This is a follow up to Blueheeler's blog entry on the new year message : here.
PM Lee is on overseas leave and couldn't talk about the plight of Singaporeans himself so they chose another elite to do it - Michael Palmer. I guess he is filled with empathy for the people he serves:
He said, “From the ground we are already hearing people talking about the cost of living going up, food especially, basic necessities like rice, milk, bread. These people feel the pinch everyday. PM mentions, in his message, about the shoppers at Orchard Road. That may not be totally representative about the way people are feeling. It may be year-end bonus but when you look at the year forward and the rising cost of living, they have to deal with their monthly salaries and less that their money can buy”.
Yes sir, "these people" are ordinary Singaporeans. I'm not surpirsed MP Palmer has just started to discover Singaporeans have difficulty coping with all the price hikes. I guess if he can't see it at his level, it is even harder for our top ministers to 'feel it'. That is why the ministers have been hiking everything from electricity, transport, healthcare, housing etc. You can't blame them, they don't know how hard it is for you.
As an ordinary Singaporean, I would like to apologise for not being able to cope with the ever rising cost of living and causing trouble for them. The PAP has been able to provide such high quality of service that people from other countries would be willing to pay for and are queuing up in large numbers to enjoy but they are stuck with ordinary Singaporeans like myself. My subprime economic performance means that I'm a burden to this great govt that cannot progress as fast as it wants because it is stuck with ordinary citizens like myself. That is why it gives out large number of scholarships to foreigners and invite them to join Singapore Inc.....it is just so unfair for Singaporeans to stand in the way of the progress of our elites. They deserve their high remuneration because they have to put up with these people ....these ordinary Singaporeans.