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WHY IS THERE NO 'POVERTY LINE' TO HELP THE NEEDY IN SINGAPORE?

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?

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South East CDC Humiliated Poor Woman & Treat Her Like A Criminal

The government has not changed one bit since B.E. 2013 and told me that I need to either ask my siblings for help or learn how to fend for myself and not keep looking for handouts during tough times. They now want to interrogate my brother and sister to involve them if I was to proceed with their help. They say they are not fazed we have aged parents and that my siblings have their families to care for. In view of this, I hope you can refer me to any available assistance where my family or I do not have to go through anymore governmental humiliation.

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