23 Mar '12, 6am

To most Sri Lankans, Singapore represents an oasis of prosperity, growth, great shopping, a high quality of life...

To most Sri Lankans, Singapore represents an oasis of prosperity, growth, great shopping, a high quality of life...

To most Sri Lankans, Singapore represents an oasis of prosperity, growth, great shopping, a high quality of life and superior wages. But social activist and opposition politicians, who are freer to speak now than decades ago during the iron-clad rule of Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew, the appearance of prosperity and wealth masks a hidden reality: a growing underclass of people not moving up the ladder and a subtle form of repression. "Our per capita income is (Singapore dollars) S$63,000 per (about US$50,000 per year) which is about the 3th-4th highest in the world. However we still have local people who are earning S$500 a month as cleaners and often they tend to be very elderly people, 60 -70 years and sometimes in the early 80s," says Vincent Wijeysingha, a 42-year old social activist cum politician with Sri Lankan roots from the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), whe...

Full article: http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/5193-singapor...

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