Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am not sure if you read not too long ago in the Singapore's state controlled press the Straits Times where Lee Kuan Yew's son, the Prime Minister had suggested in these days of job losses that they should try working as bus drivers as there were many vacancies. Are you not seeing a touch of desperation there?
We have also seen a series of articles in the press where the government claims to be re-training workers. But re-training to what? How do you re-train a 50 year old security guard who recently lost his job? And what are these industries that need him anyway?
The niches have all failed. The port has failed, no cargo. Tourism has failed, declining tourists. Singapore Airlines has failed, not competitive. Computer industry has failed, no business. Law has failed, corrupt judges. What is there left?
With the unstoppable brain drain and with a bad reputation for human rights and lack of judicial independence, Singapore is hurting in all directions.
If there is no industry that is viable since the government has run out of ideas and the people are afraid to become entrepreneurs for fear of offending Lee Kuan Yew, will someone tell me what all this re-training is about? What, re-training to be bus drivers?
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