PM Lee: Govt help is not something Singaporeans are absolutely entitled to
Posted by temasektimes on September 30, 2012
In an interview with “The Australian” newspaper, PM Lee was asked if there were any lessons Singapore could learn from the Western world, which is suffering from a crisis of entitlement spending.
“Singaporeans are not poor, but feel less well-off relative to others in society and that there is a relative sense that they should get an entitlement,” he said.
PM Lee added that from giving very minimal welfare, Singapore has gone on the basis of growth, high employment and low unemployment.
“Singaporeans will get help, but the help is not something they are absolutely entitled to,” he quipped.
Though Singapore has one of the highest GDP per capita income in the world, it also has a wide income gap between the rich and the poor.
There is no comprehensive social safety net for Singaporeans who are expected to work as long as they can without being a burden to the state till they drop dead and die.