COMMENT: Is Singapore becoming a catch-up nation?
P N Balji
Yahoo News Singapore
22 August 2017
Read full article
Sign in to post a message.
Smart Nation? Tell those to SME bosses, they are still relying on cheap foreigners to do manual work and our productivity is still far behind those of Japan. Please spare us the empty promises, not another one of those "swiss standard living" empty words or "graceful aging" drama speeches "promised" by Goh Chok Tong during his premiership. As for Diabetes, stop chasing the elderly with tonnes of bills everytime after they have collected their medications, and please make life easier for those with mobility issues to collect their medications. It is not they didn't want to take their medicine, they either cannot afford or could not collect them! Talk is easy and stop feigning about caring for these helpless people.
IMHO, our pappies gahmen..
1. lack of foresight
2. don't understand world situation and slow to react.
3. mistake on suppressing the poor / low income. Higher education was made inaccessible for them hence, as a result, SG gahmen have to rely on "foreign talents"
Very clear that current set of leaders are not up to mark, don't deserve that kind of salary.
Where is my NS50 voucher? Why so long still haben receive one?
I'm not sure about others but speaking from my own perspective as a Singaporean in my 30s, I'm just not motivated to work anymore. I'm currently in my sabbatical and even though I'm sometimes bored at home, I'm not motivated even to go for an interview, I'm even seriously contemplating suicide after I've depleted all my savings and to donate my old parents to the government after my demise. I feel that I'm making a rational choice in my situation.
In Singapore, everywhere is competition, competition, competition. Compete for school, compete for job, compete for money & status, compete for love, compete for kids, compete kids against one another, compete to see who can live longer, compete to see how many people turn up at their funeral (in which case LKY is the winner lah, with his 1-week national mourning! Don't fight with LKY okay!).
Everyone is helplessly stuck perpetually in a prisoner's dilemma in a never-ending competition; with the ephemeral winner suffering from the winner's curse (see game theory for both concepts). I think this is not what life or a nation is all about. Where is the community when there is no event? Where are the people who genuinely care for one another? Do you seriously think by giving people over-priced asset, people will fight war to protect it? What if the enemy bombs their asset first? Does that mean they have no more reason to fight? I don't even know what Singapore means anymore. I actually hope for the decline of Singapore if by losing, we can recover what we've lost over the years - The Singapore I remember from 1991-2004 (Goh Chok Tong's era). Many things are more important in life.
30 years ago, we helped China develop the Suzhou Industrial park. Today, we have lagged behind China in payment technology. How we have declined !!! Still claim to be a smart nation ? How to teach the Indians how to build a smart nation when we ourselves are so backward ? Do you think the ministers deserve their million dollar salary >
MOE should employ and deploy childcare teachers like primary school. Then can regulate and have fair distribution of salary and benefits to attract early development teachers. Leaving it to the private sector will exposed this set up to profit mentality ahead of service. With cheaper and better regulated childcare and teachers, couples will not worry so much about uncertainty and cost and more willing to have kids.
It's never too late, but we need leaders who are tech savvy and have foresight and can act decisively and quickly. We have the infrastructure, we need ideas to implement and govt need to set aside funds for the project. Don't depend on the foreign talents, they're only interested in making money for themselves.
Truth is Singaporeans are frustrated with these overpaid ministers. They squeeze us, take our hard-earned cash not returning back to us, import foreigners as much as they like, yet ignoring their own people. Do we have to have to work till we're 70, 80 or 90 to please them?!
THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE SINGAPORE IS TO CHANGE A GOVERNMENT, PAP MINDSET AND CULTURE IS NOT ABLE TO LEAD SINGAPORE FURTHER, THEY THEMSELVES ARE NOT ABLE TO MAKE SIMPLE AND OBVIOUS ANALYSIS AND SETUP POLICIES ACCORDINGLY, FOLLOWING THE WORLD GANGSTER USA IS JUST TOO STUPID NOWADAYS AND EVEN MESSED UP THE RELATION WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT COMING SUPER POWER CHINA, THEY ARE JUST AS STUPID AS INDIA GOVERNMENT, MAY BE THEY HAVE TOO MANY INDIAN MINISTERS TO MAKE ALL THE STUPID POLICIES.
What to read next
From shoebox apartments to GCBs
Cerrone fails in bid for UFC record books in Singapore
Group H left wide open after sloppy Senegal allow Japan back into game to earn vital point
WOWtv - Claire Foy reveals why she relished playing a literary character
PHOTOS: Trump, Kim arrive on Sentosa for historic summit
Who's in and who's out at the World Cup
PHOTOS: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un goes on a night tour in Singapore
WOWtv - Kit Harington getting a hair cut when Game of Thrones wraps
Family: Anwar warded over severe prolapsed disc injury
PHOTOS: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, PM Lee meet at Istana
Don’t use bikini enforcement as excuse to ogle women, MCA tells Terengganu
Hawkers, restaurateurs in uproar over new policy to drop foreign cooks by year-end
PHOTOS: US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrive in Singapore
WOWtv - Eva Longoria gives birth
Victorious Lewis Hamilton claims rival Sebastian Vettel let off the hook at French GP after Valtteri Bottas crash
Highest Paying Jobs in Singapore For 2018 (And a Section For The Fresh Grads!)
Don Don Donki says Orchard Central landlord stopped it from selling sex toys
Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore
WOWtv - James Cameron grateful for life experiences
Should a HDB upgrader consider an EC over private resale property?
Insight: As Najib holidays in Malaysia, his former mentor Mahathir turns up the pain
Mexico, gay pride flags caught up in victorious jumble of joy
WOWtv - Chloe Grace Moretz's hair used to fall out
No Malaysia Baru if only Malay Opposition left, analyst warns
Restaurant asks Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders to leave