Elite give back to society, but Govt never give back?

I refer to the article “Chan Chun Sing urges Singaporean ‘elite’ to give back to society” (the independent, Oct 30).

It states that “Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing addressed this issue recently, urging people not to make all-encompassing generalizations about each other and to make a clear distinction between “elites” who use their success and wealth to give back to society and those with an “elitist attitude” who do not reach out to help their fellow man.

Minister Chan urged all Singaporeans, but especially the wealthy, to give assistance to society and be more conscious of their fellow countrymen who are in need.

“Those who have succeeded must know they have the responsibility to help [other] Singaporeans. 

If we abide by that spirit, I am confident Singapore will grow from strength to strength,” he said.”

Let’s analyse what our ‘elite’ ‘highest paid’ Government gives back to society.

… HDB – give back nothing, because the Government makes money by charging land at market prices

… CPF – give back nothing, because it is all the people’s contributions – and the Government makes money by keeping a significant portion of the returns derived from investing our CPF funds

… Social welfare – give back a miserly sum (only $131 million from ComCare) – the lowest social welfare spending as a percentage of GDP among all the developed countries

In summary, the Government gives back very little, but takes a lot by forever increasing prices (transport, water, electricity, etc) – to accumulate about $1.3 trillion in the reserves, $9.6 billion Budget surplus last year, about $30 billion Budget surpluses and $190 billion Cash Budget surpluses, in the last decade or so.

What say you – Minister Chan Chun Sing?

Uniquely Singapore!

 

Leong Sze Hian
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24 Responses to “Elite give back to society, but Govt never give back?”

  • Bapak:

    Just don’t take from us we are already very happy. So much in their pockets still not enough.

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  • LIONS:

    frankly speaking,ordinary sgs are no beggars nor CHEATERS/FAKERS.

    WE HAVE dignity n just want to make a decent living based on honest hard work like we have been doing past 50 years or more!

    it is the govt n the ELITES who have sabotaged us and CHEATED ON US!

    THEY TOOK OUR HARD WORK N TURN INTO THEIR OWN ‘GLORIES’ N THEN SCREW US UP of the DECENT JOBS WE DID SO WELL N HAND THESE GOOD DECENT JOBS TO THEIR FTs just becos LEE AH LONG insists on DUMPING these FAKE TALENTS here.

    what is ‘GIVING BACK’ TO SOCIETY?
    WHO IS SOCIETY IF NOT THE SGS WHO BUILD THIS COUNTRY?

    INSTEAD OF DISTRIBUTING THE GAINS FROM THE HARD WORK OF SGS,GOVT N EMPLOYERS/ELITES TOOK EVERYHTING FOR THEMSELVES!

    IT IS NOT ‘GIVING BACK’ HERE,IT IS RETURNING TO US WHAT RIGHTLY BELONG TO US BASED ON OUR HARD WORK N CONTRIBUTIONS.

    YET,THE GOVT HAS NO SHAME INT AKING AWAY OUR CPF N IMPOSING HIGH GST ON ALREADY HIGH SERVICE CHARGES N LEVIES like UTILITIES ETC.

    MEANWHILE,THEY PAY THEMSELVES LIKE NO ONE CARES????

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  • get use to it!:

    nowadays, 1st take chicken, then give chicken wing!

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  • BS Lah:

    The govt only gives to businesses. $40 million to makeover Orchard Rd, plus grants, tax breaks and subsidies for MNCs. For example, when Amgen set up in Singapore, the govt agreed to pay 50% of employee salaries for the first 18 months and threw in tax-free status for every first product for 10 years. Amgen announced all this to its employees but non a pip in local media. Wonder how many Singaporeans they employ.

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  • rukidding:

    “Sense of obligation to each other”…says Tharman ???

    Hmmm,….he is actually “correct” in saying that !

    But very unfortunately,…I think his Party Members and their Leeder dosen’t seem to think so” ????

    How is there “sense of obligation” when you “expect our sons to do NS” whilst you keep “inviting” Cheap Labours from outside to “compete with your own people” ????…so what “sense of obligation” was there ???

    I can appreciate what Tharm is “implying”….but I don’t think his Boss and his other colleagues “share his same views and sentiments”.

    Lets be honest,….its quite clear that tharman “have been sidelined” and that a certain “kee chui” will “definitely” end up being his BOss …so I think Tharman shouldn’t be “wasting” his time and hopes.

    I hope Tharman will “suddenly” dropped his “bombed” at the last minute and resign from his party and BRAVELY come out and join other Oppositions to “SAVE THIS DOT” !

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  • rukidding:

    Between Tharman and “kee chui”,….I choose Tharman !

    But everybody knows “how the system works here” !

    So,…we should be prepared to get more “screwings”.

    Chwee Kong,…Lam Par Song ! indeed !

    Tharman should resign and join the oppositions !

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  • William C:

    CCS as an ex army general should lead by example. He should ask for $1 per month salary. He was a scholar. Went oversea for studies all paid by the government. Back to serve, a career path already mapped out for him to a general and chief of army. Now he has retired from the army, and he should pay back to the society which he has benefited so much.

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  • rukidding:

    “Moral compass”…???

    Hmm,…does Pappy and Gang have any Moral compass ????

    Does Pappy BIG BOss, himself got any Moral Compass at all ,…looking at the saga between his own siblings ????

    “we need a new defactor”??…says Tharman ????

    Hmmm,….I hope he is “dropping” and “giving” some hints about his next move ?

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  • MikeB:

    All citizens must be responsible for the Well Being of their fellow citizens. As the people of a Country we must be collectively mindful of the Politicians we elect. Why? Because they are also citizens just like us and have decided to Serve the People first and then the Country. Why? Because, If the people are not taken care then how can the Country be prosperous.

    Be A Questioning Citizen:
    Ask yourself if you are happy with the present situation. If you are happy then Don’t stop here, ask again whether your fellow citizens are happy as well. If Yes then good, if No then be curious to find out WHY?

    Good Politicians have only one thing in their minds, to implement well planned Long term policies for the good of their fellow citizens and which will have a balanced and widespread benefits for all.

    Happy citizens will push the country forward and prosperity will take effect. Even Alternative parties should be respected as they are fellow citizens who want to do good for the people and country. Allow them to propose their policy paper for arguments as they may have well planned ideas that will benefit citizens. If Alternative parties are unable to present their policies papers then it is our firm duty to read and evaluate these papers. We should discuss these papers with other fellow citizens for their perspective and arguments with reasoning conclusions. This will allow us to become intelligent, caring and knowledgeable citizens.

    Your mind set determines your ability to see through political matters manage by the sitting party that affect your fellow citizens as the country will always be manage by fellow citizens in the Public Service Independently of the Political Parties.

    “The Singapore Public Service employs about 145,000 officers in 16 Ministries and more than 50 Statutory Boards. Within the Public Service is the Civil Service, comprising about 85,000 officers in the Ministries”.
    Source: https://www.careers.gov.sg/build-your-career/career-toolkit/public-agencies

    Question is, do you determine and assess the issues or are you brainwashed to be selective.

    We are responsible for the Future Generations. Our decisions will affect the prosperity of our people and country.

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  • WeDontWantYourCharity:

    Stop treating ordinary sgs as beggars.
    We dont need your charity for heavens sake!
    Just stop taking away our jobs and provide hardworking sgs with fair wages…instead of taking the short cut of importing foreigners !
    The culture n work ethics are totally different.
    …sg became topsy turvy eversince the sg workforce was flooded by their cheap cheaper n cheaperer fws /fts!

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  • Bapak:

    Your assessment is very accurate and up to date.

    get use to it!:
    nowadays, 1st take chicken, then give chicken wing!

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  • Greedy & Evil To The Core:

    get use to it!:
    nowadays, 1st take chicken, then give chicken wing!

    or give chicken wing, than take back chicken.

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  • Fat hope:

    Elite to give back to society? But you heard Woody Goh who is an elite and also amult millionaire through decades of receiving millions of $ as PM is complaining abt ministers not earning enough! What hypocrites? The ministers millions are squeezed out from thetax payers who need to struggle with FTs for jobs !

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  • pap liars, vote them out:

    get use to it!:
    nowadays, 1st take chicken, then give chicken wing!

    since 70% sheep gave pap liars the mandate GE2015, pap clown has not stopped taking chicken from 70% sheep.

    30% water rise electricity rise gas rise carpark rise anything that they can rise they rise. even trial balloon 9% GST rise until exposed by Ms Sylvia Lim. very soon, mrt rise.

    when GE2019 approaches, pap liars give 70% sheep chicken wing. let’s hope this time 70% sheep does not fall for the trick.

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  • Samuel S:

    Why always urge the poor to give back? Start asking PAP members to give back, as they benefit most from government

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  • Dont be hypocrites:

    First they ‘rob us blind’ , then try to cover their guilty conscience or whatever, (afraid of karma maybe), they are suggesting their kaki langs ‘to give alms’ to the less fortunate.
    Makes me wanna laugh!

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  • HarderTruths:

    I don’t need a f**kwit to tell me how to live my life.

    If he wants something to order around – get a puppy.

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  • Lee Ngow:

    Judge this clown by his actions not his words

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  • Leaders must be sincere:

    If you are an elected leader, the people will with pride take care of you.
    The people want you to have a free undisturbed mind to handle and manage the affairs of the nation to the best of your ability.
    The people will provide you with housing and all the necessities you need or require relating to your personal responsibilities to free you from any unnecessary interruptions.
    You will get adequate pay, a car, driver, cook, servants, education expenses for you children, allowances for your wife and children, allowances for your clothing’s etc.as you need to travel frequently, and whatever else necessary. Ask anything reasonable and you shall be provided.
    At the end of your term, to provide a decent lump sum gift of money and even a house for you to live in dignity as a retired leader.
    What more do you want?
    Just list out your needs and reasonable people will take care of you personal expenses during your service and retirement. For your retirement benefits have it official in black and white.
    As a genuine leader you should not be preoccupied with how much you should be getting now and later.
    You should not compare yourself with what other well-off off and the rich are getting.
    When you do that you create a poor negative image and impact on yourself.
    Surely you know and can sense that.
    What has happened make you appear that you are more concerned with yourself first.
    You are depicting selfishness and not projecting true for-the-people leadership quality.
    That’s why you are facing endless criticisms till today on the issue of your salary.

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  • rukidding:

    Up till today,….I can still vividly remember 4 PAP MPs “banding together” and “donate only S$2,000″……BUT ALL 4 ..”had their $$$’s worth”…….because the “shit Times” gave them a “HUGE FEATURE NEWs”…..picture BIG, BIG everywhere !!!!

    Back then,…..I was “laughing away”…and telling myself…hmmm…these Gang of 4 “damned smart”…but “damned Kiam siap”.

    One person only pay $500 ????…..and such a huge “publicity” ???

    Don’t know what to say leh ????

    “They”…”Clever”,…..or “We”….”stupid to be dubed” ??/

    No wonder “their” demised BIG Boss calls us…..DAFT ??

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  • Dr. Chan:

    Must take back all taxpayers money stolen by these JLB PAP ministers. Especially these paper generals, fake book worm scholars, with no a day of real world experience pieces of shit.
    Who are not even qualified to do their job. What does bugs bunny know about trade to be a trade and industry minister. Has he been in business with his OWN money ever?
    How can a book worm run a business or even a country for god’s sake!

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  • Money mind existentialism:

    “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
    - President Thomas Jefferson

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  • Elites give but pap+plp only:

    Many elites contributes most by not succumbed to the filth of polanpa to PAP. As the Chinese refers to as eating soft rice often to duckies as opposed to prostitutes and PAP n their plps aren’t any different except worse as they self gratified abusing the absolite mandate which is suppose for them to honourably serve in the interests n benefits of the citizenry not to self gratisfy themselves with indecently high salary n to modify the constitution to benefit the party, abuses the constitution as to treat differentially the citizens, limiting freedom of speech n expression. nurturing widespread bootlicking, brownosing, ball carrying fart worms or polanpaing thus eroding the integrity n human dignity with rewards using state funds n institutions.

    Besides pap n its plps not only self gratified but betray the nation by support millions of foreign students with generous scholarship n placement in the best schools n tertiary institution while continually increase the education fees of the citizens. Instead of back the offer of scholarship to do graduate n postgraduate studies to the foreign students., pap n its plps go on a intensive propaganda to discourage citizens to strive hard for admission into university n insisting that without degree n even joing gangs jthey could as easily be successful n becoming billionaire n a minister goes even to the extent that those without degree will be appointed as politically endowed multimillionaire ministers. If this not not a big fat lie what is? Even the primary school boys r swearing not like the ministers swearing on their individual holy book to work for the nation n her people but with expletives at the blatant lies.
    Chan CS has arrogantly threatened citizens that he has no problem to inport foreign pmets to replaced the citizens presumably retrenched as a plp gesture. Do Singaporeans really want such a trait*r n scumbag to be the next pm. If he does become pm, his fellow papists better take keed that he would no problem to boot them if they dont serve him n l
    ikewise to lhl n his spouce n have no problem to import foreigners to fill in their places with instant citizenship li.kea pap mp doing so for the PRC conman tour guide. THAT is PAP now. No problem to import foreigners to replace Singaporeans!

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  • Poor always to volunteer?:

    Samuel S:
    Why always urge the poor to give back? Start asking PAP members to give back, as they benefit most from government

    Yes always asking the poor to vollunteer services? Dont they need to eat. Look at the prices at food court. They are climbing like nobody’s business. And now with the NUTC taking over kopitaim and govt taking ever hawkwer, prices could be worst. Are the ministers and elites volunteering? Still got the cheek to say that their salary is not enough while the poor man in the street are struggling with FT to get a job. Even poor elderly struggling to earn their meals with parents/relatives of FTs!

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