SINGAPORE (Aug 26): Sociologist Teo You Yenn and social policy professor Ng Kok Hoe have been championing the causes of the underprivileged in Singapore. Teo’s book This is What Inequality Looks Like, published at the start of 2018, sparked a national conversation on inequality, coinciding with President Halimah Yacob’s May address to Parliament when she said Singapore had to tackle inequality and forge an inclusive nation. Ng had in 2017 studied the homeless population in Singapore and is currently working on a national count of those found sleeping on the streets. Together, Teo and Ng are part of a four-member research team that conducted focus groups with Singaporeans and found that an elderly person would need $1,379 a month for a basic standard of living in the country.

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