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Singapore Is Really Regressing To Third World

People don’t seem to notice because everywhere you go, nice buildings and new BTOs, the place looks “new”. I am in my 60s, I had gone through the era of oldman, Ah Goh and now Pinky. I am going to give my honest opinions of what I saw through the decades.

Back in the old days of our respected father of modern Singapore, life was indeed better and more relaxed. Everything was better organised, you don’t hear much complaints about civil service, HDBs, public policies and even life itself. I remembered vaguely he said he is one who ensured everything is working and well. If it is not working, fix it or remove the person doing it. Singapore has no place for complacency and mistake. Under the AhGoh’s era, things are more or less the same, he did lose some seats but he was well respected, things were still going alright, people like him because he was humble and soft. During these two eras, people still enjoyed life in Singapore and prosperity brought by these two leaders. Remember, these two leaders and their team did not pay themselves millions.

Under Pinky, paying himself and team millions, we felt more stressed and unhappy. Singaporeans have become the most unhappy and worked the longest hours in the world. Things are failing, we do not have the world class service and delivery like before. Massive import of inferior third world talents are making this obvious. These days, service quality and productivity dropped to all time low. I give you some examples. You call any hotline, you are put on hold like forever, when it is answered, you don’t understand what the other party, she or she could be talking in Tagalog or Indian accented English. The flood is no longer once in 50 years, it is every few months. BTO quality is poor, people compared the old HDB quality versus the new one often. ERP has been implemented but the jams are forever there but strangely it never fails when it is collecting money. Corruption and sex scandals are rampant in this city, higher and higher crime rates by foreigners, we are seeing the emergence of robberies. The world best paid 4G cannot manage the pandemic, they are also told they cannot take over from Pinky. This tells you something is very wrong, incompetency is obvious, isn’t it?

Third world foreigners eat local lunches, and convert themselves to new citizens or PRs. I personally interviewed massive number of locals, they concluded that locals are more professional and experience at work than these. But as they grow older and discriminated in their own backyard, they are relegated to PHV driver, taxi driver or self employed. This could explain the drop in quality and productivity in Singapore which is obvious every corner you go.

Most things are regressing, those good of days of competency is no longer there. And every time they have excuse for their own failures and cried no blame game. Instead of finding the best talents to run the countries, you find more and more paper generals in state companies and parliament. People who did not deliver nor perform were promoted or moved to important positions. We are regressing to third world quality, also with massive influx of third world population who are being put in place to manage the country and the economy. While the rest of the true blue locals are being told to retrain as taxi or PHV drivers.

If you have been in these three eras, surely you know the massive difference. You mean you don’t realise?

 

Catherine Sim

 

 

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18 Responses to “Singapore Is Really Regressing To Third World”

  • xoxo:

    Hahaha!
    First World ,Swiss standard.
    From hawkers’ sons to PMEs and back to being hawkers,taxi drivers,Food Pandarers and Grabbers and cardboard collectors.
    Progressive?

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Weird city became weider. Strange languages abound. Look at Queenstown, many huge blocks springing up. On track to 10 million.

    Foreigners come here and send money overseas. Good for balance sheet?

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  • Gov are the SCUMBAGS HERE:

    The cost of building materials such as rebars and bricks has gone up by 20 to 40 per cent, said Mr Eddy Lau, the executive director of the Specialists Trade Alliance of Singapore, which represents about 1,300 member-companies, most of them specialist contractors and material suppliers.

    For example, bricks that used to cost S$0.25 apiece are currently priced at S$0.35, he said.

    With building materials typically making up between 30 to 50 per cent of a project’s total outlay, many contractors have had to dig into their reserves just to keep the business going, he said.

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    How many HDB blocks are built with BRICKS ?

    for your information, rebars, are the lowest grades of steel !

    Cements bags are CAST away in Malaysia, used. You can find these cement bags cast away half used anyway in MY. Cost a ton ?

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  • Trend:

    Observed too that many gov agencies start outsourcing so many services. And when things got wrong, they start pointing to each other. Worst with so many layers, cost getting higher. Now you cant get to any gov dept. The lines are not answered and email replies at best 7 working business day. And the excuse all working from home. Really?

    You see also many gov infracture are being sold. CPf building, PUB building, calecot….etc etc.

    As to crimes, we had board and companies cheating by the millions and going scott free yet petty thieves are jailed. Most obvious case is Hyflux to the tune of 900 millions. We rescued overseas projects India banks, US banks but leave our retirees cheated of their hard earned monies. What is our regulators doing? Even PUB has the advantage of getting Tuaspring free of charge estimated at about 1 billion through the hard earned monies of retirees. It is supposed to be a PPP project!

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  • Trend:

    Observed too that many gov agencies start outsourcing so many services. And when things got wrong, they start pointing to each other. Worst with so many layers, cost getting higher. Now you cant get to any gov dept. The lines are not answered and email replies at best 7 working business day. And the excuse all working from home. Really?

    You see also many gov infracture are being sold. CPf building, PUB building, calecot….etc etc.

    As to crimes, we had board and companies cheating by the millions and going scott free yet petty thieves are jailed. Most obvious case is Hyflux to the tune of 900 millions. We rescued overseas projects India banks, US banks but leave our retirees cheated of their hard earned monies. What is our regulators doing? Even PUB has the advantage of getting Tuaspring free of charge estimated at about 1 billion through the hard earned monies of retirees. It is supposed to be a PPP project!

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  • Rejoinder to Ms. Sim.....:

    Those days in the early 90s when Ah Gong (who detracted from the wisdom of his old guard friends) wilfully instituted that political-economic aberration known as the PAP CEO-politician, it has been the downward spiral for our republic; it headed down towards rank crony-capitalism and the alienation of its corollary – ie. the Sinchiapor Inc. sheeple. Gigantic income inequality between them and us, and suppressed wages for the educated middle class in the midst of a skyrocketed cost of living tops in the world. Narcissistic elitism has disenfranchised the struggling common citizens. Public housing and public health have been transformed into corporate bottomline $$$ resources for the Pappy machinery (on the promise of trickle-down Papeconomics). It’s taken the heart out of democratic government; it’s merely the scholarship of self-entitlements unfolding willy-nilly into the months and years ahead …..

    Hao siao, hao lien …. just sial lah!

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  • opposition dude:

    Well I’m not a baby boomer but lived through all 3 eras just like Catherine Sim. I remember the 90s when things were still fine. But it’s also interesting how things have taken shape politically too. Back then the opposition found it hard to even win an SMC let alone a GRC. Now we have 2 GRCs and 1 SMC under WP.

    There isn’t a need to tell you that the quality of the leadership has fallen pretty badly, the FACT that stroke man got 53% in East Coast tells the entire nation everything. Not to mention they barely scrapped by with 51% in West Coast hor. So therefore since the leadership isn’t so fantastic voters aren’t won over and therefore vote in more opposition, simple as that.

    This is expected to continue as more of the younger generation get to vote with each election. PAP’s time in charge basically depends on the pioneer and merdeka generations being the majority of voters or not nia, their new citizen plan backfired in July so they are well aware that their usual “Strong governemnt/competent leadership/bond with the people ” nonsense isn’t working so well anymore.

    Let’s see what more younger voters in the next election does to PAP’s vote share shall we?

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  • Agreed:

    Tend to agree with the write up.
    But editor, why you suka suka delete my comments? Apa ini?

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  • Sorry lah:

    Agreed:
    Tend to agree with the write up.
    But editor, why you suka suka delete my comments? Apa ini?

    Sorry lah, editor. Just now, no see, so thought deleted.
    Now I see. Okay!

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  • HDB flats DEPRECIATE to ZERO:

    Straits Times: How Singapore can keep ‘prime’ HDB flats within reach of everyone

    HDB flats are “kept within reach” so it by used to “drain” the retirement savings of Singaporean (i.e., CPF) into a a BASICALLY DEPRECIATING asset (because of the 99-year lease). The depreciation of the HDB (because of expiring lease) is offset by an unsustainable “property bubble”. It is BASIC ECONOMICS that the value of HDB flats will steadily depreciate to ZERO. Not even LKY and PAP can stop this.

    Singaporeans should note that even HDB flat recognize that the flats will depreciate to ZERO. The HDB Lease Buyback Scheme proves it. But it continues to support the myth of appreciating HDB flat by allowing property valuers to over-value the flat by ignoring that age of the flat in their valuation report and HDB play along by accepting it.

    HDB has become a Ponzi scheme sucking in BILLIONS of retirement saving of Singaporeans into a depreciating asset. BILLIONS will be lost by investing in over-priced, depreciating HDB flats. Let that above sink in.

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  • LanjiaoKia Use State Resource?:

    HDB selling 1M dollars? Greatest joke. Next year these stupid HDB folks going to riot on the streets.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I am in the Pioneer Generation, witness all the 3 generations of PAP leadership.

    During the 1st generation leadership, LKY was aided by capable people. The whole PAP cabinet worked as equal and as a team. Singaporeans could see things happening right in front of their eyes, like Industries in Jurong, Singapore river cleaning up, HDB etc.

    Singapore was one of Asia’s 4 dragons. Singaporeans’ noses were high when visiting overseas.

    I was able to own a Datsun 120 with $300 per month salary. I changed from 3-room to 5-room with ease.

    EDB sponsored training of Singaporeans, locally and overseas. When these trained people returned, they were the talents, in turn to train other Singaporeans. FTs were only required for a short time.

    When the 1G changed to 2G, led by GCT. Nothing but lies and broken promises. WTF the “next lap” and “Swiss standard” and “Goal 2010″. Nothing happened. Singapore’s dragon status disappeared. Ministers salary increased to million dollars but do nothing. GCT was nothing but a seat warmer and a puppet.

    You can see what happened to the 3G PAP leadership yourself. Singapore and Singaporeans are led over the cliff by LHL. The whole group of YES men/women. None was capable nor competent. They allowed foreigners to take Singaporeans’ breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

    This 3G PAP ministers earn the highest salary in Milky Way galaxy.

    You be the judge now!! You still think the Oppositions are not capable? If this is how PAP runs the show, anyone can be a Minister without the million dollar salary.

    Forget about the 4G PAP. None of them shows any potential. They are in all because of fame, wealth and power.

    If the 61% still afraid to vote the Opposition, your children will blame you. If you still think the PAP could be voted out, think again. There are more than 40% of Singapore population consists of new citizen. They vote for the PAP. Even if all true blue Singaporeans voted against the PAP, it still could not be voted out. Just do the math!

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  • All Bacause Of Pinky:

    During LKY rule, I was in NS and I was willing to die for my country.

    When Woody took over, he brought over many foreigners into Singapore to work because they were cheaper for the business owners and he also made many promises which he could not deliver at all. Useless man, cannot compare with LKY.

    When Pinky took over, Singapore became very messy and more FT took over local jobs. They paid themselves very high salaries but could not do the job. Pinky allows the Ministers to go on Auto Pilot and these Ministers screwed up everything. Pinky did not take any action against the Minsters unlike LKY who would not hesitate to sack them. As a result Singaporeans have been suffering until now.

    If there is a War and I am given a rifle I will not hesitate to go to the Airport and wait for these Useless Bumps before they try to escape to other countries.

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  • Dr. Chan:

    @ All Because of Pinky
    Though LKY deserved credit, you have to remember he also deserved the blame for choosing the wrong successors. He chose Woody and Pinky. Only if he had chosen LHY instead to continue his Dynasty, I think Singapore would be a better place. LHY will definitely make a more sensible and compassionate leader. Even LHY’s son (LSW) sounds more logical than his evil money minded uncle.

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  • For many years, many Singapore:

    I believe Pinky is under the thumb of Empress Dowager. Empress Dowager is not stepping down and probably insisted that he stayed on.

    So the massive losses… will be covered by more changes to CPF.

    Nothing much we can do until these people are fully charged by their karmas.

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  • For many years, many Singapore:

    PAPPY is hacking down all the forests to make way for 9.9M.

    Now they planting trees between old trees.

    Our next generation will not see any forest, maybe Bukit Batok or Bukit Timah “mini parks”.

    We will see concrete jungles and millions of third world foreigners surrounding us.

    Thanks to your votes.

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  • DeLorean:

    Current generation of leaders are not as capable as the previous. That is clear. However that is not the issue. The question is whether the current group is good enough for the challenges ahead. I don’t think so. They neither have breadth nor depth and they think too much of themselves and their rights.

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  • Bernard Lee:

    We are entering into a world of “Rich-Poor”; Technologically savvy, chic and modern, but at the same time, we are strained financially, debt laden, and trying to meet an ever creeping upwards cost cost of living. Work values of which we characterise Standards of Performance is not something we see nowadays; whereas we find more common that incompetency is no longer a shame.

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