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    Thanks, But Spending $4M For S'pore Day Is Too Much



    Thanks, but spending $4m for S'pore Day is too much

    I AM one of thousands of happy Singaporeans based in the United States who will be making their way by plane, car or bus to New York City today for Singapore Day. But I am also embarrassed to discover that the event will cost $4 million ('New York to draw 4,000 on S'pore Day'; last Saturday).


    Much as I am looking forward to stuffing my face with chicken rice at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, I find it bewildering that the Government is prepared to spend such a considerable sum to woo overseas Singaporeans home and boost the local talent pool.


    There may be far better ways to spend $4 million of taxpayers' money than on a bunch of Singaporeans living abroad, many of whom have their eye on lucrative, prestigious opportunities in their adopted countries and have no plans to return to Singapore in the foreseeable future.


    No amount of fried carrot cake, 1980s music or (local TV show character) Barbarella's preening can pull people away from Wall Street, Silicon Valley, top university professorships, or the myriad other reasons why some Singaporeans choose to live abroad.


    If the aim of the event is merely to remind overseas Singaporeans of their home, it may be even more overpriced.


    I am grateful that the Government has me in its thoughts, but I am also uncomfortable that Singapore Day may inevitably be an expensive exercise in futility.


    Liang Kaicheng
    Massachusetts, United States
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    Newbie of Now and Forever wwenze's Avatar
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    Incorrect assumption: the purpose of Singapore Day is to "woo overseas Singaporeans home and boost the local talent pool".

    So any further reasoning is invalid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwenze View Post
    Incorrect assumption: the purpose of Singapore Day is to "woo overseas Singaporeans home and boost the local talent pool".

    So any further reasoning is invalid.
    So what is the main reason?

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    4m advertising campaign for tourism very ex?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum View Post
    4m advertising campaign for tourism very ex?
    Anything that involves taxpayers money = VERY EX.

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    Mr Liang thinks too highly of himself, the event is to lure foreign talents to invest, work and settle down in SG, who cares about SG quitters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum View Post
    4m advertising campaign for tourism very ex?
    the price of attracting more non-FT to sg.
    Last edited by simplyadvanced; Apr 16th, 12 at 12:08 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosmos View Post
    Mr Liang thinks too highly of himself, the event is to lure foreign talents to invest, work and settle down in SG, who cares about SG quitters

    completely correct, till you realise the event is only open to people with pink ic
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    looking at the video of the venue set up, doesnt look 4million-ish

    and the food is given out to 3,500 pax only, so can't be price of food

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demonlism View Post
    looking at the video of the venue set up, doesnt look 4million-ish

    and the food is given out to 3,500 pax only, so can't be price of food
    Maybe the food are cooked by some atas cook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demonlism View Post
    looking at the video of the venue set up, doesnt look 4million-ish

    and the food is given out to 3,500 pax only, so can't be price of food
    Maybe huge part of the $ goes to minister allowance for the trip, business class / first class. Hotel room suites, security services.
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    4m for sg day. makes our sports budget seem pathetic in comparison.

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    "don't leave anything behind, and have a great time"
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    This is seen at the food station... absolutely Singaporean Kiasuism....

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    Even our car park attendant is there....

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