08 Mar '12, 11am

PAP has been raiding Singaporeans' reserves since the 1960s

PAP has been raiding Singaporeans' reserves since the 1960s

Dr Michael Barr is Senior Lecturer at Flinders University. His most recent book, written with Zlatko Skrbiš, is Constructing Singapore: Elitism, Ethnicity and the Nation-Building Project . Australians looking at Singapore as a model for pulling the poor up by their bootstraps (such as Noel Pearson in The Australian ) will be disappointed. Singapore’s success is not replicable or desirable. Singapore had its economic take-off by turning itself into a regional manufacturing and exporting base while China and India were sleeping and the US was booming and buying. If China or India had been competitors in the global market during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, then Singapore would never have followed the path it did and could not have succeeded as it did. Needless to say, China and India are no longer sleeping, and the US is no longer booming or buying. Furthermore, the manufacture...

Full article: http://www.transitioning.org/2011/12/14/singapore-is-not-...

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