By: Ben Matchap
One of the biggest thing killing off creativity in singapore is the high cost of rent. For artist and innovators having your own space matters a lot, its the first step of taking control of your surroundings from just setting it up the way you like, to having the equipment and capability to hone your craft having your space matters.
So many startups that took the world by storm started out from someone’s parents garage. Over here the price of space is hyperinflated and it’s really bringing us nowhere fast. Look around you, in orchard road and the shopping malls in town. You will notice empty shopping lots because people just can’t cope with the ever climbing cost of rental.
Don’t give me the bullshit that singapore is land scarce. Because if it really was we would not be trying to increase the population to 6.9million. In the innovation and creative era we live in now I think what we need isn’t more people in this country, what we need is different people, creative people, less stressed out people who will have more leeway to risk a non conventional path at least in their twenties.
Instead of the current rat race to finally be able to afford a down payment to a HDB flat that we spend our whole lives paying for. Its really sad because the high cost of rent here will chase away our singapore talent. Having a nanny government, uneducated public , thin skinned ministers, retarded censorship, we still have to deal with hyper inflated cost of getting a space.
Its no wonder that people are moving out and striving overseas in areas of creativity and innovation