Poverty In Singapore Essay

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There are two types of poverty in the world. Firstly, there is absolute poverty which is when people don’t have the money to afford human needs such as food, drinking water, education, shelter and good health. Secondly, there is relative poverty. This is a condition where people don’t have enough income required to live a decent or average life. In Singapore, it is easier to find relative poverty. According to the Singapore government, Singapore does not have a proper definition of poverty.

Singapore’s poverty has been increasing. Its poverty rate has grown from 16% in 2002 to 28% in 2013. This is because Singapore’s government and citizens aren’t doing enough to help the needy. Like mentioned above, the government is trying to overlook
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Unlike large countries such as China or India where there is an obvious difference between rich cities and poor villages, Singapore is a small island where you can find the poor and wealthy living nearby each other. Singapore is the 26th country with the most income equality out of 136 countries. It the second most income unequal country in Asia. According to the Singapore government, over 105,000 families live in poverty in 2015 which means 378,000 people. The main struggle for Singapore is its lack of a poverty line. A poverty line would help the Singaporean government to measure the amount of families who are struggling and actually need support and help. As of now, we assume any four person household that makes less than $1,250 per month is struggling. The $1,250 figure would typically be spent on food, clothing and shelter per month for a four person family. The whole world seems to know that Singapore has many millionaires living in the country and has an average per capita income of over $52,000, however, no one knows that there are 105,000 families left with $5 to spend per day and 114,000 individual residents making less than $805 per month. (Cho, Christina)

Even though, the amount of poverty in Singapore is increasing, the prices of our basic needs such as food are increasing as well. For example, in 2012, the price of a bowl of fishball noodles shot up by 20%. (Poverty in

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