Saturday, April 21, 2012

Singapore, Just a one large business park

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Singapore is simply one large business park for the world. It is very easy for anyone from anywhere to move to Singapore for business. Labor is cheap since there are no laws on minimum wage.

There are no laws in place requiring jobs to be given for citizens first. Workers have no job security. They can be hired and fired any time. There are no real unions since they protect employer’s rights, not the workers. Workers cannot strike because strikes are illegal.

The law courts are controlled by the government which will ensure that business owners are protected from their workers. There is no social security or any retirement funds for the old. Central Provident Fund which is Singapore’s retirement fund requires both the worker and the employer to contribute. As workers are allowed to draw on this fund to lease their costly government owned apartments in which the vast majority live, they enter their old age penniless since there is nothing left after paying for these costly leases.

This means the workers can never retire but need to go on working until they die. If they fall sick, their only option to live is to enter a homeless shelter where they will be housed and fed at government expense. Singaporeans eventually die in these homeless shelters an ignoble undignified death as paupers.

As for foreigners who come to Singapore for business on the other hand, it is a paradise. Labor is cheap and obedient as they can be paid a pittance and yet be relied on not to complain. If they do complain they can be fired anytime and replaced. International money transfers are easy and quick, enabling foreign businesses to transfer home their profits and leave the island entirely anytime they want. Infrastructure, transport and communication system is reliable and efficient (except for the recent breakdowns in subway trains) enabling business to function efficiently and smoothly. Tax is kept low to attract foreign businesses.

This makes doing business for New Zealanders, cheaper in Singapore than in New Zealand. Unlike New Zealanders who have to pay higher taxes for generous state retirement and social security programs for their citizens, Singapore keeps their taxes low since the government is not burdened with any such expense. The end result of this system of government means that Singapore’s own citizens are totally neglected while the foreigner’s interests are well protected. This has resulted in local Singaporeans being unemployed in their own country while the foreigners in the island enjoy full employment.

Local citizens end up in poverty and sickness in their old age and totally unprovided for, while the foreigner simply returns home to his country when times are bad, and returns once again when times get better. On the whole Singapore is just one big business park with low taxes, cheap labor, non unionized workforce, with office space available with good infra structure, a very good mix of conditions to attract foreign businessmen while the interests of the local native born Singaporean is not anywhere in this plan. Singapore’s is one government which is only interested in big business. Singaporeans really do not matter to them at all.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
Disbarred from practicing law in Lee's Singapore, imprisoned and refused entry to the island for criticizing Singapore's judiciary in this blog (see blogpost May 29, 2008 Singapore. Judge Belinda Ang's Kangaroo Court)
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