Come up with ideas to help “low-income”: Acta non verba?



Shouldn’t “Action not words” apply to helping low-income Singaporeans?

I refer to the article “Call for ideas to help low-income Singaporeans” (Straits Times, Apr 2).

It states that “It would be useful to have a national conversation about how to help low-income Singaporeans who find themselves “without opportunities, unable to pull themselves up”. ..

He made this call for companies, institutions and schools to “try our best” and come up with ideas on how to address this issue, in response to questions on social inequality at a youth forum organised by clan association Singapore Chin Kang Huay Kuan and partners.”

Acta non verba

Some suggestions:

… explore the possibility of a minimum wage – still many people working for just $5+ an hour

… spend more to help the low-income – ComCare only gave $130 million to 87,000 beneficiaries

… spend more of the record $9.6b (2017) and $12b (2016) overall Budget surpluses

Leong Sze Hian


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Leong Sze Hian has served as the 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), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.