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Pandemic has revealed clearly the priorities as well as behavior of the PAP government

This pandemic has revealed clearly the priorities as well as behavior of the PAP government.

Their first priority is the prosperity of big business. The welfare of the people is a very distant second, and only because it supports the first priority.

When the pandemic first began, the government took a long time to lockdown the country, as it was worried about the impact it would have on the economy, rather than the health of the people. Eventually, when it became clear that the country would be overwhelmed without locking down and closing the borders, they came out with the CB.

Even then, they had to make a last minute dash for about a hundred thousand Malaysian workers so that businesses, including many big businesses they are invested in, can continue, running the risk that some of the workers may infect the public given that Johor was a hotbed of infection.

And, when businesses were suffering, HSK announced, not one, but four budgets to bail them out. Yes, Singaporeans and PRs, did get relief, but the bulk of the money went to businesses.

Then when infections subsided, the first thing HSK did was to increase petrol duty and announced that GST would increase “sooner rather than later”.

Even before vaccines were approved, the government reportedly threw in more than $1B to get the vaccines, so that we can open the economy faster. Achieving herd immunity is the afterthought.

And seeing that infections here have remained low, even though it was still raging elsewhere, they opened the borders unitarily with several countries and negotiated travel bubbles, so that SIA, Changi Airport Group, hotels, convention centres and other related businesses, could move on to better times.

In the meanwhile, they began to admit more and more foreign workers to support businesses even though members of the public were imploring the government to stop the inflow as the variant virus was running rampant.

Clearly, looking after big business, including its businesses, is the government’s first priority. When it came to baling them out, taxpayers have to pay. When the government makes a wrong bet to continue bringing in infected foreigners, the people have to pay, as we have now found out with the TTSH and ICA cluster. In fact, the infected patients at TTSH are very old and some may well pay with their lives.

This trend will continue because big business is relentless in maximizing profits and the 4G ministers will not stop them because they are their stooge. The country will become more crowded, cost of living will go up, real wages of workers will be stagnant and work-life-balance will be a pipe dream, unless citizens wake up and speak up against the government’s misplaced priorities and vote wisely at the elections.

 

Foong Swee Fong

 

 

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14 Responses to “Pandemic has revealed clearly the priorities as well as behavior of the PAP government”

  • xoxo:

    Groping around,yet strutting about arrogantly.

    4G ?Not even 3G has done well.
    The standard of living for many ordinary sgs including PMETs who lost their decent jobs has gone down notches even as PAP GOVT keeps raising the COL as they relentlessly keep collecting money from even jobless sgs?

    This is the same govt that squander $100 Billion of our hard-earned reserves by generously dishing out furlough$ to many non-sg-FTs.

    Many needy sgs,especially those who have been rendered jobless,receive only a spiteful $600 when an MP said GRANT PER CAPITA IS $23.5 K?

    WHERE IS OUR money?

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  • Now then u Know:

    It has always been about the economy as a lot of businesses are govt owned.

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  • Joy:

    It’s high time for earth to have a holiday anyway.with or w/o leaders.

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  • The Mutants is deadly:

    Don’t play play this time.

    Singapore seems slow to ban all India flights. Also the neighbouring countries of India and Dubai which is used by Indians as springboard.

    The mutants are more contagious and poisonous. Young and healthy person could now face higher chances of deaths when infected.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I am still waiting for the $23,225. Yes I got my $600, but where’s the rest?

    The problem is still not the PAP!!

    It was the stupidity of the 61%. Not that they don’t know about it, they knew the PAP’s priority even before the last pandemic GE!!

    Just look at Bukit Panjang’s voters, they had a world renowned doctor on infectious disease for them to choose but they preferred a task force only working on hindsight, looking of magic solution and wishing to re-wind the clock.

    So this is true; “idiot politician is not the problem, the problem is having idiot voters keep voting them in”.

    Now that the PAP was given a super extended runway by the 61%, they can do a lot of test run and taking their own sweet time to take off. Even after 2 to 3 weeks behind other countries, they still claimed it was a “prompt action” in banning flights from India.

    God bless the 39%. Hope more from the 61% would join you in the next GE!!

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  • Realistically:

    @ Foong Swee Fong

    What “priorities” are you toking about?

    The wayang-party’s MP and LO, Pritam Singh’s priority is about the Mayors’ pay amounting to only around 0.003% of the 2020 extra-budget spending to address the emperor without clothes’ mismanagement of the COVID-19 from the beginning in January 2020. Now MOH has confirmed 16 infected cases at Tan Tock Seng Hospital…which is supposed to be at the forefront of defence against the spread of the virus……..but nevertheless had happened which the wayang-party MPs failed to take the emperor without clothes regime to account.

    While the wayang-party MPs can luxuriate on their ill-gotten MP $16k monthly MP allowance by legitimising the emperor without clothes regime by wayanging in and out of Parliament, the Tan Tock Seng cluster of COVID-19 patients reached 16, as of mid-day on Saturday, 1 May 2021……………yes of all places, the cluster forms around a Filipino NURSE at a GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL………………while the wayang-party MPs pretend not to have known and speak out of the obvious mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic much akin to the emperor without clothes mismanagement of the pandemic in January 2020 when the emperor without clothes himself had said that the wearing of face mask did not protect the wearer from acquiring and spreading the virus………………and then an about turn mandating all sinkies to wear mask when outdoors…………………still the wayang-party MPs pretend not to have known about such disaster requiring $100 BILLIONs spending in 2020 and $107 BILLION in 2021……………………thanks to sinkies gullibility to the wayang-party SNAKE OIL CONs and the PAPies propaganda…………….so please stop your whining and rant when you sinkies yourself have to face up to your jobs being stolen by so-called FTs, some with FAKE degrees from paper mills………….rising cost of living to recover the $$$ spent on the mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic by incompetent Ministers and so-called experts……………

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  • 1st Generation leadership is n:

    Pap 1st Generation leadership would not allowed the current problem of indecision occurred. They would nicked the bud before it growed to a big branch. Since the Pap 3rd and 4th are seem to be not up to mark. Should give the 1st G of Alternative Party a chance to lead Singaporeans.

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  • GeneVac:

    The political leaders have not led by example to take pay cut in solidarity with the workers at the May Day Rally!

    Disappointing!

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  • Nurse and Nurse:

    The wife of the ICA Officer is a TTSH nurse.
    Also a TTSH nurse probably started the hospital cluster.
    Two clusters involved TTSH nurses, almost same time.
    Yet not linked? What are the odds?
    Most likely then both clusters from imported cases.
    Sinkistan may have to lockdown because Modiland refused to lockdown.
    Did we have a single day for the past 6 months without an imported case reported?
    LKY was right; we do not have natural resources–we import everything, including covid viruses.

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  • Harder Truths:

    The regime is full of bookworms with no idea of reality. Their first real crisis and they fail. But it is the people who will suffer and continue to suffer for all the bad decision that are coming our way.

    CoVID is not an isolated problem. It has only shown $G is bereft of real leadership and any direction to tackle even simple problems. So-called leeders have no idea what to do. They can only parrot ideas that benefit them. Even now $G citizens are being used as Guinea Pigs to test trial drugs. How many will die from this? How many will have to endure long term medical issues and bring misery to themselves and their families, while being replaced from their jobs by FT because they are ‘inferior’?

    $G has a lot of pain and suffering coming. This current situation is the tip of the economic and social iceberg. All of us will be scarred and maimed to some degree. Bad choices have been made. We have to live with them since there is nothing else to do until the regime collapses.

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  • opposition dude:

    So when is the next election? 2024? 2025? Time to make PAP Pay And Pay even more by then don’t you think?

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  • WP Voter:

    As long as governments around the world are managing cases rather than the weak and vulnerable, there is no end to the virus. No one can simplify what causes the virus to spread and stop spreading. Mask does not work in the Danish study. Social distancing does not work in the MIT study. Personal hygiene like regular hand washing and avoidance of face touching may still be the best form of preventive care in addition to a high vaccination rate.

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  • When Crony Capitalism is Gomen:

    Majulah Perverse Avaricious Partisans over the Sheeples of Singapura!

    (re: Clearly, looking after big business, including its own businesses, is the government’s first priority. When it came to baling them out, taxpayers have to pay… This trend will continue because big business is relentless in maximizing profits and the 4G ministers will not stop them because they are their stooge.)

    The founding fathers who had built every institution in Singapore protested when LKY substituted them all in quick time during the 80s with his own elect bunch of yesmen. People who knew the going ons were rallying behind Dr. Toh the PAP chairman to start a new party to challenge the old fox who was bent on instituting his personal ambitions of elitist Singapore Corporatism. Thus, we now have a pariah political economy of two systems in one country – which no other sane and sound republican nation could emulate… LKY had hijacked the noble aspirations and stellar achievements of original PAP for his own family and accomplices.

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  • mike:

    More and more evidences that Vaccination does not seems to work also. ;P
    Later will say whole population must vaccinated in 14days :DDD

    Then after that what?

    Human species have at least 4 ancient coronavirus with us. Just make it the 5th.
    The 5th element. From CCP with love.

    WP Voter:
    As long as governments around the world are managing cases rather than the weak and vulnerable, there is no end to the virus. No one can simplify what causes the virus to spread and stop spreading. Mask does not work in the Danish study. Social distancing does not work in the MIT study. Personal hygiene like regular hand washing and avoidance of face touching may still be the best form of preventive care in addition to a high vaccination rate.

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