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Ministers living in their ivory tower, while ordinary Singaporeans are suffering?

(ST, Sep 27) “1 in 2 S’pore residents say they will not cope financially in event of illness or job loss: Survey”

It states that “The first report showed that more than half, or 54 per cent, of Singapore residents surveyed said they would struggle or be unable to meet their financial needs in the event of unexpected illness or job loss.”

Comment:

The drop in income comes from restrictions imposed on economic activities as the multi-ministry task force seeks to curb the spread of the virus. However, what caught my eye was the survey showing that the situation was much worse than previously thought – the number of people who would suffer in the event of a disruption exceeds the number who would not!

Whilst the article did not specifically mention this, it is, arguably, people in jobs such as hawkers, PHV drivers, and food delivery riders who are likely to be hit the hardest. Hawkers have tiny profit margins and fixed overheads to meet, whilst PHV drivers and delivery riders’ incomes are pegged to the amount of hours they work.

In this connection, I recall an acquaintance X who was previously subjected to a quarantine order a few months ago as he was merely in contact with someone who was in contact with a person who was tested positive for the Covid virus.

While the protocols may have changed, I understand that there is still considerable confusion as to how vaccinated people may recover at home. From the perspective of someone who has been merely in contact with a positive case, he may be subject to a quarantine order or home quarantine order.

As one netizen commented earlier this week on the CNA Facebook page: “I am covid positive since 12/9/2021, and seek help from MOH almost everyday. But MOH kick ball to Cisco, Cisco kick back to MOH. Until now day 10 22/09/2021, I still haven’t received my isolation order, no Telemedicine or anyone follow up with my conditions. I am still stuck at my home and I don’t know what to do after day 10.”

The lack of clarity does nothing to mitigate this situation.

With the increase in the number of gig and temporary workers, this may, arguably, contribute to the financial suffering of the people as highlighted in the article. In this connection, the ST ran an article on 22 Aug ‘Personal debt soars among young S’pore adults during pandemic’ which may reflect the gravity of this situation.

My friend Ying (not her real name) remarked that this may be a case of Ministers being too well paid and living in their ivory towers, hence they do not know the suffering that the people have faced because of their ‘flip flop’ policies and indecisiveness in leading Singapore in an endemic.

Are we headed into a dark abyss with the 4G leadership, who have, arguably, been proven to have been a failure in crisis?

By the way, when was the last time you saw a Minister take the bus or MRT, or eat in a hawker centre or coffee shop, like those in some other countries?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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21 Responses to “Ministers living in their ivory tower, while ordinary Singaporeans are suffering?”

  • xoxo:

    Umm,dont fault them.
    They are busy counting new COVID cases and the money they could make.
    When Community cases near zero, they were UNHAPPY.
    So, they import more CECA-FTs into Sg.
    Along came grandpa n grandma as well as PRINCE DELTA.

    Meanwhile,more sgs lost their no jobs despite the $100 billion that was supposed to SAVE JOBS?
    WONDER WHOSE JOB$?

    More n more became FOOD pandas and Food grabbers so much so that PINKlee wants to set up official laws to protect them?
    Probably out of guilt but more like bullcrap?

    In Sg, most policies work against own citizens including grants of $600 from the $100 billion; even FTs get more!

    Sgs suffer quietly.
    Worse, still vote for PinkLEE N GANG.

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  • 4G CMI, SG dies:

    When I first heard MOH announced about allowing fully vaccinated COVID-19 patients who have mild or no symptoms to recover at home, I laughed my socks off!

    Jinx Ong says, “The infected person must self isolate in a room, which has an ensuite bathroom…..”!

    Some more, Jinx Ong says home isolation is “not a new concept”. He cited countries such as Australia, Canada and the UK as having a similar scheme.

    WALAO! Funny rite? Really Monkey See Monkey Do! Those countries have large lands and their citizens don’t live in pigeon holes like singaporeans and yet these Monkeys In White want to blindly copy them?!

    This is how out of touch the elites are with the ordinary people! Majority singaporeans live in hdb flats, be it 3-room or executive, only the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom. And for studio or 2-room flats, there’s only one common toilet! Even most condo apartments also have only 2 toilets!

    These millionaire papies like TKL conveniently forgot that not everyone are like them live in landed properties. And this reminds me of what my daughter once told me. She said that there’s this sibeh rich girl in her friend’s class who was so shocked when she learnt that there’re actually singaporeans living in hdb flats. All the while, in 18yrs of her life, she thought only foreign workers live hdb flats. LOL!

    By the way, when was the last time our elite MPs/ministers step into a hdb flat? At most they stood outside residents’ unit, say hello and distribute pamphlets nia.

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  • Hehehe scholar wannabe....:

    Did you hear about the uptight Pappy guy who shut down Yale-NUS? That he’s using ivory butt-plugs?
    He’s suffering from pappy-white- elephant-tight-ass.

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  • Dr. Chan:

    Same here in USA under senile Biden.
    Open border policy. Illegals immigrants come in by millions.
    Tax locals to feed illegals.
    Go figure.

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  • Get Real:

    HC thinks peasants take her continuous FB posts seriously!
    These disconnected from the real world of ordinary people.
    These ivory towers don’t really step down after bungling up at their job.
    Theres always another cushy position made vacant for them to fill.
    We were hoping she was going for good…no such luck.
    Now shes guarding the country’s “other reserves”?
    Peleeez….

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  • Naive MTF:

    Dormitories have no individual room, share common toilet.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Dr. Chan:
    Same here in USA under senile Biden.
    Open border policy. Illegals immigrants come in by millions.
    Tax locals to feed illegals.
    Go figure.

    America and Singapore are worlds apart, boy. America has the land, space and resources. Singapore does not.

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  • Tremendous:

    The village chief has been hiding long enough despite calls for him to come out. His chiefs and his family hide in safe fortresses at the first sign of crisis.
    It’s quite clear that if this is a real war with missiles and warheads dropping from the village skies, the village chief and his merry men will survive while the rest of the villagers will all be gone.

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  • Covid damages:

    Covid and the restrictions has cause much damages and suffering to the ordinary people and small business.
    Not much has been done to alleviate their suffering…
    The impact of this Covid will be for a long time.Sad.

    Also better to recover at Community Care Facilities than the small HDB Flat.
    Unless you are the fortunate one staying in Large Private Houses.
    Not practical and will only infect more family members.

    Need to save lives…everyone is precious even our elderly one.

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  • MarBowling:

    The Last and ONLY Time we common folks REALLY saw a Minister took a Bus or MRT happened was donkey years ago! That Minister was Minister of Transport from 2011 to 2015. Retired Rear Admiral Lui Tuck Yew! He is the current Ambassador to China.

    There were constant breakdowns of the MRT system which prompted him to WITNESS for himself the dire situation on the Ground! He Graciously stepped down from his $millions post when he REALIZED that the MRT system that was helmed by the Previous Indian Chief of $MRT Rail System from 2002 to 2012, was rotten to the core prior to him taking over the UNWANTED BABY at MOT! That Indian Chief was ONLY INTERESTED IN PROFITS AND MORE PROFITS under her watch. Only Building a Good Image for herself. She wasn’t CONCERNED or CARE about the GIST of how to RUN a system as BIG and IMPORTANT as the RAIL System of the Country: the Maintenance, Renewal of Vital Equipment and Infrastructure to ensure the SMOOTH RUNNING of the System all year round and of course the Welfare of the Staff!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    4G CMI, SG dies:
    When I first heard MOH announced about allowing fully vaccinated COVID-19 patients who have mild or no symptoms to recover at home, I laughed my socks off!

    Jinx Ong says, “The infected person must self isolate in a room, which has an ensuite bathroom…..”!

    Some more, Jinx Ong says home isolation is “not a new concept”. He cited countries such as Australia, Canada and the UK as having a similar scheme.

    WALAO! Funny rite? Really Monkey See Monkey Do! Those countries have large lands and their citizens don’t live in pigeon holes like singaporeans and yet these Monkeys In White want to blindly copy them?!

    ………

    You are right.

    People in those countries stay in big piece of land, some have to drive to go to their neighbours!

    Whereas in Singapore, one has to be careful when opening the front door, it may hit the neighbour’s door. In some areas the width of the corridor is not even up to the specification of our fire department’s requirement.

    Now you can image how out of touch our PAP’s elites are!!!

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    Dr. Chan:
    Same here in USA under senile Biden.
    Open border policy. Illegals immigrants come in by millions.
    Tax locals to feed illegals.
    Go figure.

    Agree. Open borders are the source of all infections.

    Own people cannot infect own people. The virus came in from the outside.

    pap does not say. We know for 100% certainty the source of virus is from PRs aliens ceca ah nehs. Remove them all, virus goes away.

    Very simple action. Very simple solution. We are not paid S$m. But we have the better brains. Actually we are better humans because we don’t churi S$m via an ownself pay ownself S$m scheme approved by own clan members.

    In other words, only honest humans like us have brains. Not the S$m money faced ownself justify ownself S$m pap folks.

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  • Realistically:

    Aiyah, all these rantings have not resulted in better outcome….in fact it is becoming worse………..now sinkies should understand why I hv been using the term SINKaPOOR……….

    What Leong et al have failed to mention is the poor returns, if not losses suffered by GIC/Temasek Holdings……………..

    Oh, in the context of what Leong writes, dun forget the PAPie (& the wayang-party MP’s apparent) ethos:

    YOU DIE YOUR OWN BUSINESS LAH.

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  • Errr......:

    Hmmm… looong looong ago one chap with his bodyguards at the side queueing to buy chicken wings.

    So humble lah.

    Certainly deserves an Oscar award for best actor!

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  • Dr Chan @ USA:

    Biden wants to corporatise America like loony Sinchiapor Incorporated. Big time corporate chiefs were behind the rigged election… no need to ask Dorsey and Zuckerberg about their treacherous roles. Biden is looking to align himself with China’s very wealthy and very powerful communist chiefs. Ain’t no coincidence his drug addicted son Hunter has been embroiled in the family’s own corruption shits. Joe and Pelosi’s so-called Demoncrats party have defunded police departments countrywide and established left-wing socialist ideologies – like the fraudulent BLM and Antifa radical movements – into the Congress; and American cities are now denizens of lawlessness, violence and vandalism. Joe & Co. really are harbingers of the Anti-Christ imho.

    * * *
    “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our own will – within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not say: ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and it is always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

    (President Thomas Jefferson)

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  • Dr. Chan:

    @Homeless Cat
    USA is buried in trillions and trillions of debt – Bankrupt already can still keep on printing fiat money to feed illegals? And can give foreign aid? Must be mad.
    At least Singapore don’t have crazy debt: Not too sure, becos PAP government not transparent also lor.

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  • LEEs betrayed Singapore:

    Only with Pinky and Chin gone up the lorry will we be able know the Singapore Reserves. I will not be suprised if the Kitty is empty. Even ex President Ong went to his grave without knowing the amount in kitty. I bet my last dollar that even Hallima known the amount in the reserves.

    The prime reason Hallima was INSTALLED as a president was to stop people from asking VERY UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS about our reserves. Same thing with Whore Chin pay and Tomaskit. If any of it GETS OUT TO THE PUBLIC PAP will be in a VERY COMPREMISING POSITION.

    So Pinky is DESPERATLY trying to get his son Li Horny to be next PM. Man plans,GOD DECIDES.

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  • LEEs betrayed Singapore:

    That is why our state fund is call TOMASKIT.(TO MASK IT)

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    Dr. Chan:
    @Homeless Cat
    USA is buried in trillions and trillions of debt – Bankrupt already can still keep on printing fiat money to feed illegals? And can give foreign aid? Must be mad.
    At least Singapore don’t have crazy debt: Not too sure, becos PAP government not transparent also lor.

    Bro, you are in error here.

    Singapore is a very indebted country. Out of 10 nations, Singapore is ranked 7.

    The only reason Singapore’s debt is not publicized is because the money is owed to citizens, not outsiders.

    pap has never disputed the league of indebted nations published by FORTUNE magazine.

    there are 195 nations in the world. 7/195 is a very bad number, even worse than North Korea or Nigeria.

    Singapore is like a house plastered with S$100 bills on the outside but is filled with S$1 bills on the inside, with many skeletons.

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  • Leftist rightist... middle way:

    You are not just for the right or the left,
    but should be for what is right over what’s wrong.
    You may be a wealthy or poor person,
    but you ought to be always rich in the mind and pure in heart.
    You are not perfect, we are all flawed.
    You may be flawed, but you ought to be just to all.
    You are not merely a conscious human being
    but you are also a magnificent
    reflection of God.
    The middle way between extremes
    Walk the path of wisdom.

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  • Empathy:

    Empathy is the missing ingredients in many leaders…
    The difference between a Professional Manager and a Leader.

    Leader should spend more time on the ground and have a better feel of the real problem people are facing.
    Build empathy with the suffering…will lead to more effective solution.

    Covid has cause unequal suffering on people…those in Government/Government Link companies and Private.
    More so for the Senior Officers responsible for policy and implementation.
    More need to be done for the bottom and poor group to cope with this Covid…

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