Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1149. Singapore: A safe and prosperous haven

"I am not a free lance tour guide," the girl with the deep set sad eyes said. "I am a part-time tour guide."  She was on duty at the travel agency office, just like a car salesman but this was the first time I saw her, despite over 10 visits to this office.   

"What is your target sales?" I asked.

"150," she has no problem getting 150 people to go on tours since she is an "old bird". She said she would be on duty this coming Sunday March 29, 2015 at Marina Bay Sands as she was required to be present. But with the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew on March 23, the travel fair was cancelled.

It is Mr Lee's transformation of Singapore from a swamp land to a First World Country with almost full employment, making Singapore a safe and prosperous haven in churning waters that this lady can work part-time. 

The older generation would worry about losing a full-time job and getting another. Here, she could work part-time for this agency and also for other agencies whenever she likes. There is a labour crunch due to the full employment, unlike countries like Greece with 25% unemployment.

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