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A Fallacy – The Singapore Dream – We are all just GDP Oompa Loompas

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The time has come for Singaporeans to wake up and snap out from the Singapore Dream. What is the Singapore Dream? The paper pursuit, followed by that coveted Multi National Corporation (MNC) job, and materialism, chasing the 5 Cs.  A bit of generalizing, but you get my drift…I have read many many issues and matters of contention towards the current state of social affairs, government policies and cost of living. I concur with many views and I believe that our ruling party needs a wake up call too. However regardless whatever happens in the next general election, we cannot and must not expect that through our votes; and if more opposition seats are won, things will completely be solved. Even if the opposition win more seats, you cannot dispute the fact that our ruling party has buried its roots deep into our system via various monopolistic industries and government linked corporations (GLC)s.

If that’s the case, the amount of unhappiness, resentment and complaints will still be present. We therefore have to look at ourselves and take onus  and responsibility of our life choices. A lot has been said about our education system and how it creates “A” grade students and conformists, but not thinkers. It’s true to a certain extent and the government has to shoulder some of the blame. Many of us love to bicker, bitch, complain, but somehow fail to take action. How many friends you know complain about the daily grind at work but have done absolutely nothing for months or years even. Astounding. Call it complacency, lack of oomph, but I somehow cannot disagree totally when our MM mentioned that we are falling behind because” the spurs are not stuck in the hide.”

By now, we should be very aware that our government sees Singapore as a globalized city and it will spare no expense to make sure that Singapore is up there in terms of competitiveness and economic growth. Everybody is dispensable nowadays because there is always  more efficient or just plain cheaper alternatives out there. The world is a marketplace. Therefore, we need to take a long hard look at ourselves and see whether we have a future in this GDP obsessed state. Stop being myopic and take a step back to see what’s happening.

Freedom and mobility are two critical elements that I reckon people must possess in order to survive. Being able to be free of long-term debt obligations so that we can be mobile enough to adjust ourselves in the global playground. Free enough to chase our passions, or relocate for better opportunities, or satisfying that entrepreneurial urge in us. Of course, we are rooted by our families and friends, but hey, if you start having this mindset early, and build your finances prudently, live within your means, then you will be able to spend more quality time with your love ones, — once you have passive income going for you and you are not bounded by any financial burden, which to me is  a major obstacle to living a fulfilling life in Singapore.

It’s really too late if you hit a mid-life crisis and find yourself in need to go for skills upgrading or relearning that is totally irrelevant to what you have been doing for the past 20 years. Because like I mentioned above, a better or cheaper alternative is at hand. To make things worse, you have that monthly housing and car loan, children to raise and elderly parents to support. It is no point crying to the government for social assistance then,  because along with you will be thousand others. That is the harsh reality of globalization.

The writing’s on the wall people – being able to use Medisave in hospitals in Johor Bahru, a retirement home being built there as well to cater for the elder Singaporeans, our government’s relentless pursuit of foreigners and its best efforts to try to assimilate and integrate them into our society.  There is a reason why they do not release statistics like average household income that differentiates between true bred Singaporeans and new Permanent Residents. To them, we are all just “GDP Oompa Loompas.”

The government sees Singapore as a globalized city, it’s time that we should see ourselves as globalized citizens too or forever be that Oompa Loompa trapped in a well.


Written by Nabs

July 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

Posted in MIND, Politics, Ramblings

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  1. At least the Oompa Loompas in the chocolate factory are happy. I cannot say the same for our people. Too much complaints too little actions. Seeking freedom is the KEY to happiness.

    Ur no. 1

    April 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    • Wow… You really live up to your name.. haha.

      Cannot agree more. At least they deal with an aphrodisiac on a daily basis!


      April 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

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  3. Great post, accompanied with a very fitting and amusing picture!

    Seelan Palay

    April 8, 2010 at 4:48 am

    • Many thanks for the comment! Keep up the great work on your blog too!

      I’m an avid reader.


      April 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

  4. in other words, you cant beat em, join em.

    well done.


    April 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    • Apologies for the misunderstanding.

      Nope, that is not the intended message. While government policies can be tweaked and revised for the better of its citizens; globalization is something inevitable, especially for an export reliant nation like us.

      I certainly do feel, like many other netizens that our ruling party has lost touch with the grassroots, and running a country is NOT just about economic progress.

      Ultimately, it’s not about beating the government, it’s about getting the right people up there, people with passion to serve the man on the street, not for status or money but what is suitable for us citizens, and steering, its citizens slowly but surely to the path of globalization.

      Thanks for reading though ! Hope this clarifies.


      April 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      • Amen!


        April 10, 2010 at 1:11 am

      • AMEN!


        April 12, 2010 at 6:19 am

  5. Very Real!


    April 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm

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    Shirley Bednarczyk

    April 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm

  9. Clarification needed on your last sentence pls:

    QUOTE: The government sees Singapore as a globalized city, it’s time that we should see ourselves as globalized citizens too or forever be that Oompa Loompa trapped in a well. UNQUOTE.

    Where do you see as the base for these “globalized citizens”? Are you suggesting that all these Oompa Loompas should leap out from the proverbial well … into what? That may well be what they (ie, the Govt)is hoping for, eh?

    Many a time, I have mulled over whether I should solve the problem for them or I should stick around and be their nemesis one fine day whilst being a pesky mossie in the meantime? Whaddayou think?

    The Pariah

    May 21, 2010 at 11:58 am

    • Hey Pariah, thanks for showing up again!

      The point I am driving across is don’t settle for a base especially if conditions for self discovery, growth and passion pursuits are not ideal.Keep searching, keep finding cos the world is our playground. But never sell yourself short by being trapped in the ideals of materialism and a debt cycle that we are all very vulnerable to in our society. Cos you will be trapped and you will not lead an enriching life. This is the “well” I am talking about.

      A simple litmus test that I do is go around asking people, especially retirees, “what is your passion?” You’ll be surprised that a majority don’t have one.

      But hey, some people are happy that way. As long as their in their comfort zone. Who are we to judge? But I value freedom above all.If the govt is running Singapore as a city, not a country, then we all should be smart about it and be nimble right?

      I have a part to play to create awareness among my friends and people about local politics and policies. However, before I take a step further, I need to establish my career too. I am using this elections as a tipping point, if the incumbent still holds a overpowering majority, then it’s a signal.

      Your blog is really impressive with facts and your insights. Out of curiosity, what do you intend to do besides spreading awareness?


      May 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm

  10. Hee, hee … you do know what Curiousity did to Kitty, eh?

    Just kidding.

    Knowledge is Power. So my mission is to create that awareness so as to (hopefully) spark the quest for knowledge. A virtuous cycle will take on a momentum of its own with more questions, more doubts, deeper insights and greater understanding.

    Whoever forms the administration, the people must know enough to be able to hold them to account at all times.

    The Pariah

    May 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    • Cheers to that mate! I share the exact motivation…Hopefully we’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel.


      May 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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