Chan Chun Sing: We cannot shield Singaporeans from global competition
Posted by temasektimes on September 8, 2012
‘Global competition’ is a useful excuse to be blamed for Singapore’s many woes including the influx of foreigners, rampant inflation and stagnant wages and there is nothing the government can do to protect Singaporeans, we are used to be told by PAP leaders, the latest exhortation coming from Acting Minister Chan Chun Sing.
Speaking at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s eighth anniversary public lecture on Friday, Mr Chan reminded Singaporeans yet again they are expected to compete with the world’s ‘talents’ on their own:
“While we cannot shield our people entirely from the intense global competition, we can and will certainly prepare them to stand up to it.”
He added that given the ‘finite’ resources available, Singapore must come to a consensus about who should receive help and there is a need to ‘manage’ expectations as well.
“We need to help them understand that there are others who need help more….Managing expectations is not an easy task, but we need to be frank with ourselves on the challenges, tradeoffs and choices that we must face,” Mr Chan added.
Though Singapore has the highest GDP per capita income in the world, it has no social safety net for its citizens who are expected to work for as long as they can till they drop dead and die.