Covid-19: Why the ‘Mishandling’?

The Seed of the Mishandling Sowed Right from the Start.

The seed of ‘missteps’ has been sowed right from the beginning when the Ministerial Task Force (MTF) was formed. Instead of assembling a team of medical professionals better equipped to understand how a novel pathogen could infect and inflict harms on the people and community, the task force incepted all key 4G political leaders as members and the Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Kiat as the advisor.

So right from the start, the objective appears to be using the task force as a political platform for the 4G leaders to win the trust of Singaporeans by repeating the success of the 2003 SARs outbreak when Singapore emerged relatively unscathed. The ruling party eagerly wanted to show that its new generation of leaders were just as capable in dealing with the challenges of managing the crisis while keeping the economy afloat.

The truth is the ruling party was already under a lot of heat even before the outbreak of the crisis. Unlike the 2G and 3G leadership which assumed political leadership when Singapore was still in a position of strength and external environments were still relatively favourable, the 4G leadership comes in at the time when the external environments are never as unfavourable and Singapore is never weaker internally.

Externally, Singapore faces not only rising economic competition from China and other lower-cost economies within the region but also the geopolitical tussles between the incumbent global superpower US and the emerging regional power China. Over the last three years, under the Trump presidency, the tussles have spilled over into the economic arena in the form of a zero-sum trade war that threatens to fundamentally undermine the viability of the multilateral international trade regime which has served Singapore exceedingly well over the past decades.

Internally, over the last two decades, Singapore is increasingly roiled by various social, economic and political issues including widening income and wealth inequality; high BTO prices and falling resale prices of public housing; stagnating or falling wages amid rising living costs; rising business costs and the departure of MNCs; influx of both unskilled and skilled foreign workers depressing wages and competing with locals for jobs; structural unemployment due to failed efforts in restructuring the economy and in exploiting opportunities offered by the 4th industrial revolution; a growing gig economy and a disappearing middle class; falling total fertility rate and an ageing population; and, finally, the lack of transparency in the management of the national reserves.

Notably, many, if not all, of these domestic issues can be attributed to the rent-seeking growth model and deliberate government policies that disproportionately benefit a minority at the expense of the masses. Hence, even though Singapore has grown wealthier as a country over the past two decades, the economic gains have not being equitably distributed and life has gotten increasingly harder for many households at the lower rungs.

With the help of the captive local main stream media, the political elites have been exceedingly effective over the past two decades in spinning hard-to-argue-with narratives to justify their behaviours and to provide a positive spin to the deteriorating socioeconomic and political situations in Singapore. Those impressive narratives went on to help them win accolades from international media and community which the ruling party then deftly exploited to bolster their image at home. The harsh reality on the ground, however, stands testimonial to the fact that many of the facades underpinned by those narratives have been crumbling.

The incoming 4G leadership thus badly needs to use the crisis as a platform to proof themselves to the electorate as being worthy for trust and support. But, unlike President Moon Jae-in of South Korea whose success in containing the Covid-19 outbreak helped to secure him his second term of presidency, the 4G’s political gamble backfired.

The predominant presence of political leaders instead of medical professionals in a task force meant to tackle a healthcare crisis in the end led to decisions being made based more on narrowly-focused political considerations at the expense of efficacy of the healthcare system and of the broader interests of the populace.

The Folly of Using Politicians to Tackle a Healthcare Crisis

One of the best examples exemplifying this folly is the face mask issue which really involved not one but two decisions: Should people wear masks and if so are there enough masks to go around? The first is a scientific one that can be best answered by medical professionals while the second is more a political one because it involves allocation of scarce resources. In deciding on the issue, the sequence of asking the two questions is important.

As it turned out, the MTF decided right from the beginning that because there were not enough masks to go around, it was better to tell the general population not to wear masks. In other words, people should not wear face mask not because it is not effective in preventing the spread but because there is a shortage of face masks. What should have been the correct decision based on medical science or even common sense had been trumped by political considerations. Their decision was echoed by the Prime Minister on his Facebook posting on 30 January.

To justify its decision, the MTF quoted WHO which dispensed the same advice to member countries. In fact, as late as 29 March, WHO was still dishing out advice that COVID-19 virus was primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact (i.e. not airborne) routes. In other words, one could only be infected by standing in close proximity with an infected carrier or by touching one’s face after in contact with a surface contaminated with droplets from an infected carrier. Hence, face mask could be done away with by practicing social distancing, frequent washing of hands and avoiding touching one’s face.

The decision for the public not to wear mask, however, was a counter-intuitive one. Anyone who takes public transport to and from work knows the high risk of transmission because of the high density of traffic especially during the peak hours. Simply put, when people are standing elbow-to-elbow, back-to-back, any talk of social distancing is unrealistic. Indeed, four senior medical practitioners in Singapore issued a joint public statement as early as 12 February pointing out that “things are not so straightforward” with the Covid-19 because some asymptomatic carriers may not know that they are already infected while they go about their daily activities. In fact, doctors in Hong Kong revealed evidence of infected carriers showing no symptoms as early as 25 January. Hence, people should wear a face mask when they leave home either to prevent passing the virus, if they are already unknowingly infected, or to protect themselves from being infected if they are not. To alleviate the problem of mask shortage, the four doctors advocated that people use “washable cloth masks, sewed them, constructed them with suitable paper, or tied a scarf to the face”. In short, any protective barrier is better than no mask at all.

Notably, the four doctors’ advice was in line with the stance adopted by Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Taiwanese government, for example, acted quickly to build a face mask rationing system that allowed every Taiwanese to buy two face masks a week at subsidized prices. By early March, the South Korean government intervened by purchasing 80% of national production and then implementing a rationing system similar to that of Taiwan, allowing all citizens and registered noncitizens to buy two masks per week.

As for Hong Kong, its Chief Executive Carrie Lam initially told public officials on 4 February not to wear masks because of mask shortage. After a public outcry, the no-face-mask policy was promptly reversed. To send out a unified message, Lam and her senior aides began putting on masks in public. It also helped that most Hongkongers remembered the 2003 SARS outbreak and took the initiative to wear masks even when the authorities said there was no need to. To solve the shortage problem, the Government approached 400 suppliers in about 20 countries to buy more masks. At the same time, volunteers and female inmates from the Correctional Services were mobilized to help boost production of masks to 90,000 a day or 2.5 million masks a month. According to a survey done in March 2020, 99% of the people reported wearing face masks when leaving home.

In the case of Singapore, it was only on 3 April, after infection rate showed signs of trending up, that the government made an apparent “U-turn” announcing that the authorities will “no longer discourage people from wearing masks” because of concerns that some cases in the community were going undetected. Notably, this was precisely the 4 doctors’ recommendation given earlier on in February.

The Government’s policy reversal came almost two months too late. By then, there were two separate outbreaks – one in the migrant worker dormitories and another in the rest of society. Because people were told not to wear face mask and to continue their daily life, there was now a “reservoir” of unidentified asymptomatic carriers. On April 3, to stop them from infecting others, stringent circuit-breaker measures, scheduled to last till May 4, were announced to restrict people’s movements. On 14 April, people were finally told they must wear a mask when they leave their house. Finally, on 21 April, the circuit breaker was not only enhanced but also extended by another 4 weeks from May 4 to June 1.
Hence, within a span of about three months, Government’s position on whether or not to wear face mask had gone from “no need” to “no longer discourage” and finally “mandatory”. The procrastination and reactive stance resulted eventually in not only high infection rates but also the implementation of harsh “circuit breaker” measures amounting in effect to a lockdown.

In contrast, Hong Kong’s policy of actively promoting the wearing of face mask proved effective in containing the crisis. Like Singapore, Hong Kong also adopted right from the beginning the strategy of testing, contact tracing and isolation as the key measures but with one difference: 99% of the people reported wearing face masks when leaving home. On 21 April, when Singapore reported 1,111 new Covid-19 cases, Hong Kong reported zero case of infection. As of 22 April, the total number of cases in Singapore hit 10,141 while Hong Kong had just 1,033 confirmed cases despite its proximity to China and its larger population of about 7.5 million. More importantly, the low infection rates have been achieved without resorting to the socially and economically damaging lockdown.

The Government’s Crumbling Narratives

The mishandling of the still on-going crisis is merely one of the many disintegrating narratives. What is different this time is that the glaring episode is happening under the watchful eyes of the global media and it is no longer possible to hide or gloss over it using the captive local main stream media.

As a result of the political leaders’ mishandling, Singapore’s pristine international image has been dented. But the costs are more than just reputational. The extended ‘lock down’ exacerbated the strains on the economy, which was already in trouble before the Covid-19 outbreak. And with the economy grinding to a virtual standstill, many SMEs face difficulty keeping their business afloat and hence also paying their employees. As for the lower-rungs households already suffering from the low wages and rising living costs to begin with, they are not only experiencing the financial pains from the reduction or loss of income during the lockdown but will also face rising uncertainty as to whether they have a job to go back to when the circuit breaker measures are lifted.

In short, because of the mishandling, the economics costs and the pains inflicted on the households and society are tremendous.

Already, the political leaders and their supporters are quick to fire back at the critics saying that it is always easy to criticize with the benefits of hindsight. There is some veracity in that statement but it would also be wrong to ascribe the blunders fully to foresight or the lack of which.

The truth is there has never been a shortage of well-meaning suggestions, opinions and criticisms. A case in point is the public statement issued by the four senior medical practitioners in early February on the need for people to wear face masks. In the end, what could have been an effective pre-emptive move was only adopted by the Singapore government two months late, after the virus infection had gone viral.

The root of the problem is the unwillingness of the Government to listen to alternative views because of the arrogance among the top political leadership that only they know what is best for Singapore. But it’s not just their hubris. The ruling party is also bent on stamping out opposing voices so as to preserve the status quo stacked disproportionately in their favour. In the end, it not only stops listening but also actively suppresses alternative opinions through the tight rein it exercises over the captive mainstream media to ensure that only one view prevails. In so doing, they inadvertently mute out not only the well-meaning criticisms but also useful opinions and suggestions that could have enabled them to do a better job.

Hence, the blunders are really not about foresight and hindsight. Notably, the governments of Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea all started with the same containment measures of maintaining social distancing, washing hand frequently, avoiding touching the face, and contact tracing. In other words, they also did not have the foresight. But as new information was made available, they fell back on their common sense and adjusted their approaches by telling all to wear face mask while building a rationing system to distribute face masks at subsidized costs; conducting aggressive community testing (particularly in the case of South Korea) to identify asymptomatic carriers; and exploiting technology and developing digital solutions to improve the speed and effectiveness of contact tracing. In contrast, the Singapore government only adjusted its strategy belatedly.

Time for Soul-Searching

The pandemic helps to expose and magnify the many crack lines associated with Singapore’s developmental and governance models. Over the past decades, these divisive crack lines have progressively caused Singapore’s socioeconomic and political systems to become less flexible and vibrant.

The mishandling by the 4G leaders thus raise fundamental soul-searching questions for the voters in the coming GE which has to be held by 14 April 2021. In the immediate term, doubts remain as to whether the 4G leadership is able to effectively arrest the downward spiral of both the healthcare crisis and the economy. But in the longer term, Singaporeans really need to ask themselves whether the current rent-seeking socioeconomic model (favouring the capital and asset owners at the expense of wage earners) and the exploitative politico-economic model (smacked of elitism and cronyism) will continue to serve Singapore and the coming generations well in a future wrought with rising uncertainty.

 

Tan Meng Wah

 * The author is a former research fellow with an institute at NUS LKY School of Public Policy and blogs on Facebook.

 

 

 

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47 Responses to “Covid-19: Why the ‘Mishandling’?”

  • Common People:

    Instead of writing such a long essay on this saga, would think it is better for somebody to make a 30-mins documentary to showcase all the details right from day-one till now. The documentary can be uploaded to Youtube for everybody to view and comment…

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  • trublu:

    Not just MISHANDLING after knowing.
    The worst thing is THESE OVERPAID SCHOLARS DARE TO CLAIM EXCUSE OF NO HINDSIGHT BENEFIT?!
    LIKE THAF SAG,MY GRANNY CAN OSO BE MINISTER?

    CHAN CAN SING SAID HE N HIS 4G ARE LIKE XO CHYE TOW KUEH,SO MUST BE PAID XO SALARIES?

    SO WHAT IS THEIR XO FORESIGHT?

    XO SALARY,SHIT PERFORMANCE!

    GO FLY KITE!

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  • Elcb:

    Any HDB expert certified the ceil drop on kid at bt.merah flat?

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  • Sojoürner:

    This one-party system is not sustainable! Now there are signs that the ruling People’s Action Party might “split into factions”. This would not pose a huge threat to its monopoly of power, unless the “factions” adopted a totally different ideology. As long as the state is run by smart and staunch adherents of LKY’s ideology, the system will not unravel.

    Leadership at the top of a large, complex organization cannot succeed if the integrity and functionality of the organization has been seriously compromised. If they represent their own interests and their own self-inflated egos, what can you expect except massive distrust? And it’s not just this Covid-19 issue. That arrogance, coupled with ignorance and dwelling-in-the-past glories are costing far more in terms of our economic competitiveness.

    For another, probably few Singaporeans believe that the Lees have a monopoly on superhuman wisdom anymore. In short, they’ve outgrown autocracy.

    The question is whether and for how long Singapore has control over the changing circumstances in and outside the country?

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  • Uselesspap:

    I REPEAT,

    SACK THEM ALL !!!

    SACK THEM ALL !!!

    SINKIES, ” SACK THEM ALL”

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  • Boh Kia See:

    This is a very well written analysis.

    Singaporeans should seriously consider whether the model of governance in Singapore implemented and enforced by the PAP is still valid and if not, then they have the responsibility to change it.

    Cronyism, meritocracy are all buzz words to keep the PAP in power. We can see all through this facade they have created.

    I have always said and continue to say that for Singapore to survive and grow in this post-pandemic world, we need to ditch the PAP. They are a mill stone round the necks of Singaporeans and their children.

    I came to this conclusion, not because I am against the PAP but because of my love for Singapore. The PAP is no longer for Singapore, but for themselves and they wish to perpetuate their rule through natural aristocracy. This must not be allowed to happen in Singapore.

    VTO–the PAP for a better, brighter Singapore.

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  • Excellent:

    @TMW. This is such an excellent article depicting the chronology of missteps by MTF. MTF = WTF.

    My only hope is that the cost of living from everyday essential from housing to their rent-seeking appetite would drop drastically.

    Financial stress adds to mental stress. The WTF should start to anticipate to accommodate more residents into Woodbridge IMH. Nothing is returning to normal after the CB & cost of living definitely should not be abnormal on the extra-ordinary side.

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  • From gold standard to xia suay:

    These MFcukers thought that the crisis is an easy task for them to show off and can be easily handled like SARS using only hindsight.

    They got swell headed after receiving the gold standard.

    Kee chiu was so arrogant and smug even wentvon to tick off citizens as idiots and xia suay.

    Pinky was very confident that virus can be controlled using CB by day 11.

    BUT virus proves to be smart and not an easy pushover.

    The rest is history.

    A bunch of inept and incompetent idiots is still struggling to bring it under control.

    Pride goes before a fall!

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  • Trust only myself:

    There is no question of them failing big time.
    There is no need to listen to them about “looking at the long term” anymore.
    There is no need to just deny them 2/3 majority.
    Just VTO every single one of them.

    If any other party is in charge, would they handle the pandemic outbreak better?
    Definitely, likely they will listen to the people and not be so arrogant.

    Besides the MTF members, just imagine no other ministers have commented on how they had failed in controlling the infections or apologizing.
    This is their SOP, keep quiet and hope for the best.

    Meanwhile the cases are adding on daily by the hundreds, and infections still happening during lockdown……

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  • oxygen:

    BRILLIANT PIECE, the observations on economic decay globally and decadence domestically of the failed Population White Paper are spot on.

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  • ganeshsk:

    Good Article

    Citizens

    ponder on these 2 dates- Mentioned by the author

    “On 14 April,(2020) people were finally told they must wear a mask when they leave their house.”

    The mishandling by the 4G leaders thus raise fundamental soul-searching questions for the voters in the coming GE which has to be held by 14 April 2021

    Clock is ticking.

    Vote wisely.

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  • Yayacock said it takes a virus:

    That ass professor Kenna Mark and chief science orificer tan cock chuan are totally useless and hopeless.

    They are only good for giving motherhood advices but offer no innovative solutions to control the virus.

    In fact, the courageous 4 doctors prove to be sensible and far sighted to advise wearing masks from very beginning.

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  • oxygen:

    Gonad Trump’s trade war sabre-rattling did a lot of damage to global economy since early 2019. Chinese and US trade figures and economics stats in different part of the world show up slowing trade volumes. The Fed which started tightening its monetary policy by raising (dot-plot) its interest rate very quickly in small baby step was forced to abandoned in September – 3 months before the detection of Covid-19 in China. By April 2020, we saw this -

    Singapore’s November exports fall 5.9% in 9th straight month of decline

    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/singapore-november-exports-data-fall-nodx-trade-2019-12189226

    The economic backdrop is deteriorating fast and the onset of Covid-19 wreaking havoc to China’s and global economy means ELECTION DOMINATE PAPpypolitics mind calculus. They want to push for election in the thick of pandemic sweep, even in lock-down risks scenario.

    PAPpypolitics knew of the dorm cluster is a sitting time-bomb with fuse lit. They sat on it of inactivism (do nothing) looking for election window BEFORE THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY COLLAPSE FROM LOCK-DOWN AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM OVERWHELMED.

    The national budget was surprising calm of small deficit ONLY TO BE TOPPED BY A MASSIVE RESILIENCE PACKAGE LIQUIDITY SPLASH OF ORGY SPENDING a few weeks later – S$48 billion of which $17 billion got provisionally assent from Harimau (where did the other $31 billion come from is still a mystery to me!) The global economy turbulence in falling decline is accelerating – CENTRAL BANKS GLOBALLY LOST CONTROL of financial market – the business cycle adversities is threatening to rip apart the credit market decimating the banks again just like 2009 GFC. Central banks globally misread that it is the deteriorating business cycle ripping apart the credit market instead of the credit market ripping the business cycle (wrecked by Trumponomics right through 2019 revealed in Singapore trade figures). Now it is “whatever it takes” both from Fed, BOJ, BOC, ECB as demand fall and GDP sinking everywhere.

    GDP = Qty of money X Velocity.

    Velocity froze in credit market fear uncertainty, so CBs around the world flood global economy with qty of money.

    IT IS DESPERATION.

    And if central banks can’t save the global economy, LEE-jiapore will sink FASTER than the rest.

    How can PAPpypolitics face an election in dire circumstances? Far better to hold an election even in dire public health risks in a pandemic explosion from the dorm.

    PAPpypolitics won’t have to explain the THUNDEROUS COLLAPSE of its Population White Paper economic platform, an overwhelmed (otherwise) public health system collapse possible, and massive retrenchment and decimation of the economy.

    The MTF had to be led by politicians, – not medical professionals – POLITICS RULES OVER PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY.

    LUCKY FOR US – the 4G fumbles and the election is delayed.

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  • Act Blur Doctir:

    CDC chief, chief scientists should all be tried in the People’s Court of conscience .

    1. They did not voice against the initial advisory when it was already long known how infectious it was being clearly a Respiratory and not Anal virus.
    If anal virus, they have good chance to say it’s right not to wear masks.

    2. Pleading Ignorance does not suffice because their non voicing up has failed them in upholding their professional ethics and moral conscience to do the right thing, what is obvious.

    There is nothing to do with how Novel it is because all it require was Commonsense and being doctors these fellows should know they have NO SCIENTIFIC TRUTHS NOR EVIDENCE NOR SCIENTIFIC FACTS TO JUSTIFY THE DO NOT WEAR MASK ADVISORY.

    SUCH A advisory is so Conclusive that it went against Commonsense to insist people not to wear. What is the compelling reason that they can show to prove wearing mask is Detrimental compared to wearing mask ?

    Masks shortage may be a concern but two wrong does not make one right. To fake a reason to justify for mask shortage is still a crime against Humanity. People have died. 30k have damaged lungs.

    3. There is no mask shortage . The shortage is due to IQ low. Low IQ made people think they cannot DIY and cannot improvise and must import.

    4. FEAR as excuse also does not negate their lack of MORAL COURAGE.

    Are doctors in it for the money and self interest or do we still have doctors who are Altruistically in it to Serve mankind?

    Yew have the answer deep within your anus.

    What’s your gut feeling?

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  • MarBowling:

    Covid 19 is A Godsend that FINALLY EXPOSE the HARD TRUTH AND LIES of Dear LEEder Lee Kayu Crap and STRONG BS BELIEF and INSISTENCE that he himself and his whole bunch of Ministers and Top Guns are World Class and therefore deserve to be PAID OBSCENE $million salaries! Period.

    Sinkaporean should take a GOOD LOOK and COMPARE the Covid 19 DEALING and HANDLING performance of leaders of other countries(whose salaries are ONLY a TINY FRACTION of our humongous obscene salaries of our Multi-Millionaire Ministers, especially that of Mai Hum aka Emperor w/o clothes), to the MISHANDLING by the PAPigs and Gang! $Billions of taxpayers’ monies are WASTED to cover their FORESIGHT and HINDSIGHT HONEST MISTAKES. And mind you, NOT A SINGLE WORD OF APOLOGY from ANY of our World Class Ministers to date. ONLY FINGER POINTING and EXCUSES!

    Voters in the coming Pandemic Erection,

    Please VOTE WISELY to ensure that ALL THOSE MF, JLB, CB AND LJ MULTI-MILLIONAIRE Ministers who are currently SQUATTING all day/night LOONG on top their IVORY TOWER are FINALLY DRAGGED DOWN TO THE GROUND! Some of whom SHOULD and WILL be shown the Rude Extended Middle Finger and the REST with their salaries to be REDUCED BY 50 to 70% or same or similar to HEAD of States and Ministers of other Developed countries! 69.9% and Big Nose Teo, what do you think?

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  • oxygen:

    @ Tan Meng Wah IS DEAD RIGHT to ask for a RE-THINKING of PAPpynomic’s economic model.

    In a Gonad Trump’s and post Covid-19 DE-GLOBALISATION world, LEE-JIAPORE much vaunted “strategic location” counts only for its impending inevitable irrelevance.

    Our input-based model of massive flooding-in of foreign population of 3G’s architecture and engineering construction to create domestic demand and searching for new economic pillar is DEFINITELY NOT WORKING – the Covid-19 outbreak proves nearly impossible of handling and 4G caught fumbling in disarray like lost zombies.

    Scholarly “retirees” from the military is exactly that – SCHOLARLY. Just like nutritious sardines in a tinned can, it is very good for public consumption well stored inside the tin can (scholastic brilliance), outside it is a different world of constant crisis eruptions (never mind these are black swans or white swans) and crisis management.

    We haven’t built a string not (even a single)of GLCs with global footprint in the last 20 years in a window of opportunity in a globalisation open global economy world. 3Gs were a disaster of failures. The writing is on the wall – Past Tense told us in 2010 – we grew the last 5 years solely by importing foreign labor. Earlier he was adamant that no casino except over his dead body but his tombstone wilted, casino flourished, and GDP stats were lifted by massive reclamation work in tandem.

    IT IS THEREFORE A FAKE AND FALSE ECONOMIC MODEL SINCE 2000. The promise of Swiss standard of living saw the promisor not staying on in the top job till 2012 to prove the substance of his economic architecture and compelling economic expertise of confident economic modelling.

    The globalisation era since 2000 opened the doorway to opportunities to sow, germinate and cultivate a domestic economy to secure our economic future in this century. The wind of fortune just whisked past our ear-lobe.

    Now in deglobalisation, Present Tense told us in May day rally (major) economic restructuring ahead post Covid-19. The low-hanging fruits of tourism, real estate bubble of both housing and commercial CBD are on the sunset pathway and LEE-jiapore is ONE ENDLESS ISLAND WIDE CONSTRUCTION SITE 24/7/365 almost, WHAT IS THERE LEFT TO RESTRUCTURE of a leaking titanic fast sinking?

    We can’t grow new economic trees overnight.

    If we keep on the present lost cause of reaching for 6.9 million , then surging for 10 million (the wet dreams of LEWD thinking) where are we going to find even cheaper construction labor jobs for peasants IN A NEW WORLD OF DE-GLOBALISATION saturated with abandoned condo, unsold housing projects, vacant commercial real estate, Orchard Road turned into full flourishing red light like Geylang when the sun sets and millions of dorm-living cheap labor also jobless, and street beggars everywhere?

    WITHOUT CHANGE, PAPpypolitics is unelectable.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    LKY said before: A leader is a true leader only when he can lead in a crisis”.

    This pandemic crisis showed that the 4G leaders are useless. How come? Many of these so-called ministers were fast-tracked to the post without solid foundation. In the 80′s, MPs who were elected in single constituencies had to fight without riding on the coat-tails of a heavyweight minister in a GRC. Even after being elected, they had to serve at least two terms before they can be promoted to Deputy minister before finally becoming a full-fledged minister. But now, all these ministers were “elected” via GRC system, in other words, back door method and straightaway become minister. That’s when their inadequacies showed so obviously.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    The difference with Hong Kong, Taiwan, S. Korea and Singapore is the number of foreigners turn citizens.

    According to UN’s 2018 estimate, in Singapore, we have 46% of the population are foreigners turn citizens. Whereas in the other regions and country, they have 15% or less.

    These new citizens, in Singapore, are all of voting age and they are beholden to the PAP. They have no interest of the host country, Singapore and its true blue Singaporeans. They can just pack up whenever they like and return home.

    When our Indian Malay-President said “.. we can take care of this generation and the future generation..”, I was thinking our future generation would be all foreigners!!

    I always have the feeling that new citizens are here to sabo (I use “sabo”, for reason that new citizen could not understand) this country and its citizens, Singaporeans.

    Most of our new citizens were from 3rd world countries. They are here to turn a 1st world country into a 3rd world country. Voting a screwed-up government would do that!!

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  • PAP the problem. Not Solution:

    Very simple to sort out the PAP huge ownself praise ownself false front, of covering up their expensive mistakes at citizens expenses.

    1. Step by step. Things changes.
    These are the words of Law Wong. It shows
    they lack specific strategy of how to deal
    with the whole pandemic – FIRST THING
    FIRST, huge mistake of ASKING people don’t
    wear masks.

    2. Law Wong and task force are hopeless,
    empty in their brains. Things DO NOT
    Change.

    The virus situation DO NOT CHANGE. IT IS
    THEIR stupidity changes them. Their lack
    of virus knowledge changes their methods
    of dealing with people.

    3. Step by step by Law Wong. It means they cannot go further than what they don’t know so it’s when they know one more tg, they go a step. When they know another virus tg, they go next step.

    When they discovered their acts don’t work, they go one step. When things don’t work based on their plans, they go next step.
    So this is Law Wong step by step.

    4. So very often if not all – one don’t read about PAP administration task force’s specific concrete plans of actions. Like say, by this date, Jun 8th,target to do this. Next by ju 25th, target that. By Jul 1st we target to make sure this, achieve that.

    No no no. Nothing so far about specifics put out by PAP that gives 5 million people any inch of confidence. PAP has not provided the people with assurance that they are going to do or capable to do X by which date.

    5. No wonder by now, people are feeling agitated all because of PAP incompetence, because of PAP lack of confidence, business ARE IN THE dark to make plans.

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  • Hu Chian:

    Quote,

    ” Singapore’s credit bubble time bomb

    Singapore’s public debt is due to PAP borrowing against her citizen in the form of CPF, and stands as high as 106.1% of GDP. This is an no issue to the elites, as they have already plan for a default by using inflation. The strategies are

    1.setting inflation rate higher than CPF interest rate
    2.withholding the CPF monies forever
    3.keep changing regulations so that people can withdraw less and less
    4.inflating the price to public housing to consume up the citizen’s CPF
    …………………….
    Not a single nations in the world’s elites are as sickening compared to Singapore. In USA, the society still allows people like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, the Google or Facebook guys to ascend. There are parasites elsewhere but none are able to match Singapore.

    The problem of Singapore is we have too many leeches, sucking out so much vitalities and wealth, mis-allocating capital that make it impossible for real talent to emerge.

    While Singaporeans feed our parasites, the parasites’s political machine, the PAP, keep accusing Singaporeans as daft, lazy and stupid.”

    Site,
    Singapore’s credit bubble time bomb
    https://veritas-lux.blogspot.com/2014/04/singapores-credit-bubble-time-bomb.html

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  • excellent article:

    Mr. Tan, very excellent article!!
    Hope the 70% sheep will use their votes with their heads!!
    The caliber of the 4G clowns are exposed for all to see!!
    No hindsight! want to re-wind the clock!!…what jokes!!

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  • Alberto Lim:

    Dear Mr Tan,

    Although your scripts are lengthy, but the points are crystal clear.
    You’ve indeed nailed PAPies every parts of their organ precisely. Thank you for voicing out.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    This is a “THINKING” man’s contribution non-partisan…The “Truth”, not the “Hard Truth” that gives you a CONstipation

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  • Insightful:

    Insightful.
    Hope Singapore will learn from this expensive lesson and do better the next time.Have caused much suffering to the bottom 20%.
    Also time to change some of the policy …reduce rent seeking Shopping Centres business and invest more in Wealth creation and skill development industries ,be it Manufacturing or Hi Tech Skill upgrading etc Encourage more local production.
    Improve our PMETs employment prospect especially the seniors…forget about underemployment as GRAB drivers etc Not sustainable.
    Stop all useless courses that does not lead to real job with reasonable pay…a waste of resources.
    Need to reduce the wide social divide…

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  • Smear Again:

    The last time a Prof or university lecture from opposition wrote strongly against papiggies, smear campaign began almost immediately.
    Remember Dr.Chee and taxi claims?
    Or it is going to be foreign agent penetration again.
    The smear playbook of papiggies is getting to be quite boring and predictable.

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  • opposition dude:

    Very well written article Tan Meng Wah. A lengthy read but it hammers home all the points that netizens have said previously.

    In a way, PAP’s arrogance brought about just how straight up shit useless their supposed “good” 4G are. Mistake after mistake and a couple of spectacular u-turns have no doubt left a negative impression on many. With luck this negative impression could well sway the votes of the kiasees and new citizens.

    I still remember goondu Loong making a goondu statement of being “servants of the people, the people are our masters” when he lost his precious GRC. Obviously he never meant what he said but just merely as nice sounding words to be read and forgotten.

    And we will have Dorscon Red lifted in a bit over a week’s time. Expect the number of local cases to go up since the inept PAP already said so. Please use common sense and put on a mask when you go out on 2 June, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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  • Memo @ oppo dude:

    (I still remember goondu Loong making a goondu statement of being “servants of the people, the people are our masters” when he lost his precious GRC. Obviously he never meant what he said but just merely as nice sounding words to be read and forgotten.)

    Liar liar pants on fire
    Gold and Power his heart’s desire
    Connivance is his forte
    Concealment is his way
    Sheeples he uses and fixes
    Grannies grandpas labor like performing monkeys abused.
    Is there greater insanity than a man
    driven like a devil to the end?

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  • Realistically:

    As someone said, there is nothing new.

    What I find deficient is that there is no mention of the emperor without clothes who has been spending his time, instead of managing the COVID-19 must have been spending his time on how to hold a premature GE hoping to blind-side the oppos.

    What is also not mention in the commentary is to what was the nature of the MANDATE the emperor without clothes set for the multi-ministry task force to tackle to tackle the virus

    What is not mention was that the MMTF had thought that SINKaPOOR’S experience in handling the 2003 SARS outbreak would contain the outbreak……..which turned out to be an expensive and epic failure which we are now suffering on a grand scale.

    As I’ve said, I had said at an SDP organised event in 2006 that the SINKaPOOR’s economic strategy/model was not sustainable. Sinkies might want to reflect on what LKY had said about sinkie women working as maid in China……hello those supposed oppos idolising LKY should come out with their answer/view…..

    By the way, I have yet to see the emperor without clothes retract his calling sinkies who are well not to wear face mask because according to the emperor, wearing mask would not help in the wearer catching the COVID-19 and yet, it is now illegal not to wear one when in the public areas.

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  • Realistically:

    I would also add that as the PM, he should have stepped in if he thought there was mishandling by the MMTF from the beginning.

    He did NOT, but instead endorsed the no wearing of mask policy.

    Oh there is also no discussion of the surgical mask issue and how the MMTF could have done better, if at all possible then.

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  • 4G Ministers On Autopilot:

    The big issue is LHL allowed the inexperienced 4G Ministers to go on Autopilot and they did just that and shoed their weaknesses.

    Perhaps LHL and the other Senior Ministers should have provided guidence to the 4G Ministers on what to do. Or maybe LHL and the Senior Ministers themselves did not actually know what to do. In that case Singapore is finished and we need to replace the whole lot of useless Ministers with new people.

    Is worth taking this risk as using the PAP Ministers we all will surely die, but using non PAP leaders, there is at least a chance that we may survive.

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  • In case we've turned fascist:

    “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  • Covid 19 mishandling?:

    Mishandling?
    Until today there are not many local and PR are infected. Is there any serious community spread?
    High fatalities?
    Majorities are from the FW dormitories.
    We should say it is unfortunate due to the silent spread and the mild symptoms that this FW has. That is why until today there are only 8 patients are in ICU.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Yayacock said it takes a virus:
    That ass professor Kenna Mark and chief science orificer tan cock chuan are totally useless and hopeless.

    They are only good for giving motherhood advices but offer no innovative solutions to control the virus.

    In fact, the courageous 4 doctors prove to be sensible and far sighted to advise wearing masks from very beginning.

    Where is this Assoc Prof Kenneth Mak now? He was supposed to advise the taskforce. But he had to look at his boss’s face to give advice based on his boss’s liking. He has no professional integrity.

    Also where are those 4 brave doctors? Were they told to shut up or else?

    In Singapore system. Assoc Prof Mak will soon be a dean of a University. The 4 brave doctors might even have their practices curtailed.

    For those professionals, take your pick of which side you want to be!

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  • WakeupSG:

    TMW: The root of the problem is the unwillingness of the Government to listen to alternative views because of the arrogance among the top political leadership that only they know what is best for Singapore. But it’s not just their hubris. The ruling party is also bent on stamping out opposing voices so as to preserve the status quo stacked disproportionately in their favour. In the end, it not only stops listening but also actively suppresses alternative opinions through the tight rein it exercises over the captive mainstream media to ensure that only one view prevails. In so doing, they inadvertently mute out not only the well-meaning criticisms but also useful opinions and suggestions that could have enabled them to do a better job.”

    SPOT ON! THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA (ST) IS BEING SUBJECTED TO PEE AND POO TO ENSURE ONLY ONE VIEW PREVAILS REALLY (ST)INKS!

    https://www.onlinecitizenasia.com/2020/05/10/reader-says-st-edited-his-letter-out-of-context-to-support-govts-call-not-to-wear-masks-if-one-is-well/
    Dr Kho then went on to say that Straits Times actually deleted the following important sentence from his letter:

    “Those who do not wish to be infected should don N95 masks especially in crowded confined areas”

    “(This) was deleted to make it appear I agreed with the govt’s disastrous no mask advice supported by Dr Leong Hoe Nam, Prof Dale Fisher and MOH,” Dr Kho added.

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  • @ Covid19 mishandling?:

    (Mishandling? Until today there are not many local and PR are infected. Is there any serious community spread?
    High fatalities? Majorities are from the FW dormitories.
    We should say it is unfortunate due to the silent spread and the mild symptoms that this FW has. That is why until today there are only 8 patients are in ICU.)

    These are the statements of serpentine solipsism and sophistry in self-vested interests.

    Non-rational kanasai politik ….

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  • Covid 19 mishandling?:

    @[email protected] Covid19 mishandling?:
    May 25, 2020 at 3:09 pm (Quote)
    (Mishandling? Until today there are not many local and PR are infected. Is there any serious community spread?
    High fatalities? Majorities are from the FW dormitories.
    We should say it is unfortunate due to the silent spread and the mild symptoms that this FW has. That is why until today there are only 8 patients are in ICU.)
    These are the statements of serpentine solipsism and sophistry in self-vested interests.
    Non-rational kanasai politik ….
    ————————————————-

    Nothing political.
    Facts and figures don’t lie.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Covid19 mishandling?:

    A LOT OF DAMAGE HAVE ALREADY DONE TO THE ECONOMY – these have enduring impact.

    When infected dorm workers are allowed out of the confined quarantine to roam freely, the next wave might be devastating beyond your current vision and imagination.

    What then next?

    Covid-19 is evolving. With such a large infected base, I wouldn’t bet on any outcome as yet except negative of what we can now visibly seen of an economy in tatters of failed population recycling economics.

    @ Covid19 mishandling?: (Mishandling? Until today there are not many local and PR are infected. Is there any serious community spread?
    High fatalities? Majorities are from the FW dormitories.
    We should say it is unfortunate due to the silent spread and the mild symptoms that this FW has. That is why until today there are only 8 patients are in ICU.)

    These are the statements of serpentine solipsism and sophistry in self-vested interests.

    Non-rational kanasai politik

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  • WakeupSG:

    Above all, Pinky is the prime mover who fail miserably to control the Covid spread as he was distracted with getting a strong mandate by planning to call for GE as early as June which was ruined by the Covid explosion at the dorms & the resulting delay in opening up the domestic economy, affecting both lives & livelihood & desperately resorting to use taxpayers’ money (reserves) to mitigate the effects of the Covid crisis!

    Who will take on Pinky at AMK GRC? Hope PSP will do it at the coming GE!

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  • Vivid 19 mishandling?:

    @[email protected] Covid19 mishandling?:
    May 25, 2020 at 3:09 pm (Quote)
    (Mishandling? Until today there are not many local and PR are infected. Is there any serious community spread?
    High fatalities? Majorities are from the FW dormitories.
    We should say it is unfortunate due to the silent spread and the mild symptoms that this FW has. That is why until today there are only 8 patients are in ICU.)
    These are the statements of serpentine solipsism and sophistry in self-vested interests.
    Non-rational kanasai politik
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    Nothing political.
    Facts and figures don’t lie.

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  • Sojoürner:

    Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.
    - hannah arendt, 1951

    The problem isn’t government’s mishandling, the problem is absence of leadership. Relying on fake experts, distorting reality’s parameters is what the PAP has been doing for a long, long time.

    Yes, they papered over the cracks, but they are getting wider, they can’t even be called cracks anymore: bad enough for our 4G leaders to be seen in the eyes of the rest of the world as a laughingstock.

    Why are crass demonstrations of abysmal stupidity the new acceptable norm of our 4G political leaders? As the saying goes: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. There is only one explanation for their reaction to this crisis, it’s called stupidity, no more no less.

    Another factor perpetuating zombie ideas may be that PAP leaders–as evidenced by CCS’s hint for an election schedule and a lackey Calvin Cheng who thinks NDP funpack is “worthwhile”–just at times like this, so ‘xia-suay’ like given toilet rolls and masks, which would one choose?

    It would also require vision, a clear plan, unyielding grit and smart methods for convincing the ignorant/uncaring majority that the PAP band is playing ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ and hopefully not the last song played by the band, as the Titanic slowly sank beneath the waves of the Atlantic Ocean

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  • WakeupSG:

    Tragic but true!

    The Covid exploded at the migrant workers’ dorms!

    At the beginning of THE global virus spread, MTF-MOM-MOH ISSUED ADVISORIES ON SOCIAL/SAFE DISTANCING SAFEGUARDS & MASK DISTRIBUTION THEY LEFT OUT THE MIGRANT WORKERS AS THEY WERE “OUT OF SIGHT & OUT OF MIND” RESULTING IN THE CLUSTERS OF COVID INFECTION AT THE DORMS WHICH OVERWHELM THE HEALTHCARE FACILITIES & SYSTEM!

    IT IS A COSTLY MISTAKE THAT TRIGGERS A NATIONAL HEALTH & ECONOMIC CRISIS WHICH IS UNPRECEDENTED & TILL DATE NOBODY OWNS UP!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Covid19 mishandling?

    SINGAPORE REVISED ITS 2020 GDP NUMBER forecast for the third time in under 5 months.

    Singapore cuts 2020 GDP outlook again as virus batters economy

    https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/singapore-cuts-2020-gdp-outlook-013104341.html

    Post the easing of CB, should there be the expected upsurge in infected new cases and the dorm-originated cases spirals beyond containment, A NIGHTMARE OF UNKNOWN TIME LENGTH AWAITS OF ECONOMIC DRAG financially intolerable.

    We acted TOO LATE to contain the dorm cluster from explosion and paying a price too big no other nations are trapped into as of now.

    THE NUMBERS OF INFECTED IN THE DORM HAS GROWN TOO BIG BY NOW.

    4Gs were tested of crisis handling the first time -even before they took over the helm – and failed spectacularly.

    THIS IS THE TRUTH.

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  • Covid 19 mishandling?:

    @-oxygen:
    @ Covid19 mishandling?
    SINGAPORE REVISED ITS 2020 GDP NUMBER forecast for the third time in under 5 months.
    Singapore cuts 2020 GDP outlook again as virus batters economy
    https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/singapore-cuts-2020-gdp-outlook-013104341.html
    Post the easing of CB, should there be the expected upsurge in infected new cases and the dorm-originated cases spirals beyond containment, A NIGHTMARE OF UNKNOWN TIME LENGTH AWAITS OF ECONOMIC DRAG financially intolerable.
    We acted TOO LATE to contain the dorm cluster from explosion and paying a price too big no other nations are trapped into as of now.
    THE NUMBERS OF INFECTED IN THE DORM HAS GROWN TOO BIG BY NOW.
    4Gs were tested of crisis handling the first time -even before they took over the helm – and failed spectacularly.
    THIS IS THE TRUTH.
    ——————————————————-
    We are one of the most open economies in the world.
    We depend on the world to make a living. Now the whole world almost completely come to a standstill economically, so naturally GDP will decrease, and not only we are affected.

    TOO LATE to contain the dormitories cluster?
    Dormitories clusters???
    I have reiterated, it is due to the silent spread, asymptomatic cases and because of the mild symptoms or no symptoms from the workers, we should classify it as an unfortunate event. That is why until today, the fatality rate low and only 8 patients are in ICU.
    Let’s be rational.
    Do we have serious communities spread?
    How many are Singaporeans and PR?
    There is no mishandling.
    As a global city, we depend on the whole world to make a living. We can’t just lockdown when we only have mild cases in the earlier period of time.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Covid 19 mishandling?:

    WE RESPONDED TO THE DORM CLUSTER TOO LATE. It is now established WIDESPREAD INFECTION – the virus has a free run and rein. A lot of money is now spent on looking after their subsistence and health needs (humanity demands we do that) and continuing TO FUTURE YET UNKNOWN. Had we acted earlier, these would not be necessary or well contained. NO POINT DENYING REALITY – HK, Taiwan, Korea, NZ and even OZ acted fast and RESOLUTE – their costs penalty is lower despite most of these countries got far bigger economy except maybe HK/NZ. Macau is outstanding success story.

    LOOK FOR THE LATEST FORTITUDE BUDGET – only $100 utilities help for families. What does that tells me? GOVT IS CONSERVING AMMUNITION for the looming eye of cyclone to sweep through – the most devastating impact awaiting. They know that lifting the circuit breaker carries BIG RISKS of community infection ONCE THE DORM QUARANTINE DOOR IS OPEN WIDE for foreign workers to mix, intermingle with community. I been through actual cyclonic experience in northern part of Australia, the eye of the cyclone could have passed less than 50 km from where I sheltered – the whole house vibrates.

    If AND WHEN ( God forbids) the community spread upsurge comes round, we will know WHAT THE REAL COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF NEGLECTED INACTIVISM OF EARLY INTERVENTION we failed of accomplishment is. The inferno is contained for now, when the wind blows again, WHO KNOWS WHAT DIRECTION AND FEROCITY of fire burn next? It might even engulf the homes of natural aristocrats too.

    Don’t bet with black swan events – it has a MOMENTUM OF ITS OWN AND FOLLOWS THE LAW OF TOTALLY UNANTICIPATED CONSEQUENCES as we now discovered of our MOM’s ILL-ADVISED INACTIVISM.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Covid 19 mishandling

    SCARY THAT YOU IMBIBE THIS RATIONALIZATION without DEEPER REFLECTIONS apparently.

    Covid 19 mishandling?: As a global city, we depend on the whole world to make a living. We can’t just lockdown when we only have mild cases in the earlier period of time.

    We have over 1.2 million foreign workers of all descript sharing our economic space and pie with us BUT IN THAT TITANIC COLLECTIVE EFFORT we could only churn in an annual GDP growth of 2% to 2.5% in relative good calm global economic seas. In troubled turbulent times like this we are sinking to -ve 7% perhaps this year.

    SPACE IS AN IMMOVABLE CONSTRAINTS, pressure on resources, and infrastructural limits including housing (dirt cheap for foreigners in the dorm and free for domestic workers) means runaway costs escalation -INEVITABLE. WE ARE AMONG THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CITY LIVING – the costs of accommodation, food and transport/amenities means these costs travels to all other parts of the economic thereby pricing us out of global competitiveness if it already haven’t done so.

    PAPpynomic economic model of reliance on foreign influx is FLAWED TO INFINITY OF FAST LOSING SUSTAINABILITY TO EVENTUAL COLLAPSE FROM WITHIN.

    Maybe we should – after this covid-19 pandemic past us – TO REFLECT on a major economic restructuring AND CHANGE OUR ECONOMIC DIRECTION TO FAR LESS OF ASSET BUBBLE FUELING CONSTRUCTION AND FOREIGN LABOR to something far less foreign labor dependency.

    In the last 30 years PAPpypolitics/PAPpynomics have not incubate, germinate and cultivate another GLC with global footprint to secure our future. The foundation GLCs like Singapore airlines, Singtel, Keppel looks like falling dinosaurs now to me.

    SO IT IS CRAZY TO ATTEMPT TO JUSTIFY FAILURES WITH EMPTY RHETORIC LIKE WE ARE AN OPEN ECONOMY.

    AUSTRALIA IS THE SAME too, how come they don’t import 47% of the population base from abroad and ENJOYS THE SINKING FEELING unlike us?

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  • WakeupSG:

    The 4Gs leadershit performance as seen by their responses & results can be summed up as follows:

    1.GUESS
    Treat it like SARS.
    https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/wuhan-virus-pm-lee-calls-for-calm-urges-public-not-to-spread-rumours
    Singapore’s hospitals and healthcare workers are well prepared, Mr Lee said, adding that Singapore has been preparing for “something like this” ever since the outbreak of Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) here in 2003.

    2.GRASP
    He said: “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and do more if necessary. Meanwhile, we should all remain calm.

    Mr Lee added that, in general, there is no need to wear a mask if one is not ill.

    “Experts think the Wuhan virus may be less lethal than Sars, but more infectious. Patients who are infected may possibly be contagious before symptoms show. If true, this will make it harder to screen and detect new cases, and to stop the spread.”

    3.GASP
    The Covid clusters exploded at the dorms!
    https://amp.scmp.com/week-asia/explained/article/3080466/how-did-migrant-worker-dormitories-become-singapores-biggest

    Manpower minister Josephine Teo on Thursday said the city state would adopt a three-pronged strategy. “With the number of cases at the dormitories continuing to rise, our immediate priority for the workers in the dormitories is to help them stay healthy and minimise the number that gets infected,” she wrote on Facebook.

    4.GROAN
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/worst-recession-gdp-forecast-cut-again-covid-19-12767948?cid=h3_referral_inarticlelinks_24082018_cna

    Singapore is bracing for its worst-ever recession, with authorities cutting growth projections for 2020 yet again as the economy continues to feel severe strain from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Singapore’s gross domestic product is expected to shrink between 4 and 7 per cent this year, down from the previous projected range of a contraction between 1 and 4 per cent, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Tuesday (May 26).

    IT’S A FOREGONE CONCLUSION THAT SG WILL FACE A LEADERSHIP CRISIS WHEN WE HAVE SUCH 4Gs LEADERS IN GOVT!

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  • AristoCATs - Oops !:

    AristoCATs are the “elite”.

    As Rumsfeld highlighted –
    “Known Knowns”? Or
    “Unknown Knowns”?

    Please excuse them of their inExperience . . .

    Which is which?

    Thus, the mess?

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