However, after living there for so long, I realize everyone I know has left or leaving. Since 1997 Singapore has never recovered. The amounts of bull sinkees put up with from the govt is ever increasing. the ministers pay, its all bull. The list is endless and readers of TRE are fully well aware of it. I remember hearing economy double digit growth yet I see empty restaurant and stores closing all the time. On the roads, everyday someone cuts you off, or drives so badly, its like a war zone on the streets of SG. Again this list goes on.
Then one day in early 2004, I realized something. I cant see any future in Singapore. This was after seeing so many friends suffering in business, seeing firsthand many clients from many industries facing competition from India, China, and hearing in the market so and so company moving to china or malaysia, etc. Really if you stop and think about it, what future does Singapore have? although we were comfortable I was seriously considering a move.
The inability of the s’pore govt to take care of its own citizens is appalling. For every citizen who migrates, the govt loses half a million of tax revenue. Singapore’s govt culture has, for a long time, been “Govt must be right, cannot be seen to be wrong”, and these ex-singaporeans were immediately considered as “not loyal”, “quitters” . The question will be: who will remain in singapore to pay taxes when they dont get immediate benefits? The benefits are illusory in nature ( Assrt enhancement scheme). Judging from whats happening right now, former singaporean who quitted are in a better state now.
I can write a book on how much lousy Singapore is. But instead i will leave you with this thought. I left singapore because i saw no future and to avoid being a tax slave. In fact who does see a future in singapore? who? what future? It is up to you people to leave and
change your lives. If you dont, nothing will change. Its up to you.