Photo of Lee Hsien Loong from Mediacorp

Speaking at a state media Mediacorp event, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday (Jan 13) called for Singaporeans to volunteer their time and help the needy so “no one is left behind”.

The S$2.2 million-a-year Prime Minister who received more than S$400,000 in year-end bonus in 2017, said that society can get stronger social support only when every Singaporean contributes:

“Doing good for others, caring for the vulnerable and needy, deepening our sense of responsibility for one another – these will all help us to build a better home, where every Singaporean contributes to a caring society and in turn enjoys strong social support.”

Mediacorp also launched a phone app called SG Cares, which claims will help users contribute to “deserving causes”.

Singapore has one of the highest income gap among developed nations with a gini coefficient of 0.467 in 2016. It is not uncommon to see elderly poor living in desolated rental apartments and picking cardboard for a living. There is no Minimum Wage in Singapore and CPF retirement payouts are as long as S$300 a month in the world’s most expensive city.

The Singapore government refuse to set a poverty line because the statistic would be damaging to it’s “first-world” reputation.