PAP has pulled out all the stops in an attempt to absolve itself of blame after it had depressed low wages for more than a decade.
Instead of taking responsibility, PAP wants to take credit through a wayang staged by Tripantat and MSM actors.
How the problem was create by the PAP
But the fact is the increase has been ultimately passed on to consumers: with rental remaining elevated, PAP (Singapore’s landlord) and service providers are still as profitable as before.
Singaporeans don’t begrudge the increase but the root cause has always been rental costs elevated by PAP’s asset enhancement policy. The issue continues to be ignored.
Costs have again been passed on to consumers in the form of increased prices. For example, drinks prices have increased in order for service buyers to pay service providers (cleaning company) to pay their employees.
Coffee shops (drinks stall) may in fact be even more profitable after, say, a 10-cent increase. Assuming it has 2000 customers per day, it would be earning additional $200 daily, more than sufficient to offset the increase in cleaning bill.
All this talk about wage increase without a corresponding rise in productivity is basically talking cock. Over the years, the workload of a cleaner has to increase in proportion to the increase in population density.
To insist that productivity has not increased and therefore cleaners’ wages shouldn’t, PAP must either be blind or telling an outright lie.
And why should others get a pay raise to offset inflation while low wage earners see theirs stagnate?
It is the PAP with its pseudo workers’ unions and open leg legislations which have caused this issue. As the biggest employer, PAP is also the biggest service buyer at rock bottom prices which resulted in the stagnation of cleaners’ wages. Hmm.. suddenly woke up after more than a decade?
The PAP service buyer is now behaving like coffee shops and WILL pass on the increased costs to Singaporeans, such as increasing HDB car park charges. It has a long list of cost increases in the pipeline which will be announced way before the next GE. 😦 (Standard practice to increase costs, offer ‘rebates’ and still get voted in by silly Singaporeans.)
Businesses which are unable to pay living wages, such as McDonald’s, should not have any business in Singapore. Paying non-living wages results in government handouts – privatising profits, socialising costs again.
Singaporeans should start to think a little about issues which affect fellow citizens and don’t buy in to PAP’s wayang so easily. The issue has not been resolved and PAP will continue to profit from low wage workers’ misery.