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Old 17-07-2009, 11:41 AM
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With rising GDP and record housing prices, and talk of ďdual economyĒ, this recession seems not so much of a recession at all.

Unless you have lost your job.

A BBC poll says two-thirds of the people in UK are ďhitĒ by the downturn. What they mean is that about 67% of the people know someone who has lost a job.

Since we have a non-recession that is uniquely Singapore, Iíd expect the hit rate to be much lower here.

Do you know someone whoís been retrenched recently?

Poll is ongoing at:

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Old 17-07-2009, 11:49 AM
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Iím about to move to Singapore. Interesting term retrenched, does it mean made redundant, fired or something siilar?

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Old 17-07-2009, 11:50 AM
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It means made redundant, or being laid off. Usually doesnít happen to foreign talent whom we welcome with open arms.

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Old 17-07-2009, 11:51 AM
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I know lots of retrenched people; a whole bunch of us was made redundant since last year, in multiple batches.

Myself, jobless since end of 2008; enjoying life free from office stress.

But dark clouds looming; honeymoon will end soon because savings is getting depleted.

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Old 17-07-2009, 11:52 AM
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Iím sorry to hear it. I wonít be taking anybodyís job. Iíll be creating them if anything. Iím just sorting out the housing situation before moving with my wife and her company. Along with my company. Both headquarters will move to Singapore.

Singapore is a very good base to trade with Asia and the rest of the world from.

Iím not sure what your population is but it is pretty small, yet you have managed to accumulate foreign exchange reserves (8th largest in the world) above Germany the largest economy in Europe.

Life may be tough for many individuals but from a purely economic outlook, you look like a success story.

When youíre out of a job this probably doesnít help, its just my opinion. I hope you both find work soon.
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Old 17-07-2009, 11:53 AM
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Itís because the government here doesnít believe in social security or welfare, which in a certain way forces the people to work till an old age, all the while contributing money to a mandatory (forced) retirement savings scheme called CPF. Low spending on social security and high savings in CPF allows the government to accumulate huge reserves so it can make big investments to generate even more reserves, but sometimes with disastrous results, like their 2007/08 investments in big banks like UBS, Citi and Merrill Lynch.
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Old 17-07-2009, 11:54 AM
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its sad that it is always the singaporeans who criticise their own country. fortunate to be born here, yet not appreciative of what singapore has to offer.

everytime i hear a criticism of how the ministers are paid too much (to prevent corruption), how the government investment companies lost money (itís the global economic crisisÖ) etc, i look at the big picture and still find that singapore is one of the best governed countries in the world.
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Old 17-07-2009, 11:55 AM
Sena Gbeckor-Kove
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Its often the people who are native who criticise a regime. Then again, they are usually the people with the most to lose or gain.

As an outsider Iím not tied to having to live in Singapore or anywhere. Iím moving there to raise a family with my wife, for the standard of living and the appealing business and tax regime.

If things go wrong, I will go somewhere else.

Not everybody is fortunate enough to be in that situation and for those who arenít in such a position it can certainly look like outsiders are being favoured regardless of whether or not this is the case.

I do knoe that looking from my perspective, British National living in the Netherlands, owning a Singapore registered company and a wife in a similar position about to have kids. Singapore looks very appealing and the taxes we will pay (corporate rather than personal) will be considerable, if not in percentage definitely in quantity. By attracting companies to base out of Singapore ( and by extension many directors to reside there) the government is bringing in revenue to use for it natives and PRís in what (again from an outsiders perspective) seems a very successful and well regulated manner.
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Old 17-07-2009, 11:56 AM
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jack, we criticize because we have a stake in Singapore. The day I stop criticizing is the day I pack up and leave Singapore for good. I donít deny we have a lot to be thankful for, but at the same time there are things that can be improved. The government demands a lot from the citizens eg work hard, donít be picky, save to cpf, accept that they need high pay,, accept that foreign talent is good; in same vein, we in turn can demand a lot back from them.
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Old 17-07-2009, 11:57 AM
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there are always two sides to a coin.

its undeniable SG is an oasis in the world..some non SG frens describe it as Utopia..some decried it as u-noe-wat..

it all boils down to expectations and experiences..if you have seen n hear will realise SG isnt as bad as what some say..SG might be lackin in a certain way..ĒfreedomĒ.but that means a good chance you n i cannot walk around town feelin safe during anytime in the day or nite..its a give n take..welfare state breeds lotsa unwanted behaviour..are we ready? i doubt so..yet on the other hand, can we do more to help the needy, the lower income, the not so well off? i doubt it when we say we canít..
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