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Tackling the class divide: We, the people, also matter

Much has been said about the role of policies, and the political system, in tackling income and class divides. But social mindsets and attitudes of parents and citizens also matter greatly.

Since the start of the year, Singapore has been seized with the issue of class and income inequality, with the topic featuring in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's speeches in Parliament and with Education Minister Ong Ye Kung declaring it should be a national priority to tackle the issue.

In the Opinion pages which I edit, The Straits Times has run articles from academics and social workers. Many other feature articles and Forum letters have also been published. Online, lively discourse has sprung up around the issue.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 07, 2018, with the headline 'Tackling the class divide: We, the people, also matter'. Print Edition | Subscribe