Tag: Inequality

Academic criticises Indranee Rajah’s argument that meritocracy is a “rising tide that will lift all boats”

Singapore academic Adrian Kuah has criticised People's Action Party (PAP) politician Indranee Rajah's use of the metaphor "a rising tide that lifted all boats" in defense of meritocracy. Ms Rajah is a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office while Dr Kuah is a Senior Research Fellow...

Indranee Rajah: Better coordination needed between agencies for helping the needy

Singapore—In an interview with Channel NewsAsia CNA938’s Arnold Gay and Yasmin Jonkers, Minister Indranee Rajah said that there’s a need for agencies to coordinate well together to reach those in need, and so that these individuals may access programmes more easily. Ms Indranee, Minister in the...

Indranee shows how 4G leaders will tackle inequality: by providing support and equal opportunities 

Singapore — According to Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Education, meritocracy is not responsible for the problems involving inequality and social mobility. Furthermore, she discussed how exactly the 4G leaders will address these problems. Ms Indranee said this...

Giving needs to become part of Singaporeans’ DNA—panel on privilege

Singapore— Everyone could give and do more for others was one of the conclusion of a panel discussion on how to get the wealthier in society to do their part in helping the poor. Members of the panel included Paulin Straughan, Singapore Management University Professor...

“Where is the magic moving escalator?”Lawyer Khush Chopra questions Tharman on his statement on upward mobility of all citizens

Singapore — Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is also Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, said at the Institute for Government's 10th-anniversary conference in London on June 12, that society needs a moving escalator that ensures the upward mobility of all citizens. As Mr Tharman talked...

Investing in Inclusive Growth

- Lee Jong-Wha SEOUL – Inequality has skyrocketed in recent decades, and those who have not shared in the fruits of economic growth and development are becoming increasingly frustrated. Some political leaders have responded to rising public discontent with massive social-welfare programs or beggar-thy-neighbor protectionism....

The Rich Can Fight Inequality, Too

- Kaushik Basu NEW DELHI – When wealthy people espouse left-wing causes, such as redistribution of wealth, those on the right often label them hypocrites. “If you are so concerned about equality, why don’t you give up some of your own income first?” is the...

Chee Soon Juan to LHL: Trust is not what you say. It’s what you do.

Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) secretary-general Dr Chee Soon Juan took to social media yesterday to call out Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on issues of social stratification and inequality in Singapore. In a post on social media, he quoted Prime Minister Lee from earlier...

Singaporeans angered by netizen who writes to ST Forum saying, “inequality is beneficial in that it motivates one to work harder”

In a letter published in The Straits Times’ Forum, one man put forth the premise that income inequality matters little, if at all, to the poor; and that it may simply be a “red herring.” Kelvin Hong wrote to the newspaper in response to an...

Chan Chun Sing urges Singaporean ‘elite’ to give back to society

As Singapore rises through the ranks, topping global indexes on economy, human capital and longevity, the division between the upper and lower income brackets is, more than ever, a point of concern. Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing addressed this issue recently, urging people...