Why should I stay in Singapore when my rights are not protected?
Posted by temasektimes on June 27, 2012
I get around 2k+ after a year of working and the roof wages for my profession hit the roof at 3k+. I cannot increase the treshold, unless I have a degree and join the rat race.
I learnt to live within my means, but at the same time, I need to save up for my future and possible retirement. I need to cope with the increased cost of living and support my parent. I get taxed and there is no rebate or susidise for people such as myself. The current policies of Singapore does not care about its citizen’s right or survival as long as you abide by the law and pay your taxes. The policies however seems to favor the FT, hence many of the FT prefers to stay PR than to convert to Singaporean.
These are the following questions I asked myself…
1) Do I really wish to live until the age of over 65 with no one by my side?
2) A single illness within my family that requires surgery will basically wipe out my hard earned savings, am I really prepared for disaster?
3) Can I really stay in this job and not get replaced by FT and request for increase wages?
4) I wishes to further upgrade myself, but the local university in Singapore refuses to admit me, while private university cost too much.
My target is to retire at 65 and will be able to enjoy my golden age without any worries. Is that possible with the current situation? I am very sceptic about it and I am just being practical about it. I am a hard worker and do not take medical leave unless necessary. The only thing my boss told me is ‘This is expected from you’. I know I am slightly better paid than my ‘foreign talent’ colleagues, but at the same time I still felt exploited because I am unable to save up and no future prospect in my current job.
My target is possible over-sea even after the high taxes. I may suffer some ‘racism’, but aren’t I living as a second class citizen in my own country right now?
I am a Singapore born Chinese Singaporean. I intend to migrate to other countries after meeting their requirement and my profession allows me to do so. Some people may call me a ‘Quitter’, but I worked my arse off during my poly years, working part-time and studying at the same time. I served my NS faithfully and after that I had to compete against foreigners for jobs with them having the advantage due to the government ‘non-welfare state’ and ‘reckless’ immigration policies.
My question to the government, why should I stay in Singapore when my livelihood and rights were not protected?
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times