Has PAP’s greed and incompetence resulted in our citizens behaving like Third-world citizens?

I would like to share my thoughts about Prof. Tommy Koh’s recent comments that Singapore is a first-world country with a third-world people.

I agree with his observations. Bad behaviour among our citizens are not restricted to the older generations only. Over the last 50 years, we have educated generations of our citizens – but why are people still behaving badly? Examples such as PMDs speeding on the roads, oblivious to the safety of other road users, littering and placing their feet on the seats of buses across from them, and playing loud music on buses oblivious to the presence other passengers, etc?

The answers are many and I will list 3 of them.

Firstly, the failure or non existence of civic education for our students over many years under the PAP government. Compare us to how the average Japanese behave in public, Singaporeans must feel so shameful. Each and almost every successive PAP Education Minister failed to understand that educating the heads but not the hearts of our students is failed education.

Next, the almost non-existent effective enforcement efforts by the authorities – be it enforcement against littering, jay walking or speeding PMDs despite the ever presence of surveillance cameras etc. I know of some HDB flat residents who have been holding lighted cigarettes going up and down the lifts for ages and despite the presence of CCTVs inside the lifts, nothing ever happened to them. Such simple enforcement efforts failure by the authorities only embolden their behaviour further.

Lastly (and most importantly), growing numbers of our citizens have no pride whatsoever in their country and that lack of pride in their country must naturally be exhibited in their couldn’t be bothered attitudes. For example, if people take pride in their homes, people will take good care of their furnitures and fittings and keep their houses clean and tidy. If they don’t, like some departing tenants, leftover food would be left rotting on the dinning table, broken tiles would be exposed and damaged electrical sockets and wires would be left hanging etc.

To a very large extent, our citizens having becoming a third world citizens is the direct consequences of failed PAP government’s policies and their greed.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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30 Responses to “Has PAP’s greed and incompetence resulted in our citizens behaving like Third-world citizens?”

  • Ask LKY why lah. . .:

    No pride in the historical continuum of Singapore?

    Almost all 30+ year-old men and women, and younger, don’t even know who the founding chairman of PAP is, let alone the facts of his monumental achievements for Singapore… we’re not telling here – it was the biggest quarrel ever.

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  • LivingInLies:

    No love for your neighbours period. There are too many reasons contributing to lack of love and respect for each other hence the people have become inwardly lawless while maintaining outward lawfulness( including in appearance). The over mettling by the hypocrisy of the leadership in maintaining law and order for economic self interests is one of the major problem in this demonic society( accommodating and tolerating all kinds of foreign entities and spirits)

    A very “dirty” country hence dirty/love-less/care-less people(inwardly and under the radar).

    The more laws or legal constrains and forced peace and tolerance, the worst they become(face blank).

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  • Tewkauleh:

    It is very true that these bad behavior is the result of poor governance and leadership. The breeding of the elite class amplify bad behavior. Check the ST to see how many cases of unruly behavior by the elites!
    The policies of this government promotes and encourages the 3Ks attitude to no end.
    1. Ask, why are private tuitions booming? This just manifest into take-all, kaisu, attitude of our children who will become adults in the future.
    2. Ask, why the PM told us to steal other’s lunch? Pure kiaboh attitude.
    3. Ask, why do we have so many anti-democratic laws. This stifles the citizens to kiasi and dent everyone’s creativity.
    Ask,ask ask….
    Finally, I am quite sure bad behavior are mostly from the VERY ANGRY VOTERS!!!

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  • LivingInLies:

    It is the economy stupid – the root of all evil

    The rich elites and their laws are smothering the people to death(a soulless and conscienceless society)

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Greed is right. Instead of real police, we have cardboard police, because it is cheaper.

    Incompetence is right too. Police is supposed to work for the people, but it work for the PAP.

    Now SG is ruled by foreigners, that was why a taxi driver had to kneel down to beg the foreigner NEA officer for mercy. Ask your grandfather how SG had to kneel and bow to the Japanese, during the war, if not your heads will be chopped off.

    If the PAP continues to be in power, Singapore and Singaporeans will become third world.

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  • Dragonbuster:

    Absolutely agree! When the top (pap)is crooked, the bottom (sinkies) can never be straight!!!

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  • I Know:

    Coz we don’t have a real country, only an economy.

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  • Bapak:

    If you have an SM telling you those earning below $500K are mediocre, $600K is peanut, what do you expect the rest will think and do?

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  • Sesame Street:

    seriously….parents not to blame?

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  • mike:

    I have a funny conclusion about my identity… we are talking about first world or third world when our identity does not really exist.

    Over 50yrs and we are still struggling to explain who we are;
    Over 50yrs and we still need to fill up the race info in forms;
    Over 50yrs and we still known as a city of china
    Over 50yrs and we still spend tens of millions in each NDP and its rehearsals

    Why do we need so much destractions each time when we are near a GE?

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    Singaporeans are indeed 3rd World because most of them are SPINELESS and/or suffer from Stockholm Syndrome.

    Most also stupidly believed LKY when he said the price of HDB flats will never go down. Actually, it will surely and steadily decline to ZERO despite HIP1 and HIP2. This is a fact. Singaporeans have been conned big-time.

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  • TruBlu:

    Lets not praise Tommy Koh for his sweeping statement?

    Sg is A FIRST WORLD COUNTRY WITH THIRD WORLD *CITIZENS*?
    Becos sgs are unkind???
    So, Sgs are THIRD-WORLD-LIKE N THEREFORE UNKIND???
    WTF IS THIS ?

    When SG was THIRD WORLD, Sgs were KIND !
    Now, many sgs are indeed unkind compared to some thai citizens in provinces like CHIANG MAI which is somewhat still more THIRD WORLD???

    ARE OUR ELITES KIND?
    IS TOMMY KOH KIND himself?
    Passing such unkind,sweeping statements does not show a kind person, not even considerate i wud say.

    Sgs form only 60 or so of all RESIDENTS here.
    In fact, as a percentage, there are a huge number of NON-sg drivers on our roads.
    And, as for sgs who drive, most are well-to-do counting among them elites n the rich themselves.

    So,Simon, i am not agreeable to what is written by you.

    But, more n more sgs are slowly becoming less gracious n i can ascribe this to the meritoCRAPtic education n influence of non-sg residents here.
    Take driving as example, if you cant beat them(foreigners), join them????

    As for PMDs, users are mostly younger PPL.
    CANT BLAME THEM TOTALLY.
    I BLAME MORE ON THE UNREADINESS IF PROPER INFRA-STRUCTURES N REGULATIONS INCLUDING STEEP FINES N PENALTIES.

    EVEN IN THIRD WORLD * SUZHOU * in China, they have SEPARATE LANES FOR PMDs/cyclists n pedestrians(footways)?

    Go check it out!
    What more A FIRST WORLD COUNTRY LIKE $IN CITY?

    YOU WANT MORE AEROPLANES HERE, YOU BUILD T3,T4 N T5… N JEWEL?
    YOU WANT PPL TO RIDE LAST MILE ON PMD, WHY NO PMD LANES???

    CANT MAKE $$$???

    LET PMD-USERS HAVE THEIR OWN LANES.
    I TELL YOU LET THEM SPEED N KNOCK EACH OTHER DEAD!!!

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  • Sinkie:

    Whether Singapore is 1st world or 3rd world to Singaporeans is dependent on their material well-being.

    If ordinary Singaporeans are not financially well off, then Singapore is 3rd world to them, eg eating cheaper at crowded dirty hawker centers.

    If well paid, eg the elites, eating more expensive meals at posh restaurants, then Singapore is 1st world to them.

    Since many of the 3.5 million Singaporeans are paid depressed wages due to competition from the cheaper 2.2 million foreigner workers here, therefore they seem to live in 3rd world !

    So Tommy Koh shouldn’t be surprised to see many Singaporeans behave 3rd-worldly.

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  • TruBlu:

    Another sg pedestrian knocked down by FT-cyclist died 5 days after accident.

    so,only sgs are unkind but FIRST WORLD(?) ANGMOHS are ‘kind’???

    tommy old boy,you are racist!

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Basic Psychology & the PAP’s manipulating the Economics Laws of Demand & Supply! It’s that simple!

    PAP Govt creates an artificial supply situation to drive up people’s insatiable demand in order to drive up prices within their favour (Real Estate based activities where the govt controls 80% of land re: high land prices, expensive rentals). S’pore’s high cost of living radiates from the high land prices imposed by the PAP govt.

    This disgusting practice & habit of the PAP govt manipulating supply side economics to create unfulfilled & insatiable demand are everywhere! Out of that PAP practice, S’pore had become a materialistic society obsessed with Status & “False Prosperity” display of imaginary wealth!

    Look at those false prosperity people who lived in Condos, drive a luxury car & have domestic maids. Many are under financial stress & some even take out their frustration on their maids. Other behave smugly & arrogant but they are just one step of their bankers [Indebted Households]. The basic psychology of S’poreans arrogance stems from being able to afford the “must-have” of “Atas” living. After all, the psychology of Kiasu-ism is the Western “Fear Of Missing Out” aka FOMO & “You Only Live Once” aka YOLO which is doing Conspicuous Consumption to show they can afford it, even if they’re bleeding inside or near bankruptcy.

    Because of their materialistic tendencies & smugness, S’poreans developed a Extremely Selfish Streak & a meanness towards those less well off than themselves.

    It’s only when one realises the true meaning of life – materialism is meaningless. The chase for material gains only satisfied the short-term feeling. Longer term, one feel constant frustration & irritation at not being able to satiate their unlimited wants & insatiable demands. We’re always never satisfied!

    The S’pore way Of Life is unsustainable! S’poreans are caught up in the undertow of the stressful lifestyle imposed by the PAP govt & their crony capitalism. It’s only when you step back or have the opportunity to live abroad, you would realised that the PAP system were playing you for their political benefit & monetary gains.

    They make you think that you’re dependent on them for your living. The truth is that you could toss them into the waste-bin, you would still be able to survive! That why Psychology are so powerful – people can be conditioned & indoctrinated such that they are programmable by as higher order. Only those with wisdom can see through their silly acts! And that is why they fear those who see their game!

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  • VTO2:

    Agree on the last point. No more pride in this country. Surrounded everywhere by 2.2 million foreign workers & their dependents in this tiny island, who’re the real S’poreans then?

    S’porean identity is long gone…!
    Tourists in SG will mistaken lots of foreign workers here as S’poreans.
    Over time, sadly, S’poreans wil be the minority in our own country. Thats inevitable

    What kind of govt will allow more than 20,000 jobs to be taken by foreigners, while we’v 2% & above % unemployment rate ( more than 70,000 citizens unemployed).

    So what pride do S’poreans have in this country then?

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  • Bapak:

    I think Tommy Koh used the wrong action “drive” to reflect how bad is Singaporeans. He should say “look at the way they vote”, an accurate summation on SINKIES.

    TruBlu:
    Lets not praise Tommy Koh for his sweeping statement?

    Sg is A FIRST WORLD COUNTRY WITH THIRD WORLD *CITIZENS*?
    Becos sgs are unkind???
    So, Sgs are THIRD-WORLD-LIKE N THEREFORE UNKIND???
    WTF IS THIS ?

    When SG was THIRD WORLD, Sgs were KIND !
    Now, many sgs are indeed unkind compared to some thai citizens in provinces like CHIANG MAI which is somewhat still more THIRD WORLD???

    ARE OUR ELITES KIND?
    IS TOMMY KOH KIND himself?
    Passing such unkind,sweeping statements does not show a kind person, not even considerate i wud say.

    Sgs form only 60 or so of all RESIDENTS here.
    In fact, as a percentage, there are a huge number of NON-sg drivers on our roads.
    And, as for sgs who drive, most are well-to-do counting among them elites n the rich themselves.

    So,Simon, i am not agreeable to what is written by you.

    But, more n more sgs are slowly becoming less gracious n i can ascribe this to the meritoCRAPtic education n influence of non-sg residents here.
    Take driving as example, if you cant beat them(foreigners), join them????

    As for PMDs, users are mostly younger PPL.
    CANT BLAME THEM TOTALLY.
    I BLAME MORE ON THE UNREADINESS IF PROPER INFRA-STRUCTURES N REGULATIONS INCLUDING STEEP FINES N PENALTIES.

    EVEN IN THIRD WORLD * SUZHOU * in China, they have SEPARATE LANES FOR PMDs/cyclists n pedestrians(footways)?

    Go check it out!
    What more A FIRST WORLD COUNTRY LIKE $IN CITY?

    YOU WANT MORE AEROPLANES HERE, YOU BUILD T3,T4 N T5… N JEWEL?
    YOU WANT PPL TO RIDE LAST MILE ON PMD, WHY NO PMD LANES???

    CANT MAKE $$$???

    LET PMD-USERS HAVE THEIR OWN LANES.
    I TELL YOU LET THEM SPEED N KNOCK EACH OTHER DEAD!!!

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  • Birds Of Same Feather:

    Perhaps Toomy Koh already forgotten that half the population in Sillypore now are foreigners mostly from third world countries. You get what you ask.
    Sinkies may be dafts, but most have first world naivety rather than third world behaviors.
    Toony Koh should ask his establishment rather than blaming sinkies.

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  • blood suckers:

    today the much hated news – mrt and bus fares to go up by the year’s end,l on 28th december.
    fares increased by 9cents using mrt cards but by 20cents if using cash.. why penalise people like this.
    ive noticed many who use cash are from humble backgrounds- for certain reasons.
    why punish them further huh?
    this i dont understand.
    will smrt n sbs transit go broke if they pay the same fare increase..
    if 9cts is a bit tricky then just make it a 5ct fare increase for everyone !

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  • Harder Truths:

    Listen to this idiot

    https://sg.yahoo.com/news/having-to-pick-between-us-and-china-would-be-a-very-painful-choice-says-pm-lee-on-cnn-074910050.html

    and then tell me with this kind of clown in charge there is a future….

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  • Bonglo:

    Singapore imports innovation rather than leads the world in innovation.

    This is why :
    1. Citizens prefer to pay bangalas to paint illegally at the expense of lower quality or improper painting skills.

    2. While China Chinese top the world in software part of 5G, alibaba, tencent , wechat, etc, People in sg are misguided to think that India means IT . SINGAPOREANS themselves actually prefer india IT than Loval IT. Sg wants cheap even if at the expense poor quality.

    3. Singaporeans buy china clones rather than support original sg products.

    4. In the end , when sgreans finally want to hire a sgrean IT , they realise they have left the industry.

    When singaporeans wany someone to speak up for them, they realise no one is left to help them.

    Yes, absolutely, 3rd world.

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  • Tom lee:

    Not just third world citizens, we are also third class citizens in our own country.

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  • Asd:

    Blah blah blah.. blah blah blah..

    ZZZZZ… ZZZZ… ZZZ…

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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Bastards:

    During the 1990s, I once went for an interview with the then TCS or Mediacorp as it is known now. The female interviewer waeing a bright red jacket was rude, nasty and hostile. She asked me questions like:”Are you difficlut to work with?”

    And then I got a letter from them asking me not to apply to their organisation again. Not the nice tactful rejection letters from other companies wishing you well etc.

    People who want to complain of rude behavior should look at this organisation first. For me, I’ll spit on their graves.

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  • pap S$m money grabbers:

    simon is so very wrong.

    his reasons are all wrong.

    here are the correct answers.

    1st, there are too many local born sheep, some 70% of the local born citizens. these sheep monkey see monkey do. they look at pap Ljs and pap Cbs. thinking these pap folks are so rich and behave in such a way, the 70% sheep imitate despite not even making S$3,500 pm.

    2nd, too mant third world aliens FTs PRs. these third world humans bring their third world habits into Singapore. they drive like they drive back home. remember the cina man in ferrri ma chi who killed with his ferrari?

    3rd, useless money faced government. remember lky clown saying, we paraphrase here, how one billionaire pap can place in Singapore is worth so many local born sheep? but look at China trying to get extradicted the billionaire criminals who hide in Singapore courtesy of lky clown open legs policy?

    that there is bad behaviour everywhere in Singapore today is granted. but with sheep like simon, no wonder such bad behaviour get propagated instead of being eliminated. the root cause is pap. get rid of pap, everything improves, from current over crowding to medical tourism to rubbish everywhere.

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  • always on edge:

    people are overworked and underpaid, except for the miws & elites.
    sgs were at one time known the world over for our clean green city and courteous people.
    now everything has gone down the drains.
    so frequent brawls all over the place…
    when a person is ‘tired and hungry’ . working so hard to achieve something but the goal post keeps moving farther out of reach for many.
    so he goes into the self preservation mode. to hell with others.
    who contributed to this range of pent up emotions in our populace?

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  • Desmond the Moliana:

    When I first graduation in 1990s, and was job hunting I was invited for an interview with a boutique ad agency. It was for a creative position. When the pondan director realised I did not have a creative portfolio (I’m totally new), he screamed, ranted and threw a hissy fit in front of me. Some more local playwright leh. All he had to do is advise calmly, that a portfolio is needed. So drama.

    Similarly some Public Relations firms got their junior execs or clerks to interview me. I did tell one of them it’s poor PR. Not interested, don’t ask me to come for interview.

    The advertising agencies are just as bad. Very arrogant and act like they don’t want to meet. So can decline to meet. Ask peo[le to come and then act so impatient. So you people very important, your ad campaigns are so good that even my friend said :”they can just get anyone off the street who’s full of ideas.”

    All these people are rude because they think they are SOMEBODIES. The way they carry themselves so self important, pompous asses. One Indian lady came out of an editorial interview and remarked:”what is the big deal?”

    I just want to throw up on these people.

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  • Original Sperm:

    Its a reverse psychology by Tommy.
    He is trying to make citizens confront a problem with singaporean mentality by using this rhetoric. Its to force citizens to focus on the issue with their mindset.

    Singaporeans are Kia Su, Kia Si, Kia Cheng Hoo , Kia Bor . Very ugly characteristics but these are generally True.

    Its like if your child is ugly looking, it hurts you but it is the truth.
    Truth does not need to please you.

    Its like old monkey grandson is a gay. Then what can yew do about it?

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  • bystander:

    Great, Tommy using the average Singapore blokes and girls as a shield to trash the white monkeys. Tommy boy must show some guts, still leaving a backdoor for himself.

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  • move like caged chicken:

    //in our citizens behaving like Third-world citizens?//

    let’s posit : -

    1) first many of our so-called sinkie citizens are also converted from many chat-ba-lang countries – now who can influence who more in the behaviors since many of new sinkies are talented right ? don’t know lar ? any white idiotic monkey surveys / studies done to determine the real underlying cause ?

    2) in a high cost place (in sinkie land) and with a much a denser population, the potential of stressful conflicts is naturally higher – e.g one example, PMDs and cultural misunderstanding like smell from cooking, etc.

    again, thanks to the white idiotic open-leg policy ? more dense = more absolute conflicts = hence more law to moderate behaviors = hence people will have to move like caged chicken sapping positive psychological and physical movements / energy ?

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