Reducing inequality

Reducing inequality in Singapore: A level playing field is no walk in the park

One suggestion to remedy inequality is forpublic rental flats to be mixed into owner-occupied blocks, so they are not distinguishable. That could reduce the stigma and ensure a better living environment.
One suggestion to remedy inequality is forpublic rental flats to be mixed into owner-occupied blocks, so they are not distinguishable. That could reduce the stigma and ensure a better living environment.ST FILE PHOTO
A woman looking for waste to recycle in Raffles Place. In a March survey, 69 per cent of Singaporeans polled said income inequality has worsened in the past five years, while 31 per cent felt it has become better.
A woman looking for waste to recycle in Raffles Place. In a March survey, 69 per cent of Singaporeans polled said income inequality has worsened in the past five years, while 31 per cent felt it has become better.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Singapore is reducing inequality, according to the Gini measure. But on the ground, it is not so clear, with instances such as affluent residents being upset over kids visiting their playground. Insight looks at the problem and what experts suggest to solve it.

Some primary school children from a block of public rental flats decided one day to visit a playground in a more affluent part of their neighbourhood. Their parents were working late. So they stayed on at the unfamiliar playground until around midnight to 1am.

They were not welcome.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 13, 2018, with the headline 'A level playing field is no walk in the park'. Print Edition | Subscribe