Disturbing conversation with a taxi driver

I had a rather disturbing conversation with a taxi driver over kopi few days ago.

He told me many of his friends and relatives are voting for the PAP this time due to the huge amount cash they have received from the govt.

Although he knows that this is public fund from our Reserves and the PAP will take back some after the GE, he still feel very obliged to vote for them after getting so much cash. His family received about $28k !!! in total.

$500
$600
$9000. ( 3K already in, next 3k probably next week near polling day, last 3k in Oct)
$600
$300 plus some miscellaneous here and there.

His insurance wife also got the same amount as him and their 2 adult children also received thousand plus dollars.

To me, this is like Unmo giving cash to their voters to enable Nanjib to be the PM and stayed in power.

This is taking a dangerous and slippery road to disaster and will ruin our country in future.

While this is an exceptional time that calls for exceptional help, cash for vote or vote buying is something which must not happen here or else it will spell the end of The Singapore Story.

Majullah Singapura!!

 

Foong Swee Fong

 

 

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32 Responses to “Disturbing conversation with a taxi driver”

  • Tell them about $23,225:

    Tell them the gov distribute $23,225 per Singaporean/PR (counting every living person from 1 yr old to 120 yr old).

    How much did his family get?

    If he+wife+2 adult children, should get $93,000.

    Are they being treated fairly?

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  • Poor distribution:

    Poor distribution of the National reserve…
    Money is giving to companies and individual that don’t really need it while those that need it badly get very little support because of bad and inflexible Policy.
    Many companies has to close unnecessary and jobs lost while many individuals suffered badly in this crisis of a life time.
    Some are working without pay for for than 6 months and only given $500 so far .Officers (even at GM level) claimed it is because of Government policy to use past household income as criteria and they cannot do anything about it.Present household dire circumstances which should be more relevant does not matter to them.
    Such stupidity and lack of empathy…No common sense or flexibility…Poor execution of intent to help…

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  • Dirty politics:

    Hmmm….. this has been happening GE after GE.

    Pappy gives you one chicken wing BUT would collect back whole chicken from you later.

    After GE, expect more taxes and higher gst to recover 100b.

    No free lunch

    You die your problem until the next 5 years

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  • Billyma:

    For those with the same thought of obligation like the taxi driver & hus family, think about it, why is PAP throwing all these $$$$?
    Why so much more than ever?

    If PAP is dead certain to win like the previous GE, then why the need to blind the eyes of Singaporeans?
    There must be a good reason or a bad one for PAP to do this.

    That is, PAP knew the ground is angry & this time Singaporeans are not going to let PAP off like in GE2015.

    So if the taxi driver & family & all like minded voters want even more $$$$, vote fir the opposition.
    This way PAP will be scared & will definitely bank in more $$$ to try to win you back next time.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    It is happening now–just look at Edwin Tong’s Marine Parade campaign. He has linked a donation to his campaign brochure with the PAP logo.
    Yet the funds do not belong to PAP neither was it public funds–so he says. But by linking the two actions together, his campaign brochure and the application for funds, he is trying to make people think that it is the PAP forking out the cash.

    This is the kind of dirty tricks being played on the citizens of Singapore.

    Do you want them to be the Government?

    VTO–the PAP

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  • irrational voters:

    It is because of people like that taxi driver that our country is having their progress delayed. Misplaced loyalty that denies you of a much higher potential gain.

    30% have to carry their ass to the finish line even if they are the one typing our legs and filling our backpacks with sand.

    You truly get the government, and the self-defeating cycle you are in, you deserve.

    My heart go out to the minority 30% for they have no choice but to strike out individually and take risk on their own since the majority are holding true progress back.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Not surprising. Lots of money face and sellouts around. Basically money is the guilding priciple, which will tell you how much integrity people have. That’s why the Covid 19 is a once-in-a-lifetime (I hope) golden opportunity.

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  • PAP is desperate. VTO:

    The pandemic is being used as a cover to use reserves to “buy votes”. Voters should be aware that this amount to using voters’ own money to buy their votes. After elections the GT will be raised to recover the money used to buy votes. How low can you get? A compelling to vote for the opposition. VTO

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  • Crisis Was Not Put To Waste:

    Why let a crisis put to waste?

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  • Spies:

    This taxi driver was he the same person who was the pall bearer for oldcock?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    This driver must know the money is from his father and grandfather, given to him, his children and grandchildren will be paying for it.

    For the $600, he needs to pay back $23,225 excluding those bills for foreign workers’ temp accommodation and 3 meals. Don’t forget about those hotels and cruise bills.

    Just remember this, when his children complain!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Crumbs from the Banquet Table paid by the People…

    The old folks are WISER today than yesterday…the young KNOWS where the money comes from and deprivation of their rights for Education to Foreigners amounting MORE than what is Handed Out to appease them??? Idiots!!! thinking the young are unable to “THINK”

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  • Dr. Chan:

    Everybody knows PAP will take back 10 folds after GE.
    Per KJ – the voters will get the government they vote for. So don’t complain afterwards.

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  • Details:

    @FSF. Has it ever occurred to you that this particular “sheep over wolf clothing” “taxi driver” helps at MPS to gain easy access and benefit for himself & family? There are others who complained “money hard to get” or get “discounted money”. Don’t believe too much about this staying power of this particular “taxi driver”. Many drivers have quit or planning to quit. Security courses are overwhelmed with plenty of ex-drivers. Only those with good lobangs can tahan.

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  • Evil Warlord & PAP Terrorist:

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Really suckers after suckers !!!

    Your future generations have to pay on obscence hosing prices !!!

    Face with their countless unemployed years due to foreigner competition !!!

    Work until they die without any retirement money !!!

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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  • Samuel S:

    Everyone knows this government is using money to bait citizens. Yes on one hand is helping us, but behind the scenes is to secure votes. We just loose faiths in PAP.
    Why cant they fight honestly.

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  • Hu Chian:

    @TRE Techie, some of my comments are not appearing, are you censoring it.

    Mod: All appropriate and irrelevant comments are censored according to our TOS and AUP.

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  • Vote buying:

    Folks, collect the money since they are actually our taxpayers money.

    Vote opposition now so that pap will continue to do the same for you at the next GE 5 years ago!

    Ho say! A good deal!!

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  • Hu Chian:

    Quote,
    “In order to save many desperate people, governments have stepped in and offered to replace much of this income directly from government coffers. Governments will get this money by borrowing from investors through the issuance of bonds.
    ………………….
    So there’s an interesting bit of apparent magic here. Central banks have created a lot of new money, but since that money is being used to directly replace the lost income of workers, nobody’s income has increased. In fact, in most countries the government is not subsidising lost incomes fully, only partially. So many people’s incomes have still fallen overall.

    So if the central bank has created a lot of new money, and pushed it into the system, but nobody’s income has gone up, then where did all the money go? This is the magic trick.

    The answer is that while nobody’s gross income or total income went up, there is one group whose net income has gone up significantly – and that is the rich.
    ………………………
    At a basic level, the government has created new money to replace the lost spending of the rich, so that working people can continue to pay their bills to the rich. The new money that has been created by central banks ends up accumulating in rich individuals’ bank accounts,..”

    Site,
    Following the coronavirus money trail | openDemocracy
    https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/following-coronavirus-money-trail/
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/bailouts-destabilize-economy-and-over-inflate-asset-prices?fbclid=IwAR07aDbYE4i1DiEmB7rVsAVji0Hb2qBObuQBgsouwVblBZrvN1Qe4Ay36qU

    Viewpoint: Why bailouts are bad – BBC News – BBC.com
    https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-15155395
    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/any-corporate-bailouts-should-wipe-out-shareholders-first-2020-03-18

    Gangster State Capitalism
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/gangster-state-capitalism/5715241
    https://www.caseyresearch.com/daily-dispatch/doug-casey-the-deep-state-is-responsible-for-all-economic-turmoil/

    Beijing’s Three Options: Unemployment, Debt, or Wealth …
    https://carnegieendowment.org/chinafinancialmarkets/77178
    https://web.northeastern.edu/econpress/2017/01/23/a-critique-of-gdp-per-capita-as-a-measure-of-wellbeing/

    The Great Depression and the Role of Government Intervention
    https://ari.aynrand.org/blog/2017/02/01/the-great-depression-and-the-role-of-government-intervention
    https://shadowproof.com/2015/12/11/middle-class-no-longer-majority-in-america-thanks-to-neoliberalism/

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  • Errr, giving chicken wings?:

    The cash given out is to revive the economy from which they will practice their crony capitalism – no other choice for the Crony Providence Fund Pappies! They can’t go resettle in Johor with their filthy wealth.
    Sooner than later they’ll slaughter siginna sheeples to reclaim their whole juicy chickens….

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  • Red Dot:

    With 93 billion in 4 rapid fire budgets, calling an early GE was an obvious choice before the people forget the generosity of the PAP govt. What comes later in replenishing the reserves is another matter. History does not repeat but it often rhymes. Enjoy now, pay more later.

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  • Difficult to please:

    I find it amusing that the writer seems critical of the government distributing the cash to Singaporeans during this covid-19 pandemic.

    The writer implies that the government is buying votes ala Najib Razak.

    On the other hand if the government did not come up with the various help schemes, the government will be bombarded with cries of “where is the help from the government?” “the government is stingy and not sympathetic to the woes of Singaporeans” and so on and on.

    The writer would probably be in the forefront to criticise the government for not opening the purse to help Singaporeans in a major crisis.

    Sigh!!!

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  • Santa Claus, Satan Claws:

    First, Santa Claus.
    Then, Satan Claws.

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  • Not value for money:

    Santa Claus, Satan Claws:
    First, Santa Claus.
    Then, Satan Claws.

    Ya, first give chicken wings

    Then, take back whole chicken!

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  • Hm…

    I wonder if someone offers $1m, will he be willing to let go of his wife or not? Some people argh… money is everything lor. Pathetic.

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  • speckofdust:

    If the PAP had listened to advice given and handled the COVID-19 better, they would not have to spend so much as the lockdown and restrictions would not have been so severe from April onwards. But the PAP did not listen. For example, people had warned in February about the likely spread of COVID-19 in the foreign worker dormitories.

    Life has been difficult under the PAP government. A vote for PAP is a vote for death. Things will worsen if we vote for PAP. I hope voters vote correctly in the upcoming polls. Choose life, not death.

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  • trublu:

    how come many are getting ONLY $600???

    PRE$IDENTS HALIMAH,WE WANT YOU TO CHECK HOW THE $100 BILLION IS BEING DISTRIBUTED.

    THE UNFAIR DISTRIBUTION FROM THE $100 BILLION RESERVES NEED TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR.

    PAP CHARGE SGS FOR SO-CALLED FAKE NEWS.
    WHAT ABOUT ‘FAKE’ DISTRIBUTION OF THE $100 BILLION?

    IT MUST BE PROPERLY ACCOUNTED FOR,ITS OUR RESERVES,NOT PAP OR ALIENS OR SOME FOOLS.

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  • Ahlim:

    If want Ma3lay to be press dent,then Malay it will be.

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  • Yes, these people are just like the kidnapped women sold into sexual slavery, so used to breadcrumbs and sex that they are now enjoying it, not wanting any changes.

    When police, NGOs and help groups come to their rescue, they still blame them for being a busy body.

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  • Do more:

    That Singapore can distribute $100B to help companies and individual is a big plus for Singapore.
    It has help elevate many of the pain other Countries are suffering now.
    Should be thankful of the national Reserve build by our PG and MG.
    Need a strong Government to steer Singapore through the very tough and dangerous situation ahead.
    Only PAP Government can do it…Sad reality but true.
    But we need one that is more accountable to the people and have more pro Singapore Policy.Vote for some good opposition in.One that is not PAP lite…
    We need real Opposition…
    Need to improve the lives of the common man and our elders.
    Reduce the great social divide and improve the social net for the vulnerable.
    Tackle the unemployment and underemployment of our people seriously,especially the older PMETs.

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  • C wong:

    Even those self employed who do not deserve the nine k relief also got it ,and laughing to the bank gloating they struck lottery. I am referring to self employed who were allowed to work the entire cb period and earning their normal pay and nv lost income. Why should this group be given the nine k which is a big sum. Deserving cases meaning those whose income dropped I understand. So it’s vote buying in tt sense

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  • Better Life for all:

    Should Support every effort to make the ordinary Citizen life better..especially during this crisis of a lifetime.
    Should be tankful to the PG and MG for the National reserve.

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