Peeved new citizen: PAP govt should pause and reflect on its policies
Posted by temasektimes on July 18, 2012
An obviously peeved new citizen by the name of Kenneth Ling wrote a well-thought letter to the Straits Times Forum today expressing his concerns at the direction the country is heading.
Kenneth wrote that Singapore was a well-managed country with a vision and direction when he first arrived in 1992, but he noticed a remarkable shift in the opposite direction after becoming a Singapore citizen in 2008.
“…if this trend continues, many of the desirable talent Singapore worked so hard to attract and cultivate – citizens as well as foreigners – will think of leaving. After all, when the level of frustration, high cost of living, crime, corruption and unhappiness reach the levels seen in New York, Sydney or other global cities, one might as well go to these places to live.”
He expressed his doubts in Singapore being a special place to raise a family and have a good career in the future because of the government’s choice and policies.
“To me, the Government has chosen the path of monetary and materialistic emphasis, plus enhancing its global image, over its citizens’ quality of life. The surge in population, which strains infrastructure; rising costs as people compete for jobs, goods and services; and the emphasis on casinos and wealthy foreigners to drive growth, all impress on young people the need to increase their material wealth, and they are then trapped in a rat race to achieve this.”
Kenneth ended his letter with strong words for the government:
“A social imbalance emerges, with accompanying behavioural consequences that are hard to reverse now. When you add poor planning, and one-dimensional solutions focused mainly on financial outcomes, things may worsen in the coming years. It is too shallow and unstable a platform for long-term viability.”