Be realistic: Impossible for government to meet expectations of everybody
Posted by temasektimes on September 29, 2012
Government works for the people, but they are not God. They work in the best interest of the country and its people, but not for the unreasonable individual requests. Don’t blame all problems on the government, some are self created. Take housing for example, everyone is assured that price for HDB first time buyer is affordable. But many ended homeless because they used their flat as a trading commodity.
They sold their first flat, making good profit and spending them all, bought another unit with maximum loan and hoping to make another good profit again. Some did it a few times, until a day when they have problem servicing their loan, they ended up homeless. These people then approached HDB to buy or rent but was rejected because they already used up all their entitlements of buying twice directly from HDB and pocketing good profit. If HDB were to help these people then more will treat their flat as commodity trading.
When become homeless request for aid got rejected, the blame again falls on the government. Someone mentioned why we need foreign cleaners to clear trashes. It is because many Singaporeans are littering and not many Singaporean want to be cleaners. We also need other foreign workers to drive the economy otherwise businesses will go to other countries and we will have less jobs for our people. We need more businesses here to create job for ourself otherwise we will end up finding jobs in other country, and how much can we earn? Now talk about inflation. Yes, cost is going up, but inflation happens in all countries around the world. We import everything we use and we want only quality goods.
Transport fare increases but compare with many other advance city ours is still considered reasonable cheap. Food prices at many coffee shops and hawker centers are very affordable. Many of my overseas friend find our costs of living affordable and reasonable, given the amount of income we are earning. They admire the quality and price of our public housing. They envy the peace and security we enjoy. They wonder how a small island city state, without any natural resources or vast land is able to enjoy such a high level of success. I told them because we are blessed with a good, capable and honest government. Of course there are some fellow citizens who are not doing as well. They really need helps from the government and I know there are many bodies and organizations out there offering helps. There are people talking of free health care, free this and free that. This will means more taxes from the people, and it will also lead to misuse and wastage.
Don’t complain of having to wait for BTO flats. Flats are buying something that can be built over nights. We should instead plan in advance what we want in life accordingly. Government cannot meets every individual expectations or wants, some of which are really unreasonable. It should only work the country overall interest at large and not give in to unreasonable demands.
DESMOND CHUA AIK HONG
*The above was first posted as a comment on PM Lee’s Facebook.