Sunday , January 29 2023

PAP's "unbridled idea" produces "flawed policies"; new ideas need to be incorporated into S & Pore's political "genealogy": SDP leader Chee Soon Juan


The "brainstorming" in PAP has produced "flawed policies" for Singapore in the last 15 years, resulting in a "distorted economy", said Chee Soon Juan, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).

"The autocratic effort to keep the political blood clean in the PAP has produced a society unable to respond to changes and has begun the slow but sure demise of this country," he added.

Citing an article by Today in 2015, in which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reportedly said that Singapore will face three key challenges in the future: namely, economy, population growth and national identity, Dr Chee argued that Singapore is already facing these challenges.

Analysts from Japanese financial group Nomura have been quoted by The Business Times because it said that restructuring did not boost Singapore's productivity, and that the slow economic growth of the republic is expected to continue "until the end of this decade".

This was even acknowledged by Mr. Lee himself, according to Dr. Chee. Mr. Lee was quoted by CNA as saying in 2017 that "we feel the pain of restructuring," and have yet to see the "dividends of our hard work."

"It's been 15 years, and we're still not seeing results," Dr Chee said, adding that Lee "has formed seven sub-committees and consulted more than 1,000 individuals to help him come up with the plan."

"In any private organization, he would have been fired long ago," he said. "If for the last 15 years the PAP cannot figure out how to improve productivity and the economic situation, what do you think it will be able to do in the next five years?"

Although it is known that increased productivity equals economic growth, Dr Chee emphasized that even the mainstream media reported that Singapore is generally under great pressure when it comes to work.

Business InsidiousFor example, it was reported as recently as Mar this year that "92 percent of working Singaporeans are stressed", while Today reported that Singapore workers are "among the most stressed" worldwide. Singapore Business Review reported in 2014 that 6 out of 10 Singaporean Singaporeans surveyed were overpriced.

Citing a survey by the International Labor Organization, which revealed that only 19 percent of Singaporeans expect to work every day, Dr Chee asked: "How do you think you will increase productivity when our workers are overworked, are the most stressed globally, and don't looking forward to going to work?

"How PAP works [People’s Action Party] deal with this issue? It raises the cost of living, brings even more outsiders to increase our population to 10 million … and Mr. Lee spills gas on the fire telling everyone to steal everyone's lunch, "Dr. Chee said.

Linda Lim, professor of economics, analyzing the Committee for the Future Economy, said that what is not addressed is why all the committees' previous plans have failed, and why the government continues to make more such plans under such committees. .

"They say different things in other words," she said, as seen in the video published by Dr Chee.

Citing Bloomberg's report this year, Dr Chee said that at this rate, "Vietnam's economy could soon outstrip Singapore's economy by 2029," according to DBS Bank Ltd.'s findings.

"So far only 10 years, think about it," he warned.

Singapore's birth rates last year were "the lowest in the nation's history", a patriotism weakening among young Singaporeans: Dr Chee

Just this month, even the PAP Women’s Wing acknowledged that a high cost of living prevents Singaporeans from having children, Dr Chee said. Singapore's declining birth rates indicate that it is possible that "the proportion of older people is double that of young people" in a decade from now. 2018 has seen the lowest birth rate in Singapore's history since independence, at 1.14 births per woman in adulthood.

"Again, what is Mr Lee doing? He has been raising prices and taxes on multiple items in recent years – including school fees – and raising the GST to 9 per cent next year," said Dr Chee.

Problems arising from the open door policy on foreign labor and academics have also led to a failure to build a solid national identity.

Citing a 2007 CNA report – which revealed that 37 percent of younger Singaporeans do not feel patriotic, and more than half of them emigrated, given the opportunity to do so – Dr Chee said, "Are you surprised?" that our people do not feel loyalty to Singapore when you flood this country with foreigners to unfairly compete with them for jobs? "

"Companies in Singapore discriminate against Singaporeans, can you believe it? Even PAP MPs have acknowledged that locals are disadvantaged when it comes to finding a job," he added.

Dr Chee further said that considering the government funds foreign students 'scholarships "to set up hundreds of millions of dollars" in revenue from local students' tuition fees, it is absurd to "expect people to have a strong sense of national identity."

Other arrangements made under the government's open door policy include the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) – under which Indian nationals are recruited to work in Singapore, and Cisco's being allowed to recruit Taiwanese graduates as assistant police officers – to encourage more foreigners ministers. working in Singapore "even while our own PMETs are unable to find work and are increasingly turning to taxis and Grab cars," he added.

An injection of new ideas will expand Sore's "political gene pool", ensure Sore society's survival

Using the example of the Habsburg Monarchy in Europe several centuries ago, whose members married each other to preserve their power in the family, Dr Chee pointed out that the illness resulted in generations with congenital defects, as in the case of Charles II. from Spain, who had an unusually small heart and some bowel problems, among other conditions.

"The royal line ended with his early death," said Dr Chee.

"Science has shown that species with small gene pools do not allow for diversity and variety, and are prone to deletion when an event favors one feature over the other," he emphasized.

Thus, said Dr Chee, "we must create a large and robust body of ideas so that when circumstances change, we as a society will not be wiped out."

"This is why SDP came up with alternative new ideas on how to increase productivity, revitalize our economy, reduce the cost of living, provide affordable health, educate our children, etc.," he said, adding that "the only way we can do that it is for SDP to enter Parliament at the next round and stop PAP consumption ”.

"The PAP is bankrupt of ideas, and I'm not exaggerating or indulging in PAP bashing … I'm putting this together and connecting the dots for you so you can see the whole picture, not just bits and pieces here and there that may not make sense.

"This is the task of the opposition – to help our people see what's going on and understand where we're headed, to warn people about the problems," said Dr Chee.

Chee Soon John previously highlighted a plight of elderly Singaporeans living in poverty

Citing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's promise of election in 2015, in which Mr Lee said that elderly fellow members "deserve peace in their golden years" and "live their years with dignity," Dr Chee, in a video on July 30 , stressed, as after past elections to this day, seniors "find it difficult to meet ends."

This is evident in the number of seniors working as cleaners, as Dr Chee pointed out in his video, which he attributed in part to the government's policy of not allowing "retirees to withdraw their CPF savings at age 55".

While the CPF Board keeps Members' money at 55 for the purpose of CPF LIFE's annual scheme, Members will only be able to obtain monthly payments after the "eligible payable age" of 65 years of CPF Life, and only after applying for the CPF Board, as illustrated by a TOC reader earlier this year.

In view of the tragic plight of elderly Singaporeans who are "living in poverty" as a result of not being able to withdraw their CPF savings at 55, Dr Chee noted that some of them "have to sleep on the streets and McDonalds because they are homeless. ”, And that many of them also contemplated committing suicide, as they could" find no way out "of their dark financial situation.

The number of suicides among elderly Samaritans has reached a "record high" since 1991 in 2017, with 129 elderly people aged 60 and over taking their lives, as reported by Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) a year ago.

Younger generations are not spared by the negative effects of PAP policies, according to Dr Chee, as many "turn to driving taxis and cars" because of retractions that many attributed to the open door "foreign talent" of the PAP. .

Dr Chee also reiterated the multiple rising costs of basic necessities such as the 30 percent increase in the water tax, as well as increasing city council fees and public education fees as an example of how the PAP will "pay you and pay".

"Before elections, it [PAP] will lower the price of this and that how to give you copied for 50 cents and get your vote. But after the elections, it will increase prices again and then, later take back the money it "gave you," he charged.

"Before elections, it will give you a chicken wing. After elections, it requires a whole chicken," Dr Chee added.

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