Courtesy of WayangParty
It was a news clip about how a number of hawkers slashed prices to keep its customers. But when the lady owner of the stall was interviewed she told the story of a regular customer who ate at her stall who was so poor he could only buy $1 worth of food for lunch everyday. The poor customer stopped patronising her stall because he was so poor he couldn't afford food and fell to his death.
For many people, poverty in Singapore is an abstraction. It is some number in our economic statistics that they don't get to see 1st hand because they live away from it. Those numbers represent real people - who are suffering real pain and not getting the help they deserve. As a Singaporean, I refuse to accept this. We are so affluent we can spend billions to bailout western banks and give out so many scholarships to foreign students they mistake us for Santa Claus. Yet we have Singaporeans who cannot afford food, electricity and a decent home.