Singapore Model Of Governing A Sign Of Failure

Again, I declare I am no financial guru nor economist, I always write on sentiments and what a lay man would see. For the last two decades, we have a stagnant economy of averaging 1% or flat growth and negative productivity. If SG model is working, since the launch of two casinos, why have SG been sinking till now? From 4 million to almost 6 million population in very short duration, we have not even improved but actually declined if you take into consideration of how many third world foreigners they have imported.

By introducing and importing third world foreigners in low and high skilled labour, wages have also been stagnant for last two decades. We probably call it the “Maximum Profit Minimum Cost” model. An 1.6 litre car would set consumer back by $110,000, 5 times more than what you will pay 30km away. Public housing crossed million and new BTOs are pegged and inching towards the million dollar mark. The packet of HL milk is 2 times more than in JB. Even basic food stuff like milk powder for babies are getting ridiculous astronomically expensive that vouchers are now distributed to help consumers secure food for their babies. In a country where they claim to want to boost fertility rate, they actually push the prices of baby food sky, what hypocrisy?! Do you agree?

I have been a busy model, everywhere I go, I buy things and I ask questions, the same questions, “How’s the business?” and “How’s the market?” Maybe if you think I am lying, you can ask them yourself to verify what I said are lies or truth or even fake news. On average, they tell me the market is either very quiet or bad. If I have to take away all these government given projects of building sheltered walk ways and repaving the walkabouts, the market is sheepishly silent. Would you agree with me? In the span of three months, I saw three shops exiting in my neighbourhood. One at the swimming pool said the rental is going to be raised again, the business is poor and no way to run a business on such condition. In this poor economy where you need to help revitalise business, the govt still wants to increase rental? How ruthless have they become? Many businesses said the govt rather let the shops be empty than to drop rental. Today, despite have another two million more people, Orchard is dying albeit a slow death and a clown minister suggested that the roads be pedestrianised. You tell me, what is the real problem at Orchard road? Even idiots have no issue telling us the real reasons of why fewer and fewer people are going there.

The SG model model of paying the management millions and scrimping and paying the peasants peanuts. How much are our ministers paid? Let us talk one class failure, the FAS. The management at FAS were mainly politicians in the past, they were paid millions not not kicking a ball and irony that local soccer got very miserable funding. Today, our team is ranked amongst third world countries, we could not even beat Laos or Philippines anymore. And remember, Ah Goh promised Goal 2010?

In Singapore context, everything is priced astronomically, from healthcare to transport to electricity and water, after marking up astronomically, they give you the paperless rebates, after nett nett still make massive profits. For Medishield, the premiums are very high and the collection outweighs the payout which means they are making massive profit. Massive profits aren’t enough, every year, the prices have to be adjusted to make even more. This explains why despite so many empty shops in the mall, rental is still going up. In the open resale market, prices are not coming down because “evaluation” has successfully kept prices high since BTO prices are pegged to retail. Very ingenious way of manipulating the market and consumers’ perception.

After two decades of stagnating economy and businesses are exiting the malls or Singapore, the same old excuse of “Global Uncertainities” will be used to brainwash the sheeps just like those sheep at CHC. If you guys cannot open your eyes and see, you should open your mouth and ask.

After stepping the toes of US and China, we are now isolated, money is being poured into region but not into this island. The rest are progressing well economically and moving ahead and here in SG, we are weathering the storm. Don’t be conned by what you read on MSM, go out and ask the businesses and shops and make your own observations. Don’t behave like those sheep at CHC with dying faith, seek and you shall find the truth of how lousy is our model of perpetual greed that is slowly killing this country.

 

DuGu QiuBai

 

 

 

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36 Responses to “Singapore Model Of Governing A Sign Of Failure”

  • LIONS:

    Dugu,good writing n very salient too.
    This PAP G is NOT A GOVT FOR THE PEOPLE,it is a govt for their PARTY N THEIR KAKI-nang.
    So many of their POLICIES are truly ANTI-citizrens.
    It is either they,these scholars,are DAFT or SELF-Serving ot both?

    A good govt will not keep collecting more n more money from already impoverished citizens but will use the national reserves to help the people in NEED.
    Instead,they keep paying themselves high salaries n preach AUSTERITY to citizens while using taxpayer monry to BUY VITES N SHOWING OFF like buying too big to fail foreign banks n giving expendive scholardhips to foreign kids.
    Rhe recent proce hikes is a testament to their uncaring n greedy behaviour.
    Insteaf of creating jobs for citizens,thry take away our jobs to give to foreigners in the name of ATTRACTING TALENTS???
    FAKE TALENTS ARE ALL WE GOT SO FAR N IS PROVEN BY LOW NATIONAL PRODICTIVITY.
    Despite all the mad tush to dump FTs here,the economy is not getting anywhere or became worse?
    This blinking govt is simply too daft n arrogant n refuse to reflect,regret n repent.

    Still,other idiots choose to vote for them?

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  • Ruled by FEAR:

    Singapore has given the world a PERCEPTION of excellence.

    The state medias support the garmen .
    Of course no opposition media in state media.

    So, the world sees singapore in all its glory.

    But flaws exist but not obvious due to how media and freedom is curtailed.

    A good example is the smrt.

    It started out looking very good .
    But from the beginning,it was destined to fail as miserablyas it has been.

    Why? FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS from the beginning existed and policy changes did not cater for these flaws. Influx aggravated the issue.

    So, singapore model can be described as a smrt model that is flawed.

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  • Expert Ownself Masturbator:

    Singapore only has 1 model for growth :

    INFLUX and FREE TRADE.

    This is despite the fact that the WORLD HAS CHANGED.

    The world has gone conservatism .
    But sg is not adapting in the sense that sg ONLY HAS 1 Model of running a country. Its based on absolute authoritarianism, influx and free trade. Nothing else.

    Innovation has always been a failed project.
    Such a model relies on the west pouring money into asia.
    It relies on totally controlling the peasants.
    It uses the rule of law to achieve its goals.
    Its RIGID.

    Unable to adapt to big changes in the world:
    Trump USA ,Conservatism, TPP scrapped by USA.

    Its sticking to the old ways or models of growth.

    Taxes skyrocketted. Congrats to 70%.

    Why sg stick to old model?
    Cos it has no better solution.
    ITS TRAPPED!

    I foresee a even much more very expensive singapore in just the next 5 years alone with a slow growth economy. I prophecise to the peasants that they will get POORER thanks to the astronomically much higher taxations all round and stagnating salary and structural unemployment.

    More good years?

    BOH BIAN means 没办法 means No SOLUTION because NO INNOVATION because NO CREATIVITY because ABSOLUTE AUTHORITARIANISM.

    I spoken to countless peasants. They have a general issue. THEY RELY ON BEING SPOONFED info by the GUERMEN.
    This resulted in Unquestioning TRUST which i refrain from calling it BLIND TRUST . The peasants lack the use of their mental faculty to SEEK THE TRUTH through Questioning and analyzing the garment. This level of brainwash is PERMANENT AND TERMINAL, meaning from Craddle to their Graves.

    The Projectile they are on is a one way street. Its Terminalistic and Destined to crash.

    The real world is Dynamic and subject to Change being the only constant. A absolute authoritarian state which i avoid calling it a police state, is RIGID and Artificial.

    Welcome to the New world order.

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  • I Educate Yew:

    MYTH :
    Singapore has no Natural resources like oil etc.

    BUSTED :
    Singapore is BLESSED with NATURAL RESOURCES as Valuable as its weight in OIL.
    A peasant would scratch his head (not dixk) and ask, what am i talking about?

    Singapore has natural resource as valuable as gold or oil contrary to WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD.

    The sea route throught which all ships take from china to usa and singapore island itself is a natural resource. In short ,the strategic geographical location.

    If this is not NATURAL , what is ?

    No country in the world has this natural resource except singapore. Its given to singapore naturally and its a resource.

    WITHOUT THE NATURAL RESOURCE of the island and its location and the path or route the ships have to travel, singapore could still have been a fishing village.

    So, no one in the world have told you this. I am the only person in the world first to educate you and enlighten you.

    Why? Your thinking is within the box.

    Product of absolute authoritarianism.
    The truth is not what you have been told.

    Who can debunk me?
    Kisswhore kaninaboo ?
    Darkwinder Sing?
    You got to be kidding!

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  • No Achievement from Day 1.:

    The model of growing the economy by mass and free immigration will be seen as the most stupid policy ever, befouled in history the name of the old man.

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  • reminder to the 70%:

    U are right. Even the blind can see whats happening.
    This gov has become too greedy n arrogant to admit their mistakes.
    They want ppl to think they are the best in the world , with salaries to show..
    In actuality its just the opposite. We are doomed sinkies.

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    Definitely a failure after L*L took over as shown below:

    (1) Stagnant / depressed wages while price rise sharply making Singapore the most expensive place to live in.

    (2) Singaporeans losing their jobs to foreigners.

    (3) Depleted CPF account after paying for “subsidised and affordable” HDB flat.

    (4) Singapore only has 1st World per capita GDP but definitely NOT 1st World in terms of wages, productivity and standard of living. Only got 1st World COST OF LIVING with stagnant wages.

    Despite all of the above PAP office holders are paid millions each year. And they cannot be removed because Singapore does not have really free and fair elections.

    Good thing Amos exposed the “rigged” system run by self-serving, greedy PAP in Singapore.

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  • Dark Winder Sing:

    Without the NATURE-GIVEN strategic geographical location that only sg gets to enjoy,thus its sg’s unfair advantage,no model of sg can bring prosperity no matter who is the leasder.

    Singapore is very lucky. As lucky as Arab countries given unfair advantage of nature-given oil.

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  • Main Obstacle 4 Opposition:

    Sg stepped on usa toes?
    What incident is that?
    Its very interesting to know what are the incidents. I would be ecstatic to know.

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  • MarBowling:

    Another great article by DuGu!

    Looks like President XJP has turned his back against small Boy Mai Hum. Mai Hum was NOT on the list of invitees to the Summit on Silk Road Initiative Plan next month. Malu or Not? Amongst those invited are Russian President Putin, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif, Cambodian PM Hum Sen, Md Aung San Sun Kyoto, Indonesian President Joko and Malaysian PM Najib. Think potential PRs will have to THRICE not Twice before they want to consider becoming a newly minted SinKaporean! Looks like The calculated and strategic move by XJP has made the already black and thick cloud hanging over SinKapore blacker and thicker! 69.9% what do you think?

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  • bo pien leh:

    loyang point recently reopened after a lengthy renovation both inside and out.
    i visited it the other day to look for my fav hawker upstairs. he told me reno very nice lah but what for? he’s paying almost twelve thousand dollars a month rental now! i do not expect him to last very long there.

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  • Concerned:

    Right on Du!!
    If you ask questions, you find out the scene is BAD.

    From my experience one gets a good gauge of the Spore
    economy from the amount of construction work that is
    being done. The more the construction, the worse the
    economy. There is currently a LOT of construction now,
    more than ever before…

    One of the projects is the swish mall at the airport.
    $1 B plus!! This at a time when retail is having severe
    breathing difficulties and is bedridden.

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  • Goh Choke Tongue:

    Concerned:
    Right on Du!!
    If you ask questions, you find out the scene is BAD.

    From my experience one gets a good gauge of the Spore
    economy from the amount of construction work that is
    being done. The more the construction, the worse the
    economy. There is currently a LOT of construction now,
    more than ever before…

    One of the projects is the swish mall at the airport.
    $1 B plus!! This at a time when retail is having severe
    breathing difficulties and is bedridden.

    MORE GOOD YEARS !
    I PROMISE.

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  • Shut:

    LHL did not like Trump to win and also tried to tell US how to do things i.e. TPP. Trump also did not send his rep to SG after that.

    LHL thinks he is bigger than US and China.

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  • Boh Bian Model:

    Dark Winder Sing:
    Without the NATURE-GIVEN strategic geographical location that only sg gets to enjoy,thus its sg’s unfair advantage,no model of sg can bring prosperity no matter who is the leasder.

    Singapore is very lucky. As lucky as Arab countries given unfair advantage of nature-given oil.

    Lets dissect your claims :

    1. If Kra Canal finally built within 7 years, then ships will go from China to USA.
    How badly will sg be hit? Significantly?
    If so, this proves your hypothesis is TRUE. Yes, WITHOUT the strategic nature-blessed strategic location, sg would be much poorer.

    2. Sg has an impressive garment. But WITHOUT the strategic location, how many ships will come after an alternative cheaper faster route is ARTIFICIALLY CREATED?

    The great garment notwithstanding, Kra Canal can prove what is left of sg when its strategic location unfair advantage is removed. Only time will tell. Hope to see Kra Canal come live.

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  • dafterer than daft:

    Shut:
    LHL thinks he is bigger than US and China.

    and the daft who worshipped the father now worship the son

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  • Where Got Problem?:

    The pay of ministars are sky high. Their lives are flourishing.
    They are happy.

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  • oxygen:

    10 YEARS OF RELENTLESS INFLUX GOT US this

    - the economy admitted to be MAXED OUT

    - restructuring has failed

    - the Committee for Future Economy clueless of future and DIAM DIAM DIAM on the monumental failings and reasons for failure of the last 10 years

    AND ALL THAT WE GOT IS

    - stagnant wages for the employed

    - PMETs got displaced and local marginalized in the labor market

    - relentless rising costs of living

    - IMPLODED HOUSING COSTS of accommodation

    - OVERWHELMED public infrastructure, services including overloaded healthcare services

    AND

    PAPpys want another 13 years to 2030 to gamble with the same PROVEN FAILED SOCIAL ECONOMIC EXPERIMENT.

    FOACKING DUMB 70% too stupid to realize they are stupid are waiting for the estate upgrading and ESCALATING ASSET ENHANCEMENT politics to DRIVE UP THEIR HDB TO ZERO VALUATION.

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  • Get real!:

    We have an aging population. We are low on babies. Locals have migrated and many are planning to migrate. Locals are diminishing in numbers and will become the minority. Blaming it on past unthinking policies is a little late now.
    What do we do to ensure our existence as a country.
    Rejoin Malaysia?
    Not likely in the short term due to complex politics.
    Open our doors to good quality foreigners and their families?
    That might work.
    We are talking about survival.
    And we need protection.
    We are the 53rd state, that’s not-much-of-a-choice situation, that’s for protection.
    That’s the position.
    We are caught in a difficult situation.
    The Singapore in the next 50 years will be the most mixed up groups of people you can find.
    Chinese, Malays, Indians, PRCs, India Indians, Filipinos, Myanmarese, Indonesians, Malaysians (they will probably be the majority as they have easy access here helped by their own now sitting in top positions of authority in public institutions and private companies), Whites from all over the world, they are all here and have got a foothold.
    So the job of the government is to ensure harmony amongst the various groups. So far so good.
    What other alternatives do we have ?
    We have reached the point of no return.
    We have to be practical looking at things as they are today.
    Sad but that is the position and situation we have got ourselves into today.

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  • Pappy:

    PAP is relying on FTs and those timid naive to win GE, they won’t slow down immigration.

    Foreign visa kept $30 for donkey years, anyone can afford to come into SG to look for jobs as tourist.

    PR application is $100 for years also.

    This signals PAP is targeting FTs for 10M.

    More locals will be driving uber or grab that’s I’m sure.

    Vote pap to screw yourself and few generations.

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  • Get real stupid.:

    Get real, you pap IB la. Probably Malaysian new citizen

    Import so many, what has improved? Nothing

    Singapore sinking? Absolutely

    Babies? Don’t talk cork. Baby food also increased till sky prices!

    Pap is all greed and $.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Get Real,

    WE ARE ALREADY SINKING, just waiting for sudden death collapse. There is NO GOOD FOREIGNERS coming into a prison run by a mob of thoroughly incompetent failed political dictatorship thriving on 1% truth, 99% lies, fantasy and propaganda.

    The smart ones use this as a stepping stone to get a red passport to move to Down Under, US, UK, NZ, Canada WHO IN RECENT MONTHS ALSO TIGHTENED UP ON QUALITY RESTRICTION of migration intake.

    What is left is we are piling garbage on a sinking ship of frail aging population with inflated property valuation plus among the highest costs of living/doing business and nothing else of economic value to show and relevant to the world.

    And in spite of this last window of opportunity of breathing space, neither politics nor the 70% daft are willing to confront realities and vote for change in 2011 & 2015.

    Well there is ONE LAST OPTION left for even caterpillars – wait for the hungry passing bird to fly past and have YOU AND THOSE CATERPILLARS for dinner. EXTINCTION IS GUARANTEED TO COME.

    GET REAL INDEED of this dead worm caterpillar mentality peasants.

    Get real!: We have an aging population. We are low on babies. Locals have migrated and many are planning to migrate. Locals are diminishing in numbers and will become the minority. Blaming it on past unthinking policies is a little late now.
    What do we do to ensure our existence as a country.
    Rejoin Malaysia?
    Not likely in the short term due to complex politics.
    Open our doors to good quality foreigners and their families?
    That might work.
    We are talking about survival.

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  • Get real!:

    @oxygen
    Decades old policies contributed to the climbing high costs of living, and many people had left and more are planning to leave, and is affecting birth rates and marriages which are fast declining. Needless to say we are paying a heavy price for it in that we have lost and sacrificed our identity. Family life is a thing of the past and the old Singapore is fast fading in our memory.
    We have reached the point of no return, meaning we are just a couple of steps away from extinction as you put it.
    It is a classic sellout and unglueing of families and society by the inner small group of misguided overstated rulers whom we have unfortunately entrusted our future and fate to. A bad choice. But it has been done and it has come to a stage where it will be extremely difficult to undo it.
    Like it or not we have to take stock, look and move forward, and do the best we can today to make this an excellent place.
    Singapore will have to be unique. This will have to become a still further open society where we welcome and embrace everyone, akin to a borderless country. Open up to anybody and everybody. Any well meaning person could come and stay here and become a useful citizen after undergoing the necessary scrutiny so long as you are useful.
    The government will be responsible to handle law and order.
    And they will have to look after ten or more different kinds of people.
    And we have to tie up to some big powers for protection, no choice for a small country. We are not Trump-strength, we got no clout.
    This is the likely solution for our continued existence henceforth.
    Otherwise we will dissapear into nothingness if we shut down left with our especially dwindling population.
    What practical alternatives do we really have now, tell me.
    A new breed of Singaporeans will emerge.
    That’s for survival.

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  • Reality:

    If we don’t open the doors wider still to foreigners, our property market will collapse.
    Who suffers?

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  • Reality bs:

    Reality you are pap IB la, talk so much cork.

    50% of our population already FTs, we are Dubai already!

    Don’t keep harping birth decline or population! We already 6M and still growing!

    Property? For who to afford? Locals hardly afford and next gen how?

    You are a focking pap greedy piece of shix, you only care about yourself and your personal property!

    Pap is a shitty model, wages stagnant, no growth, negative productivity and high local unemployment!!!

    Get real and see the reality, don’t keep talking cork.

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  • Question...:

    If Kra can be successful, then China would not have invested so much in the new Malacca port, right?

    Maybe, China has a different agenda?

    Think about it!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Reality

    WAKE UP KID, if you open the doors wider to foreigners and property market inflates higher, WHERE IS YOUR CHILDREN GOING TO STAY?

    Reality: If we don’t open the doors wider still to foreigners, our property market will collapse.
    Who suffers?

    Also how many millions you want to welcome of low-quality foreigners to trample wages lower and implode your housing costs (good for you if you bought prior) and costs of living pressures such that your wages can’t pay for your food and healthcare?

    I did some research, SUPERMARKETS in UK, EU, HK, Austrlia, Canada, USA earned less than 3c after tax in each dollar of sales – some as low as 0.3 of 1 ct BUT NTUC FAIRPRICE AND SHENG SHIONG earned a net after tax margin between 7c to 10c of each dollar of sales.

    With more foreigners coming in and MASAGOES ALREADY REFUSED WORKERSS PARTY REQUEST TO ALLOW OPENING OF A WET MARKET IN UPPER SERANGGON CRESCENT to lower the costs of living for peasants – where is the pressure for supermarkets to hold down their ridiculous food pricing margin?

    If anything – without competition, what if they all raise their food pricing margin to 30c in each dollar – same as PAPpy raised your essential water supply bill by 30% in one hit.

    CAAN YOU AFFORD TO LIVE ON without selling your property to foreigners and rent expensively after that – knowing that you can NO LONGER AFFORD TO BUY BACK ONCE YOU SOLD OUT to foreigners in an inflational price bubble for property?

    Mate, I am truly worried that you are another instance of tragic brainwashed case of TOO STUPID TO REALIZE YOU ARE STUPID of self-inflicted wounds.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Get Real!!

    Mate, foreign population influx of an eat-and-sh*t economy is NOT the survival escape route. That is a PROVEN FAILED FORMULA. Did the massive foreign influx since 2005 turned up our economy on the next growth trajectory or at least discover the green shoot of the next economic pillars? If we did, LHL won’t be telling Sinkies your HDB is valuable assets which provide the nest egg for secure retirement ‘AS SINGAPORE PROSPERS’ instead of asserting promise of secure retirement WITHOUT THE QUALIFIER of if “Singapore prospers”. Retirees – by DEFINITION – have already earned their bread – AND NOT WORKING IN HELLISH SLAVISH CONDITIONS IN RETIREMENT to secure their retirement needs. If the economy prospers, it will benefit future generation, NOT THE PAST RETIRED GENERATION – otherwise retirement dreams promise is a HOAX AND AND A FART OF FICTION. Let us be honest and blunt about this fact.

    If retirees have not yet earned their bread and lodging prior, it is TOO LATE FOR THEM. But a lot of CPF money disappeared via backdoor tax and maybe a lot more lost in investments – most retirees don’t know of this fact. It is tragic outcome of 50 years of brainwashing with 1% truth, 99% lies, fantasy and propaganda. Some way have to be found to recompense our retirees BUT NOT VIA THE ASSET ENHANCEMENT ROUTE -which proven not to work. The question is HOW??

    Are you going to abandon your parents and siblings? Or are you going to abandon those who failed you of promised utopia fiction? That is your choice.

    I am certain of a few things – growth is NOT BIOLOGY of endless growth. In olod age, obesity is CANCEROUS and that is reality you forgot altogether. I see “cancer” everywhere in the social media – over-congested public transport. overcrowded hospitals, supermarket food margin is 7% to 10% in Sinkieland NTUC Fairprice and Sheng Shiong (elsewhere in HK, UK, EU, Canada, USA, Down Under it range from 0.3% to 3.5% on sales turnover, mostly on the low end), water price hike 30% in one yr (claiming expensive tunneling costs of water delivery systems suddenly mysteriously arising without even knowing geology or where the digging going to be done) etc. Soon, there will be transport gridlock in suburbs – business vehicles take 2 hours to reach customer or supplier (how does the economy works in a grinding halt I wonder??)

    Let me put it bluntly, human consumed as much of the wealth they earned, that is why productivity impact on economy is next to zero. Everywhere else is quality-focused. OZ had class 457 temp visa to reduce PRs and then cut this out now to focus on quality.

    Sinkieland doing the opposite and want to survive? Adding fuel to fire of faster extinction.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Get Real!!

    In economy, the most productive factors of production must by far is INNOVATION/TECHNOLOGY, then comes a distant second capital and humans are the most expensive wasteful corroding of economic contribution (if any). That is why YOU SACK UNPRODUCTIVE LABOR and thoroughly INCOMPETENT GOVERNMENTS for the society to survive and prosper.

    Human eat and sh*t which capital and innovation DOES NOT. Take an average household, how much of the monthly income is spent on accommodation, food, transport and healthcare – virtually all leaving only a small portion for savings and an even smaller portion of that for recreational and travel luxury.

    WHAT IS ENTERPRENEURIAL OR PRODUCTIVE OF LABOR CONTRIBUTION in that above income/spending equation, I find nothing accept as a necessary input into the production cog of wheel turning of final goods and services. REAL LOUSY OF NOMINAL CONTRIBUTION, I should say.

    Capital is wasted on unproductive failed investment in inherently risky enterprises. Some will prosper and reward shareholders with handsome dividend, others will just be failed misadventure.

    THE BEST COMES FROM INNOVATION/TECHNOLOGY – America may look a very sick economy of unemployment BUT ITS POLITICAL/SOCIAL ECONOMIC SPACE IS GENEROUS OF CREATIVITY EXPRESSION AND ALL KINDS OF DISRUPTIVE CONTRADICTION THOUGHTS – that breeds innovation and LEAP-FROG JUMP in technology and wealth cultivation on a scale NOT seen in Russia (high on military technology). Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, CISCO don’t exists outside America. To get to Silicon Valley instead of death valley called Sinkieland, we NEED A POLITICAL CULTURE in governance WHICH SAYS – I AM GOING TO SHUT MY FOACKING MOUTH if half the town including underaged kids scold me stupid or incompetent or merely disagreeing with my policy and thoughts because I DO NOT HAVE A MONOPOLY OF WISDOM OR VIRTUE finally confessed to BBC journalist. The world out there has got creativity and innovative thoughts THAT ARE THE SEEDS OF NATIONAL SURVIVAL and that hold priority over my political agenda or preferred perspectives. In America, it is called First Amendment or in Down Under, it is called FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

    Until we get to the maturity of this political culture, Sinkieland will be condemned stuck and trapped with stupid economic of more foreign influx, more eat-and-shit PAPpynomics that failed since 2005 and just waiting for sudden death collapse of the economy.

    2011 and 2015 were mistakes. 2020 might be too late to rescue this country – SO BE IT – we get what we choose in FAKE “democracy”.

    Eat-and-sh*t FAKE NEWS ECONOMY WILL SURELY EXTINCT US. The rest of the world is on innovation trajectory.

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  • Sawa de KRA CANAL:

    No matter how capable the garmen, without the god-given NATURAL RESOURCE of its strategic geographical location no country in the world has, how good can psa be?

    Sawa de KRA !

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Reality:
    If we don’t open the doors wider still to foreigners, our property market will collapse.
    Who suffers?

    Have you thought of what happens to your children when property price hit the cloud?

    If you are a foreigner, I suspect your are, you can just sell your property at the right time, make a lot of money and go back to where you came from, rich.

    Can Singaporeans do that? You sell one at high price you need to buy one at high price too, have you thought of that?

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  • Anon:

    @Reality;

    I am a Singaporean property owner. Let the property market ‘collapse’. A house is first and foremost a HOME. There are some who have even borrowed to the hilt to speculate in property and own several properties. I say let them learn that the ‘get rich quick’ model is not the way for Singapore to go. This kind of selfish short termist thinking will generate unintended consequences. It is depriving honest, hardworking young couples from getting a roof over their heads and starting a family. Housing, especially public housing ought never to be driven by market forces, but on affordability. Those who rely on rentals from properties are sitting too comfortably collecting passive money and not contributing to the economic competitiveness of Singapore. As others have pointed out the Asset Enhancement Scheme has not been beneficial for Singapore in improving the real quality of life for tha majority.

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  • @ Reality: Who suffers?:

    Reality:
    If we don’t open the doors wider still to foreigners, our property market will collapse.
    Who suffers?

    @ Reality: You have aptly highlighted this classic PAP Ponzi scheme.

    Who suffers? The Sinkies!

    Every new generation of Singaporeans now have to use such an extraordinary out of proportion of their income to pay for their homes that they have to struggle and suffer the rest of their lives working the longest hours in the world and living the life of a slave caused by that unbelievingly stupid and senseless policy of the PAP leaders.

    And are left with nothing to live on, let alone to retire. Quality of life?? That doesn’t exist in the lexicon of the average Sinkie. It is only a luxury that is designed for the PAP and the PAP Civil Servants themselves.

    I am glad I was able to emigrate. I now live a relatively stress-free lifestyle with a normal eight-hour job and have a spacious freehold property and can easily afford to own two cars and can smell the roses.

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  • PAP Is Root Of All Evils:

    Get real!:
    We have an aging population. We are low on babies. Locals have migrated and many are planning to migrate. Locals are diminishing in numbers and will become the minority. Blaming it on past unthinking policies is a little late now.
    What do we do to ensure our existence as a country.
    Rejoin Malaysia?
    Not likely in the short term due to complex politics.
    Open our doors to good quality foreigners and their families?
    That might work.
    We are talking about survival.
    And we need protection.
    We are the 53rd state, that’s not-much-of-a-choice situation, that’s for protection.
    That’s the position.
    We are caught in a difficult situation.
    The Singapore in the next 50 years will be the most mixed up groups of people you can find.
    Chinese, Malays, Indians, PRCs, India Indians, Filipinos, Myanmarese, Indonesians, Malaysians (they will probably be the majority as they have easy access here helped by their own now sitting in top positions of authority in public institutions and private companies), Whites from all over the world, they are all here and have got a foothold.
    So the job of the government is to ensure harmony amongst the various groups. So far so good.
    What other alternatives do we have ?
    We have reached the point of no return.
    We have to be practical looking at things as they are today.
    Sad but that is the position and situation we have got ourselves into today.

    No need lengthy talk, first step is to get rid of PAP. The rest of the problems will be straightened.

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  • Close look at Current Lot...:

    What have they done for the good and betterment of Singapore?

    Nothing!

    Only know who to say do this and say that but no results attained.

    Only good for collecting more monies from poor Singaporeans!

    We must learn from the French people. Only a political earthquake will result in good governance!

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  • When will you ever learn:

    The only “good” news are to those promoted to be ministers. To those who are employed in the ever expanding and ever expensive government. While PAP announced the additional ministers, additional PMO ministers, yet he said he has concern for jobs. What Irony. What irony that people vote in the last elex even less opposition? When will they ever learn to listen to the propaganda they are acting in your interest. When will you ever learn that they will hide all the bad news from you? Now you have to wait 4 more years and by that time more tricks will come your way -

    Was there any statistics that how many immigrants were taken in and how many from which country? Did Goh Chok Tong announce to Singaporeans when he quietly signed the CECA agreement to allow liberal numbers of Indians into the country replacing our local workers from PMET jobs.

    Was there any statistics how many PME$T lost their job. Have their careers chopped off mid stream. How many PMETs turn to driving taxis Where are the watch dogs of job stats? Only now there is some measure of restrictions and we learn about it only when the Indian govt complained that PAP renegaded on their CECA agreements. Only now I have friend who start to get serious headhunter enquiries. But then after their interruption of career, after many years spending in the wilderness the headhunters may tell them they are too old or they got rusty. What government allowed this state of affairs? To some lucky ones they may get a contract job of 6 months.

    All the talk that we must be realistic and not be choosy is hollow when the minsters and their kind are getting 1k to 3k dollars a day, got easy job as their offices are over staff, ministers and then ministers of state – how many mayors!! full pension, paid for different portfolios they hold like mayor pay plus minister pay. What is really their job scope? How have they improved the economy and our lives other than their own lives.Did the minister share our problem by lowering their pay while they kept arguing against minimum wage?

    Why are ministers paid high on the excuse of keeping corruption at bay. Do you know that New Zealand is amongst the least corrupt countries in the world and yet their ministers are paid one of the lowest. The over paid ministers surely cannot relate to the problems of the unemployed, lowly paid and part-time workers. Is this good governmence or just government to ensure nobody rocks the boat against the Party.

    These special class of people have also caused a culture of rich people despising the poor if you look at how a taxi driver was insulted by a chicken rise stall owner flashing his thousand dollar notes insulting the driver that he is only a driver -
    COPY AND CIRCULATE THIS – SO ALL SINKIES SHOULD KNOW

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