Don't worry I'm still alive despite the unusual number of sudden deaths that struck Singapore, I was so lucky not to be one of them. Unfortunately, my computer had a sudden death, the great tragedy is I've lost all my treasure trove of classic Straits Times articles on my harddisk.
My computer is now back up and my mind is once again filled with great achievements of the PAP to blog about. The first thing that comes to mind is that the PAP has finally decided that Singaporeans come first. Yes after more than a decade of friendly policy towards foreigners, the PAP has decided that Singaporeans come first. Not too bad considering they took 30 years to realise that the "stop at 2 policy" wasn't correct and that was why we needed to bring in the foreigners to make up for the population shortfall in the first place. I can see clear now why the PAP calls itself an efficient first world govt, they react to problems speedily and all they do is to take care of Singaporeans' interest first. That is why they deserve their million$ salaries.
The PAP's policy to bring foreign talents is no a small achievement. In the past 14 years they expanded the population by 70% (from 2.7M to 4.5M). When the population was 3M, many people thought that Singapore is too crowded and our nation's resources will be strained. You have greatly underestimated the PAP!!! The PAP is able to shrink 5-room flat sizes by 30% and sell it to you for the same price, they can squeeze more people into our public transport system (and call the the citizen sardines whiners for complaining) and put more cars on the road( and more ERPs at the same time!). In 1990, I could walk into any polyclinic and get my tooth done. A few months ago, I broke my tooth and called the polyclinic, they told me the earliest appointment is 2 weeks....(but my tooth was bleeding, ...sorry fully booked..she said). Singapore is now the 2nd most crowded nation in the world afterMonaco, the millionaire enclave.
All this expansion is not for the good of the PAP govt and their business interests that enjoyed the unintended benefits of such a rapid population, it is done for the good of Singaporeans. The purpose of all this to add "more rats to our rat race", so that we feel more motivated to work harder. The PAP is highly concerned that without increasing the population, our property prices would become stagnant and Singaporeans would be able to pay for them in less than the normal 2 decades allowing them to save up for retirement....that would cause them to become lazy and they will have no motivation to work until age 80.
In 1990s MIT economist Paul Krugman wrote that the Singapore economic miracle is one-off, due mainly to a low base and rising inputs such as foreign capital and rising education. As the population size can only grow at a certain limited rate, our GDP growth will regress to the norm. But Krugman was wrong because he underestimated the PAP govt. He never imagined that any govt would ever import people just to keep its GDP growing. Yes, the PAP is no ordinary govt and our population expansion is no ordinary feat.
As I got into the sardine-packed feeder to my workplace yesterday, I realised why Singaporeans are having so few kids. Anyone pregnant going into one of these buses wouldn't be able to breathe. Don't worry Singaporeans, the PAP govt don't really need you to reproduce yourself, they can get better people by giving out scholarships to foreigners in Vietnam, China and India etc......you can sit back relax and let other countries supply our next generation. See how lucky you are to be a Singaporean.