Saturday, April 23, 2005

Fragments 05.



Lisa versus DIMIA

Currently on a bridging visa after studying in Australia, the blog owner of
Bohemian Philosophy has decided to apply for a Permanent Residency visa and is documenting her step-by-step struggles with DIMIA. The first posts in the Battle With the Bureaucracy series, is titled Immigration Chronology : Prologue and provides excellent tips on dealing with DIMIA.

[ Lighthearted aside: I wonder if she has to file for
Handsome "Teddy" Lim as a dependent on her DIMIA application? And I assume Austin the Power Dog is already a legal Australia citizen. Lots of entertaining pictures and movies. ]


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Social Security Programs

The US Social Security Administration office has done a lot of research on
Social Security Programs Throughout the World. There are comprehensive writeups on the social security programs (old-age, survivors, disability, sickness, maternity, work injury, unemployment, and family allowances) of all the major countries of the world. You can read the reports here for Australia and Singapore, which are accurate and comprehensive.


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Minimum Wage

Jelts (aka Symbol) puts down his
Perspective about the existence of a minimum wage in Australia. On how it affects society and costs, and who gets hurt by minimum wage legislation. Provides good food for thought for migrants moving from a society with no minimum wage to one with minimum wage legislation.

Note: There is a good exchange relevant to Australia taxation and minimum wage in the comments section of an earlier blog post
Follow the Money.


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Discontent

I try to avoid writing of my discontent with certain aspects of the Singapore system that I am unhappy with. Nobody wants to read a whiny blog indulging in the Singapore recreation of complaining about everything under the sun. Besides, I try to be a practical person. If a course of action (of bitching) does not bring to a configuration closer to a solution, it is usually a waste of limited resources. So I borrow other people's words, to offer an insight to some of the discontent I share.
"I don't know about other "quitters", but this is perhaps the biggest reason why I choose not to return in the near future."
Ahmad in Taiwan -
Of Singaporeans and Mongrels.

"So maybe the reason for my desire to leave Singapore is not becos of living in Singapore but more living in Singapore as a Singaporean. "
Growling at the Badger -
Staying in Singapore vs Being a Singaporean.

"I tell you, there is much resentment on the ground..."
mrs budak's lair -
How a scientist and a cleaner have a meeting of minds (sort of)...

Read the A*Star official response to the bond-breaking issue. Read the Ministerial Statement on the casino issue. Read the judgement of Public Prosecutor v Chua Tian Bok Timothy.

For all the fancy language about honour and responsibility and values.. are we really fooling anyone? It is all about economics. Decisions are made by virtue of the economic value in utilitarian Singapore Inc. Still, I think the cold-hearted utilitarian approach actually offends me much less than the hypocrisy of bean-counters trying to take the moral high ground.

Feels akin to listening to a prostitute talk about the value of chastity.


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3 Comments:

Blogger redrown said...

It has been and it always will be, in Singapore, simply about economics.

Honour, responsibility, morals, values - they are just tools used to disguise their intent.

April 23, 2005 4:29 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

KoP, Handsome was smuggled via Fedex along with his other pals and since the custom officer didn't give a whinge about it, I assume he is an official resident (with or without me filing for his residency status). Austin was born in Australia so he is an aussie.

I think we can start an "The Talent in Limbo" group where we are neither here nor there. Too little education and you'll be treated like a third world labour. Too educated and the employer will curiously adopt the third world mentality and doesn't want to pay you a first world salary.

It's always difficult.

April 23, 2005 7:09 AM  
Blogger ldsdtsunami said...

A Song by Bob Dylan...so true:
"Not dark yet"
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I was born here and I'll die here against my will

I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still

Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb

I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from

Don't even hear a murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there.

April 23, 2005 10:52 AM  

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