A new measure needed

I know it’s not cool to admit to it, but I’m doing well. I am the official owner of a flat that, once you minus the outstanding liability (ie the outstanding mortgage), leaves me with a sum of at least S$200,000 plus. I have a main job in professional services (accounting) and statistically speaking, I produce around US$103,181 worth of value every year.

Yet, despite my statistical wealth, I am economically unsecure. My best hope is that my main job will keep me on for at least another 20-years and a significant number of you who are reading this will support the advertisers on this blog so that I can afford to buy an extra cup of coffee every month. If, God forbid, I have any serious ailments in the immediate future, my best bet is to die instantly so that I don’t become a burden to my family.

What I’ve expressed would seem strange to anyone living outside of Singapore. However, anyone from Singapore will understand because what I’ve mentioned reflects the disparity between “Statistic” Singapore and “Real” Singapore.

As part of “Statistic” Singapore, I’m doing well. There’s a property to my name (I avoid using the word own as there is a mortgage to my name), and property prices in Singapore are generally higher than in most places (logic of small land area and many people living in the area) and therefore my paper worth is comfortable. Singapore also has a relatively high Gross Domestic Product (“GDP”) for a small island with a limited number of people and if you look at the GDP per capita, the only nations with a higher GDP per capita are Luxemburg (Tax Haven for wealthy Germans), Macao (Gambling Haven) and Qatar (gas station). So, as part of “Statistic” Singapore, my share of the national wealth is US$103,181 a year. This makes me better off than my friends in Western Europe or the USA. Measures of our GDP success cab be found in the following links:

Link 1 and Link 2

It goes without saying that my reality in Singapore is less rosy than what it appears to be in “Statistic Singapore.” Yet, despite this fact, the government has spent countless times talking about our economic statistics and leaving aside the economic devastation brought about by Covid-19, our government inevitably goes back to our GDP statistics.

In fairness to our government, it’s not the only government to fall back onto various economic indicators as how well they are doing. Donald Trump for example cannot stop talking about stock market highs whenever someone talks about his government’s record.

You could say that it’s only natural for everyone to want to show themselves in a good light and economic statistics are probably the best way to do it. So much of our lives are based on economics and I guess you could say that when governments talk about the economy, it’s a way of showing that there’s money to give us goodies.

However, as the differences between Statistic Singapore and Actual Singapore have shown, GDP is a flawed measure of how well a country is doing as it only looks at one aspect of life in a nation. So, could there be another way of measuring how well a country is doing?

I think one of the best ideas comes from the small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, which came up with the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH). To a certain extent, there are aspects of this measure of happiness which one could say are unique to the Bhutanese situation. We also need to remember that Bhutan is not the idealistic Shangri La that is portrayed to be and looks to India as a centre of economic assistance. There is also the problematic issue of having to conduct surveys on a yearly basis.

Having said that, the basic idea of GNH is right. The Bhutanese has qualified happiness into several aspects, which include things like the environment, health, cultural diversity and community vitality in addition to the usual economic measurements. A graph of what GNH comprises of can be found below:

Now, admittedly its harder to measure GNH with its various aspects than GDP. However, as argue, GDP is a flawed measurement as it only acknowledges the fact that life more than just economics. If you look at the situation in Singapore, you’ll find that our government is obsessed with GDP. All you need to do is to ensure that enough people are employed and nobody actually starves to think that you’ve done a good job. There is, for example, no need to look at the type of jobs that people are getting and whether things like whether I’m worrying on whether I might be able to afford to send my kid to school or whether I get sick or not.

Let’s go back to my personal example. As GDP indicates, I’m doing well. I have a job and a property in my name. The government can claim that it’s technically done well. People like me are producing USD100,000 plus a year and so on and so on.

However, GNH forces those in power to see that people are not just economic digits. Under the GDP measure, you’d be successful if you see that your people have a job even if that job pays $500 a month. However, under the GNH measurement, you have to ensure that people not only have jobs, but they can afford to send their kids to school, live in normal conditions and don’t have to breath toxic air as part of daily life.

Our traditional method of measuring things is too narrow and doesn’t portray things accurately. Isn’t it time we look at trying to measure things more accurately so that we can build a more livable society for the greater number of us?

 

Tang Li

*Although I’ve been based mainly in Singapore for nearly two decades, I’ve had the privilege of being able meet people who have crossed borders and cultures. I’ve befriended ministers and ambassadors and worked on projects involving a former head of state. Yet, at the same time, I’ve had the privilege of befriending migrant labourers and former convicts. All of them have a story to tell. All of them add to the fabric of life. I hope to express the stories that inspire us to create life as it should be

 

 

 

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44 Responses to “A new measure needed”

  • Stupid SINKIES reach:

    A total of 2,100 randomly selected Singaporeans aged 15 and above took part in a telephone poll from Aug 11 to Aug 21, and an online poll was conducted among 1,050 randomly selected citizens, also aged 15 and above, from Aug 21 to Aug 24.

    “The sample was weighted to be demographically representative of the national population in terms of gender, age, and race,” said Reach, the Singapore Government’s feedback and engagement unit.

    Hahahaha

    PURE CLASSIC PAP PROPAGANDA !!!!

    NON OTHER THAN ” REACH ”

    WHO AND WHAT IS REACH ????

    THATS HOW STUPID SINKIES BELIEVE

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times :Quote – “$3,000 baby grant: All circuit breaker babies deserve new grant, say parents

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    A petition says anyone with a newborn during the pandemic faces financial stress
    A one-off $3,000 grant to help parents amid the Covid-19 pandemic set off a lively debate online among Straits Times Facebook users after it was announced on Friday.

    Mums and dads of Singaporean children born from the first day of this month to Sept 30, 2022, will receive the Baby Support Grant, on top of the existing Baby Bonus cash gift that can go up to $10,000…. “Unquote.

    Response : Previously, the baby bonus was $8000.Now, baby bonus increases to evil $10,000.On top of the $10,000, now even has a one off $3000 more baby bonus. So Total baby bonus will be given as $10,000 + $3,000 =$13,000. How do one justify that all these e***b*** women wings has no money, not rich women and need help for their baby? So why do the government run by evil women Josephine Teo Li Min, Indranee Rajah,…. need to set evil law to rob the country public funds to give $13000 to rich women as baby bonus for giving birth? Lee Hsien Loong don’t feel shame meh after all these laws robbing and misabusing public funds to give rich women who can afford to raise their baby with more unnecessary public funds? Is that public funds well spent after all giving such accumulated billions tons of money did not raise the birth rate of women for the past many years. Last year raise by think miserable 0.5% is a mocking shame after billions spent. When such unnecessary funds are given to rich women for their babies, how do the rest of the people without job, are sick and cannot work, able to survive? Pui!

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  • John Richards:

    It must be tearing you up inside to see Trump recover and bounce back so soon. Bet there were many who were already writing his obituary!

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  • Reality:

    GDP does not tell the real situation of many Singaporean.
    Reason is the big gap and wealth distribution in Singapore.
    Many of them are asset rich but cash poor in their retirement years.
    Quality of life is more important than assets.
    Policy need to be change to ensure happier life.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Tang Li, MY SINCERE HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS to you of your “elevated” economic status – at least in statistical measure.

    If I remember correctly, you mentioned previously you graduated in Anthropology but now in the employed field of accounting services.

    You have ventured far and wide and quite an outstanding achievement in different horizons.

    Having said that, I am aware that “accounting services” is varied cultivation ranging from financial accounting, auditing, investigative accounting (crime and corporate regulation) liquidations & corporate restructuring etc etc.

    By your dispersion and depth of exposure in “accounting services”, I am taken by surprise that you attached value of GDP measure when the “D” (domestic in gross domestic product computation) is LARGELY foreigners-attributed who are owners of capital invested in LEE-jiapore.

    BHP and Rio Tinto are good example of LEEjiapore as its tax-haven and they ran into hot water poured over them as “tax avoidance” challenge.

    https://www.afr.com/wealth/tax/ato-and-singapore-in-500m-rio-tinto-talks-20200730-p55gzg

    https://www.ft.com/content/f6d0d6b6-6360-11ea-b3f3-fe4680ea68b5

    I am not quibbling about BHP or Rio Tinto transfer pricing practices – right or wrong is not the issue here.

    BUT THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF BHP/RIO TINTO is “booked” into LEE-jiapore GDP measure.

    BHP/RIO are the world’s two largest mining business.

    Their contribution to LEE-jiapore GDP and GDP per capital would be among other foreign-owned entities doing to same.

    So you calculate GDP per capita, it is, by necessity, AN INFLATED COMPUTATION.

    I AM CURIOUSLY PUZZLED HOW you, Mr. Tang Li, could legitimately claims “your” contribution to LEE-jiapore economy is

    ” So, as part of “Statistic” Singapore, my share of the national wealth is US$103,181 a year. This makes me better off than my friends in Western Europe or the USA.”

    Forgive my intrusion, Tang Li, your accounting measure (and perhaps comprehension of accounting concepts of WHAT THE NUMBERS REALLY MEAN) IS A LITTLE TO FAR FROM REALITY.

    At least it is different from mine!!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Stupid SINKIES reach,

    NOWADAYS TELEPHONE SURVEY RESULTS mean nothing but discoloration of reality.

    Why?

    Who will “invest” 10 to 30 minutes talking “cawked” with anyone trying to discover your random thoughts on any subject from health to economy to worst still whimsical theatrics like politics ON THEIR MOBILE PHONE when a mere 30 seconds of time is too precious to waste and incoming call is any moment of random reaching?

    Absolutely, nobody.

    If it is home line, who uses fixed line? Ah Kong and Ah Mah, and not-in-employment “house flies” maybe. And most ARE NOT INTERESTED in talking “cawked” with “AH MENG”.

    If reach did call 100 households randomly, what happens to the validity of survey if 80% reject that solicitation call. The 20 percent which participated gives only 20% of the real views of the population.

    Is the survey “scientifically” structured? That is every 10th name on the white pages.? Or was that randomly called in which the numbers of “Lims” contacted far exceeded the “Tans” contacted and the “Tans” has more surname identified in the phone directory i.e. the population surveyed is bias towards the Lims’s view and the Tans overlooked?

    What about boys not keen to talk unless a sexy voice comes across the line and girls are more chatty but less aware of political issues perhaps?

    TELEPHONE/ONLINE SURVEYS ARE NOTORIOUSLY UNRELIABLE IN THIS DIGITAL AGE.

    AND IN VACUOUS SUBJECT-MATTER LIKE POLITICS, the “respondents’ answers is often “re-interpreted” in particular direction by the interviewers.

    Stupid SINKIES reach: A total of 2,100 randomly selected Singaporeans aged 15 and above took part in a telephone poll from Aug 11 to Aug 21, and an online poll was conducted among 1,050 randomly selected citizens, also aged 15 and above, from Aug 21 to Aug 24.

    “The sample was weighted to be demographically representative of the national population in terms of gender, age, and race,” said Reach, the Singapore Government’s feedback and engagement unit.

    Hahahaha

    PURE CLASSIC PAP PROPAGANDA !!!!

    NON OTHER THAN ” REACH ”

    WHO AND WHAT IS REACH ????

    THATS HOW STUPID SINKIES BELIEVE

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  • mike:

    This is a life we deserved it, which majority of us had voted for in the past 5 decades and shall continue to be.

    Our sad pathetic life, and only we SGrean understands, if we try hard enough.

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  • DieBySin:

    There is no escaping from GNP under man because your entire identity has to be purchased. The puerile who run the government has put a price tag on your little head and they have decided their heads are the priciest or the most valuable(the hierarchy of deceptive talent).

    You can’t change that without removing the… the thinking and all powerful Head.

    Salvation is only one way, one truth and one life.

    Don’t be mislead by religion because they do not know the author of life and life abundantly.

    Till the leaders bow to the way, there is only the expectation of..unravelling or destruction as you see now.

    Yes, you maybe spared of immerse sorrows and sufferings than those who lack(because of the economy). But be assured, your children won’t be as the sins of the fathers shall visit the third and the fourth generation.

    So you hear news of the spread of mental health giving way even among the young as suicides rate climb. And more families are in trouble.

    You have indulged in the three temptations which had given you instant wealth,power and success but in exchange, you got religion(lies) as your soul(death).

    Mat 23:15 ISV “How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make a single convert, and when this happens you make him twice as fit for hell as you are.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Tang Li – one TKL is enough. Don’t follow his example.

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  • xoxo:

    I suggest GNW PER *CITIZEN* instead of GDP PER CAPITA AS CAPITA DOES NOT MEAN sgs are well socio-economically owing to THE EXCESSIVELY LARGE PROPORTION OF NON-sgs HERE?

    WHAT IS GNW PER CITIZEN?
    GNW STANDS FOR GROSS NATIONAL WELFARE.

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  • xoxo:

    GNH is subjective.
    Poor people seems happy n do not mind to be unfairly treated in general until it becomes unbearable?

    A GNW ensures WELFARE OF ALL singaporeans ARE SATISFACTORILY ENSURED?

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  • oxygen:

    @ John Richards

    Still coughing Trump said this of his coronavirus infection – ‘They found very little, if any’

    John Richards: It must be tearing you up inside to see Trump recover and bounce back so soon. Bet there were many who were already writing his obituary!

    He is not even sure of himself – forget his obvious distrust and contempt of his doctors’ advice!

    Coughing Trump suggests he may never even have had coronavirus in Fox News interview: ‘They found very little, if any’

    https://sg.yahoo.com/news/coughing-trump-suggests-may-never-083458281.html

    Wishing him well even if the politics stinks.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Stupid SINKIES reach:

    JUST READ A MOMENT AGO the survey you referred to in Yahoo.com. There, it read

    Most Singaporeans neutral or positive about foreigners in the country: Reach poll.

    https://sg.yahoo.com/news/most-singaporeans-neutral-or-positive-about-foreigners-in-the-country-reach-poll-090019524.html

    THE SURVEY DESIGN AND ITS INTERPRETATION IS LOADED in the direction of the conclusion it intended of desired poll outcome result.

    It is in the last paragraph of that yahoo article read of REACH CHAIRMAN’S COMMENT.

    :The government remains committed to helping Singaporeans keep their jobs or find new ones. Nevertheless, it is heartening to know that many Singaporeans understand the need for Singapore to remain open to global talent

    WHY DO I SAY THE QUESTIONAIRE DESIGN AND INTERPRETATION IS BIASED OF LOADED DIRECTION?

    Here is my proof:

    In general, how do you feel about foreigners (non-citizen) in Singapore?

    And the response in the general population?

    - 2% very negative
    - 12% negative
    - 49 % neutral
    - 30% positive
    - 5% very positive
    - 2% don’t know and not sure.

    The poll in this Yahoo read claims – Most Singaporeans neutral or positive about foreigners in the country.

    IF THIS IS TRUE of lumping “neutral” and “positive” together as in agreement with POLL’s conclusion, why is REACH NOT LUMPING “neutrality” with “negative” and “very negative”?

    The accurate conclusion of such is that 63% (2% + 12% +49%) disagree with foreign influx. That is the MAJORITY IS OPPOSED to foreign influx – i.e. REACH AND YAHOO.COM GOT IT ALL WRONG OF INTERPRETED CONCLUSIONS!!

    Neutrality is a fanciful word, the respondents might take it to be ‘NO COMMENT” OR BETTER BE POLITICALLY CORRECT in case REACH has some idea of what your political preference is.

    The pollster also – by lumping together neutrality with positivity IS IMMEDIATELY CONFRONTED WITH THIS WINDY HAPPY SELF-CONTRADICTION of explaining this inexplicable bias of loaded questionaire design.

    Of the 6 (what is called in survey research as semantic differential scaling) from very negative to positive to don’t know/not sure, ITS RATING CHOICES HAS

    - ONLY 2 NEGATIVE OPTIONS (very negative and negative) and the rests
    - of 4 pretended “positive” forced choices ranging from “neutrality” (actually negative or indeed neutral) to positive to very positive (including “not sure/don’t know dummies”).

    SO THE FINALITY OF THE POLL RESULT IS SECURED BY 2 NEGATIVE AND 4 POSITIVE FORCED CHOICES.

    The questionaire design is highly questionable in my informed opinion.

    ONLY DUMB PEASANTS SWALLOW THIS CRAP piece of market research loaded with “hello effect” bias within it.

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    Nicely put Tangfastic, and let me add my…1/2cts…what you are facing as usual are statistics or a number as far as the govt is CONcern…

    Truly it is more an Illusion created by a bast**d in a World of Reality we faced since the 80s…and in order to seek FREEDOM from an ILLUSION we had best Face Reality SOON or be Buried in a Pot of Shit chasing that Rainbow…

    Bhutan: heaven on Earth… But not to a Short-Arse-Bastard with a $8.00 heart operation, claiming to be a Devout Buddhist…Returning from Bhutan criticize the backwardness and poverty of the people working in the fields…

    A Backlash ensued from Bhutanese…They may be backward and working in the fields BUT had the SAB gone closer he would have seen the people smiling, laughing and working HAPPILY!!!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Stupid SINKIES reach:

    Did REACH pollsters explained to the respondents what is the meaning of “neutrality” (which allegedly rated as such by 49%) and “don’t know/not sure” (which is only 2%) or the last category “not sure/don’t know” was presented to the respondents AFTER THEY RATED ‘neutrality” already?

    IF having scored “neutral” earlier in that survey question responding, how can they scored again ” don’t know/not sure” of “double counting”?

    If the pollster does NOT comprehend the word/conceptualisation of “neutrality” which is totally confused perhaps to the respondents themselves, HOW DID THE POLLSTERS at REACH arrived at the conclusion that the respondent really meant “neutral” when THE RESPONDENT is clueless in reality?

    This leads to the next obvious question – did the REACH POLLSTER “re-interpreted the respondent’s clueless answer as “neutral” when perhaps he/she is not agreeing to the foreign influx?

    OR THE QUESTIONAIRE DESIGN “leads on” the respondents to “neutrality” and “re-interpreted” by the POLLSTER WHO RECORDED THE RESPONSE into the computer as “positive implied agreement” of foreign influx?

    TELEPHONE SURVEY ON POLITICAL SUBJECT-MATTERS ARE ALWAYS NOT RELIABLE in my opinion.

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  • Knowing not same as wisdom:

    A scholar is travelling in a small boat with a poor fisherman across to the island in the rough surf.

    The scholar asks the fisherman “Did you get your O levels?“

    The fisherman replies “No sir, I have not…we were poor no motivation.”

    “It’s a pathetic waste of your life!“ sneered the scholar. “Half your life has been wasted!“

    “Have you ever learned to swim?” retorts the fisherman.

    “Sure! I’m army brass! replies the ummm… scholar.

    “Hopefully your whole life isn’t wasted” quips the fisherman. “The boat is sinking… try to avoid the rocks….”

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  • Send foreigners home:

    Straits Times: Singapore’s reputation for being open to talent at risk?

    More fake news from PAP and MSM.

    To be “open” Singapore did NOT have to “tilt” the job market in favor of foreigners by exempting them from CPF.

    Except for Singapore, ALL countries give priority to their citizens for jobs. In Singapore it is the opposite. Foreigners have a significant advantage because they are cheaper to employ then Singaporeans because of their exemption from CPF.

    During the current economic downturn the Government can still EASILY create jobs for Singaporeans by cancelling the work visa of foreigners to force them to go home. Singaporeans can takeover their job in Singapore.

    SINGAPOREANS FIRST. ALWAYS.

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  • Easy government:

    Its easy to be a government these days, you can define the price of the public housing as you want, you can hide sought of taxes into essential utilities, transport, petrol prices, ERP etc hike and hike etc… and proudly claim to be the lowest tax in the World. All you need to do is to move up the price along the way and able to make believe with the help of ownself medias, ownself research and survey agencies or committees [but must pretend as neutral].

    Well, as long as Countries just across the borders aren’t doing well, you are safe to be voted in always even as cost of living shoot to the sky. You see, simple peasants compare and mistook that they are better of. But the truth is, the average will leave nothing behind for their children.

    You must always hope the other sides are sick and corrupt.

    So once the other sides are doing well, then the bubble will burst. There must be a mechanism for them to continue to be sick and corrupt.

    So what do you think of my thought. What are the methods to reverse engineer the way peasants think.

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  • KNN:

    KNN. I working with Ah Neh now.
    Cos they know now companies emphasizes on performances. Keep pushing jobs till you cannot handle. You think I can survive?!

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  • Tremendous:

    How did you become the owner of your flat when the agreement you signed is a lease in the first place ?

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  • SojoüRner:

    John Richards:
    It must be tearing you up inside to see Trump recover and bounce back so soon. Bet there were many who were already writing his obituary!

    The transition of power will not be easy or smooth. Trump may claim that the election was rigged if they lose in November. It could be a scorched earth policy between the election and the inauguration ceremony.

    There is another big question. If Biden wins, is he young enough to cope with the dreadful problems? How healthy and fit is he, considering his age? I would like to read and hear a lot more about Kamala Harris.

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  • Uselesstankl:

    https://www.sarawakreport.org/2020/10/buttering-up-the-royals/

    Croynism is RAMPANT in malaysia..

    No wonder the bumis HATED the chinos.

    Seems like the chinos are creating all the problems behind their back.

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  • Over The Limits:

    SINGAPORE: The Singapore government has announced that it is going to Phase 3 soon, openning up the island for more economic activities.

    The city state is suffering from:

    1. Over-spending on fanciful projects and defence, buying exhorbitantly expensive toys for the air forced.

    2. Over-expanding its population, by importing new citizens from India.

    3. Over-stressing its infrastructure.

    4. Over-dependence on foreigners, foreign investments and foreign trades.

    5. Over-sizing its Administrative apparatus, the various Ministries, the Admin, Civil and Social Services and the Armed Forces.

    6. Over-paying its Ministers, top civil servants and political key appointees.

    7. Over-investing in failed foreign projects and business deals

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  • Tang Li's Journey to the West:

    Question: What do Tripitaka, Tang Xuan Zang, and Tang Seng all have in common?

    Answer: They are all names of the same person. We’ll just call him Tang Li. He is the epitome of pious devotion. He overcomes 81 tribulations, which can also be seen as ‘metaphors’ for the trials a person encounters on a spiritual path. At one point, for example, he receives an offer to marry a beautiful queen, and to rule a land inhabited only by women, enjoying riches and comfort the rest of his days. Tang Li declines, and carry on with his journey to TR Emeritus. Let’s just enjoy his extended account of the legendary pilgrimage. Hahaha…

    oxygen: Having said that, I am aware that “accounting services” is varied cultivation ranging from financial accounting, auditing, investigative accounting (crime and corporate regulation) liquidations & corporate restructuring etc etc.

    By your dispersion and depth of exposure in “accounting services”, I am taken by surprise that you attached value of GDP measure when the “D” (domestic in gross domestic product computation) is LARGELY foreigners-attributed who are owners of capital invested in LEE-jiapore.

    oxygen: So, as part of “Statistic” Singapore, my share of the national wealth is US$103,181 a year. This makes me better off than my friends in Western Europe or the USA.”

    Forgive my intrusion, Tang Li, your accounting measure (and perhaps comprehension of accounting concepts of WHAT THE NUMBERS REALLY MEAN) IS A LITTLE TO FAR FROM REALITY.

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    Who cares about gutless Singaporeans, I just make my life better because I stand up for my right and fight for what is important. A HDB is a leasehold, meaning money for nothing in the end. The rich around the world are trying to make working-class people be modern slaves. You have to get over the threshold so that the rich cannot touch you without hurting themselves.

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  • Foreigners positive ownselves:

    The true picture is a lot worse than what you say.

    35% positive. Wait.
    Isn’t 1/3 of Singapore citizens already converted citizens? That is, foreigners positive about foreigners. Then 100% of real local Singaporeans not happy about foreigners!

    May be even worse. What “Singaporeans” do they survey? Are PRs included in the survey? If PRs included, then even foreigners are not happy with foreigners!

    Whatever the data, the conclusion is already written?

    oxygen: In general, how do you feel about foreigners (non-citizen) in Singapore?

    And the response in the general population?

    - 2% very negative
    - 12% negative
    - 49 % neutral
    - 30% positive
    - 5% very positive
    - 2% don’t know and not sure.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Very free to post long winded musings here regularly.

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  • Tracey Ching:

    Aiyoh, tangli is a backward writer. We already had this debate for many years. 80% Singaporeans & PR do not own HDB flats even after paying off their Hdb loans. The Govt own the Hdb flats via Hdb. Only the stupid and the inferior 61.2% still don’t get it.

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  • East Coast Planner:

    They use GDP as a KPI coz their bonuses are tied to GDP growth. That’s why you have super expensive but unnecessary projects like Sports Hub, Jewel, Cross Island Line, T5, etc.

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  • "Elections have consequences":

    Singaporeans are in deep shit because they continue to vote for PAP.

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  • Guard your heart or be sorry:

    “To be selfish, greedy and unwilling to help the needy gives rise to one’s future starvation and clothlessness.”

    Buddha Gautama

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  • uselesstankl:

    Expat: I know 3 companies moved to Shanghai because of SG employment restrictions

    Zzzzzzzz

    THE BULSHIT NEVER ENDS !!!!

    this is what expats are all about,

    ” BULLSHITing”

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  • Zzzzzz:

    There are always people who write such compelling articles that address pressing issues of paramount concern to others.

    At the same time, advice is dispensed like revered and worshipped pearls of wisdom from some sage – who spent a hundred years hibernating to gain enlightenment.

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  • Tracey Ching:

    The Govt elite had access & control to a lot of money. Overwhelming majority of us do not know the exact amount but many believe it is in excess of a trillion dollars. Yet they don’t seem to be able to recruit good spinning writers. Tangli as a writer is really inferior. He is backward. You don’t ever own Hdb flats. Hdb flats are owned by the Govt. This issue has already debated and settled a few years ago. Be an up to date writer not an idiotic writer.

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  • xoxo:

    @KNN
    GO ASK HENG KIA.
    he master-minded CECA.
    now,he is going to be your next PEE-m?

    Its not Ah Nehs’ fault.
    Its your gahmen’$ fault.

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  • uselesstankl:

    It added that the man had been working in India since December last year and was placed on stay-home notice when he returned to Singapore on Sept 23. 

    Before
    Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/64-year-old-man-becomes-28th-covid-19-fatality-singapore-first-such-death-almost-3-months

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    THE BULLSHIT NEWS !

    PR working in India !!!

    More like MEDICAL TOURIST !!!

    AS ALWAYS, PAP PROPAGANDA REACHES ALL CORNERS

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  • uselesstankl:

    Foreigners have always ” BEING USED ” by gov

    to ” FURTHER” gov’s ” GREED ” by saying water

    needs to go up by 30%, first by a Indian,

    then followed by malaysian.

    BOOM, YOU KNOW WHAT, water is up 30%>

    Now, we have a polish guy saying GST needs to

    BE UP by 12%.

    MY QUESTION IS, WHY IS PAP GETTING FOREIGNERS

    TO ” INFLICT, INCREASE ” SUCH COST ????

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  • @ Ah Li's journey to the west:

    (Question: What do Tripitaka, Tang Xuan Zang, and Tang Seng all have in common?
    Answer: They are all names of the same person. We’ll just call him Tang Li. HE IS THE EPITOME OF PIOUS DEVOTION. He overcomes 81 tribulations, which can also be seen as ‘metaphors’ for the trials a person encounters on a spiritual path. At one point, for example, he receives an offer to marry a beautiful queen, and to rule a land inhabited only by women, enjoying riches and comfort the rest of his days. Tang Li declines, and carry on with his journey to TR Emeritus. Let’s just enjoy his extended account of the legendary pilgrimage. HAHAHA….)

    * * * * *

    First they corrupt the political economy of the Republic; now they turn their noses towards perverting the Mahayana teachings of the Buddhas, and to smear the Bodhisattva Hsuan Tsang’s great translation legacy of the Sanskrit scriptures of the Yogacara & Madhyamika sutras into Chinese script. Even during his eleven years in India Hsuan Tsang was a capable defender of the faith against the brahmin dualism and its caste discrimination among the human race.

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  • uselesstankl:

    Manpower and Education Gan Siow Huang warned that a minimum wage would result in low-wage workers losing jobs.

    xxxxx

    Of course, MOM HAS TOO MANY LOOPHOLES !!!

    MOM PRACTICE UNDER TABLE WITH EMPLOYERS !

    MOM MUST BE SACK !!!

    + ALL ITS STAFFS !!!

    COMPLETE CLEAN UP AND CLEAN OUT !!!

    JTEO, AND ALL CONCERN….

    MUST BE SACK…..

    they cannot even fight a simple ” VIRUS ”

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  • uselesstankl:

    TRE working in CAHOOTS with PAP….

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  • xoxo:

    @John Richards

    I have different observations.
    Me thinks Trump will still get a 2ND TERM.
    In Biden, i dont see an *OBAMA*?
    Joe is not as convincing as Obama was.

    Mostly inward-looking americans ,fearing competition from migrant-workers, would eventually play the *xenophobic* ( often being referred to more open-minded sgs most unfairly)DONALD TRUMP?

    LETS WAIT N SEE.

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  • xoxo:

    whoa! LEE AH Long so so proud that Hyundai pumping $400 million to build up electric car facility here!
    But he kills our own WATER COMPANY hyflux?

    But what is $400M as a FRACTION OF THE $100 BILLION???

    CLOWN$ WILL BE CLOWNS!

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Where’s that PAP Huat troll? Disappeared?

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  • Observer:

    Yes. Life is unfair.

    A lot of major global Tech platform benefited from people looking for one-night-stand during their startup phase. Once they gained critical mass, then they go mainstream.

    It is almost like how some Cat III actress, after become popular, then act in mainstream movies.

    Singapore probably should not impose unfair moral sexual codes on our Tech startups.

    Strangely, when Singapore government chase after major global Tech companies for investments, they were not stopped by their past involvements in facilitating one-night-stands.

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