Justin Hugo

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Justin Hugo is a pen name. The author is a contributing writer for The News Lens.

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2018/10/22 | Justin Hugo

SINGAPORE: Millionaire Ministers and Systemic Inequality

Singapore has excellent healthcare and education, but only a fraction of the population can afford it due to a systemically repressive regime that saps economic vitality at every turn.

2018/07/25 | Justin Hugo

ANALYSIS: Why Temasek Holdings' Singapore Pensions Claim Is Tosh

The Singapore government's sovereign wealth fund can be shown to be consistently dishonest over whether it has access to national pension funds.

2018/07/18 | Justin Hugo

ANALYSIS: Calculating Singapore's Callous CareShield Cash Grab

Behind a furor over gender inequity in the state disability scheme lies government profiteering.

2018/06/29 | Justin Hugo

OPINION: On the Distorted Logic of Ministerial Salaries in Singapore 

Singapore's prime minister arguably has less to deal with than his fellow national and municipal leaders, so why is he paid such astounding sums?

2018/04/24 | Justin Hugo

Cambridge Analytica – The Singapore Connections

SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, and other related companies and individuals have several connections with Singapore.

2018/02/09 | Justin Hugo

The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 5)

Taiwan has outgrown its current economic strategy and needs to move up the value chain to become more like the Nordic countries and the Netherlands.

2018/02/08 | Justin Hugo

The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 4)

Taiwan’s social welfare system stands out – it just doesn't feel like it because low wages make the benefits look insufficient.

2018/02/07 | Justin Hugo

The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 3)

Democratic societies like Taiwan can still fall victim to an authoritarian corporate environment.

2018/02/06 | Justin Hugo

The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 2)

The root of low wages is inequality, and at the root of inequality lies cronyism and closely held corporate control.

2018/02/05 | Justin Hugo

The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 1)

In the first of a 5 part series, Justin Hugo looks at how statistics suggesting the Asian Tiger economies have caught up with their Scandinavian counterparts mask a more sobering wage-based reality.

2017/09/06 | Justin Hugo

It's Time to Return Taiwanese Workers What They Rightfully Earn

Business groups simply do not want to show any respect when it comes to raising their workers’ wages, and it's time to start protecting workers in Taiwan.

2017/08/23 | Justin Hugo

Tsai’s Government Failing Taiwan’s Workers with Cruel Minimum Wage Increase

Taiwan has been sinking into a state of stagnation for more than a decade, the Tsai government continues to give businesses too much latitude.

2017/08/21 | Justin Hugo

Taiwan’s ‘Grim Truth’: Vicious Low Wage, Low Productivity Cycle Crippling Workers and Companies

As Taiwanese businesses are unwilling to increase wages for the want to hold onto their profits, they are also complicit in causing themselves to lose demand, and therefore their business sustainability. The government needs to act.

2017/06/05 | Justin Hugo

Stark Reality: Singaporeans Waking from the Housing Dream

[OPINION] How Singapore's pension-housing financing model squeezes its citizens.

2017/05/22 | Justin Hugo

Tough Pill to Swallow: Why Singapore’s Healthcare Model Should Not Be Followed

[OPINION] Singapore’s healthcare system has become unnecessarily complicated but it can be reformed to provide more equitable healthcare and give its citizens peace of mind.