Saturday, December 03, 2011

The middle class squeeze...

Inflation rate is above 5% [Singapore's inflation rate holds above 5%]which gives us a real income growth of roughly of less than 0.3%. [Tighter labour market sees income go up to $2,633 from $2,500]. Things have improved by a little bit for some people.  However, you should be note that the CPI used to measure inflation is just a snapshot based on a basket of goods with a composition that is probably not what your family consumes. Your family's expenditure inflation rate is different from the CPI. Also, given the wide income gap which leads to vastly different patterns of consumption inflation as measured by the CPI becomes less meaningful. Prices of different categories of goods are moving sharply in different directions - 42" LED TVs have halved in price from one year ago while the price of homes and COEs have surged. If you are shopping for an LED TV you will be happy shopper spoilt for choice but if you're middle income family looking for a car, the COE inflation took away your ability to buy one. Today's paper reported that luxury cars - BMWs, Porsches, Audis, Mercedes, Farraris -have 46% of our new car market.

A new 1 bed room condo at Lorong Chuan goes for upwards of $538K. A quick calculation shows the cheapest 1 bed room unit in the development is sold at a price that is 17 years of a median income worker's total income. If he uses his income fully to service his condo, he will take 17 years...nothing left for food, clothing, utilities etc. What is prudent for someone earning the median income is a small HDB flat which is shrinking over time[Shrinking HDB flats due to need to maximise land and to adapt] and public transport which is now so crowded it is like a cattle ferry. There is also the problem of healthcare which is rising at double digits and outstripping median income growth. If you look at the Singapore worker in the middle earning the median income wage, his quality of life is not equal to a middle income worker in a developed country. Its gets worse as we go down the wage scale. When we get close to the bottom which is quite far down since there is no minimum wage, we have 350,000 workers who work full time but cannot make ends meet and depend on workfare to survive[Older, low-wage workers get Workfare bonus ] - these workers will never accumulate enough savings to retire and have to work their whole lives.

The PAP govt likes to proclaim its greatest achievement taking Singapore from the 3rd world to the 1st. The truth is a large number are left behind and many are falling behind as the middle class weakens.

"At the national level, we fight the elections starting now, getting our policies working, getting our organisation in place, getting our outreach strengthened, getting our communications modernised and mobilised, so that we have five years to prepare for the next time" - PM Lee, at the recent PAP convention.[Link]

PM Lee spoke about the need for PAP leaders to connect with the people and that future elections will not be so easy. While communications and interaction is important, they are a means to an end and at the end of the day, people will vote based on whether their lives have improved and whether they believe their futures will be better. The key to winning back the hearts and minds of voters is to make sure prosperity is shared, the income gap is narrowed and the middle class thrives. Right now the PAP is not even on the right track and they won't be unless they can overcome their ideological approach to policy making. Their insistence on "self reliance" and resilience from workers to escape from greater financial responsibility puts the onus on those who have lost the ability to do so due to the inequalities that is now built into our system and many have fallen into financial hardship and poverty through no fault of their own.

"The Government seems very reluctant it to take on a larger financial
responsibility for caring for our senior citizens.
Instead, it hides behind the mantras of self-reliance and filial piety to justify its relatively low expenditure on healthcare for the elderly." - WP's Gerald Giam in Parliament.[Link]

The PAP ideology just like the US Republican ideology can work if income gap is kept low and responsibility can be pushed down individuals. However, the rising income gap and declining middle class means the PAP has to break out of its ideological constraints to find solutions to the problems we face today. PM Lee in his first few years as PM, implemented tax cuts for the rich and corporations and regressive consumption tax increases (GST) that will burden the lower income groups. He was very eager to increase ministerial pay at a time when most people saw problems with excessive executive compensation and expected the govt to set a good example. Unless the PAP can make major changes to housing, healthcare , transport,  narrow the income gap or mitigate the effects of the income gap, the next election will not be about winning back Aljunied but how not to lose more GRCs.

The Worker's Party and other opposition parties has cleverly occupied the middle ground as the PAP drifted further to the ideological right in recent years. The PAP enjoys support for some of its past accomplishments but this support will fade over time if voters see no real progress in the coming years.

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

If Sinkies vote based on whether their lives have improved and whether they believe their futures will be better, the legacy of the control freaks would have already been consigned to the dustbins 20 years ago, right after GCT proclaimed that the Swiss standard of living have been achieved. We have been slipping down the slope ever since, to the extent that the government dares not return the hard earned CPF to future retires - a fear that the giant ponzi will crumble.

Saycheese

Anonymous said...

If we can see it, the guys at the top probably has seen it too.
The last elections was a wake up call for the pap.Hopefully with the removal of the dead wood in parliament and with better checks and balances,LHL should be able to stamp his authority and for once make this country into what he is aiming for.

I sincerely hope he succeeds. We desperately need to change.

Anonymous said...

In the coming years, Singaporeans will be squeezed out by more and more permanent residents and foreigners.

Let's see what is the projected number of new citizens, permanent residents and foreigners in 5 years time.

In 2011, there are 540000 permanent residents in Singapore.
Every year, there are
80000 foreigners become permanent residents and
20000 permanent residents become new citizens.
There is a net increase of
80000 - 20000 = 60000 permanent residents and an increase of 20000 new citizens every year.

In 2016, there will be a total of
540000 + 5 X 60000
= 840000 permanent residents and
5 X 20000 = 100000 new citizens from 2012 to 2016.

For every 1 successful foreigner become permanent resident, there are 2.5 new foreigners come to Singapore every year.
Each year, there are 2.5 X 80000
= 200000 new foreigners come to Singapore.
Every year, net increase in number of foreigners in Singapore is
200000 - 80000 = 160000
In 2011, there are 1.2 millions of foreigners in Singapore.
In 2016, there are
1.2 millions + 5 X 160000
= 2 millions of foreigners in Singapore.

To summarize, in 2016, there are
100000 + existing unknown number of new citizens,
840000 permanent residents and
2 millions of foreigners.
Singaporeans are destined to be squeezed out by foreigners by 2016.

Anonymous said...

"The PAP enjoys support for some of its past accomplishments but this support will fade over time if voters see no real progress in the coming years."
Lucky Tan

Even if the support for PAP fade over time, it will fade very slowly, if at all.

Why?

Because no matter what, the PAP knows that majority voters will not want the opposition to be the government.

All the PAP needs to do is to change the GRC system to just one super GRC to have all the candidates in it.

Then at elections, it's either PAP 100% seats or the opposition 100% seats!

So you want opposition to be the govt?

Unless of course the opposition becomes very good. But if after 46 years, still no good, how can it be suddenly good in 5 years?

Anonymous said...

"Unless of course the opposition becomes very good. But if after 46 years, still no good, how can it be suddenly good in 5 years?"

So did the PAPAYA suddenly become very good in 5 years? When the "Old Man" dies, so will PAPAYA starts to die. Nothing lasts forever.

Anonymous said...

Seems like LHL is not in a position to strengthen the PAP hold. Look like he is the last PAP PM in Singapore history.

Anonymous said...

Singapore is definitely a paradise for the rich and super rich. All others slog like dogs to ensure that these rich and super rich have heavenly lives. When a small country is so open to the world talent, wealth n workers there is little space for working class Singaporeans?

Anonymous said...

Singapore's model is based on Monaco and has to attract outside money to park here. Hence the arrival of the casinos. Low corporate and personal income taxes become necessary and any budget shortfall met by raising taxes such as GST and other tariffs and fees. In other words cost is funded by the masses and hence the budget cannot invest too much in public services other than defense. In short, the income gap will continue to stay high or widen.

LHL will not budge on this model as long as PAP's political hegemony remains intact.

Anonymous said...

Actually should understand Singapore lah.

No natural resources and only 700 sq km, you know.

So if the govt don't have casinos, foreign talent, foreign money, expensive HDB and tax the masses, where to get the revenue?

So it's either some will very rich and some poor (income equality) or all poor, which is not the better option.

The middle income squeeze, etc, etc are some of the negative side effects lah. Cannot have everything perfect what, right or not?

That's why 60% understood this and voted the PAP.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lucky,

Would like to point out that perhaps using the median HOUSEHOLD income instead of worker income would be more appropriate. Median household income is about SGD 5,500 monthly, so yearly that's SGD 66,000. The 538K condo is about 8 times of median household income. I agree that it is still not cheap, but not at 17 times yet.

Good effort, keep it up!

Anonymous said...

If you are rich in Singapore you will be given choice to reduce taxes. Share with everybody an actual case, that is my Company which is making a good profit this year. However, an Accountancy firm come&give advice and profit become a huge losses, i heard that it is because of claiming of researh incentives. My boss is so happy about it although he need to share about 30% of the rebate with the Account firm.

See government only know how to tax honest Singaporean.

Anonymous said...

Ordinary Singaporeans have no future in Singapore. With cars and houses driven beyond their means, jobs taken away by foreigers, what's left for them are the shits from the rich and super rich. Why do u still vote for the pap when they are still selling out your interests and future in Singapore ?

Anonymous said...

"Ordinary Singaporeans have no future in Singapore."
Anon 3/12/11 21:51

But 60% are not ordinary Singaporeans so therefore they have a future in Singapore. That's why they still vote PAP.

Anonymous said...

Government can squeeze any class but just make sure majority (at least 50%) are not squeezed.

Then you can design a GRC system where even with 51% votes you can get 100 seats!

Anonymous said...

GE2001 -- 75%

GE2006 -- 67%

GE2011 -- 60%

GE2016 -- 54%

GE2021 -- PAP broken up into rival factions due to death of LKY.

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine who once worked for GIC linked company on the panel giving out bonuses was told that to give crumbs to the lower ends of the ladder and rewards themselves at the top. Isn't that what PAPs being doing ?

The PAPies are really sick and corrupted. Look at all the cronies..LKY related to Tony Tan and Tony Tan to Teo Chee Hean, and bla bla bla.. I scratch your back and you scratch mine. If PAP MPs keep the statue quo - said YES to the dictator, then you will be rewarded, else you career down the drain. All are YES men and women out to earn big bucks and collect pensions for rest of their lives. ..you think they really care for you and me..my foot..think harder. with the track record that the CEO in GIC linked companies been giving out bonuses, you will see for yourselves the greedy nature of all PAPies men and women period. self deserving idiots !

Anonymous said...

Of course, like any organisation, the top will be very well paid and the lower ranks less lah.

The only thing is how many times the top are well paid than the lower ranks.

And if the lower ranks are not happy, what can they do, except to quit to get a better paid job elsewhere?

As for the PAP ministers who are very well paid, if voters are not happy, they can always vote them out what.

But did they?

Anonymous said...

Wth the curremt immigration rate,PAP can easily grow new foreign talent voters...no hope for Singapore for the original Sngaporeans...just dun have children and put aside enuff money for a place in an olf folks hoke in Johor, dun put ur children through misery.sinhapore is the dream libertarian state dreamed by billnaifes like Jim Rogers....

Anonymous said...

"3/12/11 14:31
If we can see it, the guys at the top probably has seen it too."

Sure they can see it. Excepting for some superficial changes, they would find it very hard to break their own primary inertia.

Humans are creatures of habits and it will take shattering events for these habits to be broken (changed).

Unfortunately, humans feel very comfortable in their own habits and seldom change themselves. The shattering event to change will unlikely be coming from those on top or the party itself as they have too many intertwined parts which may have to be dismantled, it will have to take a nasty nudge (e.g the ballot) from others for it to happen.

Anonymous said...

"So if the govt don't have casinos, foreign talent, foreign money, expensive HDB and tax the masses, where to get the revenue?"

really ? you just need about net sgd2,000/- to 2,500/- (may be lower in today's terms) for a family of four w/o the above to survive quite comfortably.

a lot of ppl who are in their early 50s to 60s have seen through the time of independence till now and many are educated knowing the full mathematics (excepting perhaps for some national equation which is not really revealed to us). In the past we did not have casino, no expensive houses, no gst, no frill - schools even distributed free milk and going to dentist just cost 50 cents to $1/- (@ pegu road which is now gone).

now we tell ourselves we are so rich (the reserves), yet this "richness" is not given back via low priced public housing (prices going up instead) and on top of this cpf withdrawing age seems to be deferred as against the old understanding. how to have good retirement fund if public housing is chasing the price of private housing where supply of land is limited and controlled.

you ask ppl to save & invest and when people do that as told, they find sometimes that the investment consultants are as good as the next sweeper on the road in terms of advice and the rate of savings are peanuts as compared to inflation.

Anonymous said...

So long as the pap retain their ultra capitalist doctrine, most Singaporeans will be screwed. The sooner Singaporeans realise this the better it is for them and their children. Some Singaporeans have awakened but many are still in papist induced coma.

Anonymous said...

"Some Singaporeans have awakened but many are still in papist induced coma."
Anon 11:03

It is not that they are not awakened or in coma but because they feel they have no better place to go so have to remain here.

Bo pian (can't be helped) lah.

Anonymous said...

Can we have a breakdown in terms of gender that voted for PAP. I speculate that most voters are women.

Changing the PAP starts from you. Educate your sons & daughters now.

Give them life examples, cost of product with and without GST

The fabrication of housing cost, under whose direct control

Explain to them why sky overheads starts from sky high rent.

Tell them, the NUS,NTU degree are eventually as good as the Philippines ones. And no point making so hard to get into one

Force them to give you more $$$ becos all your savings are locked in CPF

DS

Anonymous said...

i don't understand the (Chinese) Singaporeans, why don't they go live in China's 2nd or 3rd tier cities where the cost of living is so much cheaper and quality, although somewhat different, is pretty acceptable overall. Singapore is just too small to take care of everyone's needs and aspirations.

Anonymous said...

One way the PAP can consider to tackle these problems is to strike a deal with china to ship poorer singaporeans to one of their empty cities and import richer foreigners in their place..this will help wil the PAP goal of increasing per capita GDP.

The PAP is already thinking of sending our old to JB and our sick to Malaysia...they will now do something for the pooor by ehipping them to somewhere they can still afford to live

Anonymous said...

/quote from ST :
Rising rents of HDB flats have led to an increase in their market values, which in turn are attracting a higher property tax for next year./

Talking about rising rents leading to higher market value (& not talking about the other way instead or about insufficient supply), it sure will be enlightening to know how many units (or %) of HDB are currently being rented out - which they are not supposed to be built for renting out to begin with unless they are those specially HDB rented units which i believe do not attract property tax.

Aren't rising rental income being added to the pool of other incomes for the purpose of calculating income tax.

And for many families who do not rent out their units (e.g their only units for own living), how do higher value of market value contribute to their real wealth except for can-see-cannot-touch paper gain.

Assuming that the owners may have gained when they sell away @ higher market value, that itself would be attracting stamp duty (another form of tax paid ONLY by buyer but effectively priced in when buying @ higher price from the seller), hence taxing on capital gain on sale realisation rather than unrealised gain on paper appreciation.

Anonymous said...

"i don't understand the (Chinese) Singaporeans, why don't they go live in China's 2nd or 3rd tier cities where the cost of living is so much cheaper and quality, although somewhat different, is pretty acceptable overall."

simply because the right to tell the national story or to say what is best for singapore (which may not have to be only by keeping the ecnomically powerful here and hoping to send off the economically weak) may not have to operate the way of your understanding.

besides, the roots of many singaporeans are here and not in 2nd, 3rd & 4th tier cities. it is so acceptable and easy as a breeze, why not you and those higher elites go there and help to turn those 2nd, 3rd & 4th tier cities into 1st tier and earn high consultancy fees. This I really don't understand also.

Anonymous said...

The PAP ministers cannot achieve all this by themselves. They need the arms & legs from people who will carry out the policies.

The focus should be on the group of people who carry out their ideas.. the RC people, the por-lum-pas..

Its these people who cause the problems.. focus your energy on these low life.

Anonymous said...

"Singapore is just too small to take care of everyone's needs and aspirations."

singapore is indeed small. don't you think that what they are doing may make it worse instead of alleviating the situation.

singapore may be small but it sure is more livable and big if it is shared by 2million people instead of 7million or 10million which make it even more smaller and squeezy.

africa & middle east are SOOOOOO big, why not you go there so that your apiration and needs can be enhanced there.

Anonymous said...

The Party Against People is a party for the rich.

Remember. They abolished the estate duty tax. Which benefits the rich.

"Estate duty has been removed for deaths on and after 15 Feb 2008."

http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page04.aspx?id=1186

Looks like we will never know the full extent of a certain Mentor Millionaire's estate.

Singapura Pundit said...

"This is an unfair world. Some countries have oil, some have gold and diamonds. We have only 600 infertile square kilometers. There is no divine law that says that Singapore will remain in the top bracket of the developing countries. Unless we make strenuous efforts to move up in technology with better-educated and highly trained workers, we shall slip down the league and
become yesterday’s NIC (newly industrializing country). We cannot stay put if we want to be a developed country. We have no oil, no gas, no tin, no rubber, no
palm oil. The earth, the sun and the rain do not yield these bounties to us. We have to depend on our energy, standards of training, education and right work
attitudes to survive." - Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's New Year Message, 1982
If

Anonymous said...

Liar! Liar!

Pants on Fire!

Anonymous said...

The source of Big Lie technique is this passage, taken from Chapter 10 of James Murphy's translation of Hitler's Mein Kampf:


All this was inspired by the principle--which is quite true within itself--
that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility;

because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily;

and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.

For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.

—Adolf Hitler , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X[1]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lie

Anonymous said...

GE 2016.

Old Light Bulb Expiry Date.

Anonymous said...

"This is an unfair world. Some countries have oil, some have gold and diamonds."

It turns out that not having these valuable resources is our greatest advantage.

Vast majority of oil-exporting countries are poor. Most countries who have vast metal or diamond or plantations are also poor. The peoples of those said countries do no get any share in the mineral wealth.

Lucky Tan said...

Singapore Pundit,

While there is no denying the progress made by Singapore, it is unwise for leadership to not have vision but to try to explain that what we have are the result of limitations. It i s precisely the PAP's early leadership that overcome these imitations that saw its rise and popularity. The 1st PAP govt received less than 50% of the votes and the build support from there.

Today again the PAP leadership needs to overcome new problems such as income gap and unequal wealth distribution. Support for the PAP will depend on their ability to address these issues. They cannot approach these with a "cannot" do attitude because as a society we are collectively a hundred times more prosperous today compared with 4 decades ago due to the blood and sweat of Singaporean workers. We have all the pre-requisites to address these issues and what we need now is leadership with vision and determination.

There is no inherent reason why our middle class should be worse off tomorrow. We just need the right policies and good vision.This govt that prides itself as extraordinary should start to show it is extraordinary.

Anonymous said...

"This govt that prides itself as extraordinary should start to show it is extraordinary."
Lucky Tan 18:13

You mean for a govt that won at least 60% votes at every election for 46 years is not extraordinary?

Show me another elected govt in this world which has achieved a similar feat. Don't talk about PRC, North Korea or Mynamar which do not have elections.

Anonymous said...

40% votes = 6 opposition MPs
80% votes = 12 opposition MPs

No need to worry about freak election results.

Just vote your conscience in GE 2016.
PAP will still form the next government.

Anonymous said...

"africa & middle east are SOOOOOO big, why not you go there so that your apiration and needs can be enhanced there."

Actually me & my friends are already in the middle east and making a tidy fortune over the last 5 years at the expense of the "less resourceful" arabs (sorry but that's the truth my arab friends). Our aspirations (career-wise) may not have been 100% fulfilled but the fulfillments of our present and future needs more than made up for it. Do we really care for career advancements and promotions when the quality of life is already so much better than Singapore? Only you can be the best judge to that as each individual’s aspirations and needs differs.

Of course, it would be suicidal for any politician to advocate this to the middle or lower class citizens but from a S'porean’s perspective, he absolutely needs to decide what’s best for himself, his future and go where the pasture is greener. Hence by retirement, why not simply by-pass Singapore altogether and head to the 2nd, 3rd tier cities in China, Thailand or Malaysia where one can absolutely stretch the dollar to no end. The lower class will always complain and there is no such thing as a ‘free lunch’ in S’pore. If you want to die in S’pore, be prepared to run a good race all the way to the finishing line because the government will have nothing less of the sort.

Anonymous said...

At least 60% votes at every election for 46 years is not extraordinary. That kind of record is reserved for authoritarian governments, some of which have achieved better percentages (more than 98%) for more longer than 50 years.

Saycheese

Anonymous said...

"The lower class will always complain and there is no such thing as a ‘free lunch’ in S’pore. If you want to die in S’pore, be prepared to run a good race all the way to the finishing line because the government will have nothing less of the sort."

Nothing is free but some people make it more expensive for others to bear. Who is asking for free lunch ?

You elect the government & every round of election is different, if you know what i mean.

"Actually me & my friends are already in the middle east and making a tidy fortune over the last 5 years at the expense of the "less resourceful" arabs (sorry but that's the truth my arab friends)."

Make your bucks there before they wake up. Tell us some story then if you can plant yourself there with comfort. If not, what is the difference from singaoreans who are also complaining here. At least, singaporeans are doing it in their own country and what is wrong with that.

Maybe, we have not woken up fully yet. Perhaps when we do, some lunch will be made more palatable, not free of course. Some people sure know how to make the pasture greener for themselves (the higher elites). Likewise, we must learn from them how to make the pasture greener for ourselves in our own home ground. Why shouldn't we ? This is our country.

Anonymous said...

@ ANON 20:54

We are dealing with people who don't like people.
They will tell you to emigrate if you don't like Singapore.
As if they have a god given right to do so.

This is a Party Against People.
With their anti-people policies.

We have all lost friends and relatives to emigration because of anti-people policies.

Your sons & daughters could be next.

Vote wisely in GE 2016.
Vote your conscience.
Don't be scared of freak election results.
PAP will definitely form the next government.
But send a clear message by bringing down the support from 60% to below 50%.

By re-drawing the electoral boundaries, you can be sure even if 80% vote Opposition, there will only be 12 Opposition MPs in parliament.

Anonymous said...

George Yeo (Transform PAP Man), 20 Feb 1994:

“Remember your place in society before you engage in political debate…
Debate cannot (de)generate into a free-for-all, where no distinction is made between the senior and junior party…

You must make distinctions -
What is high, what is low, what is above, what is below,

and then within this, we can have a debate, we can have a discussion…
people should not take on those in authority as ‘equals”

Party Against People.
Mother of all anti-people policies.
The political party of choice.
For People who don't like People.

Anonymous said...

Why r Singaporeans so stupid to allow the pap to screw them year in year out and yet continue to vote for them. Those 60% are real idiots. Worst than morons.

Anonymous said...

"By re-drawing the electoral boundaries, you can be sure even if 80% vote Opposition, there will only be 12 Opposition MPs in parliament."
Anon 4/12/11 21:28

Possible. But how? Simple, as follows.

One special GRC will have 80% of candidates and only 20% of total voters. So no need even 20% votes, PAP just need only 11% votes is enough to win this GRC already to elect 80% MPs.

Anonymous said...

"We are dealing with people who don't like people.
They will tell you to emigrate if you don't like Singapore.
As if they have a god given right to do so."

you are right. you see,they are finding it hard to convince the way they used to convince. So one way to cut short the tiring work is to throw the ball back to your court by telling you to emigrate if you do not like it here - to make it sound that if there are better places than here, why not just go there instead. sounds damn logical.

the problem is that this is our country and most of us were born here & why should there be only one way - by going to another better place. why not we make our country a better place instead, the way we like it.

Anonymous said...

5 people A, B, C, D, E to share $100. A, B and C vote to share $90between them. So you have 60% vote and got $90.

Anonymous said...

whats new, the middle class was always going to be a transient class, it is either they make it to the upper or slip back into the lower. it was never meant to be a permanent class.

We must move in the right direction and return to our motherland which is malaysia, it is the only route to survival. We must return as a Special economic state.

Anonymous said...

Multi-millionaire PM Lee should touch his heart when he talks to Singaporeans; otherwise Singaporeans would think he is merely giving a speech act - in this case, simply giving a political speech.

He has lost the moral authourity to lead Singaporeans with his 2 casinos on this island.

The problem with PAP is its policies do not champion Singaporeans.

It says one thing but does the complete opposite and uses its States Times to assure and sometimes reassure the people that everything is OK in Singapore. Well, PM Lee, everything is not OK.

Each time, he gives a speech, his aim is to discredit the opposition in some way or another. Now, he fails to see that all the 40% of who voted against the PAP's policies of unaffordable HDB flats, COEs, increased gantries, no jobs for Singaporeans, foreign influx, intense educational systems, overcrowded MRTs and buses, etc. are in fact, SINGAPOREANS.

He is interested in retaining power and he is not about Singaporeans. The 40% can see this. But he can't. So pray tell, what kind of soul-searching has taken place really in this GE 2011.
He speaks of debates but he makes it an offence for one Singaporean to protest on the street and for the ISA to remain. He curbs the freedoms of SIngaporeans. Is he consistenly in word and action? 40%can see this but PM Lee can't.

And this is a concern. The problem with today's PAP is that SIngaporeans no longer trust them. In fact, they now distrust them and takes whatever the Propaganda Action Party says with a huge pinch of salt.

To patronise other SIngaporeans who have strong views against their policies is akin to saying that people are simply against them. An enlightened PAP should ask itself: Why are 40% Singaporeans against my policies? That ought to be in the right spirit for a leader.

Many SIngaporeans belive that on a score of 1 to 10 for leadership, PM LEE would get a 4.

It's your policies and lack of policies that is the problem, my dear PM. Stop going for ad hominem attacks.

Anonymous said...

" In other words cost is funded by the masses and hence the budget cannot invest too much in public services other than defense. "

This is so true. It explains why how HDB flats needs to be repainted every 6 years. Had the PAP government spent it on public service or public works, we do not need to repaint our HDB flats every 6 years as they would have been tiled instead of painted on.

WE have ugly building in singapore. Just go to SK or Japan and see how beautiful their buildings are for their commoners. What prosperity?! The government is taking away the peoples' money and enjoying it on their million dollar lifestyles instead on sharing the prosperity with the people.

Anonymous said...

" The middle income squeeze, etc, etc are some of the negative side effects lah. Cannot have everything perfect what, right or not?

That's why 60% understood this and voted the PAP. "

Actually, many who voted for PAP are sick and elderly, the post-55ers. They are mostly illiterate or have primary education and they don't really know what is happening except that life is tough and has always been that way. This group will remain roughly 10% and they have influence over their children. And their kids vote unknowingly too. This is the apathetic portion of voters. They make up 20%. So the question is: who are these remaining 40% who voted for the PAP?

The PAP ministers, their families, some civil servants, businesses , upper middle class Singaporeans and the grassroots.

Please remember, 1000 Singaporeans revoked their citizenships each month in this country. That's 10 000 each year. After 5 years into election time, 50 000 SIngaporeans would have revoked their citizenships and migrated.

This group who voted the PAPies have forgotten that even though that life is not perfect, it does not mean that they should not demand from the PAPies what the government has set out for - Swiss standard of living.

And did we get Swiss standard of living? Heh hello, the MRT is overcrowded lah.

Anonymous said...

"Please remember, 1000 Singaporeans revoked their citizenships each month in this country."
Anon 5/12/11 07:52

Only 1000 what.

Remember the govt can easily find a few times this number of foreigners to become citizens to replace them.

Remember in just a few years, the govt can even get millions of foreigners to come here.

So what is 1000 a month, 12000 a year or 60000 in 5 years?

You must be able to see the overall big picture in order to be a strong govt in Singapore. And which is what the PAP govt is.

Anonymous said...

This is ANON 8:13am's overall big picture:


Dr Vivian Balakrishnan:
How much do you want? Do you want three meals in a hawker centre, food court or restaurant?

In response to Dr Lily Neo.

Dr Lily Neo:
Sir, I want to check with the Minister again when he said on the strict criteria on the entitlement for PA recipients. May I ask him what is his definition of “subsistence living”? Am I correct to say that, out of $260 per month for PA recipients, $100 goes to rental, power supply and S&C and leaving them with only $5 a day to live on? Am I correct to say that any basic meal in any hawker centre is already $2.50 to $3.00 per meal? Therefore, is it too much to ask for just three meals a day as an entitlement for the PA recipients?

http://theonlinecitizen.com/2007/04/parliamentary-exchange-between-lily-neo-and-mcys-minister/


Singapore grew a 2nd wing in our economy for a more stable aeroplane.

It's time Singapore also grew a second wing in our politics for more people-friendly policies.

A strong Opposition for the protection of all Singaporeans against anti-people policies.

Anonymous said...

A new 1 bed room condo at Lorong Chuan goes for upwards of $538K. A quick calculation shows the cheapest 1 bed room unit in the development is sold at a price that is 17 years of a median income worker's total income. If he uses his income fully to service his condo, he will take 17 years

"...nothing left for food, clothing, utilities etc."




Nobody says a coolie cant have his sushi or beef steaks but what happens to prudence and common sense?

Anonymous said...

The only way forward for ordinary Singaporeans to a better life is one without LKY and his pap.
So long as LKY and his pap with their ultra capitalistic policies are in place, 80% of Singaporeans will be screwed day in and day out.

Anonymous said...

With regard to:

" Would like to point out that perhaps using the median HOUSEHOLD income instead of worker income would be more appropriate. Median household income is about SGD 5,500 monthly, so yearly that's SGD 66,000. The 538K condo is about 8 times of median household income. I agree that it is still not cheap, but not at 17 times yet. "


Taking on a household income of $5500 would be to make the assumption that there are no families with housewives and that all Singaporean ladies are working. This is not true.

To make the assumption that a family of two with a housewife could survive on $2000 to $2500 is true but this begs the question whether it is indeed "comfortable" living.

This makes a lot of assumption. That such families do not have a family car nor aspire to one. If there's anyone who needs a car more in Singapore are the family guys and they're a hard time doing so with a COE at $75 000 (that's almost the price of the interest that you pay for your 4-room HDB interest at 2.6%).

If we take household income, we hide individual differences such as a family of 2 unmarried sons and an unmarried daughter with the father working. Such a family household income is high but does that mean the quality of living is there?

Is such a household income a true reflection? We have known over these past 5 years how datas are skewed to offer a less than representative view of the actual life conditions of the average Singaporean guy who is struggling hard to keep his family going.

But does this government cares?

The subject interest should be that of a Singaporean family of two children with a housewife. Setting this as the base is a clearer representation of reality.

Misrepresentation of data has now become common in Singapore to such an extent that many netizens are probing and questioning hard the data that the government churns each quarter. One of the clear misrepresentation in clearly seen in GE 2011 just a few months ago.

40% of Singaporeans who are against the PAP's policies and where it is taking Singapore to is given a less than proportionate voice in parliament of a mere 7% representation in seats. Clearly, the voice of the 40% has been muted.

So probe harder. The devil is in the details.

Anonymous said...

Anon 14:35,

Bro, could you explain what you mean by :

"Assuming that the owners may have gained when they sell away @ higher market value, that itself would be attracting stamp duty (another form of tax paid ONLY by buyer but effectively priced in when buying @ higher price from the seller), hence taxing on capital gain on sale realisation rather than unrealised gain on paper appreciation. "

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

How much it cost to have a baby in Japan?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAtdPMo0EoQ&feature=channel_video_title

Anonymous said...

Mr Lucky

What republican ideology?
Obama is democrat!

Other opposition parties cleverly occupied middle ground?
Pro-LGBT and religion bashing is middle ground? Animal rights? Rights of migrant workers? Seriously ...

PAP is tolerated cos the opposition is perceived to be worse. Fact. Women have it good under PAP is also a fact. Majority of the young is indoctrinated by NE is FACT. GEP students ... the brightest of the kids ... have compulsory social studies is FACT.

If u intend to sit on your behind and wait for change ... well wait long long.

In case u missed Dr Krugman's article ... It's now the top 0.1% who benefits. Your days as a member of the upper class elite could be coming to an end soon.

Anonymous said...

"Assuming that the owners may have gained when they sell away @ higher market value, that itself would be attracting stamp duty (another form of tax paid ONLY by buyer but effectively priced in when buying @ higher price from the seller), hence taxing on capital gain on sale realisation rather than unrealised gain on paper appreciation. "

This is in context of the following statement : -

/Rising rents of HDB flats have led to an increase in their market values, which in turn are attracting a higher property tax for next year./

we should not be taxing (via property tax) on paper gain (increase in market values) of HDB flats where the benefits have not been realised, especially if the house is not an investment property (until proven by selling later on) but for living .

For any realised gain when unit is sold off & looking at it from another angle, the stamp duty (effectively priced in by the buyer as he to pay for it) would have done the trick of taxing the realised gain.

Anonymous said...

there are certain things pap did well like infrastructure and tax system for the rich. there are certain things pap did poorly like housing and transport for the poor. in summary, pap are just there to enrich the rich and rob the poor. unfortunately, still 60% vote for them. the bankers, property developers and politicians are the worst cons of this era.

Ruby Claire said...

LHL is never been in that position.


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