Ministry takes issue with don’s study on affordability

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Straits Times

It was reported that a study by Associate Professor Tilak Abeysinghe from the Department of Economics at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, which found that Singapore’s bottom 30 per cent of households spend more than they earn, has been disputed by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and a veteran statistician. The study by Assoc Prof Abeysinghe compared households’ expenditure against their incomes from work. MOF disagrees with Assoc Prof Tilak’s methodology as he used imputed rentals as a measure of expenditure on housing.

Career in Government Information Service – Talk by MCI

Calling all FASS students who are interested in a career in Government Information Service!

Don’t miss this career talk on the prospects of being an Information Officer on Tuesday 1 April 2014, organised by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).

Please register at the following link:

Additional details:

Time: 2.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Yusof Ishak House, Level 1, Training Room 1 & 2


Invitation: Social Work Career Fair 2014 – 6 March 2014


Dear Students,

Invitation – Social Work Career Fair 2014

You are invited to the annual Career Fair organized by the Social Work Department.

Date: 6th March 2014

Time: 4.00pm – 6.30pm

Venue: AS7 Seminar Room ABC

Participating Organizations:

  • Ministry of Social and Family Development
  • MOH Holdings Pte Ltd
  • National Council of Social Service
  • Singapore Prison Service
  • Singapore Children’s Society
  • Sengkang Health
  • Care Corner Singapore Ltd
  • Lakeside Family Service Centre
  • Thye Hua Kwan FSC @ Tanjong Pagar

Although some 3rd year and 4th year students are on scholarships and hence bonded, it is still useful to hear what other employers are offering in terms of professional development and future prospects.  Year 1-2 are encouraged to attend to get a head start for career planning.

The career fair will end with the grand finale with the Social Worker’s Day Celebration organized by the Society for Social Work Students.

Refreshments will be served at 6pm. All are welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Esther Goh,

Associate Professor

Deputy Head

Social Work Department, National University of Singapore