Continuity the key to Singapore’s success?

Continuity, rather than being key to Singapore’s success, as CCS declares, is the slippery slope to Singapore’s mediocrity and demise. What we need is not more of the same, but a divergence from the same old path.

The key to success is productivity, the elusive ingredient that the PAP has been searching in vain. It will bring forth growth and a higher standard of living. Instead the PAP has taken the easy way out to boost growth by increasing the population and pumping humongous amount of money into the economy, resulting in overcrowding, higher cost of living, inequality and general unhappiness. What’s worse, it is unsustainable. The only way to sustain growth in the long run is via improving productivity.

The question is: why is it so elusive under the PAP? The simple answer is that to be productive, the people need to be free, but instead the PAP has cultivated an iron grip on the social, economic and political space. The people are hemmed in and breaching that small space can be very painful. In many organizations, especially government-linked ones, thinking out of the box can get a good man mothballed and deprived economically. As a result, nobody sticks his head out, but pretend not to know. How can anyone hope for productivity in such an environment?

And yet, the PAP cannot loosen its grip for its very survival depends on the people towing the line. How then can it expect improving productivity from the Singaporean workforce? Skillsfuture, Smart Nation etc, are a waste of time and money when the people are not free to express themselves. But the PAP can’t square a round hole, and that is why continuity is the road to mediocrity and demise. The PAP itself is the problem and the only way out is to cut them to size, or even have them replaced.

 

Foong Swee Fong

 

 

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20 Responses to “Continuity the key to Singapore’s success?”

  • Dun Bluff Mi U Tink I 2pid?:

    Correct! Continuity with PAP will make sure that our country slip further in competitiveness for another 5 years as compared to our neighbours who are fast catching up.

    Look at covid. We are still reeling from triple digits daily while VN, TW, HK, Macau, NZ, Aus have solved this covid crisis. We are lagging behind already.

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  • dream on ...:

    HSK on cna telling voters not to take a risk and make their votes count. dont take risks, dont take risks…bloody hell!
    see,this is the kind of climate we citizens have been brainwashed into under this PAP regime.
    but only by taking risks can we develop and get better..or else stay stagnant forever.
    yesterday LHL too like begging sgs to give him a new mandate to bring sg forward…all these blinking years he had the 70% mandate and what did the PAPs do to make the lives of true sgs better?

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  • Sheep after sheep:

    Continuity is how sheep after sheep goes over the cliff.

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  • bingo!!:

    Yes! the writer is spot on!!
    We, the citizens have to bite the bullet and VTO the whole lot of them!!
    Otherwise, we’re back to square-one for the next 5 years!!
    There is already a very big hole to be filled in the reserves!!
    As Simon always say, think!! Without the big hole, they have been increasing every damn thing and fee! What more with the big gapping hole!!??

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  • trublu:

    CON-tinuity?
    $ure!

    Keep CON-ning.
    Afterall,70 pct of citizens simply love getting CON & $crewed!

    Chan CON $ing?

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  • TheLie:

    If i am rich or want to be rich, i will be preaching productivity(obviously) for certain. Despite the glaring outcome(bitter end for many struggling in the economic pie which favour tbe rich mostly) for decades of productivity which had made this a glossy cosmopolitan city and the envy in most countries, tbe leaders even from the opposition are offering the same dietary plan to the people.
    All these people wooing the public for political power are not only talking rubbish tbey are also men and women who have been deluded by their superiority and material successes(rich in their own right)

    All of them ultimately holds the same doctrine – blessed are the rich and the rest shall aspire to be blessed like them from cradle to your grave.
    Well, you are indeed burying many in their grave to keep the lie going.

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  • Think about it:

    Singapore depends on investments to make a living. Our prosperity for the last half of a century is due to the strong mandate given by voters to make this place work.
    Today investors pour in hundreds of billions of dollars into Singapore and provide jobs for us. Today we are the most competitive economy in the world. If we are not competitive, will investors pour in those hundreds of billions of investments? It is then who have created jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans.
    If we were to give our government a half-hearted endorsement, investors will think that Singapore is no longer a safe place to invest. We will be in deep trouble. If we change governments, investors would not invest because there will be political risk and policy risk.
    Jobs and opportunities here have to be created. They don’t come naturally.
    So if the PAP were to lose badly and investors were to pull out, we are finished.
    We absolutely cannot fail. If we fail, where are we going to find jobs? In our neighbouring countries?Can we earn what we are earning now? Are there jobs for us?
    So sit down and think and understand how we make a living.
    Is this a threat? Is this a joke? Is this fear-mongering? Think about it.

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  • No eyes see:

    Continuity from one sick man to another sick man to lead the country.

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  • Papig IB is Back:

    @Think about it:
    Do not send us to NKorea.
    Why always use fear.
    Investors never invest in places like NKorea and Cuba.
    These are one Party States.
    Do you want to live in a One-Party State.
    Why dont’t Papig supporters all migrate to NKorea.
    And leave us THINKING True Singaporeans who do not live in Fear to make this country proper again.
    We do not want fearful Singaporeans who are not able to handle changes.
    We do not want Singaporeans who love to hide in their caves.
    We do not want Singaporeans who do not dare to let go of their illusions.
    LKY, GohKengSwee of PAP1.0 are long dead.
    PAP4.0 turned out to be complete dud.
    Time to bring in new team, fresh ideas–time for FEAR is over.
    We are changing Party–the 146,000 civil servants that is running the Government is not changed after Polling Day.
    You are not aware of such basic fact???
    You are therefore not qualified to be giving advice here; try 158th ST–the readership there are of much much lower intellect—they may believe your bullshit.

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  • OnlyTheDeadDontMakeMistakes:

    tis better to have tried and failed, than not to have made any attempt at all!
    if we fail we get up and try again….even in failures theres lessons to be learnt.

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  • old man hard at work:

    @Think about it

    you are hard work eh old man? you should change your name to 阴魂不散.

    hahahaha.

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  • Ahlim:

    Covid is one thing we can do not continuing.wearing of mask too!

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  • Ahlim:

    New means fresh pertaining good.

    New normal? Must be refering something good.Because NEW.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Think about it

    IT IS FEAR MONGERING farting lies and near complete ignorance. The vomit below is disgustingly insulting of voter’s intelligence.

    Think about it: Singapore depends on investments to make a living. Our prosperity for the last half of a century is due to the strong mandate given by voters to make this place work.
    Today investors pour in hundreds of billions of dollars into Singapore and provide jobs for us. Today we are the most competitive economy in the world. If we are not competitive, will investors pour in those hundreds of billions of investments? It is then who have created jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans.
    If we were to give our government a half-hearted endorsement, investors will think that Singapore is no longer a safe place to invest. We will be in deep trouble. If we change governments, investors would not invest because there will be political risk and policy risk.
    Jobs and opportunities here have to be created. They don’t come naturally.
    So if the PAP were to lose badly and investors were to pull out, we are finished.
    We absolutely cannot fail. If we fail, where are we going to find jobs? In our neighbouring countries?Can we earn what we are earning now? Are there jobs for us?
    So sit down and think and understand how we make a living.
    Is this a threat? Is this a joke? Is this fear-mongering? Think about it.

    Why?

    Very Simple.

    PAPpypolitics/PAPpynomics is PULSATINGLY DESPERATE. A largest crop of incompetent non-performers among 3Gs are exiting this round – to be replaced by what looks like by a fashion parade of green-eye inductees whose self-introductions in the digital space looks more like their new “job application”. SOME CAN’T EVEN SPEAK CONFIDENTLY expected of those in LEADERSHIP role. One left the parade even before the contest begin in unpleasant circumstances.

    This is at a time when LEE-jiapore face the most frightening and dangerous existentialism challenge of TWIN THREATS OF DE-GLOBALISATION AGGRAVATED BY THE BLACK SWAN of unknown damage risks impact from Covid-19 pandemic.

    Wake up kid, and face reality. In de-globalisation of disrupted and re-distribution of supply chain and financial support regional HQ logistics -STRATEGIC LOCATION counts for sh*t. Foreigners investors are changing their status quo of operational logistics, and re-dsitribute their regional HQ different places nearer to supply source or home.

    LEE-jiapore strategic location counts for PAST TENSE irrelevance. Like it or not, we have to change to survive BUT PAPpypolitics/PAPpynomics won’t change, still obsessed with recycLing cheap foreign labor, beautiful homes and estate upgrading -tested and failed formula.

    WAKE UP KID.

    Would be foreign investors seeing this not shaking their heads already?

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  • oxygen:

    @ Think about it

    THE NEW PAPpypolitic INDUCTEES are all from the same fabric of small global skills experiences – ex-military general, law, medicine, bureaucracy/social services – all micro-skilled of import. LEE-jiapore needs those with global contextual skills exposure at this juncture. Our existential survival threat is GLOBAL and those without such exposure/skills can’t be of much or any relevant help.

    Now tell me which ex-general/admirals in the last 5 decades help formulate a major economic policy plank that set us on a pathway to prosperity?

    PAPpypolitics/PAPpynomics Population Recycling Economics of cheap labor recycling economics bloated up by false economic modelling based on asset enhancement politics bubble ARE MONUMENTAL DISASTERS. IT IS UNSUSTAINABLE – you cannot sustain ever escalating real estate bubble (itself fortified by spending on infrastructural white elephants artificial beauty creations like Changi Jewel/MBS Garden by the Bay, Sentosa Cove etc) when local PMETs are retrenched to drive taxi, deliver fast foods and wages in the middle class keeps falling.

    BEAUTIFUL HOMES (PAPpys still promises this) and bankruptcy DO NOT RESIDE in the same home!! It is lunatic economic of no farking logic and left unchecked for decades and that is exactly why PAPpynomics Indo Curry Chicken Mee told the nation that our economy is “HIT BY THE WRECKING BALL”

    DAMNED RIGHT, applause to her for reality confronting – EVEN IF IT IS FOR THE FIRST TIME of surreal acknowledgement of risks confronting. We truly face the looming yet unquantifiable risks of “sudden death collapse” and PAPpypolitics is fielding “apprenticeships” (learning on the job??) and determine to obstruct challenges from diversity of knowledge, information and simply wisdom from peasants and opposition bench.

    We already have “I-don’t-know-what-to-say” to “chut pattern” outstanding class of apprenticeship in past elections.

    AND FOR GOD’S SAKE, GET RID OF THE POFMA PIMP (protecting political hegemony and longevity of the failed unnatural aristocratic class) to save the nation. The (recent) incumbency politics lives in fiction and lies of national deception from public housing and cpf ownership to asset enhancement politics mother of all scams.

    Remember this – LUI-FARK-U – told the 2011 erection this put-todler-to-sleep fairy tale – PAPpypolitics are like “tall trees, visitors from afar came to admire us” and opposition are like “poisonous mushrooms” (implying living on dead wood???)

    Another transport wizard aka Penang Cow – shamed opposition voices to go “commit hara-kiri” for municipal accounting.

    To both DEPARTED AND SOON TO DEPART – voters have to send this message to PAPpys – MUSHROOMS GROW ON DEADWOODS, MUSHROOM OF COURSE KNOWS, DOES THE DEADWOOD ALSO KNOWS??

    Penang cow can go hara-kiri instead of hanging his coconut on the exit of MRT door.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Think about it.

    WHAT DO DEFINITELY DON’T NEED NOW is those who are good as grassroot work backed by nearly unlimited funding from People’s Association (PA).These are MICRO-ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS – unless this election is aim at recruiting first grade operating managers in big multi-hierarchical organisation like PA or CEO of small outfit or a battalion commander in the military.

    WE NEED PEOPLE WITH MACRO-SKILLS WHO CAN RESHAPE CHANGES AT ALL LEVELS OF THE LEE-jiapore society as turbulence buffet the world economy for this coming decade which Covid-19 is instigating life-threatening damage of impact.

    We don’t need MPs of the nodding cow-variety to preach us motherhood political correctness of fake wisdom such like – go drive taxi, deliver foods in a gig economy or clean tables in Kopitiam to pay for food on the table even if the bankers screaming for mortgage default at the door.

    FACE IT, MATE., until the arrival of vaccine for Covid-19, this writer is convinced that TRANSPORT, TOURISM, RETAIL AND FINANCE IS GETTING THE KNOCK-OUT HIT from Covid-19 -everywhere.

    They have to get-up and go after each knock-down in each round. AND WE HAVE TO DEAL ANOTHER GARGANTUM challenge – how to clear the nightmare of dorm infection PAPpypolitics screwed up so badly to find itself a window of this election opportunity agenda and its selfish political calculus.

    I AM ACUTELY CONSCIOUS OF THIS WISDOM WARNING ADVICE from a former President of EU who famously said that in politics and governance.

    Jean-Claude Juncker :When it becomes serious,you have to LIE

    https://www.reddit.com/r/brexit/comments/byqls6/president_of_the_eu_jeanclaude_juncker_when_it/

    POLITICIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD LIE, more vicious when the difficulties are most excruciating to handle.

    THAT IS WHY FOR SOCIETY TO PROGRESS, THE POLITICAL SCENE MUST ALLOW SPACE FOR RIGOROUS CHALLENGE from the most strident sources.

    AUTHORITARIAN SOCIETIES ALL FAILED IN HISTORY – dictatorship do not have a monopoly of information, knowledge or wisdom.

    Some of the policy mistakes made in LEE-jiapore is RIDICULOUSLY STUPID of logic to infinity as I have illustrated here of “beautiful homes and bankruptcy” do not reside in the same home.

    That is to say, asset enhancement politics is a scam transferring wealth from the peasant poor to the rich.

    All assets including real estate prices must come down.

    HOW LONG CAN THIS VOODOO FICTION economics last in the test of reality of the market-place???

    SO PLEASE STOP YOUR FEAR MONGERING. Foreigners investing in LEE-jiapore are not stupid – they know the implications of de-globalisation impact on the irrelevance of our overhyped “strategic location” dramatisation.

    We need and urgently need change to survive THIS EXISTENTIAL RISKS CRISIS.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    Hopefully, we all know by now that PAP cannot deliver new vision for Singapore-even though the environment have changed. They are stuck in the rut, doing the same thing over and over again. While what they are doing may be right and good in the old days, they are no longer relevant today. So the PAP is making bigger and more monumental mistakes.

    If you follow their reasoning of continuity then we are doomed to failure as we are going on a downward trajectory for some years now. There is no hope then.

    Enterprenuers take risks–just ask all the rich and successful people around. Instead of wanting a vibrant and enterprising society, what the PAP want its citizens not to take risks–be compliant, docile and obedient. What sort of a party is that? If you think for Singapore, then you must make sure that the people are thoroughly trained to thrive in any environment. This is particularly so given that the only asset Singapore has got are its people–no hinterland, no natural resources etc.

    Citizens should wake up and make sure that they can think carefully and vote bravely if they want Singapore to prosper now and for the future. There is no other way.

    VTO the PAP

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  • oxygen:

    @ Think about it

    THE PART THAT IS MOST NAUSEATING of PAPpyolitics latest election hustling promises is home and estate upgrading planned for Tanjong Pagar and Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.

    WHY IS UPGRADING OF PUBLIC HOUSING based on ELECTORAL BOUNDARY except the crudest prostitution of vote-buying yet again?

    @ Think about it, mate, I don’t know where you lives BUT MY THOUGHTS FOR THOSE RESIDENTS AND VOTERS in Hougang and Aljunied GRC would be unanimously resolute of these thoughts and condemnations – A COMPLETE REJECTION OF PAPpypolitics in this election.

    Why?

    VERY SIMPLE.

    Government are, by its nature, LIVES in the same village/household of peasants. They came to this world NUDE except for the evidence of gender differentiation and in their “birthday suit” has no money or even pocket to stuff in money – regardless if they were “manufactured” doggie style in a tight spot or King-size bed in a bungalow.

    They have to be nurtured with milk from mommy or silly cows to survive and supplied later with money FROM THE PEASANTS to be self-sustaining of finance of what they are spending.

    SO THE LOGIC AND EVIDENCE MUST BE CLEAR – the ADDITIONAL costs of funding the estate upgrading of Tanjong Pagar and Holland-Bukit Timah GRC in this vote-buying spree has to COME OUT OF FRONT DOOR TAXES AND LEVIES and backdoor taxes of over-priced public housing and CPF deception (read theft) from all other constituents including Hougang SMC and Aljunied GRC.

    In equity to truthful fiscal shared responsibility and political accountability of fairness to all living in the same household/village which PAPpypolitics PARASITING ON, SHOULD ALL THE VOTERS THROUGHOUT LEE-jiapore, particularly those living in Hougang/Aljunied GRCs ALL UNANIMOUSLY VOTE AGAINST PAPpypolitics and let them have Tanjong Pagar & Holland-Bukit Timah GRC to themselves?

    We can ignore that this kind of vote buying and scam of asset-enhancement politics already screwed up this country – forced to set aside or spent $100 billion or 20% of our GDP base in just 4 months on a sinking economy hit by a “wrecking ball” of PAPpypolitics’s confession.

    NO OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD IS FORCED TO COUGH UP THIS GARGANTUM OF SAVINGS to shore up a nearly mortally-wounded economy and still shivering fearfully that it might still not survive the Covid-19 pandemic risks emanating from foreigners quarantined in the door too fearful to lift of physical imprisonment.

    YES, THIS IS SOMETHING FOR YOU TO THINK ABOUT!!

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  • PAP Dissolved Into Thin Air:

    Yes they do want continued success. Continue to get hgh pay.

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  • Do thing differently:

    The world has changed.
    Much more complex and dangerous.USA and China conflict and rivalry is a case in point…
    We will need leaders who can think differently and navigate the serious problem ahead.The past SOP will not work…Covid-19 is a good example.
    Doing the same thing and expect different results is fantasy.
    Worry for Singapore if we can’t find enough of such quality leaders in this election …whether from PAP or Opposition.
    Hope Singapore will vote wisely…do not send in the clown…put Singapore interest and Future first.Choose the best candidate on their own merits .

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