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Mythbuster 3 : Just another party trumpeting for Singaporeans?


Singaporeans, do you recognise this red cover?

This is Singaporeans First’s passage for you to have a secure life with a strong safety net that will take away the ‘kiasuism’ that is so prevalent in our current society and subsequently allow you to pursue your dreams. We will allay your financial doubts in our later FAQs.

Our response to your third question:

3.   What does SingFirst want to achieve for Singaporeans?

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Our Reply:

We want to ensure that Singaporeans are not discriminated nor disadvantaged by a liberal immigration policy but are given a fair and equal chance to get jobs at fair wages. We will help Singaporeans raise strong and happy families by providing:

First, generous allowances to children up to the age of six;

Second, free education from primary school to university and;

Third, to enable mothers to continue working by building self-contained communities with jobs and services (like childcare centres, polyclinics, hospitals, schools, shops, cinemas) closer to homes.

We want Singaporeans to become confident people with high self-esteem by providing a strong social safety net that will take away their fear of failure when they venture into the world with spontaneity, audacity and creativity.

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  1. I like SingFirst’s focus on the values of spontaneity, audacity, and creativity. these traits are currently not those that would be generally descriptive of the young Singaporean. i would add a 4th which is an “adventurous spirit” although this may be surmised under “audacity”. we shld inculcate in our youth the joy of having fun and play, and to be spontaneous. (the PAP’s emphasis on tight social control has brought about a very conforming society).

    you also use the term “venture into the world”. i would prefer something like “pursue their interests/dreams and/or their natural talents”.

    I would suggest you give more meat to the terms “strong safety net” and “strong and happy families”. i suppose a strong family also mean a close-knit family that is financially stable, with parents having sufficient leisure time with their children. i guess that you are advocating a strong safety net that is some sort of assistance that would be provided by the govt. again, the term “strong” needs to be amplified. how comprehensive shld this safety net be because i don’t think the average Singaporean today understands enough of what it means for the govt to provide “social security” in the way countries such as the USA, Canada, Hong Kong or Australia do. will there be “unemployment insurance” pay for a number of months when you lose a job? or when you reach 65 years old, you automatically get “Medicaid” in the US, or the Healthcare gold card in Canada.

    in my view, i think there are currently so many rules and regulations in the CPF that the average Singaporean don’t understand enough of. why such a need for a huge minimum sum beyond retirement? what exactly does Medicare cover? and many more related social issues that are tied up with the savings in one’s CPF account.

    SingFirst would do many Singaporeans a big favour by defining what a “strong safety net” would mean for them and their children’s future.

    Best wishes in all your endeavours and Godspeed.

  2. Looks good, those who have done well in Singapore should support those who need help. Enlightened self interest…how can one be truly happy when a fellow citizen is in a bad state. Better help else we can no longer walk safely on the streets if 20 years later, children deprived of love grow up without skills/hope turn desperate.

    Linked to these should be some accountability/details on how were funds belonging to the country spent in the last decade, particularlyon education and healthcare. Think of corporates which disclose remuneration according salary bands: we need some transparency on the amount paid to workers (teachers, nurses) , administrators and infrastructure. Likewise, not-for-profit organizations who are genuine will show us
    how much every $1 donation is distributed. The thrust is fairly direct, rather than ask about Reserves as even President Ong was given the run around. Just show details of the expenses incurred by the country, let Singapore see/decide if sufficient. How much every $1 tax is distributed.

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