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This is a discussion on General election. what your opinion? within the Local & Foreign Issues forum, part of the Community Lounge category; Hi everyone knows that Ge is here and it had become a hot topic among the singaporean. So this year, ...
Hi everyone knows that Ge is here and it had become a hot topic among the singaporean. So this year, who will you vote for and why? Let me start first, personally I might go for opposition as I felt that pap have increase the standard of living too much that sometime is so unbearable. Like GST and property which I think is way too much. I'm not saying they have done a lousy job but when they increase this increase that have they think how the poor gg to afford.
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PAP has done a great job! They made Singapore's GDP grow year on year. We have a very efficient govt.
However, I feel that the party in general lack the heart factor. In the bid to increase GDP, they neglect the lower income group of people. hence, the rich gets richer, the poor gets poorer. our income equality is very wide apart and it's getting wider. and our labor chief tells us to be 'cheaper, better and faster'. my first thought was, shouldn't sg be moving more towards innovation, knowledge-based economy where we can specialise in stuff and get higher income? why are we relegating to a labor intensive country where we still provide cheap labor for manufacturing.. our productivity has been decreasing... it seems like the structure of the economy is moving backwards. but we are able to increase GDP simply because we have a lot of foreign workers to produce lots of goods and services which increase our GDP and not because our productivity improves..
plus the infamous parliament debate between lily neo and vivian of MCYS. Lily neo asked to increase $30 for public assistance for the needy so that they can have 1 more meal. then vivian retorted by asking where she wants the meal, hawker centre, foodcourt or restaurant... that is very sacarstic..
they have done a great job, but they have been consistently neglecting the minorities like the lower income grp.. there's a shortfall of public rental housing. but hdb rents blocks of flats to private companies and collect a profit from there. it makes me wonder what is the purpose of HDB. to earn a profit? =(
sigh.. just thinking of how they neglect the minorities make me feel unhappy. plus they increase the number of foreigners without considering how we feel as a nation. i see on STOMP, everytime there is a posting with someone from China or India, immediately the flaming starts and they politicise it and hurl insults and vulgarities at foreigners. this is a very very sad state singapore is in now. there is a strong discontentment with foreigners. it's all directed wrongly! it's because of our country's policy that results in this, not foreigners themselves. we open the door to them, they come in, we can't blame them because we are the ones to open the door.. i feel very very sad for singaporeans whenever i think of it.. how this resentment of foreigners started.. it wasn't like that 5 years ago.. =(
it's time there is some accountability and better representation of the people. this is how i evaluate the parties and what they stand for.
on the other hand, if a PAP MP has serve us well, i dont't mind voting for him/her. it's really the heart that counts. then again, that PAP hands are tied because he/she has to follow the party's stand on the various issues.
and i detest PAP using upgrading as a tool to get more votes. there is more to democracy than lifts at every level. this is a joke man. a joke to singapore. an insult to me, i feel. 不為五斗米折腰 whether it is opposition or ruling party, everyone is entitled to the equal sum of money (depends on constituency sizes) for their neighborhood upgrading.
sigh.. i dont know who to vote.
lots of my friends shared this on facebook. i thought this is interesting. i read 75% then i know what it is talking about. and takes me like.. 1 day plus to realise what is PP and H.. >.< i so slow
Which maid to choose?
by Ming Lee Lim on Monday, 25 April 2011 at 18:16
I need your urgent advice about employing a maid. As a busy mother, I need someone reliable to help out at home.
My maid is from Profits Agency Pte (PAP) and she has worked for me for a long time. Her mother worked for my parents and did an excellent job, so I had faith in her. For several years her performance has been very good, but recently she has become arrogant and insensitive, and is making lots of mistakes.
1) She flooded my kitchen Ė she told me that the drain pipe has blocked (she was supposed to clear it once a month but didnít). Then she assured me that it is very rare and wonít happen again in the near future. Guess what? It flooded again within a year!
2) She didnít close a window and my terrier dog escaped. I was so worried cos he is dangerous and could bite lots of people. After the incident, she didnít apologise and just shrugged her shoulders saying ďWhat to do, it has happened.Ē Fortunately my neighbor found the dog and we locked it up again.
3) Without consulting me, she has been bringing in strangers for my house's maintenance work. She says they charge low wages and keep costs down, but they eat my food, make a lot of noise and rest on my bed. I think they even tried to seduce my husband. It stopped feeling like my home, more like a cheap hotel, and I dontít always want to come back at the end of the day.
4) When she first came to work for me, I instructed her to clean the different parts of the house at least once a week. But for some time she has stopped taking care of the bedrooms of PP and H; they are now dirty and messy. I asked why and she told me that the kids had been disobedient, so she was neglecting their bedrooms as a punishment (she has forgotten that she is paid to clean all the rooms).
Even though my maid has worked for me for many years and I value what she has done in the past, I think she is now getting complacent. Her attitude is imperious and dismissive. She ignores my comments and basically treats my feedback as "noise". I wrote to the agency about her behavior; they assured me that they are the best agency around and all their maids are ďCommited to ServeĒ Ė but I think it is just rhetoric and I dontít see that in her actions. Her salary is much higher than maids in other countries, but the agency say this is to keep her honest and stop her moving to another employer. They say there is a limited supply of maids, and Singapore isnít big enough for more than one good maid agency, so I should not trust their competitors.
I have to decide whether to renew my maidís 5-year employment contract. When we discussed this she said that she is now part of a team, and if I want her I must also accept her friends doing part-time work for me. One friend is very inexperienced, can't do basic tasks or explain what she intends to do. I suspect that she is actually underage. When interviewed, she only seemed interested in her days-off and visiting Universal Studios. When she couldn't answer my questions she stomped her foot and exclaimed, "I dont't know what to say!" But I am still expected to pay her a high salary.
Now there happen to be a few other maid agencies - Workhard Pte (WP), New Solutions Pte (NSP), Super Personnel Pte (SPP) and Star Domestica Pte (SDP) - that offered me some helpers who seem sincere, genuine and intelligent. They are keen to work, willing to assist me and have a good attitude. I know that they may take a bit of time to learn how everything works, but frankly I am inclined to give them a chance.
People say that the devil you know is better than one you dontít. But I feel that I canít tahan my current maid anymore. Do you think I should sack my current maid and try out a new one? Appreciate your advice.
Footnote: I live in Tanjong Pagar GRC and it seems like I have no choice about my maid agency afterall - I will have to stick with my current maid. For those of you who are fortunate enough to have a choice, celebrate your blessed privilege and exercise your choice wisely. My best wishes to you.
A very interesting and well written article which should be read with discretion and analyzing it with your individual thoughts, without being influenced by any political parties. The writer should at least identify himself or herself, especially when he or she is residing overseas. Nonetheless, I guess he or she is or was once a Singaporean and had placed lots of efforts and research into this well written article of his or hers.
To the Men-in-WhiteSunday, 24 April 2011 at 22:14You guys were once my heroes. When I was young, I was so proud that I had a government that was indeed one of the world's best, if not, THE BEST. Although LKY was (and still is) portrayed as a fearsome, if ruthless leader, he was much respected. When he appeared as our PM on the world stage, my heart never failed to swell with pride because it was obvious that he was also someone other world leaders respected.
But not now. The problem is, you are victims of your own success. And the world has changed, yet you remain stuck in the 1960s. This is why your once-fantastic branding is being eroded, why I find it hard to support you like before.
1) You were too successful
First, there was LKY and he was a great leader. He was like a god and still being treated like one. He "miraculously" transformed a small, poor, resource-less little island into a country that now has one of the highest GDPs in the world, where other countries are now trying to learn from. No one can take that achievement away from the first PAP team and indeed, I would guess that this is also the main reason why many in the older generation are still your loyal fans. I may not agree to all the strategies you've used then (and some were downright questionable) but I can't deny that you had some very good reasons to do so. But unfortunately, when you've set the standard of governance so high, every other subsequent PAP team that comes along can only look worse and worse. And it doesn't help that you constantly try too hard to be perfect. The higher the bar is set, the more difficult it is for the PAP teams that come after to match it. In a way, I think LKY only does his own team a great disservice by publishing so many personal memoirs, recounting again and again how good he was. Because the more god-like he is, the more voters like me will wonder, how can we ever have another "god" like him to lead us? And the answers you propose will always be a disappointment. Because, against a god, everyone will look like a mere mortal. Didn't anyone tell you that you can't replicate a god using your same old cookie-cutter?!! Great leaders are first of all rebels, dont't you know (and LKY was one too!)?
2) You were too smart for your own good
No one can or has been able to rival you in terms of your (mostly) rational and well-thought through, sound policies. Especially in terms of our economic policies. You're so darn good with your cost-benefit analyses, your economic forecasts, your financial planning. Every policy you rolled out is justified using very rational arguments that the opposition and the public find hard to counter argue. You are top-notch, because you have a very brainy team, all with impeccable qualifications from world renowned universities. Unfortunately, this made you assume that only you have the brains and everyone else is just an idiot who needs only to listen and obey. The game of politics cannot be played by cold logic alone. And it certainly can't be won by treating your voters as morons.
An example of this would be the issue of bringing in the IRs. Yes, your cold, rational argument makes very good economic reasons for having casinos in Singapore. No one can argue against that. But not everything can or should be measured by dollars and cents or by the amount of GDP it will generate for Sg. We're no longer the generation in the 1960s that constantly had to worry about money or material matters. We've moved up the Maslow's hierarchy of needs. In fact, most Singaporeans work ridiculously long hours, are constantly too stressed to even go on dates or have sex (hence the low marriage and fertility rate) that we're all very very disillusioned with the constant drive for wealth. Increasingly, we want to slow down, have time to smell the flowers and be with our families. And having casinos that will bring in more crime (organised ones too), encourage more addictive behaviour and increase broken families will not sit well with a population who now values quality of life rather than personal wealth. Yet, you bull-dosed these concerns and won yet again with your cold, rational, economic arguments because there wasn't enough opposition in the parliament to stop you.
While people may buy into the cold logic of your policies now, your lack of empathy and human touch are slowly alienating voters. The breaking point may not be now, but you can be sure that the disconnection is getting wider by the day. It's a time-bomb that will go off at some point.
3) You forgot evolutionary laws, history and your own past
While you're very brainy, you're mostly all technocrats and specialists. You've scorned the social sciences and the humanities, you think these are only for sissy people whose A Levels dont't qualify them for specialist degrees. Yet, if you had been more well-informed in these areas, you might have learnt some valuable lessons about power. History, for example, is the best teacher that could have taught you that power never ever ever ever lasts forever. Indeed, the more you try to hang on to it, the more it will invite adversity. History would also have taught you that every regime was once in opposition. As Marx could have told you, the history of mankind is all about class (or power) struggles. You may be in power now, but one day you'll be overthrown. However, you have hope of leaving your great legacy behind if you take a leaf from the pages of human evolution, which would have taught you that it's human diversity that has helped the human race to overcome the odds, to survive this long. But instead of embracing diversity, you tried your hardest to kill off any form of alternative views, whether these come from within your party or externally. You only wanted to hear your own voice or voices that are exactly the same as yours. This inbreeding will eventually be your demise. Most of all, you forgot your own roots, where you were once an opposition party too. You focused so much on hanging on to your power, you forgot your original vision, you forgot your voters and you forgot why you are governing Singapore.
4) Power breeds fear and paranoia
In the beginning, you used power in order to stabilise the political situation so that you can give the masses homes, food, clean water and their livelihoods. That seemed a justifiable use of power even though it involved some ruthless and ugly tactics. But over the years, you started to crave power for itself. Again, you forgot the story of Macbeth (see, I told you the humanities are important!!) - where an originally good leader was so obsessed with his new power that he saw everything as a threat towards it. He became so paranoid that he even killed his best friend whom he thought was after his throne. He only heard what he wanted to hear from dubious soothsayers (which turned out to be half-truths). Needless to say, Macbeth eventually had a tragic end. Like Macbeth, you've become so obsessed with winning overwhelmingly in every GE that you use every weapon you have, every trick up your sleeves to clobber the opposition to smithereens. Smear campaigns, legal suits, changing electoral boundaries, raising the cost of candidature, forming GRCs, threatening the electorate with upgrading...it's like watching the Brazilian football team beat the Singapore team by 82-2, except in football the rules are fairer and the referee neutral. Why do you need to resort to such gangster-like ways? You could have won overwhelmingly anyway with all the talent you have! I'm not sure how long this bullying strategy can go on but sooner or later you'll become the thug that the electorate can't wait to get rid of.
5) Power corrupts absolutely
Power is not power without money. And in this aspect you've outdone yourselves by pegging your salaries to the private sector. You're the highest paid politicians in the world and your income is >40 times that of the median income of the general population (only less than Kenya). Of course, you justify it with yet another one of your cold, rational arguments of attracting and retaining the best talents in the government. But seriously, how can you compare public sector salaries to the private sector? In fact, many of your candidates have never worked in the private sector before and one wonders if they'll survive even for a day in a private company. Yet, they are paid private sector salaries, paid not from profits but from taxpayers' money. And though I fully agree that politicians must be paid their worth, dont't you think getting 40x the median income is crossing into the lines of corruption? Ok, even if all our Ministers and PM are worth every cent of their $4m annual salary, it also means that they have to perform much much much better than any other government in the world. Again, you have set the standards and expectations so high, you only have yourselves to blame when you cannot meet those expectations from the ground. And the more you fail to meet their expectations, the more the electorate will think you're not worth your astronomical salaries. It's a vicious cycle that you've started and it's going to be very hard to stop now.
You talk about the so-called "crutch-mentality" of the poor, yet this same mentality can be applied on yourselves. When you've used money as the main means to attract people into your party, you've basically recruited people who value money above serving the country in the people's interest. These politicians who are in it for the money will not have the incentive to think independently or to represent the people's interests because they've got millions to lose if they dont't toe party lines. Because they're paid millions, what incentives do they have to empathize with someone struggling with 2 jobs to make ends meet? Very soon, the voters will feel that you're just a bunch of corrupt officials, no different from those in many 3rd-world countries.
The way I see it, you only have yourselves to blame for this situation you're in. The only way you can somehow reverse these trends is to learn from Madonna (see, you never thought popular culture could teach you anything right?). She keeps herself relevant not by sticking to the same old formula again and again. That would have killed her career long ago as it did to countless of other pop stars. Rather, she keeps re-inventing herself and her image to keep them relevant to the current times. And she pushes the boundaries. She's always ahead of her time and like a true leader, she sets the trends not follow them. She's a rebel. Yet, all you have done is to remain exactly the same as you were in 1960s. The electorate is increasingly tired of your same old scare tactics using HDB upgrading as a stick, tired of you saying that Singapore will go to ruins if the opposition wins, tired of you always using smear campaigns against opposition candidates, tired of your arrogance and lack of empathy, tired of you giving out inconsequential hongbaos before elections only to increase your own salaries by millions after.
You keep encouraging us to think out-of-the-box, yet you're perpetually stuck in the same adversarial mindset towards the opposition. If you can only start to think of your relationship with the opposition as a mutual symbiosis - you share a portion of power with them in return for your longevity and credibility. Power is always temporary, but your legacy needn't be. Just look at the current Conservative Party of UK which traces its roots back to the Tory Party in 1678. Do you think they could have survived this long without any meaningful opposition, no defeats, no radical internal reforms? Are you so politically shortsighted that you can only see your future in the next 10, 20 or 50 years? C'mon, think further!! And didn't anyone tell you that in other to be the best, you need to have competition? Otherwise, how can the electorate be sure that you're indeed the best, if they can't compare you to any other party?
I'm no military strategist, but I do think that sometimes, you need to lose some battles first in order to win bigger battles later. It will not be a bad thing for you to lose a few GRCs in this GE. In fact, if I were you, I will be celebrating. Because nothing gets people going like failure. Rather lose some small battles now than to wait for the big bomb to explode later. By then, not only will you disappear into the dust heap of history, so too will Singapore. That will be your ultimate betrayal to this country that you so painstakingly and successfully created out of a little red dot on the map
I think this GE has sort of stirred up alot of emotions on facebook - I can see 2 school of thoughts and some even engaged in personal attacks w decade old friends. *depressing*
I am from Aljunied GRC and is proud to be in Aljunied GRC and even more proud to be a Singaporean.
Whichever party who loses need to think through why they lost and how to improve and win the ppl's votes in 5 yrs time.
Whichever party who wins also need to serve hard for Aljunied GRC, help the poor/needy, the hawkers, ailing small business under void decks/flatted factories, the forgotten middle class family, make our estate more wholesome, where everyone is not left behind and is moving as one.
Whoever I vote, either Worker's Party or PAP is not going to be happy, but it will be a considered vote from me.
Just my opinion, pap had forgotten about us which I think ostensibly a good thing to bring some opp into the parliament so our voice can be heard and we no longer be forgotten.
This year's GE is very different from the past.
WP has won over Aljunied GRC, and I am from Aljunied GRC. I respect their winning and I respect all of them. I dont't think Mr Low and his fellow team will do a lousy job, esp if they want to contest in Y2016's GE.
When I look at PAP - esp the recent news. Mr Geroge Yeo and Mrs Lim Hwee Hua are no longer going to contest in Y2016's GE. I started to think...Mr Chiam, Miss Nicole Seah, both young and old candidates who lost actually want to come back for Y2016 GE. (I truely respect the both of them for their love for Singapore) As for G. Yeo and HH. Lim, what has happened? Losing once doesn't mean the end of the world and there is no need to retreat.
There is a difference b/w Opposition and PAP. Distinctively I can see PAP cannot afford to lose, compared to Opposition. C'mon PAP, you need to change your mentality if you want the ppl of Singapore to love you and be behind you.
Yesterday, there was an unexpected downpour in the afternoon at my area. And surprisingly, Mr Low and his team was at the back of a lorry (unsheltered) thanking the residents of Aljunied GRC.
Let's give him and his team a chance to prove to us.
i think it's a suitable time to adopt GE, for the future....anyway, nice sharing