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      Thursday, February 25, 2010

      THE TEMASEK REVIEW

      The Voice of Singapore from Singaporeans for Singaporeans

      Majority of Singaporeans disappointed with 2010 Singapore Budget

      February 24, 2010 by admin  
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      Written by Our Correspondent

      Contrary to what was said by the PAP MPs and reported in the state media, the majority of Singaporeans are disappointed and unhappy with the 2010 Singapore Budget unveiled lately by Finance Minister Tharman.

      The PAP MPs have been singing praises of it in unison while the Singapore media has been focusing on the hike in foreign worker levy to placate Singaporeans angry with the ruling party’s pro-foreigner policy.

      In an open forum conducted by Yahoo which has attracted more than 200 comments so far, many Singaporeans posted their frank views on the Budget.

      Don wrote:

      “Kind of disappointed. Was looking for more incentives to promote Singaporeans to have more babies given the recent talk about the need to increase the birthrate.. benefits provided to families will hardly scratch the cost of bringing up a child.. Also, hope the foreign worker levy will not apply to maids… if not that is another hit to potential parents who is considering getting some help around the house after childbirth..”

      Nat added:

      “Why am I not surprised that there is a deficit in the budget report? Because it was for 2009! If I did not remember incorrectly, that was also the year of the economic crisis, and the poor investment decisions of many in Senior Management of Government and Quasi Government who lost much of our monies….It seems those who are running government nowadays has nothing better to do than tweeking things whenvever they feel bored – just to make it look like these officials are doing something useful.I can only say that Singapore instead of getting better, Singapore is deteriorating…what a sad state of affairs it is for those of our generation who have worked so hard to make Singapore what it was today, and then to be slowly but gradually destroyed…”

      cskp felt the foreigner issue was not dealt with adequately:

      “From my understanding of the budget speech , the problem of foreign workers are not fully dealt with and is too general . In my opinion , it should address the foreign worker situation into two broad categories . One group being the construction and service industries and the second group are the professionals, managerial and executives . I belong to the second group . I returned to Singapore after 8 years working in China and after one year with the same company , I was retrenched . There are 3 other foreigners in the same team and the company chose to retrench the local , given all of us have the same set of skills to perform the job. There are several factors , one being office politics , too many foreigners within the same team , protecting their own interests . Having a boss who is also a foreigner didn’t help. What I’m trying to relate here is we have too many foreigners across all sectors and there is no level-playing field when your bosses and your other team members are all foreigners , discriminating Singaporeans in their own backyard.”

      Maddie L is now afraid of taking “incentives” from the ruling party:

      “I m disappointed. Nothing much was addressed on the higher and ever increasing costs of living, I m afraid of taking incentives from gov, because in the past it shows how they give you one dollar and take back 10dollars from you. LIke the SP services increasing constantly despite it uses natural gas and transport, ERP and housing keep getting more costly. Plus this increasing productivity to me is like asking you to work hard and longer and we all know that it takes forever for our pay to be increased by bosses.”

      The chorus of discontent expressed by Singaporeans is an indication that the ruling party is fast losing the support and confidence of the people to run the country.

      Despite its frequent trumpeting of its “achievements”, many Singaporeans can attest to the fact that life has not improved for them. In fact, it has become more stressful to live in Singapore due to a combination of stagnant wages, rising cost of living and increased competition with foreigners.

      The ruling party has screwed up its immigration policies big time by importing too many (unsuitable) foreigners into Singapore within too short a period of time without putting up a comprehensive social safety net for Singaporeans.

      As Wacko puts it succinctly:

      “Let’s sum up all. I bet the govt vote% will be lower than the last election 66%. You get what it mean??”

      The ruling party is likely to win less votes in the next election and if the opposition is able to work together and field credible candidates, it may even lose its traditional two-thirds majority in Parliament.



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