However, the concept of equality is subdued in a capitalist, free market system where people with the power and the money enjoy "more than equal" treatment. They can take advantage of the weak and the poor who do not have the financial resources to challenge injustice through the law courts.
Well-off parents can afford private tuition to their children to perform well in their studies and earn a scholarship and a good career in business or government. It is difficult for children from poor families to meet this competition, although some of them are able to overcome the obstalces and have done well.
To reduce the disadvantages faced by the poor, we need national policies to achieve the following goals:
- provide decent income through a minimum wage system
- provide social security for old age
- provide affordable health care
- provide quality education to all, and not dependent on private tuition
- strong regulation and enforcement to prevent cheating and exploitation of consumers
Tan Kin Lian