Dear The Real Singapore, I am a 50+ years old Singaporean. Not able to get into the local university because PAP said we are not good enough (back then they already planned to reserve places in local university for the foreign students, and kept daft Singaporeans in total darkness, including myself).
People of Chinese descent make up 70% of the population of Singapore. Singapore Chinese, as they are termed, enjoy systemic, racialized and institutional privilege in the country as opposed to the countries' minorities (primarily racialized as Indian and Malay). "Chinese privilege", as Sangeetha Thanapal has named it, functions very similarly to white privilege in the United States and Europe. To use Peggy McClintock's notion of white privilege and the invisible knapsack, Chinese privilege functions like an "invisible package of an invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious. [Chinese] privilege is like an invisible weightless backpack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks."
Do you wash you hair every day? Do you wake up early every morning just to get your shampoo fix? Can you not stand the thought of second day hair? Well stop it. Now. Because while you may think that washing your hair every day is doing it the world of good, it’s actually doing the opposite. I know it’s hard. I used to wash my hair every day too. But ever since finding out about the following seven reasons not to, I’ve learned to embrace the idea of a sleep-in and a shorter shower.
Ms Radha Basu's article and headline ("35,000 older workers earn less than $1,000"; last Sunday) cited the Ministry of Manpower's figures erroneously. The fact is that the total number of older workers has grown by more than three times in the past decade. This is due to many factors, among them, our ageing workforce, our tight labour market and the Government's efforts to boost the employability of older workers.
I refer to “Unionists worried about new CPF option”. Citizens are wary about these so called ‘unionists’ because they belong to Singapore’s pseudo workers’ unions run by the pro-business PAP. The main objective of a trade union is to promote the interest of its members but in Singapore’s upside-down system, NTUC has been promoting the interest of businesses at its members’ expense.
The 'Blame Game'? Hah, only we are guilty, not master! "Many work because they can't depend on children..." That may be true. But "35,000 older workers earn less than $1,000" is not because their children decided on how much working parents should earn. They earn less than $1,000 BECAUSE that's how much they are paid! And the wage-scale is determined by...? And market forces are regulated by...?
It was obvious the hike for the non-graduate civil servants was not meant to address the shameful Gini coefficient. The management executive officers - specifically those who work on policies and oversea operations - who are benefiting from the 5 pay cent increase this month are, by one account, in the over $10,000 a month salary bracket. The beneficiaries of this largess include 6,500 management executive officers and 5,300 management support officers.