Singapore then and now, why policy changes are needed now

Singaporean and new citizen read this post from Peter Choo that lay out the facts frankly about PAP Government then and now.

The contrast is shocking almost unbelievable but for senior citizens who lived through the LKY, GCT period of premiership, what Peter say is true and accurate. I have not spoken to LKY but interacted with GCT, LHL and his brother LHY at fairly close quarters.

What Peter say and feel is accurate:

” Singaporean life is not getting better with current team of government.

Currently our government placing wealth before citizens welfare.

I’m sceptical with PAP after our founding father LKY passing.
Cost of living did not come down. All taxes and so many others necessities (electricity, water, etc) concerning the lives of Singaporean all increased. Worst still, CPF cannot take all at 55.

LKY time no GST but never heard him saying country no money. Even GCT time for greater part also never complained no money.

Now with GST keep hearing govt say no $.

Where our money go???

The current government is “more concerned about money politics than the welfare of our citizens.

All of us need to vote out PAP if we want our life to get better than now.”

I am capable of resolving all the issues for rapid growth for Singapore

I am capable of resolving all the issues for rapid growth for Singapore with a 5 year deficit plan, or else I will support the opposition for policy changes, the PAP cannot have a majority of 90% in Parliament Contributed by Oogle.

Why 5 years you ask? Because solving the loss of the people’s CPF monies will run into billions, and cannot be done overnight, the PAP government is desperate or else they will not be on a campaign to “tax and tax” it’s citizens if it has enough resources. Actually if I can solve the entire world’s problems, billions of $ is chicken feet for me. Even if you squeeze the blood out of every citizen’s bones, there still will not be enough to solve all of your problems, let’s face facts. More than 55 years of nation building, LKY is on the right path and I respect him for that, what happens after that is a disaster, and needs to be put right.

You want to mass import foreigners and talents to replace Singaporeans? It will never work as foreigners will use Singapore as a base for resources to move to better countries, those who are talents will never use Singapore as a base because the market is too small, so what benefits can Singapore give? Fundings for student grants with the hope of retaining talents? Fat hope, only you will get 0.001% results as the prospects are better elsewhere. And so the brain drain continues.

You want students to come and learn to pay high class fees what can you give in return? Do you lead in technology like the US and China? Graduates who take up your courses can get High paying jobs? What type of collaboration you have with foreign institutions that can guarantee you have the latest technologies here to train graduates with ready High paying jobs in the industry? You will fail as students will realise you cannot help them get a decent paying job after getting into debt with hundred of thousands in course fees and tuition. 

You want Singapore be a land of opportunities you must help everyone solve their problems and create paths of progress and you start by investing in your own human capital. If your own citizens do not succeed what type of stories can you tell? You will just be a bridge everybody used.

If you want Singapore to succeed, go back to the LKY era and adopt policies that benefit all not only the elites. With the highest cost of living in the world, decent working population will all chose to leave Singapore. Nobody will  have the “Swiss standard of Living” dream. What you have behind are the very rich who will come here because it is a tax haven, money launders, gamblers and all those who think they can escape all kinds of crime with money.

The Singapore Branding has now gone as China overtakes all to be the most advanced economy in the world. Ask any chinese citizen during the LKY era and they all respect Singaporeans, now all they do is laugh at Sigaporeans for the mess we are in. Do we need another generations to see our declining fate?

Dare to challenge me? The PAP government better win a majority or else your control of every citizen’s CPF monies will be fought in the United Nations and it cannot be used to fund anything, I will make sure IMF/World Bank will reject all applications for credit. Do not listen to ne and I will twist all your arms until you cannot function at all, then the PAP government will be totally useless.

Bring back LKY type policies and everybody is able to achieve a “Swiss Standard of Living”

HDB. You charge market prices, make sure every citizen can get income from HDB flats and not a liability. Bring back HUDC policies so that every HDB flat can be privatised in future. At the end of the 99 years lease, owners can sell back to developers so the value is not zero.

CPF. Change all the stupid rules to allow the withdrawal at age 55 in stages over 5 years. There is many wrong policies that cause hardship to everybody.

Using Medisave to pay for insurance so that everyone can afford healthcare education and housing. National insurance should not have a deterence to pre-existing conditions. There is no such thing that you must lose two limbs, two eyes before you can make a claim. Hospitals should not deny any Singapore citizen because they do not have Medisave, those who fall under the cracks can be covered under a fund and medical insurance.

You do not need to fund anybody for education or healthcare. It is for show only especially to foreign students. From childcare to secondary school everyone can fund themselves by allowing withdrawal from CPF and only require you to fund higher education by 50%.

Once you change all the rules, everyone can afford to do everything themselves, eveything the government tells you is rubbish.

Change GST tax to a VAT tax of 10% for luxury goods. By doing this the cost of living in Singapore will be lowered and I do not see a need to spend millions on promotions or attract FDI, this will create billions of income in FDI and indirectly push up the entire Sinapore economy, everything else the Singapore government tells you is rubbish.

You do not need COE to control the car population in Singapore. By using GSP Electronic Road pricing that is the deterent to control any traffic in any city. Do not tell me rubbish. And the income can easily help you fund any traffic management centres like islandwide AI cameras with facial and character recognition.

Jobs should have a Singaporean first policy, what you are doing is ineffective with so many loopholes, I myself want to disappear from Singapore, not to mention the rest of Singaporeans.

All these may not derive income immediately but with a budget deficit for 5 years, whatever you invest can be recovered, especially we are so rich we do not need to touch our reserves. What a stupid idea. The biggest problem for Singapore is not the lack of money, but everything the government is trying to do is to squeeze blood from every Singaporeans, who cannot pay for anything.

Very illogical move by the Singapore govt, unless it is not real?

Hampering contact tracing effort, the Singapore government has rejected Indonesia government’s request to provide details of the infected whom is said to be imported from Indonesia.

The secretary of the Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Directorate General, Achmad Yurianto, slammed the Lee Hsien Loong dictatorship:

“We have asked for the identities of the Indonesian nationals from Singapore. They did not give us the names. How are we going to conduct the tracing in Indonesia? Singapore is adamant on not disclosing their identities.”

According to Singapore, at least 5 Indonesian nationals tested positive in Singapore hospitals – namely case 147, 152, 153, 170 and 181 in Singapore.

The Singapore Ministry of Health played dumb despite playing a goody in front of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO recently praised Singapore for its anti-outbreak efforts, but it turns out to be corruption for publicity. The Chairman of the WHO taskforce on coronavirus was bribed with a director position at the National University Hospital.

There are now 212 cases in Singapore, with 12 reported yesterday. Most of the 12 contracted the virus while in Singapore, despite claims by the government that they are imported. One was infected without no known link to existing clusters.

Local transmission has been out of control since January, with confirmed cases now jumping 100% since it crossed the hundred case in late February. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong maintained that the “situation is under control”, despite having no face mask or enough hospital facilities to test suspect cases.

Singapore past reserves cannot even cover a portion of what I can do, you are diverting the issue, just fix all the skewed policies and I can take care of the rest

No, you do not touch the reserves, just use a budget deficit of 5 years to fix all your policy flaws, get to the root of the problem, not throw money to try to win votes, you just cannot achieve anything by doing that, and after 5 years, your economy will get boosted with double or triple growth, why you do not have the foresight? Contributed by Oogle.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday (11 March), President Halimah Yacob said that Singapore may consider using its “past reserves” to help combat the economic impact of COVID-19.

In the post, President Halimah started off by mentioning that the current situation of COVID-19 is a lot worse than what it was when Budget 2020 was debated in Parliament.

As expected, she said this had badly impacted Singapore’s businesses as well, especially the tourism industry.

Given this situation, the President pointed out that “we must do our utmost to support our people and our business”, and one way of doing so is to even consider using Singapore’s reserves if necessary.

“If our public health is at stake and our people’s welfare affected, we need to do the necessary. The Govt has been keeping me and the CPA updated and we are monitoring the situation closely,” she expressed.

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I do not judge anybody in anyway, you can never tell anything by their looks

An old lady handed her cheque to a bank teller and said, “I would like to withdraw N500..”

The female teller told her, “For withdrawals less than N5,000, please use the ATM”.

The old lady then asked, “Why?” The teller irritably told her, “These are rules. Please leave if there is no other matter. There is a queue behind you.” She then returned the cheque to the old lady.

The old lady remained silent. But she returned the cheque to the teller and said, “Please help me withdraw all the money I have.”

The teller was astonished when she checked the account balance. She nodded her head, knelt down and said to the old lady,

“My apologies Granny, you have N3.5 billion in your account and our bank does not have so much cash currently. Could you make an appointment and come again tomorrow?”

The old lady then asked, “How much am I able to withdraw now?”

The teller told her, “Any amount up to N300,000.”

The old lady then told the teller that she wanted to withdraw N300,000 from her account.

The teller did so quickly and handed it to the old lady respectfully.

The old lady kept N500 in her bag and asked the teller to deposit the balance of N299,500 back into her account.

The teller was dumbfounded.

Rules are inflexible but we humans can be flexible when the situation requires us to be.

We should not treat people based on their looks or how they are dressed.

Rather, we should treat everyone with respect. And never be too quick to judge a book by its cover.

A good lesson to be learnt.