Tharman’s No Action Talk Only

Tharman loves to talk about fighting inequality and ensuring social mobility at International forums. He was at it again in London yesterday when he addressed a British Think Tank – Institute For Government.

The reality is that for the past 2 decades, he has been part of a PAP government that was ranked by Oxfam in 2018 as one of the 10 bottom governments as far as its commitment to fighting inequality is concerned.

Despite helming the Finance Ministry for many years and being the Coordinating Mjnister since 2015 (and now Senior Minister) he has been part of a failed Lee Hsien Loong Government that has seen Singapore being rated as the 2nd most unequal society in the world (according to none other than Prof Tommy Koh), where 144,000 households or around 500,000 Singaporeans live in abject poverty and are unable to afford basic necessities in life; where 4 in 10 workers earn $2500 and less each month while the Prime Minister earns more than $183,000 in the same amount of time; where most seniors can not afford to retire, and where the average CPF monthly payout is only $355 when the minimum amount to survive on is at least $1379, according to a recent NUS Study.

What social mobility is Tharman referring to? Study after study shows that social mobility is most damaged in severely unequal societies of which Singapore ranks at the TOP. As we said in a recent post on inequality barely 2 days ago, going onto Tharman’s social mobility escalator which he likes to use as an analogy for his point on social mobility is like stepping onto an escalator which is going down when you are trying to go up!

So don’t be fooled by Tharman’s glibness as a speaker. His words are a direct contrast to the actions of a government which he belongs to, whose economic policies in favouring the rich have made Singapore into a dangerously unequal society.

He may be an alumni of the hallowed London School Of Economics(“LSE”) which was founded by Sidney and Beatrice Webb in 1895, 2 founding members of the Fabian Society, which advocated strongly for social justice and a more equal society and who conceived of the LSE for the betterment of society; but the economic policies of Tharman and the PAP government of Lee Hsien Loong in the last 2 decades would have done FA Hayek, the founder of Neo-liberalism, and who lectured at the LSE in the 1930s before he moved to the University of Chicago and made it the bastion of the Neo-liberals(remember Milton Friedman?) very proud!

Sidney and Beatrice Webb would not have been proud.

 

Lim Tean

 

 

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12 Responses to “Tharman’s No Action Talk Only”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    As I see it…Tharman has his hands TIED…with the Evil LEEgacy in Place until the Dynasty is Destroyed…

    all reformist in the PAP is at a loss for the time being…

    Reading Between the LINES of Tharman will show what the REFORMIST hope to ACHIEVE and what the Dynasty is trying to HOLD on to…

    what with the HUMONGOUS Salaries and 4-8 Months Bonuses & KPI to look forward to as long as the EVIL Dynasty has a HOLD!!!

    Money TALKS!!! coming from the era and Founding Generation Leaders I KNOW that when a Patriot put his HEART & DEDICATION to his Nation and People MONEY is the last thing on their MINDS

    Be Critical but be CONSTRUCTIVE too…reading between the LINES can show HOW things can be DONE with the RIGHT PEOPLE in POWER irrespective where it comes from “Within or Without”

    The MORE IMPORTANT issue is to EXPOSE the CORRUPT & EVIL bastards in Govt

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  • Say & Hear The Right Things:

    Tell them what they want to hear,
    usual trick of any hypocrite.

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  • Hsiam Loong Loong:

    Thatman, when most singaporeans want him to be the next PM, he lan lan can only have the SM post. He lan lan has to accept his colleagues discrimination against the minority race and believe their idiotic excuse that singaporeans are not ready for a non-chines pm.

    If he can’t even stand up for himself or his own minority race, what can we expect him to do for the huge number of singaporeans in the lower bracket?

    Heaven has eyes. All these greedy and heartless papies have already booked themselves a space on the special escalator prepared by our creator. A escalator specially to bring all of them at high speed down to hell!

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  • Thirukkural teachings:

    In making wealth craving changes mood,
    The good as bad and bad as good (but)
    Knowledge is truth of things to find,
    In every case of every kind.

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  • HDB flat depreciates to ZERO:

    Tharman is Singapore’s Obama – NATO (No Action Talk Only). Useless.

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  • Be worthy:

    At the end of the day, despite popular views that botak is the right guy to take over dragon throne, he’s sama sama type.

    Ownself take care of ownself, i.e. another self serving clown. Nothing great about him lah.

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  • Harder Truths:

    This guy is very good at knowing how to talk cock and sing song.

    Not like an ICBM that makes SG enemies because the ‘scholar’ does not know how to communicate properly and still thinks he is right. When the Vietcong come after him maybe he will change his mind.

    Actually his guy will be a good PM not to start trouble with other ASEAN countries – but he will still sabo all of us for sure.

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  • TruBlu:

    Mr T,being partaker of PAP POLICIE$ that IMPOVERISH common sgs,you have ZERO MORAL AUTHORITY to comment on such social issues.

    If i were you,i would turn down the invitation.

    First,clean our own BACKYARD before it turns into a GHETTO,then say what you want but not before that?

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  • Man In The Street:

    Do elitist know what the ordinary folk is going through daily? Talking about narrowing the gap. If anything, it gets wider by the day. Just talk about the cost of living. Hawker cooked food increased by anything between 30 to 50 cents and beverages by 10 to 20 cents. What goes up never come down. Affordability to the poor is meaningless.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    “HISTRIONIC PERSONALITY DISORDER” – a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, usually beginning in early adulthood, including inappropriately seductive behavior (…for women) and an excessive need for approval (…for father figures types).
    For people with histrionic personality disorder, their self-esteem depends on the approval of others and does not arise from a true feeling of self-worth. They have an overwhelming desire to be noticed, and often behave dramatically or inappropriately to get attention.
    In many cases, people with histrionic personality disorder have good social skills; however, they tend to use these skills to manipulate others so that they can be the center of attention. The individual who suffers from this disorder often draws attention to themselves and exaggerates every action and reaction. People with this disorder often come across as “fake” or shallow in their interpersonal relationships. The word histrionic means “dramatic or theatrical.”
    This is the type of political leadership we have in S’pore! The level of the nation’s economic management is atrocious! – dependent of foreigners to run the economy (corporate-wise, provide the investments & being the capital providers); fixated with extravagant spending on frivalous projects like the “Pineapple” (Esplanade); GBTB & Jewels; make S’pore an extremely expensive place to live; & cunningly psycho S’poreans about “Nation-building” when our neighbours stealthily accelerate past us with solid 6% GDP growth whilst S’pore make do a measly 2% GDP growth achieved using foreigner influx & a high level of Infrastructural Spending. To call oneself S’porean, is to be exceptionally “Stupid”!

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  • TheLiar:

    One of the strongest characteristic, or his talent, of the symbolic devil is that he is a very good liar( doesn’t blink or twitch).

    He sits at the top of the mountain of garbage heap and on top of a shrine for worshippers and nobody knows how to kick the devil out of high office or the house.

    Joke, if you ask people to vote, the liar always win.

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  • Singaporean Kong Come:

    Thatman, when most singaporeans want him to be the next PM, he lan lan can only have the SM post. He lan lan has to accept his colleagues discrimination against the minority race and believe their idiotic excuse that singaporeans are not ready for a non-chinese pm. George Yeo goes again the flow design for him to B throw out. So this lan lan Tharma afraid of being lose his big fat salary. so have to pretend, lan lan follow the flow. Being a hypocrites still can earn million $$$$ salary.Only those stupid 70% think he really speak up for them.

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