ASCENDAS TECHNOLOGY PARK Is Born Out Of NECESSITY – It Is A Do Or Die Initiative For Many Singapore Small & Medium Enterprizes. Let me explain:-
As more & more Foreign Talents, Immigrants & Transitory Workers are brought into Singapore :-
- To Maintain Population Growth (Singapore does not produce enough babies to replace itself.)
- To fill up necessary jobs that Singaporeans shun.
- To bring down cost of doing business; so that Singapore Companies be competitive in world markets.
I spoke to Mr. Chin, a highly skilled welder staying near AEON Tebrau City, who commute to Singapore Daily By Bike For Work (One of the over 70,000 who travel to Singapore every morning.)
He said that he gets about S$200 per day doing Special Industrial Welding. An ordinary welder gets only S$100 to S$120 per day. However, a Chinese from mainland China will do the same job for only S$50. He feared that his days are numbered as the Mainland Chinese Worker is getting more and more skillful by the day. When they become Highly Skilled one day, they might replace him.
One Day I heard Renovation Work Done Right Above My Apartment In Singapore. I went upstairs to check. To my surprise I found 3 Bangladeshi Workers. Upon enquiry, I found out that they were paid only S$28 per day. The relentless search for lower and lower cost workers continue…
Huge Dormitories are Set Up In Places Like Tuas – housing up to 600 foreign workers per building (converted factory or warehouse.) These workers are given Daily Wage of S$20 per day. The pay is doubled to S$40 on Sunday. Many chose to work on Sunday for double pay (S$40) and took a day off on Monday.
Monday Off Day? That’s when the trouble starts! Suddenly, the MRT Station is Filled With Dark Skinned Foreigners- competing for Precious Seats with the Local Singaporeans. Many a time my Son Daniel would wait for the next train because the trains are suddenly getting too crowded. One lady told me,” When I board the MRT in the Morning For Work.
These colored foreigners would QUICKLY RUSH FOR THE SEATS WHEN THE MRT DOORS ARE OPENED. When pregnant women or elderly have to stand in full view of them, they pretend to be asleep all the way till they drop off at their intended destination. My eldest son would come home past mid night. Along the way he would meet these foreign workers drinking and looking at him with hostile eyes.
And on the PIE I frequently see lorries & buses traveling at above legal limits. One morning as I was driving at 90 km per hour (maximum speed limit for Car) a lorry traveled side by side beside me. I was already at maximum speed, yet to my chagrin he speeded up and overtook me. Then I saw from the back that his allowed speed limit was only 60km per hour.
That’s why there is a groundswell of discontent against the SPORE GOVT. They have lost some seats in the last General Election and also in by- election. If these signals are not heeded, I am afraid PAP will loose more seats in future elections. These imported foreign talents help to lower the cost for SMEs. BUT THEY ALSO LOWER THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MANY SINGAPOREANS.
Seeing This Dangerous Trend Will Cost THE GOVERNMENT MANY FUTURE SEATS The PAP has scaled down the Importation Of Low Cost Labour. And There Is A Clear Call For Singaporean Small & Medium Enterprizes to either Upgrade Technology Or Shift To Iskandar – Where There Is Lower Land Cost & Also Cheaper Labour Costs- OR ESLE SPORE SMES MIGHT HAVE TO CLOSE SHOP FOR GOOD!
THAT’S WHY THERE IS A VITAL NEED FOR THE ASCENSION OF ASCENDAS IN GERBANG NUSAJAYA FOR THE SAVING OF SINGAPORE SMALL & MEDIUM INDUSTRIES- IT IS A DO OR DIE SITUATION!
Among the proposed Industries In Ascendas Technology Park are Electronics, Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Food Processing, Precision Engineering, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Logistics, Warehousing & General Engineering Services.
These will Create Tens Of Thousands Of Quality Jobs -Drawing More And More People From All Parts Of Malaysia & Singapore To Iskandar. And more people means more need for accomodation. Thus Filling Up The Houses & Condos Now Being Built In Iskandar.
By This Yard Stick It Will Be Foolish To Speculate In Commercial Or Industrial Properties In Singapore. Since The S’pore Govt. Implement 7 Rounds Of Cooling Measures Against Overheating In Residential Properties, Speculative Money Is Chasing Industrial Properties.
Ask yourself , where will be the Foreign Workers? The Government Has Given Pointers In The Direction Of Ascendas Tech Park In Nusajaya. The Call Is Certain! The Call Is Loud & Clear!. Those Who Blindly Speculate Will One Day Come To Grief. The Bible says,” The Simple Believes Every Word, but A Prudent Man Looks Well To His Going.”(Prov. 14:15)