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SMEs & MNCs too believe govt is pro-FT?

In Political governance on 19/04/2013 at 5:40 am

Well nice to see that MoM Tan Chuan-jin has implictly confirmed that

— netizens ain’t the only people who believe that govt is pro-FT: so do SME owners and MNC mgrs; and

— they too like netizens need convincing that govt “tightening” of FT policy is not wayang.

Otherwise why would he say: “I think I need to be quite definitive here, so that the signal is clear because I would say for some time, I would say the industry was thinking that government will make a U-turn so therefore the changes perhaps did not quite happen. I think people were hoping that if the pressure was high enough, we will make adjustments and so on. And we notice that as a result of that, the propensity to do the way we do things was not so significant.”?

If the SMEs and MNC believe that the govt is not pro-FT, there would not be the need to say:”I think I need to be quite definitive here, so that the signal is clear … the propensity to do the way we do things was not so significant”? He has to say this only because he wants them to change their thinking that the govt prefers FTs to locals? From which flows their belief that the govt only needs “pressurising to get it to change its mind: and hence their pressure to change?

They should know that like Lady Thatcher, the PAP govt is “not for turning” when it has believes it knows the Hard Truth. So they believe, like us netizens, that restricting FT policy is not a Hard Truth, just wayang?

So I hope that Kishore*, our local MSM media and other PAP apologists move on from the mantra that the new media criticism and cynicism  of the PAP and the govt is juz “noise”: new media criticism of the govt does reflect perceptions (if not always facts) on the ground: even the views of the business community.

*Here’s a great rebuttal to Kishore’s attack on our cynicism. I was planning to bitch about his comments, but I was saved the trouble by this http://www.tremeritus.com/2013/04/14/kishore-our-cynicism-flows-from-institutional-failings/

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