01 Apr '11, 3pm

[CNA] Young S'poreans not "hungry enough", says SM Goh

[CNA] Young S'poreans not "hungry enough", says SM Goh

SINGAPORE: During a dialogue at the Singapore Polytechnic's Graduates Guild on Friday evening, one participant asked Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong about his views on the perception that young Singaporeans are "soft", compared to their peers from other countries, such as China. Mr Goh said the more appropriate description for the younger generation is perhaps, that they are "not hungry enough" and that is due, in part, to the fact that Singapore has been successful, over the years. The solution - to keep with the right strategies, go back to increasing productivity and to improve pay. He said: "It's a matter of market forces. Supply and demand. In China, that man has no other job to go to. There are 600 million people competing with him for jobs. In our case, because we have done so well, every year we are creating 50,000 jobs. We only have 20 to 30 thousand inflow into the...

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