Singapore Imports Foreigner to Steal Jobs from Singaporean Depressing Our Wages.

Singapore-Siao asked a good question.
“protecting Singaporean means not importing foreigners en-masse, REGARDLESS OF WHAT ECONOMIC GOOD THEY BRING in, because they will result in Singaporeans being reduced to minority in our homeland.
That alone, is enough to stop me from voting the bunch of thugs who just committed treason.”

Why?

Singapore-Siao good question rise.
What you probably means is that the import of foreigners are stealing Singapore’s job, depressing our wages.

So my question is, what makes you think that they have to come to Singapore to steal your job?

We are not a close economy, and foreigners are in fact everywhere stealing our jobs and depressing our wages, even they are not physically in Singapore.

1) look at the products that we have now in our home. How many products are made in China, Malaysia, Thailand…, how many products are made in Singapore? Why not people buy made in Singapore product, so that our factory can continue to operate here, and not be migrated to another land for their production? The universal truth is people still go for low cost. We cannot blame most of the Singaporean to buy made in China iPhone iPod, and not Creative phone or MP3 players.

With the convenient of internet in these era, I have to admit that I often go online to buy products directly from China instead of the local shops here in my neighborhood. Although it is only a few minutes walk, but online purchase has much more choice, faster, cheaper, and it even includes delivery to my door step. More local merchants will be screwed.

Singapore produce nothing, no natural resources. We are only a land of human beings, which China/India have more and cheaper than us.

What we have now that can differential ourselves from the other nations is our political stability, reputation, branding that early generation has built over the decades. These are what we are surviving on, and we as Singaporean should not attack on the things that keeps us alive.

In fact, the world could easily no without Singapore. Everyone prefer to buy direct from wholesale instead of through a trader. Singapore with nothing cannot do without the world.

2) look at the jobs and services available online. Technology changes the world. Internet has help make the world smaller, by bridging our communication at a very low cost. IT department is no longer needed in this new era. We are very comfortable using email online, software in the cloud, that we hardly need any more IT staffs. Today IT services is provided 24hrs a day support by people all over the globe.

Even the customer services of big companies do not have to physically in Singapore to serve you. At 1pm, it could be an officer from India attending your call. If you are a Chinese, they can easily route you to their colleague who is in China to talk to you. When you need help at night, the officer from USA can help you up.

Check out how much you can hire for someone to write your software/programming, do website, write content, draw graphics and design for you. It cost as low as $5 from “Fiver”. Look at “oDesk” and many more. I can’t cannot compete at all at this ridiculous rate.

We have to look at the world in a boarder view, and not acting like a frog in the water well. These slow changes in the world economy will kick you out without you knowing. If our life sucks now, it is already an indicator that we are falling behind the world. Like a frog a pot of water put to boil, it will be boiled to death without even knowing why.

3) If Singaporean can’t even compete with foreigners right here in Singapore, then what makes you so sure that we can compete with them overseas.

You lost a job to a foreigner in Singapore, at least the job is still in Singapore. The business is still here. You can train harder and take back your job in Singapore. If the business cannot continue operate here, the whole list of jobs will be lost, you may have to travel overseas to get your job. Now you have become the very foreigner that you hates.

One business lost is more than that list of jobs. Many customers, vendors, depends on the business to operate. A chain of businesses will be affected. All businesses are related to other businesses, one way or another.

Foreigner stay here, eat here, they will also need to spend. There will be other businesses who will benefits also.

4) So if our job is taken over by foreigner, what we need to do is to shift our mindset. To acknowledge that the world is changing.

a) We need to improve our skills if we want to take back that jobs. Convince your boss that you are better than FT. If we can help boss earn more income than what we get paid monthly, there is no reason why the boss don’t hire us. The boss will only gain, no loss, because we showed boss that we can help them make more money than what we get for our stable monthly salary.

b) If the boss is stubborn and cannot be convinced by you, and prefer to hire cheap cheap for better profit margin or whatever…, then why not setup a business to compete with your boss? Since you already have the confident and capability to earn more than your usual stable monthly salary, it is a no-brainer to do your own business instead of helping your lousy boss.

Doing own business even better. You will not have your wage depressed, because you are now the captain and can decide how much you should pay yourself. If you want to earn more, no one can stop you, if you want to relax and earn less, no one can force you. You determine your own destiny instead of being threaten by your boss and your FT competition.

When you business grows bigger, even laggi best. Now you can have more capability to help those Singaporean around you, providing them with jobs. Your boss lousy doesn’t mean you need to follow his foot step. You can do your part and control the community around you.

c) Now with so many foreigners in Singapore, we can even have more chance to work and network with them. Form a business partnership. Singapore is a hub, we can be a land to help businesses connect. Foreigner may have good product or services in their hometown that they can offer to the world. Having lived and worked in Singapore, have Singaporean friends, whom do you think they are more likely to work with. Singapore, of course. Network with FT for there are more opportunities than it is to a lost of 1 job. Business opportunities is about networking. More friend is better then less.

Singapore has no resources and depends a lot on business networking to survive. If not for our leader’s foresight and make friend with people from all over the world, we may not have so many foreigner competing, neither would we have so many opportunities and progress. Life is like that, you open the window to let the fresh air in, you will also at the same time let the flies or mosquito in.

Closing…
Importantly is to installed Singaporean with the correct mindset to survive in the competitive world today. There is no way we can stop the world from being better than Singapore. We can only be better and running faster than them. We have to because we depend on the world to survive. They world owns us nothing.

Learn from business man how the survive in business world, and yet is capable enough to feed Singaporeans with monthly stable income. If our life is sucks, it is definitely our fault, because we are the one who is controlling our own life. No government can stop you from success, neither can the gov force you to work harder.

“If we are born poor, it is not our fault. If we die poor, it is definitely our fault.”. No one owns us a living. Understand and accept this reality, we can changed our own life, because the power to change our life has always been in our own hand.

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Will Minimum Pay Work? The Truth…

Many people and some opposition party believe that minimum wage works.

I have write many thoughts regarding about it. I decide to search for video which is more interesting to understand the impact minimum wage will actually bring to the poor people. It is interesting to learn that many other people in the world have the exact same thought as I am.

The Truth about the Minimum Wage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siW0YAAfX6I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbuJYhX3prc

Is Singapore Our Home?

The mindset of opposition supporter is quite straight forward. The reason why some people are thinking differently from the government because they treat the definition of home a home, and nation a nation. These can results in many of the misunderstanding between the government and the anti-government.

taken from:

http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/08/daniel-goh-zaobao-a-dark-day-for-academia/#comment-2229384850

A Home, A Nation, A Company. Are They Different or Same?

“from mouseking

“There you go again with your confusion. A home is never a company! And that is why we have to defend our home from becoming a company.”

“No, a nation and home. They are not different entities! A company is a different thing altogether! Therein lies yours and fap’s confusion!”

mouseking treated these definition strictly from textbook. Of course they are different.

If you treats all these as the same, you will be able to understand a lot more of the perspective that seems evil doing from the government’s policy. In order to understand why government has been so evil, you first have to treat your nation as your own home, and all fellow Singaporean as if they are your close and loved family members.

They Are the Same

mouseking replied me a few times that a nations and it triggers my memory. An encounter I had in a recent year.

“from Siong Boon” as follows

“Yes. It is. I didn’t really think deep about this topic, until I personally saw one incident with my own eye. It totally provided me that perspective. It was then I understand that there is this two perspective of home.
One fine afternoon, As I was going out walking down my flat, I saw a primary school kid wearing school uniform on his way back home. He taking his drink from this disposal drink (seal type poke with a drinking straw). There was some left over in his cup, and he no longer want to drink some more. What I saw is amazing.
Without much thoughts, he swing his arm and threw that disposal cup towards the door of our HDB rubbish chute door. The cups smashes at the door and the drink were spilled over over the place. It is something that I would not even try to do. This sort of mental behavior is trained from young.

At the moment, I thought to myself, is this the usual way people dispose their waste at home? The answer to me was obvious. There are two kind of people in this society. One group of people only look towards themselves. They like their home. Anything outside their door, it is non of their business, it  is other people’s business. Rubbish in their home they pick up. Rubbish outside their home, it is other people business. These people usually think of themselves as a priority.

Another group of people treat every where as their home. Rubbish outside, they pick up, see got people need help they help. The whole Singapore is their home, everyone is their family member, helping one another.
That’s the difference between mentally. If one truly love Singapore and Singaporean, one will go for the solution that benefits the society as a whole, and not only think about the benefits for themselves. There is a difference between the mindset of these two group of people, which can be reflected by the kind of policies that they are supporting in the coming election.
Do you see your home as your home, or Singapore as your home? It can easily be seen from your daily behavior and thinking mindset.”

Treat it as if it is Your Home

The same rules applies to companies. If you behavior differently when you treat company as a place to make your earning, and if you treat the company as your home.

If we treat Singapore as our home, as our company, as our source of income, as a place which help us survive and live good life, you will be able to connect to what the government is trying to do. Government’s doing look cruel and evil on the outside, but in reality it is caring a lot for Singaporeans, a reason why they are one of the longest ruling party in the world. All these will be gone when there are more and more people thinking inwards into themselves, ignoring things outside them, outside the door of their own home.

The following is taken from a discussion from

http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/08/with-you-for-you-for-singapore-pap-launches-manifesto/#comment-2227468751

Someone suddenly throw at me a question asking why PAP vote so low but still took up so many seats? What he had position his view to me is that the voting system is not fair?

I did took some time to think about it. This has came up quite a number of times during our cross fire discussion but I didn’t really think about it until this question was throw at me. I didn’t have the immediate answer to this question yet, but in my mind, I know voting is a fair game. There must be a positive perspective, how we can re-frame such a thoughts.

Low Vote, Many Seats, Why?

This is what “WhatTheFishIsThis” asked me. A tricky question, wanting me to link the results to the cause of Gerrymandering Theory and GRC system.

“Can you explain how 61% of popular vote can translate into 80 of 87 seats in Parliament (2011). Isn’t this gerrymandering and the GRC system ?”

GRC is Unfair

I ponder for a while. With faith that voting system is fair, and through reasoning, I can see that in fact there is actually not much a relationship between the vote result due to the drawing of GRC boundary.

Indeed I once said to myself “As long as PAP keep the GRC system they will not get my vote”. All along my mind, this is one of the most difficult thoughts to overcome. Overcoming the thoughts of PAP as evil. A gentleman should not need to resort to such method to win votes. It is like playing cheating. This leads to a thought that PAP is hiding something, must be doing something evil such that they need to resort to this lowly tactic.

Actually this thought is one of the mental trap. For once we assume PAP is evil, it become very easy to fall into the theory of the Gerrymandering.

Now when I think deeper, actually it doesn’t reason out. The following is my reply to the questions

Rules of the Game

from “Lim Siong Boon

This is very easy to explain. This is how the voting game rule works. A seat won has nothing to do with the overall percentage of the voters in Singapore. This sort of results will happen when the fight is close to 50%.
Let’s take a simple example to explain. Imagine if PAP win all the sits by merely only 1%. This means that each sits is 50.5% (PAP) to 49.5% (Oppos).
PAP win all seats, Oppos has no seats. But if you look at the results, PAP only have 50.1% supporters, but Opposition has 49.5%.
This clearly demonstrate the logic behind the fact that the number of seats has nothing to do with the overall percentage of the voters choice.
The only way to link the percentage concept is to do the voting as a whole nation. If opposition get 10% of the votes, then they should be allocated for example 9 seats. But all along in history, it is not how the game was played. Maybe when you become PM, you can change to this method of playing. For now, we will just have to follow the current rule.

How to Steal an Election by Gerrymandering

I thought I have managed to simply the explanation for the question rises, but “WhatTheFishIsThis” didn’t give up. and throw out the following picture.

gerrymandering

Oh my god, this is how the theory work. The picture present the theory in a very simple to understand manner. It allow us to get the concept without thinking too hard into it. It simply says that there is a big difference in the election result just by drawing of lines.

This of course will help reader to relate to the GRC, and the consistent PAP winning. Poor voting percentage but still can get high number of seats. It creates an instant link for opposition supporter to relate.

I know this isn’t seems right but frankly speaking, it is not easy to explain in a simple manner. Opposition supporter like to justify their version of the stories with these sort of gimmick. The good faith that I have, really help push me to think even harder. Thinking hard for what could be wrong with this explanation on this Gerrymandering theory.

After thinking through how a real voting process is, I finally got the ideal to explain it in a more rationale manner. This illustration has a flaw. The reality is just not the same as the theory on presented on this picture illustration. No one will have the luxury to draw the line and ensure that they will win. It is not possible, unless you know the voting result before you draw.

Gerrymandering is a Story

from “Lim Siong Boon“, how I finally get to reply his question,

“Come on. Try harder to stir emotion and sow distrust.
Trying to buff small kids is it?
In real election, do you think the box are color first, and then the line is then draw?
Or the line is draw first then the color is done?”

There is nothing about Gerrymandering

Like any other concept or theory, there are many reasoning about  gerrymandering that I can find on the internet.

from “Lim Siong Boon“,

“by the way, there are two side of gerrymandering.
This is the other side for a more balanced view (for the benefit of the rest).
https://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/09/08/gerrymandering-myths-and-the-midterms/https://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/09/08/gerrymandering-myths-and-the-midterms/
scientist justified with data.
Another one, if it is not enough,

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/06/could-gerrymandering-be-good-for-democracy-119581

So sorry, I search what I believe in, so Goggle will always give me the
result I wanted. Any form of opinion. There is always two side to a
coin.”

Whatever we believe in, we tends to search it from Goggle. And the results will pop up what people are searching for. If we search “Gerrymandering Evil”, the search results will pop up with evil stuffs related to Gerrymandering, read about it, reinforcing our believe that Gerrymandering is evil. It is important also to learn the other sides of thing. If we search “Gerrymandering myth”, you will often get views of the alternative. Keep your soul in touch with the reality, and have a balance view, a mind of your own.

Does Gerrymandering Really Work?

Does Gerrymandering really works? Of course not. If applying Gerrymandering means you will win, then PAP would not have lost so many seats in 2011. This fact already shows that Gerrymandering has no effect. A lousy government will eventually be overthrown. If you are capable of winning, you will win.

When PAP won over the Potong Pasir constituency in 2011, there was no changing of boundary for that constituency. This is a form of respect for the opposition. Gerrymandering was not applied in that constituency, but PAP still win in 2011 after many attempts to win it back.

The same apply to Punggol East by-election in 2013. PAP won Punggol East during the 2011 election. WP was able to win it from PAP in the 2013 by-election from the same group of voters in the 2011. Fair game. No boundary re-draw as well in this case. You good, you win.

If Gerrymandering GRC system works, then how come draw line already, WP can still win Aljunied GRC? This again shows that it does not matter how the line is drawn. If a party is strong enough, nothing can stop them from winning.

All these clearly indicates that to win the election, you need quality people. WP
or PAP can win because they got the ingredients inside them.

When people lose, to save face, they often need some explanation or
stories of why they lose. Who will want to embarrasses themselves by
telling the world that they lose because they are not good enough. It is
better to push the blame to Gerrymandering and GRC.

If the opposition lost this 2015 election, there will probably be new excuses,

  • Kiasu snap election after our NDP 2015 Jubilee year celebration
  • Remembering Lee Kuan Yew
  • Propaganda documentation on TV all year round
  • etc…

Face it, face the reality. We lose a business, a contract, a job or an election, is simply we cannot make it. There is nothing to lose face about.
It is only when we acknowledge our mistake, will we able to take action to improve
ourselves for the better. If you keep thinking it is other people’s
factor, due to Gerrymandering, due to GRC, you will find that there is
nothing you can do about it, because these are things you cannot
control. You will find yourself keep wanting to change the things that
you cannot change, and forgot about the things you can change.

Learn from successful people like LTK, be good, form a good team and fight
with the head up accordingly to the rules of the game. Become the PM and
change the rules you think it the best.

It is the quality of our mindset which is the most important.

What is the Singapore’s Stake

Many opposition supporter view Singapore operating like a business cooperation, thinking that their labour is being exploited.

Yes, I agree that Singapore is operating like a cooperation and I agree Singapore should be operated like a cooperate. It is the essential of why we enjoy what we enjoy today.

To say that people are being exploited is unfair. No one can exploit us, unless we want them to. Likewise, no one can stop us from the success that we want, if we are determined.

We are unlike any other nations where they can do what they like, because their motherland is rich of resources. When our mother is poor, we basically have not much of a choice, except to be work collectively together like a organised coorperate.

Various institutes are form, Singaporean working together over the decades to help built up Singapore reputation as a branding. We have earned and enjoy what we have now because Singaporean built the reputation and branding over the decades.

Singapore has no natural resources, no land for food. Only manpower, but other nations have much much more than us. We are basically surviving on our reputation and branding. And if we are not protecting the resources that are feeding us now, you know what will happen next. There is only one reason why other nations are willing to trade with us.

Other nations do not have such worries at all, because most can self sustain. It is important not to take all these for granted. Our only resources that keeps this tiny island alive is our Singapore brand as a whole, and it is important not to have it damage at all cost. This understanding alone can explain a lot of things happening in the political world. Singaporean are not protecting the PAP, but is protecting what the PAP is trying to protect.