In a video posted on the eve of the New Year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that he is ‘confident’ Singapore can do well despite uncertain times. He said that he is making Singapore a City for All Ages and that his government has been strengthening ties with major partners to create opportunities for Singapore companies and Singaporeans.
He acknowledged that Singapore is in a difficult and uncertain period, but said that he is confident that Singapore will pull through, because of the spirit and resilience of our people.
Some Singaporeans however felt that what’s being done by the Singapore government was not enough.
Facebook user Sidney Soon said that considering our government is paid the highest salaries in the world only to generate 1+% economic growth as dismal performance and pathetic results which is totally unacceptable.
“It shows the incompetence of the incumbent government in addressing this state of affairs. Singapore can achieve much better results than this,” Sidney said.
Sidney was responding in Channel NewsAsia’s report on PM Lee’s speech in their Facebook.
Steve Ree commenting on the same report and in pointing to the negative economic growth asked how the Government was watching over Singaporeans. He said that it is unacceptable that bills for carparking and electricity were going up despite the weak economy.
Freddie Seah said that the Prime Minister was living in a glass tower and does not know what is happening on the ground. He charged that the jobs created are ones which pay lower salaries which don;t keep pace with the rising cost of living. He also faulted our education system for producing mismatch with market demand. He warned that if the Prime Minister does not get real, Singapore will not survive.
Steven Theo saying that Singapore’s integrated resorts alone can generate 0.8 percent to 1 percent of GDP growth, asked what actually the Government had done to spur growth.
While Yeow H Tan saying that the Prime Minister his cabinet and the top civil servants take a huge chunk of revenue as their salaries, suggested that they must take a drastic pay cut.
Filmmaker Martyn See in responding to PM Lee’s speech, posted a picture in his Facebook questioning how Singapore was making Singapore a ‘City for All Ages’.