Name & tackle inequality?


We need to name and tackle the causes of inequality!

I refer to Chua Mui Hoong’s article “Inequality is a threat – name it, and face it” (Straits Times, Feb 18).

It states that “We should face it, name it, and unpack what contributes to inequality, so that we can make our system more equal.”

In this connection, the policies that arguably are the main cause of inequality – which may need to be reviewed are:

… foreign labour policies which result in an unlevel playing field for jobs – maternity leave, National Service liability, employer CPF contribution, 2-year work contracts, etc

… procreation tax benefits which pay more to the higher-income and less or nothing to the lower-income

… HDB eligibility policies, such as those with no income can only rent 1-room flats, regardless of household size

… scholarships’ selection criteria like extra-curricula activities, applicants from very high income families and the identity of applicants being not secret

… low and limited period financial assistance

Leong Sze Hian


About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.