Sunday, February 11, 2007

Beat the Bullet

Every week I usually hear someone complaining about the govt here. Hmmm... they usually have a point. I used to really dislike things here in Singapore too. But then when you see the chaos that's around the world- you might have cause to think twice.

How many nations in the world can women walk the city streets safe at night- not even Sydney can boast that. In many parts of Europe, there's total anarchy and the police are helpless to stop it.

Then you think of Africa. In places like Rhodesia, another former British colony. Look at it now. They've chased out the white minority and put in place a bunch of ex-terrorists (aka freedom fighters).

I read this article. Take a look at it and wonder why there isn't more of an uproar over it.

From the New York Times, 1 January 1982, then noting that the socialist government of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe wasn’t being quite socialist enough:

Mr. Mugabe’s socialist Government came to power nearly two years ago in the former white-ruled Rhodesia, promising an ambitious resettlement program. So far, only about 6,000 families have been resettled out of about a million people who qualify for the program. (1982)

Now see Zimbabwe 2007

SUPPORT for Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, is eroding due to a hyperinflation crisis that is being blamed for doctors’ strikes, electricity blackouts and an outbreak of cholera.

The price of meat, cooking oil and clothing has increased by 223 per cent in the past week, according to a survey by Zimbabwe’s central bank. The annual inflation rate is now racing at 1200 per cent.

Doctors at government hospitals have been off the job for seven weeks, demanding pay increases of 9000 per cent. The Government has fired them and threatened arrest, but the strike has now spread to nurses.

Meaning we complain about a 2% hike in the GST... Putting into perspective, Singapore really has beaten the bullet.

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