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Lim Swee Say asks Singaporeans to take ownership of the future instead of blaming govt all the time

Posted by temasektimes on August 28, 2012

Though the PAP government has been the one charting Singapore’s future since independence, it now wants Singaporeans to take shared ‘ownership’ in an attempt to share the ‘blame’ for recent policy failures.

Speaking to the Labor Movement in a National Day Observance Ceremony on Monday, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Labor Chief Lim Swee Say said the “biggest challenge now is ensuring that Singaporeans take shared ownership of the country’s future. He called for a consensus to forge new success areas for Singapore in the two decades, including having a more gracious and inclusive society.”

“Shaping the country’s future involves everyone and the next chapter of the Singapore story does not belong to the government alone. Instead of spending time pointing fingers and blaming each other, I think we should all play our part, take action to create and re-create, to make sure that this new Singapore will be something we can all be proud of,” Mr Lim said.

While recognizing the rise of domestic ‘tensions’ between native Singaporeans and foreigners, Mr Lim is adamant that foreign workers may an important role in ‘supplementing’ the labor force.

“A better Singapore would mean a nation where both locals and non-locals understand the need for each other….having foreign manpower supplement the labour force reflects the country’s success, where there is a shortage of workers because jobs outnumber the local workforce,” he added.

31 Responses to “Lim Swee Say asks Singaporeans to take ownership of the future instead of blaming govt all the time”

  1. Free Trolley said

    Lim owns a black belt in Tai-Chi.

    • Zhang Sun said

      “They say people can think for themselves? Do you honestly believe that the chap who can’t pass primary six knows the consequence of his choice when he answers a question viscerally, on language, culture and religion? But we knew the consequences. We would starve, we would have race riots. We would disintegrate.”
      – Lee Kuan Yew, The Man & His Ideas, 1997

  2. CB said

    foreign labour supplementing locals? BS. More like replacing. Zorro Lim whose previous title is minister without portfolio (in other words zo bo) obviously has nothing to do while drawing millions in salary. How dare he tells us to take responsibility?

  3. tony said

    it takes 2 hands to clap, but if one of the parties doesn’t reciprocate, what is the point of understanding one another ?? Mr Lim Swee Say, please gives us a proper solution before you try to talk crap

    • Zhang Sun said

      “I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervene on very personal matters – who your neighbour is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what people think.”
      – Lee Kuan Yew, Straits Times, Apr 20 1987

  4. spotlessleopard said

    This Clown should be replaced immediately…..He is not worth more than a bangla Construction worker…We need to vote the PAP out and let them sit in the Opposition benches for at least the next 15years…and this clown should investigated by the Labour Movement for his traitorious behaviour towards all workers.

  5. mahbok tan THE SINKI said

    KNNBCCB ( = good morning to u lim ss )

    U tok kok veli the guud lei….u earn million and we earn peanuts….so want us to make guud with FT’s but u bizii counting money….!!!

  6. Power comes with ownership. Ownership without power, how to chart the future ? You take ownership since you are in power.

  7. newhik said

    I agree with Mr Lim that Singaporeans should take ownership of our home land and not blame PAP for doing a bad job. Remember in 2011, it was 60% majority that left us in this place. Hence, I urge the remaining 60% of Singaporean sto reclaim our birth right and made the right choice of putting power into the people, and not blindly believe that th eruling party have the right answers when they do not.

  8. Too risky to listen to him. Frog in the well preaching?

  9. tyu said

    Lee Kuan Yew’s stop at two policy leads us to the mess today. We shouldn’t blame him but blame ourselves for listening and obeyed him? Fuck you Zorro!

  10. Yharyah said

    the best way for Singaporeans to take control of our future is to vote out the PAP asap.

  11. The Gardener said

    LAN Jiao understand. Resign now if we need to pay you so much to play tai chi is it?

  12. goobie said

    Zorro out to rob the poor to pay the rich!

  13. Jason Sim said

    Have to wonder if everyone here just likes to swear alot. I mean how is it tai chi when the guy is saying “we”. When he says “me”, another lot Hokkien swear words come out from cyberspace to complain that he is self centered and he known nothing. Its not going to change if all cyberspace does is critise about nothing. I mean even if the opposition is voted in, do you think things will change? If there was the overwhelming support for the opposition, then why was the evil pap not voted out in 2011? I don’t agree with alot of the old policies, but where do we draw the line? Never it seems

  14. dono said

    Why then pay u millions of $$$$?CPF cannot take out for old age or when in need?Somemore kena charge interest when u use ur own CPF,who to blame if not u??…oh wait,i know,we can blame the 60% who keeps on voting for u…

  15. xiao said

    May be government deserve it?

    I recall I had written some issue to Mr Lim, and yet he did not bother to reply to me.
    If we had fed back to government, and government did not look into it and improve it , what can we do?

  16. CornY said

    Talk cock sing song play guitar

  17. KC said

    Since you claim that you should be the top notch and demands that Singaporeans pay you top dollars in the millions, then if things do not work my friend it is your fault 100%…..The only problem with Singapore is that we cannot fire you guys even if you screw up…and you have and continue to screw up.

  18. Where in the world do you see or hear a “Labor Chief” who take side with the employer rather than the employees.

    In S’pore, it’s the labor chief who defend the “No Minimum Wage” policy.
    Encourage an “Overtime” Culture.
    He is afraid to offend the employer.

    And where in the world do you hear a “Labor Chief” defending Foreign Workers.

    Only in Uniquely Singapore.

    After creating a “Toothless” Union to junk status , it’s everyones responsibility?

    Wow!!!! how more unique can it get?

  19. ying said

    If you want Singaporean to chart and have a greater responsibility, I belive its time for you to step down. A minister is paid highly for his vision, obviously something must be missing. Thus, given that the “Minister” has lost what Singaporean and Foreigners pay in their taxes, the message is clear, u r the the leader we wanted. Dear Singaporean, wake up, in your next election, please vote wisely.

  20. 龙的传人 said

    亚生想退休,就不要胡言乱说免得被贬为庸员!就抬头难见人!

  21. solaris8899 said

    you create the problem and we take the ownership? what kind of logic is this.

  22. Naivety said

    Coward & useless minister, you are not needed, please step down & FO immediately!

  23. bodohsia.. said

    Mr Lim

    I think u realise tat u gov pple make big mistake and nw u want us take ownership?? can u give me special power so tat i can chase out the foreigner..pls sign my special power pass ok..

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