Monday, December 28, 2009

MM Lee : S'poreans have become less hard-driving and hard-striving

My thoughts on the recent furore on MM Lee's comments on lazy Singaporeans..

Dear MM Lee,

My parents work hard so that I can have a better life. At the same time, they listened to the government whom they supported because they promised my parents better lives for their children. I am still working hard as my parents did not become men-in-white so and thus I didn't become CEO of some company like F&N.



I now strive hard for my 2 kids as my parents strived hard for me... But today, other than my own efforts, I am not dropping any coins into the PAP fountain because my parents wishes for a better life for his children did not come true. I did my tertiary education, not in Singapore, and it was with every cent from my dad's hard earned money and those money sure didn't come from any government subsidies. Life didn't become easier on my parent's children. We slog like mad to pay off PUB, HDB, COE, ERP, GST, etc.

With the influx of some many Foreign Talents, I believe you seem to have forgotten the core workforce that built Singapore together with you. The core workforce that strived hard with you thinking that they are building a better Singapore for their children and the generations to come. Though these men-in-blue wasn't elite, they believed in you and now you turn your frowning head away from them and smile on new FTs?

Remember, your sons will have sons too. One day, they too, will be a commoner. That be the day, I'd like to see you rise from your grave to explain to them your reasons...


The article below is from "The Singapore Mind" blog and had inspired my paragraph above..




New reason for FTs : S'poreans have become less hard-driving and hard-striving:
“Over time, Singaporeans have become less hard-driving and hard-striving. This is why it is a good thing that the nation has welcomed so many Chinese immigrants'
- MM Lee, National Geographic, The Singapore Solution, Jan 2010[Link]
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Gee, we were told they were here to create jobs for Singaporeans[Link] and we should be thankful. Then we were told they were here because of the low fertility rate. Long time ago we were told they were needed for skills that didn't exist in Singapore. We were also told they are here for jobs Singaporeans did not want.
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Now we are told they are here because Singaporeans are now too lazy for Singapore Inc. Yes, years of good life and pampering by the PAP govt has turned us into softies unable to compete in this globalised economy. Strange isn't it? If these hardworking and hard striving Chinese immigrants are so productive why has our productivity fallen as their numbers rise?
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To the elitist PAP govt, the ordinary Singaporean is never good enough. The 70 yr old who has to clean tables at the Bedok Hawker Center for a living does not strive hard enough. The mother with 2 disabled kids did not strive hard enough to look for a job to support her family. The Singapore workforce ranked no. 1 for over a decade was not hard driving enough for the PAP. Only people who does any real work in Singapore is the PAP govt that is why their ministers deserve to make in one day what some of the workers earn in a year.
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' If native Singaporeans are falling behind because 'the spurs are not stuck into the hide,' that is their problem' - MM Lee
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This explains why the blame is always put on Singaporeans for almost every problem faced by our society. You find it hard to afford a HDB flat - that is because you didn't strive hard enough. You struggle to raise your family, pay the ever-increasing bills for electricity & transport and find it hard to cope with the unstable job market - you didn't strive hard enough.
You recall what Wee Shu Min once said:
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'i should think not. dear derek is one of many wretched, undermotivated, overassuming leeches in our country, and in this world. one of those who would prefer to be unemployed and wax lyrical about how his myriad talents are being abandoned for the foreigner's, instead of earning a decent, stable living as a sales assistant. it's not even about being a road sweeper. these shitbags don't want anything without 'manager' and a name card.
please, get out of my elite uncaring face.'

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....and her father is president of the defense business section ST Engineering which is fed mainly by our defense budget i.e. taxpayer's money. The PAP elites likes to talk about the ordinary Singaporeans not working hard enough and not being able to compete. However, the PAP itself shuns competition preferring to tweak the laws to retain their monopolistic powers. The PAP men like to work in state own monopolies for ridiculously high salaries and from their ivory towers command the ordinary Singaporean to be cheaper, better and faster. We take the overcrowded buses and MRT so that their transport companies can make money, we live in small overpriced public housing (the most expensive in the world), we pay the 2nd highest electricity tariffs in the world and we pay the highest salaries in the world for those PAP ministers...if there is one reason Singapore is not competitive it is because there are leeches sucking the blood of ordinary Singaporeans.
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