"It's important for those who are facing problems of success - like inadequate car parks and housing at the top end - to think of those who are struggling to make a living everyday. There are many people who are not able to benefit from our overall success. So just remember that, as we also try to solve our own problems at the top end,"
- SM Goh, 4 Sept 2010.
People have a whole new perspective when problems that previously affects others spread to them. People focussing on their own success and their own interests have always worked to the PAP's advantage. It is the not guy who votes for the PAP to get his estate upgraded or the feller who too busy getting his new car to think about the poor that the PAP has to worry about. The voters that the PAP has to worry about are those who look beyond their own problems to question why we have so many old folks who are unable to retire and have to work as cleaners - many were part of the generation that contributed the economic miracle that took Singapore from 3rd world to 1st. Why is the income gap so big in Singapore? Why can't we have minimum wage and safety nets for the low income group? Why can't we have universal healthcare so that no Singaporean has to worry about money when he gets sick?
When the PAP govt increased it's own salary which was already the highest in the world, did they spare a thought for those who were struggling to make a lliving? When the PAP govt implemented all the changes in the CPF did they consider those low income individuals who will never make enough to retire? Are they suppose to work until the day they die...is that the PAP plan for these people?
The more you think beyond yourself and your own problems, the more you will understand how PAP policies have left a large segment of Singaporeans behind in their system. The more you care about your fellow Singaporeans, the harder it is for you to accept the lopsided policies implemented by the PAP govt. While you may have been able to cope with the neverending increase in cost of living and overcome the challenges the PAP govt creates such as importing foreign labor to compete against you, your fellow Singaporeans may not be so lucky. Today there are many Singaporeans whose wages are so depressed, they cannot afford basic necessities such as housing, utilities and transport. There are many older Singaporeans who are badly affected by structural unemployment because the govt has open the flood gates for foreign labor - employers have an endless supply of young workers and that takes away jobs from people above 45 years old..... many of whom have children to feed and parents to support. Did the PAP govt think about them?
If you view problems in the right perspective, looking beyond your own life and thinking deeply about the problems faced by those who have to struggle the hardest in our society, you will come to only one conclusion on how to make things better for all Singaporeans...and that is....-------------
SM Goh asks Singaporeans to view problems in perspective
By Hetty Musfirah Abdul Khamid Posted: 04 September 2010 2047 hrs
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SINGAPORE : Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has asked Singaporeans to view problems such as overcrowding in trains and increasing property prices in perspective, and remember those who are less fortunate.
Mr Goh was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a community event on Saturday held in conjunction with the Muslim fasting month. The Ramadan-on-Wheels is an annual event that aims to help the needy.
It is organised by the Malay Youth Literary Association. This year, over 200 beneficiaries who have been given S$200 Giant Hypermarket shopping vouchers each, headed off with volunteers to shop for their daily groceries. All that would not have been possible without supporters. And it's this thoughtfulness that Mr Goh hopes to see in Singaporeans, even as the country deals with challenges which have accompanied the country's success. "It's important for those who are facing problems of success - like inadequate car parks and housing at the top end - to think of those who are struggling to make a living everyday. There are many people who are not able to benefit from our overall success. So just remember that, as we also try to solve our own problems at the top end," urged SM Goh.
Ramadan-on-Wheels has reached out to more than 1,200 disadvantaged families since it started in 2001. - CNA /ls