The government had said many times before that if they increase wages without increasing productivity, this would be detrimental. Really?
Why Have Their Wages Increased By So Much? Have They Been So Productive?
If so, the high-income earners have seen their incomes rise the fastest over the past 10 years. Have their productivity increased by so much that they should deserve such high increases in their wages?
The low-income earners have seen their real incomes drop over the past 10 years. Could their productivity have actually dropped, such that they should receive even lower wages?
Why Do They Keep Paying Themselves So Much If Singapore Doesn’t Have Enough Money?
The government had said that they cannot increase public spending for the poor and elderly because otherwise Singapore would need to increase taxes, because we do not have enough money otherwise.
Sure, let’s not even mention the $800,000,000 sitting in the reserves, but if Singapore does not have enough money, why does the wages of the high-income earners continue to keep rising and why do the profits of the Singapore companies keep rising?
If Singapore does not have enough money, why do the ministers get paid millions of dollars? Sorry – why do the ministers keep paying themselves millions of dollars? Shouldn’t they pay themselves a much lower salary to help Singapore save, since they should be serving the country and should take less since there’s not enough money?
Have The Ministers Been So Productive That They Should Be Paid Such High Salaries?
Have the ministers been so productive that we should pay them millions in wages?
Over the past few years, economic growth has slowed down. Does that mean that since their “productivity” has dropped that we should also pay them lower wages? Well, the low-income earners are being paid lower real wages even though their productivity couldn’t have dropped. So, why not lead by example, right?
Are the ministers so productive that even though our trains keep breaking down and housing prices have overblown, that our wages have remained stagnant and prices have grown faster than our wages, that more and more people aren’t able to take out their CPF monies even as healthcare becomes more expensive, that we should continue to pay them millions in salaries?
Why Have Wages Been Depressed?
If indeed they will increase wages when there’s productivity growth, why did the S Pass and Employment Pass wage level stay the same for at least 7 years? Does that mean that from 2004 to 2011, there was no productivity growth at all, and S Pass holders should always start off with $1,800 and Employment Pass holders should always start at $2,500, without any change? Shouldn’t the wage level rise and be adjusted upwards annually according to productivity increases?
Is it no wonder then that our wages have been depressed and continued to remained stagnant for so many years? Why did the policies not change and reflect what’s on the ground? Or their propounded “productivity growth”?
What productivity are they talking about when the rich gets richer while the poor gets poorer – are only high-income earners productivity because they somehow are, and everyone else is not?
Who Should We Be Kind To?
Yes, the ministers want us to be kind to them to understand that if we don’t pay them well, that they wouldn’t want to give up their careers to serve the country. Sure, let’s be kind to them. But are they kind to the poor and elderly who are simply trying to make ends meet? For the poor who cannot save and who cannot take their CPF out, and for the poor who wouldn’t be able to buy insurance and won’t have enough for healthcare, who will be kind to them?
Let’s be kind, yes. But if they are kind to themselves, who will be kind to those who really need it? Why do they think we should be kind to a small group of them, while the large group of the rest suffers?
Have they forgotten that kindness begets kindness. Or do they only want kindness, as long as it’s our selfless giving for their selfish greed?