9/26/2014

Relentless pursuit of population growth


Population grew from 5.3m to 5.47m in 12 months. The target for 6.9m, supposedly a planning parameter, will be reached in no time. Anyone still believes that it is only a planning parameter? The details of this ‘slow’ population growth are better left to Leong Sze Hian and his team to elaborate.
 

And like a programme reflex actions, all the horror stories are uttered, in fear, that there will be consequences of an economic slow down, of belt tightening, of labour squeeze. Did anyone say anything about the adverse consequences of 6.9m and an unceasing thirst for more population? The only people that said anything of this side of the coin were from the social media. The official view is that population growth is all goodness. Where got anything negative? You want growth with no bad consequences just add more population and you will have economic growth and growth.
 

Now, horrors of all horrors, the population is not growing as fast as desired, but still growing rapidly. Is there no goodness in a slowing down of the economic growth? Is there nothing good in slowing population growth? Everything is going to be bad? China is deliberately slowing its economic growth and the western soothsayers are all praying and saying see, China’s economy is crashing. But the Chinese know what is good for them and are engineering a slow down. And their economic growth is attained by real productivity growth and manufacturing growth, not by adding more and more people.
 

Why is it that there are no negative consequences in pumping growth by adding more people into a piece of rock? Why are there no benefits to a slowing down of population growth in a small red dot? Are the analysts and economists objective in their remarks and comments? Are they blind and can only see one side of the coin?
 

Are they real? Can they put up a balance report to reflect the other side of the coin? The people need responsible people to put up a balance picture of what is happening, and what is the real thing, what is good and bad for them.

Kopi Level - Green

26 comments:

Raymond said...

The "other side of the coin" is a recession. I know even you are not stupid enough to say "what's wrong with a recession"...

Anonymous said...

growth...growth....growth.....

of course we can easily house 12M
people in this tiny city state by
flooding the island with mega
buildings and complex underground
infrastructures.......

but we have to be beware of the
social ills/cost........

is this the type of highly
populated lifestyle we want in
order to achieve growth....

think about it....

cheers.....

Anonymous said...

"Why is that there is no negative consequences in pumping growth by adding more people into a piece of rock?"

Because when the consequences start to manifest, they will tell us you cannot expect slow growth or no growth. It can never be because of rapid population growth through foreign imports. The template for floods and MRT breakdowns can be applied to every set of problems.

Anonymous said...

Rb // Are the analysts and economists objective in their remarks and comments?//


To hang on to their rice bowl, most if not all people would stay politically correct.

If YEW have followed the comments by all these financial industry supoosedly experts in the past decade and a half since the 97/ 98 AFC, the "most frank comments usually emanate from those working for foreign owned entities".

Anyway, most if not all are quantitative-centric "experts"?

It makes a lot of different whether they know how to interpret numbers in the bigger picture beyond crunching the numbers and on the narrow economic dimension of pros and cons.

Many often are not adept or are innately not interested in other specific dimensions such as the socio-cultural, political, environmental and even systemic risks.

Numbers, bottom lines, top lines etc are the end game and numbers, bottom lines, top lines it shall be for many purely $$$$$-focused and centric beans.

Anonymous said...

Just beware and beware that consumption drive growth and for a barren tiny rock, it is the ONLY WAY IT CAN SURVIVE.
The folks managing Singapore Inc are also businessmen in their own ways. And they have all spread their wings far and wide to many corners of the World.
When Sin becomes obsolete as a middleman and left panting to death, the ruling class would have plenty of fortunes stashed at their favourite lands of abode.
The daft sinkies will be left to find their own destiny.

Anonymous said...

This Raymond fool has been here attacking RB everyday. If he is so smart he would not be tasked to do this dirty work which is normally delegated to the lowest level of the gangsters.

Yo Raymond, show us your credentials to prove that you are not another low down creep then we will believe you.

Anonymous said...

I know of developers that laughed all the way to the banks and clapped their hands when the property price shot through the roof and then crying wolf when the price fell by 1%.

Then they would say si bay jialat, quick remove the cooling measures.

Anonymous said...

Any fool will know that if population growth is the only solution to economic growth then recession is the next sure thing since you cannot keep pumping people into this island.

Anonymous said...


Recession, recession lah!
No job, no job lah!
Life here is like that lah!
You don't know?!

Anonymous said...

Raymond asshole, do you have any balls to identify yourself instead of hiding behind a nick to scold people?

People like you are disgusting and shameful you know that? Be an honorable man, come out in the open, don't hide like something that cannot see daylight. Are you shameful of what you are doing?

Don't you believe you are doing something right? Or you know that you are doing something wrong, insidious, low down creepy?

At least RB is honorable to identify himself with his photo here oso. Your master told you to be proud of what you are doing right?

Anonymous said...

Is there any sign of Patriotic Raymond here?

More likely IB patriot is lurking around.

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Anonymous said...

Are Raymond and Patriot the same person?

Veritas said...

If we keep adding 70,000 per year, we will have 6.48 millions in 2030.

Anonymous said...

Raymond said...
The "other side of the coin" is a recession. I know even you are not stupid enough to say "what's wrong with a recession"...

What a fool. No population growth means recession? You know anything about economics or not?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Veritas, last year 5.3m. Increase to 5.47m in 12 months. That is 170k.

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Veritas said...

I just did one more calculation to make it exact. Population at 2030 will be 8 millions.

FUCK PAP.

Anonymous said...

Fuck PAP?
Which PAPig is worth fucking you tell me lah?
Are you saying you jerk off to a photo of one of the PAP Ministers?

Anonymous said...

No need to be rude lah. Just say your points enough leow.

oldhorse42 said...

Fuck PAP! Only stupid and desperate people would want to do that.
Look a the PRC FT Yang Yin, he has the good sense to fuck a elderly but rich widow and become a multi-millionaire overnight.

Matilah_Singapura said...

redbean, don't be a party-spoiling pussy lah.

C'mon, there is plenty of room to grow...not even hit 6 million yet. Anyway who gives a shit about what China domestic population policies are. Singapore's future to to benefit stakeholders in the Island City State -- of which I am just one of many.

Grow the fucking population, until we are standing shoulder to shoulder, then as a united force, we will colonise and occupy Malaysia and Indonesia!

C'mon Singapore, you can do it!

Anonymous said...

Only a moron will be a patriot to Sin.
So yes, do go and find a better place, any place actually.
Sin will be left high and dry in time to come and that could be very soon.

b said...

The only growth model that the highly paid elites are capable of is a domestic consumption growth model. Any other growth model is rocket science to them.