After seeing the change of government in Malaysia after 60 years, obviously many people have talked about could it happen in Singapore?
And the way some of the younger leaders talk and handle issues leave me feeling disappointed with the situation. Josephine Teo comes across very arrogant, Ng chee meng too. Now Ong ye kung says teachers must have self discipline and pay parking...
Singapore is being run as a business, with annual price increases to maximise profits everywhere. And i disagree with it
Anyway this topic is not to bash the government, there are enough threads on this.
What i hope to see is your views on what will happen if there was a change in government in the next 1-2 elections.
How will it affect Singapore. Will we fail as a country? Will our women become maids in other countries as LKY once claimed?
Give your analysis of what you think will happen if the PAP is no longer the government.
Ideally put the worse case scenario of how bad things will be. Can we survive it?
Or do you think that it won't mean the end of Singapore as the PAP likes to claim
I would say... market sentiments will be dampen and something foreign investors will be on the caution.
For the opposition to effectively convince the rest that an alternative Government is a sound idea, they first need to get their own house in order. This means dealing with their own internal power struggle (which is becoming evident over the past few years) and consistency. There's no where else better than to prove it through the constituencies they represent now and that will take a few more years as we know it. Whether Singapore will collapse under the opposition or not, there is no straightforward answer. That remains to be seen.
Aside from politics, the nature of Singapore's culture being relatively a risk-adverse bunch of citizens needs to be taken into consideration. It's isn't just a matter of winning over votes. Singaporeans are typically not risk takers.
Given that the opposition had been touting pro-Singaporeans policies, foreign companies which had been operating in Singapore may be shaken. I think the correct question to be asked if, what contingency plans do we have if the employment market is tightened further and making it difficult for these foreign companies to conduct recruitment? There is only one way - that is "out". When these large enterprises leave Singapore, what does that spell for Singapore's economy? Again, there's no easy solutions so if we dream of a Singapore with more opposition involvement, these are hard questions to ask and tackle.
Sure, there will be some short-sighted individuals that will go exclaiming - WE DON'T NEED THESE COMPANIES THEN!!! Really? Talking about the economy is not about our personal ego. There are many good examples out there;
Banyan Tree - local enterprise but did it grow from Singapore? Not at all. It started from Thailand, although a Singapore company.
Broadcom - shifting headquarters from Singapore to US.
Oslo & Subsea 7 - shifted headquarters from Singapore to KL
Taiwan's Evergreen and Danish's Maersk - PSA lost these major clients to Malaysia anyway
While the above may seemed like a small list compared to the number of Indian startups or Japanese relocations into Singapore, it is a telling sign that it may happen on a grander scale if investors and MNCs sense any unstability in Singapore. With a large chunk of these companies employing Singaporeans, what will happen if they exit Singapore? It's a no-brainer, we are probably shooting ourselves in our own feet even more.
This is further complicated by China's interference in Southeast Asia. From all the port investment in Malaysia and the proposed canal across Thailand which had revived consideration in recent years, what really does China intends to achieve? If profit is the only consideration, China could have jolly well pump the money into PSA - a proven model. But why Malaysia? Why Thailand? One will be considered totally out-of-touch if one can't see China is trying to cut off Singapore's lifeline. China and Singapore, we're not exactly friends. Always remember that.
So for the above, does the current opposition has a strategy to deal with these national issues? Yea they yakkety-yak alot on Singaporeans welfare, Singaporeans right, transparency, rule of law blah blah blah .... but when it comes to these national issues which can determine life and death of Singapore's economy, does the opposition really have a plan? I see none.
We will survive, we ain't gonna sink but rest assure life will be harder than what we are complaining about now. Singaporeans have proven they cannot go through this kind of market adjustment and hardship, unlike in the 1960s and 1970s.