In his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the need to help the lower-income group, and highlighted the eventual need to raise taxes to pay for the measures ("PM outlines 'new way forward'"; Monday).
The poorer Singaporeans include those working in the lower-skilled service sector, who compete against foreign workers on very low wages.
No doubt, raising the wages of these citizens will mean higher costs for all. One way or another, the rest of society needs to bear the burden of helping the lower-income group.
An advantage of paying higher wages to the lower-skilled is better job prospects for a significant segment of the population; it will contribute to a more livable Singapore society.
- Kan Kin Mun
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