Budget 2013 does not contain any radical measures — fundamental approach to economic management is unchanged

February 26, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
26 February 2013

After the intense debate on the population white paper, Budget 2013 reads almost like a supplementary paper designed to address key issues arising from the population paper. Certainly, Budget 2013 appeared to touch on all the hot button topics of the day, especially those arising from the earlier population debate.

Budget 2013 is divided into two major sections — the Quality Growth Programme, and Building A More Inclusive Society.

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An unfettered supply of cheap labour hurts enterprise in the long run

February 25, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
25 February 2013

After the Worker’s Party launched its own population policy paper, entitled “A Dynamic Population for a Sustainable Singapore“, some businesses were up in arms, decrying the paper as stifling and destructive.

The WP had proposed setting a population target of between 5.6 million and 5.8 million, lower than the government’s white paper which proposed an eventual population size of 6.5 million to 6.9 million by the year 2030.

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The Population White Paper Attacks Us in our Deepest Identity

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Speech by Dr Vincent Wijeysingha on 16 Feb 2013

Two days ago, the Singapore Democratic Party launched its population policy paper. We made six recommendations that we hope are comprehensive and coherent, defended by international research. Our objective is not to target a particular population figure but to create the conditions, both economic and social, which will achieve a reduction in our population over a manageable period. I offer it for your consideration; please read it on our website.

But this afternoon, in this historic park, I have come to join you, my fellow Singaporeans, to share this platform with these distinguished speakers, simply because the White Paper on population attacks us in our deepest identity.

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Martyn See’s observations about the Hong Lim rally

February 19, 2013 by · 8 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
19 February 2013

Film and theatre director Martyn See has made some very good observations about the Hong Lim rally. Here I shall paraphrase and expand on them.

1. The notion of “public protests”, outlawed, tabooed and ridiculed in the preceding decades, took a giant stride into mainstream acceptability.

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5,000 turn up at Hong Lim to reject population white paper

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Written by Ng E-Jay
18 February 2013

The Hong Lim rally on Saturday unequivocally rejected the Population White Paper (PWP). 5,000 strong turned up, braved the rain and the muddy ground, and made their stand against being treated as economic digits, and against being forced to endure the consequences of unsustainable growth policies.

We can quickly sum up the mood by looking not just at the sheer numbers who attended, but also at the placards that were displayed. Slogans like “We Are Not Your Sheeple“, “Singapore For Singaporeans“, and “We Want To Be Heard, Not Herded“, rang loud and clear. Singaporeans felt that their voices had fallen on deaf years and the government had ceased to listen.

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Vincent Wijeysingha’s stand is the most balanced

February 16, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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Vincent Wijeysingha
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Today at 4pm, I will be attending an event at Hong Lim Green arranged by transitioning.org which, as I understand it, aims to register citizens’ concerns about the White Paper on population. The organisers asked me to speak at the event which I agreed to.

It was brought to my attention that the organisers posted an article on their website last night which displays a xenophobic attitude to our guest workers. This is regrettable and I joined several others in speaking to them to register our concern. They have since taken it down and apologised.

As citizens, we must be very clear that xenophobia is not the way to react to population policy. Foreigners are human beings and deserve respect and dignity. They participate in building this nation. May I ask you to please attend the event and to share in the protest against the White Paper but let us continue to extend our friendship to foreigners. At some point in the past, many of our ancestors were foreigners in Singapore too.

Why political parties like the WP distance themselves from Hong Lim protests

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Written by Ng E-Jay
16 February 2013

According to sources, parties like the Worker’s Party have discreetly requested that their members avoid being openly or publicly associated with Hong Lim Park protests such as the one organized by Mr Gilbert Goh of transitioning.org to be held on Saturday, 16 Feb.

Mr Goh’s protest rally at Hong Lim Park targets the recently launched population white paper which projects that our total population could reach as high as 6.9 million by the year 2030.

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SDP unveils six-point plan to control population

Singapore Democrats
14 February 2013

The SDP launched our alternative policy entitled Building A People: Sound Policies For A Secure Future this evening to deal with the problems of immigration and population in Singapore.

As the title suggests, the focus of the paper is on the people and how we can take care of their future and their needs.

Our policy is aimed at lowering the number of foreign workers currently in Singapore as well as tightening the entry of foreigners into the country in the near future thus creating an environment where Singaporeans can thrive and enjoy a high quality of life.

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The myth of the reluctant Singaporean worker

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Written by Ng E-Jay
13 February 2013

Every time the government proposes slowing down the rate of intake of foreign labour so that the economy and society can adjust, we have businesses, notably members of the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), claiming that any such move would hurt them immeasurably.

Just yesterday, the Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) urged the government to re-assess curbs on the inflow of foreign workers, failing which they will face what they term “dire consequences“.

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Hitler weighs in on the population white paper

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