Is MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Inderjit Singh trying to be a maverick? His surprising rant against the ruling powers spans about 8 pages and 4400 words. For those who aren’t inclined to read the full post, here’s Redwire’s take on the Top 10 Criticisms of Singapore in Singh-lish.
On Government Failure:
We are fixing the symptoms of the problems created as a result of poor planning, weaker policies and weaker still policy implementation.
On Life in Singapore:
“If someone were to ask me honestly whether the lives of all Singaporeans have become better in these last few years, I would not be able to do that.”
On Cost of Living:
“While wages may have risen, the cost of living outpaced the rise in wages and therefore life has become tougher”
On Government Policies:
“While we focused on building wealth for Singapore, we didn’t pay as much attention to how we were doing this.”
On Foreign Talent:
“In recent years we have shifted the focus away from growing through motivating and encouraging Singaporeans to importing talent that the government feels will contribute to the nation’s bottom-line”
On Wage Inequality AND Foreign Talent:
“The median income of Singaporeans has certainly risen and on the surface is a good thing for the county, but it seems to be highly correlated to the increase in the number of new citizens and PRs.”
On Civil Service Complacency:
“What happened to all our scenario planners in the government? Why are we fighting fires because of poor planning?”
On Elitism of Policy-Makers
”Today’s policy makers live in a different society from the average Singaporean.”
“Asset appreciation through increase in property prices also has an illusory effect on a person’s wealth.”
On Culture Loss:
“Today, Singapore has one of the highest per capita GDPs in the world and the common thread that bound us in the past has lost its resonance among the youth.”
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