I refer to the article “One in five residents lives in poverty: Report” (Straits Times, Oct 13). It states that “One in five Hong Kongers lives in poverty … the poverty line is set at half the median household income”. According to the Department of Statistics’ Key Household Income Trends 2014 – the median household income was $8,290 in 2014. The average household income for the bottom three deciles were $1,775, $3,641 and $5,226 respectively. So, if we use the same “half of median income” measure as Hong Kong – does it mean that Singapore’s percentage in poverty may be similar if not worse than Hong Kong’s?