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Core ideology of the PAP

A major ideology of the PAP is to keep generating economic growth, and with a better standard of living, people would keep voting for them. As Bill Clinton said in his election campaign against George Bush, “It’s the economy, Stupid!”, but LKY could have told him that, way before.

So, after independence, the PAP quickly put to work idle resources, propelling the country from third to first-world within a couple of decades.

People became gainfully employed, shifted from kampongs to comfortable flats, public utilities and public transport became more reliable, and people even had enough left for discretionary purchases.

Such an ideology paid off handsomely for the PAP, as they won every single seat from 1965 to 1981, there was not even one single opposition member in parliament.

But the limits in such an ideology began to surface when economic resources became over-stretched. Rent became expensive and worse still, there were not enough top talents and workers, to sustain the growth that the country had grown accustomed to.

The right thing would have been to upgrade and uplift the productivity of the whole workforce so as to better utilize the limited resources, but the PAP took the easy way out and opted instead to import talents at the top as well as workers at the lower and lower-middle end, en masse.

Nonetheless, it had the desired effect of raising economic growth. But it also meant inequality increased tremendously because higher salaries had to be offered to attract top talents while wages at the bottom were suppressed with the influx of lower wage foreigners.

Today, the annual salary of the prime minister, which is pegged to the salary of top professionals here, is around S$2m while that of a bus driver is around S$30,000, that’s a difference of around 67 times! In contrast, the annual salary of the PM of Denmark (which has a GDP per capita and population size similar to Singapore’s) is about S$360,000 while a bus driver there earns around S$70,000 per annum, a mere difference of about five times.

The increase in population to drive the economy also means the cost of living shooting up correspondingly. People doing lower to mid-end jobs are not only seeing their salary stagnating due to the influx of lower wage foreign blue-collar workers and PMETs, but also have to contend with the ever increasing cost of living. In other words, they are being squeezed on both sides – stagnating, even decreasing wages but increasing cost of living. Worse still, their CPF money is sitting on a decaying HDB lease and may not have enough to monetize for retirement, as they were once told they would, when the economy was not over-stretched yet. Now, the only way to keep its value up, notwithstanding the decaying lease, is to keep up growth by increasing the population, which is not sustainable. Meanwhile, the fruits of economic growth goes mainly to big business, top management, investors and the government, leaving scraps for the workers.

Thus, it is ironical, the core ideology of the PAP, that of generating sustained economic growth to win votes, would also cause them to lose votes, because, instead of uplifting the standard of living, it is arguably making the lives of folks in the lower strata, lower-middle, and even middle strata, more difficult. That ideology had served the PAP well, and possibly the country, but it has long passed its use-by date.

Instead of ever more growth, and ever more cracks, divisions and hardship in society, we need to consolidate the growth we have achieved thus far so that the fruits of our labour is proportionately distributed.

So, this core ideology of the PAP, roughly translated as “growth at all cost”, should move on to “sustainable growth for a sustainable future”.

 

Foong Swee Fong

 

 

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21 Responses to “Core ideology of the PAP”

  • MarBowling:

    Great and insightful comments by Mr Foong!

    Tell that to the Husband(Mai Hum)and Wifey(Holee Jinx)Tag Team who is ADOPTING THE BESTEST WORDS OF WISDOM FROM BIG DADDY LEE KAYU: DO WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT. DON’T CARE WHAT OTHERS SAY!

    HOLEE JINX IS QUIETLY SAYING TO SHIMSELF: NO REGRETS!

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  • No Agriculture but UglyCulture:

    Agriculture is totally ignored but Uglyculture is on the rise. Why?

    Perhaps we could breed lions in the zoo as humans are the ultimate predators in the food chain. LoL!…We are deeply lullabied by our sheer greed of reigning concrete jungles islandwide instead of developing HITECH vertical-cum-flatted farming. How land has been put to waste before world food crises set in. By then it’s way too late to be self-sufficient in local food produce to feed 6.9M or more…!

    God made this earth for Man to toil. Yet Man, out of Greed, came to spoil. Will Singapore reduce to a foil with no food to boil?

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Actually the core (and flawed) ideology of pap is that by paying a pig the highest pay and giving it the longest runway, it will fly and even fly to new heights. And since it is supposed pigs can fly, then pappies supposed SG will prosper.

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  • xoxo:

    The real core is *Whats wrong with $quandering sg-taxpayer money on ALIEN$; IF WE dig a HOle,we just COLLECT MORE MONEY from daft sgs*.
    We can even claim PCG(PER CAPITA GRANT) TO SGS OF $23.5K from the SUM OF $100 billion taken from sgs’ reserves to grant GENEROUS FURLOUGH TO OUR BELOVED FTs especially those with FAKE DEGREES.

    DAFT SGS WILL STILL TRUST US.

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  • Billy ma:

    To the PAP ministers who think that they’re not properly compensated even at the current salary scales, go find a better paid job if you can.

    Pretty certain most PAP ministers are in it because they’re paid very well, in fact, much much better than what they can earn in the private sector.

    But what’s really appalling is that in spite of paying themselves so much with the nation’s $$$, they’re are not serving the people wholeheartedly.
    Instead most if not all PAP ministers are serving one person & care most about their own career & wellbeing.

    This is more unforgiving than paying themselves so much.

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  • xoxo:

    Sad to see so many former sg-PME NATION BUILDERS getting relegated from Middle-Class to New Poor.
    Sg,as a State,seems to still enjoy progress but as a Nation,many sgs have been marginised and impoverished to varying degree.

    Is that what our Leaders call Progress?

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  • monitor each 'ingredient':

    //Thus, it is ironical, the core ideology of the PAP, that of generating sustained economic growth to win votes, would also cause them to lose votes, because, instead of uplifting the standard of living, it is arguably making the lives of folks in the lower strata, lower-middle, and even middle strata, more difficult. That ideology had served the PAP well, and possibly the country, but it has long passed its use-by date.//

    aiyoh. not all variables will move linearly upwards (or downwards) and in tandem as there are limits & constraints (conflicting ??) to each variable once the threshold is breached ???

    the more ‘ingredients’ you put into a system, the more you have to calibrate and monitor each ‘ingredient’ carefully so that the final signature dish does not go out of whack ????

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  • clowns are clowns:

    Donkey years ago, Lim Cheong Yah had already sounded out the alarm bell that the disparity of the top and the lowest rung worker’s salary was way out. He commented that the G should have a minimum wage structure and the wages of the lowest rung worker’s salary be increased yearly. At the same time, those highly paid top earners should have their salary decreased, so that the gap would not be stretched further!!
    But, alas, his wise comment fell into deaf ears!! And a clown, who invented the phrase betterest and fasterest was the first to jumped up and shot LCY’s proposal down, arguing that factories would close down and shift to cheaper locations in other countries!! The rest is history!!

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    Singapore by natural selection has 3m+ local born year in year out.

    This means for quality of life on SMALL island, 3m+ is about the right size.

    pap increased the 3m+ to 6.9m, meaning, over 50% of the mouths in the island at any one time is no local born.

    This artificial increase in the number of mouths has many bad consequences.

    1, over crowding.

    2, smaller and smaller housing units causing low local births.

    3, unnatural demand on resources such as water electricity.

    4, more waste is produced.

    5, things become artificially expensive due to the premium rent on space.

    Moreover, and this is the worst consequence, over crowding with aliens PRs harms the nation in that in any conflict the SMALL island is already infiltrated with too many 007s.

    On another note, we say, since cotton sheep does not own even a car or a 1,300 sq ft HDB, why fight and defend someone else’s Maserati Mercedes Bungalow Condominium? Defend for ffff?

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  • Stupid Singaporeans Vote PAP:

    They are so comfortable on the ground enjoying all the luxuries they can get without the need to be responsible with their failed policies, eat good, sleep good, talk cock sing song good, bully people good, sue until your pants drop good, CPF fat fat good, why would they want to fly?

    It may crash and patay!

    theforgottongeneration:
    Actually the core (and flawed) ideology of pap is that by paying a pig the highest pay and giving it the longest runway, it will fly and even fly to new heights. And since it is supposed pigs can fly, then pappies supposed SG will prosper.

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  • How to Easily Raise GDP:

    1) Mega projects like Jewel, Sports Hub and Changi T5
    2) Rebuild hawker centres
    3) Resurface roads and car parks
    4) Replace walkways and metal railings
    5) Rebuild CCs

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  • Warning sign:

    The Low productivity of FWs and FTs have not been solved. The quality too.

    Sg going to lose out being hub of Asia pacific, perhaps only hub of south east Asia.

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  • LikeRats:

    Have you watch how cunning people trap rats on video? Bait is a must with ANIMALS. Rats gravitate towards food(or neccessities) and soon find themselves in an inescapable situation designed to entrap them. The natural leaders lead you to a DEAD end(you die with and in your lusts/ prosperity – an unequal outcome and by the hands and will of the “prodperous”). The leaders, however, who are wise will lead you to a land of global peace, and abundance.
    Unlike natural leaders, whose politics established self interests sovereignty(nationalistic), hence the abuse of the legal system, who cannot and will never lead to world peace on earth. Lacking in global vision, and the inability to unite nations in the true spirit of f peace, the people shall perish, like rats(constricted/choked on and by their lusts – social and economical)
    She then descend into lawlessness(the abuse of the legal system)

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Today, the annual salary of the prime minister, which is pegged to the salary of top professionals here, is around S$2m while that of a bus driver is around S$30,000, that’s a difference of around 67 times! In contrast, the annual salary of the PM of Denmark (which has a GDP per capita and population size similar to Singapore’s) is about S$360,000 while a bus driver there earns around S$70,000 per annum, a mere difference of about five times.
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    Dear Foong,
    If you don’t pay out of this world high salary, you will get mediocre politicians and corruption will set in.

    Just look at Ukraine corruption even they are at war.

    Corrupted UKraine imported 80,000 luxury cars in midst of war.
    Watch video at timeframe 5:11
    https://bit.ly/3NndVMS

    Angry Ukrainian Tuber ask Putin to bomb the custom with 80,000 luxury cars.

    The lower rank and average Ukrainian are dying at the frontlines while Zelenksy and his gang are making profits behind.

    Luckily, our great PAP abstains from voting against Russia.
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/singapore-abstains-vote-suspend-russian-un-human-rights-council-2615841

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    No Agriculture but UglyCulture:
    ..
    ..
    God made this earth for Man to toil. Yet Man, out of Greed, came to spoil. Will Singapore reduce to a foil with no food to boil?

    Can you ask your Christian God to tell your Colony Master thieves to return India the Crown Jewel ?

    India Says It Wants One of the Crown Jewels Back From Britain
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/world/asia/india-britain-koh-i-noor-diamond.html

    What happen to Thou shalt not steal..

    Still believe in Ang Mo God ? Better go de-colonized your brain.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Can you understand on one side PM Lee predicts Singapore will be $8billion poorer per annum for the next 2 to 3 years, but on the other side someone wants to spend more money on vanity project like airport T5!!

    Can they just scrap these type of projects to save the country’s money?

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  • Too wide the divide:

    Now the divide is too much.
    The top overpaid and the bottom underpaid.
    Not sustainable model….receipt for disaster.

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  • Trust only myself:

    “It’s the unthinking Singaporeans, Stupid!”……

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  • PAP Will Loose More Votes:

    Recession will be coming soon. Singapore will definitely be affected. PM predicts that we will be loosing 8 billion Dollars per year.

    Every items price are going up. Cost of Living is also increasing. The lower income and the Middle income are suffering everyday. But the PAP Ministers and the top Civil Servants do not feel the pains of the citizens.

    Why ? PM Lee has increased their salaries to between one to two million dollars per year. Even if a cup of tea costs S$100, they will not feel the pain. And up to now, their salaries have not been decreased.

    Do you think the Public is happy ? I can predict like PM that the PAP will be loosing more votes in this coming election. Good Riddance.

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  • Shape up or ship out:

    Someone longlong ago say pay peanuts will only get monkeys…so they paid themselves mil$$’ salaries…to attract top talents they say.
    Really? Even so, we still got monkeys in parliament.
    Sorry state of affairs in our once beautiful & clean city..
    Its not anymore..
    Shape up or we will ship you out!

    Tech: These type monkeys are different, they are very expensive extremely obedient monkeys, very rare breed!

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  • Stupid Singaporeans Vote PAP:

    I bet you the stupidity of Sinkies will prevail and will still overwhelmingly vote them in despite being screwed. It is beyond comprehension that even Sinkies knew PAP has been screwing them they still vote them in. Unbelievable. And really very funny too, never heard of one species as stupid as Sinkies. STUPIDITY HAS NO CURE suit them well. One pack of chicken rice every wrong thing done by PAP is forgotten.

    I have long given up hope on Sinkies. This rare species never use their brain. And that is the very problem why we are in such pathetic stage. NO ONE TO BLAME, CERTAINLY NOT PAP. PAP simply gives what stupid Sinkies what they “wanted”.

    Scammers knew very well Sinkies is very stupid and never use their brain to think type. Sinkies is their best target in the whole wide world.

    We need a war like in Ukraine to completely exterminate this species. PAP will be around for another 1000 years as long as there is this useless species called Sinkies around.

    PAP Will Loose More Votes:

    Do you think the Public is happy ? I can predict like PM that the PAP will be loosing more votes in this coming election. Good Riddance.

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