Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Indranee Rajah, has said that it is the task of the people – not just the Government – to tackle inequality in Singapore.
Speaking at the National University of Singapore’s Social Service Research Conference yesterday (18 July), the People’s Action Party (PAP) politician said that Singapore’s fourth-generation leadership is focused on tackling inequality by strengthening support for those who have less and working to ensure everyone has opportunities to improve their lives.
Asserting that addressing inequality and ensuring social mobility for Singaporeans are critical concerns for the 4G leadership, Ms Indranee said: “As Singaporeans, we must care for one another and look out for one another. Every Singaporean matters and we want all to do well.
“Singapore must always be a society of opportunities for all, throughout life, where everyone can progress irrespective of starting point; where all Singaporeans will have equal chance to seek better lives – to meet their aspirations and find happiness – regardless of background.”
Interestingly, Ms Indranee put part of the onus of tackling inequality on the people. Asserting that it is not just the Government that has the task of addressing inequalities – which could fracture society and stratify Singapore’s social system – she claimed:
“What is at stake therefore is the very nature of our society. This is not just the task of the Government. It is the task of everyone because it affects all of us.”
Ms Indranee, who also serves as Second Minister for Finance and Education, said that Singapore’s economic progress has benefited many but has also resulted in more resources going to those at the top.
Asserting that more needy Singaporeans will be left behind if inequality goes unchecked, Ms Indranee said that the Government believes in uplifting the bottom instead of capping the top. She added: “In tandem with this, there must be multiple pathways for achievement, success and careers to ensure continuing social mobility.” -/TISG
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