Friday, December 28, 2012

A Real Tear Jerker

Can you think of someone who can afford to retire at the age of 31? Li Jia Wei can, thanks to the $1.27 million bonanza from the Multi-Million Award Programme provided by her host country.

The official reason given is that a knee injury is ending her sports career that require the use of healthy hands. "I will always be a Singapore player and I want to ...  repay the country for the support I've received," she sobbed convincingly while announcing plans to pack her bags and return to China with her 3-year old son. It sounds more like "quitting" than "retiring". Throughout her 18 years spent here, she didn't even bother to pick up Singlish. And she's probably not planning to see her son killed/injured/mangled in a national service training exercise either.

Another foreign talent who downed her ping pong paddles is Sun Bei Bei, 28, who decided to step down to raise kids. Contribute to advancing the nation's pathetic Total Fertility Rate. "Whether as a coach or as a player, I will not leave Singapore. I want my child to live here and be educated here." That sounds more palatable. Sun is assigned the role of youth coach to the School Within A School programme at the Singapore Sports School. At least she plans to earn her keep.

It beggars the imagination why Lee Bee Wah will want to "arrange for her (Jia Wei) to do something for Singapore" when she is clearly uprooting herself and family to settle in Beijing. Which part of goodbye does she not understand? Something must have been lost in translation.

Surely Singapore money should be spent on Singaporeans.

The headlines scream "Higher cash payout for elderly households," but the "bonus" money is a mere $5,000 (which used to be a CPF top-up). All part and parcel of a Lease Buyback Scheme incentive to sell a $470,000 4-room flat and trade down to a $100,000 studio apartment. Which means the silver haired will bequeath a substantially reduced asset to their kids when the time comes to quit this life on earth. If they could afford to have kids in the first place. Nobody really arranged to do something for the old folks who are trapped in the asset-rich-cash-poor dilemma.

33 comments:

  1. Disgusting.When wil we ever learn?

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    1. It's not WE.
      It's "When will the PAPigs ever learn?"

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      When WE start learning to vote Opposition to get what WE want.

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    2. Lee Hsien Loong says he's pondering the by-election. Is this the Nationality Issues which he said take priority?

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  2. Poor Singaporean12/28/2012 9:57 AM

    Happy Retirement Li Jia Wei. Thank you.

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  3. Something very wrong with the lease buy back scheme. If people not in urgent need of cash, who would want to sell? This scheme provides cash only if people have sufficient fund in their retirement account. But then, if you already have sufficient fund in retirement, you wouldn't need to sell ur flat in the first place.

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  4. What a shame! The PRC cum PR is typical of all PRs here. Make tons of money here and retire back home! Sinkies are suckers! They got no loyalty and they don't serve NS! They won't be so stupid to retire here. Only Sinkies are stuck here with their CPF locked up! It's shit and hell hole here. PRs got a better deal it seems!

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    1. ANON 10:28 AM,

      She is a SG citizen, whether she will give up her SG citizenship now and reapply to get back her PRC one so she could unlock her CPF $ is another story.

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    2. THey are able to do that because the gov provide them the access to do that. Blame the gov? No the people who elected them are to be blamed. Utimately power still rests with the people but they are too afraid to do anything and they will pay a price.

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  5. Didn't we told you so many donkey years ago. Singaporean like to think.Top in every thing? People all over the world are laughing at the pap regime.You import mercenary/instant citizen what you expect?Educated?

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  6. More economic distortion by HDB, more news that we are lesser talent. Scary that this is looking more and more like matter of facts now a day.

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  7. Tears of joy for LJW. So the joke was on us S'poreans after all. A lot of people saw this coming along and the badminton fraternity was still harping about mercenaries players. Dumb stupid policy from the start and they were only bluffing themselves at the expense of taxpayers.

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    1. I meant table tennis fraternity. Anyway the badminton clowns are no different. Suppose now we can import the whole diving team from China, they are a sure winner.

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  8. Wonder whether the Olympic medals belongs to China leow

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  9. I like your writing style, Mr Tattler! Thanks to the PAP 's policies, many FT can retired early in their own backyard. Why are we so dumb in the first place?

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    1. Because 60% still believe PAP is the only party that can bring them hope:(

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  10. I am always very proud of the Chinese keeping to their
    饮水思源
    and
    洛叶归根。
    And because of this, China will be able to stay
    strong and long in history.

    中国万岁。

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    1. Ya, let them drink NeWater - and see whether they will choke when thinking of the water source.

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    2. No, NeWater is for Sinkies only. Like NS.

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    3. I am Chinese educated, I think alike; 饮水思源, 落叶归根。 I am born and bred in Spore, I will die here, I will die for my country, Singapore.
      But I am very sure I will not die for the politicians.

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  11. We know this day will come. Just leave the red passport at the door. You can take the money.

    And.........please don't come back.

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  12. If there are so many mentally challenged people voting for pussy action party election after election, you will get this kind of mess. Foreigners come and take all the monies and locals simply get poorer and poorer, worse and worse.

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  13. Q: Where is the money going to come from?

    From the same place as the money to pay for the Millionaire Ministers' salaries.
    Money comes from the hard work and bank accounts of all Singaporeans.

    You vote PAP.
    And the money is spent on Ministers' salaries;
    GIC and Temasek losses (I mean investments);
    and our defence budget.

    You vote Opposition.
    And the money is spent on benefiting yourself, your children and your families.

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  14. Since we have so much money, why just stop at badminton, table tennis & swimming ? We might as well pay for all fake glory of the World Cup players to come play for Singapore.

    Then these players will be laughing all the way to the banks while the whole world will be laughing at how stupid our leaders can be especially that son of LKY ?

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    1. It is not about how stupid our leaders are, it is about how coward the people are. How come people in CHina and India know how to protest but not those here? Power rests with the people.

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  15. Workers Party Sylvia Lim questions the sale of town councils' computing systems, according to report.
    Indeed, Singaporeans are all waiting for explanation to the Queer Arrangement.

    patriot

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  16. The KEY question is;
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    Is PAP still living up to expectations?

    How many more screw-ups and scandals will it take to convince you?

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  17. Over-reliance on cheap foreign workers is just a short term, easy solution on GDP growth. Similarly, Lee Bee Wah cannot bask in the reflected glory of her foreign imports forever. They say, easy come, easy go. There is no real glory unless you work and develop your own talents. I hope you hear this, LBW.

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    1. Stop your pathetic pleas and begging.
      You want LBW to change.
      Vote out her political masters.

      The time for asking nicely is over.

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  18. The problem lies with the people. It is the people who give the party the power to do whatever they want, to screw whoever they want, to spend whenever they want.

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  19. May be she prefers to land safely on land rather than balancing on 2 sampans, like some men in white from Singapore. The one that bought a huge mansion in British Properties overlooking the Lionsgate bridge in Vancouver in the late 80s. The other's wife and sibling who took up foreign residency and moved their cheese before Singapore tank. Heard he didn't get a state funeral, poor thing that one lah.

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  20. Haha......

    At the end of the day, Sinkies can see for themselves that most retired rulers and their offsprings will be living in opulence overseas or in heaven.

    patriot

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  21. I can confirm with you that many PRC's are just using Singapore as a stepping stone.

    They are hungry.

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