Thursday, October 13, 2005

Redesigning Jobs: A Singapore Success Story......

I've travelled far and wide to many countries - in Asia, Europe and North America. I can tell you there is one thing that other countries cannot beat us and that is the ability to provide employment for the elderly. In other countries most of the elderly are unemployed, they are either sitting around in the park feeding pigeons, looking after grand children or playing chess with another unemployed elderly. I feel sorry for the elderly of these countries that their govt is unable to provide jobs for them.

This is where the Singapore government excels. You see old people working everywhere in Singapore at McDonalds, they even call me "Sir" and they say it with pride. In Hong Kong, there are so many unemployed old folks, the end up hanging around as customers at the McDonalds, so many that the McDonald's gives them for senior citizens discount cards....but discount cards are not the same as jobs which gives dignity and a sense of purpose to the old. In Hong Kong, I saw so many old folks at McDonald's, I ended up buying a Happy Meal, because I felt so young . Most of them are just idling away their time reading the newspapers and chatting with friends instead of doing something useful. You might ask where did all these old folks in Hong Kong get money to eat at McDonalds? Well, the Hong Kong govt is so lousy at redesigning jobs for them, they end up giving welfare from their financial reserves which is far smaller than ours - oh the Hong Kong govt is so lousy compared with the PAP. The PAP govt can use the money for far better things such as investing in Suzhou, Chartered Semiconductor and in Indonesian banks.

Our ministers have redesigned many jobs so that our old can continue to be employed for as long as they live. This is a uniquely Singapore success story.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

haha.. i get ur meaning... go one big round to shoot..haha..

Anonymous said...

LL

...verli interesting to read your writes(or content)..

Anonymous said...

i'm so glad to know that i can still find a job at mcdonald's when i'm old

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Anonymous said...

I like your satire. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

you are ossum with ur satire. I'm from India, where they leave their old gossipping on ancient beds...what a waste of time! its only here i saw old men throwing my MacChicken leftover into the bin. How truly conscientious! And only here where I met cabbies who owned businesses that failed, who contemplated suicide BUT who made it in the end. Only here that i saw old men entertained by young women, cleaners being given training in superior cleaning techniques,70 yr old ang-mos with balding head with sarong party girls and ministers who never die..they only become senior ministers, laws that pass without a riot (how organised), women who want to lose weight IMMEDIATELY after pregnancy, teenagers who think they are koreans,lenses to make ur eyes bigger,condos with swimming pools and leaking walls
A very very unique singapore

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