Rising global inequality signals coming catastrophe

By Lim Mah Hui

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Dejected in Singapore. Many Asian countries still compete for foreign investments by repressing unions and wages, putting a brake on wage demands in both poor and richer countries.
Why has inequality been rising, and what are the political, social and economic consequences?The issue of inequality that was shunted aside amid rapid growth over the last few decades has resurfaced with a vengeance, particularly after the latest global financial crisis. In fact, recent headline news reported that inequality has reached its highest level in the US since such records began to be kept over 100 years ago.This issue afflicts not only the poor; it also worries the rich. Li...

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Lim Mah Hui

is an MPPP city councillor representing many of Penang’s NGOs. He was previously an international banker and academician, and the author of Nowhere to Hide: The Great Financial Crisis and Challenges for Asia.