Cost Of Living In Singapore

A local TV production on Channel 8 hit a little too close to home after one of its characters delved into a comprehensive explanation of what makes a “good man” in Singapore.

The brunt of the 2-minute clip in Season 2 of drama series 118 was when actor Jeremy Chan, who played the protagonist in the scene, reveals that the life of a “good man” in Singapore comes at a huge cost, and in the process summed up life in Singapore for most.

Here’s the revealing clip in question:

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What Makes A “Good Man”

In short, he claims that if a Singaporean man wants to be a “good man”:

  1. He needs to be a hard worker.
  2. If he’s lucky, he gets an office job and makes about $3,000 a month, hoping to make his mark one day.
  3. He jostles in trains and buses because he can’t afford a car with his measly pay after Central Provident Fund deductions.
  4. He has basic hawker fare for all three meals because dining at a restaurant could set him back at least $12.
  5. In the event he dates and gets married, he will incur additional expenses; since he’s a “good man”, naturally, he takes his partner out on dates and buys her gifts.

And here’s the crunch: Despite working hard without complaints, at the end of the year he realizes he hasn’t saved a cent.


But that’s okay – because he is a “good man”.

Some Truth

The short clip encapsulated the harsh reality of what some Singaporean men might be going through, and may strike a chord with local audiences.

But it’s worth noting that it doesn’t apply to everyone, because the definition of a “good man” can be left up to ones’ interpretation – people present and become the best versions of themselves in their own ways.

And in addition to that, hey it’s the 21st century – women these days are capable of footing the bill every now and then, and if she expects a free ride all the time, perhaps she’s not worth spending your cash on.

Channeling Local Voices

Kudos though, to Channel 8, for saying what we think many Singaporean men have been thinking for some time now.

We hope local TV can continue to channel local voices.

And now that it’s out there, we hope for some change in the coming 2017 Budget to address these issues.

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