But last year Singapore’s government revealed that while average wages were rising with the economy, incomes among the bottom 30 percent of households had actually fallen since 2000.
PM Lee hints of elections date November 29, 2010
CNA’s own words:
The annual budget has sometimes been seen by observers as a way to reward Singaporeans, particularly during election years
S$1350 dollars or less per month per household November 28, 2010
This had escaped my mind
approximately 10 percent of households in Singapore have that level of income (S$1,350 per month)
9.6 percent of resident households are not even captured in the table and graph because they have no earned income.
Wealth: Median vs Mean October 9, 2010
What’s missing in the Straits Times?
median wealth as a % of average wealth for all other developed Asian countries:
Singapore : 11%
Taiwan : 32%
Australia : 38%
Japan : 51%
“Well, actually, I don’t watch local TV, period. Local TV infuriates me, especially when it’s a local politician talking-head.” September 2, 2010
Actually pretty much sums up my stand on Singapore TV.
I didn’t watch the National Day Rally speech on TV. Well, actually, I don’t watch local TV, period. Local TV infuriates me, especially when it’s a local politician talking-head.
Diary of A Singaporean Mind: My Take on the ND Rally ….. August 31, 2010
Looking at the PAP policies, it is hard for me to believe Singaporeans come first. Businesses come first.
PM Lee used Canada as an example of a country that has benefited from a very liberal immigration policy. He said that Microsoft located their research centres in both Redmond (in the US) and Vancouver (in Canada), ostensibly to be assured of an adequate supply of skilled immigrant workers regardless of differences in immigration policies across the border.
Let’s look at some of the numbers that were not disclosed in the speech:
- Canada, one of the most immigrant-friendly nations in the world, allowed in 500,000 workers and immigrants in 2009;
- Singapore admitted an average of 150,000 new arrivals each year between 2005 and 2009, with a peak of over 220,000 in 2008;
- Singapore’s population is just under five million. Canada’s population is 34 million.
- Canada is the world’s second largest country by landmass. It is 14,325 times the size of Singapore.