Among the Masses

The bottom 20% with regard to household income has been the focus of the government. Policies on government transfers and taxes are tailored to them at every budget cycle. The top 20% has less need for government support since their nominal average household monthly income from work per household member was at least S$6,279 in 2017.

Taking away top 20% and bottom 20%, the masses is the 60% of the resident households. Typically, they work real hard to keep up with the cost of living. They probably have young children and older parents to take care, and housing loans to pay.

Most of us with a qualification started with the masses. Some may break out from the masses to get into the top 20% in later years while majority will stay in the 60% grouping. This is the nature of the working class society. It is not that easy to get to top 20% as competition is stiff for the limited places at the top of an organisation.

Most of us went through the stages from starting out and later to be among the majority. The masses play an important role in any organisation. There cannot be Indian Chief without subjects to support him. Most do not speak up publicly but we cannot assume that they are not aware of policies of the government and events happening around them. All I am saying is that they cannot be taken for granted. 60% cohort is a big number to ignore. Have we empathise with them? Do we know how they feel about policies?

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