Middle-class squeeze, S’porean anxieties & building a trampoline of support: Day 2 of Budget Debate
It is Day Two of our Budget Debate, and our hardworking MPs have continued to speak up on behalf of Singaporeans from different backgrounds.
Here are some of our favourite highlights from Day Two.
Empathising with self-employed workers
Characterising the problems self-employed workers faced as a Gordian Knot, Ms Yeo used her platform to urge the Government to do more to help self-employed workers upskill and mitigate costs.
Recognising the middle-class squeeze
Helping lower-income Singaporeans through tough times is a priority.
Nonetheless, Mr Aliman hopes the Government will not forget the middle classes, especially those with dependents who are now tightly squeezed and find their standard of living falling.
Building a trampoline of support
Recognising that too much adversity can overstrain a person, Ms Jaafar is pushing for more support for retrenched middle-income Singaporeans, ex-offenders and those in debt. Groups where resilience is badly needed but is in short supply.
Looking into the anxieties of Singaporeans
Ms Tan asked some hard-hitting questions, getting us to think about whether it is time to consider a different model of progress.
After all, the growth-at-all-costs approach we inherited from the early days of nation-building could very well be detrimental to our mental health today.
Supporting unwed single mothers
The recent measures to support families, such as the Working Mother’s Child Relief, are welcomed by most.
However, Dr Shahira feels that unwed single mothers, who will need more support, should not be penalised at the expense of their children.
Helping seniors age with dignity
Singapore has an ageing population.
But besides increasing our healthcare capacity, Mr Kwek believes that we must be bold and creative in our approach to care for our seniors without sacrificing the human touch.