The last 2 decades have seen so many policy missteps that epic screw ups = PAP = new normal. But our country was never so mismanaged before Goh Chok Tong became PM. Singaporean youths may not have experienced a Singapore when leaders were not inept and need to have a better perspective. Our sorry state can be corrected in GE 2015 and PAP must not be allowed to continue taking Singapore downhill.
Most issues have already been highlighted by one of the most respected bloggers @ Diary of A Singaporean Mind since 2005. But PAP did not even bother to listen. By comparing the pre- and post-1990 leadership, it becomes obvious how inept our current batch of leaders are. We need to vote wisely.
The consensus among Singaporeans – Goh Chok Tong was the captain who started steering our Singapore liner into treacherous waters. Goh had ZERO experience in the private sector and of course did not know how to generate real economic growth. Goh was being simplistic when he created economic growth by importing citizens and cheap labour from Third World countries.
After PM Lee took over Goh in 2004, PAP continued with its addiction to growing the economy by growing the foreigner population. When PM Lee says “easy ways” to economic growth “maxed out”, he was indirectly admitting to importing foreigners to increase economic growth. As far as we know, there is no easy way to make money except maybe by increasing ministerial salaries at the stroke of a pen.
PM Lee: “Productivity is very tough to do, and that is what we depend on now”.
Wrong. We depended on productivity 3 decades ago and not ‘now’. What kind of a leader is PM Lee, one who prefers a not “tough to do” job while paid more than $4 million, including his MP and town councilor’s allowance, in 2008? Is PM Lee a jiak-liow-bee aristocrat?
When we import millions of foreign workers from Third World countries, our First World standard will eventually drop. This is common sense. How could a foreign graduate from a Third World university such as Mumbai be equated with our local uni grads? How can we expect to have a First World standard of hygiene while forcing local cleaners to accept Third World wages? If PM Lee prefers a not “very tough to do” job where he has plenty of Facebook time, he should work as a receptionist in a small company.
Singaporean youths need to know that a better Singapore existed during their parents’ time. During our early years, we had competent leaders like Goh Keng Swee, Toh Chin Chye, etc who put the interest of citizens above politics. Our basic needs were taken care of by a responsible government. Fast forward to 1990 when Goh became PM, PAP has become so greedy that all policies are crafted with profiting from the people in mind, eg HDB, COE, CPF, Medishield Life, hospital charges, public transportation, etc. All because one man and his bad ideas once asked, “what’s wrong with collecting more money?”.
When we were not considered a First World country, medical care was nothing close to our present system of means testing, implemented by mean politicians who believe ordinary citizens have no dignity. Presently, ordinary citizens are worried sick about falling ill while others forgo medical attention because treatment is unaffordable or they do not want to burden their children. Healthcare costs have also been inflated by PAP to exorbitant levels. To better understand how we have been shortchanged over the years, read the personal account popular blogger, Redbean.
Some may argue that those were the good old days, now long gone, and policemen don’t wear shorts anymore. But this doesn’t make any sense because Singapore has become one of the wealthiest country in the world. Where has all our wealth gone?
Like Redbean, I was a regular NCO in the Air Force drawing an enlistment salary of about $600 in 1982 which increased to $1400 before my ORD (previously ROD) in 1988. A year before I joined the private sector, I received the keys to my Simei 5-room flat which cost less than $80,000. Today, a new 5-room HDB flat costs on average $400,000, an increase of 500%. In the past, the mortgage could be serviced by a single income; today, this is an impossibility.
PAP has been feeding half-truths and propaganda to Singaporean youths to mask its abject failure.
PAP says our standard of living has improved. Hmm .. Singaporeans so stupid meh?
When the cost of a roof over our head has increased by 500%, one would expect a corresponding increase in wages. This is where PAP’s incompetence is glaring – wages have not even increased by 250%.
In the days when the government was competent, EVERY Singaporean who had bought a HDB flat before 1990 could attest to their affordability. No need for “earn $1000 can afford HDB flat” propaganda.
On the issue of NS, there were no worries about job competition from foreigners after a 2-year stint in the army. We didn’t even consider it a sacrifice but our duty to Singapore because the government had taken good care of our needs. In today’s employment climate, PAP has implemented policies which have severely disadvantaged locals and allows NSFs to be screwed the moment they step into the workforce.
The world today is vastly different from 5 decades ago. But our sentimental government has continued to engage in propaganda to keep Singaporeans on our toes, as if war is imminent. This despite the fact that our neighbouring countries are so interconnected that any war will be a lose-lose situation. It’s not to say there is no need for defence but an unnecessarily long 2-year NS stint only serves PAP’s political objectives.
Singaporean youths should have realised by now that the PAP has not been able to adapt to changes which have taken place during the past 2 decades. It continues to control citizens as if social media did not exist.
I hope more youths will not confuse our history with PAP’s propaganda. So long as PAP is in charge, there will be no meaningful change. Whether it’s unaffordable housing, retirement shortfall, a senseless immigration policy, abuse of public resources, PAP-created increased cost of living, etc there will be only meaningless tweaks. If they speak with older Singaporeans and think a little deeper into THE cause of our problems, they will realise the culprit has always been PAP.
A government which really serves the people will simply allow its work to speak for itself. If PAP was serving Singaporeans, it would not demand full control of the mainstream media and perpetually engage in propaganda.
PAP’s only motive is to profit from the people and implement policies to ensure the success of Singapore as a corporation, not a country. It has been profiting from Singaporeans’ misery.
Singaporean youths must realise that they have been severely shortchanged by PAP and remember not vote for incompetence.