everyone that there's this help available. It's quite a
process to go through to get the vouchers. A person with
dignity won't do it unless he's in genuine trouble.'
- PAP MP Dr Chong Weng Chiew (Tanjong Pagar GRC) on
why SingPower utilities vouchers for the poor were not given out and wasted.
Everything is going so well for Singapore and its economy and everything is in such a wonderful state - things have never been better. 113, 000 jobs were created and Dr. Ng Eng Hen said: "The question to ask is - are these good quality jobs. I would say that over the last ten years, our figures show us that 60 to 80 percent of our jobs created for Singaporeans were, if you like, middle class jobs, professionals, managers, executives and technicians, and Singaporeans have by their own conscious decisions moved towards these jobs." My take is we created so many jobs, we even have leftover for which we have no choice but to import foreign workers in large numbers. They (foreign workers) don't cause downward pressure on our wages especially that of low income workers. Foreign workers in effect help to create more jobs and it is all done in the best interest of Singaporeans.
Dr. Ng also said, "Our way has been to say let's create the pro-business environment but in terms of those who are lower skilled we find other ways to help them - workfare, training institutions. We have been very realistic and, in a sense, clinical about what is the best way to do it."
Of the resident population aged 25 to 64, more than three in four — 76 per cent to be exact — are currently employed. Mdm Yacob said, "It does show that employers continue to find Singaporeans employable," she said.
Singaporeans are so lucky to have such a good govt and its excellent policies leaves no one behind. There's no need for welfare because we have workfare, we reward Singaporeans who want to work and those who are unemployed are usually fussy Singaporeans. Our economy has done so well in recent months, the govt is confident that Singaporeans can easily afford the recent increases in utility bills, transport costs and housing . Still, everything is kept affordable.
Necessities such as public housing are kept affordable for everyone.
With all this, the govt can build up huge reserves and financial assets which can be used to purchase excellent long term investments such as Shin Corp ....which is not predicated on who is the govt of Thailand. There is no effort spared to create a favorable brand for Singapore ....millions spent on IMF/WB...John Hopkins and Singapore-MIT alliance....Biopolis. We as a society can afford it....you don't see or hear much about poverty in Singapore because it doesn't exist not because the govt controls the media and selectively highlights its achievements and play down its failures. We can already look forward towards our next major success after IMF/WB. ...we have made such a tremendous progress as a society. That is why every minister is paid at least a $1M and it is a grave injustice if they are paid any less. Singaporeans must realise that our leaders are all men(and women) of the highest integrity and ability constantly working for the interest of Singaporeans...it is a great bargain to hire them at these salaries.