Is our Government the least caring one in the world?

I refer to the articles “Why HDB flat dwellers have the best of both worlds” and “HDB resale market to stabilise with more clarity on older flats” (Sunday Times, Sep 9).

My friends said “aiyah, the 2 titles are so obvious – propaganda lah!

Heh, are our media paid as much as our Ministers?”

I understand that our media may be one of the highest paid in the world.

I understand that for example, the President/CEO was paid a few million dollars a year and the Chief Editor more than a million.

Should our media be ashamed of the propaganda that it has spewed over the years?

In this connection, we have a shameless Government which pays itself the highest salaries in the world

… in spite of making it the most expensive city in the world for the 5th consecutive year

.. with the highest pension contribution rate (implicit tax) in the world

… and eats up the highest proportion of the pension returns in the world

… and pays the lowest real rate of return among all national pension funds in the world, since 1999

… which has the most expensive public housing (ratio of price to income) in the world

.. that wipes out your pension contributions and cash utilised at the end of the 99-year lease

… which has the most expensive public transport fares (ratio of monthly travel pass to 20th percentile income) in the world

… which changes the fare formula when it results in its highest decrease ever (deferring part of the decrease) to a new formula which increases fares to help the transport operators to make more money

.. which makes money from a cashflow perspective (inflows exceed outflows annually) on healthcare, national medical and long-term care schemes, and national pension scheme

… and spends the lowest percentage  (over 2%) of public healthcare expenditure as a percentage of GDP in the world

… which has the most liberal foreign labour policies in the world, resulting in about 47% of the workforce being non-Singaporean (excluding an average of 20,000 new citizens per year)

.. which has no minimum wage and the lowest 10th percentile wages among all the developed countries in the world

… with employment growth which goes mostly to non-Singaporeans (including new citizens) almost every year in the last 15 years or so

… which has the lowest social welfare spending (less than 1%) as a percentage of GDP among all the developed countries in the world

… with the starting salaries of the Institute of Technical Education’s (ITE) graduates decreasing by a real -22% in the last 18 years

… and is ranked 151st for Press Freedom and 173rd for Electoral Freedom

My fellow Singaporeans – aren’t you ashamed to allow the above to continue?

Uniquely Singapore!

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

 

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18 Responses to “Is our Government the least caring one in the world?”

  • we have stopped reading the ST:

    with smart tv, the whole family enjoys Korean dramas everyday, without advertisements.

    used to tune in at 6.30 pm or 10.00 pm for Chinese news. but due to the frequent interruptions telling you what’s up next on Channel 8, we stopped.

    every morning, we get the latest news from coffee shop. up to date and all non pap propaganda. if need to check facts on what are said in coffee shop, we check non pap Internet sites to confirm.

    as things are, we are happier nowadays. in times past, every time lee hsien loong the pap clown appears our blood boil. now we are happier, maintaining our health just so that we can continue to vote against clown pap.

    we are amazed humans are still paying pap newspapers the states times to read pap propaganda.

    for years now we have not done so and we are living much better. nothing is lost by not paying to read pap propaganda. rather, health wise, less blood boil.

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  • LIONS:

    This CURRENT PAP govt cares most about themselves like how much they can squeeze out of the nation in order to PAY THEMSELVES MILLIONS N TO SQUANDER ON OSTENTATIOUS like too big to fail foreign banks or FT-scholarships n F1 or Gardens by the Bay of Pig$?!

    YOU DIE YOUR PROBLEM is how they treat common sgs.
    F this cohort of self-$erving Pig$!

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  • True facts:

    They care for their own pockets filled with million dollars.

    More important not the people.

    You die your own business.

    This is Singapore.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019: 38%::

    After the old man, they forgotten we are the citizens!
    Have been reaping us ever since, not stop, unabated.

    Everything belongs to the Citizens, We merely elected someone to manage,.!
    We change if he forgotten “WE ARE THE CITIZENS”.

    When they hit 38%, we see tiger becomes kitten.
    Then he will treat us better with sincerity and respect.

    Uncaring Government:
    I have a uncaring government.

    At $4,000 a month income, I hardly can make ends meet, let alone make any saving out of it. Yes, Lau Goh would labelled me as mediocre.

    But let’s say I manage to save 20%, so 80% is spent.

    So $4,000 X 0.8 X 7% GST = $224 of tax per month.
    So for 1 year $280 X 12 = $2,688 of tax for year.
    Over half month of my salary.
    Which is equivalent of saying out of 12 months, I am working for them half a month free for them.
    And that is aside from the personal income tax that I still have to pay to them, which is cheaper in reality, considering those “Reliefs” that can be applied [Wife, parents, children etc].

    And for those sad enough not working, can’t find a job. Logically, Zero Tax.
    But in reality, the GST is a form of tax even if he is not working.

    So effective, I have a uncaring government that prefer GST collection over Personal income tax, since is a definite collection whether you have a income or no income and additionally “Relief” cannot be applied. It’s illogical isn’t it?

    To think of the impending increase to 9% when many are out of jobs is even worse, can’t blame me to think that my government is uncaring.

    I have a uncaring government.

    Anyone promise me to cancel GST will win my “VOTE”.

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  • N.Jungne:

    They do care, for each other’s pocket

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  • Sad Old Man:

    Many Many people dont know,

    Regard salary or PM & Minister, according to Mothership, PM and Minister get around 4.5months Bonus. That is a Big Big liar.

    Monthly salary 12
    13th month non-pensionable annual allowance, 1 mth
    National bonus (linked to Singapore’s socio-economic )4.5 mth
    Annual variable component, as paid to civil servants 2mth

    TOTAL 19 months, Salary & Bonus. that is what They reported.

    But the truth, they did not mentioned the director fees they collect from sitting of the board of directors of various company / GL /Stat board.

    For Samugan alone, he sit on 69 boards. how much Director fees he get from sitting on these 69 board. 50k per year? minimum 100K la. 50k to pay for minister to sit on your board is dirt cheap. So, for Samugan director income, that is 100k times 69 board equal S$ 6.9M.

    So plus Sam current salary, Samugan easy earn SGD 8.5M-9M a year.

    So for PM, who sit on so many GLC / Govt Stat board, At least 200k per year for Director fees.

    Go check the all the Minister Acra record, and check they sit on how many baords and you can know their salary.

    Deputy PM minister Teo said Ministers freeze salary for five years. The actual fact, Minister are sitting on more Boards. They income go up and up. Just add Minister name into the Boards, and they straight get Director fees 100k per year.

    This is the can of worms I am opening, for all of you guys to open eye big big.

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  • waste of time zzz:

    agreed. boot them out as always!

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  • Bapak:

    Newspaper is good. To clear glass top….hehehe.

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  • Bobo:

    Cost of living have gone higher and higher each year. Why pay for that ownself check ownself newspaper? Better save that money and top up few more cents for coffee to start a happy day. We don’t watch local channels as well. Full of selling ko-yo plans.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Depends on who you ask. Since this island is a migrant refugee camp there is really no ‘local’ people to take care of.

    All migrants – new or old – to take care of themselves.

    Ownself save ownself.

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  • Bapak:

    Aside from least caring, the most toxic.

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  • Bapak:

    You are absolutely right. They are so greedy.

    Sad Old Man:
    Many Many people dont know,

    Regard salary or PM & Minister, according to Mothership, PM and Minister get around 4.5months Bonus. That is a Big Big liar.

    Monthly salary 12
    13th month non-pensionable annual allowance, 1 mth
    National bonus (linked to Singapore’s socio-economic )4.5 mth
    Annual variable component, as paid to civil servants 2mth

    TOTAL 19 months, Salary & Bonus. that is what They reported.

    But the truth, they did not mentioned the director fees they collect from sitting of the board of directors of various company / GL /Stat board.

    For Samugan alone, he sit on 69 boards. how much Director fees he get from sitting on these 69 board. 50k per year? minimum 100K la. 50k to pay for minister to sit on your board is dirt cheap. So, for Samugan director income, that is 100k times 69 board equal S$ 6.9M.

    So plus Sam current salary, Samugan easy earn SGD 8.5M-9M a year.

    So for PM, who sit on so many GLC / Govt Stat board, At least 200k per year for Director fees.

    Go check the all the Minister Acra record, and check they sit on how many baords and you can know their salary.

    Deputy PM minister Teo said Ministers freeze salary for five years. The actual fact, Minister are sitting on more Boards. They income go up and up. Just add Minister name into the Boards, and they straight get Director fees 100k per year.

    This is the can of worms I am opening, for all of you guys to open eye big big.

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  • Shocking Indeed!:

    After receiving a ‘jolt’ by my SP Bill For Augustl (highest in two years), I have decided it is time to vote for change!

    The increase is just too much to believe as I submit my meter readings each month to SP.

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  • Evil Hypocrite Greedy Thieves:

    Not only that they do not care, they are all out make things difficult and to milk dry every sinkie daft.

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  • WATER TAX SURPRISED RIGHT:

    Now you know water tax already 50%.

    In addition GST 7% on Water Tax 50% so all together 57% additional.

    Tax on tax.

    Huat ah.

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  • More Goof Years:

    Pappies made Sillypore a taxing heaven.

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  • Caring Gahment?:

    Best to ask the Ministers the question!

    Do you think they really bother?

    Average four months bonuses? You think they deserve it?

    I am voting for a genuine Caring Gahment at the next GE, are you?

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  • Ethical pappies?:

    It has always been told by wise men, that were you to abandon your moral conscience then you will shamelessly entertain your beastial instincts.

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