Stagnant wages, immigration fuel Singapore squeeze

Foreign kitchen staff take out the trash while in the background, a line of parallel old shophouses lead out into new residential development, Thursday Feb. 17, 2011 in Singapore. A flood of cheap immigrant labor, and stiff competition for manufacturing jobs from Asian neighbors like China and Vietnam, has kept wages stagnant for many and widened the gulf between a very wealthy minority and the island's poorest. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

February 17, 2011 5:37:24 AM PST
Singaporean Ramzi Mohamed is tired of sleeping in the living room of the two-bedroom apartment he shares with his mother and older brother.

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