Top 10 statistics to celebrate 53rd National Day?


As we celebrate our 53rd birthday – let’s look at our statistical accolades

… Gini coefficient increased from 0.46 to 0.48 between 1981 and 2014

Ministers’ earnings in his tenure as a politician – $70 million?

… $130 million in ComCare to 83,000 beneficiaries – average assistance $131 monthly per beneficiary?

Cleaners’ basic monthly salary $1,100, including employee’s CPF

… most expensive city in the world for the 5th consecutive year (The Economist)

… 886,300 (39% of total resident labour force) with take-home pay typically less than $2,000 (gross monthly income less than $2,500 including employee CPF contribution) or were unemployed in June 2017

… junior Minister’s starting salary $1.1 million, permanent secretary’s starting salary $1.7 million

… Press Freedom Ranking 151st

… Britain’s social expenditure (20% of its GDP in 2016); Finland (31%); France (32%); South Korea (10%) – Singapore is the lowest among the countries cited

… total no. of hospital beds dropped from 11,936 in 2001 to 11,394 in 2011 – no. of hospital admissions increased from 384,054 to 469,445 – medical tourists increased to 850,000 a year – population increased by 1.1 million

Happy birthday Singapore!

Leong Sze Hian



About the Author

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.