Monday, December 31, 2012

The Year In Pictures

January.
She came, she saw, she collected millions, and zoomed off into the sunset in her Ferrari California. Budget for train maintenance, whazzat? Engineering is so unsexy. The new guy seems to think so too.

February.
His sacking triggered a by-election. In retrospect, it was a godsend; the relentless witch hunters will have the tables turned on themselves before the year was over.

March.
Even the dead have to give way for the development plans to feed the real estate bubble. What they fail to tell you about asset enhancement is the cash impoverishment side of the story.

April.
What killed the wage shock therapy was not the call to raise the income of the poor, but the audacity to suggest a wage freeze for the filthy rich. "Never mind your Gini coefficient", was the old man's dismissal.

May.
What Susan Boyle did for "I Dreamed a Dream", Hougang contributed as much to popularise another Les Miz favourite. Don't be shy, join in the chorus,
"Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes..."

June.
Botox is great for masking blemishes. But who would have thought speeding tickets could be papered over by waffling about appropriate traffic laws that were in force in 2006?

July.
Kudos to the keyboard warriors who shattered the imprimatur of the minister who initially endorsed the profligate spending exercise. Just because minister says okay doesn't always means okay, okay?

August.
The Chinese proverb says: When you drink water remember the source (饮水思源). Does not apply when your heart tells you different in a moment of celebratory euphoria.

September.
The national con got off to a good start.  Until eagle eyed netizens spotted the card carrying party loyalists and aspiring sycophants embedded in the discussion group.

October.
Xenophobia had a good run, kicked off by the "more dogs than men" quotable. The unpardonable was this foreign talent's explicit blog of ugly bedroom gymnastics. If the 51 guys had come across his gross pictorials earlier, they would be so turned off by female anatomical parts that the under-aged online hooker's bookings would be less prolific.

November.
Thanks to the pioneering contribution of this lot of bus drivers, our official lexicon now recognises the proper word for industrial action. It may take 26 years to call a spade a spade, but such is the new timeline for progress in our nation.

December.
The English translation may lack the panache, but Confucius once made this cynical observation:, "For I have never encountered anyone who puts principles before licentiousness."
微臣從沒見過
如斯好德如好色的人

21 comments:

  1. Tatler, your Singapore round up for the year is as good as they come !

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  2. Excellent! Pictures speak more than words! Hope to read more of your posts next year.

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  3. The KEY question is;
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    Is PAP still living up to your expectations?
    How many more screw-ups and scandals will it take to convince you?

    Will you and Singapore go bankrupt first before you wake up?

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  4. That famous apology at Raffles Pl last year was much better than a Taiwanese drama. Think that fella forgot much about everything that is important in this "country" which is turning into a big employment agency.

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  5. Like a bad smell the AIM scandal will not go away.

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  6. "ASPIRING SYCOPHANTS" - good one!!!

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  7. Poor Singaporean12/31/2012 9:14 AM

    May 2013 bring some joy and happiness to ordinary Singaporeans. Let more skeletons fall out of the closet.

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  8. Jan 2013 - AIM gate?!

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  9. Lots of dirt and shit before 2013.

    Let us help to clean them up from tomorrow onwards, else we will be overwhelmed by rubbish and stench.

    May we have a cleaner place to live healthier
    for a better tomorrow.

    patriot

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  10. The year ended with a developer selling a subsidised EC unit for S$2m WITHOUT URA's approval, is the developer not being as greedy & arrogant as our PAP Govt to run foul of our regulations ?

    Are they not making a mockery of our PAP Govt's condition of S$12k/month salary limit for applicants ? Do these applicants look like they need a subsidy from our Govt ?

    Does it not make our Govt look every bit as greedy as that developer and can we ever expect our PAP Govt to improve for the better in spite of our PM's infamous apology ?

    Maybe our PAP leaders can start questioning us what is exactly wrong with being greedy ? If there is a BE @ Punggol, maybe Punggol constituents can do the rest of us a favour by sending a clear message to our PAP leaders that something is wrong ?

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  11. Khaja. nazim & family12/31/2012 9:56 AM

    ........2012 was a special year to me i came across this blog and it has been a fantastic journey since with the tatler even my children 18 and 15 enjoy reading this blog it has opened up their eyes even wider......

    Guys Wishing one and all a wonderful year ahead.

    may god save our little red dot from the MIW's

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  12. This is the list of the aspiring sycophants in the first NatCon. I have a sneaky feeling the PAP candidate for the Punggol East By-election (if there is one) will come from here. Probably someone in the 40's, maybe a lawyer. Leave out the students and young Papies.

    Chaly Ma @5:18 SLA Chairman

    Han Hwee Chin @6:40, ex-JTC, ex-MTI, current GIC Real Estate

    Marc Lim Kah Leong @10.50, Kampong Glam Club Youth

    Hamidah Aidillah Mustafa @16:29, YP member & Mendaki

    Gopalan Krishnan @22.40, Fengshan CCC

    Devi Haridas seated in show, Telok Blangah CCC

    Daniel Ho, Student @32:00 Boon Lay CC YEC

    Rolf Gerber @32:55 Chairman of LGT Leichentstein Bank.

    Trina Liang, MD @40:54 , one of speaker/supporter of TonyTan PE 2011

    Lawyer Devi Vasantha Haridas
    Telok Blangah Citizens’ Consultative Committee
    Dover Community Centre Management Committee

    Malminder Singh
    PAP Member, Kebun Baru Branch

    Tay Xiong Sheng
    Activist, Woodlands PAP Branch

    Michael Rebaczonoc-Padulo
    The Ang Moh at Hougang By-election

    Budiman B Mohd Salleh
    YP Executive Member, Kaki Bukit Branch

    Jasmine Chua (the one wearing green)
    PAP connection: photo had lunch with George Yeoh

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  13. Certainly, there is a conflict of interest, come clean on the software sale, PAP Town Councils.
    I suspect there's a ongoing Criminal conspiracy by the authorities to delay an investigation as it involves present and former PAP MPs, as the clock ticks,there is a possibility, potentially incriminating documents may be tampered
    or doctored to cover up any wrong doing.Criminal conspiracy is also a crime.
    Political leaders must continue to set high standards of honesty and integrity. Society too must continue to reject corruption.
    Next, let's have a look at what the PM has to say about lawlessness.

    "Tough laws were enacted and enforced vigorously. The goverment has also kept money out of politics and public officers are paid properly." Prime
    Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Member of Parliament(PAP)said.


    Dr Teo Ho Pin said although five companies collected the tender agreement, the sole bid was submitted by AIM, a company fully owned by the PAP.
    Dr Teo Ho Pin is a Mayor of North-West District and Member of Parliament(PAP) for Bukit Panjang Constituency in Singapore.

    "Mr Lee Kuan Yew said in a statement that "there's no end to human ingenuity", adding these were new forms of corruption."



    (Transcript of Mr Lee Hsien Loong's speech,)
    "Ultimately, the price of corruption is not just the dollar amount of the bribes,but the cost to society of the bad decisions and malfunctioning systems,which far exceeds the money exchanged.

    Mr Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore has been able to keep the system clean by first having a strong political leadership.
    Tough laws were enacted and enforced vigorously. The goverment has also kept money out of politics and public officers are paid properly.
    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said keeping Singapore clean goes beyond the civil service.
    Political leaders must continue to set high standards of honesty and integrity. Society too must continue to reject corruption.
    ............................
    Mr Lee Kuan Yew said in a statement that "there's no end to human ingenuity", adding these were new forms of corruption." unquote.

    (Singapore News Alternative: AIM Saga: Member of public files ...)
    http://singaporenewsalternative.blogspot.sg/2012/12/aim-saga-member-of-public-files.html

    (Conflict of Interest - Mark R Simmons)
    http://www.facilitatedcontrols.com/fraud-investigation/coiknow.shtml

    Joshua Chiang

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  14. How huh?

    No ombudsman.
    Law Enforcement Agencies dormant
    and un-initiated.

    Alternative Parties are not pursuing
    improprieties existing in national policies
    and systems.

    So, how huh?

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  15. You forgot to mention

    JUSTICE DEPARTMENT or

    is it the JUDICIARY?

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  16. I also want....12/31/2012 2:15 PM

    We want to earn more money
    We want to be promoted
    We want landed properties
    We want 2 cars
    We want holidays
    We want more than 1 property
    We want our property values to rise higher each year
    We want our shares to go higher each day


    Yet we also

    Want cheap food
    Want cheap taxis
    Want cheap cars
    Want cheap bungalows/terraces/semi-d
    Want cheap mRT rides
    Want cheap air tickets
    Want free Phone
    Want free medical
    Want low taxes
    Want modern amenities
    Want fast internet

    Only capitalism can meet these wants
    and PAP is pure bred capitalistic entity.

    The rest pretend to be socialists, only because they need to be seen to be different to get votes.

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  17. A nice roundup for the year. I hope in the new year, people can understand that if they want rights, they have to stand up for it. No use complaining, blogging, any other passive way. People must learn how to organise themselves in vast numbers and party in the streets. If they continue their sitting ducks position, they will continue to be treated like carpets.

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  18. What a great start to 2012, even better end to2012. Bring it on 2013 & Singaporeans!

    To target, you ought to run your own newspaper.
    May you have more good years of running.

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  19. Happy New Year, Tattler

    fish 'n' chips

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  20. I enjoy your blog a lot. Happy 2013.

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  21. /// The Chinese proverb says: When you drink water remember the source (饮水思源). Does not apply when your heart tells you different in a moment of celebratory euphoria. ///

    Unfortunately, for Singaporeans, it applies when you are drinking NeWater.

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