Essay On Poverty In Singapore

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The World Bank Organization describes poverty in this way: “Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to study. Poverty is not holding a job, is concern for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty has many expressions, varying from place to place and across time, and has been delineated in many ways. Despite the many definitions, one matter is certain; poverty is a complex societal issue. No matter how poverty is defined, it can be agreed that it is an event that needs everyone’s attention. It is important that all members of our society work together to offer the chances for all our members to achieve their full…show more content…
There is no official poverty line and therefore no clear acknowledgement that it existence; relevant information to better evaluate the position of the poor in Singapore is difficult to hold, and there is no shared view on the way poverty is determined and evaluated. Actively defining and measuring poverty will result in greater recognition of existing needs within our communities and of the scale of inequality and its impact on Singapore society as a whole. Most significantly, a richer understanding of poverty can inform interventions to defend those whom are in need, and offer a footing for the impact of these efforts. Inequality in Singapore is compounded in comparison to states with similar per capita income by the low and decreasing real wages of the bottom 20 percent of employed residents relative to that of other wage earners. Rising inequalities do not necessarily denote the existence of poverty. Nevertheless, rising inequality combined with evidence of poverty indicates that the poor are being left farther behind, and this seems to be what is going on in
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