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We must work smarter and welcome global talents

As Singapore’s population ages, we must work smarter and welcome global talents- Heng Swee Keat.

I totally agree with Heng SK’s statement and in fact, this is something that every thinking and informed Singaporean alearly knew. There is no need for any pap scholar, general much less the deputy prime minister to remind Singaporeans.

Knowing how to say clever things brings no value to the table if the root cause are not effectively tackled and solutions are not forthcoming.

In the near future or we might have alearly arrived, those aged 60 and more in our population will be more than those aged 16 and younger. It is a scary thought and a rude awakening for many Singaporeans.

Going forward, our spendings on healthcare and related issues will increase substantially and our economically active people will decrease if we take away immigration. Our society will lack the drive, the energy and the vitality to power ahead.

Some years ago when I was in Guangzhou, I saw so many children playing in the alleys. Children are their hopes and their future. I said to myself that China’s future is so bright and promising. Ours, on the other hand, is so dim. The hokkien description is jia pa dan si.

I won’t be surprised that in my lifetime, I will be able to see many young Singaporeans leave Singapore for greener pasteurs elsewhere because of shrinking opportunities and a very stressful lifestyle here due to an incompetent government.

Immigration is a quick fix to our falling birth rate but there are serious trade-offs and there is a limit to it. Moreover, they will become old too and that will compound our aging burden.

Their primary objective for being in Singapore is to earn a good salary and not to support our aging population. We have many Suckerporeans but they are not sucker foreigners.

We cannot stop our citizens from growing old and I hold the useless pap governments from the Goh Chok Tong era through to the lhl government fully, fully responsible for our falling and falling and falling total fertility rate (TFR). It is a very rich government that lacked the political will to act decisively over the decades on our falling TFR issues. Period!

There are many reasons why young married couples do not want to have children but chief among them is our very high cost of living, the high cost of bringing up a family coupled with job insecurity etc.

AMK GRC MP Darryl David deserves 2 tight slaps for once saying that he has never came across anybody who told him that our high cost of living is the reason that discourages young couples from having children. Obviously he has not walked the ground enough or he has been sleeping all those past years or very likely, both.

Unless and until we can effectively arrest and reverse our super pathetic TFR, we are left with no choice but immigration to top up our population shortfall and I hope that our book-smart ministars are fully aware that when real hard times befall on Singapore, the first to say bye bye to us are likely to be their much loved PRs and new citizens.

Singaporeans are living the consequences of a severely fallen TFR under successive sleeping pap governments with so few of them realising it.

Singapore will pay very, very dearly whether in our NS intakes or police intakes or even our truly and not those eveready yes this and yes that political newbies etc because of successive pap governments that lacked the sense of urgency, political will and slept over too many years on our TFR issue. Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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13 Responses to “We must work smarter and welcome global talents”

  • Harder Truths:

    “…I totally agree with Heng SK’s statement and in fact, this is something that every thinking and informed Singaporean alearly knew…”

    You totally agree? Simple Simon, you are another joker here. Wait until you are 65 – this is not too far away. You can reconsider your agreement – if you have time from rummaging through garbage bins.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    FTs are mostly fair weathered oppotunists here to make a bundle and f off back to homeland. Why have to bend over backwards to suit them? NUS, local Us no talents? Then close all local Unis and polys.

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  • xoxo:

    DPM HENG, i can agree if you mean REAL FTs like potential CEO OF TH,GLCs and even future potential PRIME MINISTER.

    In a way, WELCOMING MORE OPPO MPs by removing BARRIERS like GRC,ETC, IS MUCH LIKE WELCOMING *foreign* TALENTS that inward-looking PAP GAHMEN lack!!!

    Remove GRC POLICY will ATTRACT REAL SH TALENTS TO BECOME MPs and EVEN MINISTERS/ orime Minister as well, DO YOU AGRE,SIR?

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  • Pioneer speaks:

    migrants who come are hardier in all respects,read marathirs bk the malay dilemma,I am pro multiracial by the way,
    There are truths basic concepts,
    In 18th n 19th century pests were common eating and destroying oilpalms in malaya or fms then ,the British brought in mynahs fr India to eat up the pests,results they multiply like crazy destroy local bird population,they are survivors scavenging in rubbish trucks food centres ,need I say more ?
    Immigrants are like that
    We will be like red Indians in USA,

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  • Political spies:

    Supposedly, East Germany got a very high level politician spy in West Germany.

    Some say that political parties also have spies in rival parties.

    Do you agree?

    Harder Truths:
    “…I totally agree with Heng SK’s statement and in fact, this is something that every thinking and informed Singaporean alearly knew…”

    You totally agree? Simple Simon, you are another joker here. Wait until you are 65 – this is not too far away. You can reconsider your agreement – if you have time from rummaging through garbage bins.

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  • AristoCATS - Humble Roots ?:

    “AMK GRC MP Darryl David deserves 2 tight slaps for once saying that he has never came across anybody who told him that our high cost of living is the reason that discourages young couples from having children.”
    -LKY required MP “Meet-the-People session” { MPS }
    to keep ears on the ground and
    to understand the issues of the common folks.
    -
    One day, a friend lamented that Papaya MP s are detached on issues of inequality.

    I asked him incredulously,
    how could it happened with MPS,
    “coming from humble background”, etc.

    He responded that some did not remember.

    The speeches delivered by AristoCATs at parliament
    indicated my friend was spot on.
    -
    Got to Remember the Ballot Box !

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  • AristoCATs - Roots ?:

    “AMK GRC MP Darryl David deserves 2 tight slaps for once saying that he has never came across anybody who told him that our high cost of living is the reason that discourages young couples from having children.”
    -
    LKY required MP “Meet-the-People session” { MPS }
    to keep ears on the ground and
    to understand the issues of the common folks.
    -
    One day, a friend lamented that Papaya MP s are detached on issues of inequality.

    I asked him incredulously,
    how could it happened with MPS,
    “coming from humble background”, etc.

    He responded that some did not remember.

    The speeches delivered by AristoCATs at parliament
    indicated my friend was spot on.
    -
    Got to Remember the Ballot Box !

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  • Taleban:

    To stop and improve the TFR in Singapore is to provide free child care, nursery, kindergarten, primary and secondary school .
    Free medical for baby and children.
    Forget the child subsidies, income tax relieve and its bullshit.
    Keep the cost of child upbringing down.
    Singaporean will fiack and produce children like rabbits.

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  • Asd:

    I think mean work smarter put more money in own pocket and make parliment into lottery style shop ballot to limit topic no need work over time

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  • Not True Talent:

    We are importing sizable non true talents unlike 30 years ago.

    Many are here from backward places with no actual experience and are here through hire own kind path.

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  • Heeheehee seriously folks.....:

    Simon, the certificate-laden ministars and party politicians have turned themselves into self-congratulating pompous asses with pervese undeclarable remunerations other than their top of the world declared salaries. Who has the authority to check and validate their performances since they are inclined to tweak-and-calibrate government corporations report cards? Mr. Cambridge Bean had better go prepare his up-yours GST speech than to pretend to meta-economic theoretics lah!

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  • Tremendous:

    With this kind of chiefs around, the village might as well close shop. Cheating on the people by leaving the Amaravat $4b in the books but everyone knows that the investment amount is actually gone.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Foreign trash (so-called ‘Dr.’) sacked from NUS

    https://sg.yahoo.com/news/police-report-filed-nus-sacked-teaching-staff-sexual-misconduct-005418578.html

    Why why why? Is he not what $G voters wanted?

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