1. When Singaporeans leave for other countries, they are ‘quitters’. But when others come to Singapore, they are ‘talent’.
2. When Singaporeans want to be citizens of other countries, you warn them about being second-class citizens. When others want to become Singaporeans, you say we must not be xenophobic, we must welcome them, integrate them, treat them as equals.
3. When you say “political stability”, you mean “PAP forever”.
4. If a protest happens in Singapore but the PAP doesn’t acknowledge it, it didn’t make a sound.
5. That National Service— something which every virtually Singaporean man hates, tries to keng and siam to the best of his ability– is now a defining experience in being Singaporean and differentiates us from so-called ‘instant citizens’.
6. That it is Singaporeans’ fault that they do not have enough children, despite the great parenthood package incentives the Govt has thrown at them.
Apparently PAP haven’t realised that Singaporeans work the longest hours in the world; that HDB flats have become smaller and smaller over the years; that condos have become shoebox apartments; that repeated exhortations by PAP leaders in the past that Singapore cannot afford to slow down or other countries will overtake us; that PAP’s desire to be No 1 in everything from port services to financial industry means everyone has to work ‘cheaper, betterer and fasterer’.
Can PAP see that all these are incompatible with large and stress-free families? Why on Earth does PAP think that anyone can, should or wants to raise a large family in Singapore, in the face of all these, is beyond me.
7. That Singapore’s low fertility rate has created an aging population thus necessitating another huge injection of foreigners over the next 15 years to create a 6.9M population to sustain the tax base and create economic growth.
But I don’t get it.
If Singapore had maintained fertility at the target rate of 2.1 (ie at the so-called replacement rate) starting 1980, the resident population would have stayed stable at 3.2M. Would the PAP be satisfied with a 3.2M population, when the PAP clearly wants a large population to feed its economic engine? If not, why blame Singaporean’s low fertility rate? Just say you want more GDP lah!
8. That PAP will take in between 15,000 and 25,000 new citizens each year, or about 400,000 ‘new’ citizens by 2030.
Somehow the PAP must have a plan to find 400,000 foreigners who want to come here to serve NS, even when native citizens hate NS and do their best to avoid it. I think they may be targeting Africans, Afghans, etc for whom NS is nothing compared to civil unrest and wars in their own countries.
9. That we can have a ‘strong’ Singaporean core with only 55% citizens, of which more than 5% of which will be so-called ‘new’ citizens, meaning ‘old’ Singaporeans form less than 50% the population. I didn’t know that a ‘core’ can be less than 50% until now.
10. That once the ‘new’ citizens are cleverly attracted to Singapore by PAP, they will find a way to ensure these ‘new’ citizens will never give up their citizenships to return to Beijing when they have earned enough money here and no longer see the benefits of citizenship. Amazing!
* The title is a homage to Mr Brown’s Singapore National Education series, long before he became famous.