Public Assistance up ‘miserly’ $18 p.a. last 15 years?

I refer to the article “Public assistance payouts may increase” (Straits Times, Oct 29).

It states that “From July 2016, a one-person household on the scheme received $500 monthly, up from $450. And a two-person household received $870, up from $790.

In the MSF’s 2017 financial year, which ended in March, there were 4,409 households on the scheme, up 24 per cent from the 3,568 families in 2013. Most of those on public assistance are poorly educated, elderly singles who live alone.”

As far as I can find by googling – the amount was increased from $230 (in around 2002 or earlier), $260 in 2003, to $290 (2007 or earlier), to $330 in 2008, to $360 in 2009, from $400 to $450 in 2013, and to $500 in 2016.

So, does this mean that the amount only increased by about $270 ($500 – $230) in the last 15 years or so (estimate)?

If so, does it mean that the average increase per year was only about $18 per year ($500 – $230 divided by 15 years), before adjusting for inflation?

As Prof Tommy Koh said is his dialogue with the DPM (aired on Channel NewsAsia on 28 October) that Singapore is among the five richest countries in the world by per capita income – don’t you think we should be ashamed of our miserly public assistance to destitute Singaporeans?


Leong Sze Hian



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5 Responses to “Public Assistance up ‘miserly’ $18 p.a. last 15 years?”

  • LIONS:

    PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR OUR needy sinkingporeans is a disgrace.
    look at how our PAPsters sponsor FT-KIDS and other ostentatious LEE AH LONG’S PET PROJECT$$$$????

    WTF! WHOSE RESERVES ARE THESE that are being assigned any old how by some stoopid idiots who call themselves FEW ‘GOONDOO’ MEN?

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  • HarderTruths:

    The object is to get these people who are in a bad spot in their lives to die off faster.

    That always works. Dead men tell no tales.

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  • Bapak:

    Whereas their pays (plus all form of bonuses that they’ve cleverly created to pocket more LEEgally) increased exponentially over that same period. Singapore, you have been had many times round with your hard earned money heavily taxed for their gains. So sleep no more regain control of your lives. How can you guys don’t see this coming?

    You still believe that Woody’s claim that they are not paid enough? How stupid he treated us as brainless. In fact the whole PAP treated us as brainless. You subscribe to them you agree with – YOU ARE BRAINLESS.

    And, they are laughing all the way to the bank.

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  • Diff strokes for diff folk:

    Maximum wage scales for the PAPs and theirs…
    For sg peasants, not even minimum wage !
    Work till you drop or you die your business..

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  • Bobo:

    My simple calculation. Eg. I paid myself $200,000, wife $300,000 and my son $200,000 a day and 3 workers ranging from $10.00 to $50.00 a day. I rewarded myself 9 days bonus(200,000×9=$1800,000) and my family team 6 days bonus($300,000+$200,000×6=$3,000,000). What is my company’s average salary to employee including myself and family team? Can I declare that my company worker’s average salary is the highest paid salary and bonus in the world?

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