I saw this interesting article on the Straits Times today. The article says that 1 in 3 Singaporeans, 1.2 million people in all, are now on the Community Health Assist Scheme, including members of the pioneer generation who are eligible for other special CHAS subsidies.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but shouldn’t the CHAS be for lower income groups only? On the CHAS website, it says,
“To qualify for CHAS, applicants must be Singapore Citizens and meet the following criteria:
For households with income, the household monthly income per person must be $1,800 and below.
For households with no income, the Annual Value (AV) of residence as reflected on the NRIC must be $21,000 and below.”
So since 1 in 3 Singaporeans are on the CHAS now, is the PAP government finally admitting that the majority of Singaporeans are actually earning low wages?
I think the fact that so many of us actually have to live on $1,800 a month in a city deemed to be the most expensive in the world should really be a cause for concern. Look at how many luxury brand shops and high end property developments are ongoing in this country. How many Singaporeans can actually afford those stuff? Don’t even get me started on the COE and car prices, which are ridiculous.
Singaporeans, if you need any more proof that the government is shortchanging you, this should be proof enough.