Sunday, February 11, 2007

6.5 Million?

It was reported yesterday that our government is aiming to increase the population on our little island to 6.5 million by the year 2020. Making the announcement, minister for National Development, Mah Bow Tan promised that our country will not 'burst at the seams'.

Dear Mr Mah. Where have you been? Don't you travel on our roads and occasionally try out our public transport? Or visit our parks and popular places like Sentosa, not as a VIP, but as a private citizen? Worse still, try to cross over and return from neighbouring Johor Bahru via the causeway during festive season? Haven't you seen the long queues of lorries and goods vehicles waiting at the causeway and emphathized with the drivers? I can continue for another 5 paragraphs but every Singaporean knows what I am talking about.

Sir, we are already bursting at the seams! Isn't life here stressful enough. Please have some pity on poor Singaporeans who have to escape to neighbouring Malaysia and put up with the insults of people like Mahathir.

Please, please I beg you. Don't do this to our children.


zen said...

Singapore situation is quite like that of Hong Kong, lack of breathing space, but HK can do something. They can expand into Macau, their numerous islands, new territory and China itself, not Singapore. Singapore at the moment can only goes upwards, downwards and sideways through reclamation. Maybe we can have two options. One is to buy a few Pacific islands and resettle a portion of population there- possible ? Another is to lease land from Australia or NZ for same purpose, with resettled Singaporeans treated as PRs there- possible ?

Las montaƱas said...

You know something? I asked my Indian colleagues and they say "well, it is becoming abit like India"

I got nothing more to add after that.

Yesterday, the queues at all the food outlets were amazing! They remind me of war time when one has to queue for rations. Imagine a population of 6.5M! I think I've better go check on some emigration rules of some countries liao.