Sunday, August 29, 2010

4 Themes for PM Lee's National Day Rally Speech

Time flies. The previous ND Rally did not feel like it was a year ago.
In the last ND Rally, there was expectation for PM Lee to talk about the problems and issues faced by the country but he gave a speech recapping the PAP govt's old achievements and on religiosity. However, with the elections coming, he now has to now focus on important problems faced by Singaporeans. PAP MP Teo Ho Pin got it right when he said

“If I am the one deciding, I will not call for an election this year. There are still issues which are not solved which may lead to some Singaporeans being unhappy with the government. Next year will be better......” (Translated) MP Teo in Lianhe Wanbao

Whether the elections is held this year or next, there is little time left to win the voters over. What PM Lee should have done was to focus on the problems and solutions in the previous ND rally and demonstrate the results in this one. Allowing the problems to worsen and unhappiness to fester for so long has been unwise. For this ND Rally, if he wants to limit the loss of votes at the election, he will have to show that he understands the concerns of Singaporeans and will take steps to address them. However, I believe it is a little late and voters will suspect he is just doing it just for the elections. He and his ministers wasted 4 years doing little to address the key issues and now the unhappiness is fairly widespread. The frustration surrounding these issues has grown into intense anger for some and that showed up as vitrolic criticism during the YOG - an event on which the PAP staked its reputation. All this ugliness ended with a critic arrested for "inciting violence" when he posted on the “I hate YOG organising committee” Facebook page
that it was time to "burn" Vivian Balakrisnan and the PAP govt at the next elections. It didn't matter to the police that everyone else can see that he was speaking metaphorically. That so much anger was vented on Minister Balakrisnan shows how deep the divide has become. Vivian Balakrisnan was after all the the minister that headed the "Remaking of Singapore" committee that held out hope for some that the PAP govt would become less "PAP-like" and was ready for change. We have since learned how unchangeable the PAP has become and this young minister who was once seen as one who would challenge the old PAP ideas morphed to accept and support them. It's like "change we can't"...and the ridiculous charges against of PAP critic Malik shows that when the going gets tough and they can't win, they will simply use and spread fear.

Before I discuss the themes that will be covered in today's ND rally, I digress a little to show a series of articles that has been appeared in the Straits Times: For the past few months, the Straits Times has published a number of articles that follows a common template - a PR, foreigner or new citizen with excellent accomplishments in school, in business or at work coming out to say how much they like the system in Singapore. It is not clear what the intent of these articles are but they keep reappearing in the main stream media. Some people believe they are trying to tell long time Singaporeans to be grateful for the wonderful system they live in. It is a little strange if that is the intent because anyone from a developing country would be grateful if they get to move to a developed country. Often coming from an impoverished countries with widespread corruption, these people would be happy and grateful whether they are in Germany, USA, Sweden or Australia. Because they are grateful, long time citizens have to also be happy with the system and their political leaders? German citizens have to be happy with Merkel because immigrants to Germany are happy and grateful to be there? Using immigrants to tell citizens to be grateful is a silly idea. This series of articles have an unintended negative effect. A significant number of citizens that have seen their incomes and living standard fall in the past decade facing intense competition for jobs and housing in a tough struggle to better their lives- emphasizing that foreigners come here and do very well rubs salt on their wounds and heighten their fears that the govt immigration policy will worsen their plight.

For the main themes at this years ND rally, I look forward to PM Lee speech on the economy and immigration. The main problem with our economy is the unequal distribution of wealth leading to biggest income disparity in the developed world. Many Singaporeans did not benefit directly from the GDP growth of the past decade and PM Lee has to explain how he plans to narrow the income gap and ensure that the benefit of GDP growth is more evenly distributed. The last time he spoke on this issue, he said that the GINI Index which measures inequality does not matter - I want to see if he continues to deny there is a problem here. Many Singaporeans are still waiting for an explanation on how the liberal immigration policies which has pushed up the cost of living, strained our infrastructure and depressed the wages of a large segment of our workforce actually benefits them. Early this year the govt appeared to be doing a U-turn when it said that it will moderate the foreign worker policy. PM Lee did a U-turn on that U-turn when he said that the growing economy means that an extra 100,000 workers will be imported in the coming year. This ND rally is a chance for him to further clarify the govt's stand on this important issue. If he can't convince Singaporeans that the immigration policy is beneficial to them, the unhappiness will translate to votes against the PAP at the next elections.

72 comments:

Goh Meng Seng said...

Lucky,

It is scary you know. I was talking to reporter yesterday about Income Disparity should be the key problem to be addressed by the Prime Minister in his National Day Rally speech and here you are, talking about the same thing!

I think we really should meet up one day; well don't worry, I won't force people to stand for elections, but just to talk and share views.

By the way, I have written an article on Income Disparity prior to reading your article here.

http://singaporealternatives.blogspot.com/2010/08/avoidance-of-income-disparity.html

Goh Meng Seng

Anonymous said...

I am listening to the NDP rally just as I am reading this blog. He is talking about the benefits of new immigrants. It is apparant that at this late stage, he is still trying to convince Singaporeans to accept foreigners as part of them. We can all see how this issue if topmost on his and our minds. It is just that he does not seem to see the change in dynamics that is caused by the influx of foreingers.

DanielXX said...

Immigrants are indeed better. Bigger brains, better genes, bigger nehneh, and best of all, they appreciate all the things in Singapore that citizens take for granted! Such as the PAP! Hip hip hurray!

Anonymous said...

You mean bigger chow cheebyes for you ah DanielXX ? hehe

Anonymous said...

How the hell can anyone equate the influx in extremely large numbers of foreigners in an already crowded city state is beyond my understanding. Already housing, hospitals, roads, recreation, MRTs and crimes are increasing every day. Without even watching this Rally, it will be a foregone conclusion there will be no relaxation of this policy. It appears that this policy benefit the government at the expense of the citizens who bears the brunt.

Despite the apparent unhappiness on the ground, this particular immigration issue was addressed by importing more FTS. MPs that are representatives of their constituencies appear totally uninterested to voice the unhappiness they know exists. Against this background, they still persisted and insisted that more FTs is good for Singaporeans? Forcing citizens to accept FTs with open arms and using the media and even to the extent of helping foreigners to get their PR is riding roughshod over our aspirations. Do not expect us taking this lying down.

Anonymous said...

"How the hell can anyone equate the influx in extremely large numbers of foreigners in an already crowded city state is beyond my understanding."

should be:

"How the hell can anyone justify the influx in extremely large numbers of foreigners in an already crowded city state is beyond my understanding."

Anonymous said...

The amount of propaganda on the National Day Rally puts the North Korean to shame!

DanielXX said...

Enough is enough is enough!!

I have had too many coffees trying to keep awake and NO MORE! I am going to sleep.

Anonymous said...

guys, its very simple. tell me, what is PAP's worst fear? Lose power, lose the coming GE. Solution to this is immigrants. The more the merrier. The aim is to dilute opposition votes. Neverthess, the showdown is about to begin, rally together and vote PAP out!

DanielXX said...

btw, ppty whores will have a sleepless night tonight. Little Ma announcing tightening measures tomorrow. Sure die.

Anonymous said...

DanielXX, you alreedy book whores tonight and sleep?

DanielXX said...

those who buy ppty today will become whores tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

DanielXx, yor mama lucky buy protty yesteryears so yesterday whore. Hehe

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I'm pessimistic because my ex-colleagues belong to the 66% who are staunch and vocal PAP supporters. This is a group that are mostly in aged late-50's and 60's having withdrawn their CPF $ (before the minimum-sum/CPF-Life rule kicked in), benefited from the cheap HDB in the 1970's, and cashed out from the sale of their earlier HDBs and upgraded. They are blind to the effects that PAP policies have on their fellow citizens. Their children has escaped the poverty trap, thanks to their resale of the HDB flats.

This group of late-50's and 60's year olds are a significant bunch. Their opinion will influence how their 20's year old adult-children vote, because these adult-children are dependent on their parents to foot the bills for their wedding and 1st home.

As the remaining 34%, better to migrate to greener land. But I'll contribute to the opposition vote if/while I'm still around.

Anonymous said...

DanielXx, yor mama lucky buy protty yesteryears so yesterday whore. Hehe

Anonymous said...

i ask, danielxx mamasanmany cum from sell hdb or slleeping?

Anonymous said...

Danielxx very very rich because his mamasan good at sleeping.

Anonymous said...

I have given up hope that the papist will change for the better for Singaporeans a long time ago. They are hopeless. The sooner Singaporeans realise the way to improve their lives and future in Singapore is one in which the pap is deprived of their absolute power. The only way forward is to vote opposition.

Anonymous said...

Vote wiselee, vote for change, not small change$.

Kareen said...

Idealistic claims by the govt to sway votes. I was swayed! But I'm back to reality now.

Anonymous said...

Opposition best. Take over, no More casino and no mamasan winnings from propurty

Anonymous said...

The seventh month has yielded a new spirit in here.

Anonymous said...

The boss of a company need to recruit about 100 more peoples for his company due to the increase in sale.

He put up a job advertisement for the various posts. When the boss receives many job resumes, he filters off Singapore Citizens from the job applications, practically rejecting all Singapore Citizens job applications. The boss only chooses foreigners and permanent residents for job interviews.

The boss follows his principle of selecting job applicants based on this thinking:

Singapore Citizens need NOT apply, ONLY Foreigners and Permanent Residents can apply.

The boss reasons that he can get CHEAPER foreigners and CHEAPER permanent residents to fill the job vacancies.
The FIRST priority for the advertised jobs go to foreigners and permanent residents.

When the boss cannot fill any job vacancies by foreigners and permanent residents, only then he will consider Singapore Citizens for the remaining unfilled job vacancies.

This is how Singapore Citizens are treated in Singapore.
Do you feel this is a terrible and lousy experience?

Anonymous said...

Anon 23:03 must be referring to massage parlors.

Anonymous said...

I have enough of their typical No Action Talk Only NDP speech. What the point of preaching Singaporean need to go for retraining or further education when you can simply import them wholesale.

Anonymous said...

The whole content of the PM 2010 ND Rally Speech was a regurgitation of his 2009 NDR.

The last one year, 2009 to now, has got the citizens the worst deals in the history of Sg. So it seems the worst is to stay and most probably gets 'WORSTER' if Minister Lim Sweet Say allows the use of his patented words.

Anonymous said...

Listened to the rally. LHL is totally clueless and it is very clear now he will remain clueless. The high point of his reign as PM and leader of the PAP is obviously in the past. Singapore has no time left with him continuing to be PM.

Anonymous said...

Tomolo, poperty up or down thats all matter.

Anonymous said...

My friends, relatives and family members will still Vote for Change irregardless of what PM Lee will say in tonight National Day Rally.

PM Lee has alot of time to effect Change that causes true-blue Singaporeans sleepless night but for some unknown reasons choose to ignore them completely.

Anonymous said...

PM likes to change the soup but the the ingredients...so we are back to square one

Anonymous said...

PM likes to change the soup but NOT the ingredients...so we are back to square one

Anonymous said...

The boss of a company (the company can be in the financial, manufacturing, logistics, biomedical, retail, shipping, information technology industry or any other related industry) need to recruit about 100 more peoples for his company due to the increase in sale.

He put up a job advertisement for the various posts. When the boss receives many job resumes, he filters off Singapore Citizens from the job applications, practically rejecting all Singapore Citizens job applications. The boss only chooses foreigners and permanent residents for job interviews.

The boss follows his principle of selecting job applicants based on this thinking:

Singapore Citizens need NOT apply, ONLY Foreigners and Permanent Residents can apply.

The boss reasons that he can get CHEAPER foreigners and CHEAPER permanent residents to fill the job vacancies.
The FIRST priority for the advertised jobs go to foreigners and permanent residents.

When the boss cannot fill any job vacancies by foreigners and permanent residents, only then he will consider Singapore Citizens for the remaining unfilled job vacancies.

This is how Singapore Citizens are treated in Singapore.
Do you feel this is a terrible and lousy experience?

Anonymous said...

Hey PM, agreed on bringing in FT that designs pinnacle@duxton and agreed on your point of bringing foreign workers in construction. I have no problems with them...
But how can you explain the truckload worth of non-Singaporean order entry specialists, the warehouse supervisors, customer service officers, sales excutives sitting in my office? They accounted for about 60% of the headcount...
WTF are they doing here while some of my Singaporean friends are struggling to find jobs?

Anonymous said...

Mr Lucky, your city state sliding fast down the slippery slope into the gutter, man.

Amused said...

Lucky,

It appears that the mood in your recent blogs has soured compared to a few years ago. Can't blame you. Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

My father was telling me, in the past they worry abt 3 meals. The gov that could give them 3 meals wins.
Right now, I worry abt my retirement and housing. The gov that can lower public housing cost and discuss abt retirement wins my vote.
And I won't take 'no retirement' as an option.

Anonymous said...

Read what you wrote. You should be worried about going senile. Ha

http://vonhayek.blogspot.com/ said...

Singaporean middle managers and foreigners have now formed groups that effectively discriminates Singaporean in many company. Don believe look at R&D department of many MNCs.

I cite several example. HP R&D by India Indians, Thermal Fischer R&D Indian India...etc. Many IT department are full of Pinoys, Indian and PRC Chinese despite that MIS job are never technically challenging that our graduate cannot do.

I heard from a Pinoy that Barclay IT department of Singapore is only 20% Singaporean plus Malaysian.

The reasons is not because Singaporean is incompetent but because local managers are first, unable to kick feudalistic and paternalistic management culture. They prefer someone they can control and would unlikely usurp their position.

Next, when foreigners occupied the middle management, they tends to hire their own tribe in many cases 100% of their own folks.

In my own company, out of 20 software engineer just 2 are Singaporean.

Our parent generation has screwed us. They just want to grap money and always try backstab people on their way up. They cannot run show without top down style. We cultivated a culture of backstabbing so much that senior managers in many company are more secure with foreigners.

http://vonhayek.blogspot.com/ said...

We have degenerated into tribalism. In Singapore, if a middle level manager was an India Indian, you see all his hire is India Indian.

When it is PRC Chinese, we see he seldom hire anyone but PRC Chinese.

This is what I have observe in R&D Engineering.

Currently most of the upper managers are still Singaporean and they happily allowed that to happen because Singaporean are too troublesome.

Eventually, native Singaporean will be extinct being cannibalize by our parents.

Anonymous said...

for the first time in my life, i actually sat down to watch the ndp rally. i wanted to guage the matters for myself instead of relying on secondary sources e. 154th or the hostile new media.

guess what. the overall impression i got is that pm lee is putting up an ad non Singaporeans - he was singing praises of foreigners while at the same time mildly admonishing Singaporeans.

i felt extremely insulted when pm lee tried to showcase this chinese prcian who was a bus driver. instead of piling superficially heaps of praises on her (which by the way, could have been engineered by grassroot members), he should be explaining to us why sbs needs to hire foreign drivers and thereby causing a spike in bus accidents. he should explain if he could, that unemployed Singaporeans are not hired as bus driver because they are not as "talented" as these foreign bus drivers. he should explain if he could, how this prcian bus driver could support herself and her family with the income sbs is doling out. is the family of this prcian based in singapore? is the family sharing with 2 or 3 other family units sharing one hdb flat???

the fact that pm lee chose to skirt around the deeper issues and glossed over them does not give me the confidence that pap will do what is best for singaporeANS. neither will it give him my vote.

Anonymous said...

I have enough of a leader who back tracks, do not deliver, give stupid excuses and have a habit of going AWOL when the crunch comes. We are only told of "benefits" of foreign crap but do not factor any negative effects if there is a sudden outflow of these mercenaries. He is just vomitting all those shit from the past years. I just do not trust this government anymore.

http://vonhayek.blogspot.com/ said...

Today there is an article in Lianhe Zaobao on how PRC scholar go harvard and then break $1000 000 bond.

http://www.zaobao.com.sg/yl/yl100830_007.shtml

And the absurd thing is AStar off load the bond breaking risk by requiring 2 Singaporean to be guarantor.

The PRC scholar simply con kind Singaporean. Foreign Talent....sigh..

去年,她又获得了A*STAR提供的高额奖学金进入哈佛修读生命科学博士学位。这是一份相当于一百万元的奖学金

直到两星期前,L老师接到A*STAR寄来的信,信中说你所担保的Y决定终止奖学金,赔偿金额四十万。

Anonymous said...

Me noticed that the elderly Singaporeans were not mentioned at all in the NDR.

Now, this is what is known as 'no eye to see', alternatively it may also mean 'take care of yourself'.

The elderlies in SIN seem far less important than immigrants.

Are Singaporeans feeling proud this National Day ?

patriot

Anonymous said...

(1)Income disparity-It cant be helped,if PAP could get 1000 billionaires here,they would gladly do so,even though our GINI would then rocket to approach the perfect score of 1,BTW,how many voters in Singapore ever heard of GINI?


(2) Foreigners-they want foreigners,the critical thinking is how to do it such that you,citizens of Spore would not vote them out.That's all.

PAP is so powerful that their perfect back up team is ever ready to launch into immediate action.backed up with fantastic resources.

Personally I feel thatb PAP is truly living up to the pledge crated many years ago

WE,THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD,PLEDGE OURSELEVS AS ONE UNITED PEOPLE,REGARDLESS OF RACE,LANGUAGE OR RELIGION

Forget about tyhe rest!

Anonymous said...

The first few badges of NS Men are into their sixties. According to the PM, PRs who do NS and become citizens in future will be given the $9000 study grant to further their studies.

Now the Question is:- the OVER FIFTIES(in age) NS MEN, are they to further their studies to be entitled to the $9000 ?

patriot

Anonymous said...

Just 9000 for NSman.

Those foreign scholar in NUS NTU got tution non-subsidize fee alone is 20000 one year.

That even exclude lodging and return ticket fully paid by PAP.

Kojakbt said...

PM Lee gave 2 “excellent” examples of the kind of FTs we need:

1. Chamber Maid – now applying for PR and furthermore, PM, on national TV, showed concern to her PR application. I’m sure the ICA officer would know what to do.

2. A chio PRC bus captain with SBS – she is so “nice” that many lau uncles actually wrote to SBS to say that they missed her when she was not driving!

PM Lee even values such low quality immigrants and calls them “Talent”?. No wonder the real smart ones want to go to US to work for Microsoft. Which MIT-Harvard PhD wants to be associated with chamber maids and bus captains as "talents"? LOL!

Towkay said...

Now that PM Lee has given the go ahead, my Towkay buddies and I can proceed with our plan to import 300k FTs every year. There are a lot of businesses that need FTs to replace their ageing (over 35 yrs old) Singaporean staff.

Singaporeans should look at the big picture. With the cheaper FTs taking over your jobs, business profits will increase and the government gets more corporate tax income. More corporate tax income means the government can finally build the covered walkway or lift that stops at every floor, things you have always wanted.

Anonymous said...

Pardon me as me dropped out from school before taking my Cambridge Sec Four Examination in the early sixties.

Wow $9000 to patriotic NS Men and hundreds of Thousands for foreign scholars ! Actually, me not hard up of any grant lah, but a State implementation must be equitable to all, so me put up the earlier comment.

Now, got to know our Government so kind to foreigners, then we Singaporeans should not be sidelined by our leaders, die die also must take our shares lah.

All NS Men from the First Batch onwards please fight for your entitlements. Maybe I can use the $9000 to go for secondary education one more time. Just hate to be mistreated.

patriot

Towkay2 said...

Hi Towkay, I am Towkay2 and we are in the same boat, haha. Since hiring FTs is so much cheaper, let's replace our existing Singaporean staffs by FTs. To meet the quota of hiring FTs, I will hire permanent residents. Finally, my company is made up of permanent residents and FTs. Let's us cheer for more profit.

Anonymous said...

No fish, prawn also good.

towkay club said...

The towkays from my club agree the ministars under PM Lee are not value for money. About time more PRC PRs convert to spore citizens, run for political office and replace the PAP buggers. This will guarantee more pro towkay policies with quicker implementation, thus ensuring much greater profits. Those from my towkay club can then expend all types of business to create plenty of jobs for citizens.
So in reality, it is better to have all politicians under the payroll of the towkay club instead of LKY and his PAP and the towkay club is willing to guarantee the ministars are not paid above world market rates. ( tremendous savings for citizens)
Please note, it is unanimous amongst those in towkay club to do away with the good-for-nothing president, and just let the chairman of towkay club take over the state functions....and you guess it! without any salary.
( another big saving for citizens)

Anonymous said...

Opposition parties should take note:calling for fair competition with PAP in the general election,the most critical event in our national political calender,this msg might sell given the prevailing situation.

I believe close to 99% Singapore citizens now know the meaning of competition,it is very easy to tell our the voters that PAP must be fair and suject themselves to what all Singapore citizens are now being subjected to.

Anonymous said...

$9000 for NS Men is like taking away 2.5 years off your personal freedom + 13 years active reservist ( not sure but like maybe 40 days a year x 10). So maybe like 3.5 years in total. To equate $9000 put into their CPF as compensation is laughable and demeaning. Might as well give them to the FTs and ask them to commit 3.5 years of their life and should a war arise let them stand at the frontlines to confront the enemy and risk their lives. Why should Singaporeans humiliate themselves and lay their lives down to protect foreigners?

Anonymous said...

Very depressing speech by LHL, raising the no. of flat next year from 16ku to 22ku when the requirement is now, we are better off if the HDB increase more flat this year.

Building more MRT lines takes decades, not couple years, upgrading signalling increase frequency but do not increase capacity, why ain't they lengthing the MRT train?

As expected the immigrantion policy is still expected to steal jobs, lower salary, increase cost of living and steal school placement from singaporean.

Anonymous said...

A lot of the 50's above group are also very disenchanted. These used to be the die-hard PAP supporters. Many have been unemployed or under-employed for years. They will change side.

Towkay said...

Overaged Singaporeans above 35 years old should make way for younger FTs. Sell tissue paper, distribute flyers or something. Use the $9k that our PM Lee is giving out to NSmen to supplement your income.

Anonymous said...

To all Towkays, you may be high all in the hierarchy scale of money but do have one point of consideration. Can you guarantee that what happens in the future will be in your favour?

I understand that the youngster in their 20s may not have the wealth but we can gain the promotion of power in the various government ministry. Who knows that the day may come when some mindful ones can effect some reasonable changes to heighten the plight of poor Singaporeans.

Lets just wait and see.

Anonymous said...

We businessmen will always be towkays.

No matter how young and well educated, unless your parents are in the senior civil service or are towkays themselves, You will have to work for us. Bragging of what You could do or how smart You can be, to change the system are all empty talks.

Just liked the whiners and grousers in cyberspace eversince they appeared decades ago, what have they achieved ? Whine and grouse and nothing change.

Foreigners come, work diligently and quietly at less than half the pays and even with levies, they are still much cheaper. They dont demand overtime and are more willing to work beyond their normal working hours and duties.

Local workers are good but expensive, we businessmen need good profits in order to expand our businesses beyond Singapore. So, we need hardworking and cheap foreign workers, Singaporeans are good but expensive and calculative.

If you are an employer, will you employ singaporeans ?

We expand our businesses overseas and build our assets there, we have cars, maids, drivers and gardeners and big bungalows as homes. No need to worry whatever happens here.

Work hard liked us, You will find that Singapore is the best place to make money. The country is safe with first class amenities, transportation, education and best medical services in the world. One should consider oneself to be very lucky to be born singaporean.

Anonymous said...

Agree with all the Towkays,

we the businessmen should strongly be encouraged to employ more foreigners since foreigners are very cheap and

we the businessmen should strongly replace singaporean by foreigners.

With cheaper foreigners, companies can earn higher profit, more tax to be paid, hence more surplus to the country.

To Anonymous 31/8/10 09:21, you really speak the truth of we businessmen, let us start from today to replace our singaporean staffs by foreigners.

Kojakbt said...

"let us start from today to replace our singaporean staffs by foreigners."

You want to see a society upheaval where the proletariat rise up and send all the elites and towkays to the guillotine like the time in France in 1789?

Anonymous said...

When someone mentioned in his comment that the Foreigner ( FT) does not demand Overtime - that is something new to me.

Most of the FT that I have worked with are looking for overtime. They will do their tasks very slowly during their normal hours and thereafter tell their supervisors that they need OT to finish up the work. What takes only one hour to finish a task will take 2 hours for FT. So I ask these businessmen - are your FT now cheap to hire? Go through the payroll of all your employees - you will see that FTs are the ones that clock the most OT.

Close to 90% of all FTs will finish up their 14 days medical leave for the year. Check with your HR dept and you will see this is a standard practice for FT. A couple of FT will even go further to use up the hospitalisation leave. So businessmen - are your FTs that you hire are cheaper and more productive?

Many FTs will bad mouthed their employer and their superiors will they are among themselves or even among Singaporean colleagues. And if you towkays try to discipline them for their bad performance, some will not hesitate to sabotage your operations before they leave your company.

There are of course some very good FT workers who are responsible and does their work well. Now towkays - these are the FTs that you should reward and keep. A trash employee is a trash irregardless whether it is a FT or a local.

Anonymous said...

Most singaporeans dont understand foreigners unless you are like prime minister Lee or employers like us. Not only they work hard to make money for us, they even treat us like dignitaries when they guided us for free in their countries when we visited. Whilst at their hometowns, we saw for ourselves how lucky and fortunate singaporeans are. The houses and everything in their countries, few singaporeans will ever get used to. it is hard to see the types of cleanliness and hygiene that we take for granted. Lucky for those who have business friends or offices in those foreign countries, otherwise transport could be a big headache. btw, most of the people in those countries know singapore and respect singaporeans, the singapore brand is wellknown abroad, many thanks to the PAP.

Anonymous said...

"Kojakbt said...
"let us start from today to replace our singaporean staffs by foreigners."

You want to see a society upheaval where the proletariat rise up and send all the elites and towkays to the guillotine like the time in France in 1789?

31/8/10 11:39"

It will NEVER happen.

Towkay said...

31/8/10 11:52 Anoy

You can argue till the cows come home on who is the better worker, the fact remains that companies' bottomline is better when they hire FTs. The government agrees with Towkays also if not there won't be companies with 100% FTs.

Singaporeans should gracefully move on when they are overaged at 35. Let the younger FTs take your jobs, they will create more profits for companies, leading to more corporate tax for Singapore. With more corporate tax, the government can roll out incentives like $9k for NSmen. They can also upgrade your lifts and give you an extra room which you can rent out to the FT. It is a win-win-win situation.

Anonymous said...

The towkays, successgful businessmen and PAP have one thing in common. They have same levels of iq and eq that make them very successful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kojakbt;

me believe there is no Robin Hood in SIN not to mention there could be martyr.

Patriots there will be plenty.

patriot

Anonymous said...

Actually, even if there is a 15% swing, PAP will still be in power holding 51% so it depends whether the last 5 years, the policies have affected negatively more than 15% of the population.

I agreed with Lucky that when ST carried news how well the immigrants have done well under the system, I can only think of how many places they have taken away from Singaporeans.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Goh Meng Seng,

please stay away from Lucky. He had made it clear he wants to meet no one.
Stop being a pest.
Let's just enjoy Lucky's writing, and leave him alone.

Lucky Supporter

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