Saturday, April 14, 2012
Thumbs up to Lim Chong Yah
Even as I strongly disagree with his policy prescription, I like the way Prof Lim pressed his point that labor is not cattle! For too long this government has been practicing Social Darwinism on the stealth.
The government by not acknowledging their error here is wasting everyone's time. We do not know if the erosion of support has only make them downshift their gears in Social Darwinism or have they abandoned it.
By mistreating our poorer members with such labor policies all these years, I wonder if they are taking some of us for fools?
Business people face incredible competitive pressure. Many, especially the SMEs will even clutch at straws. If you make labor cheap, which ones would refuse. They have no spare capacity to worry about the economic externalities they cause. If government do not defend the dignity of the needy with appropriate policies (especially enacting minimum wage), the rest of society is not organized to help them holistically; they will suffer deprivation. This is just trying to slowly starve them out of existence in order to upgrade the gene pool of this society. We are inhuman to allow this.
Indeed IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE, NOT CATTLE.
Posted by PengYou at 5:09 PM