Photo of Yaacob Ibrahim from CNA

Latest household statistics released in March revealed that the number of Malay Singaporeans living in rental flats doubled from 4.9% in 2005 to 10.9% in 2016. Rental units in Singapore is only available to the poor and needy, and it is not readily available for any former homeowners. Based off the rental unit stats, 14,600 Malay Singaporeans now officially live in poverty.

NUS researcher Lai Ah Eng blamed the Singapore government’s immigration policies for displacing low income jobs by importing an influx of, as quoted, “cheap immigrant labour”. The Minister for Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim has no comment on the increasing poverty of Malay Singaporeans, while other PAP Malay MPs are silent in Parliament on discriminatory employment practices and racism.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took power in 2004, and the country’s income inequality worsened with Singaporeans bearing the brunt of his pro-immigration policies.