There are snatch theft and robberies in Singapore.
I do take a camera and snap as I walk on the streets in china past midnight. So far, I had not been attacked. Well, I dress down and do not get distracted by lure for prostitution or cheapies or fun.
But I do arm myself just in case I get attacked.
What that is making life more and more difficult are the controversial policies made by the ruling party, who only seem to care about their own pockets.
1) Influx of foreigners
They keep repeating these people are here to fill up jobs like cleaning, construction etc. But seriously, are these the only places you see them? I see China Chinese in basically every single type of job available here. Who do not agree this?
2) Cost of housing
I might be able to understand the ridiculous price of resale flat (I still dun agree that non-citizens can buy HDB flats) due to free market. But why are new HDB flats pegged to market rate also?? Many young couples now face 30 yrs housing loan, if they are even lucky enough to get a new flat. Most will not have much left CPF left after that.
3) CPF withdrawal
Why the ever-increasing CPF withdrawal age, and not allowing lump-sum withdrawal? Do you really believe the actual reason is because they are afraid old men will have their money cheated by China women? Or simply because they need more money for 'some' investing companies?
4) No minimum wage policy & job security
With readily available cheaper labour options, wages will remain stagnant for years to come. S'poreans will continue to lose their jobs as they get older and more expensive. We are told to be cheaper, faster & better, but why aren't the people on top leading by example?
If these goes on, i really pity the next few generations who will become slaves in this elitist society, working till their last breath to maintain the economic numbers but reducing quality of life.
Last edited by UandMe; 19th January 2010 at 10:04 AM.
They say, beggars can't be choosers. I have a solution for all of you feeling the pinch:
1. Work hard.
2. Spend wisely.
3. Save little by little.
4. Buy only what you need.
5. Don't anyhow 'invest' your money.
6. Keep fit and stay healthy.
7. Patience pays.
8. Smokers, quit smoking. (I did)
9. Got problems? Find the solution then go bark at the right tree.
10. If things don't work out, its not the end of the world. Keep trying.
Thinking less of it makes my life happier. Why? Because I know I still have money (although very little stored) somewhere in case I need to use it.
It is not a matter of how much money is in the account... I just don't like it that my own "locked" money is being pushed back further and further, it makes me wonder.
Good that you mention safety net... our money cannot use for many things except for housing/education/some medical maybe a few more... but seeing the losses piling up makes me nervous and without full transparency who the hell knows?
I tot abt this long time ago and don't care whatever inside CPF anymore, other than buying house or invest is some stocks.
Just need to save enough for the future, that's it.
I think living here is the best.
Got good food, lots of jobs, safe, etc.
Enjoy your life to the fullest, if don't like Singapore, go and migrate. No one is stopping you. I believe our government has done well to make Singapore a liveable place.
With regards to the MIW, if you can find me a better replacement let me know. Besides, there are other bigger things to think about e.g. pick up a new skill, plan for my family and retirement...etc.
I keep asking my agents why the ridiculous pricing in HDB resale units. They say, people keep buying. I emailed HDB, I got nothing. Hence, I got nothing much to add. I am a peasant like many others looking for a flat but always being turned down. Talked to my MP a few times and he kept telling me to be patient so I wait.
In the meantime, I find things that keeps me productive. (with the exception of surfing internet and replying CS of course. LOL!)
Firstly, how do you know the oppositions cannot do it if you do not give them a chance? Just because the MIW say so? This is something the ruling party has been brainwashing everyone and many seem to just accept it. The MIW were once an opposition, will they be wat they are now if S'poreans did not give them a chance then?
Secondly and more importantly, we do not need to overthrow the current ruling party in order for changes to happen. I do not think replacing the MIW totally in the next election is good for S'pore too. We just need more opposition voices for them not to take us for granted (or like fools).
I definitely admire you in making the best of wat you can now, though we have to look deeper to know why are we in this current state. Example why HDB price is so high...
ERP is good ! u drive u pay ! dun pay then dun drive ! fair and square !