I am quite busy today and it is such a pleasure to have someone articulate part of how I feel about the PM view that the government lacked 20/20 foresight.
Singapore only got here because of the foresight of earlier leaders. Without that the courage and hard work would have amount to nothing. I can think of quite a few examples but I would just name two: Port Containerization. Lim Kim San foresaw it before all others and equipped our port to do that. Imagine what the future of this place would be liked if we had been late doing that. Next, we had just upgraded Paya Lebar at great cost when Lee Kuan Yew struggled over creating Changi Airport. Now whither Singapore without Changi? As for the incumbent PM, he is a more brilliant student than mom and dad. Would have made a world class mathematician but strategic thinking isn't his forte. He is only a technical thinker, good at tinkering with what he can see. Unfortunately this is not his greatest weakness and that is why I am blogging about it on a very busy day.
Again I am lucky to be able to begin by leveraging on someone else work: Michelle Obama's DNC speech.
Yes, it was the poverty of values of this PM that led him to make those decisions that has taken us to the present state our society is in. One which he now easily loses elections. He doesn't really care for the people. He serves Singapore as a concept; not breathing, flesh and blood Singaporeans. He expects us like the CCP do to the Chinese to "eat bitterness" for the sake of the nation, which is the euphemism for a select group of people which will do better with his policies and do not suffer the squeeze and the higher cost of living like the rest of us because his policies help their rising incomes outpaced inflation by a mile.
Today Singapore has one true value: Money. The rest are only only rhetoric and for dressing up to look good. This is a disaster in the making.
My kids told me it is the same in school. They are all tasked to bring glory to the school. Some feel used to that end. Far too many are too immature to realize what's happening. They are being trained from young to "eat bitterness". However those who can bring the school extraordinary glory will have a share of the spoils. If they keep at it, they will someday join the ranks of the elites. At that point, they get the lion share of the gains we serfs helped to produce and the losses are conveniently socialized. For a more intellectually rigorous understanding, read Nassim Taleb's latest book, "Antifragile"
Update: Jan 31, 11:35am
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