Meritocracy works: Really?

I refer to the article “Meritocracy still the best model, says Ong Ye Kung” (Straits Times, Oct 25).

It states that “”Ten years ago, about 20 per cent of our employed households had an income of $3,000 or less… Today, this has gone down to well below 15 per cent. But that also means that the smaller group of families that continue to remain poor are facing more difficult challenges.”

Mr Ong stressed the need to recognise this fundamental point – that these challenges have arisen not from meritocracy’s failure, but from its success. “So, let us not discard meritocracy, for I don’t think it has finished running its useful course.”

As we have been granting on the average about 200,000 new citizens and 300,000 new PRs in the last decade or so – and generally, PRs earn more than Singaporeans – does it correspondingly mean that PR and new citizen households added to the population, also earn more than true-blue Singaporean households?

If so, if we account for such new households – has our $3,000 income households really decreased from 20 to 15% in the last decade?

Also, since the data cited is for employed resident (Singaporeans and PRs) households, and the unemployment rate of Singaporeans is higher than PRs – why not give the dara for employed and unemployed Singaporean households combined, instead of resident households?

In this connection, “the HDB has ramped up the rental flat supply from 42,000 units in 2007 to 53,500, with an aim to boost this to 60,000 by next year (2017)”.

% of HDB 1 & 2 -room flats increase every year?

I also understand that the percentage share of HDB 1 & 2-room flats is at its highest in about  12 years (2005 – 2017), at about 6 per cent (increasing gradually every year from the low of 3.9 per cent in 2008).

Looking at the above statistics – is meritocracy working well in Singapore?


Leong Sze Hian



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8 Responses to “Meritocracy works: Really?”

  • N.Jungne:

    What Ong says, carry no weight at all. Equivalent to what the Cantonese says “tong ngup fung” (nonsense)

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  • PAPi is all the bad news:

    Percentage Employed households because many have lost their jobs and become unemployed and not accounted for in the Percentage.

    Nowadays, I doubt whatever the PAPi want to say.

    All prices hike and still increases some more.

    PAPi is all the bad news. Today news, public transport fares hike “AGAIN!”.

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  • LIONS:

    NOW,the ‘MERITOCRATIC’ PIG$ CAN FEEL AT EASE,THERE ARE ONLY FTs – fake talents – left???….easy meat,no cowpeh cowboo.

    national productivity low,why bother.
    so ‘loong’ as there is SOCIAL MOBILITY????

    THIS CHAP IS A CLOWN,TRIPLE-CONFIRMED,he doesnt know wtf he is talking about!

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  • Bad Boy:

    武侠小说泰斗金庸逝世 享年94岁

    My respect to sir 金庸. Salute!

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  • Nation Of Dumb Parrots:

    How can a chosen few who shield themselves from accountability and failure be real meritocracy?? What merit or experience have they got to pay themselves obscenely?
    PAP likes to masquerade their greed and talk meritocracy because dafts will parrot it dutifully without thinking.

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  • Only One Important Rule:

    Kick the PAP out.

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  • Meritocracy works?:

    Meritocracy works?
    If it does, most of us ordinary folk have not ‘felt’ it!

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  • New meritocracy:

    Ong YK should be given time to reset and redefine meritocracy in today’s environment and conditions.
    He should be credited for stepping out and think out of the box. A first amongst them to take a relook into the archaic approach about meritocracy of the past.
    Give him time to work on it and convince his team.

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