Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sorry Also Must Apologise

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people switch back and forth between periods of a very good or positive mood and downright depressive states of negativism.  The nature and severity of mood swing episodes experienced depends on the individual; the range is often described as the bipolar spectrum.

A contrite Baey Yam Keng told parliament yesterday, "It was never my intention to undermine Singaporeans. But to those whose feelings my words have hurt, I am sorry." This is the guy who told us not to jump to the conclusion that all foreign students are like the obnoxious Sun Xu who insulted our senior citizens and insinuated that "there are more dogs than people in Singapore." In a rare moment of clarity, he mouthed, "I do not think that we can just treat all the negative sentiments towards foreigners as noise."

Just when you start to feel bad about sending him to the dog house for siding with the PRC free loader and not standing up for fellow Singaporeans, he makes you wince again by reverting to attack dog mode:
"If we care too much about what people call us, we will find it difficult to be more than the stereotype or inaccurate label. Let us be confident and quietly proud of ourselves, of what we are."

We may overlook the bad choice of words from a Chinese national linguistically challenged in the English vernacular, but Baey is the Managing Director (promoted effective 4th January, 2011) of Hill & Knowlton, a global public relations company with the corporate boast: "We create value by shaping conversations: we start them, we amplify them, we change them. We can connect seamlessly with all of your audiences." His boss, Regional President & COO Vivian Lines, must be wringing his hands why he ever let him replace Jimmy Tay, who was named PR Agency Head of the Year at the Asia Pacific PR Awards 2009. Surely a humble copywriter would have done a better job than the doggone China lover.

23 comments:

  1. The foreign student was just saying something that has always been in the government's mind - we're just like dogs to them. Towards near election time,they were thrown out a lot of so-called little goodies and there would be some people lapping on them and singing praises about MIW. This has always been the case and seems never fail to work. It's time we should wake up and not fall for such cheap tricks.

    Let's Show MIW In 2016 That We're Not Their Dogs!

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  2. The "apology" only came about when netizens made it clear that this incident will not be forgotten in 2016. Even that it is still vague whther he was apologetic, very cryptic. It shows their inability to defuse situations and bury thier heads in the sand when citizen's discontent shows up. Perhaps they shd take a cue from Mah BT and Wong KS. It's a dog eat dog world.

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  3. I have always feel less than confident that our leaders can really lead us through real tough times. More of fair weather scholars who quote from books only.

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  4. Real leaders lead from the front...

    Self deluded self serving no indpendent thinking LEEDERS lead from the back...

    No wonder i have fellow soldiers telling me off hand if there is a war...they will shoot those "so called leaders" in the back during the heat of action...i told thme don't leave me out too...dangerous "leaders" like these will only lead to defeat and un-necessary loss of lives...we don't need more of these "Leaders"...what we need is more genuine Leaders.

    Too bad PAP kill off and chase off the cream. Whose loss...everybody loss including the self always palming self proven idiotic PAP...

    Disappointed at the sheer hubris and stupidity of the so called "intellectual" elites...nothing but empty clothes and empty air.

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    1. Yelp agreed. With this sort of leaders leading us to battle we will surely die first due to their idiotic cowsense! Where do they get retards to be part of the govt? Read more on my blog abt this dog year MP. Count me in. I rather join you than follow an idiot!
      gintai.wordpress.com

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  5. His excuse is pretty lame. Such an obviously derogatory word - what's there to give the benefit of doubt? Did he understand the meaning of it so differently than most of us? How powerful is his mandarin? In the end, even hkg or mainland people understood it as the same connotation, slang or no slang. Got cheek to ask me to aspire to jeremy lin some more..did jeremy curse and swear at americans despite all the cold benches? This scholar practically had red carpet all pulled out for him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYlIOD1AENs

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  6. //If we care too much about what people call us, we will find it difficult to be more than the stereotype or inaccurate label. Let us be confident and quietly proud of ourselves, of what we are." //

    That's very noble of him. Wonder when he say 'quietly' does he imply his preference that soft singaporeans should just sit down and take it lying down? Even the people of wukan in china knows how to take to the street and overthrow their local leaders, and have more democracy than us.

    Perhaps if (NOT WHEN) our own leaders are doing their job, we won't be doing so much KPKB to prod them to do theirs instead.

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  7. if this is the type of new immigrants that my gahment expect to look after me when i am old, better i voice "no" now while i still have some spine before is too late.

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  8. @" ... Let us be confident and quietly proud of ourselves, of what we are." ...

    But also quietly issue lawyer letters ???

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    1. hahaha . good point

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    2. Lol! KNN ! Really langgar the tiang!

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  9. Looks like "I'm sorry" is going to be the latest slogan for our PAP politicians to replace "let's move on". But if it is going to be the trend for our world-class politicians, does it not make a mockery of the kind of pay that they demand ?

    People say talk is cheap, saying sorry is even cheaper since it doesn't cost them anything either !

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  10. "... Let us be confident and quietly proud of ourselves, of what we are" So to the 40% voters, let's be quietly proud of the opposition in the coming election

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  11. https://www.facebook.com/pages/NUS-should-revoke-Sun-Xus-scholarship/315663158483423

    Funny. See how BYK flip prata!

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  12. Poor sod. 9 yrs of residence here in paradise utopia and 2 more months to go, and he almost have the bone in his mouth. But I am sure he would rather face the people of singapore than a firing squad in China.

    So bottom line - when is MOE going to face the music instead? Root of all these is - why are they raiding and squandering away $36m of our money to support 25% of FT with no concrete results to show or account?

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  13. To tell people not to take issue with the writer is a noble move but only if it goes both ways. What about those legal letters sent out to TRE?

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  14. Sorry will by their by-word so long as Sinkies keep demanding just apology each time the MIWs commit unjust acts on the citizenry.
    Did Singaporeans ever demand more than apology?

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  15. oh dear, here's a script for him to try:

    " I am sorry for letting the dogs out inadvertently. Have meant to say that our dog is like our mirror. Highly recommend everyone to read this great book

    http://www.amazon.com/Your-Dog-Mirror-Emotional-Ourselves/product-reviews/1577316967

    For those pet owners I am sure you understand what I mean. By the way, I also have a pet dog."

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  16. Thank you for your excellent analysis and that little known info about him working in a powerful position in a PR firm. How ironical? Really make me diarrhea and kept vomiting shit when I read this fact! How an an idiot be part of PR job when he can't even talk sense - "Bi-polar?" Is it what you say? I hope I didn't read wrongly? I wonder where they find such retards to be part of the govt?
    More comments on this retarded dog year MP
    gintai.wordpress.com
    Sigh ... Scholar? Is it? Pls lah don't make me puke! I had enug already.

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  17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ut2PV8_CRw&feature=player_embedded

    So he is sorry that he stand uncorrected on his position?

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  18. Hill and Knowlton, please clean up your shit

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  19. Listening to Nair hammering WP in Parliament make me wonder if he can truly serve the people. I do not think there is such things as "perhaps others may have a point" in his mind. My perception of him is wining is the ultimate goal. I will do it at all costs. Thankfully he is not one of my MP. Heng ah.

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  20. Nair said let the PM do his job .... spent most of his expensive time thinking of how to fix the opposition again ?

    Maybe Sun Xu do has a point ... was he referring to the running dogs in parliament, No ?

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