Confronting Singapore’s Poor

Does a flatscreen TV make a poor family undeserving of government assistance?   Sociologist Teo You Yenn’s argues in her bestselling book “This is What Inequality Looks Like” that we shouldn’t be too quick to judge.  

The overwhelming response to this book is remarkable in how it has made us question  whether the country is truly meritocratic. It also points to a more compassionate society

I met the affable author at a jam-packed dialogue session and asked her thoughts on Senior Minister Maliki’s (Senior Minister of State for the Minister of Defence) rebuttal to her book which read like a flat denial to her findings based on three years of conversations, observations and in-depth interviews with the low income. So did the minister even read the book before penning his reply? What could he be afraid of? What could he be trying to hide?