27 Jul '11, 1am

Crippling poverty and an overpaid government mean Singapore is not the beacon of social perfection that Rupert...

Crippling poverty and an overpaid government mean Singapore is not the beacon of social perfection that Rupert...

This is a scenario played out repeatedly all over Singapore. The unforgiving high cost of living in the city, coupled with low wages, has led many to commit crimes out of financial desperation. It is, of course, trite to argue that just because one is poor doesn't mean that one is entitled to commit criminal acts. There are many who face economic hardship but don't resort to crime. This is why comments made by Rupert Murdoch in his testimony before the culture and media select committee are so jarring to reason. He described Singapore as "the most open and clear society in the world", and that since every minister is paid at least $1m a year, "there is no temptation and it is the cleanest society you would find anywhere". If ministers need to be paid the amounts that they are in Singapore to prevent corruption, which is a criminal act, why can't we pay people like Letchmi ...

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