Friday, January 25, 2013

Boiling Over


How does that headline grab ya? How do you expect the alternate political parties to respond to that? On "Cooling-Off" day? That's the stuff that makes your blood boil.

There are some exceptions to the prohibition of campaign activities on Cooling-off Day, a disingenuous invention to trip the opposition like the notorious clause about material change in the Town Council software deal set up by Teo Ho Pin et al. Last and No.6 in the list of permissibles is "Such activities or circumstances as may be prescribed by the Minister." That's how mockery is made of the democratic process.

Red Bull must be the choice of drink for the speakers at last night's by-election rally for the party in power. B-S is defined by Urban Dictionary as stuff that is made up for the purpose of placating someone, or passing an exam, or getting elected to office. Most often false or ridiculous.

When Sylvia Lim talked about closing her eyes at a traffic junction, and the alien voices around her made her feel like she was in a strange country, many netizens responded by saying they experienced same with eyes wide open at their place of work. A Canadian friend visiting thought they landed at the wrong airport. If one in three you come across on the streets of Singapore is a foreigner, it makes you wonder who is really on the side of Singaporeans. Born and bred, the national service serving types.

"We are honest when it comes to talking about issues, we are honest when it comes to ourselves," said their keynote speaker. How about being honest when it comes to Singaporeans? Enough of the fishy stories about $11.50 in the joint account, or sharing 1 ikan kuning with 8 family members. They only serve to remind us what Low Thia Khiang said, that the present PAP is a shadow of what the past was like:
"年纪比较大的,关心政治的国人就会知道,现在的 PAP 和以前的 PAP 不一样了。他们告诉我,PAP 政府现在什么都讲钱,斤斤计较,平时与民争利,大选时就以各种利益引诱选民,使新加坡成为一个高度自私与功利主义的社会。PAP 政府只有在大选的时候才跟你讲人情。"

36 comments:

  1. honestly, when i came to know that in every 4 people in spore, there is 1 foreigner, i doubt. my encounters tell me in every 2, there is 1! Wherever i go, there is sure to be 1 beside me...used to be only at certain districts only, now it's everywhere, no exaggeration. Even my neighbor next door is one!!

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    1. Question:
      What is the difference between a fairy tale and what the PAP says?

      Answer:
      One is a fantasy and the other is a fallacy!

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    2. I have 6 units on my floor - I am the ONLY Singaporean (true blue) on my floor - the rest, Singapore citizen or not but I am certain they are NOT born and raised!!!

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    3. my office...one local left. they went all the way to India to replace this lady. now this Indian guy brought his family over too. and his job is simply a project coordinator not even leading any project! and the whole it dept, Singaporean is being made the foreigner! all flooded with Pinoys! in the planning dept, you can see a few Malaysians, China Chinese n even Indonesian. we Singaporean are made foreigners by PAP. now who is talking cock now?!

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  2. They used to call tricky politicians in the US "Teflon coated". As for being honest with Singaporeans, not many are impressed. The AIM saga comes to mind. Setting up a review by a not so high-up civil servant, with no clear terms of reference relating to conflicts of interest,etc,is not the way of being honest with Singaporeans. Why was not the White Paper on population, reported by DBS Vickers as targetting an increase to 7million released before the BE?

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  3. Give the man a gun, he can rob the bank.
    Give the man a bank, he can rob the country.
    Give the man a country reserves, he can rob the people.

    Is clear who is on the side of the "elite" singaporeans.

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  4. These words seem hollow. We do not feel that government is doing for Singaporeans. Look at the number of so called scholars in our NUS and NTU, you may think you are in another country. Go to Changi Business Park, you will see more other nationalities than Singaporeans. Not to mention housing and front desk jobs. Government is working for Singapore? What do you think?

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    1. Changi Business Park has been renamed Changalore!

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  6. In proving a point that Singaporeans from all walks of lives and starting points can go far if they work hard in Singapore, Lee cited Workers’ Party candidate Lee Li Lian as one of the Singapore success stories.

    “She went to N levels, she did her O levels, and went to Ngee Ann Polytechnic and did well, and later on got a degree on her own and now she is a candidate. So I say she shows that the Singapore system built by the PAP is a good one!” he said to a roaring crowd.

    Claiming credit anyhow.
    Lee Li Lian succeeds even though the system is stacked against her. It is not because the lousy system is good.

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    1. Fully agree. Unlike George Yeo, most of us had to go against the flow, and succeed or perish.
      As for the "roaring crowd", you must mean the "keechiu" crowd.

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    2. What crowd? You mean those who came because of free makan and free transport?

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  7. I think LHL meant those words for foreigners. I do not feel like I am in my country whom I have spent many years fulfilling my NS obligations. The feeling that we have been sold out is very strong and the MIWs chose to ignore sentiments. Too bad if they get a beating at this BE or future GEs. I did not ask for my country to be like now, it was shove down my throat.

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    1. I understand how you feel. But unfortunately our MPs and Ministers did not.

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  8. Just look at the no. of restaurants @ Chinatown & hawker stalls @ People's Park being taken over & operated by PRC already make one wonder whether we are residing in one of the cities in China, so is he not clear what is actually happening to this country?

    Some more come out to have their propaganda headline published on cooling day itself in clear defiance of the very purpose they insist that was what the cooling day is suppose to be, treating us like real fools?

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    1. Wonder if they ever go to the places like Chinatown themselves? Are grassroot leaders telling them the real Singapore or busy "networking" with their opposite sex members.

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    2. The MP for Chinatown can tell the House about Chinatown mah

      No MP for Chinatown(Gu Chia Cui/牛车水) meh?

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  9. I have lost my country to Indians from India, Chinese from China, Burmese from Burma, Pinoys from Philippine show me one singaporean like who did 2.5 years and 13 cycles reservist and I will show 200 of this foreign thrash............

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  10. PAP is on the side of Singaporeans.
    Fact or fallacy?

    Claim: Pigs can fly

    Argument: Oliver believes that pigs can fly, therefore pigs can fly

    Weakness: Oliver can be wrong, even if Oliver is an authority in the topical area of the claim. Oliver may well believe that pigs can fly. Pigs should be able to fly not because of Oliver's beliefs, but because they have organs suitable to flying.

    The book "Straight and Crooked Thinking" published in 1930 still applies.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_and_Crooked_Thinking

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  11. Prostitutes in Geyland are form China.....no Singapore prostitutes

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    1. Prostitute Class 11/25/2013 8:47 PM

      Oh, yes there are Singaporean prostitutes...
      we the people have prostituted ourselves for a long time.

      We prostituted ourselves to MNCs
      We prostituted ourselves to our neighbours
      We prostituted ourselves to all things cheap & fast

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  12. /// PAP is on the side of Singaporeans: PM Lee ///

    Actually, I can believe that. It is the truth - only caveat is that it is not the whole truth.

    Everything they did is for Singaporeans - but for that 0.1% of Singaporeans who are the elite.

    Remember the beneficiaries of plutocracy, nomenklatura and amakudari? They are Singaporeans too.

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  13. I find it ironic that I run into very few mainland Chinese on the streets of Hong Kong, which is part of China, yet I keep running into mainland Chinese on the streets of Singapore, which is not even part of China and is far away from mainland.

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  14. To Anon 9.43am
    Going by the figs from the govt, 2 in 5 people here are foreigners.

    The reason you probably feel it is 1 in 2 is because, after you add the 1.2m tourists that visit each month, 1 in 2 ARE foreigners.

    I wonder if all the calculations for more public transport have taken the growing number of tourists into account. They currently add about 20% to the resident population of 5.3million.

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    1. 1.2 m tourists a month means 40K a day, on average. Not much of a burden on the transport infra. It's the residents (workers and PRs) who strain the resources since they are nearly 2 million in number.

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    2. Aiyah, tourists don't stay in Singapore for one year or one month. On average, each tourist stays 2-3 days.

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  15. "The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms." - Albert Einstein

    "The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more
    influenced by the things that seem than by those that are." - Niccolo Machiavelli


    "A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory."
    Charles Horton Cooley

    "Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid." John Dewey

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." - William
    Arthur Ward
    ........................................

    Veri....

    "Lim Chong Yah pointed out income inequality but avoided the topic of wealth inequality-- the true toxic of our society.

    The mass media nowadays always paint this world as fair and meritocratic,
    giving examples of self-made man like Bill Gate, trumpeting him as richest
    man in the world.

    In fact Bill Gate is relatively poor. The richest person in the world are
    never made known to the public, unless on the event of revolution. Recently,
    Gaddafi was reported to be worth USD200 billion by Washington Post." unquote.


    (Diary of A Singaporean Mind Our income gap reflects the power
    distribution in our society)
    http://singaporemind.blogspot.sg/2012/04/our-income-gap-reflects-power.html

    (George Orwell The Prevention of Literature)
    http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/prevention/english/e_plit

    Joshua Chiang

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  16. "Hi Robert, I am a Singaporean. I think the world needs to study this Lee Kuan Yew carefully. He is being championed by the capitalists not without good reasons. Singaporean workers are being exploited. Singapore is the only first world country without any forms of social security and government medical insurance.

    Our public housing system is not due to any charity from Lee Kuan Yew. The subsidy came from the political enemies of PAP government as well as subsistence farmers. The land was expropriated from those landlords."


    (Another View of Singapore Beyond Highbrow – Robert Lindsay)
    http://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/another-view-of-singapore/

    Joshua Chiang

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  17. Politicians need to lie without feeling shy, problem is his strategist forgot that silliporeans, although normally dumb, always learn after being cheated 3 times.

    Talking about 斤斤计较, I am 8 months from turning 50, and still being called up this March for reservist - see how they work? $160m for an F35, but they will pay me $49.5 per day for my NS, because it is cheaper to call up a retiree than the elites. Having said that, I have come across a large number of Chinese and a few ang mohs serving NS when my nephew was enlisted. I spoke to a few of their parents, I have the utmost respect for their parents who were at Tekong to send their sons off. BUT there were zero Indians, zero Pinoys.

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    1. My fren I am a local indian don't accept this indians from India to let their sons serve NS..............they are here to squeeze us dry.......go to Mustafa on sundays and you see the bloody lot shopping what is peculiar is that they are mainly from north ind and bloody f*&^ing vegetarians and have pinoy maids

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  18. Pinky is just stating the obvious fact that Singaporeans know that the PAP is now not on their side and he has to come out with this assurance.

    But the facts just do not tally with the reality and whatever the PAP leaders tell Singaporeans, they just treat those utterances as fairy tales. When leaders sell out the people, it is impossible to make them believe that those leaders are on their side.

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  19. If my neighbour is a foreign talent I wouldn't mind. The problem with PAP was, they took in any tom dick and harry. To be honest about it, my neighbour is vietnamese club gal You call these sleezy gal foreign talent? Soon,they are going to cover the whole of Singapore with all sort of trades and we thought we have not had enough with 2 casinos to entertain the tourist. Now we have foreign club gals too.

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  20. "PAP is on the side of Singaporeans: PM Lee"

    I think he left out the most important word "other" side. I wonder any fool will still believe him. Million dollar flat, no chance to own a car, insecure job, old age etc. It is time to downsize the ruling party.

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    1. They are on the backsides of Singaporeans. We are daft, xenophobic, need crutches, lazy, need spurs in our hides. They are on their own sides, and the side of their cronies, the rich and connected. Enough is enough.

      Can an elite, a scholar, those with impeccable academic and professional qualifications, serve us better than an Ah Lian, who is honest and sincere? This by-election is a referendum on the PAP and how they have performed to benefit everyone. The wind is changing, that's why all the big-wigs have turned up, including the PM. You decide, because your children's future is at stake.

      How many times have they let us down with their promises? Controlling influx of foreigners, inflation, high cost of living, high COEs and HDB prices? They need a kick in the arse, before they can change.

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  21. Seriously PM... Tell it to the marines

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