The Straits Times
Published on Sep 08, 2012

Need for consensus on who to help in Singapore


A new group of people who want more government help has emerged in Singapore, according to Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing.

They are middle-income earners who feel unsettled about the future and wonder if they could be shielded from the intense global competition, he said. But their expectations may need to be managed, he added.

As social needs increase, society must reach a consensus on how much help should be given to this and other groups with varying levels of need, he told about 800 students, faculty and guests of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy yesterday.

Mr Chan was speaking at a public lecture to mark the school's eighth anniversary.