Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Singapore the next Las Vegas?

"CLSA estimates gaming revenues will hit US$6.5B (S$8.4B) next year matching Las Vegas and rise to about US$8.5B" - Straits Times, 28 Dec 2010.


When I visited the Singapore museum a few months ago, I read this interesting story. In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles left the administration of Singapore to his deputy, William Farquhar giving him strict instructions on how to develop the island. When he came back 4 years later, he was horrified. Farquhar had taken the easy way to economic development by allowing vices such as gambling dens to spring up to fill govt coffers. Raffles upset at the economic short cuts taken by his deputy[Read the story here] sacked him a few years later.
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I will keep posting about the casinos because I feel strongly that the harm it brings will far exceed any benefits. The govt enjoys the tax revenue it collects from this casinos while churches, temples and social workers are left to help the the broken families. The problem with the casinos is the same as cigarettes. When cigarettes were introduced many years ago, its cancer-causing properties were not known. If cigarettes are invented today, the authorities would have banned them outright. By the time scientists were sure that cigarettes cause cancer, millions were already addicted, companies selling them were rich, powerful and influential and millions of people dependent on the tobacco industry for jobs.....it becomes difficult to shut them down. Once the casinos are here, they take up a large amount of resources that could have been used for productive healthy economic activities. As the govt becomes dependent on the tax revenue, regulating the industrial becomes harder due to conflicts of interests - much of the social wreckage it simply passes to churches & social workers. The NCPG (National Council on Problem Gambling) has an annual budget of $2.5M[Link] vs the hundreds of millions the govt collect as tax revenue from this activity vs the hundreds of millions the casinos spend to entice gamblers to grow its business.

It has been almost 200 years since Raffles gave strict instructions to his deputy Farquhar not to allow gambling dens in Singapore. Instinctively, he knew that the harm caused by gambling will outweigh the short term economic benefits. When the PAP govt wanted to legalise casino gambling, they sold the idea by telling us we can easily exclude family members if we find out they have a problem. Today, families with problem gamblers faced plenty of red tape[Link] [Link] including the need to get the problem gambler to agree to the exclusion. We were also told that the main intention of having the casinos is to create jobs for Singaporeans - but Singapore is not short of jobs that is why we have hundreds of thousands of foreign workers here. The actual problem we have is structural unemployment and shortage of good quality jobs - judging from complaints from Singapore workers at the casinos, the casino solves neither of these[Link].

"My brother called the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) helpline and left his contact details. When no reply came, I called a week later, only to be informed that there were more than 300 applications still waiting to be processed and a counsellor had to be assigned to each case.

We were told that only one place, the Tanjong Pagar Family Service Centre, processed all applications and the NCPG would start considering a ban only after it had received a lengthy report of some 24 to 27 pages from the centre.

What's more, the hearing to determine the ban would involve the addicted gambler as well as the family members to argue their case.

When I sought clarification, such as the need to seek the addicted gambler's approval in applying for the exclusion, the reply was that those were the rules."

- Casino Exclusion : Family Frustrated by Red Tape[Link]

The PAP govt was just thinking like William Farquhar 200 years ago when they allowed those casinos to be built - short term economic gains and tax revenues. Ordinary Singaporeans pay the price for the casinos as social costs mount.

89 comments:

Richard said...

Dear Lucky,

This is really an excellent post. Pity that our local media doesn't carry such thought-provoking articles. Really a loss for our nation that our local media sings the PAP line, rather than serves the national interest.

Anonymous said...

For those PAP supporters, please stop regurgitating the party line and start thinking for yourselves for once.

The PAP has run out of ideas and has taken the short-sighted and easy way out. Our country needs a change.

Anonymous said...

I hope that the onlinecitizen and Temasek Review can broadcast this article to a larger audience.

Anonymous said...

The PAP lies to get they want. So what else is new?

Anonymous said...

A lot of these " pig leaders" who practice double standards are Christians.

How many of the six opposition leaders who recently gathered are Christians?

Most of them are the same. You put them in a pig style, they will eventually behave like hypocritical pigs,

Anonymous said...

Maybe it is still too early to tell how bad the effects of the casinos will be.

Maybe it may take a long time (maybe decades) to tell. The bad changes will be so gradual that most will not even notice.

From history we learnt that the decline of empires could last for hundreds of years before it totally collapse. Hence it may not even be witnessed within a generation.

I think the casino effect will also be the same. It may take a long time. Just like it may take a long time for an alternative government to emerge.

Anonymous said...

If the government is so evil and corrupt, why are the chtistians serving the government?

Be not UNEQUALLY YOKE or associated with pagans, idolators and unbelievers or those who do not share your holy values. ....saith the scriptures.

But alas, the Christian pigs will not pick up their cross, and grow some spine for Jesus, collectively stand your ground against the chief of gambler, the evil government.

Why won't they? If they do, they will lose their highfalutin jobs, and fat oily pay checks, or their "spiritual leaders/pastors" will lose their operating license from our evil government and all the lovely tithes from tens of thousands of hypocritical worshippers will go up in smoke and their entire moneymaking empire with it.

No, better listen to our evil government, work with and cooperate with th powers and keep your big fat mouth shut. Better to be " good little Samaritan" by helping to mitigate social ills from our money making casinos than to grow some spine for Jesus.

Moral of the story? You need plenty of pigs, the religious kind, to support the ultimate pigs, the gods of all pigs, to talk like Lucky - talk only and no actions?

Without the supporting pigs who get their fat pay checks and highfalutin jobs from our EVIL regime and their corporate and political establishments, would the casinos have succeeded?

ps : I am sure even lucky will not dare to offend where it really counts - his own fat pay checks and the religious pigs that gave power to the pagan pigs?

Anonymous said...

hi lucky,
frankly i don't think casinos are definitely detrimental to our society per se. i lean towards liberal socialist political orientation, and hence i believe in leaving to the people to make their own choices (as far as possible) how they like to lead their lives.

nevertheless, i see your point. the largest thesis, is really this "corporatized" view of singapore, that the ruling party holds. they look upon citizens as really just workers, while they are the shareholders. so long as the revenues collected fill the coffers, the workers can rot for all they care. after all, new ones can be brought in on the cheap from your neighboring countries.

the ruling party's job is so easy, it borders on being obscene. what is more disgusting, really, is how they further try to invent lies what a difficult job they have.

Anonymous said...

moral of the story.....never talk with your mouth full of chee$e cake.

Clear eyed said...

Greed has made all these MIWs blind, deaf and comatose. All they want is $$$ and more $$$ regardless of how they get them. They are already drowning in $$$ and yet they do not know it and are still grabbing at them.

Anonymous said...

More job vacancies??
Most of these jobs are commissions based, and try to benefit from yr connections (yr friends, relatives, etc) to make more money from them (e.g. property agents, insurance agents).

Many older people still unemployed or underemployed.
Many graduates /diploma holders still find it hard to find a decent job.

Anonymous said...

"""温家宝首先说:"你的一番话刺痛了我的心。"他继而介绍中央政府平抑物价的条件与多项措施"""

China's PM said "It pained him to see people suffering from high inflation".
We hv faced high costs of living for many years (4? 5 years?)
People are now "blind","deaf" & "dumb" to such sufferings??

Anonymous said...

The first ill effect of the casinos is already realised - shortage of housing leading to price explosion.

When the casinos were being built, they took up a large part of our construction capacity. The number of HDB flats built were at a low during this period.

Anonymous said...

The decision to allow Casinos tell us these:

1. The papist Leegime is only interested in economic growth.
2. The papist Leegime has run out of ideas to move Singapore forward.
3. The papist Leegime is not interested in the well being of Singaporeans.
4. The papist Leegime always resort to cheating Singaporeans to further their secret agendas.

The only way Singaporeans can strike back at the papist Leegime is at the ballot box. Fuck the papist Leegime and u will have a better quality of lives.

Anonymous said...

The root of the financial crisis started with the banks ability to transfer risk to someone else, yet being able to profit. It's the classic "Heads I win, tails you lose".

Whether the Casinos are a great idea really depends on who you are
and the weight of your opinion. If you're low on both counts, you should focus on ways to mitigate the risk, e.g. start telling your kids scary casino bedtime stories.

Majulah Singapura!

Anonymous said...

Lucky,
I happened to flip through the new paper about two weeks ago and noticed that money lending advertisements took up almost 6 pages of the classifieds. I am not a regular reader of TNP but I really don't remember this proliferation before. It may also be related to our IRs. Any thoughts on this?

lange said...

Dont blame the casino for your problems. the casino is part of a democracy. It simply provide choice for people seeking entertainent. dont demonise it like the puritans demonise television 100 years ago.

I want to thank the PAP for building a casino. Now i can go there and have a good F with my mistress, take in a michelin star meal, have a nice game and get back to F again. All n one convenient location.

And the best part is, i dont see many loser singaporeans in their cheap bank owned cars and their japanese chronograph watch. Time to trade up, you half baked citizens!

Anonymous said...

"Dont blame the casino for your problems. the casino is part of a democracy"

Why not legalized drug, underage consenting sex if your theory is universally applicable?

Put it this way, anything benefit the elite will be legalized including gambling dens.

We will see pedophiles legalized once the cabal of elite start to poach on teenage girls.

David Teo said...

Excellent post. If you notice, there are regular groups of people walking around the MBS mumbling to themselves. I was told these people are "prayer walking". Not all Christians are pigs. The distain for casinos is across a wider spectrum of both religious and non religious folks. If there is such a thing as "net happiness", then I'll say casinos are "net no good". Vote wisely. Vote for politicians who will look after your interests. dt

Anonymous said...

Don't enjoy the economic benefits of casinos then come here and kpkb

Btw, once these behemoth has taken roots here, there is no way of dismantling it without bloodshed - and I am sure no one is heading there.

But if your intention is to discredit the garmen AFTER casinos have set up shop already, that's pretty lame.

Anonymous said...

Seems like LHL cannot find any other ways to make monies except fiddling in rent-seeking (HDB)and vices (casino).

Last time when we one Goh KS educated from Imperial College, we are able to industrialized.

Now we have tenth of thousands of scholars from prestigious university, we can only make monies from vices.

Are we becoming more and more fuck-up than 50 years ago? I though we are suppose to have more talent, and we are paying so much more for talent.

In conclusion, we are sick. The whole PAP is corrupt and rotten, starting from LKY and LHL.

Anonymous said...

?Seems like LHL cannot find any other ways to make monies except fiddling in rent-seeking (HDB)and vices (casino).?

Yes, our oppositions can make money from wiping backsides.

sgcynic said...

Simply put, after 50 years at the helm, the current PAP is simply addicted to power and money.

"Maybe it is still too early to tell how bad the effects of the casinos will be.

Maybe it may take a long time (maybe decades) to tell. The bad changes will be so gradual that most will not even notice."

Isn't that how the frog gets boiled alive. After years under PAP's rule, we do not recognise bad governance for what it is - lack of accountabilty and transparency.

MSM spins stories about our world class economy and growth. I fear beneath the facade, we have become the US of the East - hooked on easy credit. Just note the numerous "legal lenders" in the classifieds and our mailboxes and at Post Offices, number of pawn shops setting up at our doorstep, availability of credit (banks have sent me blank cheques encouraging me to take up cash advances and personal loans).

Signs of a healthy economy?

Read the number of revolving credit and bad debts among credit card holders
http://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/10/triple-whammy-%e2%80%93-inflation-erp-credit-cards/

Also
http://www.conradalvinlim.com/2010/12/singapore-beware/

Lange said...

If you dont want the govt to legalize all the vices you said, you can exercise your vote but the question, does majority of voters thinks like you?

i think the next step is to set up a liberal zone. we can turn ubin into a place where freelance sex, soliciting, gambling and softcore drugs are legalized. Singaporeans and foreigners can have commercial sex, gamble and take softcore drugs legally on the island but not on the mainland. People will be charged a a tariff for entry and private corporations can use junk bonds to build the place. Now that would be real tourism.

It can be done. we should strike while the iron hot now that the IR is proven wildly successful, we will have more corporations bidding higher for the next project.

Anonymous said...

Social cost will definately out weigh benefit. With the government running the country like a company, having TWO casinos is definately a bad bad idea.

Given that Singapore has created so many jobs for foreigners, I do not believe that this move is to create job for Singaporean. It is more likely to make money than job creation.

LHL's gambling policy is never going to win my support. I will never support politican(s) that create gambling environment for Singaporeans kids to live in.

Totally WRONG. Wrong way!

Rojakgirl said...

They likely know the long-term effects on this issue but they just don't care for a long list of reasons.

First, according to them, the PAP will win every election anyways. Second, like politics go, even if there is a mess, someone loses a few million and maybe even a few positions but they're still likely get to keep quite a perks, the money they earned and even the houses they bought. Third, there's often a fall guy or a loyal minion they can use to take the dirt.

And there are even more reasons. So someone tell me, why should they care? The old regime might have given a thought about the people but the new regime is swell with money, money and money and they have got dirt for brains.

If Singapore isn't careful, I'll be darned if we don't end up with a few new gang syndicates sprouting up and battling it all out. I recall reading that the police worked really hard in the 70s and 80s to clear the streets of gun-toting gangsters and now, the government wants to undo all that? What a bunch of pinheads.

Anonymous said...

Prayer walking?

You must be kidding. The group can walk around marina bay sand for 7 years until their shoes are all worn out, the casinos will still be around.

In fact, so long as man's will is free and the market place is alive, casinos will not be far off.

"I will keep posting about the casinos because I feel strongly that the harm it brings will far exceed any benefits."

Today's casino is as much harm as the stock market.

ser guan said...

if i am not wrong. Raffles was sacked by his company,the EAST INDIA company.

Anonymous said...

Worry not Singaporeans!
With your excellent leadership at the helm, Sin will prosper for many more years.
Citizen can expect many more good years and live life with abundance.
You are the envy of foreigners.

You know?

Goh Meng Seng said...

Dear Lucky,

Excellent post and once again, it seems that your views are pretty aligned with mine.

Time is running out. I would urge you again to consider to fight it out through the parliamentary route.

Political lifespan is very short for each and everyone of us. It is counted by the number of elections you can participate in. For someone like you who have the interests of the Nation at heart, should consider to take plunge.

Most people at our age, will have only 4 to 5 GEs to go through. Once we miss this GE, our political lifespan would be shorten by at least 20%. It is really time to consider such options.

Goh Meng Seng

Anonymous said...

GMS, not everyone is suited to be a parliamentarian. Just like not every PAP candidate, no matter how "brilliant" the controlled media paints them to be, is suited to be in public service.

Anonymous said...

To lucky: pls don't join politics. Many elected politicians changed after they got elected. LKY was very pro-people, pro-union before he got elected. No one's fault, it is just that the positions got changed. You are now on our side, once you crossed over to the other side, you are not with us anymore. Once your position is different, your thinking would certainly change. Same to Goh Meng Seng, hope you will work for the people and not for the corporations if you get elected.

Anonymous said...

What makes GMS stands out from the rest of the idiots is that he has the guts to engage and read what anonymous people think of him.

But nevertheless, he is another idiot like the rests but perhaps, more thick skin and ok, I am sure he is a nice guy. LOL.

Anonymous said...

When will the opposition become as strong as the PAP? Or it will never happen no matter what?

contrarian said...

I reject this one-sided character assasination of Farquahar. Raffles was an empire builder in vision, but lacking in implementation. Farquhar had no funds to develop Singapore or even hire staff.

Raffles instructed him not to build on the eastern bank of the river, not to allow specific vices such as gambling, but disallowed collection of port fees and duties, and offered no revenues or staff when Farquhar asked.

In the face of difficulty and a superior's instructions, Farquhar was practical and did what he could, with what he had, and as a capable adminstrator, developed Singapore into a thriving port. He even paid for civil servants out of his own money.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Lucky

//
The govt enjoys the tax revenue it collects from this casinos while churches, temples and social workers are left to help the the broken families.
//

As a militant atheist, shouldn't you be arguing for a ban on all religions and social workers (with religious affiliation) and let Darwin to his work to solve the problem?

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr contrarian

Mr Lucky has never let "facts" spoil a good story. Thats part of his appeal. Nor should he :-)

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Goh Meng Seng

Surely by now you must realise that this blog serves a very important function. That is to let unhappy Singaporeans vent their anger and not do dangerous things like actually supporting/voting for opposition (like you).

Mr Lucky deserves a medal next National Day when PAP celebrates another Mandate (victorious before election day). I am quite confident Mr Lucky won't get caught taking up-skirt pictures :-)

Anonymous said...

Boy, the PAP dogs are out in full force nowadays. They deserve a National Day award for their loyalty.

If only you can spend as much effort challenging your PAP leaders' arguments, rather than just swallowing them wholesale.

Lucky, the PAP dogs have been let out. Guess they are getting worried.

Anonymous said...

"Farquhar had no funds to develop Singapore or even hire staff.

Raffles instructed him not to build on the eastern bank of the river, not to allow specific vices such as gambling, but disallowed collection of port fees and duties, and offered no revenues or staff when Farquhar asked."
Anon 29/12/10 21:32

Anon, how you know so detail hah? Can you quote your reference?

Anonymous said...

Theft is common in the casinoes because the casinoes operate like most businesses here - low pay, long working hours. We have had numerous complaints by croupiers of their poor working conditions.

It seems that PAP only believes that they themselves are entitled to high salaries, lest they themselves be corrupted.

For the rest of us, we are expected to stay clean even if we are paid meagre wages and have to endure long working hours with little rest or leave.

Double standards.

Anonymous said...

How is it that our two casinoes can make as much money as the entire gaming industry of Las Vegas??

For real? Or just smoking out?

Anonymous said...

Is the poster sure that churches, temples and other religious organizations are helping the poor?

What about the tithes and donations believers are made to give? Are they any different from the rebates and piecemeal freebies that the people get from time to time from our rulers who have made our cost of living higher by the days?

Anonymous said...

I have the same feeling too that the PAP dogs are loose and they like Lucky's Blog more so than others. The fact that obscure information are researched and appear here indicates the pains they take to correct Singapore's old history, amongst others. One needs to analyse some Anon posts here to know whether it comes from the man in the street or a PAP dog. Sometimes it is hard to tell.

Anonymous said...

Strange.
The PAP dogs have gone quiet.
But I'm sure they'll be back.

Anonymous said...

Goh meng seng and the rest are simply lusting over the MP's pay. it is their jackpot.

Anonymous said...

Don't use the word Dxx. It hurt people's feeling.
Some of them are also just making a living.
But I think GMS is an honest and respectable person. He is trustable.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious why the PAP dogs don't want to face up to reality. Despite a record of malgovernance and admin errors, they still blindly support the PAP.

What is it in for them? Don't they feel that the growing wealth gap and the PAP government's arrogance and refusal to admit their mistakes will eventually lead the country to ruin?
So why are they still supporting the PAP?

Lucky Tan said...

Anon 29/12/10 21:32:

"Farquhar had no funds to develop Singapore or even hire staff.

Raffles instructed him not to build on the eastern bank of the river, not to allow specific vices such as gambling, but disallowed collection of port fees and duties, and offered no revenues or staff when Farquhar asked."

You're saying that Farquhar had good justification to introduce these vices and incur the associated social costs because he needed the money quickly to run the place? In that case, he would be better morally than those who introduce gambling unnecessarily to fill coffers that are already bulging with so much money that can go around the world to buy up all sorts of assets.

Farquhar is obviously not my the target of my post....gambling is the target and those who introduce giant gambling dens unnecessarily to Singapore that are the other targets.

Anonymous said...

Don't use the word Dxx. It hurt people's feeling.
But do u realised that actually if they want to help the people, it is as easy as lifting a finger?
Why they don't do it?
It is hard to understand, or they are just complacent & are not people orieted?

Anonymous said...

LKY is the first politician who built two giant gaming dens within such a short time to generate such evil revenue.

He has a fantastic record which outshines King of Monaco and colonial masters fr Portugal who made history before.

For mt to judge the country performance,I look only at per capita GDP and national happiness index,whcih PAP fails very badly.

Of course I am just one vote,majority of my country men vote according to the values of theirn HDB flats

So long as the votes are being casted when HDB prices are good,PAP would not lose.

Anonymous said...

LV is surrounded by desert, SG is surrounded by sea. LV buried bodies in the shore. SG buried bodies by throwing them in the sea. quite a good link.

DareToAct said...

Waiting for CSI Singapore to hit the screens.

Anonymous said...

In a card game, when you see the high hands being thrown, your opponent's pretty much out of options.

In the same way, when the casino card is played, it's probably not an option anymore.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Lucky

//
Farquhar is obviously not my the target of my post....gambling is the target and those who introduce giant gambling dens unnecessarily to Singapore that are the other targets.
//

Your poor understanding of history (context!) is obviously not my target ... your lack of action and those who encourage your lack of action are the other targets.

Let me put in into a context which even you can understand. I hope. Even if all the readers here were PAP-voters living in Tampines and have been magically transformed by your blog into opposition voters ... Mr Mah is still going to saunter to yet another victory. Its the numbers. And nothing is going to change.

Another example. Obama. Your idol. He has an ARMY of script writers, activists and strategists. He OUTSPENT Mccain/palin.

Your Mr Goh Meng Seng's warchest (from his HDB sale) is a rounding error compared to PAP. Least u could do is send him a cheque?

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Goh

If u are still around.
Reach out to the FEMALE half of the population.
Pls.
Otherwise yours is a lost cause.

Anonymous said...

Mr Goh Beng Seng is a sincere and capable person. e.g he talk in support of the small investors (victims) of the lehman brothers inancial products. He is also effectively billingual.

Anonymous said...

Boy, the PAP dogs ARE worried.

Keep up the good work, Lucky.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to Lucky & all readers here. I wish all you a positive net happiness in year 2011.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Lucky

//
Boy, the PAP dogs ARE worried.

Keep up the good work, Lucky.
//

Is Anon 31/12/10 23:15 Pro-PAP or against?

Who benefits if men of ability like you do not stand up and be counted?

If your IQ is in the triple digits, it should be obvious, no?

Anonymous said...

Deal Mr Lucky

//
Is the poster sure that churches, temples and other religious organizations are helping the poor?
//

Atheists deal in facts.
Close down all religious linked hospices, hospitals, halfway houses and charities and you should get the answer?

Anonymous said...

A psychologist once told me addiction to gambling is worst in Asians than Europeans and Asians tend to bet on higher stakes. It will take a few more years for data on the negative impacts of gambling to show themselves and reveal the real cost-to-benefit ratio of casinos.

The Pariah said...

Season's Greetings to you, Lucky, and all the readers of your blog!

I submitted the flwg to the Straits Times Forum but I doubt it will see the light of day.

So I'd like to share it here if you don't mind it, Lucky.

PROPOSED ST FORUM LTR:

As I watch the 2011 New Year fireworks celebrations around the world on TV today, one thought hit home.

Whilst other countries ring in the new year against the backdrop of a bustling square, an iconic bridge, a definitive cathedral, a historical clock tower, a flyer wheel as a symbol of fun, a swanky hotel, a sleek and tallest office building on their land as a testament to commerce, etc, etc, etc, Singapore's skyline from 2010 is now dominated by a casino (otherwise euphemistically called an "Integrated Resort").

Such a blight on the face of Singapore!

As the Marina Bay Sands' three block slabs compete for place of honour with each firework explosion of dazzling light and thunderous sound, they bear silent testimony - at least to me - that we may have sold our soul as a nation as these slabs soundlessly scream "Casino Singapore"!

Yada, yada, yada ... no doubt, the two IRs have bumped up our GDP for 2010, sucked in a deluge of tourist gamblers and their friends and families who came here to play, shop, eat and shit, and they have opened our eyes to the high-rolling lifestyle ... but why am I less proud of my country this new year than last?

END.

The Pariah,
www.singaporeenbloc.blogspot.com

The Pariah said...

To Anonymous, 29/12/10 23:03

QUOTE: It seems that PAP only believes that they themselves are entitled to high salaries, lest they themselves be corrupted.
END QUOTE.

The saga of the ex-Deputy Director of SLA puts paid to PAP's presumption of
High Pay = Low Corruption

As a SLA Deputy Director, Mr Koh Seah Wee's pay would NOT be meagre by most standards. Recent allegations suggest that he started at age 27, got promoted to DD level whilst he covered his tracks since 1997.

The Pariah,
www.singaporeenbloc.blogspot.com

The Pariah said...

Greed knows no bounds.

High pay doesn't necessarily deter corruption (although too low a pay is likely to do so).

On the flip side of the coin -

TOO HIGH PAY (and even worse, BADLY STRUCTURED High Pay - like 27% GDP bonus and 20% job-perf bonus = 47% variable pay for Ministers and Senior Perm Secs; 36% variable component for AOs) attracts and eventually motivates the wrong type who will firmly entrench themselves within the system, refusing to resign or effectively retire.

This was exactly what Wall Street meltdown proved to us in 2008 and still proving to us to date.

This is exactly why the Prime Minister's Office has SEVEN Ministers Without Portfolio when the entire cabinet only has FOURTEEN Ministers with portfolio responsibilities.

What will the PAP pay structure eventually lead us to ...???

Even some (NOT ALL) of those aspiring towards opposition MP positions may be running for reasons other than "serving the people and the country". Still, I think they are sufficiently committed souls to step up to the plate.

Time will eventually tell. Time always tells.

Conversely, some will refuse to step into the political arena even though you can distill their "love for Singapore" from their blogs (assuming they mean what they write).

The Pariah
www.singaporeenbloc.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Don't worry. Even the sky collapse, people will still vote for them.
But if less people are voting for them, they may suffer less.

Anonymous said...

To The Pariah:

Please contest and win the next elections and form the government.

Then you can do what you think is best, like cutting down the number of ministers, reduce the income gap, reduce the number of foreign talents, ban the the casinos, etc etc.

Can or not?

If cannot, what is the difference between the postings (yours, mine and others) and fart?

The Pariah said...

To Anonymous @ 2/1/11 17:46

QUOTE: If cannot, what is the difference between the postings (yours, mine and others) and fart?
END QUOTE.

Answer: The difference is one is sulphuric and the other ain't! You can take it in whichever order you like. ;)

Anonymous said...

"""According to the latest release from the Manpower Ministry (MOM), the real average monthly earnings of Singaporeans continue to decline in 2010 while the average (Mean) Monthly Nominal Earnings in S$ Per Employee, has continued to fall from $4,310 to $3,819 and $3,754, for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Qtrs, respectively"""

So the higher the GDP, the more you suffer!!
As the wages continue to head south, the inflation increases relently.
And worse, more & more are experiencing unemployment or under-empolyment.
Is this want u want??

Anonymous said...

""HDB flats have become smaller over the years, but the majority of occupants nowadays actually have more space........""

Must be really "daft" if u blindly believe in this.

Anonymous said...

Midgets must be very lucky ...even more space for them.

Anonymous said...

Singaporeans worry too much, everyday without fail the experts at Channel News Asia teach everyone how to make money, avoid risk. They tell us about economic developments and how the world is going about it.
Where in the world can one find so much experts talking about money making?
Not forgetting that there are just as many experts in the advertisements in the Straits Times, the Newpaper and other print media.
Must be thankful that many Singaporeans want to make their fellow Singaporeans rich.
And mind You, they are willing to help You 24/7. Just follow their expert advices may make one very wealthy.
Lol......

Anonymous said...

""HDB flats have become smaller over the years, but the majority of occupants nowadays actually have more space........""

Why there are still so many people willing to pay so much (S$1 per copy) to read this kind of news??
It is much cheaper to read online.
For an unemployed person, S$30 a month is a lot of money!!

Anonymous said...

Casino exclusion orders to be approved faster - Jan 4, 2011

Anonymous said...

S$300k can buy a big 4bedroom house with a big garden and a big car in europe (eg spain, france, germany). S$300k can only buy a 89year 2bedroom dormitory lookalike flat in sg. do you people see how much we are suffering from all the bad policies by papayas? only the msian next door benefited from our high gdp.

Anonymous said...

I want to buy? please give me more details, but are they outskirts? can foreigners buy? thanks

Anonymous said...

Find me a 4 room flat, equivalent to the quality of HDB, next to a modern MRT, equivalent to the quality of our SMRT, and a shopping mall, equivalent to bishan shopping center. Plus, walking distance or near public schools, policlinics, markets,community center and library and less than half an our drive to some of the worlds best attractions and beaches....for $ 500m to $ 1 m.

Please put down the name of these cities and the LINK to verify current selling price and MATCH.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Also to include salary scale. Cost of cars, utilities, food, GST etc etc. Then you can really compare apples to apples.

Anonymous said...

"Plus, walking distance or near public schools, policlinics, markets,community center and library and less than half an our drive to some of the worlds best attractions and beaches....for $ 500m to $ 1 m."

what is walking distance to you? how far is near to you? how many Singaporeans own a car now?

Anonymous said...

2 bus stops away is considered walking distance. 5 bus stops away is considered near.

Anonymous said...

"2 bus stops away is considered walking distance. 5 bus stops away is considered near."

Singaporeans are so fortunate. Everyone is living 5 or less bus stops away from public schools, policlinics, markets,community center and library. Thanks for the joke

Waiting to Migrate said...

It's time to migrate. All Singaporeans who is above the age of 30 years old should consider migration as a serious viable option. The PAP administration will not change. It is too comfortable to change. It is now megolomaniacal. It does not admit mistakes and never concede that it is ever wrong. They have lost their moral authority when they brought in the casions. What they are best engaging for the last 10 years is to not fix problems but that it is important that they are SEEN to be solving the problem, than actually fixing it. A wise option is to migrate. We can't change the situation. We have to accept things as they are. I am planning to leave. Start now and don't waste time. Life is gonna get more stressful for you and your children. The government has taken care of itself. It pays itself million dollar salaries and has pension too. All the rest of Singaporeans including the civil servants have no pension. Forget the elections and migrate. Approximately 8000 Singaporeans leave this island every year.

Anonymous said...

Agreed with Waiting to MIgrate. If the government wants talent, what are we building these casinos for? To attract talent? What sort of talent are these gambling dens attracting? I'm confused.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. I am migrating to Malaysia. Cheaper, better and can run faster and further with more space.

Anonymous said...

Then how come still got so many not yet migrate?

Anonymous said...

i am migrating to U aSs Aids.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lucky,

Hope more can be done to discourage Singaporeans from the casinos.

The following statement is somewhat misrepresenting the actual fact though.

"The NCPG (National Council on Problem Gambling) has an annual budget of $2.5M[Link] vs the hundreds of millions the govt collect...."

From the link, $2,5M is NOT the actual budget for NCPG, but the annual budget for educational materials.

"NCPG will foot the bill for most of the publicity materials, out of its S$2.5 million annual budget for educational materials."

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