closing income gap
hsien loong told the chinese leaders that they need to close the widening income gap to prevent social friction. he told the chinese that if they needed help, we will help. very thoughtful and helpful. domestically, i think our income gap is still too wide for comfort and waiting to blow up in our own faces. the politics of envy, or people being envious of other people making much much more money than themselves is something that is natural and unavoidable. if people at high level can exhibit such traits of envy, the general masses, especially the people in the heartland, would succumb to this kind of thinking much more readily. in the past it was the incomes of stockbroking agents, housing agents, conveyancing lawyers etc that were the envy targets of even people in high places. now their businesses were destroyed. so no longer of interest. the target of today's envy is obvious. no need further elaboration. but everyone in those envious positions thought happily that they deserved every cent they are being paid. only those envious people did not think so. and the tension is being generated and piled up daily. can we teach the chinese a problem that we cannot even see? actually even saying that we can offer help is in bad taste. can't we tell them that we are willing to share our experiences, compare notes? the world's second most powerful country that can send men to space, would hardly need the help from a pin head. they have gone pass that stage of their development. a little modesty and humility would go a long way.