Dependancy on govt help
This is the stereo typed impression of Singaporeans. When they are in trouble, they will look to the govt for help. And this psyche is perpetuated by a govt that persistently insists to help, no matter whether help is wanted or unwanted. Very often help is shafted down into the throats of Singaporeans, like Peking Duck. We shall call it compulsory help. This dependency is so ironic. There is another dimensionally opposed view on this, that the Singaporeans do not want the govt's help and it is the govt that is insisting to help. Then on the govt's part it is telling the people that they should not depend on the govt for help. This is not a welfare state. But welfare keeps flowing out even to middle class citizens. It is really getting crappy and creepy. And we always compare ourselves with the more entrepreneurial and independent Hongkongers. The Hongkongers are admired for their streak of independence and for looking after themselves, not depending on the govt. The recent minibond issue has turned these perceptions upside down. The HongKong govt came out immediately to protect its citizens from the debacle, calling on the banks to act fast to buy back the bonds. On the other hand, the Singaporeans were expected to look after themselves and fend for themselves. The govt or authority only responded several days after the cries for help have subsided into a whimper. The Singaporeans were as usual looking up to the govt for help but must have been disappointed. And the usually responsive govt, always willing to help, insisting on helping the people, was slow in reaching out to the people. Strange developments and a rethink is needed on these new developments.