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Does the govt know how to improve the future of Singapore?

Posted by temasektimes on August 22, 2012

Seriously speaking, times and again it shows that the government did not do anything to improve the future of our children. For inland transport matter, when it comes to be blamed, just find a scapegoat by calling a COI, after having removed the retailer CEO and now replace her with a SAF soldier to run SMRT.

Basically the same old formula and recipes are used and applied to the system. It’s like selling old wines in a new bottle. How to improve the transport system? Worst, at one hand it claims to look after the benefits of commuters and on the other hand it wants to ensure a minimum return on the capital employed to enrich Temasek Holding’s coffers. How shameful is a government to continue earning monies from its own people.

In regard to other policies, contrary to what they have claimed, nothing seems to have been changed; be they immigration, housing or economics. Take for example the immigration policy, in recent weeks, one of the employment agencies told me he had just helped MNCs successfully applied for a few cases of EPs hiring PRC engineers.

To his surprise, all approved instantly. It is still relatively easy to obtain the EP approval even now. Just download application forms, complete them with the particulars provided by those Ah Tiongs and attach copies of their education certificates either conferred or bought from some Cheena universities which I have not even heard before. Next, more ridiculous, now they have come up with a pay-for-your-whole life housing policy and to make younger generation to foot the expensive housing bills for good.

The pro-capitalist fiscal policies have caused income divide to a considerable extent. Direct tax likes corporation tax at 40% in 1986 has been cut significantly to 17% now. The top individual tax rate has also been cut tremendously over the years. These are all the rich man taxes. To make up the difference, GST was implemented. GST is too broad base. Even a baby uses diaper or drink milk has to pay GST. And poor people will pay more as they spend most of their disposable income without any saving. I find this strange why we are asking the poor to pay and at the same time to spare the rich? Would there be good future for younger generation?

Basically this Government is totally lost. It has made many wrong moves in the past decade and now finds it difficult to rectify or reverse. Except collecting million-dollar paycheck, the Government has run out of ideas in its entirety. We must let the Government know we Singaporeans are tired. We Singaporeans are tired of the tired transport system, we are tired of all these lopsided government policies and we are tired of this inefficient and outdated Government.

LEI LIN TENN

*The above was first posted as a comment on Facebook

25 Responses to “Does the govt know how to improve the future of Singapore?”

  1. Jack said

    I don’t think our current government know how to move forward, what do you think when the major offices are held by the Forces Generals.

  2. opheliaboa said

    Kool nice to kno

    Ophelia u know and love

  3. Public Eyes said

    Start by having the right people in Parliament. May everyone taking that seat serving Singapore, is there out of merit, and not from riding on someone else’s coat-tails. That’s a sure way to draw fire from Singaporeans, and tongues will wag, and judgements will be cast. Disillusionment will set in and trust will be lost. Break apart the internal cliques. Every man/woman should be assessed on his/her own abilities. Not because he or she rubs shoulders with so and so.

  4. ngpy said

    Lei Lin Tenn you sport on, Most Of Our Singapore Citizens are getting not only very tired but also very fedup with their running of their systems, it is not that they are not aware of all the problems but our Ministers are only using lip sevices and not capable to handle their SUBORDINATES TO MAKE CHANGES. FOR ONE REASON THEY ARE ALL TOO DEPENDENT ON ALL THEIR SUBORDINATES FOR DOING THEIR JOBS AND WORSE STILL USING THEIR OWN PEOPLE (KAKI NANG HOW TO SACK THEM). PARDON MY STRAIGHT TALK, THEY WILL HAVE TO REPLACE ALL THE INCOMPETANT OFFICIALS OR THEIR FAVOURITES, WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT IN THE FIRST PLACE, TO GET THINGS MOVING AND FOR A CHANGE. ITS EITHER THEY CHANGE THE PEOPLE OR THEY CHANGE THE SYSTEM.

    • fish 'n' chips said

      Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

      It’s ok, take it easy. It’s fine, relax and everything would be well. All these must come to pass before the demise of the power of the day; be it a kingdom or a dynasty. They do not have to change anything. History has taught us that when the timing is ripe, they would be removed from office in disgrace. Each and everyone of them.

  5. K said

    In sg, anyone from the army is qualified to run any business. History has it. Why question? Our top notch army personnels r the best. Look at Mr Kee Chiew. Only way to they could be brought down is by corruption. History has tat too. All u sinkies r done for!

  6. NaBey said

    You will be even surprise at how much the big giant such as HP, Motorola paid in corporate tax lately. The policy is to reduce such taxes, or find way to escape them “legally”. Attract more foreign giant to come and invest in Spore, create more job for “local” and let the employees pay the taxes. Robert Kiyosaki said that rich people dont pay tax.
    Our neighbor, Malaysia, Indonesia posted economy grow of 5-6% and inflation that is lower than Spore. Whereas our economy growth is 1-3% and inflation that is higher than them. What does that mean?

  7. Mike Zeng said

    Thanks a lot for this timely message to all true Singaporeans!
    I concur 110%. As the PAP leaders remain smug and snug in their wealthy ensconced positions, we can only hope for a radical change in 2016 the year of our next GE as well as the Rio Olympics.

  8. Duncan said

    All i can say is that when the moment the baton was passed to PINKY, everything just go haywire and messy. He just don’t not have the calibers to lead.

  9. Ron said

    The easy days are over for Spore. It had maintained a policy of cram schools so that the mind does not have much time to question other issues. It used to have a draconian tactic of suing outspoken critics to bankruptcy or let them migrate away.

    It used to be a system of obedience and listening to instructions and advice from the top. But the world is much more competitive and Spore is suffering from a depletion of good ideas. Where was Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Paypal, Microsoft, etc. etc. created? In USA. Why not Spore?

    Today, we see repeated train system breakdowns and almost back-to-back LTA investigations. Even buying a foldable bike has become a scandal. Thank goodness the flooding has stopped due to El Nino. But where is the next major breakdown to hit Spore?

    While USA, despite all its economic challenges, continue to create the future mega enterprises, Spore is mired in housekeeping work; repairing here and there and wallowing in petty misery (smelly neighbours, traffic violations, lack of work, sex offences, etc.). What a shame. Our newspapers do not carry many inspiring news.

  10. stevenadosan said

    As a layman, i fully agreed.Sg is somehow or other being run by junta! A good soldier does not necessarily being a good politician.TCH is a good example.So easy, just ask “what do you think”Our gahment looks like desperado having soldiers running NOL,SMRT and so on.

  11. sue said

    interesting postings around BUT does YOU all people know how to govern and if YES, why not stand up (for Election) and have your voice heard, instead of being a posting warrior?!

    • Ron said

      Is entering a political party even if it is the PAP, the only road to success? It is not if you know the politics within the politics.

      The successful and rich are doing very well, thank you, without being involved with politics. And many are involved with the international market and doing well.

      • sue said

        what irony! “we are tired of all loop sided government policies …blah blah blah” didn’t you read the article and understood the English well before replying comments?what have successful and rich doing well here in tantem with ‘government’ policies etc…since the complaints hereupon are about GOVERNMENT, then form the next one, if not to say the least vote this one out and seat in the next, otherwise stand up and have your voice heard! the whimp here is about lamenting the state OF THE GOVERNMENT so, …hey read the lines properly as ‘intellect with education’ understanding of words used!

  12. JeoJeo said

    ‘scam’ is the word for the pappies.
    they use gic and temasek to make $$ from us
    their wrong policies in the past decades lead us to where we are today, and we paid the price and continue paying…, and they continue to reap the millions $$ salary

    failed gic and temasek investment books are in some ways ‘cooked’…
    they keep changing the cpf rulings so that they can borrow these cheap money from cpf to continue their casinos in the so called ‘investment world’.

    the gic and temasek are paid top dollar, but their performance were far worse than Harvard or Yale or Stanford U’s endowment funds.
    this is the ‘country’ we live in, where all propaganda were part of this scam

  13. monkeybc said

    This is so true! Now 70% of jobs in Singapore goes to a foreigner!

    http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/eat-drink-man-woman-16/bloomberg-news-70-percent-jobs-created-singapore-went-foreigners-last-year-3744229.html

  14. alam said

    Dear TT Moderator,

    Have you moderated my earlier postings? Or do you consider that it should not be printed because it was the truth?

  15. Wong said

    By 2016 , we will see a whole new SINGAPORE .

  16. scammer said

    I already give up hope for this Sinkapore. I bet you that there wil NOT be any change in 2016 nor in 2020 even; because the 60% still just want to maintain status quo. Eveyone is selfish so those 60% already achieved some level of comfort will not rock the boat. I know many Aunties share with me directly, they already work hard most of their lives so they just want to keep the boat steady and vote the same folks into power so they can enjoy their retirement lah. You think they really care about the younger generation got no jobs and no HDB? They are happy because their own HDB bought long ago at dirt cheap prices and so they happy now just vote the same party thinking to keep the status quo. Common, humans are a realistic and selfish bunch, Can;t blame them, but turn the tables around and you think the younger generation if got good jobs and careers etc. will in turn bother about the older generation and their contributions? Again, all humans are selfish one, so that’s why PAP will still win for many years to come because they know human nture and how to ticke the selfish human out. (e.g past elections give freebies, HDB upgrading, “ang pow” etc.etc. to aunties & uncles). All they need to do is to look at the voting population statistics, target the majority with sweets and carrots and divide and conquer.
    There is no more Singaporean or not. Nationality is just an unnecessary lable and an obsolete concept in Singapore Inc just like Win98 compared to Android now. Don’ cry for Singapore because there is nothing here worth defending or crying for now. I bet you the same silly forumers will still be typing all these same comments in 2016, 2020 or further.
    If you make Money here, then stay here, if you don’t make money or no job, no business here to squeeze money, then leave. It is as simple as that.
    In my travels, I met many ex-Singaporeans happily living/working overseas. Got one time, one Australian (ex-Singaporean who had served NS long time ago), even forgot what day is the Singapore National Day! Hahaha.
    Put yourselve in the shoes of the FT/FW, they are not dong anything wrong. If I were them, living in slums in Philippine, India, China or Indonesia etc, I also will pack up and go to find a better place, right? Same story when Singaporeans pack up and go to another more developed country. Nothing wrong with it.
    Don’t be stupid to think that you’re “Singaporean” or “non-Singaporean” because all these are pointless. In today’s context, you should think of “how to make more money” for yourself and family and be a world citizen. Just think, in ages past, people sacrifice their lives even just for their King or Emperor, but in modern history, the concept of democracy took hold and its just silly that people kill each other for their Kings. Now, it is silly to “fight for your country” because Nationalism is an obsolete concept in a globalised world and it will be replaced very soon. If you got money, Philipine, Chinese, Indian foreigner and the world will welcome you but if you got no money, even your own relatives will shun you, so what is there to talk about being Singaporean or not? Your own blood ties would rather hug a FT with money than acknowledge a poor relative, so get real and make money rather than enemies with FT/FW. If you think at a bigger scale, we’re all humans living on this same planet, so where is the imaginary line between “Singaporeans” or “foreigners”.?

    Mod’s note:

    There will be no changes in 2016 because the ‘Wayang Party’ will keep the PAP in power at all costs:

    ‘If the PAP fails to win a majority in the next GE, the Workers Party will form a coalition govt with it to keep it in power.’

    – WP MP Pritam Singh, May 2011

  17. solaris8899 said

    well said..

  18. Two Cents said

    Well.. .Singapore is indeed doomed because the opinion of someone who does not even have the ability to string a sentence of English together properly can hold so much bearing just because it resonates with the emotional cord and thereby throwing out all objective analysis of the actual issue.

    if you are one who find what I said difficult to comprehend… please stop trying to comprehend policies.

  19. Two Cents said

    http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/listening-to-complainers-is-bad-for-your-brain.html

    check this link out… think all of you need to read this. the path i see Singapore is taking fully can explain the reason for its bleak future and why foreigners will eventually be the choice staff if things do not change…

    not because their Title is “FOREIGNER” as this title is actually a handicap but because they are actually SMARTER.

  20. who_says_so said

    When I tell my boss I have run out of ideas, he will say that ” I employ you to give me solutions, not give me problems.I can show you this way to the door”. In a democratic system, the voters own the country and the government, at least technically in any sense, even in socialistic countries like China, need to serve and love its own citizens. Not abuse them, force them to work until they die, threaten them to repent if you do not vote for them, say nonsense things like “our policies are the best, those who criticise us are daft, and don’t you vote for the opposition or not vote for us due to unhappiness”. When a government tells you that they have run out of ideas, they are telling you they are tired, and to please vote them out.

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