29 Apr '14, 4am

Free trade minus freedom equals exploitation - Perspective - Perspective - Welcome to the...

Free trade minus freedom equals exploitation - Perspective - Perspective - Welcome to the...

How is it possible that in the most expensive city in the world, there are Singaporeans earning so little? Because there is no minimum wage. And why is there no minimum wage? Because there is no opposition to fight for it. The ranks of opposition parties have been decimated with years of persecution, there are no independent trade unions because labour leaders have all been imprisoned or run out of the country. It's not like we have free and fair elections like you practice here. Former prime minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew had said: "Please do not assume that you can change governments. Young people don’t understand this.” There is no free media – all Singaporean TV stations, radio channels and newspapers are owned and run by the government. Reporters Sans Frontier ranks the Singapore media 150th out of about 170 countries. I understand the importance of trade, without it modern...

Full article: http://yoursdp.org/publ/perspectives/2-1-0-1456

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