Singapore – a country of extreme thinking

There has been a document circulating the internet on a blog called “Singapore Mind” titled “Singpore a Country of extremes”. It is no secret that this article is trying to achieve an agenda and this piece of rubbish is a good example of how a casual writer exploits difficult problems, blowing up an issue to their benefit.

Here is a breakdown of his grouses and i’ll attempt to answer it as simply as possible:

High COE

How do you cater for both a free market and a need to reduce the number of cars? Don’t you realize no matter how expensive cars are, more people are buying? (This also points to rising incomes btw)

High electricity tariffs

It is strange that he makes reference to “the online citizen” – a well known anti-etablishment site. If you run a quick check yourself, it shows that Singapore is not even in the top 15 amongst the developed nations [link]

And by the way, unless you’re living on a mountain, you should know that oil rates are increasing around the world and prices will rise.

Low fertility rate

Low fertility rate has been disucssed and again, it is a problem of all first world countries and this has already been discussed here: [link] 

Foreign influx

Population and foreigners have traditionally been exploited as a political tool in any country. People have an aversion to foreign bodies. This has already been discussed here: [link] 

Working long hours

Sure, we clock in 40 hours of work a week, but is this something the Government has put into policy, or is this something that our culture brings upon itself? Study Taiwan, China and most famously Japan – it is in Asian culture not to leave before the boss does. MCYS has been trying to promote work-life balance but companies just do not want to take it up. I’ve even heard from an employee of an MNC “our company is proud that we’re hardworking and do not have the MCYS work-life family award”.

Many imported millionaires

The writer makes this statement as his own assumption. I’ll make my own observable assumption: the country is getting richer, creating more opportunities for business and rich get ultimately richer. Even the poor will get richer, albeit at a slower pace. What about all those rich families? Their offspring are now enjoying the fruits of long established business that have thrived in an economically rich Singapore.

World’s unhappiest

Again, this writer pulls reference from sites that fulfill his exploits. But here we see Singapore is the happiest in Asia and ranked at 26th in the world. [link]  I mean sure, voted as very happy people is a bit extreme, but hey, if CNN wants to give us that title, there must be some merit to it right?

Lowest paid maids due to levy

On one hand, the article attacks foreign influx, and in the same article he’s crying foul over not being able to bring in cheap labour due to the levy. Well, here’s a solution, why not consider the British system of using Au Pairs?

Cabbies with degrees

This assumption is not even empirical. But let’s view this with another perspective: the education system is working so well, so many of us already have good qualifications, and at 2% unemployment, your paper is not going to be as important as other variables such as your character.

Have elderly cleaners

Again, this is a factor of society and not the Government. Do not forget that once upon a time, Singaporeans did not have access to good education and a good economical environment. There are many programs in place to help these people, but it is up to the individual to want to accept help.

To sum up

It is so easy to mislead a reader into thinking that we’re living in such a miserable environment.Ironically, the writer pulls in many references and links from SPH mediums – a medium believed to be “government controlled”.

It takes only a small handful of content makers on the internet to create the vast amount of attacks that you read everyday.

Take a step back and observe for a second: Singapore is not as bitter as the writer describes.

If you want to find faults, the faults will be there. Few medicines can deliver a cure without a side effect and i’d rather deal with a few small side effects than a full blown disease.

Source : http://fivestarsandamoon.blogspot.com/2012/03/singapore-country-of-extreme-thinking.html

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You say : 

  •  I had read the article by Singapore mind. I do not agree with his “Singapore a country of extremes”. I was infuriated when I read his article. It is one without considerations of the damages, falsehood, he is spreading through misinformation and most important under-information.

    Yet, because he’s essentially an anti- establishments, what he said could easily qualify as “gospel truth” in his cult community!

 

  • The government has relaxed it’s “grip” on the country and that’s why many, many groups now want their part of controlling this little red dot – slagging the work of the incumbent and simplifying matters is not going to gain my respect.
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