Singapore netizens challenge Critical Spectator’s controversial assumptions on lotteries’ spending and cost of living

In a recent Facebook post, the Polish blogger ‘Critical Spectator’ stirred debate, implying that Singaporeans spending S$10 billion on gambling shouldn’t lament living costs.

However, netizens countered, pointing out the potential impact of the rising cost of living on driving individuals towards desperate betting.

They urged the foreign blogger to provide evidence supporting the claim that “many average locals waste money on lotteries”.

And true enough, a 2021 survey conducted triennially by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) revealed that the median monthly betting amounts among gamblers decreased from S$30 in 2017 to S$15 in 2020, with 89 per cent of gamblers betting S$100 or less per month.

Lim Tean accuses MCI of ignoring ‘Critical Spectator’s’ repeated interference in Singaporean politics

Lim Tean, leader of the People‚Äôs Voice party, criticized the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) for ignoring repeated interference by the Polish Blogger, ‘Critical Spectator’ in Singapore politics after It issued a warning to Mr. Dominic Ziegler, The Economist’s Singapore bureau chief, for alleged “interference” in Singapore’s domestic politics.

He raised concerns about a perceived double standard, suggesting favorable foreign voices faced no consequences.