I'm totally disappointed with the May Day messages put out by the opposition parties in Singapore. The Worker's Party demands the govt explain how its foreign talent policy helps Singaporean workers when an increasing number are holding "contractual part-time" positions. They ask if the social standing of Singaporeans have been eroded in their own country. Oh goodness don't these people from the Worker's Party ever read the newspapers! Without foreigners, we will all be jobless. Our social status might be low now but if we ever question the foreign worker policy our status will sink lower. The Workers' Party is again trying to plant poisonous seeds of discontent into the minds of Singaporeans. What is there to fear when our GDP is increasing monotonically. ...year after year we march on the path of progress. The status of ordinary Singaporeans is very clear - we were once average people now we work harder to stay average, those who are not motivated enough, too old, too average will sink under the weight of competition. Unlike our elite leaders who bury their opponents competing under the fairest rules, the ordinary citizens have great difficulty beating the competition. From the foreign university students who come on free scholarships to the IT workers who serve no NS or reservist duties....the foreign competition is here as a source of motivation for Singaporeans. They help to stop you from being complacent and this will help to solve the problem of complacency among ordinary Singaporeans which has been blamed for Mas Selamat's escape. Our elite leaders who earn the highest salaries in the world need no competition because of their extraordinary dedication to the goal of serving Singaporean's interests.
The Workers' Party and the SDP both attacked tripartism the cornerstone of harmonious industrial relations. Can't they see the value of a pro-govt union headed by a PAP leader. What better way to help workers understand that they have to accept the pain of pay cuts during bad times, subdue their demands for higher wages during good times and periods of inflation. Working more for less is always a good thing for ordinary citizens but for our leaders to get less than 7 figure salary results in a painful sacrifice. Tripartism promotes greater understanding especially at a time when income inequality has escalated. Singapore has 350,000 workers who make less than $1200. The workers have to understand it is their own fault that their wages have fallen to a point they find it difficult to afford the rising cost of necessities such as transport, utilities, housing that is provided by this caring govt. They did not upgrade their skills fast enough and it is unjust to expect the govt to hold back those hikes and risk the profits of govt linked entities when they can find thousands of imported workers who can afford the services of our govt. It is tripartism that helped our workers accept the foreign worker policy in its current form. Our GDP is the single most important scorecard by which our leaders measure their performance. It is so unfair if our capable leaders have to be held back by the mediocrity of ordinary Singaporeans. Tripartism helps our workers accept what is necessary to keep our GDP growing.
Singaporeans should be thankful on this May Day for dedicated leaders who puts the interest of citizens ahead of everything else. Whatever they do it is done for the good of Singaporeans and Singaporeans have to understand that. Our national union, the NTUC exists primarily to maximize the well being of the Singaporean worker. Although it is now involved in many businesses such as groceries (Fairprice), insurance (Income), housing (Choice Homes), food courts (Foodfare), taxis (Comfort), healthcare (Healthcare) etc, it is able to champion the cause of workers rights. The reason why they have so much time to run many businesses is these days aren't many rights left to champion for the Singaporean worker.