Cost vs Value?
I was listening to Derrick Paulo on NewsRadio 93.8FM today. He mentioned something about Singaporeans examining the cost of their citizenship against the value of citizenship.
Well we all know what the big "cost" is to most Singaporean males. National Service. Just those two words remain a huge sticking point in the locals vs foreign=talent debate.
Of course the government has now responded to our good citizens.
All this while we the citizens kept asking, what is the value of our citizenship? (we all know the costs already) We ask, "Isn't the value of our citizenship the same as that of a Singapore PR?"
And what does our good government do? They think about it for a long time and then decide that to appease us citizens, they will raise the cost of being a foreigner.
I mean they could have increased the value of our citizenship. But no, they choose to raise the cost of being a foreigner.
No wonder the foreigners are angry now. Well here's what I would like to say to the foreigners : "Welcome to Singapore! Now you know how it feels to be a true Singaporean!"
Don't you know that this is how our country works? Everything is about increasing costs. ( One wonders where all that increased revenue collected goes)
You are not happy because you feel you should be getting more than the other guy? Ok we'll make you happy by making the other guy pay even more than you ok? But no way in hell will we ever make it cheaper for you!
Cost vs value. Dear government, how about increasing the value of the citizenship for a change? Take the carrot approach. Make the foreigners feel they can gain MORE VALUE than they have now as foreigners rather than INCREASE COSTS for them.
Perhaps the Ministers still don't get it. Well here's how I think they will definitely understand.
Instead of raising Minister's salaries every now and then, why not we ask the leaders of other countries to be paid less! Or instead of saying we need to peg our salaries to the top 6 earners hence the need to raise Minister's salaries, how about we lower the pay of the top 6 earners every now and then? Get it now? If you still don't get it....sigh.......