Its scary how recent this is, and how it still is actually happening all over the world. Yes there have been racial conflicts in the past, but haven't people moved on from that? This video shocked me to see how this man is judging and discriminating JUST based on appearance or assumption. Racism is a scary thing, as it is really hard to escape but i think what these people did on the train was right in defending the japanese guy and telling the old man off. People should speak up if they see something is wrong, because that is the only way to defeat this disgusting thing called Racism.
Poverty is a significant problem in Singapore. This is so obvious as to be clear to all who have not been cloistered in bubbles of privilege.
Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing is right that no single poverty line should be drawn. He is right that we should not introduce policy that includes a cliff effect. However, Chan's argument that poverty should not be administratively recognized on the basis of the deep flaws of a policy strawman (of his own creation) is fundamentally unsound.
No one was looking closely enough. Or rather, the lack of a formal metric made poverty easy to overlook. Thus, we must be willing to, at the very least, track poverty at a formal level.
It is necessary to recognize that poverty is a blanket term for a number of different sorts of deprivations, albeit generally stemming from low/no income.
Though one might be tempted to deal with such cases on a "case-by-case" basis, that is just bad government. It is foreseeable that gaping policy gaps left by the PAP government would beget many cases that would have to be handled on such a "case-by-case" basis, leading to an overwhelming administrative burden. For every large class of problems, a policy solution should be in place.
Living in Singapore, I am well aware of everything that has been said and depicted in this article/blog post. It is quite disturbing knowing that such a globalized and economically sustained country like Singapore still have peole going through poverty but it is understood and known that many things have been and are being done about it as said in the blog post. Due to the economy rising at such an incredible pace, the group of people that suffer the most are indeed the senior citizens themselves. Being senior citizens they probabaly did not have such a high standard of education or even stopped thier eduxation at the age of 16/17. This causes them to lack behind and thus they find ways like recycling trash they find in the garbage. I often ask myself where the children of these senior citizens are and why arent they supporting their ageing parents but after analysing many articles i realise that they too are going through what we call poverty that they cannot even support themselves!
In the early days of school, teachers have given out letters and surveys to ask about out families income and background and by this the government is able to help those in need.
I am glad that Singapore is fully aware that Poverty is indeed a problem in out society these days, because like said in the passage the only way to fix something is to understand and agree that it is there. Although Poverty in Singapore isnt so severe compared to other countries, it is still an important problem that should be faced and tackled.
Poverty in well known in India. In many books and magazines i have read, I am well aware of what the people in India go through just to put a plate of food infront of them which isnt even filled with the right nutrients may I add. Human trafficking is much more prevalent than people in the world assume it to be. Young women from India sign themsleves up to comapnies they do not even know thinking that they can support themsselves and thier family. But in the end they are tricked into another line of business which will scar them for life. Most of the women recruited by the agents come from severely deprived backgrounds and are often illiterate. Unable to verify inflated or misleading claims, they travel willingly. This causes these women to be placed and made to do things that they did not think they would be ever doing. Some of these women try to escape but realising the consequences and sometimes that their life is at risk causes them to stay and ruin thier lives. Some of these women have no choice due to the state of poverty they are in as they cannot leave knowing that this is the only way they can get by. A young women was forced to dance in a bar in Bahrain with 20 other women from the northwestern province of the Punjab by a violent trafficker before she drank chemicals to force him to bring her back home; this shows the extent that these women are brought to. With India being such a big country, the government cannnot tend to everybodys needs and problems. Campaigners admit that as abuses occur overseas they are difficult for Indian authorities to deal with. Many activits which i inferred from the passage are standing up and making a difference, although not all of these women can be saved, every life saved does make a difference.
While reading this article I felt quite disturbed while reading the numbers displayed that were depicting the problem that was being talked about. Firstly it was also stated that women are nearly 2/3 of the minimum wage workers in the world. This struck me quite hard after reading towards the end where it stated that "Women have enormous power". Poverty is never the same to any country or person themselves. Women is this article were said to be single mothers fighting to get food on the table for thier chilren, this shows that not much financial support is being given or thought is being given to ensure that the child doesnt lack behind in school or work due to the unfortunate events that took place in the past.
In a typical modern day famill, both parents go to work. The term "housewives" is raraly even being used. Many couples and families work not to survive but work to have a comfortable convinient life. But for these mothers its not so, they have to work day and night jobs just to get by, this causes lack of parental support to the child. Women living in poverty is America are looked down for the break in the marriage or for reasons that she could not get a suitbale job. It is understood that that equality is what eevryone is fighting for but its said in the passage that women are divided due to their backgrounds. If women are the leading success factor to one of the most biggest countries in the world why arent they given more oppourtunities and support?
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