An Insight into Poverty in Singapore

19 Sep, 2018 11:22:59 AM / by Quek Leng Chuang

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Although our nation is getting richer, those belonging to lower-income groups are feeling the pinch, with the ever-increasing cost of living, with rising utility bills, cost of food, transport fees and even taxes, just to name a few. According to SMU professor John Donaldson, approximately 10 to 14% of the local population are facing difficulties making ends meet. Also, while there are no official statistics in Singapore, according to international definitions, it can be suggested that approximately 1 out of 5 Singaporeans are living in relative poverty (with a median gross income of less than SGD 1500 per month).


Poverty in Singapore


With this in mind, what can we expect in future? Based on statistics from the Ministry of Social and Family Development, the number of families on government assistance increased by almost 45% between years 2012 and 2015, and it is likely that this number will increase further. With a constantly rising cost of living, more families will have their household budgets stretched thinner. In many cases like this, this could mean a reduction in spendings on other necessities such as food/nutrition, medical treatments, education and more. Alternatively, one might have to cut down on their electrical spendings by leaving their homes in darkness, even in the evenings. Surely, this is not the future of Singapore we envision, where many of our fellow residents are still denied the most basic necessities every day.

Luckily, there are many local welfare organisations in Singapore which are set up specifically to provide care and assistance for our residents in need. One such organisation is Jamiyah Singapore. Jamiyah is committed to helping less-fortunate residents, regardless of race or religion, through three services - free medical clinics, free legal clinics, as well as bi-monthly food rations.


Jamiyah poverty


As a way of showing our appreciation, ES Power is glad to offer Jamiyah, as well as other non-profit organisations, carbon neutral electricity at almost cost price. In addition, we also have an online platform where members of the public can give thegift of electricity to offset these organisations’ monthly electricity bills. It’s our way of saying “thank you!” to all our friends who do good, while fostering a caring local community. Once the Open Electricity Market scheme is extended to the rest of Singapore, and that residents can choose to buy electricity from any retailer of their choice, we intend to include them into our network of aid as well.


No Poverty SDG with ES PowerReduce Inequalities with ES PowerAfter all, in what we believe to be a progressive society, nobody should be left behind, which is in line with two of United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (No Poverty and Reduced Inequalities). At ES Power, we not only live green, but do it with love and compassion for all our neighbours as well.


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If you’d like to learn more about what we do and how you can help, call us at 1800-888-1010, or email us at gogreen@espower.com.sg today! If you’re interested in giving the gift of electricity, you can do so on our platform at https://microphil.espower.com.sg.


Topics: Social Entrepreneurship, Microphil, Residential, Business, ES Living, Powering Sustainability

Quek Leng Chuang

Written by Quek Leng Chuang

LengChuang is a chemical engineer and an expert in carbonomics. He is the co-founder and owner of Environmental Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd and ES Power.