Levels of Engagement on Twitter

Levels of Engagement on Twitter
Levels of Engagement on Twitter

My co-supervisor, Michael Weiss, came up with this diagram expressing the interactions we have with people on Twitter.

Direct messaging is the most intimate form of communication, which we cannot track through the API without authentication (and then only for an individual user) as it is private. We have engagement through conversation and retweets, passive listening (also known as lurking) and ignoring. In reality, we probably move between these states over the course of our interactions, depending on how we use Twitter; sometimes communicating by direct message, sometimes retweeting or conversing publicly, sometimes passively consuming, and sometimes occupied elsewhere and not reading the stream. Only spammers, interesting only in pushing their content, will remain always at the outside – ignoring, not consuming other peoples’ content.

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  1. PART  1 of 3
    The government has made
    Singapore for what it is today. It is a model country to the rest of the world
    which many countries utter desire to emulate.

    The main income of the
    Government is from the citizens of the country. It comes in various forms like
    ERP, GST, COE, Personnel Tax, Property Tax, Company Tax, Casino tax, cigarette
    tax, diesel & petrol tax, Levy, Fines etc, etc. It has been seen that if
    the statuary boards do not generate profit, the consumer price is increased to
    make up for the losses. If we do not have enough citizens, there will not be
    enough income.

    However it has come to
    a stage where the present population is not able to sustain the economic growth
    of the country. It has brought in foreign talents to nudge the economy with
    dire consequences. It has raised the crime rate, impact on the infrastructure,
    raised property prices, strain on the utilities, increase in car population and
    the frustration brought to the people because they try to impose their ego onto
    the citizens. You can see these things at Beach Rd., Serangoon Rd., Coleman
    St., Eu Tong Sen St. etc etc.

    Their mien expresses
    that they are more superior then our citizens. Some even say, on the internet that,
    without them, the country will be in mayhem. Those who say that forget that they
    can always be replaced by someone else. No one is indispensable. Today many
    migrants are here to reap the fruits. There is absolutely no denial about this
    fact. Look at the amount of remittance shops flourished all over Singapore over
    the last ten years.  

    It has been seen that
    we are taken for a ride by many so called imported citizens. Many imported
    citizens, like the footballer Egmar Goncalves, table-tennis’ Zhang Xueling,
    shot putter Dong Enxin and badminton’s Xiao Luxi, to name a few, are good examples
    of people who make their money and leave the country or to obtain the Singapore
    passport which becomes the gateway to migrate to any other country.

    We
    have to remember, all these foreigners who become citizens are from countries
    below the standard of Singapore. They have their own country to fall back on.
    In 30 years from now, they would have assets worth more than half a million Singapore
    dollars, if not more. It will be worth anywhere from 3 times to 44 times their
    own currency back home.

    Would you expect them
    to stay like the present old age people in Singapore or they will be better off
    staying in their own country, with a few big houses, cars and deriving a regular
    income from their assets and with their children staying together and looking
    after them. Surely any of them will be more comfortable living back in their
    own home country enjoying the fruits of their labor during their twilight
    years. If this problem is not arrested,
    our children are going to face the consequences of our action, 30 years from
    now. It is similar to the problems we are facing today.

    Those people who park
    their money here and became citizens, has taken up citizenship for security
    reasons. It may seem nothing wrong with that. However it is our citizens who
    have to sacrifice their lives to protect them. They feel unsafe and insecure in
    their own home country. This is a reality. If today Singapore is insecure, they
    will be the first to move elsewhere like what happened in Hong Kong in the year
    2000.

    Building more old age
    homes in land scarce Singapore, giving rise to more children exploiting the
    homes as a form of care for the aged, finding the necessary health care staff
    to manage it, seeking for donations and ensuring the aged tenants are not being
    abused, increasing the retirement age, increasing the withdrawal age of CPF,
    forming social groups to encourage singles to marry, enticing couples, with
    monetary gains, to have babies, subsidized rates given to foreigners to give
    birth in Singapore, giving citizenship to foreigners to balance the population,
    giving PRs to nudge the economy, building the infrastructure to accommodate the
    rise in population, are not solutions but only a remedial action.

     

    Now
    our Prime Minister has every reason to raise these issues in the National Day
    message.

    For
    Singaporeans to “bring up our own next generation” and grow their own families.

    To
    create equal opportunities for all, building an inclusive society and creating
    a sense of belonging and identity.

    It
    is called up to create a “fair and just society which creates opportunities for
    all”.

    It
    is called upon the successful ones to have a “duty” to contribute back to
    society and share the fruits of their success widely so that no Singaporeans is
    left out.

    Singapore
    must be a “home that all of us love… where we build treasured memories and
    lifelong friendships”.

    It
    is widely known that the feeling of belonging and identity is getting
    increasingly harder to nurture with the swelling inflow of new immigrants and
    foreign workers.

    Singaporeans
    are called upon to “remain confident and open, and welcome those who will
    strengthen our team and help us and our children do better”.

    Singaporeans
    are called upon to “remain confident and open, and welcome those who will
    strengthen our team and help us and our children do better”.

    Singaporeans
    is called upon to keep society open to immigrants.

    Our
    forefathers came here to build a new life and to build this country. They came
    here at a time where there were no fruits to reap.
    Today Singapore is a First World country with First World Reserves. It is now
    the richest country in the world. Some citizens who were rich have become
    richer. Some of our forefathers and their families who are entrapped in
    poverty, have not made it. However the country has prospered to the First World
    status. It is time for the country to give it back to society and to our fathers.

    Mr. Lee
    Kuan Yew rightfully said recently, that if no answers are found, this country
    will “fold up.” If this flourishing economy balloon were to burst in the near future,
    it will be very, very sad, all the dreams, the vision and imagination will have
    gone down the drain. Singapore will still remain a country on the world map,
    southernmost tip of Malaya but it would not be the same for the citizens,
    especially the middle income and below.  All
    foreigners and the rich will leave Singapore as they have their own home
    country to fall-back on and the wealth to bring along. The economy of this country
    will be in shreds. There will be turmoil. They are straddled in their own
    folly. It will be time then, to reinvent the wheel again, perhaps looking for
    another Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.  

    Our Prime Minister has
    said that the successful ones have a “duty” to contribute back to society and
    share the fruits of their success widely so that no Singaporeans are left out.

    Many a times we have
    talked about the Swiss standard of living. Many have gone before us and have
    not seen it. The present population has yet to catch a glimpse of that vision
    in the horizon. It is only being prudent in giving back to society, the fruits
    that our forefathers have sowed, where it rightfully belongs and inherit the
    success while it is still blooming, not the foreigners.

    There
    are 2 issues here of grave concern. One is the concern of the ‘Government’ and
    the other, the concern of the ‘Country.’ If you are more concern of the
    Government by overlooking the country, then the country will suffer along with
    the citizens which would subsequently have repercussions on the Government
    itself. It is a trend that has been seen and acknowledged by the Government. To
    address this issue we need to look at the past in the right perspective, in
    order to find a solution in the near future.

    Solutions can only be
    found if we allow our minds to think out of the box. Even the best of minds
    cannot vision the best solutions if they are made to think within the box. They
    can only come up with medicinal remedies hoping to find a cure.

    Let
    us look back at the past.

    a)    
    Mr. Lim Yew Hock, the then Chief
    Minister of Singapore sold Christmas Island to Australia. It cost him his post
    and his government.

    b)    
    More than 50 years ago many of our
    forefathers came here to work in factories, boats, construction, roads, as
    coolies, samsui women, farmers, tailoring, trishaw riders and did hard labor to
    bring this country up and at the same time cared and looked after more than 7
    children. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was right to say that Singapore is what it is today
    is because of the sacrifice of our forefathers. They have to go through with
    pay cuts, stagnant salaries, stop at 2 policy, tubal ligation, Vigilante Corps,
    National Service, sacrificed their sons, injuries sustained through hard labor,
    etc, etc during that hard times. He is absolutely right.

    c)    
    About 35 years ago the ‘Stop at two’
    policy was introduced against the wishes of many citizens. Those who could
    afford to pay the accouchement fees had more than 2 children. The people whose
    family values were above monetary gains had more than 2 children. Many couldn’t
    afford the fees and stopped at two. Some even went to the extent of going
    through tubal ligation. It has now cost the country dearly with a poor
    procreation birth rate.

    d)    
    More than 25 years ago there was an
    exodus of Singaporeans migrating and nothing was done to arrest the problem. It
    is easy to say, that they left, out of their own volition to greener pastures. People
    would not easily sacrifice their family and their citizenship, starting life
    anew in a foreign country without a reason. Many of them never returned. Some
    even took the family with them. It has been a cost to the country.

    e)    
    Our spouses and single ladies were
    encouraged to work as there was already an insight to the labor shortage. This
    aggravated the ‘Stop at 2’ policy as ladies remained single as they enjoyed the
    progress rather than being burdened with family and with the cost of living
    rising constantly. They do not have to carry any blame for it, as they too reap
    the fruits of their labor but it has come with a cost to the country.

    f)     
    Our education systems vaunts as one of
    the best in the world. It may be true but the results have not yielded the
    necessary requirement to fill the vacancies of today. From 25 years ago our
    children were not educated to the level of qualifications required to fill the
    job vacancies that FT’s are filling in today, like cooks, service crew,
    administrative jobs, customer care consultants, which pays not less than $2000
    a month salary according to the legal requirement of MOM. Singaporeans do not
    have the degree or diploma to qualify for these $2000 dollars paid job. Even though
    some Singaporeans, without these qualifications, may be able to perform these
    jobs, perhaps even better, but not able to do so.

    g)    
    We are now importing foreign talents who
    do not possess the second language as required by Singaporeans. So how does the
    education fair out for many Singaporeans who wants to excel academically or
    even get into university when the second language impedes them to get into the university.
    Those parents who can afford it send their children to go overseas to study and
    in the end, they do not return. If they find the country more conducive to them
    they will decide not to return. Again it is a lost to the country.

    h)    
    Hanyu Pinyin was implemented in schools.
    Parents were encouraged to change their names to Hanyu Pinyin so much so that some
    of them literally changed their surnames and lost their links with their older
    generation. How did it help Singapore?

    i)     
    Now we are facing a problem. The
    retirement age is being continuously raised to make the citizens to work. The
    idea is good but is entwined with the CPF preventing them from withdrawing
    their hard earn money (CPF). They
    cannot get to reap the fruits of their labor as some of them, in the end, do
    not even get to see it at all.

    j)     
    When these aged people start working, it
    is said that these people are old and should accept lower wages. Just to make
    ends meet, these people accept the lower wages.

    k)    
    The aged now have to work with lower
    salaries, in hawker centers’ cleaning chairs and tables, selling tissue paper,
    tit bits, picking up cardboard boxes and bottles, working as security guards or
    driving taxis for 12 hours a day, just to live hand to mouth. It is not wrong
    for these people to continue to work. In fact it helps them to be fit. But
    these are the people, who built this country, are being treaded and looked down
    upon by the very people who came here to reap the fruits of their labor.

    l)     
    There is a serious concern by our Prime
    Minister of how Singaporeans would be able to accept and nurture a united
    community with so many different foreigners. It can be seen, from the
    remittance offices around the island that the foreigners are here to reap the
    fruits and build their own future either back in their own country or any other
    country. It becomes increasing harder to inculcate the sense of identity and
    belonging to this country called Singapore.

    m)  
    There is another serious problem lurking
    in the horizon. The procreation rate now of Chinese 1.08, Indians 1.09 and
    Malays 1.64.  It shows a trend of
    imbalance of the population ratio in the near future. The foreign import into
    the citizenship does not make the situation any better. A foreign national can
    never be a Singaporean Chinese, Malay or an Indian. They may fall into the
    ‘others’ category only to make the ‘others’ category to become the majority of
    races in the near future. This becomes a problem for the country.

    The decrease in the procreation birth
    rate because of the stop at two policy making singles to reap the economic
    success, combine with the exodus of migration of our citizens from the late seventies
    and couple with the lack of foresight for our children 25 years ago, followed
    by the ageing population and the inherent foresight of policies, not looking at
    contemporary trends of our society, has brought about the turmoil of poverty
    entrapped citizens not able to reap the fruits of their labor, working and
    walking to their deaths. Our citizens are losing their foothold on their own
    motherland and making imported citizens better than Singaporeans.
    We allowed ourselves to be wounded. Now
    we feel the effects of the wound and looking for a remedy. It is time to look
    after the country and its citizens. It is never too late.

    So
    what is the solution?

  2. PART 2 of 3

    Pension
    Scheme for all Singpaore Citizens who are 60years and above.

    1)         All Senior Citizens above 60 years will
    receive not less than $1200 a month pension from the government of the day. It
    shall not be inclusive of the CPF as it is their hard earn money. The pension
    is the fruits of this country. The country could afford to give the pension
    till 2030 when the aged population will reach 900,000 according to a survey.
    This is provided that nothing is done till the year 2030. This will cost the
    Government of the day only 1 billion dollars in the year 2030, without still
    touching the ‘Reserve.’ 

    2)         The
    pension benchmark can be fixed with the economic growth of the country.

    3)         The parents have now a choice to work
    or not to work. If they work it is an additional income.

    4)         They will be self-sufficient to look
    after their own needs.

    5)         If they continue to clean chairs and
    tables even while receiving a pension, Singaporeans will know that they want to
    remain active and not living hand to mouth.

    6)         All children would welcome their
    parents to stay together with them. It puts back the family nucleus and builds
    cohesiveness. 

    7)         Children will be prepared to have
    babies early.

    8)         Children can afford to have more
    babies.

    9)         The additional income will assist in
    their household chores.

    10)       The additional income will assist them in
    their utilities.

    11)       The children get parental and grand
    parental Love; that is True Love

    12)       They do not have to employ a maid and the
    grandparents may look after them. Singapore may not be a contributing factor to
    some of the suicides.

    13)       The children will be better looked after
    and brought up the Singaporean way of living.

    14)       The children will not be ill-treated and
    will not be isolated.

    15)       The parents can look after the babies
    which will be in good hands than the maid.

    16)       We do not have to import citizens to ease
    our population problem. We would soon solve the population problem or at least we
    are working towards it.

    17)       Wife’s’ of new born children could have
    peace of mind when they go back to the workforce to help the economy.

    18)       You don’t need to give baby bonus of the
    taxpayers’ money to imported citizens who give birth to children in Singapore.
    They are here to reap the fruits of our forefathers.

    19)       The baby bonus money could be utilized to
    give pension that will benefit Singaporeans.

    20)       The grand parents can send the grand children
    to school saving transport cost.

    21)       Parental unity will be garnered within
    the house.

    22)       Children will be able to buy bigger house
    and perhaps a car too. They could even send their children to work.

    23)       Imagine if both parents stay together,
    there will be $4800 dollars income for each household.

    24)       Everyone in the household may enjoy home
    cooked food.

    25)       The economy will improve even further
    because there will be more spending power and shops will benefit from this.

    26)       Senior citizens will be proud to be
    Singaporeans.

    27)       All National Serviceman will know that
    the country will look after them when they are old as they have something to
    look forward to.

    28)       All National Serviceman will be proud to
    serve and fight for the country.

    29)       Parents whose children died serving NS
    will be happy that the country is now looking after them.

    30)       Paying a sum of money does not bring the
    child back, nor will the sum be sufficient for their old age but at least the
    life was given for a worthy cause.

    31)       Parents need not be send aged to the old
    age homes. Don’t need to build more old age home and the resources can be
    diversified.

    32)       If they have no children, at least they
    can be better looked after in the old age homes with this income.

    33)       It will ease their medical bills incurred
    during old age.

    34)       Children don’t have to be coaxed to pay
    the parent’s medical bills.  

    35)       At the end of the day, the parents have
    to go some day and the children will have a bigger house for themselves.

    36)       They can generate income by renting out
    the rooms.

    37)       We don’t need to build so many small
    houses. It can be given to foreigners to stay.

    38)       Singaporeans will be proud to have bigger
    houses for gracious living for all Singaporeans in this First World Country
    with First World Reserves.

    39)       Singaporeans will not complain that you
    are holding the CPF till they die.

    40)       At least we will not be called Stupid
    Singaporeans as we stay in small houses and foreigners stay in Condominiums and
    big houses.

    41)       If foreigners are contributing to the
    welfare of our senior citizens at least we too can compromise on some disputes.

    42)       Singaporeans will be proud to welcome
    foreigners.

    43)       Singaporeans will not complain that the
    FTs are not doing NS.

    44)       Singaporeans will not complain that foreigners
    are depleting their scarce resources like water, electricity and land space.

    45)       Singaporeans would be more tolerant over
    the inconvenience caused to them in various forms, transport, MRT, housing,
    housing prices, food prices, road congestion, Crime rate, COE, ERP, etc,etc.

    46)       Singaporeans will not complain that the
    FT’s are taking away their jobs.

    47)       Singaporeans will not complain that
    foreign students are here soliciting with a student visa.

    48)       Time can be taken to improve the
    infrastructure across the board because of the increase in the population.

    49)       All imported citizens of less than 20
    years Citizenship should contribute to this fund. They get the citizenship
    because of the prosperity brought about by our forefathers. They have not contributed
    to the success. They are here to reap the fruits.

    49)       If the Imported Citizens
    decides to leave Singapore back to their own country, at least we will not be
    called as “Stupid Singaporeans.”.

    50)       If any of the imported citizens leave for
    greener pasture, Singaporean have nothing to regret as they have contributed
    back to society.

    51)       Foreigners have the privilege of
    withdrawing their CPF in Singapore at any time and return back to their home
    country permanently.

    52)       All imported citizens shall be called IC.
    They will qualify as full fledge citizens only after being here for 20 years
    and contributing back to society.

    53)       If children cannot get into the local
    university at least the parents pension may help them to study overseas.

    54)       All parents of ICs’ will not qualify for
    this benefit unless they are here for more than 30 years.

    55)       Singaporeans will not complain that many
    foreigners buy HDB houses and rent out the house and/or rooms and make an
    income.

    56)       Singaporeans will not complain that our
    tax payers money is used to give scholarship to foreign students.

    57)       Senior citizens will die gracefully for
    all they have contributed to the nation, with this pension scheme.

    58)       Even if their only child dies serving
    national service, they will be proud that they can look after themselves with
    the pension.

    59)       The Senior Citizens will not be a burden
    in the house and/or to the children. At least they have an income of their own.
    CPF money is their hard earn money which should not be included.

    60)       The IC will only become full fledge citizens
    after being here for at least 20 years. In that way you show your loyalty to
    the country.

    61)       IC
    should not be allowed to sell their flats within 30 years unless they are
    upgrading.

    62)       If IC gives up their citizenship within 30
    years, if they sell their HDB flat, they would get only their original selling
    price or the market price whichever is lower. It is to prevent them from making
    use of HDB houses to their advantage.

    63)       This pension
    scheme is not applicable to imported citizens of 30 years or less.

    64)       Singaporeans will not complain on the
    increase in prices on utilities and public transport.

    65)       Singaporeans will not complain about the
    two casinos as they are NOT contributing back to society.

    66)       We can maintain a population of 3 million
    citizens. We can have a floating population of 2 million foreign talents or PRs
    or imported citizens (IC).

    67)       We
    can have a floating population of 0.5 million of unskilled workers.

    68)       There would not be room for accusation
    that the lack of control, prudence and thriftiness of the statutory boards that
    led to the losses thereby affecting the consumers.

    69)       Singaporeans can afford to take up insurance
    coverage as their income will be sufficient to pay for the premium.

    70)       More infrastructure may be made
    available for other more important things.

    71)       Singaporeans will not complain that our
    money is all taken to put into the country’s Reserve. Or else where does the
    Reserve come from?

    72)       Singaporeans will not complain that policies
    implemented are only to safe guard the Government with no concern to the
    country and its citizens.

    73)       Singaporeans will not complain that our CPF interest rate have been changed from a fixed 6%
    to fluctuate with market rates which only went up for about 6 months and have
    fell ever since without any recovery. It cannot be comprehended how insurance
    companies are able to provide better rate of returns for premiums held long
    term.

    74)       Singaporeans will not complain that
    practically every statuary body, government organization and privatized
    companies, makes yearly profit except for a few which comes from the coffer.
    The balance goes to the Country’s Reserve which is constantly increasing except
    for the losses in overseas projects. It is not wrong but care should be given
    to the citizens first. In this computerized world it is easy to ensure that the
    citizens do not have too much excess income.

    75)       Singaporeans will not complain that up
    till today, we do not even catch a glimpse of our Vision of gracious living or
    the Swiss standard of living in the horizon, let alone those who have left us
    from this world.

    76)       It is essential now to make the citizens
    comfortable, so that they have the sense of belonging, patriotism and love of
    the country that they called Home. The family nucleus will be reinforced and
    enhanced to say that we can now afford a gracious living. 

    77)       We are human beings; we are not animals,
    enticing us with carrots to get something done to solve the present situation,
    not envisaging the future in terms of housing, education and upbringing and
    lifestyle of our children.

    78)       Getting single mothers and/or ladies to
    have babies, is only going against moral and ethical values, which is
    definitely not Asian, and would create more social problems to society in the
    long term especially growing up without a father.

    79)       It will take less than 2 decades to
    reverse this situation gradually if we implement this scheme. It is our
    children and grandchildren that is either going to benefit or going to loose
    from the decision that we make today.

    80)       There is a saying, ‘do what the Romans
    do.’ Singaporeans are wondering, ‘why must we compromise with foreigners, when
    they are here to make money?’ They have to adjust to our ways and moral values
    of our society, if they want to live here. Personal hygiene, cleanliness and
    social behavior are values that have been built into our society over the
    years. They cannot impose their way of living and moral values on our society.

    81)       There may be many more reasons which the
    citizens can come forward with, which are not included here which is beyond my
    foresight.

    Now
    the question is where do we get the money to pay for the pension scheme ?????????

  3. PART 3 of 3

    81)       There may be many more reasons which the
    citizens can come forward with, which are not included here which is beyond my
    foresight.

    Now
    the question is where do we get the money to pay for the pension scheme ?????????

    Where
    is the money coming from?

    That
    is the big question on everybody’s mind. This fund may be called Care of Senior
    Citizens. ( COSC )

    a)             
    The minister disclosed that tax revenues
    from the integrated resorts experienced a net increase of $900 million in 2010
    and $1.1 billion last year in the form of taxes. Reported by By
    Elena Torrijos | Yahoo! Newsroom – Tue, Jul 10, 2012. The citizens does not
    like the idea but would change their mind if they are going to benefit from it,
    especially the aged.

    b)             
    There is close to two million FTs
    working in Singapore. They pay a levy of $400 or 15% of their salary a month
    whichever is lower. It is $800 million dollars a month may be more. You can
    provide 800,000 citizens above 60yrs with this money. It is time for FTs to
    contribute back to society to the people that made it happen.

    c)             
    There are more than 500,000 PR’s who
    shall contribute $300 per month for 20years which will amount to $150 million a
    month. It is 20 years because that is the amount of time taken to build this
    country if not more. All foreigners are here to benefit from the country’s prosperity.
    If they do not make the money, they would have left the country. We welcome
    them whole heartedly.

    d)             
    All investors’ who have parked their
    money in Singapore and became citizens shall contribute $300 a month for 20
    years. This is a small amount compared to the huge sums of money parked here
    and to pay for their own personal security and for the sacrifice of our
    citizens.

    e)             
    All maids’ levy will be transferred to
    this fund. This again within the ambit of foreigners.

    f)              
    It is sad that ministers have sacrificed
    36% of their salary cut which shall be transferred to this fund.

    g)             
    All taxes on cigarettes shall go into
    this COSC. If there are 500,000 smokers a day and make a nett profit of $7
    dollars a packet may be more. It is $7million dollars a day or 105 million dollars
    a month. You can provide more than 100,000 people above 60yrs with this money.
    This money is collected from the people on the assumption that they stop
    smoking. So give the money back to society.

    h)             
    It is only by 2030 that we would have
    about 900,000,000 elderly citizens according to a survey. So even in 2030 we would have sufficient funds to pay the pension
    scheme.

    i)               
    The huge sum of taxes on the liquor is
    not taken into consideration.

    j)               
    The huge amount of GST collected is not
    taken into account.

    k)             
    The huge sums of money collected from
    the COE and ERP every month is not taken into consideration.

    l)               
    The huge sums of fine imposed is not
    taken into consideration.

    m)           
    The country’s
    reserve need not be utilized at all. It can remain where it is.

    There are more than sufficient fund to implement
    this proposal.

    Now
    look back at each of the concerns of the Prime Minister. Every concern has been
    appropriately addressed with this proposal.

    If any FTs or imported citizens do
    not agree to this scheme they are free to leave the country like many
    Singaporeans who have left. We can always replace them, like what we are doing
    now. This is the truth but sometimes the TRUTH is hard to swallow.

    This
    is not making Singapore a welfare state. It is only being prudent, to give back
    to society, for all the sacrifices Singaporeans have given to this country. If
    approximately two third of the population are not native Singaporeans, there is
    no reason why one fifth of the population could not benefit the fruits of their
    labor.

    Times
    have changed over the years. Children learn their ABC
    at the age of two years. Things are different from what they were before. The
    society is different, the access to IT is different, and the thinking is
    different. Winning medals for the country is glorious but not at the expense of
    the citizens. The winnings instead of bringing happiness and unity to the
    citizens, it brings about division, frustration and anger. These incentives can
    be better utilized for the welfare of its citizens and our national service
    men. It is time for us to envisage the reality with the changing times and get
    our prerogatives right. There is a saying ‘none is so blind as those who do not
    want to see.  

    The
    losing of a GRC, the cut in the Ministers’ salary and the loss in the
    by-election is just a reminder of the aspirations of the people. It is very,
    very sad that it has come with a small cost to the Government for not flowing
    with the times.

    It
    is not a question of, can it be done? It is a question of how it is going to be
    done?

    The question is, do we have the
    political will to do it when the country is still progressing?
    Do we want to share the fruits of our
    forefathers while it is still blooming? Do we want to build our Reserves to
    equal that of America or wait for the balloon to burst and the country suffers
    for its ludicrousness.

    It remains to be seen.

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