26 Feb '13, 4am

More businesses will move out from here.

Singapore has been relying on cost advantage since the 70s' to achieve competitive advantage in its economic model. In the 90s', Singapore maintained its cost advantage with foreign labours mainly in the manufacturing and consturction industry. In 2000s', with the plan to develop the IRs, more cheap and skill labours were imported. From an economic perspective, it is much easier to achieve growth through cost advantage through cheap labour than productivity. The goernment chose the easier path to grow the economy through cheaper imported labour. As a developed country, Singapore is lacking all other developed economies in term of productivity. The reason was obvious since we have chosen the easier path. If we look at Budget 2013 in a wider perspective; the government is basically pushing Singapore through the productivity path that of most developed economies. Such restruc...

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