is doing to transform...

Malaysia inflation figures does not tally with rising prices

Bank Negara Malaysia's records show headline inflation was unchanged at 1.8% in December (November: 1.8%). This said the prices of goods does not seem to follow the actual inflation rate as reported by the authorities. Instead, they are on the rise, as we said in an...