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Tin Pei Ling: Her brainless ‘economic’ analysis

Sometimes I really marvel at how some netizens are so resourceful in digging up information. Who says Singapore has no talents? They are everywhere!

Below is an excerpt of her speech on globalization and the income gap with my comments (tongue in cheek) in red:

Tin Pei Ling: Globalisation – High & Low

Dated : 11-11-2007

Party Convention – 2007
Globalisation – High & Low
Tin Pei Ling

尊敬的党领导及各位同志朋友们,早上好!我是行青团,也是乌鲁班丹支部的陈佩玲。非常感谢大会容许我针对“收入差距,贫富悬殊” 这个课题,以双语发表看法。

Respectable party leaders and comrades, good morning to you all. My name is Tin Pei Ling from the Young PAP (Ulu Pandan). I am grateful to have this opportunity to share my views in two languages on the topic of the widening income gap. (ah, to ‘haolian’ her billigualism? I am multilingual with an Asian language as my 3rd language and a European language as my 4th. Does that makes me a better candidate?)

相信这个课题已不是什么新鲜事。在考虑贫富悬殊这项难题的当儿,不仅是考量收入差距是否越来越大,更值得关注的是那些属于“贫困” 的一群是否能,最低限度,生存并避免恶性循环。对于这个日趋严重的问题,许多人怨天怨地,更怨政府。可是,这真的只是政府的责任吗?我,不以为然。

This is not a new topic. Besides studying whether the gap is widening, it is more important to find out if the lowest-income group is able to get by and not fall into the vicious cycle. Many people are complaining and blaming the government for this problem. But is this really the responsibility of the government? I don’t think so. (a highly paid government with no responsibility? how smart!)

政府可以从宏观的角度,设立强有力的架构协助我们成功,但这是不够的。所谓:” 国家兴亡,匹夫有责” 。每个人,不分你我,对国家有责任,对周围的同胞们也有责任!

The government, at the macro level, can set up a robust framework to help us be successful, but this is not enough. As the Chinese saying goes, the individual has a responsibility towards the survival and success of the country (guess what, it is the politicians that holds the ultimate key in this area. Why else would we need a government?). Everyone, besides a duty for the nation, also has an obligation to the fellow countrymen around him.

今天,我不把时间耗在找出问题的根源。我们不能纸上谈兵,要有实际的行动才会有望解决难题。与此,我谨大胆地献上两项提议,再以英语演说另外两项。

Today, I am not trying to find a reason for the situation.(why not? because you know it’s because all these income disparity is caused by policies by the PAP? how do you solve a problem without knowing the reason?) We should not just talk about it, but need to be proactive in finding a solution. (please show me which part of your speech touch on specific solutions?) Please excuse my boldness in offering two suggestions, and two more in my English speech. (you are bold enough and thick skin enough to stand for election earning $15,000 per month from the citizens for free, how else are you not bold enough given that ultra powerful PAP behind you?)

第一项,我们要自强不息,力争上游;不断地自我调适,自我更新!许多人认为做人难,做新加坡人更难!从某些角度来看,这或许是真的。可人生又曾几何时是尽 如人意的?我们应该要了解,环球发展不会为了新加坡,更不会为了你或我而放慢。尽管政府再怎么尽全力地资助或扶持我们,这始终不是万全之策 — 治标不治本。

First of all, we need to persevere and strive for continuous improvement, adjustment and rejuvenation. A lot of people think that making a living is difficult, I think making a living in Singapore is even more difficult! We need to understand that globalization will not slow down for Singapore, or you and me. No matter how hard the government tries to subsidize and help us, it will just be treating the problem superficially without solving the root. (paying the ministers millions so that ‘talents-whose-only-job-is-to-propel-economic-growth-without-a-care-for-the-poor-and-don’t-have-to-assume-responsibility-even-if-a-terrorist-that-threaten-national-security-escaped’ will join the PAP is also only solving the leadership issue superficially using money, the root of all evil. I don’t wish to continue subsidizing such hypocritical leadership if I have a choice.)

政府好比水上一艘船,它能帮助我们更安全顺利地渡江到达目的地。但这艘船最终还需人来操作,需要人来导航。换言之,人的自身是关键。如果我们不自己帮自己,那又怎么可能解决问题,怎么成功呢?

The government is like a ship and it can help us reach our destination safely and smoothly. However, this ship still needs to be operated by people. In other words, we still play the critical role ourselves. If we are not helping ourselves, how can we solve the problem? (if we can help ourselves, give us back our reserves and CPF since it belongs to us and we can help ourselves with it. Oh, and since we can help ourselves, we don’t need the PAP. They are highly paid and useless anyway.)

第二项,身为晚辈,我们要以先辈及长辈为模范,传承并发扬他们的良好观念及刚毅精神。我党成立至今已有约53年之久了。许多可谓党的鼻祖仍活跃于我们当 中。他们在当时动荡不安,生活条件恶劣的情况下屹立不倒,并持着破釜沉舟的决心为新加坡奠下根深蒂固的基础,打出一番天地!不说别人,就说我父亲年轻时, 大约60年代,当时三餐不一定能温饱,若不小心丢了两角钱,一整天就没得吃,还得从学校走路回家!尽管如此,他们那一代人克勤克苦,终于成功了!这是值得 我们学习的啊!

Secondly, we need to learn from our forefathers and seniors. We should emulate and promote their value systems and spirit of endurance. Our party is 53 years old, many pioneers are still active today. They have lived through the years of turbulence, under very poor living conditions, but they did not give up. They bite the bullet and helped to build a strong foundation for Singapore. Take my own father as an example, when he was a young man in the sixties, he struggled even with three meals a day. If he dropped 20 cents, he would have to starve for a day and walk all the way home from school. Despite all these, his generation worked hard and succeeded ultimately. This is something we should learn from. (Good job. I see you have learned well. Please drop and donate all your $15,000 allowance to the poor and continue to work hard. Since you served the grassroots for 7 years without extra allowance, why not continue the good deed for the next 70 years?)

所以,在经济环境不利于我们的时候,我们一定要继续坚持,奋斗,改造!

Hence, even when the economic environment is not favourable, we must continue to persevere, work hard and make a difference! (Pointless point. Fluffy at best. What an insult to psycho majors of NUS & the USP)

A very good morning to Party Chairman, Secretary-General and fellow comrades! My name is Tin Pei Ling from the Young PAP (Ulu Pandan).

I thank you for the opportunity to speak today, and I thank my fellow YP comrades for sharing their insights with me online. Allow me to share these with you.

Singapore’s income gap is growing. The Gini coefficient for Singapore had increased from 0.442 to 0.472 in year 2000, before adjusting for Government benefits and taxes. From an economic standpoint, this suggests a growing income inequality.

This widening of income gap is a complex challenge faced by every society. And to tackle this, it helps to break it down and address the components accordingly.

Getting the Economics Right
To address the rich-poor gap, we must first ascertain the possibility of becoming rich in the first place! (What is this nonsense?) Hence, from a macro-level, we must be able to progress and hold our own against giant, booming economies such as China and India. (wow, an economy of 5 million people going against an economy of more than 1 billion? Can you use your brain? I guess only the PAP elite circle is holding up against the Chinese and Indian elites in monetary terms) We must not easily fall prey to the short-sighted proposals made by the Opposition (pro-PAP bias statement. Name me the so called short-sighted proposals will ya?), who push for either protectionism or welfarism! We are Singaporeans who have dignity and integrity. We can achieve much if we are willing to put in the effort. And we should not yield to these temptations (short-term wins), as other greater nations than ours did and been the worse for it.

From a micro-level, and of most immediate concern, those at the bottom of the social ladder must have sufficient to live by. Having ensured that, there must be hope for the children of those who are considered poor now to break out of the poverty cycle later in life. In essence, we must – (1) Help the poor; (2) Maintain social mobility.

Helping the Poor
In Singapore, it appears that while the rich has gotten richer, the poor have NOT gotten poorer. The Department of Statistics reported that the bottom 20% of our population have seen their lives improve over the last decade. (Please show us the statistics report. Oh, I happen to know that our DoS aren’t so impartial and accurate after all. I know of Directors who would point to a research and says, “Hmm, i think 5% is too high, how about 3.456%? Just work backwards from there.” Any one from DoS that would like to refute this?)

BUT there are still those amongst us who need help. Some, we meet weekly at our Meet-the-People Sessions; some, we meet almost daily in our classes or workplace. As youth, it is crucial that we remain aware of the needy. (yes, the needy needs money. Donate your monthly allowance of $15,000 for the full 5 years and I’ll believe your sincerity) We, who have voices, must advocate for those who cannot speak. And we must do more than speak – we must act, by seeking out those who need help and find ways to help them.

As YP members, we also have the privilege of working with our Parliamentary leaders and decision makers. In the course of serving the community, we have learned about the different avenues of assistance and paths to seek help. We know the strength of our national system, and how the good can become even better!

This confers upon us a special responsibility, to give ground feedback sincerely and honestly, without fear or favour. (wow, Ms Tin, to show that you meant what you say, I urge you to ask our PM how much our reserve is worth, how much it cost to build HDB flats, and also tell your party secretary general that the Singapore public don’t really consider you credible and withdraw your participation in this year’s election) Let it never be said that the Young PAP is a bastion of yes-men and women, but young thinking Singaporeans who are prepared to speak our minds, defend and decide what is right and not just about being popular. (Haha what a joke. Please name me when is the last time there is disagreement in Parliament and an issue was heavily debated with 2 or more opposing idealogies?)

Maintaining Social Mobility – Helping the Next Generation

Our nation abides by the principle of meritocracy.

It is a tragedy when a family descends into poverty. But the tragedy is multiplied if that family’s children cannot rise out of poverty. We must not let this happen.

Hence, children from poor families must enjoy equal access to education. They must not feel compelled to leave school in order to make ends meet. Neither should they be afraid to aspire to schools of excellence, for fear that their great talent is not matched by great wealth.

Thankfully, our education system has done well compared to other countries! (Really? how do you measure? By the number of points Singapore students score for maths and science? Shanghai just surpassed us. Oh, and what about this lack of creativity and entreprising spirit that everyone in this god damn world knows about?)We have been able to subsidise education for young Singaporeas, and spread quality across our neighbourhood schools. Singapore has done this competently and should continue to evolve to become better! (Point to note: we basically copied what the Swedish did. In case your elitist brain thinks some elites in MoE came up with the education structure.)

As members of Young PAP, we also have a role. Those of us who have risen out of poverty can be role models, helping to guide the less fortunate along the road we have trodden ourselves. And those of us still struggling to make ends meet, can be a voice to highlight situations on the ground, while inspiring our fellow men and women as we endeavour onward and upward to build a better future.

Conclusion
In summary, the rich-poor gap is not an easy issue, and there are no easy answers. (at the end of the day, no solutions.)

As youth of today, we have an important role: Our willingness to serve and give back to society can be the inspiration for others to do the same.

If we help one another, if the privileged willingly contribute out of a sense of social responsibility, then we can achieve a precious possibility. — Build a country where the poor know they can aspire to greatness, where the helpless – having fought the good fight – will be looked after.

We, the youth of Singapore, have been privileged with many gifts by virtue of our history and our unique situation today. With our great gifts, comes great responsibility.

Let us take up that responsibility and build a better tomorrow, starting today.

SOURCE: http://www.pap.org.sg/articleview.php?id=2746&cid=23

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Let’s just say she has:

  1. Not only did she not offered any solid solutions, she provided a lot of fluffy content on ‘working together’
  2. Shift the blame away from the government
  3. Come up with, to put it crudely, absolutely stupid analysis (if there is even any analysis) on the economic structure
  4. What is the point of writing a pile of rubbish with no focal point and conclusion? She has no views?

Send this laughable piece of speech to the St Gallen’s Symposium for a good laugh.

Conclusion: She is a YES-women, fully brain washed by the PAP, offered ridiculous analysis and offer no solution. Do you want her to be your MP???? Citing the PAP’s words, think very carefully about our future.

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