冰冻三尺非一日之寒 (bīng dòng sān chǐ，fēi yī rì zhī hán)
冰冻三尺非一日之寒 (bīng dòng sān chǐ，fēi yī rì zhī hán) Loosely translated to mean ‘Rome is not built in one day.’
I came across this phrase from Dr Toothfully aka Yao mo gao chor ah? I did a search for its meaning. Actually that phrase has no mention of Rome but it is the desired meaning really.
To explain literally it actually says three feet thickness of ice is not formed in a winter day. One day of extreme coldness doesn’t give rise to the formation of thick ice. It takes a much longer period of time possibly the whole winter season to accumulate and form the three feet thickness of ice.
We have got more than three feet thickness of ice accumulated and formed over the past 10 to 20 years! Our huge thickness of ice is NOT the result of one or two years mismanagement and outdated policy.
Slowly and surely over the many years, it has accumulated, hardened and entrenched until we are faced with so much problems as a consequence of our inertia under the above mentioned circumstances.
Sadly, we are going downhill. There is so much problems today on transportation, housing, widening income disparity, medical, education and yes FTs related issues – the heartaches and the headaches!
When our good gentlemanly eminent academic professor of economics Lim Chong Yah came out openly to highlight the serious wage problem, he was quickly shot down by an artillery of heavy guns. The bombardment never ceases. The pounding gets louder and protracted.
Professor Lim Chong Yah in his mid 70s from the establishment is no ordinary person or ikan bilis. He has a track record of proven credentials as an economics academic and professor. He was Chairman of our National Wages Council for many decades.
I believe Professor Lim like all loyal citizens just cannot tahan any longer. The piecemeal haphazard rate without any clear coherency this government in handling our current social economic problems just don’t seem to make any sense at all. It’s becoming a big joke as more and more problems surface.
Professor Lim Chong Yah “pointed to our growing income inequality, which he says is approaching dangerous levels, and the nation’s overdependence on cheap foreign labour.” – Straits Times, 10 April 2011.
Just like Ngiam Tong Dow who spoke out against current government FTs policy, Professor Tommy Koh also ever said that we need a minimum wage policy. That was shot down by the union chief straightaway.
Professor Lim CY, Ngiam TD, Professor Koh are not politicians but well known intellectuals just voicing their inner conscience to those elites currently in charge of running the country. We do have Tan CB, Tan KL and Tan JS who have come out openly to challenge those elites in the last PE.
We hope for the love of Singapore our mother land more will step forward to offer alternative views/solutions and play the Devil’s advocate.
The nub of the whole issue is either you increase wages drastically to force business enterprises to increase productivity or remove all cheap foreign labour to forcefully increase productivity. (not depressing wages with cheap imported labour)
It seems that those MIWs are so hopelessly addicted to the intoxicating euphoria of cheap abundance of foreign labour from neighbouring countries that in their state of high ecstasy they just can’t differentiate the wood from the trees! Will they ever listen?
I wonder if it would be like the KMT in ROC where they lost power after five decades of power then only will they come to their senses and humbled down to serve as ‘people’s servants?’