I really can't believe he said this:
"If you're poor in Singapore, it's no fun, but I think you're less badly off than in any other country in the world, including in the US," - PM Lee in Davos....[Link]
It is an understatement to say he stretched the truth a little. He is not even in the same page ....perhaps not even in the same planet when it comes to what Singaporeans feel on the ground. He actually said that Singapore is the best place to be in if you're poor. If PM Lee believes what he said, he is also saying we are already there when it comes to helping the poor, no need to do much more for the poor in Singapore.
Find me another developed nation, where the poor receives less help from the govt, where public housing for the poor is more expensive, basic utilities like water and elecity cost more relative to wages of the bottom 20%, where there is no minimum wages, where healthcare is less accessible than in Singapore and income gap is bigger than Singapore. Strangely, he said "...including the US" as if the US is the prime example of a country that takes care of the poor - so what are the Occupy Wall Street people protesting? PM Lee forgets places like Finland, Germany, Switzerland, and our own asian neighbors like Taiwan, S. Korea and Japan where the income gap is smaller smaller ....where minimum wage and a universal healthcare system is in place. . Even capitalistic Hong Kong has implemented minium wage and comprehensive welfare so that the poor elderly woirkers can have a proper retirement....when we still find old folks in Singapore cleaning tables for a living.
PM Lee can't see what ordinary Singaporeans already know....how high is his ivory tower?...It has to be really really far from the ground.