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Singapore's future

Postby ruohoo97 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:39 am

From "Forum : The Strait Times" July 18, 2012
I COULDN'T agree more with last Saturday's article ('The little reddening dot'), which highlighted that anger, impatience, a sense of entitlement and rudeness are steadily on the rise here.

When I came to Singapore in 1992 on an overseas work transfer, I saw at that time a small country that was well-managed, had a vision and direction, with one of the more civilised cultures in Asia.

I even became a Singapore citizen in 2008 as I regarded this country as home. However, in the past five years, there has been a remarkable shift in the opposite direction, which does not bode well for the long-term future of Singapore.

In fact, if this trend continues, many of the desirable talent Singapore worked so hard to attract and cultivate - citizens as well as foreigners - will think of leaving.

After all, when the level of frustration, high cost of living, crime, corruption and unhappiness reach the levels seen in New York, Sydney or other global cities, one might as well go to these places to live.

Singapore has been a special place to raise a family and have a good career, but maybe not so in future.

The article refers to the Government being able to make a choice.

To me, the Government has chosen the path of monetary and materialistic emphasis, plus enhancing its global image, over its citizens' quality of life.

The surge in population, which strains infrastructure; rising costs as people compete for jobs, goods and services; and the emphasis on casinos and wealthy foreigners to drive growth, all impress on young people the need to increase their material wealth, and they are then trapped in a rat race to achieve this.

A social imbalance emerges, with accompanying behavioural consequences that are hard to reverse now.

When you add poor planning, and one-dimensional solutions focused mainly on financial outcomes, things may worsen in the coming years.

It is too shallow and unstable a platform for long-term viability.

I am sad to witness this trend and I hope Mr Leslie Koh's article may be the starting point for Singapore to see that a bright future starts from a more balanced, happy and sustainable lifestyle.

Kenneth Ling

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Re: Singapore's future

Postby limlim » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:01 am

ruohoo97 wrote:From "Forum : The Strait Times" July 18, 2012
I COULDN'T agree more with last Saturday's article ('The little reddening dot'), which highlighted that anger, impatience, a sense of entitlement and rudeness are steadily on the rise here.

When I came to Singapore in 1992 on an overseas work transfer, I saw at that time a small country that was well-managed, had a vision and direction, with one of the more civilised cultures in Asia.

I even became a Singapore citizen in 2008 as I regarded this country as home. However, in the past five years, there has been a remarkable shift in the opposite direction, which does not bode well for the long-term future of Singapore.

In fact, if this trend continues, many of the desirable talent Singapore worked so hard to attract and cultivate - citizens as well as foreigners - will think of leaving.

After all, when the level of frustration, high cost of living, crime, corruption and unhappiness reach the levels seen in New York, Sydney or other global cities, one might as well go to these places to live.

Singapore has been a special place to raise a family and have a good career, but maybe not so in future.

The article refers to the Government being able to make a choice.

To me, the Government has chosen the path of monetary and materialistic emphasis, plus enhancing its global image, over its citizens' quality of life.

The surge in population, which strains infrastructure; rising costs as people compete for jobs, goods and services; and the emphasis on casinos and wealthy foreigners to drive growth, all impress on young people the need to increase their material wealth, and they are then trapped in a rat race to achieve this.

A social imbalance emerges, with accompanying behavioural consequences that are hard to reverse now.

When you add poor planning, and one-dimensional solutions focused mainly on financial outcomes, things may worsen in the coming years.

It is too shallow and unstable a platform for long-term viability.

I am sad to witness this trend and I hope Mr Leslie Koh's article may be the starting point for Singapore to see that a bright future starts from a more balanced, happy and sustainable lifestyle.

Kenneth Ling


:goodpost:

No matter how they sugar coat it with "long term survival" and the what not excuses.. We all know too well the underlying motivation for these policies..

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Re: Singapore's future

Postby winchester » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:18 am

writer too sweeping. altho i tend to agree in many ways that the cpf (min sum, withdrawal), housing (allowing people to see hdb as investment rather than basic home), transport policies (coe needs revamp) in place are not helping us.

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Re: Singapore's future

Postby Daddy D » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:23 am

Even new citizen also complain now... Well done....
:celebrate:

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Re: Singapore's future

Postby concern2 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:03 am

I believe in the good intentions of the garmen. I trust that it is all for the good of its citizens. Yet, when it continues to bode on financials and monetary gains, despite knowing the social side-effects this is causing to the country and its citizens, I start to question. Is there a big hole to be patched?

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Re: Singapore's future

Postby BeContented » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:05 am

I stay with my Ah-Gong. Recently, many relatives are scolding Ah-Gong, saying he's getting senile cos' he kept adopting more children/grandchildren. So there's a lot of fighting over the resources.

Some relatives have left to become adopted children of a new Ah-Gong in another country. Really happier or not, I dun know....think all have lah....happy, unhappy (also cannot say liao). Many relatives still staying around, but many have been threatening to denounce Ah-Gong or even change Ah-Gong locally.

For me, love is blind.....I'm staying with this Ah-Gong that I have as I believe he's trying hard to maintain the place for everyone. Also, I dun want to be adopted.

:wink:

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Re: Singapore's future

Postby concern2 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:21 am

BeContented wrote:I stay with my Ah-Gong. Recently, many relatives are scolding Ah-Gong, saying he's getting senile cos' he kept adopting more children/grandchildren. So there's a lot of fighting over the resources.

Some relatives have left to become adopted children of a new Ah-Gong in another country. Really happier or not, I dun know....think all have lah....happy, unhappy (also cannot say liao). Many relatives still staying around, but many have been threatening to denounce Ah-Gong or even change Ah-Gong locally.

For me, love is blind.....I'm staying with this Ah-Gong that I have as I believe he's trying hard to maintain the place for everyone. Also, I dun want to be adopted.

:wink:


He sponsors HIS adopted children's children, not your children, and that's ok with you cos your children aren't working hard enough. :cool:

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Re: Singapore's future

Postby ruohoo97 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:30 pm

Many have left for better living; many have come for better living.....Ironic sites of life.

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Re: Singapore's future

Postby BeContented » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:33 am

ruohoo97 wrote:Many have left for better living; many have come for better living.....Ironic sites of life.


So we are not the best country to be in.
But we are definitely not the worst and still good enough to attract others over :wink:

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Re: Singapore's future

Postby BeContented » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:38 am

concern2 wrote:
BeContented wrote:I stay with my Ah-Gong. Recently, many relatives are scolding Ah-Gong, saying he's getting senile cos' he kept adopting more children/grandchildren. So there's a lot of fighting over the resources.

Some relatives have left to become adopted children of a new Ah-Gong in another country. Really happier or not, I dun know....think all have lah....happy, unhappy (also cannot say liao). Many relatives still staying around, but many have been threatening to denounce Ah-Gong or even change Ah-Gong locally.

For me, love is blind.....I'm staying with this Ah-Gong that I have as I believe he's trying hard to maintain the place for everyone. Also, I dun want to be adopted.

:wink:


He sponsors HIS adopted children's children, not your children, and that's ok with you cos your children aren't working hard enough. :cool:


Got meh? All the adopted children's children? Tell me more.
Perhaps, after I know about them, I may become unhappy too :evil:

And sorry, I dun really get you on the bold part.....catch no ball, but maybe that's the secret of my 'happiness' -- 傻人有傻福。 :wink:

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