Friday, December 07, 2007

Finally Relief for Taxi Commuters....

There have been numerous complaints by taxi commuters who have found it difficult to catch a taxi during peak hours. Many commuters complain that the waiting time has gone up to more than half an hour during peak hours and rogue taxi drivers refuse to pick up passengers by the street because they can make an extra $4 waiting from call bookings. After much talk, a solution is in the works.....
Looks like Singaporeans are getting too rich. Too many of you can afford to take taxis ...this means the taxi fares are too low so taxi fares have to be increased. Too many Singaporeans can afford to take buses too, causing our buses to be packed like sardines so the bus fares have to be raised. As for the congestion on our roads, it is caused by too many drivers being able to pay for ERP so ERP charges have to be increased to reduce the congestion. Too many people can afford HDB flats and there is now a long queue and a backlog of demand so you can guess what the solution is.
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Some of you might think that the sudden surge in the number of people on this tiny island has something to do with all this- in the past 10 years the population in Singapore has surged by 53%, faster than any preceding decade in our history. Rest assured, our great govt has the capacity to serve everyone. Of course there is this problem with the allocation of scarce resources like taxis, roads, housing, water, electricity, healthcare etc This can be solved by raising prices to bring down the demand. Don't worry we are not even near the targeted population of 6.5M (now 4.68M) and the PAP govt is ready to bring more people - as usual, anyone complaining about the population surge will be called small minded xenophobics. Strangely, the population surge is also causing the earlier batch of foreigners to complain about the high cost of living and overcrowding.
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We should all welcome the population surge because the idea is very simple - more input = more output. Our economic miracle as measured by GDP is being sustained by opening the floodgates. We all know how important GDP is - our beloved PAP govt practically measures its own performance for the purpose of ministerial pay hikes by looking at the GDP (Remember : "S$56 million for a cabinet to run a GDP of S$210bil is cheap. You can’t get that anywhere in the world." - Minister Lee Yi Shyan). Our $220B economy can be turned into a $300B economy if we bring in another 500,000 people. Then it would be very clear that our ministers again become underpaid and their salaries have to be hiked again. The rest of you whose salaries has been eroded by rising cost, please see the bigger picture, don't be so small minded - you cannot let your own inabililty to cope with rising cost hold back the great achievements of our elite leaders.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

wahhh....with inflation and GST, does it not mean that the GDP will grow as well - resulting in even bigger performance bonus for all the ministers. So, I see that the GST was in place to help boost the ministers pay check - not the poor.

Anonymous said...

Haha, another great write-up Lucky.

James Chia said...

Yes bigger bonus for higher GDP for minister. I wonder why the government does not consider the suggestion by Workers' Party chief to tag ministerial pay to 100x the average salary of the bottom 20% of the population?

xtrocious said...

Of course mah...

GST now stands for Government Salary Tax

Anonymous said...

Well said! another insightful write-up!

noproblem said...

what is wrong with you people? Complaining everyday. Put the energy to work please. Other countries having inflation much higher than Singapore. India is one of them.

Anonymous said...

it used to be one person salary to support a family. as we progressed, two salaries were needed to maintain a family and home. now, two working salary plus baby modeling for extra income.lol.

so progressive are we, many older generation can't even retire despite working all their lives.

will the younger generation earning $3 - 5 k a month..ahem.. able to retire after living the singapore dream( 5 Cs Ds Es whatever)? i seriously doubt!

with no job security and rising costs of living, you need to live and save like a scrooge and prepared to retire miserly.

the older generation may still be better off.at least, they thought they lived the sg dream in the first half of their working lives while it lasted before they realized they have not enough to survive beyond 65.

today's generation have been warned.

you live the singapore dream now , not only will your miserly pay not buy you the retirement and you need to work beyond 85 instead of 65, you may have to borrow money from your rich ministers and or wash their toilets for extra cash! lol.

yamizi said...

I don't intend to have kids. Considering that I may not be able to fend myself and my aged parents.

I think getting rich here for an average joe in Singapore is really a dream to me...

Anonymous said...

It is getting more sinful each day!

Anonymous said...

moral of the story is: don't shop till you drop or your DREAMz(dead) may just come true izzit?? lol.

but then, if you don't spend shop spend shop like lobsters...pinch pinch pinch....how businesses flourish and jobs many many leh? lol!

aiyah, die die also must shop lah. where chilicrab good eat ah? hahaaaaa

Anonymous said...

tsk tsk tsk. the way to relief social and economic problems is to build more shopping malls. right center left and back everywhere you turn, shopping malls and more shopping malls. next. sell lifestyle or 'raise the standard of living'. when you work enough the appetite of the people for more food and goods, promote entrepreneurship and then sit back and charge high rental for commercial spaces and watch everybody roast while you toast.

when your neighbors see how successful you have been subjugating the masses like a sandpiper over his pack of rats, they will pay you richly to teach them to transform their rural habitat into mega shopping malls too.

then you say, break down all barrier so you can fly your people over here to shop and we shall fly our people over to your shore to shop.

but there will be those who will not shop happy. so set up a legal framework to deal with errant shoppers. if they protest, blast them with water guns before you throw them in jail.

finally, make sure shopping will always remain sexy. this can be done by creating degrees for your daughters to become salesgirl and cosmetic girls when they are young.

when they grow old and ugly, give them another degree to be active citizens in charge of cleaning shopping mall toilets!!!

Anonymous said...

Just wonder how the true first world cities that are often the top most livable cities in the world can sustain with much smaller population size than 6.5 million? Many of these excellent cities have only 3-5 million population, of which majority are citizens. how could these cities maintain their healthy GDP? How Hong Kong with 7-8 million population can do away GST with much lower taxes? Sinkaporeans need a deep thought on these questions!

Anonymous said...

civil servants' bonuses are partly pegged to GDP growth. Anyone knows if its nominal GDP growth figure or real GDP growth figure ?

Anonymous said...

from the link:
that foreign guy is insulting singapore!

how dare he accussed PAP as being half communist! doesn't he know that we sent chia tye poh and dr.lim hock siew to prison for decades without trial just because they are alleged communist sympathiser's?

that foreigner obviously do not know about our trigger happy defamation lawsuit.

keep up the good work Lucky!

Anonymous said...

Anon 8.09 said it right. Today's generation have been warned, but I doubt that are they taking the warning seriously and believe in thriftiness.

Human beings are like that. They live to regret only when it is too late. And survival is not a matter of 'its better late than never'. It's now or never.

Anonymous said...

hahaha singapore traffic jam ...is not even a jam till you drive thru LA. when your 8 lane high way become a parking lot for 3 hours that is a jam.