OPINION: As Singapore gets richer, more people left behind - Kevin Lim


Reuters India, 23 Dec 2013
Every day, through eyes clouded by glaucoma, Peter witnesses the spending power generated by Singapore's economic success, knowing he can only afford to look.
The 54-year-old shopping mall security guard is part of Singapore's hidden problem - a growing number of poor living on the margins in one of the world's most expensive cities.
The party that has run the city state since independence in 1965 has always preached the virtues of self-reliance, but for some the cost of looking after themselves has moved beyond their means.
Peter fears that he can not afford to treat his glaucoma, a condition that could threaten his sight, despite being eligible for subsidised surgery and other state benefits. Full story

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