This is not gonna be a long article. Neither is it gonna be a well-thought out one. It may even be just a rant, which it truly might be.
After listening to the PM’s May Day message, and the words and reactions from the union chief, union leaders, business leaders, MPs and just about everyone from that distant but tall Ivory Tower – all of whom locked arms, danced and sang the same tune of denying and rejecting calls from the lowly folks for higher or better pay, one even called this “dangerous” – wages do not seem to be the only thing that is stagnant in Singapore.
We have such a woeful lack of vision from our leaders, especially the prime minister. On a day which is significant to workers who undoubtedly are looking for some kind of torch to light the path forward, we have leaders giving all sorts of excuses and explanations on why higher wages is a no-no – not unless you pull up your socks and sweat it out more. Euphemistically, it is called “being more productive”.
It is unbelievable that we’re actually going back to the 1970s when Teamy the productivity bee was buzzing around. Talk about progress – and deja vu!
I am tired of the lack of vision, the lack of courage to see things anew, to change the old, to discard that which is not working. Where is the courage to think anew? To carve a new path, to light a way through the mist?
We are still stuck in the same old mindset. Status quo.
After the GE last year, one might or would have thought that the ruling party has received the message loud and clear. Yet, here we are – being dished the same message. “We will take care of the low income!” A message I have heard for more than a decade – which is also the same length of time the low income’s wages have been stagnant.
At the end of the day, however, governments don’t change – unless the people push it to. And I am afraid that the little hope that I had, after the GE, of the government having more courage and to set a new path into the future, is quickly dissipating.
What is this road on which we are suppose to continue to tread? Where does it lead to?
We need a new leadership, one which is courageous, which is inspiring, which we can hold on to.
Be more productive?
The government’s plan is to raise productivity by 3 per cent a year for the next 10 years.
They also hope to raise wages by 30 per cent over the next 10 years.
If you’re earning S$1,000 today, the government hope you will be earning S$1,300 in 2022.
But of course, you must be more productive.
I guess you could sweep a few more roads, or clean a few more tables, or work a few more hours, or learn a new skill, or whatever…
This is what they call being in the rat race.
Our lives must be more than just running in circles on the wheel.
Sigh… This lack of vision from our leaders is appalling.
But I’m not surprised.
Ok, ranting over.