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In response to the recent survey finding that Singaporeans ranked the 8th most ignorant in the world, PAP MP Baey Yam Keng said that Singaporeans are ignorant because they don’t read hardcopy newspapers and instead get their news from the internet.

The Tampines GRC PAP MP also said that Singaporeans do not understand government policies, and for example, when buying a HDB flat, Singaporeans are ignorant how affordable it is with the government assistance.

Translation from States Times Review, MP Baey Yam Keng said in Chinese to Shin Ming Daily:

“Singaporeans today obtain news and information from the internet and do not read the hardcopy newspapers. Perhaps they are busy, but as a result, this resulted in disinformation and ignorance. For example, when it comes to home ownership, Singaporeans do not understand the government policies available that make a housing purchase affordable and not as expensive as they might thought. These are common wrong impressions by Singaporeans when they are unaware of their environment and this may affect their lives.”

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