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Our Pisa topping kids like this?

In Uncategorized on 01/05/2017 at 1:08 pm

Prof Noriko Arai spent years training a robot to pass prestigious University of Tokyo’s entrance exams in 2015 and 2016, her Todai robot outperformed 80% of high-school pupils and was in the top 1% for maths.

“You might think I was delighted, but I was alarmed,” she said.

“This robot, which could not read or understand, was able to outperform thousands of high-school children.”

This led Prof Arai to investigate the reading and writing skills of high-school students, in conjunction with Japan’s ministry of education.

“Most of the students pack in knowledge without understanding, and that is just memorising,” she said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39657505

What S’poreans not told about PISA

Pisa’s defects as the benchmark of educational excellence

Waz wrong, waz right with East Asian education systems

 

Othman Wok: an alternative view

In Political governance on 30/04/2017 at 1:32 pm

We know what the constructive, nation-building media said about him: he was a pillar of the multi-racial S’pore that the PAP built. Here’s another view: he put Harry and the PAP before the Malay community.

In the u/m and the thread on FB that followed there was nothing about S’pore. It was all about his “failure” to look after the interests of the Malay community.

Maybe the PAP and Harry have a point about the shallow roots of our multi-racial, cultural society: Scratch a S’porean and there’s a sectarian underneath. Hence the need for illiberal laws?

What do you think of the post below?

Khan Osman Sulaiman

Othman Wok has passed away. In my community, many believe that we cannot talk about the dead. I disagree. Strongly.

The belief that we cannot talk about a dead man past has its roots from Islamic teachings that forbid anyone to air out a dead man’s shameful/disgraceful past. This, I agree.

But what many would do the moment we tried to discuss about a man’s past, his beliefs, his stand, his deeds, his contributions, his ideology and his political leaning, we are swiftly reminded not to talk about it even if it has nothing to do with exposing of the dead man past.

As with Othman Wok, many would know about the infamous words he uttered on the burning of the corpses. Many also would know of his loyalty to LKY.

When speaking about this, I dont think this is shaming the man for bringing back what he said before because Othman Wok still stands by it and has never apologized nor is he ever contrite for his words.

Othman Wok was the de facto leader of the Malay community by virtue of being appointed a minister in the 60s and 70s. As a leader back then, we should be allowed to study and discuss his actions and contributions as it has bearings on how our community socio-cultural environment developed.

We can see the mainstream media pouring praises on Othman Wok. Are we then not allowed to counter with facts on his actions? If we take on the line not to discuss a dead man past, we would never have known how evil Hitler and Saddam was.

No, we are not shaming or airing out his personal details and discretion, but rather to visit history and discuss the impact he, Othman Wok has contributed based on his actions and words.

Othman Wok was never a leader to me. In fact, it was during his time as a minister, policies that were detrimental to my community went unchallenged, passed without much fun fare that ultimately, led to a whole generation of my community to be weakened economically.

It shaped the political environment my community faced today. Because whatever we fight today, we fight for our future generation. He, Othman Wok never fought for us. He acquiesced and was complicit with the gov questionable act.

As a Muslim, I pray for his well-being in the afterlife. May god bless his soul.

But In this life, I cannot put him on a pedestal.

Amos: 139 days in US jail and still counting

In Uncategorized on 30/04/2017 at 4:59 am

This is a riposte to the autistic cybernut who posted on TRE

 Yet Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

Singaporeans can also learn from Amos. Fight PAP outside Singapore and win big. He humiliated L*L and PAP and destroyed their credbility and legitimacy so effectively they have no valid response / counter-argument. Bravo Amos.

Win big? Huh?

By the end of today (US time), he’ll have spent 139 days in a US jail. Only another 590 days and he’ll be longer in a US jail than in NS if he had done the right thing. Actually if u throw in the 50 days detention here, he’ll only have 541 days to serve if he were doing NS.

As it is he’ll like be in jail for at least several more months given that he or the US can appeal whatever the decision of the appeal.

Wow what a born loser, being detained in the land of the free, where the buffalo roam. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. Maybe Harry’s really the 9th Immortal.

Bill’s Game Changers trying to avoid 41 – 3 thrashing

In Footie on 29/04/2017 at 4:47 am

(Update at 1.00pm: Game Changers lost. “We know nothing, nothing” won by 30- 13 with one spoilt vote.  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/football-lim-kia-tong-elected-as-new-fas-president-8805466)

On Friday, ST carried photos of Bill attending a Game Changers’ function for the voters in today’s election.

“Game Changers’ spokesman Steven Tan said the dialogue had re-affirmed the affiliates’ belief in Mr Ng and his team despite the police probe.” – See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/fas-saga-emotional-bill-ng-back-win-affiliates-support#sthash.MenzOmDx.dpuf

We shall see if this is true today, given that more than 20 voting clubs were represented at the dinner.

Actually I hear the Game Changers are worried that the election will be a 41 – 3 victory to the other side (the “We know nothing, nothing” slade), which will be embarassing for all of them personally at the very least. At present Bill’s side only has three assured votes  (Tiong Bahru, Hougang and Tampines). Another four “assured” voters are wavering.

Whatever, I understand the the other side has the 30 votes to win.

Btw, here’s a good piece on the lineups: http://iandecotta.com/2017/04/28/fas-elections-change-versus-the-establishment/

Btw2, I keep hearing (but can’t confirm) from usually reliable sources that Zainudin, the ex-PAP MP that got arrested and released on police bail (together with Bill, Bill’s wife and Winston Lee) is the mastermind behind the Game Changers.

So he’s non-establishment now after running S’pore footie into the ground?

Do the TRE cybernuts cheering on Bill know about the allegation that the ex-PAP MP is the mastermind behind the Game Changers?

Extra time call 

Update at 10.35am: I’ve been contacted by people friendly to some Game Changers. Seems some of the Game Changers have gotten real and are now lobbying for voters to avoid giving the “We know nothing, nothing” slate the thumbs up. If neither side gets a two-thirds majority, then there’s a vote for each post.

That way, the more popilar Game Changers can get in.

Elected President: Oh, what a tangled web we weave cont’d

In Political governance on 28/04/2017 at 7:12 am

Further to this on “Ownself veto ownself” procedures on vetoing the president’s decision, if he refuses to make the “right” decision, I reflected further on

Oh, what a tangled web we weave

when via the u/m I double confirmed that the presumptive Malay president’s father was an Indian Muslim.

(Btw, pls read my analysis of this FB post which follows the post)

Facebook post by We want Minister Grace Fu to resign.

In 2013, when Halimah Yacob was selected to be the new Speaker of Parliament after the former one, Michael Palmer, resigned from politics due to his marital affair with a PA woman, ST wrote an article to feature Halimah (‘A strong advocate for workers, women and minorities‘, Jan 2013):

Mdm Halimah Yacob

In the article, it was revealed that her father is an Indian of Muslim faith. He passed away when Halimah was 8 years old. She studied hard and later graduated with a law degree from NUS. Her first job was as a legal officer with NTUC.

PAP invited her to join politics in 2001. Ten years later, she was promoted to become a Minister of State.

When Palmer’s affair surfaced and he was forced to resign, PM Lee nominated Halimah to become the new Speaker on 8 Jan 2013. Six days later, she became the first woman Speaker of Parliament of Singapore.

In fact, news of Halimah becoming Singapore’s first woman speaker also made its way to India. The Hindu described her as an “Indian-origin politician” (‘Indian-origin politician to be Singapore’s first woman speaker‘):

Next President to be a Malay

Last Nov, PM Lee announced to Singaporeans that the next Presidential Election will bereserved for Malay candidates:

This is based on the “hiatus-triggered model”, the PM said.

He also said that the first President who exercised the powers of the Elected Presidency was Wee Kim Wee when everyone thinks it should be Ong Teng Cheong.

“This would be our first after more than 46 years, since our first (Malay) President Encik Yusof Ishak,” PM Lee said. “I look forward to this.”

In any case, since Halimah’s father is an Indian Muslim, it follows that she would also be an Indian Muslim too. That means she would not be able to participate in this year’s Presidential Election, assuming if she wants to or was asked to.

Actually the last para while logically correct is wrong because article 19B (5) of the Con says:

“person belonging to the Malay community” means any person, whether of the Malay race or otherwise, who considers himself to be a member of the Malay community and who is generally accepted as a member of the Malay community by that community;

And to be fair to the Indian Muslim and Malay communities, the lines between the two communities are legal lines, not community lines. I’ll go into this one of these days.

But as a taster, this is what a very senior MFA official (Indian Muslim) said to me (and others) in the early 80s: “How do I answer my young daughter when she asks me why she’s Indian but her cousin’s Malay?”. He was always grousing that being classified as Indian hurt his career (he could have been a minister) because of the “quota” system for Indians and Malays. He had to compete with clever Hindus and not Malays.

Trumpets pls: I said in early 2016 Halimah would be president.

Elected President: Oh, what a tangled web we weave.

In Political governance on 27/04/2017 at 10:30 am

I tot of the above when I read about changes in parliamentary procedures which will take effect if the President goes against the advice of the majority of the Council of Presidential Advisers and exercises his veto power.

Parliament can override such a veto with a two-thirds majority.

So now as a FB pal says:

Elected President – Yes Man
Council of Elderly Men in Suits – Yes Men
2/3 of Parliament – Yes Men

So much checks and balances against anyone who may suddenly stop being a Yes Man.

Election for what, waste time and money, may as well revert previous system.

And

Who watches the watchmen who watches the watchmen who watches the watchmen ad nauseum.

to which the reply was

THE MOB SHALL WATCH EVERYONE

http://i1.kym-cdn.com/…/048/burn_house._beat_mother..png

Btw, the above line from Marmiom continues:
When first we practise to deceive!

Bill Ng’s favourite song?

In Footie on 27/04/2017 at 5:00 am

I started a joke which started the whole world crying
But I didn’t see that the joke was on me oh no
I started to cry which started the whole world laughing
Oh If I’d only seen that the joke was on me

Sounds like Billy started a joke that had him wife, ex-PAP MP, Zainuddin, and Winston Lee crying. It had to be a joke because how could Bill not know where the money went? He admitted this when he admitted signing the letter Winston Lee produced to rebut him. He no read isit?

Billy the Kid threw a stone at Winston Lee saying he didn’t know where his donation went to,

FAS produces letters, cheques to show that Bill Ng knew he was donating S$500k to AFF

http://m.todayonline.com/sports/football/fas-produces-letters-cheques-show-bill-ng-knew-he-was-donating-s500k-aff

Bill the jackpot machine that had kept paying and paying at the behest of some tua kee FAS officials replied that he was misled and “directed” to sign the letter that is evidence that he was lying.

More

then

resulting publicity that  his wife was collecting above market rents from his footie club

and

culminating in the arrest of himself, wife, ex-PAP MP and Winston Lee.

 

 

Zainudin Nordin never was PAP MP isit?

In Media on 26/04/2017 at 4:37 am

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(Happy to attribute above I saw on FB, if I know who to attribute it to.)

The four individuals connected to the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) investigation into Singapore football are out on police bail. Bill Ng, his wife Bonnie Wong, Zainudin Nordin and Winston Lee are assisting the police in their probe into the suspected misuse of club funds at Tiong Bahru Football Club and an attempt to obstruct audits into clubs.

ST

Bill Ng, wife, ex-FAS president and FAS gen sec arrested

Cynical Investor

Don’t know waz excuse of constructive, nation-building media but my excuse is I wanted to focus to the FAS connection. And anyway, my previous story (about Zainudin Nordin) was headlined:

What weed is ex-PAP MP smoking?

As a FB pal put it:

It was the same MSM “privilege” with Choo Wee Kiang, Chng Hee Kok, Phey Yew Kok and probably others that I don’t recall. I don’t think such an omission would have made any difference but the estab wouldn’t want to take any risk, even if it’s a nationwide loss of 100 votes. It’s also up to S’poreans to keep themselves informed – politically and nationally interested S’poreans would be able to tell it’s a PAP MP.

SDP, Terry, TRE: Learn from the French

In Media on 25/04/2017 at 5:53 pm

True the u/m guys are fascists but still they got an effective way of combating the French MSM’s narrative: they helped Le Pen get 21% of the votes. (Emphasis mine).

France’s cyber-patriots are a diverse lot. Some call themselves the “réinfosphère”, signalling their determination to counter what they see as media bias. Rather than preach, such sites put up links to news stories culled from mainstream sources – typically about violence in immigrant suburbs – and let the facts speak for themselves.

Their underlying assumption is that news organisations may be blind to reality but they are occasionally forced to face it. The message of housing estates descending into chaos or Islamism is relayed to those who know where to look, and then shared by those who care.

The pioneer of this approach is Fdesouche – short for “Français de souche”, French people of old stock. Although the site’s author does not voice an opinion, the comments section gives free rein to a stream of xenophobia.

Fdesouche and like-minded sites are run on a shoestring, but they wield real influence. An outcry last summer over the burkini on French beaches was amplified by the réinfosphère and several mayors decided to ban the Islamic swimwear.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39475635

 

Bill Ng, wife, ex-FAS president and FAS gen sec arrested

In Footie on 25/04/2017 at 5:53 am

And then granted police bail.

ST just reported:

The four individuals connected to the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) investigation into Singapore football are out on police bail. Bill Ng, his wife Bonnie Wong, Zainudin Nordin and Winston Lee are assisting the police in their probe into the suspected misuse of club funds at Tiong Bahru Football Club and an attempt to obstruct audits into clubs.

http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/football/ng-wife-zainudin-and-lee-all-out-on-police-bail

What this means is that all four were arrested and then granted bail by the police.

An accused may be offered police bail after his arrest and before he is charged in Court. Once the accused is formally charged in Court and until the case is concluded, the police bail granted may be extended or fresh bail may be offered at the first mention by the Court.

https://www.statecourts.gov.sg/CriminalCase/Pages/Bail-matters.aspx

What weed is ex-PAP MP smoking?

In Footie on 25/04/2017 at 4:43 am

Ex-FAS president Zainudin: I have no business dealings with Bill Ng

screamed the headline.

But he then says he advises a company connected with Billy the Kid. He has no “biz dealings”? What am I missing? Or should the police be asking him what weed is he smoking?

In other documents seen by TODAY, Mr Zainudin was also listed as a director on the website of private equity firm ESW Manage, which is a sponsor of Hougang United. ESW also described Zainudin as “the current president of the Football Association of Singapore”.

ESW was also previously listed as a company under the portfolio of Financial Frontiers, a private equity firm founded by Mr Ng.

ESW has since removed Zainudin from its list of directors on its website. It is also no longer listed as part of Financial Frontiers’ portfolio on the latter’s website.

In his reply to TODAY, Zainudin, a deputy principal (development) at the Institute of Technical Education College East, said: “I was appointed as advisor to ESW Manage in January 2017.

“My role is to advise ESW on their CSR work. This appointment was after my stepping down as President of FAS (in November 2016).

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/ex-fas-president-zainudin-i-have-no-business-dealings-bill-ng

 

 

Smart Nation: It’s all about Big Brudder watching us

In Economy, Infrastructure, Internet, Political governance, Public Administration on 24/04/2017 at 2:45 pm

True the BBC in  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39641262 can come across as constructive and nation-building as ST but three cheers to the BBC for pointing that the way the PAP administration does things is a major problem for the Smart Nation initiative:

Harminder Singh, a senior lecturer in business information systems at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, says the main issue with Smart Nation is that there may be too much government control over it right now for real innovation to take place.

“Singapore’s way of doing things is that the government leads, then others follow,” he told me. “This might be a problem – it is too centralised and so it may take too long for plans to trickle down.

“And ideas from the ground may be neither visible to those on top nor acceptable to them, especially if they are related to the delivery of services that are traditionally handled by the government.”

But he’s very cock in saying

it is not clear why Singapore’s leaders are so keen to move full steam ahead with this plan.

Ah ya no need to explain. It’s all about making sure Big Brother can keep on watching S’poreans. But he’s right to say that we don’t know “how the Smart Nation project will improve salaries and jobs”

“Smart Nation is about building national technology infrastructure so that the government can offer new services, or do what they do now differently. The government may need to explain more clearly how the Smart Nation project will improve salaries and jobs in Singapore to get the project moving faster.”

 

“Ownself praise ownself: What Billy the Kid says about himself

In Footie on 24/04/2017 at 4:57 am

So after

FAS produces letters, cheques to show that Bill Ng knew he was donating S$500k to AFF

http://m.todayonline.com/sports/football/fas-produces-letters-cheques-show-bill-ng-knew-he-was-donating-s500k-aff

Bill the jackpot machine that had kept paying and paying at the behest of some tua kee FAS officials replied that he was misled and “directed” to sign the letter that is evidence that he was lying.

Read the u/m from his co’s webside and wonder how can such a good deal-maker and bizman (albeit it’s “Ownself describe Ownself”) be “directed” to do something. Does this mean that he can also be “directed” again?

Wonder also why if he’s so smart as he says he is, why he started a rockslide by throwing a stone? The stone was the baseless allegation that he didn’t know where his donation was going to. The rockslide is the police raid, investigation and interview of Bill, his wife, an ex-PAP MP and ex-FAS president and the FAS’s secretary-general; and the stream of adverse media and new media revelations about FAS, Bill’s gaming operations and the ex-MP.

And then wonder why he left out working in “Ong & Co”, the stockbroking firm founded by his grandfather. He spent most of his stockbroking career there, though the parting there was not amicable.

Finally wonder why the other members of the Game Changers didn’t do their homework on Billy the Kid.

Corporate Profile

Financial Frontiers Pte Ltd is a Singapore-based private equity focused family office. We seek to create incremental tangible value for our investee companies by working alongside with them as partners and not just funders. We do so by building strong relationships with our investors, our portfolio companies as well as strategic partners to create a synergy to grow the business of our portfolio companies.

Over the past decade, together with a strong network of strategic partners, we developed investment strategies that have successfully identified and invested in companies with high growth potential in diverse industries. This enabled us to achieve superior risk-adjusted returns.

Financial Frontiers does not only invest in companies, we also provide robust investment management solutions, with a strong client focus to meet investment objectives.

We take into consideration of the knowledge and experience related to investing, risk profiles, financial situations and the constraints of each institutional and private client to provide tailor-made solutions.

Investment Team
Our investment team comprises investment analysts from diverse backgrounds with different expertise in multiple industries. The team is led by veteran investment professionals with years of investment experience.

Principal of Financial Frontiers

Bill Ng is a driven, open-minded and poised individual with a successful career spanning 32 years. He is able to balance and combine different skill-sets which allows him to work very well under pressure while maintaining a positive and professional demeanour.

Bill prioritizes and manages multiple tasks in order to ensure strict adherence to deadlines and objectives. He is a team player with excellent team-building and counselling skills which yields highly effective results in any endeavour.

This is particularly evident in his strong professional track record where he carved out a successful corporate career in venerable securities firms UOB Kay Hian and RHB-Cathay Securities. He has accumulated a vast client-portfolio, managing up to 120 dealers and remisiers.

At present, Bill demonstrates his strengths in management and teamwork as well as his expertise in investments. One memorable deal he pulled off was the listing of Cambodian-based gaming and entertainment company, Naga Corp, at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) main board. Raising HK$546 million, the public listing occurred on 19th October 2006 and is widely considered as a watershed event in HKSE history in terms of its industry complexities and governance issues.

Another company that Bill brought public in Singapore (2011) is CNMC Goldmine Holdings. It took six years for the gold exploration company to develop gold production capabilities, during which Bill continually brought in private equity funds to expand the business. It currently has a market capitalization of S$240 million.

In addition, Bill currently holds chairmanship of two clubs: Hougang United Football Club and Tiong Bahru Football Club. Chosen by the FAS to turn the clubs around, he has succeeded in doing so and in the process, created many employment opportunities. Both Clubs now boast good standings in their respective Leagues and are financially sound.

PRESENT PORTFOLIO
CNMC Goldmine Holdings Ltd.
Hougang United Football Club
ISR Capital
Mobile Credit Payment
Windsor Place
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

http://www.frontiersgroup.com.sg/about-us


 

 

 

 

Tiong Bahru FC: Gambling not haram meh?

In Footie on 23/04/2017 at 5:51 am

It’s clear that Tiong Bahru FC (TBFC) is a gambling club (29 one-armed bandits generating $36m ++ in revenue) with a football team (expenses of $0.2m –) attached.

One of the most profitable clubhouses among local football clubs, Tiong Bahru, which plays in the first division of the amateur National Football League (NFL), generated a total revenue of S$36,736,775 from its fruit machines in the last financial year.

The clubhouse currently has 29 functioning fruit machines. That is more than triple the eight machines that S.League club Balestier Khalsa has at the Toa Payoh Stadium, and almost double the 15 machines that Albirex Niigata (S) has at its clubhouse, also in Toa Payoh. It paid out around S$23 million in winnings in 2016 …

The club paid its 15 employees S$2.073 million in salaries in 2016, and also forked out an additional S$528,000 for staff training, uniforms and staff welfare. But spending on its football team was a more modest S$169,000.

After accounting for its various expenditures — which includes employee compensation, paid out claims, tax on takings, rental fees and expenses for accessories for its football team — the club earned a profit of S$604,542 in 2016.

http://www.todayonline.com/sports/modest-clubhouse-pays-almost-s1m-rent-and-s207m-salaries

The chairman of TBFC’s general committee is listed as former FAS president Zainudin Nordin, an ex-PAP MP. Readers will know that PAP Malay MPs are Malay community leaders. So it seems suprising that  Zainudin Nordin is happy to be associated gambling, even if he’s no longer a PAP MP.

And it seems in 2016 (he stepped down as MP before 2015 GE) he was slated to become chairman of TBFC (a separate, and more senior and powerful post) but then declined.

He’s also helping the police in its investigations over alleged irregularities at TBFC and FAS.

And there’s more: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/ex-fas-president-zainudin-i-have-no-business-dealings-bill-ng

One cannot help but wonder if there were QC problems in the PAP? After all the PAP prides itself in choosing “whiter than white” people as MPs.

 

 

 

Blackrock votes for robots

In Uncategorized on 22/04/2017 at 2:33 pm
From NYT Dealbook

By Amie Tsang

Laurence D. Fink, the founder and chief executive of BlackRock, has cast his lot with the machines.
BlackRock, the largest fund company in the world, plans to consolidate a large number of actively managed mutual funds with those that rely more on algorithms and models to pick stocks.
The move is the most explicit action by a major fund management firm to try to take advantage of the increasing opportunities in lower-cost computer driven funds.
About $30 billion in assets, or 11 percent of the firm’s active equity funds, will be included. The funds will focus on strategies that adopt a more rules-based approach to investing. Seven of BlackRock’s 53 stock pickers are expected to step down, but some will stay on as advisers. At least 36 employees connected to the funds will leave the firm.
“The democratization of information has made it much harder for active management,” Mr. Fink said.
Could this be the end of the cult of the brainy mutual fund manager?

FAS elections: Do the other Game Changers know the name of Bill Ng’s wife?

In Footie on 21/04/2017 at 4:52 am

Update on 22 April at 4.35am: Double confirmed, Bonny Wong is still married to Bill Ng. They’ve been called up for questioning by the police http://www.todayonline.com/sports/bill-ng-questioned-police-after-raid-three-football-clubhouses-and-fas

(In case anyone doesn’t know, Game Changers is the name of the Bill Ng led team that is contesting the FAS elections. And he has been alleging irregularities in a donation made to FAS*.)

When I knew Bill Ng in the 1990s (it wasn’t a pleasant experience), I met his wife Bonnie Wong, a Hongkie lady. Good looking, sassy lady.

So I was laughing when I read that Tiong Bahru FC was paying rent to a company owned by Bonnie Wong

TODAY found that Tiong Bahru also paid around S$960,000 in total rent in 2016 to the unit’s landlord, Polygon Ventures, which is listed on the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (Acra) as a company dealing in general wholesale trade. That works out to be about $80,000 per month.

The listed owner of Polygon Ventures is Bonnie Wong Yuk Ying, who TODAY understands shares the same residential address as Ng.

With the clubhouse measuring 2,583sqf, it means that the rental amounts to S$31 per square foot.

In contrast, a check showed that other basement units in People’s Park Centre are charging between S$2.92 and S$11.23 per square feet in rent. The only unit charging S$31.50 per square feet in rent is located at street level, and measures only 200sqf.

While Ng is understood to be running the club, the chairman of TBFC’s general committee is listed as former FAS president Zainudin Nordin.

Btw, I owe him an apology because I got one thing wrong about him: I tot he wouldn’t organise a slate to contest the FAS election. Here I wrote:

Those of us who had dealings with Bill Ng in his stockbroking days can testify that he is a talk cock sing song artiste, No Action, Talk Only. He’s carried this over to footie mgt: witness his so-called bid for the storied Rangers FC, and the absence of his slate to run FAS at the AGM. He’s a used car salesman.

I predict that his slate will not materialise.

I’m still wondering why Bill Ng threw stones when he was was living in a bungalow made of glass even though I’m sure that if he’s still married to Bonnie Wong, all the legal niceties were followed in the agreement to pay rent to a biz owned by her.

My other posts on him

Billy the Kid in the 90s

Billy and his fighting footie team 


*FAS produces letters, cheques to show that Bill Ng knew he was donating S$500k to AFF

http://m.todayonline.com/sports/football/fas-produces-letters-cheques-show-bill-ng-knew-he-was-donating-s500k-aff

Bill the ex one-armed bandit that had kept paying and paying at the behest of some tua kee FAS officials replied that he was misled and “directed” to sign the letter that showed he was lying.

We got so many robots meh?

In Economy on 20/04/2017 at 7:17 am

Second after Souh Korea per 10,000 manufacturing workers.  Btw, the International Federation of Robotics defines industrial robots as machines that are automatically controlled and re-programmable; single-purpose equipment does not count.

What this seems to indicate is that the manufacturing of pharma and electronic products, the leading exports, here is highly automated.

So where do the FTs fit in other than in the manual labour sector (which S’poreans shun)?

Why u think why so many PMETs are unhappy?

Why wages don’t grow in line with property prices:

Real wage growth in many rich economies has been disappointing for much of the past two decades. Low wages are enabling some reallocation of workers. An overwhelming share of the growth in employment in rich economies over the past few decades has been in services, nearly half in low-paying fields like retailing and hospitality. Employment in such areas has been able to grow, in part, because of an abundance of cheap labour.

http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21719761-probably-not-humans-have-lot-learn-equine-experience-will-robots

Property: TRE nuts will be getting more frus

In Property on 19/04/2017 at 10:18 am

Recently chief cybernut Oxygen was pontificating again on the property crash that will happen. And he and his pals were hloating that honest-hard working S;poreans were going to get burnt badly. (These losers hate S’poreans who better themselves.)

Well

The number of new private homes sold by developers continued to surge in March, increasing 81.8 per cent from 979 units in February to 1,780 last month, according to figures by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Monday (Apr 17).

The 1,780 units sold in March also more than doubled the 843 sold in the same month last year.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-private-home-sales-up-81-8-in-march-with-more-launches/3683682.html

Go bang yr balls.

And bang them harder after reading this from Morgan Stanley: property prices to double by 2030

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/13/singapores-property-prices-to-double-by-2030-morgan-stanley.html

It’s the People, stupid

In Economy, Tourism on 18/04/2017 at 1:50 pm

There’s been a lot of BS and angst about the death of Orchard Road as an “in place”.

A lady Viv Won got it right when ashe posted this comment on Facebook

Orchard used to be the IT place for urban displays of modernity and pop culture until the suburban centers and other hubs sprang up. I think it’s the G overrating form over function, Orchard has lost its function: MBS took over high end retail; people can meet their Everyday social, biological and service needs at regional centres; good hotels are spreading out of the Orchard sphere so short term tourists aren’t trapped there; there’s much local flavour and life elsewhere, in different pockets of the city like Ann Siang Hill, Boat Quay or MBFC, Robertson Quay, etc. Orchard Rd malls are like upmarket clones of things you can find everywhere else (except Far East Shopping Centre). People can’t exert their identity in a place that imposes its own overarching identity upon everything else.

It’s the People that make a place hip, not the decor or the planned festivities or whatnot. If they had to learn something from what was Mohd Sultan Rd in the late 90s, it should be that a place gets its culture from the people who gather there, for whatever reason (refurbished go-downs make great clubs). So there’s really not much reason to go to Orchard when there are so many more interesting and authentic places to hang out with people you consider to be cool🙂 then there’s always Hong Kong.

Same too like other creative industries like finance and technology.

The PAP just doesn’t get it. Remember its attempt to make S’pore a leading stem cell research centre?

HSBC: Two unfashionable strengths

In Banks on 18/04/2017 at 5:35 am
that keeps on printing money: commercial banking and UK operations.
Even JP Morgan is trying to do more trade financing globally, a sector of commercial banking that is dominated in East Asia by HSBC, StanChart and Citi.
From Bloomberg:

The commercial bank reported a 12 percent increase in adjusted pretax profit to $6.1 billion last year, which was the most among HSBC’s four divisions and accounted for about a third of group’s total earnings, according to company filings. The U.K. contributed $1.8 billion of its pretax profit compared with $2.9 billion in the Asia region.

 

 

Trumpets pls

In Uncategorized on 17/04/2017 at 11:01 am

Earlier this morning, I visited TRE’s site. And wow out of the 18 articles under Opinion, I own eight of them. Taz’s a record. Usual I own 4-5 of them.

Too bad there’s no $, and TRE isn’t exactly a semi- respectable publication like Terry’s Online Channel. But still it’s not TMG (run by a retired Imperial Stormtrooper general, media arm; and once wannabe Sith Lord), The Indians Idiots S’pore (as TISG prefers to be known) or Mothership.

I usually like TRE’s use of pixs to accompany my pieces. I usually don’t bother including pixs because of the hassle of making sure I can use them without infringing IP.

  OPINION
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CHC Members, A Reflection Of 70% Voters' Mentality

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With massive outbursts on the sentence of the CHC’s management, damage control is being launched. We…
Make Koranic studies compulsory for Muslims?

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Because going by what I’m going to describe there are many Muslims who don’t know what’s in their…
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The recent uproar about the close of the Sungei Road Market and the fact that many of the sellers there…
Kong Hee shows RI boys are smart

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A cybernut called RI, “Raffles Idiots” when referring to Kong Hee. Must be a frusco that couldn’t…
Largest taxi operator ComfortDelGro ‘innovates’...

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The truth about fake news

In Media on 17/04/2017 at 5:59 am

It’s now coming from the fans of Hilary because she lost  and becauseconfirmation bias makes her fans feel good, they help spread fake news about Trump and the other side.

Claire Wardle, who is a research director at First Draft – a non-profit organisation which is looking for solutions around trust and truth in the digital age says

“People like to share information that makes them feel good, ” …

“Many people on the left right now are feeling overwhelmed and fearful and unsure of what’s going to happen next. While they’re scrolling through their information feeds at speed on small mobile phones their critical functions are not kicking in, and they’re seeing information that makes them feel immediately connected with other people who think similarly to them. And without doing the usual checks that they would do, they’re sharing and very quickly passing on similarly false and problematic content that we were seeing before the election.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-39592010

Hmm guess we know know why the cybernuts of TRELand behave the way they do.

Here’s some constructive advice:

Brooke Binkowski, who is managing editor at Snopes website, warns newsreaders to stay aware of the emotions they feel when consuming content.

“If you are a newsreader or someone who likes reading news but you don’t know immediately what may or may not be fake, ask yourself by reading the headline, what emotions do I feel? Am I really angry, scared, frustrated, do I want to share this to tell everybody what’s going on? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then check your sources.”

Snopes is a respected fact-checking US site.

Shake down PAPpy ministers, Edwin Tong?

In Uncategorized on 16/04/2017 at 1:57 pm

Some anti-PAP games developer should develop something like this here?

Supporters of the far-left French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon have created a video game where players bash the rich.

In Fiscal Kombat the player roams the streets pretending to be Mr Melenchon as he battles against oligarchs and rival politicians.

The aim is to shake money from the rich to pay for Melenchon’s policies.

The player’s challenge is to get as much money as possible while avoiding the attempts of the rich to maul him to death.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39569301

CHC: The Other Side of the Hill

In Uncategorized on 16/04/2017 at 11:08 am

In analysing or making judjments, it’s good to see the perspective of those going against the flow of conventional wisdom..

Below is a purported piece from a member of the CHC conregation. Do read it.

I agree that “Only the CHC family is hurt in the CHC Saga”. Going by the comments on social media and the internet, the so-called hurt many S’poreans feel is nothing more than envy that Sun Ho got others to fund her Holywood lifestyle, and envy that her bubbie is a good entrepreneur with a business model that is hard to replicate.

Yes there is reason to be concerned ( I hope to explore it soon) but most of the comments don’t reflect this concern.

I agree with the following except I would exclude Sun Ho’s husband

If anyone has suffered loss, it would be the 6 of them who have suffered financially, in their reputation, in their careers and even up to this point, when their families are dealing the pain of separation in 2 weeks’ time, fellow Singaporeans are hoping to prolong this pain of separation.

Kong Hee benefited because he didn’t have to fund Sun Ho’s Hollywood dreams and ambitions and lifestyle.

I dispute “this whole project was internally agreed upon and funds was internally and voluntarily raised.”

This assrtion is very misleading. There was no full and proper dislosure of what was happening for a long time. Matters were hidden from the auditors and church members. It was the failure to disclose what was happening was the reason why why the six were found guilty of CBT.

If they had disclosed what they were up to, there would have been no CBT. But the leaders didn’t trust their church members. They should have with hindsight. God’s a prankster like Loki?

Finally, if you want to know wht I come down so hard on tthe anti-PAP cybernuts go to http://www.tremeritus.com/2017/04/12/only-the-chc-family-is-hurt-in-the-chc-saga/  and read the reaction from the cybernuts to Pauline Kong’s letter.

With people like them, the majority of swing voters will always prefer the PAP.

The piece

Only the CHC family is hurt in the CHC Saga

Since there were so many ones who could not understand how the case was concluded and sentence was reduced, could we ask the High Courts to engage the public and make the findings clearer in layman terms to us?

I am a member of CHC since 2002 and though we are not perfect, we aim to be a church that blesses and give. Our community service arm gives to the less privileged regardless of race and religion. All our works are a reflection of the positive values in our leaders. Quite contrary to most charitable organizations, church funds are raised internally and voluntarily. The givers have a clear idea what they are giving to and the leaders are accountable to the givers.

I am afraid the public has been misled by the media to think that our leaders have perhaps taken money from the public to spend on their personal lives. If that is truly the case, I am sure our honorable legal system would have already captured that. But coming from someone who followed the case from the first trial to the last, I have not heard of any such findings.

I am saddened that because of all the demeaning images and words on the media, Singaporeans have been so misled to the point that they don’t think they can even trust the judicial system anymore. Perhaps the way to clear the air is to present the facts and erase all the misleading information that has nothing to do with the case. Once again, this whole project was internally agreed upon and funds was internally and voluntarily raised. If anyone has suffered loss, it would be the 6 of them who have suffered financially, in their reputation, in their careers and even up to this point, when their families are dealing the pain of separation in 2 weeks’ time, fellow Singaporeans are hoping to prolong this pain of separation. If anyone is a parent like me, the thought of leaving your children or family behind for weeks or months is already so unbearable, these people have to leave their families for years…

So, please consider the fact that they really didn’t hurt anyone. If there is anyone they can hurt, it would be the church because they are responsible to the church, but the church is NOT hurt, we love them. Did they hurt the public in any way? With all honesty, none as well. There was no public soliciting of funds. Perhaps charity and church needs to be separately governed so that the public does not feel so threatened by the outcome of the case, thinking it will affect governance towards other Charitable organizations that gets public donations?

Lastly, I believe we all can play a part to build a society that is honorable towards our national leaders, empathetic towards fellowmen and united as one people.

Pauline Kong

 

Black Saturday: a great day to laugh at Amos’ stupidity

In Uncategorized on 15/04/2017 at 2:52 pm

Today is Black Saturday or Holy Saturday, a really sad day in the Church calender because Jesus died on Good Friday and was entombed on Saturday and his followers at the time didn’t know that he would be resurrected tomorrow, Easter.

So it’s a great day to sneer and laugh at Amos becauseby the end of today US time, Amos would have spent 124 days in jail in the land of the free, where the buffalo roam.

Add that to his jail time of 50 days here, he would have spent 174 days in custody.

What a born loser.

Most asylum seekers get thru US immigration and then when in legally apply for asylum. But Amos said he told immigration that he wanted asylum. So they locked him up until the hearing. He’s been inside since then.

Haha.

 

Muslim drivers endanger the public

In Uncategorized on 15/04/2017 at 1:24 pm

Recently, I made a half-serious comment that Muslims should be banneded from driving because Jihadist terrorists have been killing in the West by “marauding”.  It involves using a vehicle to mow people down in a crowded area.

Here’s more evidence that allowing Muslims drive is as dangeous as allowing the “wrong” Muslim to lead a machine-gun unit* or fly SAF planes.

A lorry was driven into a Stockholm department store last Friday, killing four and injuring more. The Swedish police are holding a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan who had lived in the country for some time.

And even more evidence courtesy of the BBC when it carried a story on the Swedish attack:

Timeline: Vehicle ramming attacks in Europe and the US

  • 14 July 2016, Nice, France: A man drove a lorry for 2km (1.2 miles) through a large crowd gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks in Nice. Eighty-six people were killed, and more than 300 injured.
  • 28 November 2016, Ohio, United States: An 18-year-old student rammed his car into a group of pedestrians at Ohio State University and stabbed others. Eleven people were injured before he was shot and killed.
  • 19 December 2016, Berlin, Germany: The attack in Berlin killed 12 people and injured 49, when a man drove a lorry through the crowded Breitscheidplatz Christmas market. So-called Islamic State said one of its “soldiers” carried out the attack.
  • 22 March 2017, London, United Kingdom: Five people died and at least 50 were injured when a car mounted the pavement on London’s Westminster bridge and drove at high speed through pedestrians. The attacker then entered the parliament complex on foot and fatally stabbed a police officer, before being shot.
  • 23 March 2017, Antwerp, Belgium: A man was caught by soldiers after he drove at a crowd. Knives, a non-lethal gun and a dangerous substance were found in his car – but no-one was injured. Terror charges were later dropped.

Still think Muslims should be allowed to drive in countries where non-Muslims are the majority?


*1999 Sep 18, Tanjong Pagar: “If, for instance, you put in a Malay officer who’s very religious and who has family ties in Malaysia in charge of a machine-gun unit, that’s a very tricky business. We’ve got to know his background. I’m saying these things because they are real, and if I don’t think that, and I think even if today the Prime Minister doesn’t think carefully about this, we could have a tragedy. So, these are problems which, as poly students, you’re colour-blind to, but when you face life in reality, it’s a different proposition.” Guess who said this? No prizes though.

Jerusalem circa 30 AD, S’pore today

In Public Administration on 14/04/2017 at 5:39 am

One thing never changes: the mob will always be with us.

More than 2000 years ago, in Jerusalem, according to the four gospels, the nuts among the citizens of the city shouted “Crucify Jesus”after only praising him the week before.

The High Court’s reduction of the the sentences of all six former City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders, got the cybernuts shouting “Crucify the Judges and the PAP”.

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The Great S’pore Sale came early this yr for some people

The 3-judge panel changed the sentences

  1. Kong Hee: From 8 years to 3 years and 6 months.
  2. Tan Ye Peng: From 5½ years’ to 3 years and 2 months.
  3. Chew Eng Han: From 6 years to 3 years and 4 months.
  4. Serina Wee Gek Yin : From 5 years to 2½ years.
  5. John Lam Leng Hung: From 3 years to 1½ years.
  6. Sharon Tan Shao Yuen: From 21 months to 7 months

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According to the nuts in TreLand Kong Hee’s lawyer Edwin Tong (a PAP member and MP) had real clout to influence the judges; or that the judges were paid off with Kong Hee’s millions. Whatever, the PAP was to blame, somehow.

TOC (to its discredit) did a round-up of netizens’ views that were only slighly less anti-PAP and anti the judiciary

Even constructive, nation-building ST allowed ST readers to join in the fun:

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(Martyn See’s FB image of ST FB’s postings by readers)

Even Jack Sim (aka the Toilet Man: a really decent, hair-minded guy) made remarks on Facebook that can fall within the contempt of court rules that parly recently approved (no I’m not going to quote him but in spirit they are close to the ST comments).

Incidentally the minister for pets and the police should be KPKBing at the so-called, constructive nation-building ST for publishing the comments. He’s got to be fair: after all he has aiming his Colt Magnum and Alsatians at Terry’s Online Channel for pointing out bad policing decisions.

Now there are good reasons to be concerned with the High Court decision that overturned a precedent that stood for 40 years. I go into that in a seperate post

But by making personal attacks on them and the PAP MP lawyer representing Kong, and the PAP and the judiciary generally the cybernuts are behaving like the Jews who wanted to crucify Jesus.

But I doubt the cybernuts would have the balls to say,

His blood be on us, and on our children.

They too are sheep, a term they use to describe the 70%ers.

 

 

 

Riposte to Calvin Cheng’s defence of UA

In Airlines, Uncategorized on 13/04/2017 at 8:31 am

Calvin Cheng the wannabe killer of the babies of IS terrorists has defended UA’s actions because he says it’s in contract between the airline and passenger that the passenger can be ejected by force.

Well for starters the CEO of UA now disagrees that the passenger should have been ejected by force.

When asked on tv if the passenger, Dr Dao, was in any way to blame, Mr Munoz said“No. He can’t be. He was a paying passenger sitting on our seat in our aircraft and no one should be treated that way. Period.”

And the following is what an FT reader says:

The policy for these situations if simply wrong. The plane wasn’t overbooked, United just decided to put four of their employees on the flight. The excuse that they needed to get to Louisville to avoid having to cancel a flight from there.

They could have raised their offer until someone took it. This was their business decision and they should pay for it. They could have put their employees on a flight with another airline for less than the cost of paying the bumping mandatory compensation. The could have put their employees in a limo and driven Chicago to Louisville, airport to airport, driving on all interstates in less than 4 hours without driving over 65MPH, and this incident overall apparently took over 3 hours to unfold.. They had any number of viable alternatives but chose to manhandle and drag a 69 year old doctor off the plane. Someone who had patients whose health may have depended on their seeing him.

I hope the cybernuts rethink their view that any other airline is better than SIA. I hear Goh Meng Seng doesn’t fly SIA or any of its subsidaries for this reason. But most probably, he says this, because he can’t afford the fares.

HDB flats: 35 is a dangerous age

In Banks on 13/04/2017 at 4:48 am

It’s all about financing.

Here’s a great graphic from ST on how the value of a HDB flat will fall over a cliff after the first 35 years. Extracted from http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/will-you-still-love-your-hdb-flat-when-its-over-64.

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Why Budget surpluses are bad: No not Chris K but a US president

In Economy, Public Administration on 12/04/2017 at 9:28 am

Albeit one from the 19th century. He thought it unfair for the US to tax the people while keeping the surplus.

“it is indefensible extortion and a culpable betrayal of American fairness and justice” for the government to run a budget surplus, and “multiplies a brood of evil consequences.”

The Treasury was “a hoarding place for money needlessly withdrawn from trade and the people’s use thus crippling our national energies, suspending our country’s development, preventing investment in productive enterprise, threatening financial disturbance, and inviting schemes of public plunder.”

Cleveland, the first Democrat to become president since before the Civil War, was incensed that the federal government was taking in more than it spent.

It bears pausing on that notion. A Democrat in the executive mansion (it wasn’t called the White House until Teddy Roosevelt came along) considered it unfair that Uncle Sam was taxing its people and squirreling away the excess.

In fact, Cleveland felt even more strongly than that. He told the assembled representatives from the then 38 states of the Union that “it is indefensible extortion and a culpable betrayal of American fairness and justice” for the government to run a budget surplus, and “multiplies a brood of evil consequences.”

The Treasury has become “a hoarding place for money needlessly withdrawn from trade and the people’s use,” Cleveland thundered, “thus crippling our national energies, suspending our country’s development, preventing investment in productive enterprise, threatening financial disturbance, and inviting schemes of public plunder.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-breakingviews-idUSKBN17D1SU

Slow train from UK to China: See who’s running it

In Economy, Logistics, Shipping on 12/04/2017 at 4:52 am

I’m surprised the cybernuts are not saying that this shows S’pore is doomed, doomed. They most probably don’t read anything other than “The Idiots — S’pore” and TRE and ST. Even Terry’s Online Channel is too cheem even if it advocates “pak police” (OL OK “Diss police”)

The first rail freight service from the UK to China has departed on its 17-day, 7,500-mile journey.

British goods including soft drinks, vitamins and baby products are in the 30 containers carried by the train, which will be a regular service.

The DP World locomotive left its terminal in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, for Zhejiang province, eastern China.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39549077

Seriously waz interesting is that the train is run by a port co that is a global rival of PSA: DP World or Dubai World.

Kong Hee shows RI boys are smart

In Uncategorized on 11/04/2017 at 1:32 pm

A cybernut called RI, “Raffles Idiots” when referring to Kong Hee. Must be a frusco that couldn’t get in, though one has to accept that Tan Kin Lian and Tan Jee Say fit the term “Raffles Idiots”. As does Kee Chiu Chan, though to be fair to RI, he was only there for JC: like the gals.

Seriously RI boys are sneered by lesser breeds as being only book worms, not street smarts.

Kong Hee showed RI boys are street smart too.  For starters, his in-laws are footing his legal expenses.

He was a good entrepreneur: he harvested souls for money.

He also got five stupid people to help him use other people’s money to help his wife live the Hollywood lifestyle. And he only got punished with only a slightly longer sentence.


The Great S’pore Sale came early this yr for some people

The 3-judge panel changed the sentences

  1. Kong Hee: From 8 years to 3 years and 6 months.
  2. Tan Ye Peng: From 5½ years’ to 3 years and 2 months.
  3. Chew Eng Han: From 6 years to 3 years and 4 months.
  4. Serina Wee Gek Yin : From 5 years to 2½ years.
  5. John Lam Leng Hung: From 3 years to 1½ years.
  6. Sharon Tan Shao Yuen: From 21 months to 7 months.

Many others have spent longer time in prison for less money than him.

OK, OK, he still may kanna takan hard.

But whatever, those from whom he misppropriated money, have already forgiven him. Now taz genius at work.

So maybe God’s also an RI boy? We’ll know this for a fact when the CA upholds the decision of the High Court. The traditional understanding of the section in question is highly convoluted. And seems premised that it’s only right that a director of a company cannot receive a lesser punishment than a clerk.


The offence of Criminal Breach of Trust (‘CBT’) exists in various forms. There are different maximum sentences for:

  •    Simple CBT (Maximum imprisonment term of 7 years);
  •    CBT by a carrier (Maximum jail term of 15 years);
  •    CBT by a clerk or servant (Maximum jail term of 15 years);
  •    CBT by a public servant, banker, merchant or agent (Maximum jail term of life imprisonment or 20 years).

http://irblaw.com.sg/2017/04/10/making-sense-city-harvest-ruling/

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But doubters will still be doublers because if God is really from RI why doesn’t he engineer a boom in Sentosa property prices so that Kong Hee doesn’t lose money?

 

 

Muslim terrorists are useless

In Uncategorized on 11/04/2017 at 8:33 am

Graph

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39540371

They don’t kill as many ang mohs in Europe as ang moh terrorists did the 70s, 80s, 90s and noughties.

 

CPF Life: Increasing the pot the PAP way

In CPF on 10/04/2017 at 2:08 pm

Maybe the PAP administration might want to do what the Brits did in increasing the m0rtality rate so lightening the burden on the state to provide pensions.

As CPF Life “beneficiaries” are pooled into either the standard or basic schemes, the more people die earlier than expected in each pool, better for the others in the pool and no need for the state to step in: fund no money, yr problem not PAP administration’s problem.

Seriously, I’m surprised the cybernuts from TRELand or Mad Dog Chee have not accused the PAP administration of using SingHealth to kill off S’poreans

A flu jab blunder that contributed to the largest increase in deaths in a generation may have brought unexpected benefits for Britain’s pensions black hole, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries says the increase in the mortality rate in 2016 – when the flu jab was mismatched for the main strain of influenza – has slightly reduced overall life expectancy for the over-65s.

Experts say the shift has removed about £28bn of pension liabilities from the balance sheets of leading companies.AP

 

 

Make Koranic studies compulsory for Muslims?

In Uncategorized on 10/04/2017 at 5:33 am

Because going by what I’m going to describe there are many Muslims who don’t know what’s in their Koran, Islam’s sacred text.

What I’m going to describe follows is not fake news or satire or parody or black comedy. It’s the truth and there could have been riots  mayhem and deaths, if it weren’t for the fact that S’porean Muslims, like their non-Muslim brothers and sisters, are peace-loving, contented sheep people; unlike Indians and Pakistans.

Imam Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jamee, was under police investigation for allegedly making remarks against Christians and Jews during his Friday sermon at a mosque, when he apologised, saying he was “filled with great remorse” and stressed that the supplication was not an extract from the Koran.

His apology showed he’s a FT where the “T” stands for “Trash”, not a true blue S’porean Muslim.

The apology didn’t work because

An imam who made controversial remarks against Christians and Jews during his Friday sermon at a mosque was on Monday (Apr 3) handed a fine of S$4,000, after pleading guilty to a charge of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race.

The really big joke is on all those (not few) Muslims who went onto social media shouting that the remarks were taken from the Koran and that it had very deep meanings in which “pak Jews and Christians” was only a tiny part and “pak …” had to be seen in the context of the other points made. Here’s  a friend’s social media encounter with these learned Muslims. They even dissed a lady because she had “only” 10 years of stidy in a madrasah.

Now we are told by the imam himself that the quote was not from the Koran. LOL.  Black comedy the state of Koranic education here. So a bit rich for Muslims to claim that most jihadists have little knowledge of Islam. I mean juz look at this mullah’s and his Muslim defenders’ knowledge of the Koran. A case of “Misled by misled”. Or “Blind leading the blind”.

Worse the FT mullah was working here because a statutory board allowed him to: The Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), is also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, Its role is to look after the interests of Singapore’s Muslim community.

I had thought that FT mullahs had to pass a test before being allowed to preach and teach here. Based on this case, evidently not.

 

 

 

 

Digital ads: A big con?

In Uncategorized on 09/04/2017 at 1:35 pm

From NYT Dealbook

Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results.

By SAPNA MAHESHWARI

The bank found that limiting its advertising to preapproved hosts, to avoid proximity to fake news or offensive videos, did not hurt its visibility.

S’pore sabos M’sia

In Malaysia on 09/04/2017 at 6:17 am

This yr’s Malaysian Grand Prix will be the country’s last after 19 years on the Formula 1 calendar.

Malaysia had struggled in recent years to attract a significant crowd, its appeal damaged by the more glamorous night-time event on a street track in Singapore, which made its debut in 2008.

It was confirmed in November that the race would end after the 2018 staging, but that decision has now been brought forward.

The country’s prime minister, Najib Razak, said: “The Cabinet has agreed to end the contract after considering lowering returns to the country compared to the cost of hosting the championships.”

BBC

One Tun M must really be unhappy. He made M’sia Great by bring F1 racing to the region. Now when he’s trying to make a comeback, F1 in M’sia comes to an ignominious end because of dwindling crowds and revenue because of S’pore.

CHC: CBT is a very technical offence

In Public Administration on 08/04/2017 at 11:10 am

The High Court’s reduction of the sentences of all six former City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders has upset a lot of people especially the anti-PAP cybernuts. (I’ll talk about their antics in a separate post).

Here I want to explain why two High Court judges decided the way they did. (The decision was a split one: 2 to 1.

Criminal breach of trust (CBT) is a very technical crime and the judgment was a very technical one.

I know one head of crime section in the AGC who became a district judge, and as a district judge had his verdict on a CBT case overturned on appeal. He had acquitted someone accused of CBT only for the guy to be found guilty on appeal by the AGC. Incidentally his career in the legal service was not affected.

Now to the judgement.

Justice Chao said in his oral judgement on Friday that a majority decision was made to reduce the respective CBT charges against the six, from an “aggravated” form of CBT – which they were initially convicted of – to a “simple” form of CBT because the law states that a person convicted of an aggravated form charge. must be” a public servant, banker, merchant, factor, broker, attorney or an agent when committing the crime”.

Justice Chao said he and Justice Woo agreed

with the Prosecution that directors, who occupy positions of great power, trust and responsibility, are more culpable than employees when they commit CBT offences against their companies or organisations. To that extent, we agree that it is intuitively unsatisfactory that a director would only be liable for CBT simpliciter under s 406 of the Penal Code while a clerk, servant, carrier or warehouse keeper would be liable for an aggravated offence under either ss 407 or 408 of the Penal Code. This does not, however, mean that we can ignore the wording of the section. Like the Malaysian Court of Appeal in Periasamy, we are of the view that adopting the interpretation put forward by the Prosecution may be “tantamount to rewriting the section by means of an unauthori[s]ed legislative act” (at 575A). Such a task should be more properly left to Parliament. For instance, we note that the relevant expression of the equivalent provision in the Malaysian Penal Code was amended in 1993 to read “in his capacity of a public servant or an agent” …”

Because the “simple” form carried a lesser sentence, the sentences were reduced.

So why did the AGC think that what the six did was “aggravated CBT” and not “simple CBT”.

The answer according to a lawyer is that  the Court in this case did not follow the earlier High Court decision in Tay Choo Wah, which had been applied for some 40 years in Singapore and which held that Penal Code Section 409 applied to directors.

The Court could do this but the judge in the lower court was bound by the decision in Tay Choo Wah.

Will the AGC seek to persuade the Court in a future case that the Court in this case got the interpretation of Section 409 wrong, or pursue a criminal reference under Section 397 of the Criminal Procedure Code?

Or will the law be amended?

I suspect the latter. Because if there’s an appeal under s397 and AGC wins, there’ll be another cyberstorm, The convicted will not have their sentences reinstated*.


 

*I stand corrected. The CA can reinstate the sentences but is not forced to. The sentences cannot be increased. My mistake. 10 April

The other Nair that was a PAP founder member

In Uncategorized on 08/04/2017 at 5:44 am

Wonder if she ever rubbed it in, her brother’s slavish devotion to Harry the 9th Immortal, after LKY threw him into the abyss.

… Karthy Nair, who has died aged 90, was one of the founder members in 1954 of the People’s Action party of Singapore, which after independence from British rule became and remains the governing party.

Karthy was fiercely critical of the party leader and future prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, whom she regarded as a British placeman, and she left Singapore in 1956 to settle in the UK. Karthy’s brother, Devan Nair, became a union leader and eventually president of Singapore, later falling from favour and suffering exile in Canada.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/04/karthy-nair-obituary

 

Surrealism and religious harmony: The PAP way

In Political governance on 07/04/2017 at 6:32 am

PAP Minister Masagos Zulkifli’s criticism of WP MP Faisal Manap for repeatedly raising the tudung issue in Parliament and causing division in S’pore, had me in stitches about the surrealism of the scene in Parly when he said it. I mean criticising  Faisal Manap for repeatedly raising the tudung issue in Parliament and causing division in S’pore in front of a tudung wearing Speaker (and assumptive president come September)

sounds so Alice-in-Wonderland

It also reminded me that I had written this sometime back

Religious harmony: PAP’s, Putin’s way

Mr Putin said Russia had been far ahead of its European rivals in establishing a model for co-existence between faiths. In a way, that is true. But co-existence under a common, imperial regime – one that punishes “blasphemers” of all kinds, including those who challenge the regime itself, and colludes with religious authorities to maintain social control – is different from the liberal model of co-existence, where no religion is protected and each must argue its case in an open market-place of ideas.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2015/01/empire-islam-and-russia

Now doesn’t the Russian way sound very much like the S’porean way? Interestingly both are the products of 19th century European imperialism. In the case of Russia, the imperialism of the tsars. In the case of S’pore, British colonalism.

The British and the Russian tsars ruled multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural empires and needed to keep the natives from killing one another or their masters.

So when Harry the axe man became PM, the laws he (and we) inherited from the British suited him to the T: in response to this on the murder of cartoonists in Paris, a reader pointed out rightly in my view,

During LKY’s time he will come out on TV to gloat that this is why we have sedition act and ISD and why he will string you up by the balls anyone who breaks his hard truths and make you wish you had been just simply killed by terrorists.

I’ll end with Chen Jiaxi Bernard‘s FB tots. (He’s a WP member will balls and brains. The “Worthless” or “Wanker” cape doesn’t fit him.)

Quite clear (if it was not already clear enough) who will be our next President. A woman Malay-Muslim president who dons a tudang will indeed show how progressive we are as an inclusive nation. The progress we have made to support the aspirations of women in this country, symbolises by the highest office in the land.

And so we have her, the appointment (the electoral walkover) of Mdm Halimah Yaccob. In an open election, Mdm Halimah will be able to hold her own against any potential candidate*. Wait, it’s reserved for members of her community. Come on, she can stand on her own and win comfortably. I am confident that she will receive more votes (across all ethnic groups) than President Tan in 2011.

Either the PAP has no confidence in their own Speaker or they really have zilch trust that Singaporeans value merit over a person’s race.

The election of Mdm Halimah come September 2017 will be a sad day for Singapore. 50 years of nation building and the ideals taught to students in school surrendered to the narrow and tribal politics of the ruling party. Hypocrisy at the highest level. Sad.

On the day when the ruling party will hail progress, they have blatantly plunged a mortal stab into the social contract that defined Singapore as a nation, regardless of race, language and religion

The biggest loser even in the context of a walkover: Singapore.

One day when our children stopped believing in the “Majulah” in Majulah Singapore and our national pledge, point them to this government and this Prime Minister, the son of our founding Prime Minister. The irony, the utter hypocrisy.


*Trumpets pls. I said this early last yr.  A later post.

 

Forest City submerged/ Singkies in Johor drowning

In China, Malaysia, Property on 06/04/2017 at 10:51 am

Yesterday, the South China Morning Post reported that the Country Garden, the Hong Kong-listed developer behind Forest City, would refund payments on its Johor Forest City project to mainland Chinese buyers hit by a crackdown on capital controls.

Zhu Jianmin, vice-president of the Chinese developer told that investors who had made down payments but were now unable to make further payments could cancel their transactions without paying a forfeit fee. The Hong Kong-listed developer stopped sales of the Malaysian project in China amid tightening capital controls, imposed as Beijing seeks to curb outflows and limit downward pressure on the renminbi.

This 2016 article https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-11-21/-100-billion-chinese-made-city-near-singapore-scares-the-hell-out-of-everybody tells how hard Forest City was being sold to the PRCs.

For those Singkies investing in Johor and M’sia good luck:

“I am very concerned because the market is joined at the hip, if Johor goes down, the rest of Malaysia would follow,” said Shanker, at Axis-REIT Managers, who estimates that about half the units in Iskandar may remain empty. “If the developers stop building today, I think it would take 10 years for the condos to fill up the current supply. But they won’t stop.”

Rubbish: PAP claim that draconian laws and authoritarian govt provide security

In Political governance on 06/04/2017 at 5:49 am

Just ask the residents of Moscow.

Russia shows the lie that draconian laws and authoritarian govt provides security. It suppresses dissidents, has draconian laws and has an authoritarian govt. Yet

Russians are no strangers to terrorism. During Mr Putin’s rule, Moscow’s metro system has been hit three times by Islamist groups from the North Caucasus. Two explosions six months apart in 2004 killed a combined 51 people and a pair of suicide-bombers killed another 40 in 2010. A suicide-bomber also attacked Moscow’s Domodedovo airport in 2011, though there have been few attacks outside the North Caucasus since then.

Economist

Four attacks on Moscow alone since 2004, killing 90 over people. Contrast that with liberal London, two “major” attacks in the same period, and a lot less deaths. Likewise Paris.

And since 9/11, New York City hasn’t had a terrorist attack.

All three cities are in countries that are liberal democracies, where the “rule of law” (not the “rule by law“: term coined by the ex-wife of the Minister of Pets) prevails.

There’s even an algo to tell if u are offended

In Uncategorized on 05/04/2017 at 10:23 am
Taz why Google is Great. From NYT Dealbook

Google Is Training Ad Placement Computers to Be Offended

By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI

It’s about context. The internet giant’s engineers are trying to teach machines to recognize what can be objectionable depending on the situation.

See Goh Chok Tong no ak isit?

In Uncategorized on 04/04/2017 at 11:11 am

Will PAP allow HSBC to introduce Mx here?

In Banks on 04/04/2017 at 4:56 am

If HSBC introduces Mx here, it’ll be the bank of choice for LGBTs. The Guardian reports from the UK, where HSBC, like in HK, is a tua kee retail bank 56that also owns First Direct, an internet only bank with 1.35m customers.

HSBC is to offer its transgender community a choice of 10 new gender-neutral titles as part of its plan to improve the banking experience for customers.

The banks says its account holders will no longer have to use conventional titles such as Mr, Mrs and Ms, but instead be able to choose from a long list that includes Mx, Ind, M, Mre, and Misc. HSBC said titles chosen would be applied across customers’ accounts, including on their bank cards and all correspondence.

HSBC’s new honorifics are:

Ind (abbreviation of individual)
M
Mx (pronounced “mix” or “mux”)
Misc (for miscellaneous)
Mre (for mystery)
Msr (a mix of miss/sir)
Myr
Pr (prounced “per”, for person)
Sai (pronounced “sigh”)
Ser (pronounced “sair”).

Will the PAP ever have the balls to say this?

In Uncategorized on 03/04/2017 at 5:31 am

Low-ability youngsters from wealthy families go on to earn more money than their more gifted, poorer counterparts, says the Education Secretary Justine Greening.

Fairer outcomes remained an “entrenched” problem, she said, at an event promoting social mobility.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-39444993

S’poreans already instictively know this. Witness the unhappiness that resulted in MoE revising the criteria for direct entry into “good” schools. There had been a lot of unhappiness that “Money talks, BS walks” with rich parents being able to “buy” their way in; what with them having money to lavish on getting their kids “developed” in various sports and activities..

And in the arms race that is part of the tuition wars, money again talks. Rich parents can pay for better and more tuition.

Coming back to my question, somehow I doubt any PAP education minister or any other PAPpy would have the balls to admit that “Low-ability youngsters from wealthy families go on to earn more money than their more gifted, poorer counterparts.” Sad.

The Old Guard for all their bullying, thuggish ways would agree, saying “Life is unfair”, but adding, “We’ll try to improve things for the smart but poor kids.”

From the Middle Guard (PM, Tharman etc) and the Young Guard, we get remarks like, “Every school is a good school”.

Naming and shaming a very stupid PAP MP

In Uncategorized on 02/04/2017 at 5:30 am

After a PAP MP said that the higher motor-bike taxes introduced in the Budget would help bring down bike COEs

Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums ended mostly higher in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Mar 29).

Motorcycle premiums closed at S$8,081, a record high compared to the S$7,483 in the last exercise.

The Govt Parliamentary Chairman for Transport, Mr Sitoh Yih Pin had said, “The revised ARF, therefore, serves this further purpose ‒ to reduce the demand for expensive motorcycles and, consequently, to lower motorcycle COE prices and lower cost for purchasers of smaller motorcycles.” (My thanks to TNG’s Daniel Yap for drawing my attention to these remarks.)

What cock. What weed was this MP smoking when he said that? Same brand as that of the FT MP who said that the 30% hike in water prices is to make us more aware of the need to appreciate water more.

 

 

 

What Trump and our Harry have in common

In Uncategorized on 01/04/2017 at 5:54 am

To celebrate the fact that the second anniversary of Harry’death passed without his daughter publicly showing her grief (something I was afraid of because it would dishonour him, not honour him), I reptoduce this piecewhich I did when no-one thought Trump would become POTUS.

They have so much in common that I’m surprised so many known PAPpies are dissing Trump while adoring LKY on social media.

What Trump and our Harry have in common

Trump tower.jpg

LKY didn’t want anything to be named after him, while Trump wants his name on anything  “big” like Trump Tower (see pix). The Republican foreign policy establishment said nice things about Harry, while they cry at Trump’s comments.

LKY had life-long marriage, Trump is into his third marriage.

You’d think that there would nothing that LKY and the Donald have in common or would agree on. But you’d be wrong.

Children

They have two sons and one daughter, though Trump’s daughter is married and by all accounts is a normal person even though she admires (not worships) her father. His children work for the family business.

Attended elite universities

LKY was a graduate of Cambridge. The Donald graduated from the Wharton Business School.

Super Salesmen

Trump talks about “truthful hyperbole”. Before Harry became lord and master of all he surveyed from his Oxley Road house (built on a hill), he had to persuade the British and the voters to trust him and the PAP.

Recovered from knockdowns

Some of Trump’s businesses went bankrupt and he lost serious money. But he reinvented himself as a reality tv star. Our Harry failed to persuade the Malayan Malay and Chinese elites of a “Malaysian Malaysia” with him in charge.

The result was independence for S’pore, something he had argued was bad for S’pore’s prosperity.

Well he had a good cry on tv, then did his best to ensure that he and S’pore could prosper.

Use or the threat of  litigation 

No need to say much about our Harry’s love of litigation. But did you know Trump also is litigious?

Five years ago, I was part of a discussion panel on the popular Morning Joe talk show in the US when the issue of Donald Trump came up. A rowdy debate erupted and I cheerfully joked that Trump was a great businessman “barring a few bankruptcies” — and blessed with charisma even “with that hairpiece”. A few minutes later, Trump telephoned the show and demanded an on-air apology. Apparently, he was not just upset about the bankruptcy quip (he wanted to clarify that he has never personally gone bankrupt but “only” seen some of his companies go bust); he was also angry about the hair joke.

So, as we sat around the table on the TV set, one of the show’s hosts read a straight-faced legal apology to camera. “He might sue,” a reporter later explained to me, as I squirmed with embarrassment and wondered whether to laugh or cry.

(Gillian Tett in an FT magazine article)

Finally,

Views about Muslims

The most neutral thing that can be said about their views on Muslims is that they seem suspicious of people who happen to be Muslims ie people who profess Islam.

Trump had said Muslims should be barred from the US. He later dropped the idea when it was pointed out that this was unconstitutional. He changed it to ban anyone from a country where terrorism was rampant. He calls for the profiling of Muslims in the US.

LKY’s views on Muslims are on record. But if anyone forgot what they were please read on.

LKY’s views on Muslims as documented

Wikileaks released a cable by the US Embassy in Singapore reporting on the visit of Senator Hillary Clinton to Singapore in Jul 2005. The cable claimed that in my meeting with Senator Clinton, I had “characterized Islam as a ‘venomous religion’”.

This is false. I looked up MFA’s filenote of the meeting. Nowhere does it record me describing Islam as “venomous”, nor did I say anything which could have given that impression.

I did talk about extremist terrorists like the Jemaah Islamiyah group, and the jihadist preachers who brainwashed them. They are implacable in wanting to put down all who do not agree with them. So their Islam is a perverted version, which the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Singapore do not subscribe to.

I also pointed out that our Muslim leaders are rational, and that the ultimate solution to extremist terrorism was to give moderate Muslims the courage to stand up and speak out against radicals who have hijacked Islam to recruit volunteers for their violent ends.

(TOC)

And

Singapore’s presiding genius, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, on the failure of Muslim integration:

In the book, Mr Lee, when asked to assess the progress of multiracialism in Singapore, said: “I have to speak candidly to be of value, but I do not wish to offend the Muslim community.“I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came, and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration – friends, intermarriages and so on, Indians with Chinese, Chinese with Indians – than Muslims. That’s the result of the surge from the Arab states.”He added: ”I would say today, we can integrate all religions and races except Islam.”He also said: “I think the Muslims socially do not cause any trouble, but they are distinct and separate.”(Can’t remember the source of this quote)

But to be fair he then

issued a statement last night and said he stands corrected on how well-integrated Malay-Muslims are in Singapore, according to a Straits Times report.

He referred to the comments he made in the new book, Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going.

He said: “Hard Truths was a book based on 32 hours of interviews over a period of two years.

“I made this one comment on the Muslims integrating with other communities probably two or three years ago. Ministers and MPs, both Malay and non-Malay, have since told me that Singapore Malays have indeed made special efforts to integrate with the other communities, especially since 9/11, and that my call is out of date.

“I stand corrected. I hope that this trend will continue in the future.”

Since the book was published, reactions from some Muslim groups were negative. Some said his remarks were unfounded while others called for him to apologise.

But Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that his perspective differed from MM Lee’s, which were the latter’s personal opinions.

During a breakfast session at the Yio Chu Kang Community Club on Jan 30, PM Lee said: “Muslims are a valued and respected community, who have done a good deal to strengthen our harmony and social cohesion.”

PM Lee added that his own views were that of the Government’s.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20110308-267055.html

Btw saw this http://singapore.coconuts.co/2015/03/27/outrage-ensues-muslim-community-over-praise-lee-kuan-yew-during-friday-sermons.

(https://atans1.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/what-trump-and-our-harry-have-in-common/)

Amos the born loser cont’d

In Uncategorized on 31/03/2017 at 2:03 pm

His cont’d detention and US immigration appeal against the granting of asylum by a judge shows how cock Amos is. He should have tried Europe. But then he not RI boy. He from neighbourhood school.

Opps I forgot TJS, THL and Kee Chiu also RI boys.

So what if we are tops in start-up talent?

In Economy on 31/03/2017 at 5:45 am

What has this to do with the price of eggs?


In case any TRE cybernut reading this wonders about the term, it means

When we get told “What’s that got to do with [anything, the price of eggs in China, the sun and the moon and the stars, etc]?” the speaker is saying (or telling us) thatwhatever we said beforehand was irrelevant or has no bearing to the discussion.

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Great response to the constructive, nation-building media’s attempt to play up finding that S’pore is tops in world for start-up talent.

 

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In comparing Amos to JBJ, does s/o JBJ have a point?

In Uncategorized on 30/03/2017 at 12:57 pm

As a Facebook acquaintance said

Quite weird to see KJ equating Amos’s “persecution” with JBJ’s….kinda insulting to the memory of his father…

After all one was a lion of a man, the other a foul mouth brat. Ok both were full of themselves and LKY and the PAPpies would agree that both were nutty weirdos and subversives.

Still that doesn’t mean that Amos is like JBJ.

This is what KJ actually said (it’s a longish extract from a really long post (https://kenjeyaretnam.com/2017/03/26/my-first-hand-experience-of-amos-yees-asylum-hearing/) which is really worth a read.

My Personal Motivation

… there was something about Yee’s case in particular that struck a chord with me. Maybe it is because I also had a 16 year old son and I used to be a 16 year old boy myself. It was hard to see a child maltreated so horribly. Mostly though it was that his plight and the persecution he suffered, the way the Gvernment was unwilling to tolerate even a sliver of dissent and came down hard with spurious charges reminded me of the way they could not tolerate my father being in parliament. Again the vindictive and personal nature of the persecution stemming from anger at criticism of LKY reminded me of LKY’s vow to see JBJ on bended knee. Of course Amos Yee’s stubborn refusal to be bowed, to bend that knee in front of the altar of LKY, reinforced the link to JBJ in my mind.

I had already laughed my head off when Yee’s lawyer had said by video link that he was sure Amos would be grateful for my efforts. “No he won’t”, I replied when I stopped laughing. There is no point helping Amos if you are doing it for thanks or gratitude. Do I regret helping him? No, I am also elated but at the same time saddened that Amos had to flee to have a chance at a life and I am aware of how hard life is for an exile or a refugee. I do feel though that the judgement has vindicated my father and the political persecution he suffered all cleverly packaged and disguised as either civil suits brought by private persons or even trumped up fake charges of fraud. Even now Singapore refers to my father’s “criminal” conviction even though that conviction was found to be a grievous miscarriage of justice and a non-existent offence and was overturned by a higher court. Amos Yee like JBJ will forever be branded a criminal in his home country.

What do you think? Is s/o JBJ wrong in comparing dad to Amos? Or does he have a point?

Amos’ case again shows how cock S’poreans are

In Uncategorized on 29/03/2017 at 5:07 am

(Breaking news at 111.00am: Amos is really a born loser. US immigration is detaining Boy Fantastic necause it’s appealing. S/o JBJ is KPKBing. See below.

The anti-PAP cybernuts are using the immigration judge’s decision to gloat and sneer at the system that 70% of S’poreans voted for in free but unfair elections.

They should sit down and shut up.

Let’s wait and see if the US immigration appeals, and if so the final judgement.

Something for them to think about at least for those with brains: What if the final judgment is that he isn’t being persecuted? Will all the anti-PAPpies gloating change their minds about what they think about life in S’pore?

I doubt it. They’ll find another excuse to diss what 70% (and more) of S’poreans are comfortable with.

Likewise the whities should sit down and shut up about dissing the US. If the US decides not to give him asylum, will they return to fawning on the US?

S/o of JBJ’s KPKBing on FB:

Breaking news: Amos Yee is still being held in detention. This is highly unusual and dubious in the extreme. For those of you not familiar with how asylum works let me explain.

Before the hearing Amos was an asylum seeker. Asylum seekers can lawfully be kept in detention. Amos Yee’s asylum bid was successful was successful and the minute Judge Coles ruled that Asylum was granted, Amos Yee’s legal status changed from asylum seeker to “Refugee”.

Amos-the-stateless-asylum-seeker become Amos-the-American-refugee awarded protections under domestic US as well as International law. As a refugee he is immediately granted those rights under US Law as well as being granted rights under the UN Convention on Refugees. Those rights accorded him mean he shouldn’t be detained.

You may have heard that ICE plan to appeal the asylum decision and that this is being used as a pretext to keep Amos in detention. I use the word pretext because there is no provision in the Nationality and Immigration Act for ICE to detain anyone already granted asylum, even pending an appeal.

Amos now has rights and these rights are clearly being breached. As such the detention is arbitrary without basis and unlawful.

I will update you further when I hear from his lawyers. Mary Toh must be extremely concerned.

Upon release there is a good network in place in Chicago of friends and activists to support Amos with a place to live and so on. He would also be able to apply for some limited refugee financial relief. Let’s hope they release him soon and that there is not any underhand political plot behind the continued detention.

Ang moh tua kee mentality of Pink Dot Organisers

In Uncategorized on 28/03/2017 at 11:15 am

What a bunch of wanking buggers who only saw ang mohs as their only sponsors. Ang moh tua kee isit? Sad.

Although I’m very happy  that the movement has local supporters that are happy to sponsor the event (so unlike the cheapskates that populate TRELand always claiming poverty when TRE asks for donations).

With four months to go before its annual rally to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Pink Dot has raised 70 per cent of the total sponsorship dollars it got last year.

This is even though foreign companies – the majority of its sponsors in the past – can no longer fund events at the Speakers’ Corner unless they have a permit.

I feel sad after reading the SunT article entitled “Local firms throw weight, dollars behind Pink Dot”. This makes it clear that the organisers didn’t think they could get local money to replace ang moh *.

Pink Dot spokesman Paerin Choa told SunT

“We were a bit worried whether there would be enough support from local companies to fill the vacuum left by the MNCs.”**

Pink Dot, now in its ninth year, had intended to run this year’s event “bare bones”, like its first one in 2009.

This showed that the organisers didn’t think the movement had local roots? Or more likely that the LGBT community was full of freeloaders (like the TRE community) who valued it only as a free and easy way of picking up sexual partners (in the case of TRE cybernuts, TRE gives them a platform to KPKB about the PAP administration free of charge).

Whatever, it took an outsider to show that locals could raise money for the LGBT movement.

Mr Darius Cheung, 36, founder of property start-up 99.co, who sent Pink Dot a message saying: “We are a small start-up but we want to help.”

Mr Cheung, a Singaporean, then rounded up tech entrepreneurs he knew to reach out to local firms. He also volunteered to front the Red Dot for Pink Dot campaign and build its website through which companies can sponsor.

The campaign hopes to rope in 100 corporate sponsors, and to raise $150,000 in all.

Good for him and the other sponsors. But the LGBT community should not be taking their pants off and treating themselves to a sexual orgy as a pat on the back. There’s trouble ahead. I’ll talk cock about this some other day.

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*Last October, the Ministry of Home Affairs made clear that only local entities can sponsor, promote or get its employees to participate in events at the Speakers’ Corner. To be considered local, companies need to be incorporated or registered here, and be majority-controlled by Singaporeans.
**My take on this last year.

More on Alibaba in KL

In Malaysia on 27/03/2017 at 1:36 pm

Further to this, last week, as part of a digital free trade zone launched by M’sia’s PM and Jack Ma. Alibaba announced it would set up a regional logistics hub near Kuala Lumpur airport.

Funny S’pore Inc missed this deal. Wonder why?

Revisited: Why we don’t buy the “explanations” of S’pore Inc

In Political governance, Public Administration, S'pore Inc on 27/03/2017 at 7:40 am

In 2010 (before the double blow to the PAP of GE and PE of 2011), I posted a piece that I reproduce below.

I repost Why we don’t buy the “explanations” of S’pore Inc below because recently

— The police and prison service confirmed (double confirmed?) that a 74-yr old woman was handcuffed and restrained when she was moved from the police post to the police division and to the courts. They said it was “part of standard procedure lar”.

— AVA’s culling of fowl asserting are not junglefowl, refusing to do genetic testing. We have to accept its word despite discrepancies in its explanations that the public pointed out.

And last year we had the Benjamin’s death and in Dec 2o13 the Little India riot. Again everything was done by the book: hence no need to explain further. No need even to rethink or learn lessons. (I don’t think the changes introduced after Benjamin’s death and the riots amount to anything other than cosmetic changes to appease its supporters who were troubled by what happened.

In short, the PAP administration has not changed its spots when it comes to accepting responsibility or explaining when mistakes or cock-ups happen.


Why we don’t buy the “explanations” of S’pore Inc (first posted in 2010)

The ex-head of the civil service and now chairman of the Public Service Commission showed he “got it” when he said at a recent speech in the US to S’pore  scholars: If we strive to be world-class, we will be judged by world-class standards. If we say that we have one of the best governments in the world, the public will expect it to solve virtually any problem Singapore faces.

Taz correct.

But he showed he didn’t “get it” when he went on: Some of our citizens are now beginning to expect the government to do the impossible. Many citizens are now less prepared to give the government room to make mistakes and are less forgiving and more demanding. They tend to regard explanations as excuses. Take the recent floods. To some Singaporeans, saying that floods are natural disasters and Singapore cannot be flood-free, sounds like a cop out. Every time something goes wrong in Singapore, citizens ask: “If our public servants and Ministers are so smart and paid so well, why can’t they prevent the problem from occurring, or solve it for good after it occurs?”

He is assuming that the “explanations” given explained what had happened. He should relook this assumption.

Juz look at some of the recent “explanations” that have been given for goof-ups or incidents that caused public inconvenience. Are we wrong in thinking sume people were trying to avoid responsibility?

When MPs asked why the flat of Mas Selamat’s brother was not watched, they were told by the Home Affairs minister that that Mas Selamat could go undetected in the flat “was not a security lapse’ and that hundreds were probed . Err how abt answering the question, “Why wasn’t the flat watched?”

As to the floods, I could not understand the minister’s and senior officials’ explanations. I only “got it” when, on an inside page of ST, it was reported that more rain had fallen in a few hours than it had for days on end i.e. it was very, very heavy rainfall in a very short space of time. Point taken. But this explanation by a junior official was buried deep inside ST, and I’m sure many would have missed reading it. The front page “explanations” failed to give this fact, or where they did, this fact was lost in the smoke of hot air.

The problem is that the “explanations” given often ignore the question, assume that S’poreans are morons or that we are educated, and refuse to admit that mistakes were made. Perhaps PSC should run courses to train scholars to be less arrogant; to admit to making mistakes; and to write in simple, believable prose? One gets the impression that ministers and civil servants attend courses where they are taught not to ever admit making a mistake; and to avoid answering questions.

It wasn’t always like this. When one LKY was PM, mistakes were admitted; and explanations were given in simple and understandable English. I wonder how GCT or LHL would have explained why and how we were kicked out of M’sia, and what was the future of S’pore post-demerger?

And on economical and financial matters, no minister post-1991 has matched the simplicity of Dr Goh’s radio talks and articles.

And asses were kicked and faces shamed. (Admittedly, sometimes the wrong people were punished.)

But let’s be fair: MoE did admit that a scholarship was given to a peeping-tom because the boy’s teachers got some things wrong. He was recently convicted in England for possession of child pornography. But what if the balls-up had been made by officers higher up the food chain? I mean teachers are the lowest of the low in the education food chain, or so I’ve been assured by teachers.

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/why-we-dont-buy-the-explanations-of-spore-inc/

A good word for “populism”

In Uncategorized on 26/03/2017 at 5:36 am

In S’pore the ang moh tua kees like Kitsten Han and Mad Dog Chee share something in common with the PAP: “populism” is a dirty word. Read the link as it shows why a “populist” policy can be the “right” policy.


Update at 1.30 pm: Defining “Populism” http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2016/12/economist-explains-18

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From NYT Dealbook (thru I’m sure gritted teeth as they are Hilary-lovers) another example where “populism” is good:

“We believe that populism’s role in shaping economic conditions will probably be more powerful than classic monetary and fiscal policies (as well as a big influence on fiscal policies).”
— A Bridgewater report on populism, by Ray Dalio, Steven Kryger, Jason Rogers and Gardner Davis.

Interesting Jack Ma signs this with M’sia, not S’pore

In Economy, Malaysia on 25/03/2017 at 7:00 am

A common comment on social media and blogshere when not dissing the PAP is that our SMEs serve locals. Even the PAP administration grumbles that SMEs not going abroad.

So it’s interesting to read that Alibaba’s Jack Ma took a step on his plan for an electronic trade platform to ease the cross border exports and imports of goods for SMEs by announcing in M’sia that M’sia is the first country outside China to sign up to Alibaba’s electronic world trade platform.

Ban Muslims from driving?

In Uncategorized on 24/03/2017 at 2:32 pm

The kind of jihadist attack in London that happened in London two days ago is called the “marauding” method of terror attack was similar to attavks carried out by Islamists last year in France and Germany. It involves using a vehicle to mow people down in a crowded area.

And the BBC reported on 23 March that a French national of North African origin has been arrested in the Belgian city of Antwerp on suspicion of driving at a crowd, officials say.

Seriously, since SAF is careful on where Muslims are deployed with the SAF, it follows that our bus operators and owners of trucks and other heavy eqpt should be careful about employing Muslims to drive these vehicles.

Of course people like Kirsten Han and other ang moh tua kees will scream discrimination but better safe than sorry. And anyway, the next president is going to be Muslim. So discrimination? What discrimination?

OK, OK, the next president will be a Malay because under our constitution there is no requirement a Malay must be Muslim (unlike in M’sia). Hey but none of the probable candidates are non-Muslim Malays. And anyway, whatever the con says, the Malay community sees Islam as the religion of the Malays.

Sad, S’pore can’t adopt this practice of combating fake news

In Media on 24/03/2017 at 6:05 am

I couldn’t help but snigger when I read

a new initiative by journalists from Le Monde, the French daily that has developed a readers’ tool to weed out fake news. A few weeks ago, they started volunteering at schools, teaching teenagers how to distinguish between responsible journalism and fabricated news. Other newsrooms in France are doing the same. Alexandre Pouchard, one of the Le Monde journalists involved, tells me the objective is to raise awareness about sourcing and promote simple tools (such as Google reverse image search) to check the origin of photographs or memes. “It’s about getting some reflexes, like wondering where a story or image is from,” he says. “On the one hand, young people are more vulnerable to this phenomenon and less used to identifying unreliable sources and, on the other hand, they are not our usual readers, so we have to get in touch with them.” FT

I mean can you imagine Sumiko Tan and other editors, and journalists going to schools and telling students with a straight face that they (the reporters and editors) rely on media briefings, phone calls and email messages from the PAP administration, and self censorship to make sure they and hence us the readers get the right facts and perspectives?

Have a good weekend.

Be “scouts”, not “soldiers”

In Uncategorized on 23/03/2017 at 12:59 pm

Here the term “scouts” means

soldiers or other persons sent out ahead of a main force so as to gather information about the enemy’s position, strength, or movements.

Men like Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill. Google them if u’ve not heard of these white legends who helped make “America Great” by helping exterminate the Amerindians.

Our education system must teach us to be “scouts” not “soldiers” to make S’pore Great again.

At present it’s the other way round: http://ideas.ted.com/why-you-think-youre-right-even-when-youre-wrong/?

“scout mindset,” the drive not to make one idea win or another lose, but to see what’s there as honestly and accurately as you can even if it’s not pretty, convenient or pleasant. I’ve spent the last few years examining scout mindset and figuring out why some people, at least sometimes, seem able to cut through their own prejudices, biases and motivations and attempt to see the facts and the evidence as objectively as they can. The answer, I’ve found, is emotional.

Just as soldier mindset is rooted in emotional responses, scout mindset is, too — but it’s simply rooted in different emotions. For example, scouts are curious. They’re more likely to say they feel pleasure when they learn new information or solve a puzzle. They’re more likely to feel intrigued when they encounter something that contradicts their expectations.

Scouts also have different values. They’re more likely to say they think it’s virtuous to test their own beliefs, and they’re less likely to say that someone who changes her mind seems weak. And, above all, scouts are grounded, which means their self-worth as a person isn’t tied to how right or wrong they are about any particular topic. For example, they can believe that capital punishment works and if studies come out that show it doesn’t, they can say, “Looks like I might be wrong. Doesn’t mean I’m bad or stupid.” This cluster of traits is what researchers have found — and I’ve found anecdotally — predicts good judgment.

The key takeaway about the traits associated with scout mindset is they have little to do with how smart you are or how much you know. They don’t correlate very closely to IQ at all; they’re about how you feel. I keep coming back to a particular quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up your men to collect wood and give orders and distribute the work,” he said. “Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

In other words, if we really want to improve our judgment as individuals and as societies, what we need most is not more instruction in logic, rhetoric, probability or economics, even though those things are all valuable. What we most need to use those principles well is scout mindset. We need to change the way we feel — to learn how to feel proud instead of ashamed when we notice we might have been wrong about something, or to learn how to feel intrigued instead of defensive when we encounter some information that contradicts our beliefs. So the question you need to consider is: What do you most yearn for — to defend your own beliefs or to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?

As evidence for this thesis look at all the paper generals we’ve had from one Lee to Kee Chui, Tan and Desmond Kwek thru Teo and Yeo.

 

S’pore: Not “Animal Farm” but “Brave New World”

In Political governance on 23/03/2017 at 5:14 am

The cybernuts from Tan Jee Say and Tan Kin Lian (I’m ashamed that they are RI boys) downwards make allusions or analogies to Animal Farm to tell us how bad life is here under the pigs PAP. But these references show how stupid and ignorant they are, because in Animal Farm, the animals (sans pigs) live miserable, oppressed lives.

But S’poreans live pretty decent lives even if housing is expensive, cars unaffordable for most S’poreans, and the price of water is going up by 30% . Look at all those travelling overseas for hols during the recent school holidays. And all the tech gadgets S’poreans buy: I mean even the TRE cybernuts are not criticising the end of 2G next month (Buffett uses a 2G handset and so did I until Monday). No wonder the Pay and Party administration keeps raising prices. The money is there and the people are not unhappy to be fleeced.

We are more like this

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Set in 2540, Brave New World depicts a world where the people are willing slaves to a totalitarian government, kept docile and compliant by drugs, constant entertainment, technology and a surfeit of material goods.

This dystopian novel written in 1931 was in January in Amazon’s top 10 list, where it was below 1984 – George Orwell ( number one) and It Can’t Happen Here – Sinclair Lewis (number eight).

The white Hilary-loving liberals working in the publishers should be thanking Trump, but don’t hold your breath. They’ve always been biting the hand that feeds them: the US corporate state.

 

M’sian defence policy sounds like a bad joke

In China, Malaysia on 22/03/2017 at 9:54 am

Malaysia is buying naval vessels from China in order to better defend its islands in the South China Sea from China?

Malaysia is gunning for a revamp of its ageing naval fleet, as countries in the region prepare to face threats from the influx of Islamic State (IS) militants fleeing Mosul, and from rising tensions in the South China Sea.

Malaysia’s navy aims to replace all 50 vessels in its ageing fleet as the country cut its total defence budget by 12.7 per cent to RM15.1 billion (S$4.76 billion) this year.

That will be led by the procurement of four littoral mission ships (LMS) built in collaboration with China.

“The LMS are designed for many aspects of maritime security such as dealing with cross-border crime, piracy, anti-terrorism, and search and rescue operations,” Malaysian navy chief Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin …

“These ships would be very capable of dealing with the threat posed by [IS] and other maritime security concerns,” …

Defence spending in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to hit US$250 billion (S$349.2 billion) from 2016-20, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly said in December, and Malaysia intends to improve on its capabilities alongside other states in the hotly contested South China Sea even as its defence budget narrows.

Malaysia is expected to formalise the LMS deal with China at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) this week to build four LMS and acquire the technology to build more of the ships at home.

Today

Not afraid that the Chinese will embed malware to cause problems when RMN ships attack Chinese vassals?

M’sia boleh. So trusting.

Time for Super M to make a loud noise.

“We are not paying taxes. We are investing in our society. We are purchasing quality of life,”

In Uncategorized on 21/03/2017 at 4:39 pm

SDP’s Dr Paul, and Chris K would agree with the above sentiment.

Danes, for example, pay very high rates of tax – anything up to 51.5% of their income for a high earner.

But that cash is reinvested in society through a range of social programmes – such as free university education, free healthcare, generous maternity leave and unemployment benefits.

“We are not paying taxes. We are investing in our society. We are purchasing quality of life,” wrote Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, in 2016.

From “Can we be as happy as Scandinavians?” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39331314

Me? I’m happy with the low tax regime. And if anyone tells me that CPF is a tax, I’ll ask him to pls recompute govt expeniture (remember for every credit, must have debit) to reflect the spending me make from our CPF accounts as govt expenditure on health etc.

Fowl play: Juz tell us what the genetic tests say

In Environment on 21/03/2017 at 4:46 am

Another fowl culling has ruffled feathers. This time it is the killing of free-roaming chickens in the Sungei Api Api area in Pasir Ris.

It comes barely a month after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) took similar action in Sin Ming estate in Thomson, sparking a heated public debate.

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The AVA, however, said it was “highly unlikely” the birds are the red junglefowl, usually found on Pulau Ubin and in the western catchment area near Lim Chu Kang.

ST

 

Why don’t AVA test the fowls killed in Pasir Ris and give us the results. After all, after the first cull

Mr Ng said he had seen photos of the chickens at the Sin Ming area and at least some of them were red junglefowl.

In answer to this, Dr Koh acknowledged that AVA would need to conduct genetic studies to ascertain whether the chickens found in the area were red junglefowl or other breeds.

AVA is continuing to undertake research with academics, wildlife experts, and other public agencies to find the best ways to manage the population of free-ranging chickens and other birds, according to Dr Koh.

Btw, the ang moh director of the film shoot of Sin Ming chooks said of genetic testing:

I would dispute the assertion that they are “chickens, not jungle fowl” – They are exactly the same species (only genetic testing would be able to differentiate wild type fowl from domesticated birds, and even then the difference is debatable).

To end, a FB pal summed up the situation pretty well:

PAP MP, Grassroots leaders, Residents all pissed off by the lack of consultation and transparency in AVA culling operations.

Is AVA trying very hard not hearing the public outcry?

Err where are the Wankering MPs from the Worthless Party? Answer, they are running around like headless chickens over irregular payments. 

A man of principle: Ahmad Mohamed Ibrahim

In Uncategorized on 20/03/2017 at 7:51 am

These LKY remarks reminded me about someone history has forgotten

the Minister of Law who is a lawyer had to fight a tremendous duel with the Attorney-General’s office to formulate this law …  And you know, we have a lot of liberal lawyers in the Attorney General’s Chambers. They would not put up a draft. They literally refused. They wrote long screeds why this was against the best traditions of penology.”

https://article14blog.wordpress.com/2017/02/11/lky-and-the-lawyers-who-would-not-draft-a-law/

The AG of the time (and S’pore’s first) was Ahmad Mohamed Ibrahim He was AG from 9 Aug 1965 – 31 Jan 1967. Before that he was State Advocate-General of the State of Singapore from 25 Jun 1959 – 8 Aug 1965.

He was from RI and a Queen’s scholar (like Mrs Lee, LKY was not one.) In the late 1930s, he received from Cambridge first class honours in economics and law

Because of the row with the government*, he opted for retirement. He moved to Malaya in 1969. In 1972, he became the dean of the law faculty of the University of Malaya. There he established the first law faculty in Malaysia.

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*Update at 8.00am: A friend who knew him personally told me that he personally objected to the law (and others) that the govt were passing.

 

What are “the other things”?

In Uncategorized on 19/03/2017 at 7:09 am

Last month, investment associate Terence Nunis posted a video online of an imam at Jamae Mosque who, after a sermon, reportedly recited a prayer in Arabic that said “God grant us victory over Jews and Christians”, among other things.

ST

Due to the vagaries of Facebook’s algos, a friend got on his news feed a post*  containing a thread that had Muslims dissing Terence Nunis. One even sneered that Nunis learnt his Islam from his wife (he’s a convert) who only had 10 years of a Madrasah education.

My friend tot this comment hilarious as the sermon in question wasn’t conducted in a university mosque for those with doctorates in Islamic studies but in a neighbourhood mosque for ordinary Muslims**. And anyway, ten years of learning the Koran in a religious school sounded a pretty good basis for understanding the Koran. But maybe, he tot, the commenter tot only Muslim men are allowed to teach the Koran?

But as he didn’t want his flat to be burnt by mobs of upset Muslims, he kept quiet.

But he couldn’t help quoting the above from ST and asking ever so politely (he didn’t want his flat to be pillaged):

What are “the other things”?

The Muslims vanished from the thread and he was left alone. Talk of vanishing genies.


*The post was by Nunis’ dad who defended his son’s actions. But Muslim cynerwarriors hijacked the discussion thread like the PLO hijacked aircraft in the 1980s.

**ST reported last week in a heritage article that the mosque was named “Tamil milkmen’s mosque” in the vernacular.

 

 

Double confirm, PM has no class

In Uncategorized on 18/03/2017 at 10:01 am

What with the second anniversary of LKY’s next week, below is the condolence letter that our PM sent to the widow of Fong Swee Suan earlier this year. It was a badly written letter.

PM should have not made the negative comments about how things would have been different (and implicitly, worse) if the Barisan Socialis had won: “Singapore’s history would have been utterly different if Mr Lim and Mr Fong had prevailed. Fortunately, they did not, as several of those who took their path recognised later, after the dust had settled.”

The PM should also have used the term “leftists” not “”pro-communists” in describing Fong and Lim Chin Seong etc. (But at least he didn’t call them “communists”.)

The letter then would have shown PM to be gracious, and a gentleman.

Still it’s a lot better than the letter he sent to the sons of JBJ on JBJ’s death (see below also).

The letter was extremely negative. Among other things it said JBJ “sought all means to demolish the PAP and our system of government”.

The letter was best not sent. While no fan of KJ, I can understand the anger he felt about it. He blogged on his anger.

Both letters show that PM has no sense of occasion. Blame his father (Mum was a lady, he was an educated thug)? After all his sister never lost her sense of entitlement (Example).

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Dear Mdm Chen,

I am sorry to learn of the passing of your husband, Mr Fong Swee Suan. Mr Fong Swee Suan was a convenor of the People’s Action Party when it was formed in November 1954 and a member of its first Central Executive Committee. He and Mr Lim Chin Siong had joined Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s “Oxley Road” group earlier in the year to discuss the formation of a political party. Almost wholly English-educated, the non-communist group led by Mr Lee found in Mr Lim and Mr Fong a bridge to the Chinese-educated world – “a world teeming with vitality, dynamism and revolution,” as Mr Lee put it in his Battle for Merger talks, “a world in which the Communists had been working for decades with considerable success.”

The two sides, the non-communists and the pro-communists, joined forces to rid Singapore of the British colonialists, knowing full well that the real battle would come after the British left and Singaporeans had to decide who was to govern them.

Mr Fong and his pro-communist colleagues were arrested by the colonial authorities in October 1956 after a series of strikes and riots paralysed the island.

Mr Lee had to act as the detainees’ lawyer, and would visit them at St John’s Island every three or four weeks. I remember regularly taking a police boat together with my parents from the Master Attendant’s Pier at Collyer Quay to St John’s Island. My mother would bring along a pot of chicken curry and freshly baked bread for the detainees. It was a long walk from the jetty on the island to the house where they lived. I knew them by name, having met them when they came to Oxley Road, probably during election campaigns.

For me the trips to St John’s Island were Sunday outings. But for my father there was a serious purpose. My father spent hours trying to persuade the detainees of the folly of the Communist Party of Malaya’s policy. In the end, all the detainees signed a document, The Ends and Means of Socialism, which they themselves had drafted, setting out their support for the non-communist objectives of the PAP.

In 1959, Singapore attained self-government. The PAP won the general election, and formed the government. Mr Lim, Mr Fong and six other detainees were released from prison. Mr Lee and his senior colleagues were hopeful that all but Mr Lim were sincere in their declarations of support. He appointed the detainees as Political Secretaries in various ministries. Mr Fong went to the sensitive Ministry of Labour. In the end only one detainee, Mr Devan Nair, remained true in his pledge.

The inevitable parting of ways came in June 1961, over the question of Merger with Malaya to form the new Federation of Malaysia. The split was precipitated by the decision of the “Big Six” trade union leaders, including Mr Lim and Mr Fong, to oppose the PAP at a by-election in Anson. The pro-communists formed the Barisan Sosialis, with Mr Lim as its Secretary-General, and the Singapore Association of Trade Unions, with Mr Fong as its Secretary-General.

A ferocious battle for hearts and minds ensued. In the Referendum of September 1962, the option for merger recommended by the PAP won 70 per cent of the vote. Later in the general election of September 1963, the PAP was re-elected to office with 37 out of 51 seats, with the Barisan winning 13.

It is difficult for Singaporeans who did not live through the events to appreciate the passion of those times. This was a serious battle of ideas between two groups of people with diametrically opposed visions of our society. Singapore’s history would have been utterly different if Mr Lim and Mr Fong had prevailed. Fortunately, they did not, as several of those who took their path recognised later, after the dust had settled.

But it is important to realise that this was not a battle between good men and women on one side, and crooks and charlatans on the other. There were dedicated, disciplined, deeply courageous people on both sides. Indeed, Mr Lee and his colleagues liked and respected their opponents, admiring them for their simple lifestyles, selflessness and commitment. Mr Lee recalled in his obituary note on Mr Lim Chin Siong in February 1996 that his differences with Mr Lim were ideological and deep, but never personal. He would have said the same of Mr Fong.

Mr Fong and Mr Lee met for the last time in September 2009, in the chamber of the old Parliament House, where the PAP and Barisan Sosialis had crossed swords in those tumultuous years half a century earlier. The occasion was the book launch of “Men in White”, a history of the PAP. They shook hands warmly, and stood next to each other for a photograph.

As Mr Lee wrote, it was precisely because the PAP had such opponents, that he and his colleagues learnt “the meaning of dedication to a cause”:

“They were prepared to sacrifice everything for their cause, and many did. Some lost their lives in the jungle, many were banished to China. Because of the standards of dedication they set, we, the English-educated PAP leaders, had to set high standards of personal integrity and spartan lifestyles to withstand their political attacks. They were ruthless and thorough. We became as dedicated as they were in pursuing our political objectives.”

Please accept my sincere condolences.

Yours sincerely

Lee Hsien Loong

And

30 September 2008

Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam
Mr Philip Jeyaretnam

Dear Kenneth and Philip Jeyaretnam

I was sad to learn that your father, Mr Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, has passed away. Mr JB Jeyaretnam was a Member of Parliament for Anson constituency from 1981 till 1986, and a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament from 1997 till 2001. He used to engage in heated debates in the House. Perhaps it was because he and the PAP never saw eye to eye on any major political issue and he sought by all means to demolish the PAP and our system of government. Unfortunately, this helped neither to build up a constructive opposition nor our Parliamentary tradition. Nevertheless, one had to respect Mr JB Jeyaretnam’s dogged tenacity to be active in politics at his age.

However, our differences were not personal. In 1993, one of you (Kenneth) wrote to Mr Goh Chok Tong, who was then Prime Minister, to say that you found employers in Singapore reluctant to offer you a job, and your only explanation was that the employers felt the authorities would not welcome your employment because of your name. Mr Goh replied with a letter which could be shown to prospective employers, to say that the government did not hold anything against you, and that employers should evaluate you fairly on your own merits, like any other candidate, because Singapore needed every talented person that it could find. Mr Goh had previously made the same point to your brother Philip, whom he had invited to lunch. I am therefore happy that both of you have established yourselves in Singapore.

Please accept my deepest condolences.

Yours sincerely
Lee Hsien Loong

 

HSBC makes history

In Banks, Corporate governance on 18/03/2017 at 7:26 am
An outsider is appointed chairman for the first time ever.

We shareholders hope he will bring the fresh ideas needed to solve the bank’s problems. The share price has done no where in the tenure of CEO that’s going to leave next year. Though to be fair, dividend yield of around 6% is not to be sneered at.

From NYT Dealbook

HSBC Looks to an Outsider

HSBC may be based in London, but it generates much of its profit in Asia.
And so, in a nod to that, it has named Mark Tucker, the chief executive of the Asian life insurer AIA Group, as its next chairman.
Mr. Tucker will replace Douglas Flint, who has been chairman since 2010, in October.
Although Mr. Tucker has spent much of his career in the insurance industry, he was group finance director for a year at HBOS, a British bank that nearly collapsed during the financial crisis and is now part of Lloyds Banking Group.
He has also been a director at Goldman Sachs since 2012, a position he will leave when he joins HSBC.
Mr. Tucker’s first task will be to find a replacement for Stuart Gulliver, who has said he will quit as chief executive next year.
But there are other challenges: The bank has missed a string of financial targets and is in the midst of a restructuring.

What has this to do with the price of eggs?

In Economy on 17/03/2017 at 7:13 am

NUS tops Asia university ranking for second year running

CNA

Given

Jobless graduates hightset since 2004

TNP

And

Irony of irony: “NUS rated tops in world rankings” scream the headlines. But NUS graduates are glorified in the MSM as carving a career driving Uber and Crab car! Well done. Meanwhile employers, including GLCs, are merrily recruiting Pinoys, PRC and Indians from dodgy 3rd rate Universities. Why? Because it’s so EASY!

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And FT PMETs keep coming in (Only rate of growth is slowing: from cattle truck loads to A380 load) . And plenty of unemployed, underemployed S’poreans looking for jobs.

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Repented that u helped PAP get 70% of the popular vote?

 

Will Harry’s daughter throw a tantrum this year?

In Uncategorized on 16/03/2017 at 10:48 am

Last year around this time, the princess of Oxley Risethrew a tantrum over ST’s refusal to publish a piece written by a ST reporter channeling her tots*. The piece was on her tots on how Harry was being commemorated on the first anniversary of his death.

Well with the second anniversary of his death fast approaching, I’m sure she’d find an excuse to throw another tantrum to show her grief for her dad (and mum). Better I tot if the estate of her parents, or the state paid for a few professional wailers from Taiwan or HK. I’ve been told there are no more professional wailers here, so we need some FTs where the “T” stands for “Talent”.

Well some stamps were issued recently. The Defence Minister said:

 “I’m sure the stamps will be well received – they feature founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, as well as the late former Minister for Defence Dr Goh Keng Swee, both key figures in the introduction of National Service.”

Whatever, this is the first time LKY has appeared on a stamp. It’s also a first for Dr Goh.

But I’m sure the princess will be throwing a tantrum. She should get some professional wailers from Taiwan or HK to express her very genuine grief. I mean her parents (especially Harry) deserve to be better remembered than through her tantrums.


*We learnt she would say a few words and a ST staffer did the rest. 

Water price hike included meh?

In Economy on 15/03/2017 at 5:10 pm

INFLATION FORECAST AT 1% FOR 2017

Inflation for the year is expected to come in at 1 per cent, unchanged from the analysts’ forecast in the previous survey. For the first quarter of this year, inflation is expected to be 0.8 per cent.

Core inflation – which excludes accommodation and car prices – is expected to be 1.5 per cent for the whole year, slightly above the 1.3 per cent predicted in the previous survey. It is also predicted to come in at 1.3 per cent for the first quarter.

For 2018, headline inflation is expected to be 1.3 per cent while MAS core inflation is forecast at 1.7 per cent.

CNA

So economists don’t think that that the hike will cause inflation, something the cybernuts are screaming their heads out over.

Maybe the economists are relying on the assurance of a junior minister that

the cost of goods, such as coffee and tea, “should not and ought not go up” when participants addressed the trickle-down effect that the water price increase.

TOC

But then we had the assurance of a cabinet minister that water was priced correctly in 2015, juz before the elections.

 

Intimidated by police for attending rally?

In Public Administration on 15/03/2017 at 5:26 am

I reference: A police statement was quoted by Channel NewsAsia as claiming that the article “was clearly an attempt to stoke fears about the use of the Speakers’ Corner and sow distrust of the police.”

Tan Tee Seng, a real-life friend, and a social activist shared on Facebook

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2017/03/13/singapore-police-regrettable-that-reuters-decided-to-carry-unsubstantiated-allegations-from-organisers-of-water-price-hike-protest/

and his experiences after attending a rally at Hong Lim Green.

Police has poor memory. I cannot help but to obliged with the details of what they forgot…

The scene: Hong Lim Park after the Yellow Sit-in on 12 November 2016.
I had already left Hong Lim Park after Yellow Sit-In: Singapore in solidarity with Malaysia. Four police officers showed up at my home and questioned [me] for about 20 minutes. They had apparently identified me from a photo taken at the event. Identifying me, looking up my address and sending four police officers to question me in corridor of my flat and in front of my family for attending a small, peaceful gathering in what is meant to be a free speech park – it was not a regular friendly visit. Was it intimidation? You judge. I did not attend the protest last Saturday, although I want very much my unhappiness of water bill hike announced in the parliament recently. The police investigation is still ongoing as I had not received any closure on the matter – a policy of leaving you hanging or hang you?

I pulled the record from my FB post on 14 November of the incident:
Police officer: Are you aware that holding in public Malaysian flag is an offence?
Me: No (looking incredulous)
Police officer: Under National Emblems Act Chapter 196, shall I read it to you.
Me: no need, i trust Google more
After a while,
Me: Looks like a stupid law to me. Got to change it.
Police officer: we are just investigating accordingly.
Me: I was hoping MPs and Ministers got the chance to read police reports and the statement. Anyway why are athletes allow to display the country flags and run round the stadium when they win?
Police officer: Those are sanctioned events.
Me: You mean events at Hong Lim park is not sanction by the law?
Police officer: we are just investigating
Me: Law must have basis, right? To disallow the display of state flags maybe is to prevent abusing the symbol of the country. We were very respectful of the flags, I was holding it gingerly.
(Finally, the statement go something like this. Not aware of the offence but treated the flags respectfully)

What do you think? Was what happened to Tan Tee Seng meant to “attempt to stoke fears about the use of the Speakers’ Corner”? If so, typical of an ang moh publication to use thr wrong example. LOL

 

Proof that LKY was right to despise media freedom

In Media on 14/03/2017 at 2:38 pm

Sometime back the UK PM made a major speech on Brexit. How the UK papers covered it shows the views of the papers in Brexit:

A brief glance at this week’s headlines gives ample evidence of what psychologists call confirmation bias – the tendency to interpret events in a way that accords with pre-existing prejudices.

Wednesday’s front pages alone provide ample evidence of the way the same events are interpreted in wildly different ways by different newspapers – always and without fail in accordance with their prejudices.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38666066

And how readers are manipulated:

The Telegraph and the Guardian use similar pictures but by using a much tighter crop, a blue background and a positive headline, the Telegraph seem to endorse the prime minister; whereas the Guardian seem to issue scepticism about her chances of success. Interestingly, the Financial Times, which like the Guardian backed Remain, also uses exactly the same picture, albeit with a different crop. Their headline, being longer than most of the others, equivocates.

 

Police’s feelings very easily bruised LOL

In Public Administration on 14/03/2017 at 4:29 am

What a bunch of wiltering flowers. No wonder kanna whacked by FTs in Little India a few yrs ago. Shortly after a scathing commission of enquiry (headed by a retired judge) report, the Police Commissioner (a scholar) retired.

Police were upset over a Reuters report that said, “The organizers of Saturday’s protest said more people would have turned up if they had not feared a police crackdown.” (My take on that protest.)

A police statement was quoted by Channel NewsAsia as claiming that the article “was clearly an attempt to stoke fears about the use of the Speakers’ Corner and sow distrust of the police.”

I don’t often agree with ang moh tua kee Kirsten Han but she is absolutely correct to say (on FB) that

If a couple of short paragraphs in a news article can damage public trust in the police force then we have much bigger problems than a Reuters report.

She also attached this report: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-says-reuters-report-water-price-protest-misleading-201625008–business.html

My Facebook avatar’s take of the police sensitivity was:

Juz feeling sensitive after this in this week’s E http://www.economist.com/…/21718571-three-protesters…? Will be calling E’s office later today to report that I did not receive it last Friday. lol

I’ll leave the last word to Melvin Chong who pointedly pointed out

There is no need for anyone to sow distrust of the police when they are fully capable of doing it on their own.

 LOL. Sad

The real size of the water protest rally/ Where are the cybernuts?

In Uncategorized on 13/03/2017 at 2:24 pm

More than 100 people gathered in Singapore’s Speakers’ Corner on Saturday for a rare protest against a government plan to hike water prices that has stirred discontent over sluggish economic growth and rising unemployment in the city-state.

Reuters

I hope Dr Paul, one of the speakers at the rally, and a numbers man is not disappointed at the size of the crowd.

Relative to our population, the crowd size is more than 12,000.

(The reasoning for this)

Still too bad that none of the KPKBing cybernuts screaming and ranting at the price hike didn’t bother to turn up. They could have made a difference. Gibert Goh’s first two immigration protests each drew a crowd of 5000. This worked out to be about 58,000 S’poreans at each protest. That got the PAP administration to wake up its ideas a little.

AI are us

In Uncategorized on 12/03/2017 at 5:00 pm

Dr Yasseri says he has discovered bots behave differently in different environments. He reckons, for instance, that an AI that makes a driverless car work on a German autobahn could struggle on Italian roads where the cars are driven by Italian bots with rather different cultural norms.

BBC report

Tragedy shows up the BS that S’pore moving beyond grades

In Uncategorized on 12/03/2017 at 4:55 am

This tragedy reported on Friday:

The death of an 11-year-old boy, who fell 17 floors from his bedroom window on the day he was to show his parents his mid-year examination results, was found to be “a deliberate act of suicide” on Friday (Oct 21).

In his findings, State Coroner Marvin Bay urged parents and educators to remind children that “their efforts in study may not always yield a commensurate result, and also that such failures are transient or temporary events”.

He added: “Parents and educators should also constantly reassure them that they will always be there to help the child through each stumble, winding turn and setback in their education journey.”

ST

shows up the BS by Dr Lim Lai Cheng*

that

Government policies are moving away from parents and students’ unhealthy obsession with grades and entry to top schools and want to put more emphasis on the importance of values.

Schools have been encouraged, especially for the early elementary years, to scrap standardised examinations and focus on the development of the whole child.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39142030

 


*She is executive director of SMU Academy, Singapore Management University, former head of the Raffles Institution in Singapore and consultant on the board of Winter’s International School Finder.

Assistance what assistance?

In Uncategorized on 11/03/2017 at 2:56 pm

Lawyers will soon get support from the Government to adopt technology in their law practices, under a new $2.8m scheme launched on Monday (Feb27).

The Tech Start for Law programme will fund up to 70 per cent of the first-year’s cost for technology products in practice management, online research and online marketing for Singapore law firms.

It was jointly announced by the Ministry of Law, the Law Society of Singapore (LawSoc) and Spring Singapore.

ST

LawSoc president Gregory Vijayendran said a recent study commissioned by LawSoc found that only 9% of the small- and medium-sized firms here used technology-enabled productivity tools. He said that cost was key reason for the low adoption rate. (lawyers prefer spending their money on Ferarris isit?

The programme targets the 850 smaller law firms here.

The five technology products identified under the scheme include practice management systems CoreMatter, Lexis Affinity and Clio; online legal research tool Intelllex; and online marketing tool Asia Law Network. These products typically cost firms between $3,000 and $30,000 to adopt.

$2.8 mil to help targeted 850 smaller law firms: so average of $3,294 per law firm. Even if only 774 firms (9% of small firms have spent on IT, see above), each firm gets $3,618. Each can only only one low end product.

Call that help? What a load of BS.

Might as well don’t bother.

But to be fair, lawyers are bad at maths. Juz ask the three lawyer MPs on AHTC who could be on the hook for damages, together with other TC members.

PAPpy upset he kanna called a 30%er

In CPF, Humour, Uncategorized on 10/03/2017 at 5:38 pm
Someone sent me this FB thread from CPF page. Hedeleted his details and that of third parties but left that of PAPpy running dog. PAPpy dog kanna trolled and went bananas. PAppy guy is in SAF it seems
XXX Hey 37% is not “small”. It’s more than a third of salary.

 
RayWing Ng

RayWing Ng 17% is not exactly your salary. It’s your employer’s contribution to your CPF.

And yes, it is a lot of savings to help you in your retirement.

 XXX Employers take account of employers’ contribution when offering pay packages. Total package.

RayWing Ng
RayWing Ng See if your foreigner colleague working the same job is drawing 17% higher than you.

 

 XXX What has that to do with the price of eggs?

RayWing Ng

RayWing Ng XXX

Try to stay relevant.

XXX U are the one that strayed off topic. I ask what relevance has yr foreigner comment has? And u tell me to stay relevant. Please leh. I don’t know where u worked or are working but I worked in an MNC (stopped working yrs ago) where the employer took account of what he paid out to me versus what I brought in as revenue when it came to pay package. Same as my FT counterparts.

 XXX And when I worked overseas, excluding housing allowances etc, my overseas salary reflected my total pay package here.

RayWing Ng
RayWing Ng
RayWing Ng And in any case, that savings goes nowhere else; it goes to yourself. So there’s no reason to whine.

YE Shun FU
YYYY 69.9% don’t know how to manage their cpf the rest suffer.

RayWing Ng
Subramaniam K Airblack
ZZZZZ Take watever they gve n enjoy life we donno can we wake tmmro moning
XXX RayWing Ng So why govt includes Employers’ CPF pay rise as part of rise in real wages in its economic data if not part of salaries? Wages not salaries isit? Just to point out a fact isn’t whining.

 

RayWing Ng
Mohd Rizal Jalil
XXX Pls go read what I said, not u think I said. But I guess u price taker like retrenched PMETs and rental flat dwellers: real 30% people, not 70% like me. Get yr maths right. And Google Department of Stats + real wages + CPF increase. LOL

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XXX RayWing Ng BTW, if u price taker (got to take waz offered), then u belong among the 30%. PLs don’t associate yrself with us. Discrace us 70%ers only. LOL.

RayWing Ng
Mohd Rizal Jalil
RayWing Ng

RayWing Ng

And the rest of my comments about your comment being a whine still stands.

 

 XXX I stand by my comments. Btw, maths skills enabled me to stop work at 50. Maybe u should join the price takers, the 30% losers of retrenched PMETs and HDB rent dwellers. U’ll be happier than with us 70%ers. LOL.

 XXX RE The website specifically says, “including employer contribution”. Once upon a time it gave two numbers, one without employers’ CPF and one without. As I said yr natural nome is with the 30% losers. Don’t associate with us 70%ers.

RayWing Ng
 XXX Don’t be like RayWing Ng a 30% loser readers. He started off by insulting me when I said “37% is not “small”. I made a general comment not on my salary. It’s more than a third of salary”. So he misrepresents from the very beginning. Then when I retaliated he cried foul: real 30%. He’s no 70%er.

 XXX Ray U’ll get F 9 when I report u to your controllers. Ever heard of MAS mystery buyer? I’m Mystery Buyer for the PAP IB. Don’t believe me, wait and see. LOL. Btw, how come u so free? I’m sixty. And retired. And I’ve not even bothered to withdraw from my CPF my surpluses. Because when I was yr age, I was trying and managing to earn serious money. At yr age U still price taker, not a 70%er Anyway, as u are a failed troll. U’ll hear no more from me. Your bosses will be in touch. HeheheHe.

 

RayWing Ng
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Got to Pay and Pay for personal safety

In Uncategorized on 10/03/2017 at 12:04 pm

It’s seldom that I get to know a anti-PAP cybernut in the flesh. But there are exceptions.

Recently I read a headline in ST:

Woman shot 6 times while driving in Penang: 5 other deadly incidents in Malaysia.


12.20 pm: I juz read that yesterday, two men tried to swim from  Johor,  and earlier a number of monkeys ran across the Causeway into Johor.

Only monkeys don’t want to live here.

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It reminded me know a real cybernut who only feels safe here.

Three years ago, he told me he was moving to Malaya. Since then he sounded uncomfortable whenever I asked him when he was moving. In December, I met his wife and she told me that they didn;t move because he didn’t feel safe in Malaya. So he decided to stay here.

Btw, she was laughing at him getting all worked up and ranting about the PAP on social media. She said why get worked up but not bother to try to do anything?

He has complained before that she votes for the PAP.

Well with a hubbie like that, God be praised. He’s so bad that when she came into some money recently and I told my mum the fact, my mum said “Hope she keeps the money from him.He’ll squander it.”

She is.

 

The Real Masters of the Universe

In Banks, Uncategorized on 09/03/2017 at 4:47 pm

Money talks, BS walks: where the real money is made in banking.

In 2016, banks made $209bn from transaction banking, compared with the $172bn made by their trading arms, according to the data, which cover global, regional and local banks. This is almost three times the $77bn that banks made from advising clients on M&A and helping them raise finance. Transaction services also eclipsed lending revenues for every year since 2011.

FT

It was and still is very labour intensive. Fintech will change this. Too bad for the bank staff especially in a hub like S’pore.

 

What the cybenuts don’t tell us about thre F-35/ What about F-22?

In Uncategorized on 09/03/2017 at 5:40 am

This piece https://www.quora.com/What-would-happen-if-the-F-22-were-to-go-up-against-the-F-15 ( Answer: Like killing baby seals) reminded me that a few months ago the cybernuts were KPKBing about S’pore’s “decision” to buy the F-35.

The cybernuts bitched about this plane that S’pore is supposedly interested in buying. They KPKB about the price of close to US$100m a plane, cost over-runs and teething problems. Their day was made recently when president-elect Donald Trump tweeted “The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th,” causing shares of its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, to fall.

What they don’t tell us is that the Israelis think it’s a game-changer:

That Trumpian indignation was not shared by Israeli dignitaries at Nevatim. For many days Israeli media and the government alike have been stoking excitement at the imminent arrival of the F-35, known in Israel as the Adir, or “mighty one”. Newspapers have suggested that its range and stealthy design make it a potent weapon should Israel feel the need to strike Iran, for instance in a pre-emptive strike against a nuclear weapons programme. The Jerusalem Post put the arrival of the fighters on its front page, and quoted the commander of the squadron, identified only as Lieutenant Colonel Yotam, saying that the planes were bought “in order to attack places that we are not always able to attack.” The Post added that Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilots had volunteered in interviews in recent weeks that those places include Iran, and noted that the low radar signature of the plane should allow it to evade sophisticated Russian made surface-to-air missile batteries in such countries as Syria and Iran. Some in Israel note that it might rather suit America to learn how the plane copes with Russian missile systems deployed in Syria.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2016/12/mighty-one

As I’ve always said, the PAP is really lucky in people who hate it.

Seriously, what really puzzles me is why don’t we buy the F-22 given that it’s miles ahead of anything the neignbours have or will have: don’t see US selling F-35s to our neighbours. And they’ll be cheaper as the F-35s replace the F-22s in the US armoury.

Minister “keeping a close eye” or “closed eye”?

In Uncategorized on 08/03/2017 at 11:06 am

If Uncle Leong is right there were at least price increases for 10 things in the last nine months or so*.

And taking a dig at Lim Hng Kiang who said “the Government will keep a close eye on business costs to ensure they do not rise excessively”, Uncle Leong asked

“Keeping a close eye” or “closed eye”?

Uncle Leong trying to audition for the PAP comedy stand-up club where Hng Kiang and Tharman are founder members?

Whatever, my take is that the PAP is trying to regain the “Pay And Pay” tag that it tried to shake between 2011 and 2015.

Still want to give them 70% mandate? Keep it at 60% or lower. And it’s easy to do this. All those that voted for Oppo in 2011, but voted for the PAP in 2o15 ingratitude for the goodies that the PAP gave S’poreans using S’poreans’ money should vote for the Oppo again in 2019. Even if that means voting for Goh Meng Seng and TJS.  

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*

Here are some recent articles and analysis of these “price increase” issues:

Water – “PUB: $1.1b profits last 7 years – how much last 53 years? (Feb 24, 2017)

Service & Conservancy Charges – “S & CC: A truly caring Govt?” (Feb 17, 2017)

Gas – “City Gas prices to rise by 4.5 per cent from Feb 1” (Jan 31, 2017)

Electricity – “Electricity: One of the highest in the world? (Jan 1, 2017)

Childcare fees – “Fee hikes at 200 childcare centres this year” (Jan 1, 2017)

Parking – “HDB car park rates increase 60%? (Dec 16, 2016)

Rubbish fees – “Rubbish fees up: NEA surplus up 32.9%? (Nov 8, 2016)

University hostel fees – “University hostel fees up 6.8% p.a. despite $1b surplus?” (Jun 28, 2016)

Taxis licensing – “Taxi drivers hit by triple whammy?” (Jun 24, 2016)

Hawkers’ misc fees – “Hawkers’ misc fees increased by ? %? (Jun 22, 2016)

 

Muslims don’t kill Muslims in SE Asia?

In Uncategorized on 08/03/2017 at 6:22 am

The above crossed my mind when I read:

Recent Islamist terrorist attacks in Southeast Asia have been less deadly than in Europe and high-profile strikes against urban targets have become rare,

FT

 

Comfort doesn’t know how to cut costs

In Uncategorized on 07/03/2017 at 10:28 am

Dr Ho calculates that if the firm changed the colour of its entire fleet to yellow, it would, over the course of a year, have to deal with 917 fewer accidents and would save around S$2m ($1.4m).

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21718319-avoid-accidents-flag-down-bananamobile-yellow-cabs-are-less-likely-crash

Yellow cabs are less likely to crash than blue ones, says an NUS study.

Let’s give this PAPpy academic the Hitler salute

In Uncategorized on 06/03/2017 at 6:21 am

No not because Ng Yew-Kwang, Winsemius Professor in Economics, Nanyang Technological University defends the water price hike of 30%, and implies that it should be a lot more.

We should give him the Nazi salute and shout “Heil Hitler” because like Hitler he equates compassion towards animals with compassion to human beings.

The reported parts of my interviews may give the misleading idea that I do not care for the low-income groups. I am certainly not unfeeling. I feel even for animals, not to mention fellow human beings, especially the lower income groups. As a student, I was a left-wing activist.

Over the last 12 months alone, I donated S$50,000 to animal welfare causes, despite being not tax-deductible in Singapore; receipts available upon request. For more evidence of my concern for animals, please read my following articles* (links provided below) on animal welfare.

Well Hitler loved animals, so much so that he was a vegetarian. His deputy and designated successor, Hermann Goring, was an environmentalist and conservationist, and passed anti-vivisection laws.

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Lab animals giving the Nazi salute to Hermann Göring for his order to ban vivisection. Caricature from Kladderadatsch, a satirical journal, September 1933. Göring prohibited vivisection and said that those who “still think they can continue to treat animals as inanimate property” would be sent to concentration camps.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_welfare_in_Nazi_Germany

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Now this love of animals didn’t prevent the Nazis from sending six million people to the gas chambers did it?

Am I being a bit unfair to said professor? He later did say

I mentioned that ‘I donated S$50,000 to animal welfare causes’ over the last 12 months alone, in response to the accusation of being ‘unfeeling’. But then I received a message accusing me of ‘care more for animal welfare than the welfare of your fellow [human]beings’. Though I did not mention it, actually I donated much more to human causes; just in last October, I (together with my wife) donated $100,000 to the Chinese Heritage Centre alone (again receipt available upon request; I emailed it to the accuser). I could be accused of human-biased (or homocentric to some extent), not of caring less for humans.

I didn’t know that the Chinese Heritage Centre helped “the lower income groups”. Did you?

Sieg Hail to the professor. Hitler and Goering would be proud to have him on their team. They too, like him, loved heritage.

Rich kids ALWAYs get into better schools

In Uncategorized on 06/03/2017 at 5:25 am

In England, state secondary schools cannot select their pupils on the basis of academic prowess (and no such thing as PSLE even though our PSLE is based on an ancient English exam, “eleven plus” to separate the clever kids from the not so clever) and must follow strict rules to ensure fair access to school places.

Yet

On the day that families in England and Wales are allocated secondary school places, research shows that the richest children dominate top state schools.

Analysis of data shows 43% of pupils at England’s outstanding secondaries are from the wealthiest 20% of families.

The study from education charity Teach First also shows poorer pupils are half as likely as the richest to be heading to an outstanding secondary school.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-39076204

So want to give your kids an edge? Make money, serious money or inherit it.

LOL.

 

Watergate: PUB got consumption figures all wrong?

In Environment on 05/03/2017 at 5:48 am

Maybe it’s not all politics when contrasting the 30% hike with what VivianB said in 2015 about water being priced correctly: there was no need to change the price because PUB has improvements in membrane tech and productivity and that the water tariff and WCT reflected the scarcity of water.

I just remembered that for several years our water bill halved and then dropped to almost zero. We didn’t notice at first because we pay via giro. What we did notice was that the metre man coming more regularly. So we started looking at the bills. And found that we were really conserving water although we couldn’t think where we reduced our usage.

One day in 2015 (I think), the metre man took a photo of our metre and told my mum that technically that we had consumed no water since his last visit several months previously. He asked if we had moved out and then returned. We hadn’t.

Shortly thereafter we got a new metre. And our bills doubled or tripled.

Now if it happened to one metre, it could have happened to tens of thousands. My mum tells me she didn’t think PUB ever replaced the metre since we moved in in the early 60s.

Look at this chart that shows water usage showed a rise in per capita terms in 2015 after declining for many a year.

https://data.gov.sg/dataset/water-demand-domestic-water-consumption-per-capita

Now what if part of the decline prior to 2014 had been caused not by falling consumption per capita but by metres failing to record the “right” amounts of water consumed, and the jump in consumption post 2014 was due to new metres working properly?

Remember that problems the public transport system is facing because the SMRT tracks were not properly maintained? Could bad metre replacement maintenance have caused the PUB to get our water consumption figures wrong?

 

Eat yr heart out PAP ministers and MPs

In China on 04/03/2017 at 2:58 pm

The really rich

Chinese Lawmakers’ Wallets Give Sweden’s G.D.P. a Run for Its Money

The combined fortune of the wealthiest members of China’s Parliament, or the National People’s Congress, and its advisory body amounts to $500 billion.

NYT Dealbook

 

 

Watergate: All about fleecing the sheep

In Political governance, Public Administration on 04/03/2017 at 4:48 am

Because even efficient users of water face 30% increase.


If God did not want them sheared, He would not have made them sheep.

PAP Bandit leader talking about why his gang takes advantage of peasants  (From The Magnificent 7). A bit like natural aristocrats having serfs to serve them.

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“The consumer must feel the price of water, realise how valuable water is in Singapore, every time he or she turns on the tap, right from the first drop,” says water minister Masagos Zulkifli.

So taz why even thrifty users of water kanna whacked. They too are sheep to be sheared in the eyes of Masagos Zulkifli.

Let me explain.

Someone showed me his water bill. His household’s water consumption is only 44% of the national average (water bill says so). But the household too will be hit by the 30% increase, and will get no rebate cause they live in a terrace house. Admittedly it’s “peanuts” ($9 a month), and their life-styles will not be crimped. Juz means no subscription i.e. donation ($36 a year) to Terry’s Online Channel and donation to SPCA ($120 a year), he laughed.

But still getting a household that uses water so efficiently (44% of national average) to pay so much more in absolute terms is ridiculous because the householders don’t waste water and one major justification of the 30% hike is to make users of water realise how much they are wasting.

Why whack efficient users of water in that case also?

Why must they “feel the price of water, realise how valuable water is in Singapore, every time he or she turns on the tap, right from the first drop.”

So that ministeras can be paid a million dollars each isit?

If God did not want them sheared, He would not have made them sheep.

is what Masagos Zulkifli should have said.

 

 

Hilary’s newspaper trying hard to talk market down

In Financial competency on 03/03/2017 at 2:08 pm

And failing.

Sad ))

From NYT’s Dealbook

the stock market surged to another high, helped by expectations of tax cuts, looser regulations and higher interest rates under the Trump administration. The optimism on Wall Street has also been helped by sunnier economic data.
But there are some things to keep in mind about the rally and the so-called Trump bump, Neil Irwin notes. The economy is closing in on its full productive capacity. And if the government tries to increase deficits at a time of full employment, it could lead to higher inflation and higher interest rates, crowding out investment.
The signs point to the increasing likelihood of higher interest rates.
William C. Dudley, the president of the New York Fed, said in a CNN interview that it would be fair to assume that the central bank would raise interest rates sooner rather than later because the economy was improving. The Wall Street Journal reported that Lael Brainard, a Fed governor, had said in a speech at Harvard University that, “We are closing in on full employment, inflation is moving gradually toward our target, foreign growth is on more solid footing and risks to the outlook are as close to balanced as they have been in some time.”

Otters, Watergate: What’s worth of ministers’ parly statements?

In Environment, Political governance, Public Administration on 03/03/2017 at 5:12 am

I recently wrote that I was afraid for our Bishan otters because

a population of five in mid 2015, has expanded to 14 in about two years. By the end of 2018, there’ll be 10 sexually mature otters. They won’t be stopping at two for sure.

And

what happened at Sing Ming can happen to the Bishan otters because based on what happened to wild pigs and the fowl, the default mode at AVA to any animal problem is “Cull first, ask questions and BS later”.

So it was really nice that on Tuesday, a junior minister made it clear that

The culling of animals is only a “very small part” of the overall work of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), and it does not track the expenditure it incurs on doing so, said Senior Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee.

Answering a question in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 28), Mr Lee said AVA takes a multi-pronged approach to manage the animal population and mitigate health and safety concerns. It first undertakes a professional assessment of potential threats that animals might pose to public health and safety, he explained, and AVA will have to act if there “significant health and safety concerns”.

“Where feasible, it will work with stakeholders, including the animal welfare groups and organisations like Wildlife Reserves Singapore, to relocate and rehome these animals,” said Mr Lee. “Culling is used only as a last resort.”

In response to a clarification from Member of Parliament Louis Ng, Mr Lee added that AVA’s total budget for animal management operations for 2016 was S$800,000.

CNA

But then I learnt that VivianB had said in parly in 2015 (juz before GE) that there was no need to change the price of water because of PUB’s improvements in membrane tech and productivity and that the water tariff and WCT reflected the scarcity of water.

But we now know 18 months later than that isn’t true any more (Wah facts change so fast? Can tell us what changed? Or cock-up somewhere? Or 2015 statement was “political”?) and that the price of water will be 30% more because of the cost of producing water and to reflect the scarcity of water.

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“The consumer must feel the price of water, realise how valuable water is in Singapore, every time he or she turns on the tap, right from the first drop,” says Water minister Masagos Zulkifli.

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So we can’t trust the word of a PAP minister even when he makes a statement in parly.

Sad.

Watergate: MIW caught with pants down

In Economy, Environment on 02/03/2017 at 4:46 am

PAPpies and their running dogs in the constructive, nation-building media and academia and on social media say that the price of water hasn’t been changed for years, so we shouldn’t be getting worked up about the 30% hike (peanuts, really).

But 18 months ago, VivianB said (see below) there was no need to change the price because PUB has improvements in membrane tech and productivity and that the water tariff and WCT reflect the scarcity of water.

So what has changed in 18 months?

Either in 2015 (before GE) the PAP administration didn’t do their homework leading a minster to mislead S’poreans and parly, or in 2017 the cabinet didn’t read what the then minister said in 2015 when making the decision to raise prices.

But then maybe before GE 2015, PAP wanted to get rid of its “Pay and Pay” tag?

Kudos to whoever originally dug this up. I think it is Chen Jiaxi Bernard, a WP man. Well done.

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Oz is the place if u got money

In Uncategorized on 01/03/2017 at 2:30 pm

Egalitarianism is dead in Oz.

From NYT Dealbook

INSIDE WEALTH
Shoppers in Beijing. China is the country most millionaires move away from.

For Millionaire Immigrants, a Global Welcome Mat

There is one category of migrants that countries embrace: the very rich. And more of them are moving than ever. Their top destination? Australia.

One Indian enough leh

In Uncategorized on 01/03/2017 at 7:30 am

Not enough Malays.

Taz what I tot when I read some pretentious BS from TMG

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean emphasised the need to be “forward-looking”.

Much was made of the composition of his team members, younger ministers whom he brought along to build ties with their generational counterparts in China. In the old fold were Ministers Lim Hng Kiang and Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. Cabinet ministers in the young set were Ms Grace Fu, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Mr Lawrence Wong, Mr Ng Chee Meng and Mr Ong Ye Kung. The second liners or junior ministers were Dr Amy Khor (although she can be considered as part of the old fold), Mrs Josephine Teo, Ms Sim Ann and Dr Koh Poh Koon.

Perhaps, he should have brought along a young non-Chinese as well, to make the point that Singapore is multi-racial society that won’t dance to the Chinese tune, now as well as in the future.

http://themiddleground.sg/2017/02/28/was-justice-done/

 

Imagining the future of S’pore

In Property on 28/02/2017 at 7:47 am

Making S’pore Unique again.

For someone who keeps tabs on waz happening here, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only recently seen these very good videos made by Tay Kheng Soon and his students.

Some really interesting ideas including on how we can retain the greenery while taking in millions more FTs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQOfcNBo948

The politics and planning of new Singapore as an intelligent city.

The second video has interesting ideas on how HDB flats can be split into smaller units so that the old can sell off excess space. Ties in with what I’ve been thinking of how my terrace house can be split into three separate apartments each with kitchen, hall, toilet and two bed rooms.

Also good ideas of monetising without en-block sales and building retirement homes above HDB open car parks and on top of buildings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjlGE2VfA_I

We need to hear more alternative views from S’poreans like Tay and his students and hear less from the likes of Uncle Leong and TJS with their fake analyses, that I’m sure they themselves don’t believe in.

We also need to be more aware that these views.

What the Old Guaed got right/ What the Young Guard ignores

In Economy on 27/02/2017 at 11:20 am

Yesterday, I posted that there wasn’t much difference politically between the PAP Old Guard and the African leaders that governed after independence*.

But these leaders lost power because didn’t help their people achieve material prosperity. It was this prosperity** that gave the PAP legitimacy in the eyes of up to 80% of the voters from 1965 — 1990

Since then the PAP and the economy have been on auto-pilot.

The PAP avoided a crash in 2011, and regained altitude by throwing more of our money our way. What the PAP derided as “welfarism” will be redefined as the “need to attend to the well-being of citizens” (words of a PAPpy running dog in today’s SunT)

But the economy for all the talk of restructuring is still on auto pilot. When S’poreans realise what 2-3% economic growth really means (hope to blog on this soon), unhappiness will grow especially among those who boutht into the idea of die-die must buy pigeon hole in the sky..


*A reader pointed out

The difference is that the old guards viewed themselves as chairman & board of directors of a corporation, and were internally motivated to see the long-term growth of same, staking their own prosperity with that of the country/corporation. That said, a corporation isn’t a democracy.

Africa & Burma strongmen basically were more interested in short-term extraction of maximum wealth & benefits in the shortest time possible, while using guns & muscle to maintain the looting for as long as possible.

Places like India fall somewhere in-between.

**If Lim Chin Siong and friends had won, based on their own words, we’d have gone the way of the Africans and Burmese. Whether they’d made a u-turn is something that can be debated until the cows come home. All I’ll say is that they did not have a Dr Goh Keng Swee on their team.

 

Not uniquely PAP

In Political governance on 26/02/2017 at 4:33 pm

The following could be said of Harry Lee and others of the PAP Old Guard

When Britain dismantled its empire it left behind crude carbon copies of its own form of government …

Yet in the early days of independence most African leaders swiftly imposed their own stamp on the fragile states they had inherited, reshaping institutions they often condemned as colonial impositions. New ideas such as “African socialism” swept the region, along with the notion of a specifically African form of democracy. Leaders such as Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana led the way in arguing that new states needed to put national unity ahead of multi-party democracy, often imposing one-party systems of government that swiftly turned into bullying autocracies. In many cases—witness Ghana and Nigeria—unity was supposedly saved by military coups that were easily mounted.

And even where states embrace the outward forms of democracy, holding regular elections, few enjoy the checks and balances provided by strong institutions and independent courts and civil services.

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21705355-threats-democratic-rule-africa-are-growing-time-and-demography-are

 

Mao’s returned as Trump

In Uncategorized on 26/02/2017 at 6:54 am

He’s more Mao than Xi is:

In China there are some who compare Mr Trump’s character and leadership style with China’s Chairman Mao. They point to the former’s relentless tweeting as a new version of the latter’s daily deluge of quotations.

They note other similarities: the unpredictability, distrust of media, and overwhelming self-confidence.

Some admire and some despise, but Donald Trump, they say, is a great disrupter in the Maoist mould.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38766887

TOC, TMG can rebut this?/ But then PAP is always wrong

In Economy, Environment on 25/02/2017 at 9:34 am

 

TOC, TMG (with a once (and future?) wannable Sith Lord)  and other anti-PAPpists have been complaining about the impending water price hikes.

 

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Your bowl of mee pok is going to cost 30% more because water price is going up by 30%? Your cup of coffee will cost 30% more?

That’s FEAR MONGERING! Quit it!

Put that 30% increase in perspective. If your cup of coffee costs 30% more because water price has gone up, that’s called exploiting the water price increase to raise prices.

Taz wht we had the assurance of a junior minister that

the cost of goods, such as coffee and tea, “should not and ought not go up” when participants addressed the trickle-down effect that the water price increase.

TOC

Then what happens when prices don’t rise?

TOC, TMG and the cybernuts will then complain that sellers of coffee and tea drinks and food sellers are suffering.

Don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.

The PAP is so very lucky in its enemies.