This is What is Wrong in Singapore. Now, are You Willing to See It?

Since the people in Hong Kong would march onto the streets to show their disdain to their government but Singaporeans are willing to just sit back, it must mean that the people in Singapore are really contended with their government, right?

Singapore and Hong Kong are sister cities in many ways, but yet when it comes to stepping up and taking a stand, why do the people in Singapore differ so much from Hong Kong?

Is Singapore a really better place to live in than Hong Kong?

On the surface, the Umbrella Movement, as the month-long protest in Hong Kong is called, is a call for democracy by its citizens.

But rooted in this demand is the fact that the cost of living in Hong Kong has increased and income inequality has widened to the extent that livelihoods have become more difficult for the people in Hong Kong.

The people in Hong Kong have attributed this to a government which only looks out for business interests while allowing the lives of ordinary Hong Kong people to languish.

Singapore and Hong Kong: Sister Cities United in Cronyism and Inequality

Indeed, Hong Kong is ranked first on The Economist’s crony-capitalism index.

But Singapore is not ranked far behind. Singapore is fifth. Singapore is the fifth easiest in the world for someone to get rich if they are politically-affiliated.

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In fact, estimates put the Singapore government as owning as much as 60 percent of the Singapore economy. The Singapore government owns two investment firms, GIC and Temasek Holdings, which also owns the major companies which provides essential services in Singapore.

Hong Kong is the most unequal economy in the developed world but Singapore follows immediately behind, being the second most unequal.

Not only that, Singapore is also the most unequal country in Southeast Asia – yes, even more unequal than countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

But this is perhaps up to where Hong Kong can be seen as doing worse than Singapore. On other measures, Singapore performs even more disastrously.

But Singapore is Even Worse Off than Hong Kong

The rich-poor gap in Singapore is the highest among the developed countries.

How much richer are the richest 20% than the poorest 20%

The executives in Singapore are the highest paid among the developed countries. Hong Kong only comes in third.

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The Hong Kong government implemented a minimum wage in 2011 and defined a poverty line last year.

Minimum wage in Hong Kong stands at about $1,300. It was revised upwards last year. Poverty is set at 19.6 percent.

In Singapore, however, the government has been heavily resistance towards implementing a minimum wage and refuses to define a poverty line, claiming that this will create a “cliff effect”.

Singaporeans still do not know how a poverty line will lead to a “cliff effect” or what a “cliff effect” actually means.

Singapore’s De Facto Minimum Wage of $1,000 is the One of the Lowest in the Developed World

Earlier this year, the Singapore government finally decided to increase the basic wage of cleaners from $850 to $1,000. Last month, they said that security guards would receive a basic wage of $1,100 (up from only $800 now), but the government will only allow this to take effect after two years, in 2016. By then, the real value of $1,100 would have decreased.

Cleaners and security guards form the bulk of low-income workers in Singapore.

Even though the Singapore government insists on not implementing an official minimum wage, the $1,000 that cleaners would be getting can be taken to be the de facto minimum wage.

But even this de facto minimum wage is even lower than the $1,300 that the people in Hong Kong get and when compared to the other developed countries, Singapore has the lowest, if not the lowest minimum wage.

For countries with a comparable level of national wealth and cost of living, Japan has a minimum wage of about $2,000, Australia and Switzerland has roughly $3,000 and the lowest-paid Norwegians earn around $5,000.

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Even as Singapore is now ranked the most expensive city in the world by The Economist, the lowest wages that Singaporeans receive mean that Singaporeans have the lowest purchasing power in the developed world – even lower than Hong Kong and on par with India.

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Singapore’s Poverty Rate is Estimated to be 30 Percent

A study by National University of Singapore (NUS) Associate Professor Tilak Abeysinghe has shown that the poorest 30 percent of Singaporean households have to spend 105 percent to 151 percent of their incomes.

In fact, the Household Expenditure Survey (HES) 2012/13 showed that the average monthly income of the poorest 10 percent of households is only $1,043 but they have to spend $1,844, which means that they have to spend a whooping 177 percent of their incomes!

Not only that, only 55 percent of their income was derived from work, while they are forced to beg for financial aid from the government for the rest of the 45 percent.

Thus in spite of not having an official poverty line, the poverty rate in Singapore is estimated to be around 30 percent (and link here), and up from 20 percent about a decade ago.

Today, 30 percent of Singaporeans earn less than $2,000 in wages every month.

But the depressing conditions do not stop there.

The Singapore Government Spends the Least on Healthcare among the Developed Countries

The Hong Kong government spends about 50 percent in health subsidies while the Singapore government is only willing to spend 30 percent.

The Singapore government also forces Singaporeans to pay into a national health insurance scheme but in this Medisave scheme, where Singaporeans have put in $66 billion, Singaporeans are allowed to use only 1.3 percent of the money accumulated.

The Singapore government also provides Medifund subsidies for the poorest of all Singaporeans but even in the $4.1 billion accumulated, the government is only willing to return Singaporeans only 3 percent.

This has resulted in Singaporeans paying the highest out-of-pocket expenditure among the developed countries.

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Whereas the people in Hong Kong only need to pay a cap of S$20 for daily inpatient care and treatment, there is no similar cap in Singapore. One operation can set a Singaporean by an average of more than $1,500.

And if someone would need to go for multiple operations in a year, it would set them back by several thousands of dollars.

For lower-middle income Singaporeans who do not receive adequate assistance from the government and who are barely able to save for their expenses (two-thirds of the middle income have only enough to buy what they need but not anymore else), this would ensure that they go into certain debt.

It has become more commonplace now to hear of Singaporeans who have had to sell their homes or even chosen to die because they cannot afford to pay their healthcare bills.

In fact, Singapore is now ranked as having the second highest debt in Asia, and debt due to the inability to pay for medical bills makes up 22 percent of the debtors.

And when comparing the hot potato topic of the retirement funds, the Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) earns annualised returns of 5.5 percent every year, while Singaporeans only earn an average of 3 percent on the Central Provident Fund (CPF). And when you compare with other similar provident funds, even the Malaysian Employees Provident Fund earns a much higher 6.35 percent and the India Employee’s Provident Fund earns nearly triple the amount of 8.75 percent.

Singapore’s Wealth are Not Being Returned to Singaporeans: The Government Takes the Money away for Themselves

Are Singaporeans doing better off than the people in Hong Kong?

Not really. In fact, Singaporeans fare much worse.

The South China Morning Post has shown how the personal consumption expenditure as a percentage of GDP for the people in Hong Kong has maintained itself at about 65 percent. However, for Singaporeans, this has gone down to 35 percent.

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And the household spending per capita in Singapore has also grown much slower than in Hong Kong.

All these even as the GDP per capita in Singapore has risen much faster than Hong Kong, and Singapore today has one of the highest national wealth.

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But why are Singaporeans still the poorest among the developed nations?

It does not help that the Singapore ministers pay themselves the highest salaries in the world – the Singapore prime minister earns a reported $2.2 million which puts him at the richest 0.1 percent in Singapore.

The Members of Parliament are paid $15,000 a month which puts them at the richest 5 percent in Singapore.

Half of Singaporeans do not even see $3,000 every month.

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When compared to one the most equal countries in the world, the lowest-income Norwegian earns $5,000 a month while the Norwegian prime minister earns only $25,000. The wage gap in Norway is only $20,000, as compared to the gap of nearly $200,000 in Singapore. It would take only five years for a low-income Norwegian to earn what their prime minister earns, but it would take nearly 300 years for a Singaporean to do so.

The Singapore government has been controlled by the same ruling party for the past 55 years. In recent years, they have increased their own salaries in 1984, 1994, 2000 and 2007. With each increase, income inequality rose, followed by the increase of the share of income to the rich in the following year.

From 1995, the share of income that goes to the richest 10 percent in Singapore has spiked up from 30 percent to 42 percent in 2011.

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The country is getting rich, yes, but the wealth is not being returned to the people. The current ruling party, which has controlled the government, businesses, labour unions, media and pretty much everything else has allowed the wealth to stay at the top while any claimed trick-down economics never happened.

Singapore might rank 5th on the crony-capitalism index but the real extent of the situation is worse than that and goes unreported.

Singapore is moreover ranked 150th and 152nd on the press freedom index by Reporters without Borders and Freedom House, respectively.

It is clear Singaporeans’ lives are in many ways more compromised than the people of Hong Kong. Yet, why have Singaporeans not spoken up? Are they contended to live in slave-like conditions?

If not, why do Singaporeans not speak up?

The Singapore Government Clamped Down on Singaporeans’ Rights and Free Speech

In 1963, the current government launched a political attack on more than a hundred opposition members, and labour and student unionists. They detained these Singaporeans under the Internal Security Act (ISA), and without trial.

Some of these Singaporeans were imprisoned for more than 30 years and released only when they are very old, when the government felt that they no longer could pose a political threat to the regime.

Recent revelations by the British archives showed that the Singapore government had no reason whatsoever to arrest these Singaporeans. The government claimed that the people they arrested were communist insurgents but it has been revealed that when the British intelligence had then investigated, they found no evidence of this.

Over the next few decades, the government continued to use the ISA against Singaporeans who spoke up against the government’s policies.

In 1987, another more than 20 activists, social workers and lawyers were rounded up and imprisoned, some by more than two years, before the government was pressured to release them after more than 200 organisations around the world protested against the Singapore government’s actions.

From the late 1980s, the government started to use the defamation law to sue opposition politicians to bankrupt them and to prevent them from running for elections. The defamation law was also used against the international media if they were to critique the Singapore government. An opposition party member was sued for more than $8 million.

By last year, the defamation law, Sedition Act and the charge of Contempt of Court were also used against ordinary Singaporeans.

Even as the Singapore Constitution allows for the freedom of speech and expression, as well as the freedom to assemble and protest, the government has but then made it illegal for a group of five people or more to assemble. In 2009, the government created the Public Order Act to make it illegal for even one person to protest.

The only space that Singaporeans are allowed to protest today is at the Hong Lim Park, in a secluded part of town. However, two weeks ago, the government backtracked on this and charged six Singaporeans for joining a protest there.

Even as the lives of Singaporeans are being withheld from them, the Singapore government disallows them from being able to speak up about their plight, causing Singaporeans to live and suffer in silence.

The people in Hong Kong can stand and fight because they are aware of their rights and have the space to protest against the tyranny of their government. However, the Singapore government has used the law to their advantage to marginalise the rights and lives of Singaporeans.

The irony is that the people in Hong Kong know that against China, they have minimal influence but for Singaporeans, if as many people as in Hong Kong would stand and fight, the current ruling party, the People’s Action Party (PAP) would fall.

However, blinded by their fears, Singaporeans choose not to stand up. Singaporeans also choose to rationalise themselves into believing that their lives are acceptable.

Clearly, it is not.

The Dual HDB-CPF Mechanism to Control Singaporeans’ Lives and Tie Them Down

The Singapore government has also used several tools to entrap Singaporeans into a state of institutionalised submission.

The dual institutions of public housing and the CPF retirement funds has been used to great effect, to siphon off Singaporeans’ wages into these “assets”, to then trap Singaporeans into a situation of perpetual work to pay off these “assets” which they have been led to believe that they “own”.

The government controls the public housing programme and sets the prices. Nearly 90 percent of Singaporeans live in public housing. Singaporeans do not own these Housing Development Board (HDB) flats that they have been made to “buy”. They only lease it for 99 years – it is long-term renting.

As Singaporeans do not earn enough in wages to pay for the flats, they have to use the CPF to pay for these flats. Today, Singaporeans have to sacrifice 37 percent of their wages into the CPF retirement funds – or the highest social security contribution rate in the world.

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However, even so, Singaporeans actually have one of the least adequate retirement funds in the world.

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The reason is because the government unilaterally increase the flat prices – Singapore has the most expensive public housing in the world and one of the highest property prices in the world today.

The Singapore government also incorporates land costs into 60 percent of the flat prices even though Singaporeans do not own the land the flat sits on, and the government has actually acquired the land very cheaply in the 1960s.

Singaporeans then use their CPF to pay into ever-increasing housing prices, which saps away their retirement funds. Today, Singaporeans have to pay an average of 55 percent of their CPF Ordinary Account into housing mortgage loans.

As such, the Singapore government’s dual control of the HDB and CPF allows the government to siphon off Singaporeans’ money into these two “assets” which they have led Singaporeans to believe that the people own.

On top of the lowest wages that Singaporeans are made to earn and with one of the highest prices in the world, this means that Singaporeans are forced to work for the rest of their lives because they can never save enough to even retire. This also explains why there are so many elderly Singaporeans who continue to work as cleaners, labourers and cardboard collectors.

Meanwhile, the government takes Singaporeans’ CPF retirement funds to invest in the GIC to earn about 6 percent in annualised returns but returns only an average of 3 percent to Singaporeans’ CPF. The government claims that they have mixed up the funds that the GIC uses and is thus unable to return the full 6 percent to Singaporeans. However, it is likely that the all the funds that the GIC uses are made up fully of Singaporeans’ CPF, when including the money that is not being returned.

In total, each Singaporean is losing as much as hundreds and thousands of dollars, or even millions, to the government.

As such, the government has no right to retain the additional 3 percent. Such retention is unethical, for lack of a better word.

Yet all this while, even as they take Singaporeans’ CPF to invest in the GIC, the government still denied doing so several times in 2001, 2006 and 2007, before they were forced to admit the truth by May this year.

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The Singapore Government Profit from Singaporeans across All Sectors

In fact, the government profits from Singaporeans across all sectors – in healthcare, housing and retirement (as explained above), and also in education and transport etc.

In education, the government makes Singaporeans pay about $400 million to study in local public universities. However, the government gives away close to $400 million to international students to study for free in Singapore, and public universities save more than $400 million in surplus. The tax collected from Singaporeans do not go back towards investing in Singaporeans but are siphoned off for other uses, or absorbed into the government’s own coffers.

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Similarly, in transport, Singaporeans pay enough in transport fares to cover for the operating expenses of the transport operators. Yet, Singaporeans also pay tax. In most other developed countries, the government would use the tax collected to subsidise half of the transport fares.

The government also owns the major companies in Singapore, as well as the companies which provide essential services in Singapore, such as healthcare, education, telecommunications, public transport, public utilities etc, and jacks up prices of these services unilaterally which squeezes Singaporeans to the brim.

In fact, the Singapore government’s lack of transparency goes all the way to the top – last year, there is an undeclared surplus of $23.1 billion that the government did not report to Singaporeans.

Singaporeans are Angry

It is not for a lack of anger that Singaporeans are not speaking up.

The latest iProperty Asia Property Market Sentiment Report showed that more than half of Singaporeans felt that resale flat prices are not affordable.

A Blackbox Research survey also showed that more than half of Singaporeans believed that the CPF is unfair. Among low- and middle-income Singaporeans, a higher 60 percent believe that the CPF is unfair.

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A survey by medical students from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine also showed that more than half of Singaporeans felt that healthcare in Singapore is unaffordable. 72% of Singaporeans felt that hospitalisation, day surgery and chronic disease follow-up procedures are too expensive.

Another survey by the Lien Foundation found that medical costs are Singaporeans’ top fear of dying, with 88 percent of Singaporeans saying that it scares them the most.

A survey by this author of nearly 3,000 Singaporeans also showed that nearly 90% believe that a minimum wage of between $10 and $15 per hour should be implemented.

Singapore has A Lot of Money Which Can Be Used to Improve the Lives of Singaporeans

It is also not for a lack of funding that Singaporeans cannot be taken care of.

Last year, Singapore has an undeclared surplus of $23.1 billion. In fact, since 2005, there is a staggering more than $200 million that has not been declared by the government to Singaporeans!

There is more than $65 billion in Medisave and nearly $4 billion in Medifund that is not given back to Singaporeans. This represents 98% and 97% of the funds that are not being used, respectively.

In education, the public universities have at least $450 million in surplus. The government still has excess to give another nearly $400 million away for international students to study in Singapore.

For transport, one transport operator SMRT announced that it saw a 75.5 per cent rise in net earnings to $25.3 million just for the second quarter of this year (which ended on September 30) alone.

HDB earns at least 60 percent in profit from each sale of a flat that it is estimated that they could easily have earned between $100 billion to $200 billion in profit over the years.

There is a total balance of $265 billion inside the CPF retirement funds, of which Singaporeans were able to withdraw only $15 billion to use last year (or less than 6 percent).

Of the interest on the CPF earned by the GIC, it is estimated that close to $200 billion has not been returned to Singaporeans.

There is also possibly another trillion in the Singapore reserves (with GIC managing an estimated $400 million, Temasek Holdings managing $223 billion and another $340 billion in the Official Foreign Reserves managed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore).

In total, there are hundreds of billions of dollars, or even trillions, that the PAP government has siphoned off from Singaporeans that would very easily be able to give all Singaporeans, and even non-Singaporeans in the country, free healthcare and education, and allow all elderly Singaporeans to retire today.

Singaporeans would also be able to truly afford their homes and would not have to spend their whole lives paying off the flat mortgage.

It would only take another $20 to $30 billion to ensure that all Singaporeans can be properly protected and taken care of – only a tiny fraction of the billions and trillions that the government has stashed away, yet the government would rather let Singaporeans suffer but would shower themselves with the highest salaries in the world.

The Singapore Government Falls Short on Every Count and Does Not Protect Singaporeans

Of course, Singaporeans are not demanding free services across the board, but where countries with a similar level of national wealth would spend between 70 and 85 percent on health, provide free education and heavily subsidised childcare education, as well as to subsidise half of transport fares, Singapore falls severely short.

The Singapore government only subsidises 30 percent for healthcare. But in Norway where the national wealth and cost of living is similar to Singapore, a Norwegian only needs to pay a cap of $400 every year for healthcare. There is no cap for Singaporeans and medical bills can go up to the tens of thousands. The people in Hong Kong only pay a cap of $20 per day for inpatient care and treatment.

Also, Singaporeans have to pay the most expensive university tuition fees in the world while for other countries with a similar of national wealth such as in the Nordic countries and Germany, university education is free.

Singaporeans also possibly pay the most expensive childcare fees – Singaporeans pay an average of $951 every month for childcare while Norwegians only need to pay a cap of $430.

Singaporeans pay enough in transport fares to fully subsidise the transport operators and also pay for the most expensive public housing in the world, all these coming out of one of the lowest wages and lowest purchasing power among the developed countries.

This is not forgetting that Singapore is also the most expensive country in the world to buy a car, so for families with children in tow who need a convenient form of transport, they can forget about it.

Now, mind you, the Norwegians earn a minimum wage of five times that of Singaporeans and a median wage of more than twice as high, yet they only need pay a cap for healthcare and childcare and are able to go to university for free. You do not even have to do the maths to realise that Singaporeans are forced to earn meager wages to pay overly-exorbitant prices.

It is modern-day slavery.

The Singapore Government Would Rather Hide the Problems and Benefit Themselves

The PAP government might do its darnedest to pretend and hide this knowledge – to the extent of artificially reducing the income inequality statistics across the years over subsequent annual reports and to remove the wage distribution statistic from the CPF Annual Report.

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But removing or fudging the statistics does not mean the problem will go away.

In fact, the PAP government’s actions is aimed only at preventing Singaporeans from knowing the full extent of the problem, so that they can continue to perpetuate their model of marginalising the lives of Singaporeans.

Where the government has more than enough money to ensure that social protection expenditure increases to take care of Singaporeans, it is despicable when the government continuously refuses to do so, claiming that this will reduce the country’s reserves when it already spends the lowest in social protection among the developing countries – only 3.5 percent of GDP (In comparison, Norway spends 22.9 percent), while at the same time justifying their salaries to sky-high levels so that they can afford their several bungalows and private property, while Singaporeans live in ever-decreasing flat sizes since 1994.

The hypocrisy of the PAP government knows no bounds and it is beyond deceit and conceit.

The social problems are massive – because of having the highest income inequality among the developed countries, Singapore also has the highest prisoner rate, the lowest levels of trust, one of the lowest social mobilities and Singaporeans also have the highest rate of self-enhancement, or a sense of seeing oneself as better than others.

This is the Singapore Model

In a nutshell, this is the Singapore model – restrict the freedom of speech and oppress the people so that you can grow the economy, hell bent on making sure that only you benefit from it so that you can pay yourself the highest salaries in the world (including your cronies). Meanwhile, depress wages and increase prices across the board, since you own all the companies, and earn the highest profits in the world off the people.

Then take the people’s wages and with whatever is left of it, make them pay it into what was a retirement fund but is now really a holding vault for you to siphon the money away to invest and earn money for yourself. At the same time, also siphon off the people’s money into the public housing which you control as well, make the nearly 90 percent of them who are not your cronynies stay in these flats and siphon even more money away from them by jacking up the housing prices. And make-believe to them that they own the homes they buy, which you will take back at low cost, so that they will lose even more money.

It is a sure win for you if you operate on the Singapore model – the economy grows on slave wages while you continue to siphon off the wealth for yourself.

But this comes with a whole host of psychosocial problems – possibly the highest rate of mental problems and suicide rates that go under-reported, and a ruptured society where Singaporeans have become the second least likely to help a stranger in the world, have one of the lowest levels of happiness and have learnt to repress our emotions, being the most emotionless people in the world, since we are not allowed to express ourselves anyway.

And a country on the brink of collapse, but in massive denial of it.

Countries which collude with the ‘Singapore Model’ know full well that by partaking in this model that the economy might look like it can grow but this is at the expense of the large majority of their populations who have to work on suppressed wages, only so that profits and the salaries of the rich can grow. To champion the ‘Singapore Model’, yet knowing full well what its pitfalls and social degenerative effects are, smacks of hypocrisy, especially when promoted or tolerated by international organisations which claim to work in the interests of the world.

Here are the Solutions to Improve the Lives of Singaporeans

Solutions? Plenty. And easy.

Indeed, hundreds of academics and civil society individuals have already voiced out on them over the past few decades, only to be ignored or slammed down by the government.

For a start, define a poverty line, implement minimum wage to that level or a combination of minimum wage, and subsidies for those who fall below the poverty line.

Increase wages for the low- and middle-income, pretty much like what Professor Lim Chong Yah had recommended, reduce rents to ensure companies have the breathing space to adjust around for costs– moreover, a study has shown that a 10 percent increase in wages will only result in a 4 percent increase in food prices and a 0.4 percent increase in general prices.

Purchasing power will increase.

Higher wages have also been associated with higher employment and higher productivity, increased consumer spending and higher profits for businesses – in the end, higher economic growth.

Increase health subsidies – in fact, follow the wisdom of countries where patients need only pay a cap on healthcare every year. A healthy population is a more productive one.

And if we truly believe in the education and investment of our people, provide free education at all levels.

Housing prices pegged to the purchasing abilities of the people and should not rise over and above the increase in their wages, as in Germany’s case.

Reduce work hours.

And return the interest of 6 percent earned on Singaporeans’ CPF back to them.

What will we get?

A less stressed out population which will be more committed and motivated at work.

Productivity will increase, Singaporeans will become happier, fertility rate will increase, more babies, and a society which will be strengthened, where a common purpose will develop.

And once again, Singaporeans will understand what it means to be proud to be Singaporean – something that we no longer understand today.

So, do we know the problems? Yes, we do.

Are there solutions? Yes, there are.

But is there political will to implement these solutions to better Singapore?

No.

Unfortunately, as long as Singapore remains under the rule of the PAP, things will not change. The PAP has mandated since 1982 that their priority is on “self-reliance”, having changed their manifesto from achieving “equality” to one where its focus is to reduce its assistance on Singaporeans and to push them to rely on themselves, dead or trying.

The PAP Does Not Care about Singaporeans, Will You Believe It?

Thus it is not that Singaporeans’ lives are better off. Neither is it because the Singapore government has run the country well.

Instead, as compared to the other developed countries, Singaporeans are treated the most inhumanely by their government and some would argue to be even worse than other developing countries.

The Singapore government also prevents Singaporeans from speaking up against such mistreatment by curbing their rights to speak up against the government’s atrocities.

To that end, they have used the law to prohibit any dissent from preventing Singaporeans from being able to do so.

Meanwhile, the PAP would shower itself in massive salary growths that outstrips that of ordinary Singaporeans and would lament Singaporeans’ lack of effort in trying to better themselves, when it was never the PAP’s interest to create an environment that will be conducive for Singaporeans to do so in the first place.

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In the end, the PAP government’s priority is not to take care of Singaporeans. It is clear from their marginalisation of Singaporeans and by the policies that they have concocted to trap Singaporeans that their intention is to earn from Singaporeans at every step of the way.

There is no other way to say this – the PAP does not care about Singaporeans and if Singaporeans continue to blindly believe in the PAP because we believe that there is no other option, then we have given up on our lives and are putting not only our lives, but our children’s lives at risk and in danger as well.

The Only Solution – Vote the PAP Out

For me, the solution in Singapore is clear. For a start, I would put in a weak government where Singaporeans will finally be able to regain our power and strength. When that happens, demand that the new government act on the solutions that the thinks tanks, academics, civil society and ordinary Singaporeans like you and I have been championing for, for the past several decades – solutions that have been thoroughly researched on, to improve the lives of Singaporeans.

The whole crap about how the opposition is not strong enough to run the country and how the country will collapse – all a fallacy.

There are tens of thousands of people in the civil service who will be able to act on these solutions and bring hope to Singaporeans. Tens and thousands of Singaporeans running the essential services that you use.

If we are only going to get 90 puppets in government now anyway, then we might as well make sure these puppets count. I would put in at least two-third of the government as opposition members, so that for once, Singaporeans will finally have a chance.

What you want is not a government that has all the power that it can decide what to do with your lives at its whims and fancies.

What you want is a weak government, or rather, a new government that would listen to you and is independent of the other estates of governance – civil service, judiciary, media, labour unions, academia, etc, so that these institutions will work separately and together, to uplift the people in the society.

What you want is a government with a heart, and a society which will also learn to nurture its own heart.

So, this is my parting remark to you – we either stand up and fight or we go down without ever putting up a fight. When the time comes that Singapore eventually breaks on the seams, we will only have ourselves to question – why didn’t we ever take that step?

It is up to Singaporeans now to be willing to admit to the state of their lives, so that we will take the affirmative action to change things. However, if Singaporeans continue to live as willing victims under the current ruling party PAP’s repressive rule and policies, then Singaporeans would have to brace ourselves for the collapse that will ensue, as all unequal societies in history have faced. Then, the question would be whether Singaporeans would have the resilience and strength to overcome such an event.

But where Singaporeans have shrunk from standing up in these times of oppression, the ability of Singaporeans to act when required is now being called into question.

So, there you have it – problems, solutions and how to do it all in this article. The question is, what would you do?

156 comments

  1. Matty

    The importance Audit Temasek materiality and the materiality principle

    Follow national guidelines and policies of compliance, and the source of government funds or public funds, use, authenticity, legitimacy and efficiency of management as an important audit matters,

    For sound internal control and supervise the performance of its duties effectively for the purpose of focusing on specific financial activities, business activities, management activities and economic responsibilities to fulfill activities.

    In general, significant deficiencies in internal control is more important than the poor implementation of the internal control system. the basis of general importance, including total assets, net assets, operating income, net income and other.

    No audit Temasek which is a major mistake of finance minister.

  2. meiling

    Definitely vote PAP…. OUT!
    My family of 6 and 32 relatives and 81 friends all support PAP out. As a responsible and law-abiding citizen, I will do my part to convince anyone I meet to do the right thing. Say no to PAP!

  3. TalkA

    I am surprised your case didn’t attract international attention. Not even comments from foreigners ridiculing the Singaporean idiotic and useless breed. Hmm…

      • Jane

        You mean like some idiots who spend their whole living existence in Asiabackside trying to annoy his parents by making nonsensical commentary to spike them for giving birth to useless idiots like them is it? LoL

      • RoyTheBest

        These useless low life are everywhere…even in Facebook…hahaha…yah…the useless Singaporean breed…got nothing better to do….you can tell when they open up their mouth…no wonder foreigners don’t like durians…hahaha

    • Helen

      His ‘fight’ is towards a nonexistent goal and his methods are wrong. Only those who cannot see that he is creating a false mirage of hope would believe in him. Please listen to WHAT he is saying and not HOW he is saying it and take a neutral tone and you will discover right from wrong. Good day!

      • SB J

        I can see what helen is saying lol. this article just simply links u here and there, and eventually to voting pap out. what the heck?

  4. Microscope

    1. a few new ministers, if nominated by Prime Minister Lee, Ideologically he is suspected transplant cloning on behalf his class’s interests .Hong Lim Park event, is an organized, premeditated, PAP’s Minister participated ‘s farce.

    2. Hong Lim Park event, is an organized, premeditated, PAP’s Minister participated ‘s farce.the judge may verify clues with those children with disabilities, what date the children were notified on the performance on the 27th Sept ? why use protest place ? The venue actually is small ?

    From humanitarian aspect, the Minister should bring special needs kids to see a show, rather than forced sick kids to dance for the Minister. the major motivation behind the operator .

    3. in Parliament, when Mr Low Thia Khiang inquiry if Temasek fund is mobilized from the people’s CPF ? In Roy’s blog when he asked the same question , He was charged with libel.

    Fine ! Who is the liar ? Be sure to audit Temasek, for innocent people to wash away the charges, for those dishonest leader sound the alarm bell and make a warning .

    4. Roy have the right to request Prime Minister Lee used his full control of Singapore, take away Roy’s job , set series of inexplicably criminal offense against Roy. therefore Roy can Request the Prime Minister Lee make the spirit of reparation 100 million SGD. According to the PM’s salary’s percentage , Roy as a plaintiff’s very lowly social status , that outrageous situation in Singapore, bullying the weak community have to be condemned , PM Lee may make compensation. included the media’s false reports.

    5. Han HuiHui may be equality before the law guaranteed by the Constitution, accused Prime Minister Lee’s team committed a crime of discrimination against new citizens. Including In the exercise of citizenship abused by the police hold etc. can ask the Lee government compensation for moral and reputational damage fee of 10 million SGD.
    The government have more money, to the people higher compensation accordingly

    6. Other 4 protesters, suffered political persecuted by the Lee’s government, the newspaper label them for criminals, causing serious consequences restless all day mental stress, financial loss, family anxiety, elderly people suffering from depression, fear, etc., requires Lee compensation from the Government’s 5 million Singapore dollars for per person. This is based on the Lee government have more money, more heavy persecuting to the people, the amount of compensation is correspondingly higher.

    7. Each CPF owners, if you do not get back the CPF by age 55 , can be made to Prime Minister Lee ‘s government Claimant, deferred interest is 100% a year, or return immediately. The implementation of the Law on the Protection of private property of citizens under the Constitution Order.

    8. All in accordance with the law.

    • Helen

      Firstly, Roy is COMPLETELY misinterpreting the purpose and motives of the Umbrella Revolution. It has nothing to do with overpowering the government and everything to do with the laws and rights of the Hong Kong people which were not given by both the Chinese and the British government. Hence, your claim is completely off.

      Secondly, the evidences which Roy provided, for example, the crony capitalism index? They are all theories and tests based on very few factors and hence, unreliable.

      Lastly, Roy’s methods, of supposedly going against the government are not only juvenile, but show the type of person he is. Interrupting a show put up by children of special needs? The performance was organized by YMCA. A charity organization. The government didn’t organize it. The charity organization INVITED the minister/whoever the GOH is. The point of the performance is to allow the children to learn a new skill and to be able to show it off in front of a large audience and the GOH to increase their confidence and sense of satisfaction and success. But Roy and his crazy followers ruined the children’s’ weeks of practice and left them humiliated, embarrassed and disappointed.

      Even if the people were to protest, it should be towards a purposeful goal and outcome, and using the right methods. Otherwise, it is counter effective and ridiculously stupid.

      • Xmen

        @Helen,

        “They are all theories and tests based on very few factors and hence, unreliable.”

        What you write above are completely based on your personally opinion and hence, unreliable. Enough said.

  5. Vote them OUT!

    Corrupt beyond corruptions. Singapore has no Prime Minister, only a Prime Miniature yelping away, thinking they know all, going around to tell international communities what to do while oppressing their own people.

  6. Xxxxxxx

    You are an idiot. Who wants a weak government? Even if I vote opposition, I vote them because I believe they will be stronger.

    You are clearly a moron.

  7. Promises should be kept by everybody

    Perhaps it’s time for another update regarding your monthly $5300 donations from your supporters and the $110 000 donations received for your court case. There is nary a whisper regarding your expenditures despite your promise to be accountable and transparent. But you can spare the time to ask for another donation of $42000 for your current fiasco. Why can’t you use the excess cash you have now for the current fiasco and when you are short of money again, ask for donations at that time? After all you are the innocent and martyred one and the public will be happy to you if your current funds run out in the future.

    Are your words worth so little that you do not see the need to honour it?

    By the way, you are not being charged for speaking up, you are being charged for disrupting a public event and causing a nuisance. It could have been even worse as you were investigated for unlawful assembly but the police choose not to charge you with the more severe charge. So please do not play the martyr and avoid responsibility for your actions by saying that you are becoming a criminal for speaking up.

    Also, why is Ivan Koh a rich businessman, also know as the guy who keep shouting murderer PAP in the video asking for donations? He is not some penniless homeless guy that has no savings of his own.

    • PXMX

      what charged for disrupting a public event and causing a nuisance ?
      the protest within the Speakers’ Corner is lawful activities !!!
      You’re the right bitch designed him ????
      even libel case no finished you miss the poor guy’s money ?
      go away here you PM’s disgusting bitch .

      • Promises should be kept by everybody

        That is the official charge they were charged with in court. For marching 3 times into the area used by YMCA, they are not charged for speaking up at the Speaker’s corner. Read properly and don’t just assume.

        I am just starting that Roy promised to be accountable and transparent in regards to the donations unlike PAP who don’t keep their promises. But yet Roy has not mentioned it at all for so long, does that mean that he can follow the PAP and don’t honour his promise?

      • to "Promises should be kept by everybody"

        Perhaps the Prime Minister will accept the trial . whatever 3 times marching or 3 millions times marching, in the end it’s just a marching , as long as the current government occupied people’s CPF for persecution to Roy and the people of Singapore , donation continues following by case continues.
        you want “Roy promised to be accountable and transparent ” ? no problem till Roy , HHH and other became completely free. till the people who affected by the Lee’s persecution to freedom

      • Promises should be kept by everybody

        Your words do not make any sense at all.

        Promises once made should be honoured without any conditions applied to it unless you are saying Roy is just as hypocritical and dishonourable as PAP.

    • Helen

      His charge is completely lawful. He did something wrong and should account for his actions. If he does not respect the law and admit his mistake, what’s the difference between him and PAP?

      • Xmen

        That is your opinion. He is clearly being ‘fixed’ by the PM. Of course that is my opinion (and many agree with me too.)

  8. Goh Qi Yuan

    There is nothing better in Singapore than this hard truth articles. A must read article for all innocent Singaporeans who are still in the dark.
    VOTE THE PAP OUT OF PARLIAMENT COME ELECTION DAY 2016 …

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  11. truth

    Sinkies has an infantile mentality and easily manipulated by even a rat. Don’t know good for what except talking nonsense and smelling asshole lol

  12. losers

    What are Singaporeans good at? Food! Can’t speak well and can’t think well. Only know how to gossip about monkeys and donkeys shagging. Such small minded people no wonder papee has an easy time walking all over them like shit.lll

  13. Thinker

    Being a statistician, I can say that this article is somewhat biased. Yes, these are data sets used to present certain ideas. However, you cannot simply take things at face value.

    Charts and studies are insights to a lot of information. However, it does not paint the whole picture. Naturally, there are some gaps in each methodology that makes it an estimate. Take the very first chart of the article, for example, and you would note that the original article in The Economist stated some shortcomings on their work. An example that shows some oddity in the presented data would be the United States of America having so many lobbyist in various industries with many of their own advisers/directors in parliament debating on issues that are in conflict with their own interest. For example, the supplements industry in USA where the FDA is not allowed to test any supplements that the company state is organic, i.e. Company A states their product is organic and FDA has to believe it. This is obviously due to the big “crony” corporations basically limiting the power of the only regulator for the industry.

    Secondly, it is near impossible to ever justifiably compare across nations. There is some index, whether you normalise it based on Purchasing Power Parity or other indices, but it is just not the same because these indices are simplified to a basket of items. Outside of this basket, standard of living can vary enormously.

    Another oddity is the “Out-of-pocket” expenses. My friend who had a fever in the United States went to the hospital and got a whopping US$1200 bill for some paracetamol. However, the people get insurance on their own and some get state subsidies and that makes the “Out-of-pocket” expenses visibly lesser than Singapore. Question is, where do the insurance get the money to pay for the difference? And where does the state get to pay the difference? If you are thinking the policy buyers, and government, it all tracks back to… the individual again. These hidden costs can explain some of the differences. I cannot seem to find the link to the graphs since it is a link to another article where the same graph’s link has expired.

    Please do not mistake that I am saying the article is wrong / that I support so and so but that it needs to be weighted. A good article has a good analysis of the sources of information and does acknowledge certain drawbacks. It would become less biased and more academically found. As for readers, I believe you are critical thinkers as well. I hope you do not take what you hear and read at face value. There are usually 2 sides of the argument and some form of cost involved in making each decision. If through your own analysis and homework, things being said or written are valid, then by all means, stick to your guns, opposition or not.

    P.S. I am not a supporter of any party, just a concerned citizen who likes to critically analyse details and would enjoy an article that is written with much more care and detailed analysis. It would be good for the article to quote it’s updated sources at the end as well cause some of the links I clicked has expired. (read on 6/11 and article posted on 5/11 so links were obviously not checked.)

    • Xmen

      @Thinker/Statistician,

      Are you disputing the conclusions of these surveys and research? As a statistician, you know that no survey is 100% accurate, BUT I challenge you to dispute the conclusions. For example, does it make any difference if Singapore is the 8th or 3rd easiest instead of the 5th easiest country in the world for someone to get rich if they are politically-affiliated? Much time and effort has been put into the research. So stop trying to dispute these findings with cheap shots… (you just did a no-no for a statistician, i.e. challenging the findings without evidence.)

      • choofrfreoer

        I challenge you to interpret the conclusions. You know as well as I do that the Gini index is an economic indicator. There are plenty of indicators, some of which are more useful than the others (e.g. total number of doctors is useless, but doctors per 1000 people is useful).

        Now, think about why the Gini index is useful. And think about the logic behind this statement: “The Gini index ceases to be a useful indicator the moment people are not envious of others.” Because in effect, the only real reason Gini index for governments is as a proxy indicator of the amount of envy in a country.

        Hint 1: The Gini index doesn’t reflect absolute wealth or poverty, but relative to others
        Hint 2: In a hypothetical society of two people: Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, the Gini index would be very high, yet both of them are very rich.

      • Xmen

        @choofrfreoer,

        I will point you to Wikipedia – “The Gini coefficient (also known as the Gini index or Gini ratio) is a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income distribution of a nation’s residents. This is the most commonly used measure of inequality.”

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

        You are in denial if you think Singapore’s high Gini index is irrelevant. When there is finally a “minimum” wage, the now higher wage is still far below those of other developed nations. Then there is a PM that is paid far more than his peers in other developed nations. That partly explains the high Gini index. Get it?

        I am now seeing more PAP IBs who are better at wayang. Perhaps election is near? LOL.

      • choofrfreoer

        You can’t think, can you?

        Every economic indicator measures something and has a relevance.

        Real GDP (PPP) per capita measures the total goods and services produced and divides it by the people. It’s relevance is that an increase in this means a higher standard of living.

        Doctors per 1000 people measures the number of doctors per population. It’s relevance is that more doctors means better healthcare.

        Literacy rate measures the number of people who can speak and write. It’s relevance is the education level of the population.

        Gini coefficient measures the income inequality. I am not denying this. Now, what is the RELEVANCE?

        STOP TELLING ME WHAT IT MEASURES. I KNOW. BUT WHAT IS THE RELEVANCE AND WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE SOLVED?

      • choofrfreoer

        You are basically repeating the same thing to me via circular reasoning. E.g. “Doctors per 1000 people measures the average number of doctors per population.”

        Thank you for showing me how you think. And did I ever say Gini coefficient is irrelevant? Read again. I said it would become irrelevant if there was no envy. There obviously is envy, meaning that it IS relevant now.

        And just because someone says Gini coefficient would become irrelevant, he/she is automatically a PAP IB? You are committing so many logical fallacies that it’s amazing.

      • Xmen

        @choofrfreoer,

        Okay, let’s not get into name calling….

        I agree with you on this one – “Gini coefficient measures the income inequality. I am not denying this.”

        I think you answered your own question “Now, what is the RELEVANCE?” – “There obviously is envy, meaning that it IS relevant now.”

        If anyone has further doubt on its relevance, the wiki link has a lot of information.

    • Mike Cool

      I would expect a statistician to backup his argument with statistics instead of spewing opinions. And for those of you who claim you are neutral, your argument should speak itself. To proclaim to be so and so instead of letting intellectual readers decide for themselves is to be disingenuous at the minimal, or worse, dishonest.

      • jamie_b

        His entire ‘argument’ seems to be ‘don’t take things at face value’.

        I’m not sure what stats you would require to back that up.

      • Xmen

        You can say ‘‘don’t take things at face value’ on EVERY survey. So what’s your/his point?

      • Nick

        Any argument backed up with statistics is still a subjective opinion- everything, unless absolute, is an opinion. Roy has an opinion and he backs his opinion with statistics that back up HIS opinion. No statistic is completely objective for the very reasoning that the sample size and form of measure is extremely limited in measuring a highly complex, possibly quantifiable commodity.

        Using seemingly intelligent words like ‘disingenuous’ doesn’t make your opinion any more reasonable and sound because you clearly are the one with a slant towards a certain side.

      • Xmen

        @Nick,

        You are being disingenuous. Singapore having high income inequality is not an opinion. It is based on fact, even if it uses statistics!

      • jamie_b

        @Xmen –
        1. My point: What stats do you need to back up this statement ‘don’t take things at face value’?
        2. His point: ‘don’t take things at face value’ and from his conclusion ‘do your own research’ before making a conclusion, either for or against.

        From the comments here, it is quite apparent that many readers are making an emotional judgment. Roy could have said LHL eats shit for breakfast because he has no proof they buy bread and jam, and you’ll find people agreeing. That’s fine, just don’t pretend any intellect was involved.

  14. googoo

    Day in and day out, from morning to night, got nothing better to do then constantly soiling public places. When foreigners praise you, don’t take it seriously please. They are must being polite.

  15. goosebum

    Day in and day out, from morning to night, got nothing better to do then constantly soiling public places. When foreigners praise you, don’t take it seriously please. They are just being polite.

  16. CK

    “The PAP government do its damnest to pretend and hide its knowedge – to the extent of artifically reducing the income inequality statistics across the years in subsequent reports” – here is why a bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing, especially when one is trying to fit inconvenient facts into a predefined conclusion for the sake of polemic – the kind of thing that leads to his legal issue with the PM. Roy’s use of the changes in the Gini coefficient to accuse the government shows he does not know what he is talking about. There has always been two sets of Ginis: Gini before tax and social transfers, and Gini after tax and social transfer. Ultimately income inequality is not simply the salary one earns but the after tax salaries plus rebates and social benefit (or social transfers). The western nations plus Japan and ANZ have huge difference between the two Ginis because of social security and welfare spending. Singapore’s Ginis have smaller difference due to low levels of social transfers, a correct accusation of the PAP government, But that does not mean the government has artificially reduced the statistics. Roy has been comparing a chicken to a duck.

    • Xmen

      @CK,

      As I said earlier, you guys are nitpicking over smallest details but are not disproving the BIG PICTURE.

      Singapore has the distinction of having one of the HIGHEST GINI INDICES in the world. Now dispute that!

      • John Smith

        Xmen, I would recommend you to think like a philosopher (which Roy Ngerng obviously can’t do). Here are some points to consider:

        1) Question the Gini index. What does the Gini index display? Income inequality. But, but, assuming (big assumption) that the poor in Singapore have enough, why should they care about how much their neighbours get? If they have enough to sustain their needs, e.g. food, shelter, clothing… should others provide for their wants, e.g. luxury cars, overseas travel, fine dining? Unlike needs, wants are infinite and can never be provided for. Therefore, we should be working to ensure the bottom of Singapore have enough for their needs. Not care about income inequality, because this is simply a result of envy which should not be condoned.

        2) If yes, you say that wants should be settled. The rich should share wealth with the poor. Well, then isn’t this the exact reason why communism failed? If people can get rewards (i.e. money) without working, the person who works and has his wealth redistributed to the others would be an idiot. This is obvious and is the exact reason why the PAP is so against welfare.

        3) Still, yes, there may be some who slip through the cracks through unfortunate events, not because they are slackers. So the best way out will be to provide non-transferable coupons and vouchers for basic necessities and services. That is, don’t redistribute money to people (because it will probably never go where it’s intended, money meant for children studies will go to parents for alcohol, etc.). Hand out vouchers (e.g. for discounted books).

      • CK

        Xmen
        Recommend you to re read my short comment before jumping the gun. I did not dispute that inequality is high – the small difference between both sets of Gini proves the government did little to alleviate inequality. But that is a rather different thing from saying the Govt manipulated the numbers. Now you can say I am nit picking but it is precisely this lack of thoroughness and accuracies in Roy’s writing that cause the legal trouble in the first place. Campaigning for a fairer deal does not mean leaving our brains idle.

      • Xmen

        @John Smith,

        Here are the replies to your 3 points –

        1. Question the Gini index. If the bottom of Singapore currently have enough for their needs, the Gini index will not be this high. So the fact that Gini is high is quite relevant, i.e. the bottom of Singapore does not have enough for their needs. You can witness it in the low minimum wage and poverty line which this government still refuses to define.

        2. The answer is not as simple as you made it. All developed countries have high tax rates on high income people to pay for country’s spending (e.g. infrastructure etc). Their lower income people pay little or no taxes. In Singapore, the rich pays very little taxes in comparison. Not only is income tax low, there is no capital gains tax or inheritance tax. The tax code is completely favoring the rich. So if you just make taxes fairer like other developed countries, the poor will have less burden and be in a better position to meet their needs.

        3. Agree.

        @CK,

        I understand your point but I don’t trust the numbers put out by the government either. We need better transparency.

        Also, there have already been a few comments here that marginalize the significance of high Gini index which is not helpful to solving one of the most pressing social issue in Singapore today.

    • Singaporeans

      Hahaha …. The article is a just a smoke, so singapore is in trouble because of PAP? And all the good things we see around us are nothing? The real issue is Roy is having issues. First he has to get out from being sued by PM. Second he has no job. Third his reputation tarnish due to heckling event in HLP. So to solve his problems, he thinks people need to do big protest like what happen in Hong Kong. Hopefully the government is toppled and all his issues cleared. Good try.

      • Xmen

        Despite “all the good things we see around us”, in great number many young and educated Singaporeans are emigrating for good. Singaporeans are also a unhappy lot. Do you need me to point you to the survey?

    • ABCD

      Does Roy have a plan on how to create the utopia of high salary, low cost of living, free health care and schooling? PAP will never help us to achieve that and people are hailing Roy as the martyred saviour so I am hoping that he will be The One.

      But so far, all I see are complains which all Singaporeans know how to do and don’t need someone to teach.

      • to Promises should be kept by everybody

        any political also can create the utopia of high salary, low cost of living, free health care and schooling up to University EXCEPT PAP-WP.
        Any complain if u are honest & reflect it wisely, it is self-explanatory

  17. RoyFan

    Good for nothing Singaporeans got nothing better to do then go on line and sniff backside all day like sniffing glue. Then they grow up, raise stupid children like themselves with the same dissese…but children instead, one grade higher, lick their superior backside at work. No wonder Sinkapore are ruled by polished assholes. Ha Ha Ha

    • HighlyIntelligent

      You shit, the dogs will come. The fun part is to watch the dogs play with your shit. Never fails. They are always there. Very poor thing . Remember, this is Singapore. Only in Singapore. 🙂

  18. to " Singaporeans "

    1)The article is a just a smoke, so singapore is in trouble because of PAP

    —- Roy’s article has been very politely . Look, a party ruling,did less earn most. rulers lack the concept of citizenship, as a country, individuals and their rights are not as important as a national sense of identity and belonging, all construction of the State is to protect its citizens living conditions and freedom, but in Singapore the rulers set their own interests above the nationals , PM gradually led Singapore are evolving towards privatization ownership. This is an historical trends catastrophe

    2)

    And all the good things we see around us are nothing?

    —- Few people took the majority state-owned interests, they seems win the lucky draw every month, they do this excited . spent national money built up flowers and gardens , everything they want luxury first class…but national finance for most of Singaporeans is zero return, people are discriminated, asked to bow, no life safety protection… so good thing less than the negative things.

    3)
    The real issue is Roy is having issues.

    —- when the ruler LKY diverted some national assets into his family control, Roy has not born yet. Roy can not nothing for making these problems .

    4)
    First he has to get out from being sued by PM.

    —- how come you did not feel shy ? if you are not stupid, you should avoid this sensitive issue, due to a shame question, think about that why so far no conclusion ?

    5)

    Second he has no job.

    Well, you are uncover a shame scars for PM again , is that PM who took the high-sky price salary from of the people of Singapore, special in return by persecuting the people, he deprived Roy’s original job which maintained his life. From view of this point , the Prime Minister committed a crime deprive citizens of the right to earn a living

    6)

    Third his reputation tarnish due to heckling event in HLP.

    —- HLP event is organized jointly by Prime Minister Lee’s team, planning, intent in the case of the failure of civil cases, criminal cases framed to Roy and other protesters .Only those thinks he is the king of a country, will impose an variety penalties against nationals.

    7)
    So to solve his problems, he thinks people need to do big protest like what happen in Hong Kong. Hopefully the government is toppled and all his issues cleared. Good try.

    —- Good reminder ! It seems like the general election, They have a lot of bad guys despicable trick, because the country ‘s finance now in their hands, they often use state money, in the general election do cheating, they either arrest the opposition people to prison, or broken up opposition’s family , if they rely on normal order, they will not win.

    that have to remind Singaporeans to beware.

  19. Robbery

    A country’s development is good or bad , depending on the how treat the elderly ,If any of the more than 70-year-old elderly still rely driving taxis for a living , If the 80-year-old elderly still is scavengers, which is the biggest shame of this country.

    Minimum cost of living must issue to the last period of life of each the elderly, this is reflected in the leaders basic morality.

    Singapore government implement long-term abuse of the elderly, The biggest proof is no coverage welfare for the elderly, Prime Minister Lee and Lee’s party members how dare to take astronomical amount salary for last 50 years ?

  20. Gunner

    Roy, you are getting from bad to worse. Seems like you are trying to incite riot and violence in your first para. You have already been charged in court for public nuisance and goingt through a major lawsuit by PM. I would advise you to watch what you say if you don’t want to get into any more trouble. You are a pathetic ignorant puppet used by anti-PAP Singaporeans and you’re trying to act like a hero. Epic fail !

  21. SantaClaus

    “So, there you have it – problems, solutions and how to do it all in this article. The question is, what would you do?”

    Singaporeans are a useless breed. What would they do? Follow law and wayang.

  22. manoharan

    Roy, you are a brave soul. Keep up the good work. In the bigger picture of things, please consider going into politics. Singapore needs a proper champion agst this oppressive %!*#@$) Govt. You may have more clout and support as a political party; besides the time is just ripe to build up support before the next elections (just as Ivy Singh is planning). Stay safe. You are a hero to many of us. And for those who say contrary and put you down, just take it that they are people from the Govt who’s jobs are to post such replies to try to confuse the people and dilute the strong truthful messages that you are communicating. I will join you in time. Take care and god bless.

  23. d3haxor

    absolute rubbish… Stop comparing to HK where there’ a China hinterland and stop comparing to the Nordic countries as they have natural resources, land and sparse population allowing their government to provide more for each individuals. Just imagine a family that earns 10k a month 1 kid versus 10k a month versus 10 children..

    Also, seriously … do you have any idea how much 1 trillion is? Do you really? Jesus christ. I can’t believe this stupidity.
    And stop playing on people’s emotions and rile them up.. buddy, your statistics are nothing more than cherry picking. Have you stayed in HK and see how cramped their apartments are or how much more expensive their housing is?

    Oh good lord. I fear for the future of Singapore because of people like you.

  24. Robbery

    if government knew Singapore no nature resources, there is no reason for PM LHL to take astronomical amount salary monthly ?

    if you knew singapore’s land and sparse population not allowing more than millions of new immigrants coming. government should not having or showing an intense and selfish desire for wealth. greedy heavier. persecuting people deeper.

  25. SIMPLE

    ROY WHAT HAPPEN TO YOUR CALL “RETURN OUR CPF”.
    IS IT NOW “VOTE OUT PAP”?
    ANY RECOMMENDATION WHO SHOULD REPLACE THEM?

    • to Simple

      “RETURN OUR CPF”& “VOTE OUT PAP” are 2 sides of the same coin.
      any political parties also better than PAP-WP

  26. appalled

    after all that’s been happening, you wrote a post like this which i couldn’t even read after the first paragraph as you mistook “contented” with “contended”. shows how much you’ve NOT learnt in schools, leading to the person you are now.

  27. sherilynng

    I never used to pay any attention to monetary details in Singapore until my mom resigned and my dad has an impending retrenchment next year. It made me realise that for the first time, affording a simple meal at food courts, and even coffeeshops where prices are now comparable to the air-conditioned dining areas, has become a struggle. My dad earns $2.5k for now and my mom lives off her savings, but she isn’t sure when she is able to get money from her CPF too even though she turns 55 next year. As for me, I won’t be able to get a full time job until I graduate in 2 years. My course of study at university has $2-2.3k quoted as a starting pay. So to be honest, the future seems bleak and it scares the hell out of me. I’m only 20 and yet I feel that I’m already shouldering the burden of finances even before I start earning any money.

    I really hope things change here in Singapore soon, otherwise I have no choice but to consider migration. Sure, I’ll be taxed with foreigner rates and all, but I somehow get this gut feeling that things will ease up elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love Singapore to bits, I always have a high level of patriotism for our culture and my fellow countrymen – but above all, I find it sadder to wake up here with each passing day.

    • Xmen

      “I really hope things change here in Singapore soon” – Young people like you are supposed to mobilize and advocate for changes. This is well documented in history books and in the current situation in HK.

      Emigration is of course an easy solution for individuals. Yes, there are many countries that are far better for you and your future generation.

    • milo

      Hi Sherilynng,difficulties didn’t just happening the recent years. Don’t just base on gut feeling. Do your research. My dad was a bankrupt after he lost his job in the late 90s, parents divorced, had to take up a loan together with my brother to take over the property and bail his out of his bankrupty. My future looked bleak, my wife then gf broke up after realising the mess I was in. My point is difficulties in life is normal, as we push for improvements to our local policies, it will never going to be all comfortable. We need adversities in life to grow. My dad died alone while working overseas, only discovered by neighbors days later. It was a very difficult way to see him go. Work in an MNC and get the global exposure. After that, you will be in better perceptive and position to consider relocation.

  28. sdadsad

    The comments left on these articles reflect the true ‘maturity’ of the people that are capable of social discourse. Note the sacarsm.

  29. John Robertson

    Either way is a democracy not a communist state. Yes. The PAP brought up Singapore like how it is today and I salute them. But given that the state is a democratic state and acceptance in no matter what race you are, I feel that opportunities should be given according to your capabilities and not on who do you root for governance or the colour of your skin. Honestly it disgusts me at how I don’t see a diversified race group ‘leading’ this country. Yes. I do agree the questionable fact that are certain races are capable of such things. But times have changed. It’s time for some social mobility. Not only to the elitist that don’t even give their 2 cents for the normal citizens setting up policies that we Singaporean blindly follow. Start opening our eyes and believe that we can also succeed with a different political party in the Parliament rather than PAP making up 2/3 of seats and giving policies which a bullocks in my honest opinion.

  30. Aekapop G

    Wow, and I thought Thailand was bad. This is why, for any Asians, unless you are the top 5~10℅ economically, you should spend all your life trying to get out of your countries.

  31. loco

    The good earth is rich for all of us. We live in a planet to help on another. Embracing mankind. Sharing kindness. An example of the great president who fits in like normal people. Only a status. But he work for his people. Thats a leader. He suffer da same fate. He taste what his people taste. But he protect his nations. He help them out. To all the people that believe our pap is guiding us the right path. Here’s da deal to use only our commom senses to fit in. Compare our prices of a car and our homes to another NATION. REGARDLESS what is da country is. U can never find normal cars and public squeeze houses as expensive as ours. IS THIS WHAT WE ARE HERE ON THIS PLANET TO LIVE FOR. WHY ARE BORN IN THE FIRST PLACE IF THIS IS HOW WE HAVE TO GO. THE GOOD EARTH IS FILTHY RICH FOR EACH AND EVERY HUMANS. WHAT RIGHT DOES ANOTHER HUMAN(govt) TO CHARGE US MAKE US INTO SLAVERY just for this land. A land which we are supposed to live in for humanity. I dun usually come to these topics but im feeling da heat. Same goes to every singaporeans. Speak up. It is not wrong to speak for whats is right. Together we can change this country for the better. Not only for us. But for our generation to live on. For mankind. For da love of humanity. Rich in life not rich in wealth. Nothing else. Peace and love

  32. loco

    And to our so called homes and cars we bought for thousand of dollars. Dude is only a long term rental. Yes. The effort we put in goes to waste at de end of da day. Lets do whats right. Not for what we want. What is right for each other. Livin in equality

    • jamie_b

      Everything’s a long term rental. You give it all back when you die. And the truth is, very few people really want true equality – they want to be ‘more equal than others’.

      Consider:
      People who complain about foreigners taking PMET jobs are fine with foreigners taking jobs from poor/low income Singaporeans (i.e. give me my job, everyone else can die).

      People who complain about COE prices also complain about there are too many cars on the road. (i.e. give me my car, everyone else please get off the road)

      And so on.

  33. jonah

    i do not see how voting pap out will solve its current issues. Though current policies are questionable, shouldn’t we as citizens, be more proactive in changing our circumstances instead of blaming everything on the government?

  34. Ken

    Don’t worry writer, the country will definitely go your way. It is just that you may not like the outcome of what is coming should all your dreams come through.

    Just take a look at America. Your answer to the next question will allow me to know your level of competency in economics

    Question #1 is: is America’s economy doing well today?

    Question #2 is: which of those solutions that you mentioned had not been done in America?

    Question #3 is: do you know what money is? What is the difference between money and currencies?

    Question #4 is: if you were to choose between capitalism bs socialism, what would it be and why?

    Question #5 is: do you know who are the biggest enemy to the economy in a democratic society?

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  36. Guy Fawkes

    I am an American that lived in Singapore for over 5 years. One of my friends posted the link to this on Facebook. I hope no one from the Singapore government decides to shut this site down (wouldn’t be surprised though). Really awesome read though.

  37. Don't hate yeah

    Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how blessed we are, regardless of how poor or how rich you are? Take a moment to count your blessings, not what you lack – especially in relevance to what others have. Singapore is not perfect, and it never will be. We will always have something to complain about, something more that we want, something we think the government should give us. Look out your window – see those shelters to the bus-stops? Those sheltered overhead bridges? The various amenities near you (for most)? Ever wondered who came up with these initiatives? So while the government may not do be doing all you think they should be doing, they have done a lot, and continue to try and do better for this country. I think they try their best, but they cannot try to fix everything at one go. Want them to? Look at what happened to the once revered Soviet Union when Gorbachev tried to fix everything at once (poor guy though, he was just trying to create a better USSR).
    All I’m saying is, look at what you have and not at what you do not have – you’ll be more content. I’m not saying the government doesn’t need to make improvements – they sure do, but one step at a time.

    No, I’m definitely not from the PAP, rest assured.

  38. ZAFT

    Speaking/fighting for our human rights is not an criminal offense. This country, Singapore gov does not have human rights but making used of the authority, the power they had to bully the weaks. Only the strong will survive that’s true. Even vote PAP out of the picture is not as easy and what will the future be if we don’t stand up and fight together as one? Have you seen your future? For the past decade, how much our country had changed? How about 20years later where are u staying? If we can’t even fight for our rights for speaking up, then be the gov slave forever or live in other countries. This place is United Nation… No longer Singapore.

  39. not telling

    Happened to chance upon the article and briefly read through it. I am a Singaporean living in US. Out of pocket expenditure for healthcare??? Health insurance in US minimum USD220 per month with employer subsidy and out of pocket for a doctor’s visit I paid USD90 because deductible not meet. I remember only paying SGD30 or less for health insurance when I was in Singapore and definitely way less for doctor’s visit co-pay. The grass is definitely not greener on this side when you are middle classs income

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