Why a Singaporean First policy is beneficial

I read a statement from a PAP minister reported in the Straits Times five years back. The minister stated that a “Singaporean First” policy is bad for the economy.

I disagree.

Let me first define what is a “Singaporean First” policy. It implies that the government has a responsibility to ensure that Singaporeans have a good job that pays a remuneration that is adequate to meet the cost of living.

How can the government achieve this responsibility?

It comes in two prongs:

a) First, the government should keep the cost of living low, so that most people can afford to pay their living expenses from their existing income.

b) Second, the government has the responsibility to ensure that Singaporeans get jobs, before the jobs are given to foreigners.

Singaporeans cannot accept jobs that pay low wages, because they are inadequate to meet the cost of living. This requires the government to set a minimum wage that is adequate for Singaporeans. This may increase the wage cost for certain kinds of jobs, but it is an unavoidable outcome.

Most countries face this challenge. Why should the Singapore government not meet it?

Higher wages mean a high cost to be paid by consumers. The increase in consumer prices may not be that much. When businesses have to pay higher wage cost, they cannot afford to have fat profit margins or pay high rentals. The higher wage cost will be offset to some extent by lower profits and rentals, so that consumers do not have to pay the full extent of the higher wage cost.

When workers have adequate wages, they have the financial means to spend their wages. This will generate higher consumer spending, which is better for local businesses. It creates a more vigorous economy.

Most governments in other countries recognize their responsibility to ensure that their citizens have jobs that pay adequate wages. It is bad that the Singapore government does not recognize this responsibility and argue that a “Singaporean First” policy is bad for the economy.

We need to change this government.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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28 Responses to “Why a Singaporean First policy is beneficial”

  • Ex- pat chi bye:

    Beware ang moh char bor.
    Many talk cock on chat sites criticising sgs thinking they fliacking great.

    Trying to act superior again when many are mere jobless back home.

    Only stupid sinkie gahmen think so highly of these idiots.

    Yet many daft sinkies get suck in by them.
    Majority of sinkies are really daft.

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  • Never Argue with an Idiot:

    We define people with many things, such as they should be intelligent , skillful, creative etc. An idiot might be someone with low intelligence or IQ. Sometimes they are irritating and annoying.

    So, the best way to deal with an idiot is to be silent and ignore them as possible. people with ignorance are always a big problem to the society. It’s better not to argue with them , because the people watching won’t be able to tell the difference!

    Cheers!

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    If they don’t put Singaporeans first, don’t ask Sporeans to serve NS.

    Then no point being citizens, why not switch Sporeans to being PRs.

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  • PAP Huang Ba Dan:

    They are fat ugly stupid lazy and live off their husbands. Loud mouth in public no style no taste.

    No wonder these ang mo go find SPGs.

    Ex- pat chi bye:
    Beware ang moh char bor.
    Many talk cock on chat sites criticising sgs thinking they fliacking great.

    Trying to act superior again when many are mere jobless back home.

    Only stupid sinkie gahmen think so highly of these idiots.

    Yet many daft sinkies get suck in by them.
    Majority of sinkies are really daft.

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  • Went to Japan:

    The white party only rewards themselves and their cronies embracing highest wages in the world.

    Import FTs by millions, good or bad jobs all for FTs, FT with Fake Uptron Diploma is MD for JP Murugam, how astonishing?! And all the managements most converted to locals with PR and new citizen.

    Singaporeans continue to vote white party for them to go on screw locals with their lousy policies. This part if not change, we will be screwed harder.

    Votes count, not your story writing.

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  • tan, stop being a cock:

    tan, grow up. stop being a cock.

    all the things you are saying, even a kindergarten child knows. so also pap.

    but pap does not believe in them only because when faced with the choice of one alien billionaire and many local born, the billionaire has 100% priority, even though the billionaire is a wanted crook in own country.

    tan, grow up. the only way for you to stop being a cock is to start doing something useful for once in your cock life. that is by volunteerting in OPPO rallies, in OPPO meetings, in doing something useful for OPPO.

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  • English is masturbation:

    Ex- pat chi bye:
    Beware ang moh char bor.
    Many talk cock on chat sites criticising sgs thinking they fliacking great.
    Trying to act superior again when many are mere jobless back home.
    Only stupid sinkie gahmen think so highly of these idiots.

    Yet many daft sinkies get suck in by them.
    Majority of sinkies are really daft.

    Why be so defensive? The term Singaporean is merely a generalisation as not all Singaporeans are the same. When people criticise ” Singaporeans”, it is not talking about all Singaporeans. The 70% majority are representative of Singaporeans in general. What’s wrong criticising Singaporeans especially the 70%? Are Singaporeans not deserving criticism? They cow to fear. Selfish and ignorant. Unquestioning. Brainwashed. Are the not true? Well educated bloody fools.

    Agree?

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  • A real job not state welfare:

    A Crony-capitalist government works in opposition to healthy laissez-faire economy dynamics. Instead of regulating commerce and administering to the fundamental governance of people: housing, health, and education….. the cabinet pappies have mutated into big-time business executives with vested interests in the state operatives. And they’ve screwed it up so bad this little island is now super-inflated top of the world. Who’s this crank preaching corporate-driven statecraft founded on a trickle-down political economy?

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  • WTF:

    What would you expect from a ex Malaysian Minister who has no empathy for we natives.
    She is no different from her fellow countryman Cow who once encouraged Singaporeans to dump our aged parents in JB!

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  • points raised are not only:

    //So, the best way to deal with an idiot is to be silent and ignore them as possible. people with ignorance are always a big problem to the society. It’s better not to argue with them , because the people watching won’t be able to tell the difference!//

    it depends ? if the disagreeable part(ies) are of insignificant “consequences”, then their disagreeable point does not really affect your live & interest, then ok lar and can stay quiet lar ?

    however if the disagreeable points are on or from the white idiotic policies affecting people lives with long term implications, then even idiotic ones must also argue (to inform & educate and hoping for change) lar ?

    and the points raised are not only directed at the idiot but anyone who may be around to listen / hear ? the reason why sinkie land has 151th media standard to divide and rule the environment and in order to keep diaagreeable views / points from being ‘exposed’ and to give the impression that it is non-existent or absent ?

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  • HK now = future SG:

    Absolutely! We need to change this government….. if we don’t want our future youths to do what HK youths are doing now. Keechiu Chan says “what happened there could easily happen here” and he’s so right…. if pap remains in power. PAP and singaporeans are already extremely complacent, Mr Chan!

    If we do not “change this government” in another 2 elections, our youth will be without jobs or underemployed. And when majority can’t pay for their housing and other loan instalments, HK now is SG’s future for sure.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Tan Ahhhh!!! the Evil Leegal Leegacy comes 1st…everything else is NOT relevant…for NOW!!!

    REMOVE the LEEgacy & Lies and the EVIL Within & Without…

    Singaporeans will be 1st in EVERYTHING but the Lies!!!…and the sheep will be Left BEHIND!!!… Fleeced and in the Cold!!! with the rest of Singaporeans in the warmth of their HOMES

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  • Bapak:

    Singapore under PAP rule is very efficient. To prevent vandalism they padlocked fire hose reel box. To prevent stealing water they shutoff the water supply.

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  • Not the Full Picture:

    Singaporean first is something we do to offer fellow Singaporeans a good opportunity whenever we can. It is a mindset, a culture.

    Mr Tan KL, are you expecting some kind of legislation for this? Because legislation is not going to help.

    If you want to help a fellow Singaporean, you will. If you want someone cheap, you are going to come up with 1,000,001 ways to circumvent all the laws in the world.

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  • responsibility to ensure:

    //a) First, the government should keep the cost of living low, so that most people can afford to pay their living expenses from their existing income.//

    aiyoh. if like that, how to “depress” the worth of the forced savings (the debts to the white idiotic institution e.g cXf) of the average daft sinkies while at the same time sending white doggies telling you the story how good the interest rate is ? while the worth of the white idiots is backed up by high salary to cover the inflationary effect, all compliment from taxpayers ?

    //b) Second, the government has the responsibility to ensure that Singaporeans get jobs, before the jobs are given to foreigners.//

    aiyoh. don’t assume that the white idiots think of such responsibility to ensure that Singaporeans get jobs, before the jobs are given to foreigners ?

    quite a number of times, white idiots have signaled to you that this is not so – e.g like not happy, leave ? the white idiots are quite focused on the responsibility (one curry party function right) to ensure an environment / system that daft sinkies are indoctrinated good enough to take care of their own white idiotic jobs and interest lar ?

    //Most governments in other countries recognize their responsibility to ensure that their citizens have jobs that pay adequate wages. It is bad that the Singapore government does not recognize this responsibility and argue that a “Singaporean First” policy is bad for the economy.//

    aiyoh. sinkie land garment is not like most garments ? sinkie land garment is all about 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy right and their own one-party curry funtion lar ?

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  • Bobo:

    Quote: “An idiot might be someone with low intelligence or IQ. Sometimes they are irritating and annoying”.
    –Yes Bro, Singapore is also no. 1 in the world. We have 70% and next GE will definitely increase to 90%.

    Quote:”People with ignorance are always a big problem to the society. It’s better not to argue with them, because the people watching won’t be able to tell the difference!
    –Yes, it is a fact that 30% in our society felt very irritated by the 70% id.
    No point argueing with them to upset ourselves. Just let them deteriorate.

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  • Amy Khor Khor:

    Parliament: ‘Singaporeans first’ policy will not benefit economy: Amy Khor

    PAP people cannot understand what is Singaporeans first versus economy first. These rich elite focus on economy. Pull in cheap labor, drive up prices, and the rich elite get richer.

    What about the poor Singaporeans?

    It’s hard to understand how they can sweettalk 70% to vote for them.

    Singaporeans, you asked for it.

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  • Theng Family - All Sor Hai:

    The fact that there are many budget stores here is indicative of how high wages are.

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  • Irene Vanessa Wan Si Hung:

    Abdication of responsibility = abdication of office.

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  • Asd:

    How did we come about to this situation where your country is not your country but just a motel

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  • vote for real democracy:

    if they dont think a ‘SGs First policy’ is important, then get the foreigners to pay their mil$ salaries from now on.
    we only have one thing to do , VTO.
    why should we bother about a selfish self centered gov anymore ?
    we have been paying for an non productive group of talk cock no action inept gov for donkey years. the buck stops here! till they realise and accept the fact that Our SG doesnt belong to the PAP..to do whatever they please.. we citizens should have a say on everything that concerns us..unlike now where they make up rules n bulldoze them in parliament n we got to accept like it or not.
    more like a communist country.
    do folks vote wisely.

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  • betrayed by self serving gov:

    if not Singaporean First, then who are they working for??
    sgs got betrayed for 50+years, hook line & sinker!

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  • Singaporeans first. Always:

    Other countries ALWAYS give priority to their citizens why should Singapore be pro-alien.

    Time for REGIME CHANGE.

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  • 卖国贼:

    If a person have good job, he will be busy working and making money, he will continue to vote for more of the same, he will be “with U, 4 U, 4 Singapore’!
    That’s person most likely have a cushy job and made millions like our ministers, he will mostly be a ‘yes’ man too!
    When his livelihood is on the line consequent of freaking flood of Foreign Trash, this becomes a basic bread and butter issue. He become paranoid as someone have taken his lunch away, the trust is broken. He is being victimized and betrayed by his millionaire ministers. He will rise to the challenge and take the attitude that they got nothing to lose now, Not because they want to but they are forced to protect themselves!
    If in your own country and you cannot make ends meet, then something must be very wrong. What future do you and your children have?

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  • break out from the chains:

    in this country its Foreigner First policy!
    jobs, free school n univ places, housing (prs can buy hdb resale) competing with trublu sgs..
    every damn place in sg is so crowded dirty n noisy.
    even usual places of interests isnt relaxing anymore.
    plus entrance fee prices have shot up tenfold.
    everything has brot on negative effects in native citizens.
    …wait till 10mil population gets underway! im glad i’ll be dead by then!

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  • because of social compact:

    //Why a Singaporean First policy is beneficial//

    aiyoh. why ah ? simple lar ? because of social compact (social contract) ? you take care of me, i take care of you lar ?

    if not, don’t tok too much about how good and talented the one white idiotic curry fuction is lar and all the dreamy gdp growth and better future which benefits certain white idiots and gang more but demands the ‘sacrificial obligations’ of the normal average daft sinkies lar ?

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  • All In A Familee:

    Dafts are just digits.

    Just like the CCP, the country is just ruled by a handful of family elites and cronies.
    No one else matters. The dafts are mere Digits and expendable.

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  • Is GDP transparent?:

    If Singaporeans First, there will not be change.

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