A SINGAPORE worker in manufacturing is paid about 14 times more than one in China and almost three times more than a Malaysian. But his wages are still competitive because he is more productive.

so says the singaporean government. the wage difference is probably true. the productiveness? perhaps true as well. wala kasing welfare dito sa singapore. ayaw ng gobyerno dahil nagiging tamad daw ang mga tao. in short, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. if you don’t get paid, nobody here will help you. if you don’t work hard, you get fired. ergo – singaporeans are productive.

unlike other western countries, where welfare takes care of the unemployed – over here, you sink or swim. considering that singapore is a nation of ONLY 3 million people – their productiveness is quite an acheivement.

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