New bankruptcy cases hit four-year high
Overspending, business failure and unemployment cited as main reasons
The number of people made bankrupt last year rose by 14 per cent to reach 1,992 - the highest since 2009.
The Insolvency and Public Trustee's Office (IPTO) under the Ministry of Law gave general reasons for the rise: overspending, business failure and unemployment.
Certainly, the overall jobless rate has risen - from 1.8 per cent at end-2012 to 2.2 per cent in June last year, according to the Ministry of Manpower.
The business environment also got tougher last year.