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Thursday, 3 March 2011
MELAYU S'PURA CARI PERLINDUNGAN EKONOMI DI JB? BIAR BETUL!
Mantan Perdana Menteri Singapura En. Goh Chok Tong.
Kolumnis Temasek Review, terbitan Singapura,17 Februari 2011 Zahara Abdullah menulis antara lain: I have been coming across several Malay families who are renting out their HDB flats or even selling their HDB flats and living in Johor Bahru and commuting to Singapore. Each family had the same reason to give. They are unable to afford the cost of living in Singapore.
Tulisnya lagi: A few days ago, a friend of mine who is a senior professional in logistics industry claimed that around 40% of the Malay despatch riders live in Johor Bahru. However I am unable to verify this. However when I asked others in logistics industry, they did agree that there are large number of families, where the breadwinner works as a despatch rider, have indeed relocated to JB due to cost pressures in Singapore. These despatch riders earn less than $1000 per month and they are unable to cope even when they have two children.
“It does not seem to be the case that all the families that shifted are having a single income earner. There are indeed families in which both the couples are working and yet they are unable to afford to live in Singapore. The few families that I managed to talk to have a household income of less than $2000 a month. They shared with me that given the high costs they face which come along with work e.g. lunch meals, transport, clothings etc etc they are left with little to afford the other family expenses such as grocery, electricity etc.
Another group of Malay families who make up this trend of Malay families shifting to JB include those who are unable to service their HDB loans. Apparently some of these families are having problems paying their HDB mortgages and out of desperation not to loose their HDB flats they rather rent it out and shift to JB.
The last group of Malay families that I came across are those who faced life shocks such as retrenchment, illness etc and they were unable to ride through the financial turblence that came along. Hence they shifted to JB to keep afloat… (klik http://www.temasekreview.com untuk tulisan selengkapnya)
Kolumnis ini mencabar 12 Ahli Parlimen Melayu di Negara pulau itu menilai kedudukan kumpulan Melayu ini dan menyelesaikan serta memudahkan mereka kembali tinggal di Singapura. Adakah benar Melyu Singapura yang menurut statistik 2009 yang jumlahnya 13.4% berbanding China (74.2%) dan India (9.2%) itu berada dalam kesempitan ekonomi yang amat memerlukan bantuan Kerajaan Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) Singapura?
Reaksi kepada pandangan Zahara ini pelbagai. Terdapat 110 komen pro dan kontra daripada penduduk pulau itu.
Satu komen daripada Mai I Wan antara lain berbunyi: These less fortunate fellow citizens won’t get help from the gahmen! It’s left to us especially you, the Malay community to help them by voting out the PAPpy! What SG truly needs and in urgent need is a gahmen with humility! C’mon! Let’s get united and do what we need to do to help our less fortunate citizens! Their future, more or less lies in our hands.
Zahara mempersoalkan tanggapan Kerajaan Singapura bahawa orang Melayu telah bertambah maju di bawah Kerajaan PAP. Namun seperti jelas Zahara belum pernah sejak tahun 1959 terdapat begitu ramai orang Melayu Singapura yang mencari perlindungan ekonomi di Johor Bahru. Bagaimanapun, seorang penulis Singapura, yang juga seorang bekas wartawan pernah membayangkan satu ketika dahulu bahawa “Melayu Singapura antara yang paling gigih meningkatkan keupayaan diri (berdikari dalam bidang ekonomi terutamanya) setanding kaum-kaum lain seperti Cina dan India di pulau itu. Dan beliau bangga dengan kegigihan Melayu ini. Katanya, “Kami tidak memerlukan bentuan sesiapa, tidak juga daripada pemeritah.”