Regardless of race or religion, many criticised Jo Teo for being “out of touch” with the reality facing parents in Singapore today.
Jo Teo posted this on Facebook on Saturday:
Angry parents then swamped her Facebook page, accusing the government of dodging the question of why, in the first place, the price of what’s essentially baby food could jump by so much in so short a time:
The price of infant milk formula has made headlines after charting of price trends showed that costs increased by 120 percent over the past 10 years.
The Competition Commission of Singapore has revealed that marketing costs, which rose 42 percent during this time, made up a bulk of the increase in costs on the part of formula firms.
An industry insider has revealed that much of this “marketing costs” goes towards bribing doctors at private hospitals and clinics with expensive gifts such as all expenses paid holidays to Europe and the US, sponsored golf trips and even branded handbags.