The Singaporean government likes to say that there are no homeless people in Singapore. Singapore’s UN delegate, a bloke by the name of Kishore Mahbubani, said as much: “[there] are no homeless, destitute, or starving people [in Singapore]. Poverty has been eradicated”.
Last week, the unwashed internerds at The Online Citizen (a perpetual thorn in the side of the government, and coincidentally a perpetual target of DDoS attacks) introduced its readers to the twenty homeless families living in tents in Sembawang Park, and asked whether this meant that Singapore’s much-touted public housing policies had failed.
Two days later, the police raided Sembawang Park, attempted to arrest everyone for barbecuing without a permit (no, really), and hauled two families off to a “Social Welfare Complex”. Once again, TOC was there.
Today, the camping area is “closed for maintenance” – but all of the families have been given temporary accommodation in public housing. And once again, TOC is there.
I gotta say, it’s a refreshing change from Pravda (current above-the-fold headline: “Singtel in cable consortium”).