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15 Reasons Why Singapore Is Better Than Australia

 
 
1. Australia cost of living is very high. Daily products and houses are expensive – much more than Singapore.

2. China’s booming. Singapore’s economy is sky rocketing. Singapore is well placed to ride the China and India boom. Singapore’s GDP per capita (nominal) is expected to overtake Japan this year. Becoming the highest per capita GDP in Asia amongst all non oil countries! (Note UAE and Qatar will always have higher GDP than Singapore because they depend on their oil. They don’t have a free market system like Singapore)

3. Singapore has an exciting future. ASEAN might become another CARICOM or MERCUSR, your Singapore passport can allow you to work and live freely in other ASEAN countries. Growth in Singapore is so tremendous. Asia is booming. Singapore will ride China’s and India’s wave because Singaporeans  speak their languages.

3. Singapore is much safer, less corrupted and has more convenient amentities (library, food court, everything just 15mins away) than Australia. You can walk down any streets in Singapore and feel safe anytime everytime. Can you do that in Australia?

4. Singapore offers a better place to bring up kids. Bilingual education. Chinese is the language of the future. In Singapore, your kids will learn Chinese. Jim Rogers once said: “If you were smart in 1800, you lived in London; if you were smart in 1900, you lived in New York.; Now if you are smart in 2010, you live in Asia”. The billionaire moved to Singapore. And he is not alone, Gong Li, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Co Co Lee etc all want to move to Singapore.

Singapore has no drug problem. Australia has a serious drug problem. 40% used drugs before. ( http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/…a04/sdua04.pdf ) That is just disgusting.

5. Alot of people talk about the less stressful lifestyle in Australia. But in Singapore, if you just be a bit creative, you can easily get a nice house in JB, Malaysia or Indonesia and enjoy the less stressful lifestyle there as well every weekend or day. Plus the cost of things are so cheap.

6. In Australia, technology is so backward. In Singapore,  you can get a 100mbps internet line for less than $50 a month. In Australia, it will only  get you a CAPPED 120GB 5mbps internet line. And how much is the activation fee? 400 sgd!

Same goes for public transport, infrastructure, business etc. Singapore is much better.

7. Australia has water problems. South Australia is rationing water. Small towns only have rain water tanks. Yucks, do you dare to drink rainwater?

8. Australia has lots of dangerous animals. Jellyfish that kill , most dangerous snakes, most dangerous spiders, all found in Australia.

“Funnel-webs are probably one of the three most dangerous spiders in the world and are regarded by some to be the most dangerous.”

Here’s what someone living in Australia thinks about the funnel web spiders around her house (most dangerous spider in the world, one bite and your child can die of posioning)

“Because……we get them in the house constantly, and since they are NOT afraid of people, you can step on one and get bit quite easily.
I’d say here in the house, because of my living situation, I see prolly a funnel web once a month now in winter and last summer I saw them once a week, crawling near my bed quite often, and yes they hide in shoes…so when u have to get up to pee in the middle of the night…given they really can kill you…and talk about having a baby here in a few months…it’s the only scary thing here, really.”

9. In Singapore, you can hire an expatriate maid to help you do your family chores. You can’t do that in Australia.

10. Running a business in Australia is exhorbitantly expensive. You pay 20AUD/hr just for a waiter. Plumbers cost hundreds of dollars.

In Singapore, unskilled labour is cheap. Very good place to run a business.

11. In Singapore, there are much much more jobs and career options than Australia. If you live in a small Australian town, there are no jobs for you. Even their biggest cities like Sydney etc cannot compare to 1/4 of Singapore’s career choices. Singapore has more than 100 banks! Lots of career choices from banking, healthcare, etc.

12. Food. Food is Singapore is much cheaper and better than Australia. 1.50 AUD for 12 eggs! 1.5AUD for big packet of soya bean milk! 2.50-3 AUD can get you a decent meal of Wantan noodles, Char Kway Teow, Mixed vege rice etc. In Australia, it cannot even get you a drink!

Chinese, British, American, Indian, Turkish, all kinds of cusine cuisine can be found in Singapore!! In Australia, it is 90% the usual Australian food.

13. Military defence. Australia has a very run down armed forces. only 50, 000 soldiers. Their strategy is basically to wait for America’s help in the event of  a war. Indonesia has an army of 500, 000. Singapore has 400 ,000.

14. Singapore’s property prices will skyrocket in a few decades. For example, 20 years ago, 3 room HDB flats  cost $20, 000k SGD. Now they cost $300,000  SGD. Ten years’ time? Maybe $500,000!

15. Singapore’s CPF! You will have money for old age, housing! The employer puts in 12% as well dont forget! Australia has the superannuation pension scheme but their taxes will frighten you off!

Contributed by senatorabudelai; 19-05-2010 at 06:46 PM – SG forums

Drafted editted by Gilbert on 21 May.

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40 Responses to “15 Reasons Why Singapore Is Better Than Australia”

  1. Colin Ang says:

    Yeah right. Australians should be flocking to Singapore in droves, and Singaporean families should quit moving to Oz.

  2. omar shan says:

    Im pakistani and moved to Sydney 4 years ago.. I ve been to singapore thrice including visiting there in the 90′s. Its got to be the most clean and beautiful and well managed place in the world with less traffic problems etc.. But the problem is that it is just too small to make any significant impact on the world. Unlike Australia which is atleast a super power in far east asia.. After all why do so many singaporeans migrate here.. But that is my opinion..

    • Andrew Zeng says:

      Most Australia’s military hardware can not even compare with Singapore. What kind of super power are you referring to.

      • Adam says:

        Just one comment this guy is saying that the Singaporean defense force is beter then Australia because it’s bigger and has better tech. What a joke the Australian defense force are full time soldiers with some reservists thrown in. the Australian soldier is considered as one of the most highly trained in the world and there special forces as the top 3.What country’s soldiers are called by much bigger armys when they need help Australia that’s who.
        Aussie soldiers are tough work as a team but versatile enough they can think for themselves if needed. Ask soldiers from other country’s who have served with Australian soldiers in conflict most of them say that there is no other soldier they trust to back them up. Im in no way criticizing the Singaporean defence force they have my respect as all soldiers do. But don’t say things about another country’s defence force with out finding out facts first

  3. Bo says:

    I believe this is a case of 3 blind mice. The author of this article has probably not been analyzing both country in an unbiased perspective.

    I’ve been living in both countries for over 7 years each. Being able to experience both countries in depth, allow me to give a testimonial that is more accurate and unbiased.

    Both countries have their pros and cons. I wouldn’t lean toward any of them. For example, I agree that Singapore is in the heart of the Asia growth and would be an advantage from economical point of view. However, it is still constrain by the size which will create some social issue of over-crowded population, higher stress level, over competitive, scarcity mindset, etc. These are the by-product of a high growth country, the people has to be able to catch up with the pace or be left behind. Unfortunately, majority of people are not able to catch up and developed a defense mechanism which is known as ‘kiasuism’. There is no right or wrong, it’s just how it evolves and whether we can live with it.

    When the author discuss about the property growth, I’ve seen the property in Melbourne grow from 300K to 450K in less than 5 years. Base on historical data, the property double up every 10 years. In saying that, Singapore has got it’s good run for the pass few years. That’s how it created so many millionaires.

    CPF and Superannuation is an idea to help people to save so that they will be able to survive through old age. It is a good idea for people who doesn’t know how to plan for their future and depending on government to plan for them, as any plan is better than no plan. But everyone should be responsible for their own financial, no matter where they live.

    As for safety, every country has got it’s fair share of problem. The sheer size of Australia is already a challenge to maintain the coverage of safety, transport, network, etc. Given that Singapore is smaller than the smallest state in Australia (Tasmania), coverage is comparatively easier to deal with.

    War in Singapore? I don’t even think the government will allow that to happen anywhere near Singapore. War in this era is not by brute force, in fact we’ve just experienced a war in the stock market. Military strength are for the industrial age.

    However, there is one unchanged fact that we cannot change the geographic location of a country. So we’re given a choice between hot and humid of Singapore and a range of tropical, sub-tropical and cool climate of Australia. Personally, I prefer the cool and dry instead of sweaty and hot climate. And I do enjoy snow in winter and fallen leaves in autumn, the ever changing picture of nature.

    Talking about dangerous animal, I think this should be the least of our worries. After all, WE ARE the most dangerous species in the planet.

    I hope my 2 cents worth of opinion will provide a better view of the world and not just 2 countries.

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  5. Tee says:

    Interesting article. Having lived in both countries, let’s look at this point by point.

    1. Article says – Australia cost of living is very high. Daily products and houses are expensive – much more than Singapore.

    1. Not true. Australia is cheaper for lot of daily necessities such as subsidized healthcare, education and cheaper housing given a greater supply of land vis-a-vis a smaller population. In Singapore today (2010) $500k will get you a moderate-sized HDB flat, whereas in Australia that will buy you a house on an adequate size of land in a decent suburb in Sydney or Melbourne. In smaller cities like Adelaide or Brisbane, you’d get something pretty close to a mansion.

    2. Article says – Singapore’s GDP per capita (nominal) is expected to overtake Japan this year. Becoming the highest per capita GDP in Asia

    2. Agreed. But Singapore is a service-based economy & the value of its domestic goods and services is heavily reliant on external market forces over which it has no control. However the point about Singapore being well-placed to take advantage of the growth in China & India is true.

    3. Article says – Singapore has an exciting future. ASEAN might become another CARICOM or MERCUSR, your Singapore passport can allow you to work and live freely in other ASEAN countries.

    3. The Australian passport allows you to work & live freely in other ASEAN countries as well.

    3. (Note point 3 appeared twice in the article so the same goes here). Article says – Singapore is much safer, less corrupted and has more convenient amentities.

    3. Safer, yes. Convenient amenities, yes Singapore is more efficient & has better infrastructure. Less corrupted – not true. Corruption in Australian parliament would be exposed by the media the very next day. Openess & accountability to the Australian public is something every politician understands and accepts. However, Singapore politicians have walls & do not allow the media to probe behind the scenes. Therefore, given this lack of accountability to the public, if the corruption level in Singapore is higher I would not be surprised because nobody gets to know about it – unless the government wants to occasionally make an example out of someone. That said, I can’t comment on the specific level of corruption in each country.

    4. Article says – Singapore offers a better place to bring up kids

    4. Not true – it depends on what you consider important when bringing up your kids. Singapore may offer bilingual options in schools but Australia offers the same. The problem is the ‘kiasu-ness’ in Singapore society takes its toll on the kids very early on in life resulting in a highly stressful environment for them to grow up in. Although the Singapore government wants to encourage creativity & innovation, the school environment in Singapore is not conducive to this. Australia offers a much better work-life balance with more time given to working parents to look after their kids, higher baby bonuses & other government perks that encourage this work-life balance. There’s also a lot more activity in schools that foster play & learning through which children develop more holistically rather than being overly focused on just the academic aspect of education – which is just one part of the picture.

    But as for the drug problem – agreed. Australia should adopt the same law as Singapore does when it comes to the drugs as this is a problem & causes a huge hole in the pockets of Australian taxpayers.

    5. Article says – you just be a bit creative, you can easily get a nice house in JB, Malaysia or Indonesia and enjoy the less stressful lifestyle there as well every weekend or day.

    5. Probably. But the weather, climate & countrysides in Australia are very beautiful too and there’s no need to bring your passport along when going on holiday.

    6. In Australia, technology is so backward

    6. Absolutely agreed. Technology here seems light years behind Singapore.

    7. Article says – Australia has water problems. Small towns only have rain water tanks. Yucks, do you dare to drink rainwater?

    7. True but the author makes a misinformed point in the article. There are water rationing regulations at certain times in the year – usually in summer. This means that there are certain days & times during the week when you can wash your car or water your garden but this has little impact on day to day living. As for small towns, yes may have a different source of water supply but these are towns in regional areas with tiny populations where most migrants do not live in. As for the point about rain water, one could turn the tables & say ‘Yuck, do you dare to drink new/recycled water?’

    8. Article says – Australia has lots of dangerous animals.

    8. True so does Singapore – especially the kiasu road drivers.

    9. Article says – In Singapore, you can hire an expatriate maid to help you do your family chores. You can’t do that in Australia.

    9. Yes, the cost of labour is far more expensive in Australia.

    10. Article says – Running a business in Australia is exorbitantly expensive

    10. Yes – compared to Singapore it is because of the heavy taxes in Australia.

    11. Article says – In Singapore, there are much much more jobs and career options than Australia.

    11. Not true. Both countries have a specific list of skills that are in demand based on the requirements of their economies. Depends on what one’s line of work is.

    12. Article says – Food is Singapore is much cheaper and better than Australia.
    12. Cheaper, yes in Singapore. Better quality, no. The quality of fresh produce is better in Australia. Plus the Food & Drug Regulations are stronger in Australia than they are in Singapore.

    13. Article says – Australia has a very run down armed forces. only 50, 000 soldiers. Their strategy is basically to wait for America’s help in the event of a war. Indonesia has an army of 500, 000. Singapore has 400 ,000.

    13. The author can’t be serious about this point. Numbers doesn’t mean an army is competent & besides Singapore, like Australia, needs its allies should there be a war.

    14. Article says – Singapore’s property prices will skyrocket in a few decades

    14. This point was covered previously.

    15. Article says – Singapore’s CPF! You will have money for old age, housing! The employer puts in 12% as well dont forget! Australia has the superannuation pension scheme but their taxes will frighten you off!

    15. Australia’s Superannuation pension is taxed at around 6.5%. The other type of tax is that over & above one’s pension such as investment income & other streams of income which is taxed at around 15%. Yes the taxes are higher in Australia but medical benefits also come with it. So it eventually evens out.

    In summary, Singapore offers a lot of advantages to younger people with years of working life ahead of them but when it comes down to retirement, quality of life and family living, Australia is a better option.

    • Leah says:

      Hi this site is exactly what I am looking for as we’re thinking of moving back to Sg in 2 to 3 years’ time. Tee’s last paragraph “In summary, Singapore offers a lot of advantages to younger people with years of working life ahead of them but when it comes down to retirement, quality of life and family living, Australia is a better option.” hits on the nail!

      We just bought a house here in Northern Queensland, for the price of a 3-room HDB flat in Sg. When we are back in Sg, we plan to rent it out and then come back to retire in it.

      However, Australia is the place where I learn how to live independently without having to rely on MAIDS. Here you can get cleaners who clean your house at AUD40 per hour and my house takes 2.5 hours to clean. So I clean my own house, patio and a double locked up garage as well. And I am proud of it!

    • Leah says:

      Hi this site is exactly what I am looking for as we’re thinking of moving back to Sg in 2 to 3 years’ time. Tee’s last paragraph hits on the nail!

      We just bought a house here in Northern Queensland, for the price of a 3-room HDB flat in Sg. When we are back in Sg, we plan to rent it out and then come back to retire in it.

      However, Australia is the place where I learn how to live independently without having to rely on MAIDS. Here you can get cleaners who clean your house at AUD40 per hour and my house takes 2.5 hours to clean. So I clean my own house, patio and a double locked up garage as well. And I am proud of it!

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  7. PG says:

    Sounds as though this article was written by a PAP ( publicity and publicity ) member , or someone who has not lived in Singapore for a long while and does not understand what really goes on . I thought it was all great when I first went , but have learnt the hard way since , even down to what you really get with the CPF

  8. Ridwan says:

    Wow, the culture of endlessly comparing Singapore to everything and anything is still alive and well. That’s why I left Singapore for Australia. Number #9 made me laugh. We have washing machines! Australians will be embarrassed to have a maid because they are independent and proud of it. A true sign of a developed country is when the Primary issues discussed is individual rights & welfare. I’m smart enough to appreciate what’s good about other countries without continuously comparing ourselves to cover our insecurties.

  9. Joe says:

    Gilbert,

    I think I can write an article on Singapore insecurity. Some of us are in SAF and some have worked in high level areas and we know how the top people are thinking.

    People forget the Indonesian riot in 1998 where a sudden economic crisis, has caused 1000 people to be killed, Indonesia chinese girls being raped and shops being looted.

    Just look at the map of Singapore, we are living in false sense of security. If the author says Singapore is a good place to live, they are just looking at the short term security. With the events being develop around Middle East and the brotherhood of Muslim are rising in every new Middle Eastern countries where the call of unity of Brotherhood are being asked around all Muslim world to unite, I tell you things will be different in the next generations where every Singaporean would want to have another passport out.

  10. Waythu says:

    Joe

    I am a Australian Citizen and have been in Syd for 20 years. My origin was Rangoon or Yangon. I have been to Singapore for many times. You mentioned that racial riot caused in Indonesia. Therefore Singaporean Chinese will feel insecurity. In Syd, we have a Cronulla racial riot between Middle Eastern & White Australians back in 2005. Therefore Oz has a racial tension too. Besides that 1998 riot was occurred in Indonesia not in Singapore!

    Insecurity feeling existed in Singapore back in 1960s. That small island is sandwiched between two Muslim nations which are conservative. They have no natural resources, drinking water and fertile land for surviving. Now a days, they are more secure, confident and optimistic about their future.

    When I compare the economy, GDP and Infrastructure of Singapore with resource rich nation of Myanmar or Philippines, I am very impressive and envy about that small nation achievement. In the old Chinese saying, the little Chilly is the hottest.

    As a middle aged man, I prefer to live in Oz. The weather, food quality and life style are more pleasant. However if I am young and skilled, I think I might have to move to Singapore for promising career development & efficiency.

    Singapore public transport, banking, technology and infrastructure are more advanced than Oz. Australia has more space, food & energy security and media freedom and of course easy going and friendly people.

    The big cities of Melbourne and Sydney are densely populated. For every single job vacancy, there are at least 16 applicants for competition. Unemployment rate is higher here. Some are depending on Government handouts. Some are on and off low seasonal employee who are insecure about their future.

    Singapore blossomed without natural resources for many decades. Australia economy is resources base economy like gulf nations. If the commodity and fertile land reached out their limit, it is questionable about the competitiveness of Oz. In the reality, nothing will last forever!

  11. Aaron says:

    I used to life in Melbourne,Australia and now living in Singapore. I would like to give some response to the up stated post.
    1.Australia cost of living is very high – Since the income are very far from Singapore the living cost is expensive than Singapore but the proportion of expenses against our income is very low in Australia. For example a 2 bed room house can be rented SGD 1500 in a nice suburb but the same property needs SGD 2000 in Singapore. “Singapore is one of the 10 most expensive cities in the world for past few years” and every year its going up in its ranking.

    2. Singapore’s per capita is higher since Singapore politicians are the worlds highly paid. Also all the highly paid CEO’s are situated in Singapore as its the business hub for Asia-Pacific region. But most of the CEO’s (around 90%) are foreigners!

    3. I totally agree with 3rd point mentioned about singapore regarding safety, corruption and amenities.

    4. I am not sure about the fourth point mentioned above. But its drug free country as the law against the thread is Death penalty.

    5. Personally i feel very stress-free living in Australia! Its in comparable with Singapore in any sense. Australia is much far better life style than Singapore. Most of the Australian cities are occupying the “Most livable places in the world” list. Exclusively MELBOURNE is the most livable city for the past few years.

    6. The internet connection is nothing to do with the technology advancements! We can say Singapore is little bit advanced than Australian counterpart. But definitely not far from Singapore.
    Actually very few people are using public transportation in Australia, as its common for every individual have its own transport! Though Singapore is a small island there is a MRT,BUS & LRT systems only available, but no water ways yet. Also the population is simply scattered 720sqkm only. But One Australian city like Sydney spreads double the size of whole Singapore country! Also all the Australian cities are having extensive range of public transport system. Double decker trains, trams, ferries, busses, LRT, mono rail etc.,

    7. For your information- Mostly water is purchased from neighbor countries for Singapore. Now recycling plants are constructed to recycle sewage water to drinking water!!!! Rain water better or recycled sewage water better!!! YUCK

    8. Its quiet new information for me! Its true all the dangerous species in Australia but not living in home are residential areas! Not sure about other informations.

    9. Its true cheap maid available in Singapore. Australian human rights is tougher!

    10. Unskilled/skilled (But cheap) workers from India, china, bangladesh, malaysia are available in Singapore. In Australia all highly paid jobs! Though you work as waitress are the head of all waitress, still you paid same. Which means work respect is much higher in Australia but doing a business bit expensive.

    11. Personally i feel Australia have more job opportunities than Singapore. Wide part-time employment options available and can be avail any time. So many peoples just do their part time jobs and earning quiet good money for years.

    12. Australia is more multi-culture than Singapore. In singapore mostly the population is filled with singaporeans, chinese, malays, indian and few other races, can say mostly Asians. But Australia have wide range of other nationals like europians, asians, middle east etc., Very obvious! the food rages are more but the price may expensive than Singapore.

    13. The figure is wrong!

    14. This gives contrary info with point #1. So which means Singapore is expensive than Australia! The basic three things for a human being are food, shelter and clothing!!!!!!!

    15. CPF? do you know the retirement age to withdraw your CPF money? The retirement age is called grave age! the age just before you prepare to go and meet Lord Jesus Christ! But its very much useful for hospital and medical cover.

    7.

  12. Aaron says:

    When you decide to move away and giveup your Singapore citizen ship and migrate to other countries,the Singapore government ask you to give feed back in a pre-printed yes or no type questions. That points will clearly mention about the facts and truths . . .

  13. Ayumi says:

    I thought Singapore’s GDP per capita is already way higher than Japan’s?

    Singapore’s GDP per capita : $59,936
    Japan’s GDP per capita : $34,362

    Singapore’s GDP per capita is the 3rd highest in the world, after Qatar and Luxembourg.

  14. Dave says:

    Seems a bit pointless trying to compare the two countries as they are vastly different both geographically and culturally. Also some of the points raised are just plain silly i.e. yes maybe someone living way out in the bush might have a problem with spiders, but here in Sydney where I live and work I have yet to see a dangerous spider or snake or any dangerous animals and I’ve been here over two years.

    I found this site because I am considering a career move to Singapore for a year or two. Mainly because I like Singapore and it’s handy to go explore the rest of Asia and pretty well half way between London and Sydney and my home country New Zealand.

    Living in Sydney is amazing. Not only do we have a great climate and I enjoy a relaxing walk thru Hyde Park in the morning from my apartment to work, but I can be at any number of great bars and restaurants overlooking the harbour within minutes, or only 30 minutes to some of the best beaches in the world. Also I live in Chinatown so I get to eat fantastic Asian food regularly for around SGD$10. So while I expect I’ll love Singapore, I know I’ll miss Sydney, and I will be surprised if I’m actually any better off financially in Singapore.

    AND we have four seasons here. You only have one :-)

  15. Reader says:

    Whoever wrote this must had not step out of his cell hole. Please get yourself out of your tiny hole and check out the world out there.

  16. lee ah heng says:

    i’m staying in australia for 7 years
    there is good and bad in singapore
    and like wise in australia
    the things i like australia
    is the weather,vehicle is cheap,less stress
    and pay is not bad yes tax is high but
    still manageable.

  17. Yon Lavalla says:

    Thanks so much for an educational article. I’ve been searching for this sort of data for quite a while now.

  18. Homesick aussie says:

    Wow, what a propagandistic and patriotic article this is! And perhaps xenophobic too…?

    I’ve just moved to Sg a month ago and was wondering how I can make myself enjoy life here as I’m missing my Syd home.

    Then I stumbled across this article and got really put off by the level of ignorance and bias.

    You’re comparing apples and oranges here. Both countries have their pros and cons. So why not lay out the lists objectively and let the readers decide for themselves which place seems better to them.

    Well, if your purpose is spread propaganda and to persuade fellow Singaporeans to stay in Sg, then why not write an article comparing Sg to a similar country or some less fortunate countries that can easily makes Sg seem better?

    I don’t mean to sound like I’m bashing this article, but this is one of the worst articles I’ve read in a long time. This is an article from an organisation, right? Too bad it just seems more like a random blog post by a very patriotic and biased citizen.

    • Homesick aussie says:

      And yes, I would choose to drink rainwater over recycled sewerage water on any given day.

      • ash says:

        I did my NS, just graduated after studying here, was granted PR status a few months ago and am working in an international firm based in Sydney. And I am Singaporean.

        I couldn’t agree with you more Homesick aussie.

        I was back in Singapore for a month recently and I can tell you that each year when I return to Singapore, half of everything has changed. Yes, some of these changes are for the better. Better transport, better amenities. But each year as well, some of my life’s memories disappear. I don’t deny the need for this island nation to adapt fast, but somehow I feel things like this make life there a little more hollow.

        Yes the economy in Singapore is well-placed to grab the opportunities of an Asian Century, but that does not negate the portability of experience, knowledge and skills that an Australian worker can and should have. The economy is largely 2-speed at the moment and improvement needs to be made in other sectors and especially in infrastructure but no one can deny that the fundamentals of Australia’s economy are sound.

        Anyway, I just feel that there is little to persuade me to think that I made the wrong choice to move here. The values that Australians prescribe to are the paramount reason for moving. Those are things you can’t just put in through some government-led “courtesy campaign” or speech. The other things are really, peripheral.

        To each his own I guess.

  19. Sal says:

    I having doubt Spore is better than Australia, maybe we should be compare Spore to Aussie cities….Sydney,Melbourne,Perth,Brisbane. If Im single and earning an average income in Spore, life will be happy and comfortable. But if you are married and raising a family, Im having doubt Spore is better than any of the Aussie cities.

  20. Mtang says:

    What a lousy article. One sided. Ever considered the surveys – SG youths ranked most stressed in the world…most emotionless society in the world… most dissatisfied workers… longest working hours… I can easily pull 15 survey results to show why SG falls behing Aus.

  21. andy says:

    this article is biased against Australia. This is why Lee Kuan Yew bans idiots like this author for publishing sensationalist articles without being backed by hard facts or research. While some of the info are correct, the rest of the articles does contain sterotypes. There are some dumb comments about water rationing – it is partly true but most Australians have plenty of water to use and it is not as bad as the author makes it out to be. Australia houses are relatively cheap compared to Singapore and A$500k (S$650k) can buy a nice buy house in a good suburb 15-20kms from CBD. While some Singaporeans may say that it is too far, it is generally accepted in Australia. True, eating out is more expensive but the portions are bigger and more meaty. While there are a lot of other inaccurate info, I find it disappointing that people believe in wild claims without verifying the info themselves

  22. TREX says:

    This article has proven to the world that Singaporeans are arrogant, short-sighted, naive,unintelligent,deficient, moronic, narrow minded, insecure, immature, incompetent at researching facts, last but not least, very good at bullshitting. Grow up Singapore!

  23. Laughing says:

    Are you serious…
    Whoever wrote this article is touched…

    Most of your points are moot (except the technology one).
    You cannot buy a 500k mansion anywhere in Australia… Regardless of the location they are always at least going to be over a few million AUD…
    I don’t understand your ‘second home in the tropics when you are escaping the tropics’ argument either… Those places are not pleasant in the times of the year you will want to escape Singapore.
    Drinking rain water i ‘yuck’…?? I am sorry, I was not aware drinking processed sewage was better for you than drinking … natural water which has fallen from the sky…
    Grow up. I would much rather drink rain water in a country where pollution has not made the rain acid (like singapore maybe?) than drink processed sewage as you do in Singapore or processed salt water.
    Labour may be cheap if you are running a business but what does that say about people who go there to work?
    Your article is ridiculously biased and sorry to insult you, stupid. You try to make points where none exist.
    Why not write it so you concede some rather than try to make up scenarios (such as the house one) to try to make it 100% ‘better singapore’?
    I have plenty of singaporean friends who have decided to move to Australia because they prefer it here.
    How about having a car in Singapore? I have heard it is ridiculously expensive! And if you want the privacy of not having to take public transport to work (after all, anyone with a job should be able to afford the luxury of a car) what is the point of living somewhere you can’t?

  24. Sanje says:

    In light of the negative criticism this article received, I feel it is about time someone stood up in support of this brilliant article. I shall underline point by point just why everything in this article makes perfect sense. Hopefully you will then come to agree with the original article that Singapore is indeed a much better place to live as compared to Australia.

    1. Australia cost of living is very high.

    Aside from the flawless grammar, this statement speaks about affordability. Affordability is a function of keeping income comfortably above expenses. It doesn’t matter if average income in Singapore is lower since everything else is cheaper. Rent, mortgages, cars, motorbikes, Milk, Beer, Wine, healthcare,.. the list goes on and on. Who needs high taxes that Australia has? It only pays for things that nobody really needs or care about. Things like a basic allowance if you’re ever broke and want to avoid starving to death.

    2. China’s booming. Singapore’s economy is sky rocketing.
    Singapore is well placed to ride the China and India boom. –

    Precisely. After all China and India are like horses that are just waiting to be ridden by the “chosen” countries right? It’s also true that Singapore’s GDP is amongst the highest in the world and it surely does not matter that this has been achieved by cramming in more foreigners precisely to keep GDP up. It doesn’t matter that this comes at the cost of plunging the quality of life simply due to overpopulation along with the burden it bears upon infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, transport and housing. At the end of the day, the GDP number is all that matters to declare that a country is number one. Much like declaring a weight loss diet a success even if the bulk of the loss was due to an amputated limb.

    3. Singapore has an exciting future.

    Naturally, every Singaporean should see being able to live and work in other countries as an advantage. I mean, seeing how awesome it is to live and work in Singapore, the natural thing to do in order to top that, would be to live and work elsewhere. That’s completely rational.

    4. Singapore is much safer, less corrupted and has more convenient amentities -

    This has to be a clear bonus. Australia has things like ferrari drivers who dont understand traffic rules and politicians who are not paid as well as those in Singapore. This obviously means they do not get paid enough to stave off corruption, unlike in Singapore. Also driving less than 5 minutes for food or groceries nearby in a car which you probably spent your life savings to own in Australia is too much of a hassle compared to Singaporean conveniences like HDB lifts, and knowing that the quickest way to get what you want is likely to walk the whole way there and back.

    5. Singapore offers a better place to bring up kids.

    Learning chinese is awesome and it’s even better if you happen to not be chinese because then you get to learn it anyway for your own good. Jim Rogers, Gong Li, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Coco Lee are all prominent Australians who want to move to Singapore. This is most relevant because this article is comparing Singapore to Australia and not any other countries.

    Singaporean kids get to look forward to tons of tuition and memorizing much more than Australian kids. They get to focus on academics solely without being distracted by all round development, which is just some rubbish that westerners believe is important to produce healthy, well-adjusted and capable adults.

    6. Singapore has no drug problem. Australia has a serious drug problem.

    It is repulsive that so many Australians have used drugs before, in the same way babies who eat their own poo are disgusting and should be hanged for such an outrageous offence. Besides, if more and more countries start to legalize drugs and global culture as a whole embraces the role drugs have in society, Singapore can always change its stance then. If we copy the US, then it’s fine. Otherwise, Yucks! to drugs.

    7. Alot of people talk about the less stressful lifestyle in Australia. But in Singapore, if you just be a bit creative, you can easily get a nice house in JB, Malaysia or Indonesia and enjoy the less stressful lifestyle there as well every weekend or day.

    Exactly. You need to be smart. Another analogy would be to say that prisons are awesome places to stay since you could always dig tunnels to banks, resorts, airports and casinos. The mere possibility of all these options confirms that prisons ought to be the number one destination for any man.

    8. In Australia, technology is so backward.

    Again this point is bang on the money. Normal functioning human beings need at least 30,000,000 GB each month of internet quota to keep from going blind or developing diabetes. Anything less is just unhealthy and as such, unacceptable. Besides, why would you want internet in a dangerous place like Australia where the internet is uncensored, leaving innocent surfers exposed to the possibility of discovering content not approved by the government or authorities? Furthermore, the internet speed in Australia is too slow to do things like surf youtube, skype with family and it is a constant struggle just to load small pages like google or facebook.

    9. Same goes for public transport, infrastructure, business etc. Singapore is much better. –

    The public transport issue is a no-brainer. Trains in Australia are so underused that most of the time people can find a seat, even during peak hour. They also miss out on getting to hug random public members in a good old fashioned “sardine can” environment. Commuters in Australia really miss out.

    10. Australia has water problems

    This is a serious issue which causes many taps in Australia to be dry at various times of the day forcing people to look for rivers and pray for rain regularly. Of course nobody would dare drink rainwater when in Singapore you have the much better alternative of recycled pee. In the end, water is not just water. There is Singapore water which is approved and then there is all other kinds of water that other countries have, which is just plain inferior.

    11. Australia has lots of dangerous animals.

    This is just scary. Most people living in in Australia lose half of their remaining family and friends each year to spider bites, stingray attacks and kidnappings by the kangaroo or dingo. At least in Singapore, having the lowest suicide rate in the world per capita means our friends and loved ones are much safer from dying. Bus drivers and truck drivers running over people is also unheard of in Singapore.

    12. In Singapore, you can hire an expatriate maid to help you do your family chores. You can’t do that in Australia.

    Thank goodness Singaporeans don’t have to learn how to be self-sufficient and can believe in a world where they can be masters over other humans and pretend that human rights and responsibility don’t exist. This allows Singaporeans and their kids the unique opportunity to become dependent on things with absolutely no potential to cause embarrassment in the future.

    13. Running a business in Australia is exhorbitantly expensive.

    Correct. That’s why Australia has no business, let alone successful ones. Paying $20 per hour for a waiter is ridiculous when you can’t even charge more than $2.50 for a plate of food in Australia because nobody would buy.

    14. In Singapore, unskilled labour is cheap. Very good place to run a business.

    That’s right. Forget morals or ethics. This is a sustainable way to make a profit regardless of how you exploit your employees. I mean, laws will never change and the Singapore economy will never collapse due to our abundance of resources, creative people and talented leaders. Whoever thought that investing in your people is the key to long term success, must have been on drugs. Yucks!

    15. In Singapore, there are much much more jobs and career options than Australia.

    First of all, let’s not consider those who don’t speak Chinese. Remember? Chinese is the language of the future and if you don’t speak it, well it’s about time you do. As silly as it is to not speak Chinese, even those who don’t for silly reasons such as not being of Chinese descent still have plenty of job options in a place like Singapore as job discrimination is unheard of in Singapore. You will never find any company that insists employees be Bilingual because that would just be racist and Singapore is 100% free of racism.

    Also, why on earth would you work in Australia where you get higher pay and average less working hours with less stress? That just robs people of the joys of unpaid overtime, the pride that comes with being the nation that works the longest hours in the world and the stress levels that keep you from making stupid mistakes like settling down and having children.

    16. Food.

    90% of food in Australia is Australian food. It comes out of a can called “Australian food”, found in the pet food isle of the supermarket and it can be heated up in a microwave or just served cold. They have no variety in cuisines.

    17. Military defence.

    Singapore has a much bigger army full of dedicated NS Men who like to complain about reservist unlike the Australian army which only has full time soldiers who join voluntarily. How can you trust that the Australian army will actually fight during wartime if they were never forced to join the army in the first place? Singaporean NS Men’s passion to fight for their country is evident in how passionately the talk about and sing songs about ORD.

    Also, on the point about getting aid from the USA; if let’s say the US were to ever aid either country, they would surely aid Singapore before aiding Australia as Singapore has more natural resources that the US can profit from as compared to Australia. Singapore makes the more attractive ally economically.

    18. Singapore’s property prices

    The value of HDB flats in Singapore will only ever go up. Historically, prices have never gone down even once. Some people caution that in Singapore most flats have 99 year leases on them so Singaporeans do not actually own an asset. However, when the lease expires, since Singapore is so rich with such a high GDP, the government can easily renew the lease for free without any hesitation. When this happens, as it surely would, the prices will go up even higher. Bubbles and recessions are for the western world and Singapore is immune. Not like Australia, which was one of the worst hit countries in the 2008/2009 Global Financial Crisis. As a result of that, more Australians than ever before are cleaning tables and selling tissue packets just to survive. You won’t find that in Singapore.

    19. Singapore’s CPF!

    The Australian Superannuation scheme is inferior in every way to Singapore’s CPF. In Australia, the employer doesn’t put in a dime. In Australia, you also never get to see or question how your money is invested and continued ruling changes make it harder and harder for you to access your money when you get older. In Australia they implement policies like “minimum sum” and the leaders suggest you should forget about retiring and stick spurs into your hides to work harder. In Australia, hardly any adult who has worked most of their life will ever end up with a balance of $300,000 or more. This is in stark contrast to the situation in Singapore where everyone lives a wealthy lifestyle once they get access to their CPF. Having said that, most Singaporeans prefer to leave their money in there so it can be used to purchase themselves a grander funeral when the time comes.

    In Australia, if you feel the taxes are too high, you can write a private facebook message to the government saying you are frightened by the tax rate. The government will then allow you to opt out of the Superannuation scheme which would mean you have nothing when you retire. I mean, Australia doesn’t even provide any allowance to its seniors who have low income.

    • Olivia Yap says:

      the more i read your comments, the more i think you are not a singaporean or someone who doesn’t reside in Singapore

    • Carlyn says:

      I was expecting some valid points to support the article like you said but as a Singaporean myself, I cringe at your comments that make me ashamed of my own country for breeding such arrogant and ignorant people like yourself.

      Especially these statement “Thank goodness Singaporeans don’t have to learn how to be self-sufficient and can believe in a world where they can be masters over other humans and pretend that human rights and responsibility don’t exist. This allows Singaporeans and their kids the unique opportunity to become dependent on things with absolutely no potential to cause embarrassment in the future.” And “Singaporean kids get to look forward to tons of tuition and memorizing much more than Australian kids. They get to focus on academics solely without being distracted by all round development, which is just some rubbish that westerners believe is important to produce healthy, well-adjusted and capable adults”

      Have you not figured out yet the weakness of the Singapore system? The products of this system are insecure beings who feel that they have to constantly justify their existence by comparing themselves with others in superficial ways and never have the time to look within themselves or probably, like you, think is not important.

      I have stayed in Singapore for most of my life except for the last few years overseas. I have come to realise what a sheltered and meaningless life I have led before, chasing after academic achievement since young and spending long hours at school then at work but with little time to do anything else. I really appreciate the years I have spent abroad and being able to pursue a different opportunity elsewhere. Living in Singapore was almost like going through the motions – mostly revolving around work and home and reluctant or rather unable to do even simple chores like cooking which I now love. Having time to yourself and being able to pursue an interest other than making money is a luxury in Singapore.

  25. sal says:

    If Im rich, i will live in Spore
    …the richer will get richer but if Im a middle or lower income family I will live in Aussie’s cities.

  26. Alexy says:

    I have lived in UK, Australia, and Singapore in the last 20 years. Actually I made two rounds on each country about 2-4 years. I am a middle aged IT professional from south Europe. My experience on Australia vs Singapore:

    Australia beats Singapore:
    - Overall climate, nature
    - Future potential economic growth (if you’re happy to wait 100 years)
    - Generous government handouts (you get nothing if you’re a hard working professional)
    - Better overall image as a western democracy
    - Multicultural cities, great international food everywhere you go
    - Raising a family, your kids will be native English speakers. English is and will be the world language everybody wants to learn and speak (including Chinese).

    Singapore beats Australia:
    - Location, holidays, travel
    - Taxes (about 75% less tax bill)
    - Quality of housing within 15 minute transport to city CBD
    - Lifestyle
    - Less/little of crime, drugs, alcohol, racism
    - Climate (if you’re a summer lover)
    - Efficiency
    - Corruption (in Australia corruption is a nationwide practise. So many people work for cash-in-hand jobs although they are receiving unemployment benefits, meanwhile the taxman is busy with rorting your hard earned money if you’re a decent person.)

    Similarities
    - Overall cost of living (apples to apples).
    - Cleanliness
    - Developed economies (in different verticals though, resources vs services)

    If you’re a single, competent, hard working professional, then Singapore is the place to be. It’s rewarding financially. You save your money for your own retirement in this efficiently run city-state, instead of giving to the greedy Australian tax-man that will waste your money on druggies and beach bums. Singapore offers a much better lifestyle if you like travelling and stay connected to your families in Europe and Asia.

    If you’re raising a family or if you’re not a competent professional, then Australia is the place to be. You can live a moderate life, with less stress on all family members, with government financially supporting you. Your kids will speak proper English. Yet, you will be more stressed once the kids become teenagers. The social issues can cause major dramas if your kids go out of track. However, no matter what happens, the government will look after you at the expense of other tax payers.

    So, it depends on the stage of your life and financial expectations. :)

  27. Alex Chow says:

    Your view is very biased. You should mention that in fact Singapore is a society for the elites and rich people. You cannot live well given that you are a low-skilled labour. In contrast, you can live relatively good in Australia for most of the people because of a more equal society.

  28. Aldrin says:

    An article that is written by a typical brainwashed, arrogant, myopic, unexposed, ignorant, misinformed, misguided, judgemental Singaporean clown who was moulded by the world-class educational and media environment as dictated by the highest paid bunch of political clowns. The article makes me cringe and embarrassed that I hold the same citizenship as the writer.

  29. david says:

    Lets just compare the cost of owning a vehicle, take for example a Honda Jazz. Assume you are 20 years old and u are intending to drive till 60, hence calculations are based on 40 years car ownership.
    In Singapore, a brand new jazz typically cost about 100K as of jan 2016. OMV is 13k, so u get back approximately 10K (body+scrap value) at the end of every 10 years. Total of 370K is required.
    In Australia, brand new honda jazz cost 17K after cpt, rego. Based on the current market, a 10 year old jazz can fetch roughly 6K. Therefore assuming you change to a new jazz every 10 years, total cost involved is 44K
    That’s an astonishing excess of 326K you will need in singapore just to drive the same car. A little bit more would probably buy you a decent house(landed property) with a backyard in slightly outer suburbs of major cities in Australia, which probable cost over millions in singapore.

    As for food, i don’t find it meaningful to compare KopiTiam price of singapore with restaurant price of Australia. Here in brisbane, a typical meal in a restaurant is about 12 to 15 AUD, infact with a bigger portion, i find it cheaper as compared to singapore’s restaurants.

    Petrol price lingers between 0.95 to 1.35 AUD/L, while in singapore its above 2/L

    Most shopping centers offer free parking for first 3 hours, with most residential places absolutely free parking. In Singapore, no such thing. Some may argue that parking in australian cities cost a bomb (typically 20AUD/hour), However you could always park for free at a nearby train/bus station and take public transport, OR pay for a monthly unlimited parking in the city for ~500AUD

    For daily products and necessities, I find it comparable to singapore. Coles, Woolies, Aldi has this internal price war which keeps products really cheap. Kmart has this massive selections of any stuff you could think of, at ridiculous cheap prices. Example: Toaster for $7, Sports shoes from $5, slippers and saddles from $3, microwaves from $30, nice T-shirts/pants from $5.

    Of course there are pros and cons in both places, in my point of view, i would prefer life in Australia. I had been living in singapore for 24 years, and its my 2nd year here in australia. I would not want to return singapore.

  30. amransan says:

    lol i been living in Australia for 6 years now and for the past 37 years i used to lived in sigpor.

    all i can say is i had a good laugh when reading this blog.
    u have to lived in Australia for a number of years to know what is really happening there lol.

    if i never live in Austalia i think i believe everything in this blog lol.

    i wanted to reply all the 15 example that the author wrote but it too long lol.

    oh ya if u ask me i am an ex sinkies and now an Australian :)

    cheers!

  31. Anya says:

    LOL at this article. Looks like it has been written by an Indian/South Asian that applied for a visa to Australia, was then refused that elusive permanent visa, instead settled for working and living in Singapore and so is now dissing Australia. SOUR GRAPES… :-D

    I won’t even bother responding to all the nonsensical points (although some very patient souls appear to done so).

    • Martin says:

      Nonsensical points? I have to agree with most of the points in this article especially since I live in Australia, Singapore is indeed better in most aspects and Australia is better in some, I laughed at most of the white people who replied to this article with their idiotic comments it indeed points to the fact that they are jealous that an Asian country became more efficient than them, I mean sure Australia is a great place to live and I agree with everything in this article except for the living cost but lets not get arrogant shall we my white friends :)

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