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A Really Crazy Rich Asian

In Uncategorized on 30/09/2018 at 10:23 am

Who juz happens to be low-class, violent and arrogant, most unlike Eleanor Young, even if they are of the same age cohort.

A 73-year-old woman, Shi Ka Yee, will be jailed for four weeks’ and disqualified from driving for six months for punching a motorist who had refused to make way for her red Ferrari. She lost her appeal against the original sentence.

Taz not all

A 73-year-old Ferrari driver who has repeatedly landed in legal trouble over road rage incidents was back in court on Tuesday (14 August).

Shi Ka Yee had been upset over her neighbour having hired workers to trim the branches of a rain tree growing on her Astrid Hill property and removed the key from the crane the workers were using, leaving one of them trapped in its basket. In a separate incident, she attempted to flee from the police in her car after having consumed alcohol while at the Grand Hyatt hotel.

At the State Courts, Shi pleaded guilty to one count of wrongful confinement, one count of committing a rash act to endanger the personal safety of others and one count of drink driving. She agreed to have three similar counts taken into consideration for her sentencing – the date for which has not been set.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ferrari-driver-admits-trapping-worker-crane-rash-act-drink-driving-072203533.html

Time for her to be confined in our very own Arkham?

[W]hat Woodbridge is to S’pore, Arkham is to Gotham City. For those who are wondering, the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane, called Arkham Asylum or juz Arkham is where many of Batman’s opponents are locked up for treatment.

M Ravi apologises for assaults after pleading guilty

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Don’t anyhow fill in forms/ Don’t use a tablet to fill in online forms

In Uncategorized on 30/09/2018 at 5:57 am

Mandie, from Falkirk in Scotland and a cancer patient

had to postpone a bucket list trip to New York after she accidentally labelled herself a terrorist on her visa waiver form.

The online application asked if she was seeking to or had ever engaged in terrorist activities or genocide.

[She] mistakenly answered “yes”.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-45678517

To be fair to her

Mandie said she first attempted to fill in the form on her tablet, but it had crashed – so she tried again at work the next day.

She said: “I believe I ticked ‘no’ and then when I have scrolled down to click confirm, I think it has nudged and moved. That’s the story I’m sticking to.

 

S377A: Ex-ST tua kee thinks Christians won’t harm him?

In Media on 29/09/2018 at 10:09 am

But Muslims might attack him?

This ex-ST tua kee is picking on Christians and Christianity (despite his name), or is ignorant on the views of Muslims on being gay (it’s haram); or has no balls because he’s afraid of a Jihadist attack if he talks about Muslims opposing the repeal of S377A: most likely the last methinks given the way ST behaves towards the bullies. Remember what George Yeo once infamously said, “Christians are less likely to riot”?

Alan John

In 2009 I was a senior editor at The Straits Times when I asked one of the best reporters in the newsroom to find out what happened at Aware, because the respected women’s association had been taken over at its AGM by a mysterious group of new members. I remain proud of that story, because it uncovered how self-righteous people in our midst will take it upon themselves to force their beliefs and values on everyone else, and they will use all means possible.

The Straits Times broke the story that came to be dubbed The Aware Saga, and it was not easy. The paper was criticised for having “a homosexual agenda”. The writer who broke the story was attacked viciously for being gay. There were powerful people in and outside of Singapore Press Holdings who asked senior editors what the paper was up to in its unrelenting coverage and for exposing the Christians who took over Aware in that stealth operation. A senior government official called our coverage “breathless” and that seemed like a big hint that perhaps we had better pull back or stop.

Thankfully, I worked to a good editor, Han Fook Kwang, who was not Christian but was deeply offended that a group of people would use their religion to impose their values on a non-religious organisation operating in Singapore’s common secular space. He let me do my best with the story, and our reporters – straight, gay, Christian and non-Christian – pursued the story as best we could. Fook Kwang gave it the space and prominence it deserved and took some heat for that.

The original leadership of Aware eventually ousted the Christian usurpers in an extraordinary general meeting that was nothing short of historic for civil society in Singapore. And still, as the editor who assigned the story and for many of my colleagues, we did not know if we would end up being criticised for “going overboard”. Nobody came out to thump us on our backs or say Well Done. For some reason we remained a little fearful, and felt we had to keep our heads down. We had to be mindful that although we helped Aware return to its rightful leadership, we ought not risk offending the losing side because they were influential, well-organised, articulate and capable of giving even the powerful a fright.

For a long time afterwards, ST continued to be accused of having that “gay agenda”. If the paper ran stories about LGBT issues – or once, for saying in a story that Elton John had arrived with his husband and child – a letter would come, accusing ST of trying to “normalise” gay marriage and destroy the institution of marriage. Online there were people who tracked examples of the paper’s “gay agenda” to expose its motivations.

Nine years have passed since the Aware Saga. The current debate over 377A bears all the hallmarks of what happened in 2009. There is a loud and powerful call to keep this law. Because he spoke up for the wrong side, Tommy Koh has been called gay or “must have gay grandchildren”. Someone called me an asshole for criticising the Catholic Archbishop for the Church’s position on 377A. The Christians speak up most authoritatively, convinced of the need to safeguard family values and avoid “the slippery slope.” Some of the same people who figured in the stealthy takeover of Aware appear to be invested in current efforts to retain this bad law. They learnt nothing in 2009, they remain as steadfast, maybe even more so, in their desire to protect all of Singapore from sin and sinfulness as defined in their holy book.

I read ST’s editorial today and it appears to hope that Singapore’s courts will do the right thing in 2018 and remind us all, once again and clearly, that this is not a Christian country. This country provides religious people of all faiths so much freedom to promote their religions, explain their beliefs, woo new believers and speak up as strongly as they like against sin in their houses of worship. I am proud of that freedom in this country, which many of us take for granted. But today, as in 2009, this is not a Christian country and 377A is simply a wrong law to keep. Doing away with it will disappoint one side, but this gay sex debate will end. Keeping it means we remain on opposite sides and this “war” goes on.

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Coming to Bangkok, not S’pore

In Tourism on 29/09/2018 at 8:13 am

The Mall Group, Thailand’s leading retail and entertainment complex developer, and AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, recently jointly announced a strategic partnership that is destined to make Thai retail history and will redefine the retail entertainment experience in Bangkok with a 10 billion baht plus investment in two world-class arenas – “EM Live and BANGKOK ARENA” – that will anchor two new entertainment districts.

The Mall Group and AEG say they are joining forces with the

shared vision of revolutionizing the country’s business, retail and entertainment centres, placing Bangkok and Thailand at the forefront of world retail innovation, entertainment events, Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) and new lifestyle experiences.

I tot that AEG would prefer S’pore given we got the casinos and F1. And the otters.

 

Why private property owners appreciate the PAP

In Economy, Financial competency, Financial planning, Property on 28/09/2018 at 9:40 am

Especially if they are still mortgaged to their eyeballs.

S’pore’s NOT among the global cities that have the highest risk of seeing their property values collapse. We are not even on the “overvalued” list. We are on the “juz right” list.

The cities seeing the highest risk of seeing their property values collapse are HK, Munich, Toronto, Vancouver, Amsterdam and London, says UBS’s latest Global Real Estate Bubble Index.

Milan, S’pore and Boston are “fairly valued”. Ten cities including NY, Sydney and Stockholm are overvalued. Chicago is the only undervalued housing market in the 20-city index.

Still want to vote against the PAP?

Related post: Akan datang: GE in late 2019

First signal: the PAP govt ended the property cycle upswing early. If things had been allowed to run their usual course, we’d have rising property prices in 2019, if not 2020.

Napoleon’s rival in school thwarted his global ambition

In Uncategorized on 28/09/2018 at 5:46 am

At the siege of Acre, the opposing commander was Napoleon’s former classmate, Antoine de Phélippeaux. They were rivals in artillery school. Napoleon was eventually forced to break off the siege and retreat all the way back to Egypt, ending all his ambitions in the Orient.

The real reason why HDB flats are a touchy topic

In Political governance, Property, Public Administration on 27/09/2018 at 10:22 am

Other than the fact that S’poreans have realised or discovered that HDB flats are 99-yr leases not freehold (They read what they agreed to buy? Exposed: Flaws in PM’s HDB spin) the other major headache for the PAP govt in public housing is that housing (private or public) seems to be more about psychological rather than material needs.

In the US and UK

Our space expectations are conditioned not only by where we have lived before, but also by our neighbours.

Because house size is a status symbol, we feel worse off when other people get larger houses.

A recent US study found that an increase in the size of the largest 10% of “superstar” houses had a significant negative effect on their neighbours, even if those people had also moved to bigger homes.

Previous surveys have suggested people would be prepared to have less living space overall if it meant they had more than others.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45420795

Given that more than 80% of Singapore’s population live in HDB flats, no wonder the PAP govt now wants to kick the expiring lease issue into the really long grass.

Exposed: Flaws in PM’s HDB spin

Smell the smoke? From Indonesia or from the PAP & cybernuts?

Crazy Pinoy Asians

In Internet on 27/09/2018 at 4:20 am

Only in America.

Frustrated by the lack of Asian people on the marketing posters covering the restaurant, Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toledo took matters into their own hands.

The pair took a photo of themselves, added the McDonald’s branding and hung it on a bare wall in their local restaurant in Houston, Texas.

Now

One of the two friends who caught the attention of millions when they pranked their local McDonald’s has told the BBC that he “wants to push Asian representation further” in “TV and Hollywood”.

Jevh Maravilla, 21, added that “the past few weeks have felt like a dream.”

On the Ellen DeGeneres Show last week the men were each presented with cheques for $25,000 (about £19,000) from the company and told they would be starring in a marketing campaign.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45633982

In S’pore. they’d be caned for vandalism and flamed on social media and the internet for being Peeoys. Sad.

WP: Spot on Bayee/ Lim Tean’s first anniversary of BSing

In Uncategorized on 26/09/2018 at 10:37 am

Singaporeans want an opposition but are “very discerning in the type of opposition they seek. In my view, it is not wise to pursue any approach that does not establish firmer foundations for a permanent and institutionalised opposition in Singapore.

Pritam Singh, Wankers’ Party Sec Gen

(For the context of his comments read: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/wp-chief-pritam-singh-responds-activist-select-committees-treatment-historian-thum)

Can’t argue with him on this point. Think Mad Dog, Lim Tean, Meng Seng where are yr durians?

September 2017 was the deadline for Lim Tean’s jobs rally and defamation video. Remember he claimed then he raised the $ for these.

He claims to have successfully raised money from the public for three projects. But then no picture, no sound: No, Lim Tean hasn’t absconded.

Neither can I argue with Bayee’s point that defending PJ Thum against PAP “bullying” was not a good option (my choice of words not his). He said 

this episode may not be the best one to use as a barometer for the WP’s stance against bullying.

Let’s face it, even rational fan boys of PJ admit that he misrepresented his credentials. They argue that Oxford doesn’t seem to be bothered, why should the PAP and us? Which beg the questions, “What else has he misrepresented? And we don’t know about?”

My take on PJ: he gilded the lily, got caught and the PAP squeezed his balls really hard:  What Oxford really says about PJ Thum and Project Southeast Asia

Honest lawyers

In Banks, Corporate governance on 26/09/2018 at 5:17 am

In a report commissioned by Danske Bank into a money laundering scandal, the law firm that conducted the probe acknowledged in its report that it was neither “impartial” nor “independent”.

The firm Bruun & Hjelje, a Danish law firm, has worked for the bank previously. Btw, the bank paid for the probe.

And oh, the report said that the bank’s directors were not legally liable for the money laundering scandal.

Fake News: S’pore is Pay And Pay/ Truth: Plenty of gd, free stuff

In Humour on 25/09/2018 at 10:51 am

Perhaps in response to Pay And Pay in action?, a covert PAP PR operative* (Cousin of Secret Squirrel or his side-kick Moroccoo Mole?) persuaded an ang moh publication that is no friend of the PAP to publish a story that implicitly argues that it’s “fake news” that S’pore is all about “Paying And Paying”?

Jokes’ aside, seriously the story is all about the free or cheap good stuff available here, that value for money S’poreans (all part of the 70%) already know, but which the cybernuts (the noisy part of the 30%) deny the existence of:

[A] wide range of free and low-cost facilities and diversions. There are free parks to explore, free concerts, free health clinics and tons of cheap places to eat. A day out need not cost a small fortune.

The 184-acre Singapore Botanic Gardens (about three-quarters the size of the New York Botanical Garden) opened in 1859, and in its early days was an important center for cultivating plants, especially the rubber tree. Free to enter, it became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2015 and is a spotless, peaceful patch of greenery, filled with people strolling (with or without dogs), exercising and bird-watching.

Gardens by the Bay was built on reclaimed land and is a marvel of engineering and sustainable design. I like how its climate-controlled greenhouse domes, superstructure artificial trees and green expanses contrast with the nearby central business district towers. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra stages free concerts around the city (sometimes at the Botanic Gardens). Music fans can also check out the rotating schedule of free shows at Esplanade, the performing arts complex with a roof inspired by the durian fruit.

Companies like Monster Day Tours and Indie Singapore offer free walking tours of Little India and Chinatown that trace the evolution of these enclaves. ION Orchard, a shopping mall known for its high-end designer stores, has a free contemporary multimedia art gallery on its fourth level, and free art is dotted around the city. My favorite freebie, Haw Par Villa, was opened in 1937 by the Aw brothers, the inventors of Tiger Balm …

Doubtless when the PAP passes the draconian laws banning Deliberate Online Falsehoods (See the 22 recommendations put up unanimously last Thursday by the 10-member Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods: the Wankers’ Party Sec-Gen was a member of the commitee), saying that PAP stands for Pay And Pay and that S’pore is “Pay And Pay” land will be punished by hanging.

Juz kidding leh.


*He “wishes S’pore well” and is constructive, and a nation-builder.

 

 

Go NE Asean, Young S’porean

In Indonesia, Vietnam on 25/09/2018 at 4:31 am

A report by worldwide management consulting firm McKinsey & Company released on Sept 14 found that eight out of 18 of the world’s best-performing emerging economies — including Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Vietnam — are in South-east Asia. These economies averaged at least 3.5%  annual per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth over 50 years, or 5 per cent annual growth over 20 years.

But be warned Cambodia and Laos is bandit country: you can get killed by unhappy biz rivals. Vietnam is a lot safer.

Indonesia? A country of the future. But it has always been like that.

More evidence that being anti-PAP is bad for yr mental health

In Uncategorized on 24/09/2018 at 1:22 pm

When I saw TOC’s headline  “Are Singaporeans “crybabies”* who get the government they deserve?” I wondered who the writer was: turned out to be Augustine Low, a sensible chap.

So I read it. Turned out to be rubbish because he assumes the KPKBing is coming from the 70% (without presenting any evidence) rather from the usual suspects among the 30%: the cybernuts.


Dissatisfaction? What dissatisfaction?

Blackbox Research’s Govt Satisfaction Index is still around the 80% mark (78 in August and 79 in the previous two months), so waz this BS about unhappy S’poreans that even an ex-ST tua kee is KPKBing about?  Smell the smoke? From Indonesia or from the PAP & cybernuts?

It’s all about noise amplification: Not ground sour, juz kopi tiam talk amplified lah

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I’m concerned that Augustine Low may be experiencing mental problems like PJ Thum. Remember PJ decided to sabo the anti-PAP cause by inviting Tun Mahathir to “bring democracy to SE Asia: PJ Thum cares about S’pore?

So I hope he reads this which I wrote earlier this yr.

Avoid dementia, don’t be anti-PAP like Meng Seng

When I wrote TOC misrepresents facts yet again, Chris Kuan told me that the writer of the TOC piece I was rubbishing was written by a friend. He was right. I was surprised because when we were in regular contact, he was a sensible person who while he had issues with many policies of the PAP govt (public tpt, healthcare, CPF, pay and pay attitude, ministerial salaries and greedy grassroot leaders) he wasn’t an anti-PAP cybernut, he gave the PAP govt credit where it was due like in education: instilling analytical thinking.

 

Well I sure hope he goes for treatment before he becomes like Goh Meng Seng.

Going by a recent FB exchange, one can reasonably conclude that Goh Meng Seng has a symptom that is a strong indicator of dementia: inability to remember facts.

He forgot who was his team’s proposer at the last GE. He tried to slimeball Terry Xu by asking whether Terry was present at the nomination centre. Terry pointed out that he was his assentor. Goh said that he didn’t notice Terry’s presence because he was really busy that day, and didn’t have time for petty details (read low life).

Then Terry kicked Meng Seng’s balls:

sorry I was not the assentor. I was the proposer. And that’s even worse, cause you should know the importance of the proposer.


Importance of Assentor and Proposer

[A] Proposer and/or Assenter has to sign the nomination papers (and maybe even give an oath before a Commissioner)? This was usually done before entering the nomination center.

So I struggle to understand how a candidate can forget who did or did not show up at the nomination centre. If any of those named in the nomination papers didn’t show up, the nomination papers would have been rejected.

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Reasonable to conclude our very own Wu Sangui:”: Silence of Goh Meng Seng has dementia.

Btw, bit rich of him to want

a more centralised form of leadership

adding

that without discipline, such a coalition equals trouble.

When he was a WP member, he was upset at the WP’s rules on keeping quiet. He left because he said he wanted the freedom to KPKB.

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*alluding to Vlogger Nuseir Yassin, also known as Nas Daily, who branded S’poreans “crybabies” for taking him to task over his videos effusively praising the country, the latest one even calling Singapore “the almost perfect country.”

What value Buffett shares with a “A Man for all Seasons”?

In Financial competency on 24/09/2018 at 6:51 am

“Sir Thomas More: Why not be a teacher? You’d be a fine teacher; perhaps a great one.
Richard Rich: If I was, who would know it?
Sir Thomas More: You; your pupils; your friends; God. Not a bad public, that.”

Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons

”If you want to be remembered for one thing in your life, what do you want to be remembered for?” Howard Buffett asked Warren Buffett. He told his grandson: “Being a teacher, educating other people.”

His grandson is an associate professor at at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He has has co-authored a book on impact investing.

Impact investing refers to investments “made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.”

Impact investing – Wikipedia

More on Richard Rich

Rich is the supporting villain in the play A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt, which shows his slide toward corruption. In the subsequent, Oscar-winning film adaptation, he is played by John Hurt. Bolt depicts Rich as perjuring himself against More in order to become Attorney-General for Wales. More responds, “Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world… but for Wales?”. The final line of the film notes that Rich “died in his bed” as a critical juxtaposition with More’s martyrdom.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Rich,_1st_Baron_Rich#In_popular_culture

PAP in charge of LA subway?

In Uncategorized on 23/09/2018 at 1:28 pm

OK, OK only PAP logic in action in LA.

Authorities said the screening would be “voluntary”, but those refusing a scan will not be allowed to travel.

BBC report

Doesn’t the above sound like PAP logic?

Body scanners will be used on the Los Angeles subway to screen passengers for explosives and weapons, the local transport authority has announced.

It is the first mass transport system in the US to adopt the technology.

Portable scanners will be used to screen passengers as they enter stations, without them having to pass through a security checkpoint.

 

Downside of banks heavy IT spending

In Banks, Japan on 23/09/2018 at 5:39 am

All three local banks are spending big time on sophisticated IT investments to build digital platforms to among other things win customers, and lower credit costs and loan defaults. DBS has won awards and, better still, a premium rating vis-avis other regional banks for its efforts.

But Suruga Bank shows what can go badly wrong.

Suruga Bank was the poster gal in Japanese banking. It spent money on sophisticated IT inves tments to lower credit costs and loan defaults. And it had lower credit costs and loan defaults compared to its peers despite being an aggressive lender. But this IT spending resulted in higher running costs.

Well a recent report found that the bank was riddled with office bullying, fraudulent activity and impossible sales targets. These were all related to the need for revenue to fund its higher running costs.

 

 

A gd reason govt is pushing for cashless society

In Banks, Economy on 22/09/2018 at 11:35 am

I’ve been sceptical of the the PAP’s govt attempts to get us to use less cash and more e-payments instead, thinking that this as a way to better monitor and screw (i.e.tax) us.

But the explanation of the CEO of Mizuho, a leading Japanese bank, on why Japan should go cashless also makes sense here. Mr Sakai said

said that greater productivity would be a key factor in Japan’s quest for sustainable growth as the nation grows older and the population shrinks. Critical to that, he said, would be the creation of a cashless society. The current cost to Japan of storage and management of cash, he said, runs at around ¥8tn ($71.8bn) a year, but that could be halved by significant advances in electronic payment systems.

 

 

Coming to a polyclinic near u

In Internet on 22/09/2018 at 6:43 am

Video consultation for patients with chronic problems who need to see a doctor only because the prescriptions need to be renewed. At least that’s what Morocco Mole, Secret Squirrel’s side-kick, tells me. It’ll take a while though.

But based on this experience of a S’porean using video consultation, the wait will be worth it and give poor or cheap skate oldies with chronic diseases another reason to vote for the PAP.

Aisha Lin, a 25-year-old Singaporean … told the Nikkei Asian Review that video consultation had proved to be “an optimal experience” for her. “If I just have a minor condition and/or require prescribed medication, I really dislike being in the same enclosed space as other very sick people — those with a high fever, stomach flu, etc,” she said.

Nikkei Asian Review

Whatever telemedicine is already here. Ms Lin was using Singapore’s Doctor Anywhere. More on this app

Singapore’s Doctor Anywhere, launched in 2017, is one of the growing healthcare apps in the city-state, with some 50,000 users serviced by 50 doctors. The app offers video consultation, which is priced at 20 Singapore dollars ($14.50), as well as the delivery of medicines to a patient’s location.

[…]

There are also some benefits for doctors who work with tele-health apps. The apps can be a gateway to reach “more potential patients,” said Lim Wai Mun, founder of Doctor Anywhere. “Doctors can feel more connected with the patients by making themselves available and more accessible,” he added.

What s377A tells us

In Uncategorized on 21/09/2018 at 10:31 am

The orthodoxy of yesterday can be the the heresy of today.

And the orthodoxy of today can be the heresy of tomorrow.

As the Book of Changes says, ”Everything is in flux”.

When Google was racist

In Uncategorized on 21/09/2018 at 4:01 am

Google said it was “appalled and genuinely sorry” when its photo algorithm was discovered to be incorrectly identifying African-Americans as gorillas in 2015.

BBC

OK, OK, it was its photo algo.

Gd that PM makes time for travel vlogger

In Economy, Tourism on 20/09/2018 at 1:25 pm

But first, a story about a Crazy Rich African planning to bring US$16.5m in cash to shop here.

When on a private visit to Brazil by Equatorial Guinea’s VP

Police found $1.5m in cash and watches worth an estimated $15m in two bags, the other 17 bags had clothes, says local news site Globo.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45546655

Equatorial Guinea’s embassy told the Brazilian police in a statement that the money was for the VP’s use on an onward trip to Singapore, while the watches – engraved with his initials – were for his personal use.

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Last year The Economist reported on Mr Obiang’s flashy lifestyle in a report titled “Instagram playboy is also the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea”. It featured pictures of the vice-president showing off his expensive cars and mansions.

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So nothing wrong PM and foreign affairs minister spending time with a vlogger with a huge global following. It helps bring S’pore to the attention of people like Mr Obiang, people who spend, spend, spend. It also helps attract lesser spenders too. Orchard Rd certainly needs help.

But then given TOC’s support for Tan Wah Piow and PJ Thum (PJ Thum cares about S’pore?), maybe TOC “does not wish S’pore well”?

TOC’s double standard in praising Tun for seeing Wah Piow, PJ and friends while dissing PM and VivianB for meeting vlogger is another piece of evidence that TOC “does not wish S’pore well”?

What do you think?

The real Black Panther

In Uncategorized on 20/09/2018 at 7:19 am

Nigeria-born (but now based in San Francisco) Adeyemi Ajao is the real Black Panther. A fund co-led him has raised more than US$100m, a first by a black investor.

The San Francisco-based Base10 fundraising of US$137m is the largest for a black-led venture capital fund according to the FT

Ex-PM’s money obsession causing PAP problems

In Political governance, Public Administration on 19/09/2018 at 10:33 am

Over the weekend I read

Finance, like law, is a profession that attracts a lot of reasonably intelligent, hard-working people who rather like money. People like me. Most of us are not really suited to it, though, and that makes for a lot of unhappy careers. The financial crisis saved me from that, and I am grateful.

Robert Armstrong FT’s chief editorial writer and was a hedgie analyst 10 yrs ago

This reminded me of

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

1 Timothy 6:10

Then today, I read

Factually, the government website, has debunked online falsehoods on PM’s and Ministers’ pay. I shall use this opportunity to debunk public perception that I am paid a ministerial salary.

(GCT on FB)

This then reminded me that GCT poured shit and piss on the PAP’s NatDay celebrations with his comment that those in the private sector earning less than $1m are “very mediocre people”. And that the PAP only chose ministers from the private sector if they were earning $1m or more. OK, OK, he later did say that salary was not the “starting point” when the PAP chose $1m ministers.

The silence from the present cabinet is deafening.

Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole tell me that they hear that he was “ordered” to release the transcript of what he said and clarify that salary was not a factor when the PAP chose ministers.

Much good this did. I didn’t start commenting on his comments until I read the transcript. I mean TOC, TRE and The Indians Idiots are the cybernuts what ST is to the PAPpies.

And if salary was not the “starting point” when the PAP chose $1m ministers, why talk so much about money?

Whatever, based on his comments about ministerial salaries over the yrs, I get the sense that he is obsessed about money. Fault of wife? Remember she said $600,000 salary was “Peanuts”. Or could it be because he came from a very poor family?

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

1 Timothy 6:10

I’m not the only one not impressed  with the transcript he released. Here’s something a FBer posted at the time

There was a clarification? I thought it’s the just the transcript.

Or did he think the transcript gave him a context? I’ve read it, the points remain that his idea of meritocracy is how much money one can make.

His main point, which is where the money is going to come from, is correct, but he is also forgetting that if people are taxed more, then what politicians earn come even under greater scrutiny.

Certainly, I am happy to pay Scandinavian level taxes if it means free healthcare for the elderly and free education, but not if it goes to enriching politicians.

That said, and it goes back to what I said about the Ben Davis saga, our Government need to be more innovative when it comes to their pay package. Using an indicator based on economy sends a strong signal that nothing else matters, that running a country is only about the economy.

But it’s not.

Shouldn’t a minister in charge of transportation, for example, be pegged against how efficiently our transport systems run?

Shouldn’t a minister of social and family development be pegged with how many families move out of poverty each year?

Shouldn’t a minister of health be pegged to how more people are getting proper healthcare and the overall health of the nation?

If a minister does a good job at his portfolio, based on tangible KPIs on the aspect of society he or she looks after, I’d be happy to even pay them $10m, much less $1m. So maybe it can be flexi-wage, where they get a lower monthly salary but a much higher bonus payout if they perform well for example.

There are so many ways we can attract private sector talent, especially today when so many bright minds join start-ups for very little money in the hope of a big pay-out later.

I agree that we do need to pay our ministers well – but how that pay comes about can be far more creative than the way it is currently structured.

Related posts

What PM, PAP can learn from very rich tech entrepreneur

When being a minister turns from a calling into a job for life

New Hope: Time to make robots PAP ministers?

 

Jack Ma warns Sino US “war” could last 20 years

In China on 19/09/2018 at 7:08 am

Trump’s serious about a trade war and Alibaba’s Jack Ma warns trade war could last 20 years.

“It’s going to be a mess.  It’s not a trade war, it’s about competition between two countries.”
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S’pore Unis’ NOT on employability list

In Public Administration on 18/09/2018 at 10:10 am

HK U is no 13 and three Oz unis (5th, 6th and 29th) are on the list.  Several PRC unis too.

Which universities will really impress the boss?

Top 30 for employability

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
  2. Stanford University, US
  3. University of California, Los Angeles, US
  4. Harvard University, US
  5. University of Sydney, Australia
  6. University of Melbourne, Australia
  7. University of Cambridge, UK
  8. University of California, Berkeley, US
  9. Tsinghua University, China
  10. University of Oxford, UK
  11. New York University, US
  12. University of Toronto, Canada
  13. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  14. Yale University, US
  15. ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  16. Princeton University, US
  17. Columbia University, US
  18. University College London, UK
  19. University of Tokyo, Japan
  20. Peking University, China
  21. Cornell University, US
  22. University of Chicago, US
  23. Seoul National University, South Korea
  24. University of Pennsylvania, US
  25. University of Michigan, US
  26. (equal 25th) University of Waterloo, Canada
  27. Fudan University, China
  28. Waseda University, Japan
  29. University of New South Wales, Australia
  30. Ecole Polytechnique, France

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45481996

Ong Yee Kung should stop talking cock about LGBTs being discriminated against and get our unis onto this list. But then this will be really hard work for him and his track record of success is near zero: Our new PM/ Trumpets pls for me.

He prefers to talk cock:

Doublespeak on “Every school a good school”

Minister Ong wants a camel?

Akan datang says minister: Non-grad minister

 

Why anti-PAPpies should boycott Coke products

In Uncategorized on 18/09/2018 at 4:25 am

Coke’s Asia Pac CEO praises Coca-Cola’s collaboration with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board as exemplary. “I would love to see more of that happening in other markets”.

Update at 6.10am:

Why cybernuts should be cheering and drinking Coke. It’s exploring the cannabis drinks business. PAP govt is anti-cannabis and other such drugs.

What PM, PAP can learn from very rich tech entrepreneur

In Political governance, Public Administration on 17/09/2018 at 10:13 am

And by so doing make sure that S’pore will remain a de facto one-party state forever and day: though there won’t be mega-rich ministers*.

Mr Von Ahn is CEO of Duolingo, the world’s most popular language learning app, with 200m users. He also has academic credentials that PAPpies can only dream about.

And best of all he’s not a “very mediocre” person (Remember GCT’s comment that those in the private sector earning less than $1m are “very mediocre people”. And that the PAP only chose ministers from the private sector if they were earning $1m or more.): he’s very rich.

So the PAP should listen to what Von Ahn recently told the FT, “If it requires you paying them off to come work for you, I don’t think they’re going to be in it. We prefer missionaries to mercenaries.” Related post: When being a minister turns from a calling into a job for life

Another of his strategy is to differentiate Duolingo from other employers by is focusing on diversity. He now has a 50/50 male female ratio in software engineers. Related post: New Hope: Time to make robots PAP ministers?

On diversity, FT’s Letter from Lex a few weeks ago said

Working with outsiders helps solve problems. When a stranger joins a team its performance tends to improve, according to research by US psychologists who tested out the theory on groups engaged in murder mystery puzzles. But do not expect gratitude. Tight-knit groups often do not realise they are underperforming.

Still, the pain is worth the gain. In business, assertive shareholders can help companies improve their strategies. But the experience tends to be uncomfortable for company bosses.

[…]

Of course, boards do not have to listen to naysayers — only to those with the clout to count. That is frustrating for Arsenal’s small shareholders. Its fans criticised a deal struck between the north London football club’s two largest shareholders, which will hand full control to the US sports magnate Stan Kroenke. Lex said Mr Kroenke’s leveraged bet might pay off if the value of Premiership media rights go up. But the shareholder fans, known as “gooners”, face disappointment. They are likely to be left without any more annual meetings to have their say.

Related post: PM, PAP should remember what world’s richest man said

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*Er but maybe if ministers can’t be rich they don’t care if the PAP doesn’t rule.

 

Myth & reality in mkts

In Financial competency, Financial planning on 17/09/2018 at 4:23 am

Many believe useful myths about the markets they follow. If you want to manage money well, you need to understand what the prevailing myth is, grasp where it is wrong and when that will become apparent. Indeed, making good investments often rests on disagreeing with the conventional wisdom. However, you need to time your disagreement so you are not blown away by the weight of money going the other way before the truth outs.

John Redwoodchief global strategist for Charles Stanley, a UK broker, writing in the FT.

KL residents more mature than those in S’pore & Penang

In Malaysia on 16/09/2018 at 10:11 am

The KPKBing that Crazy Rich Asians (Cheer, not jeer, “Crazy Rich Asians”) is “not S’porean” making S’pore sound so provincial, like Penang. And we have global city pretensions?

The residents of KL have not KPKBed about “Once We Were There” by a Penang-born writer now living with KL, Bernice Chauly, for portraying KL in a really bad light.

The book was the winner of the 2017 Penang Monthly Book Prize:

Journalist Delonix Regia chances upon the cultured and irresistible Omar amidst the upheaval of the Reformasi movement in Kuala Lumpur. As the city roils around them, they find solace in love, marriage, and then parenthood. But when their two-year-old daughter Alba is kidnapped, Del must confront the terrible secret of a city where babies are sold and girls trafficked.

By turns heart-breaking and suspenseful, Once We Were There is a debut novel of profound insight. It is Bernice Chauly at her very best.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34285548-once-we-were-there

Btw, If she had changed the location to Penang, her hometown, she would surely be in trouble. People in Penang are as petty as S’poreans.

Coming back to Crazy Rich Asians, as I see it, it’s free publicity for the tourism industry here as per what the NY Times film critic said.

What’s there not to like? Oh I forget, Kirsten Han, one of those KPKBing “does not wish S’pore well”. Sad.

 

Millienal, Gen Z

In Uncategorized on 16/09/2018 at 6:53 am

In case u don’t know, Millienal refers to anyone aged between 21 and 39, while Gen Z counts those up to 20 years of age.

Waz in the name “Yusof Ishak”?

In Uncategorized on 15/09/2018 at 1:36 pm

Yusof Ishak Secondary School to relocate to Punggol in 2021 to boost student numbers

Headline in constructive nation building media

The school is to be moved from NW S’pore (Bukit Batok) to NE S’pore (Punggol) to avoid being closed due to the declining numbers of students in the Bukit Batok area.

The relocation will allow the MOE to “preserve the established history and rich culture of the school” and its “contribution to the teaching fraternity” through the Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), which it currently hosts.

What “established history and rich culture of the school” that needs preserving? Many a school that were closed despite having an established history and rich culture”: think Pasir Panjang English School (a pre WWII, the first where boys and girls were educated together. My parents were among the first batch, and I later attended Pri 1 there), Siglap Pri (did the rest of pri school education here), Siglap Sec and the first sec school in Toa Payoh.

I for one can think of more cynical reasons for the move.

Can you think what I’m think? Think Indian Muslim becoming Malay president: Anti-PAP Malay that ungrateful meh?.

Access to healthcare here: Below average

In Media, Public Administration on 14/09/2018 at 10:55 am

As Yogi Bear might have put it: “Worse than below average bear”

I’m sure the editor of the constructive, nation-building publication that highlighted the u/m would privately have been told he “does not mean S’pore well”:

When it came to evaluating access to healthcare, Singapore scored 45.46 – below the study’s average of 50.91 – even as it boasts the most value-for-money system. This was attributed to shortages of hospital beds and skilled healthcare professionals.

For this study, “access” is evaluated by the number of skilled health professional density and hospital beds in relation to its population, and the percentage of people at risk of impoverishment due to surgical care.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spores-healthcare-system-best-value-and-satisfaction-falls-behind-providing-access-study

But

Overall, Singapore’s healthcare model topped Philips’ measure of healthcare value with a score of 54.61. Australia and Germany followed behind with scores of 52.59 and 50.93 respectively. The report evaluates value by averaging each country’s healthcare access, satisfaction and efficiency scores.

But waz the point of being number 1 when access is below the average bear.

Btw, TOC, TRE while cheering on PJ thum and friends and supporting the repeal of s377A, ignored this bread-and-butter failure of the PAP administration: Advice to cybernuts writing in TOC, TRE etc

The PAP is lucky in its enemies. With enemies like these, how can S’pore not be a de facto one-party state. Sad.

Even toy has to be Politically Correct

In Uncategorized on 14/09/2018 at 5:29 am

Thomas the Tank Engine is getting a politically correct makeover to stop him running out of steam, the i Weekend reports.

The Times says the changes, which will see the children’s character get a multicultural, gender balanced set of friends, follows a collaboration between the US toymaker Mattel and the UN, aimed at promoting its sustainable development goals.

BBC

But while laughing or sneering at this, do remember:

Every society needs speech codes. It’s nice that women, gay people and ethnic minorities can go to work every day without being abused by bigots.

FT columnist Simon Kuper

Akan datang says minister: Non-grad minister

In Political governance on 13/09/2018 at 11:31 am

Or is Ong Ye Kung talking a good game i.e. talking cock?

This blog doesn’t think much of Ong Ye Kung (Example Our new PM/ Trumpets pls for me).

But here’s something that he said a few weeks ago that should shut up people like the usual cybernuts and people like P(olitician) Ravi quiet for a second.

They are always KPKBing that non-grad cannot make it to the cabinet (let alone to parly if a PAPpy) so waz point of the govt pushing the line that there’s more to life than being a grad? (Btw, don’t they know that there’s more to life than earning millions as cabinet ministers? But then they are true-blue S’poreans well schooled by the PAP: money talks, BS walks. So unlike PJ Thum and Kirsten Han they mean well for S’pore when they criticise the PAP.)

point out that we don’t have a single non-graduate minister today. Can’t the Government more boldly set the tone?

Ong Ye Kung

“We are products of an education system of the past. But today, you look at the education system, we have students who opt for a more applied pathway through the diploma route. So you look at the students now, they’re making their choices very differently from the past. I think when they grow up, if they have interest in politics, what will be the state of ministers in future. It’s hard to say. I think you’ll get a much more diverse group coming from different pathways. I certainly hope so.”

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ong-ye-kung-education-minister-on-the-record-10651612

Can believe or not?

 

Germs: Airport trays worse than the toilets

In Uncategorized on 13/09/2018 at 4:21 am

At least in the UK.

From BBC

Airline passengers are being warned that nasty cold and flu bugs lurk inside the airport trays they put their possessions in before they go through the security machines.

The Daily Mail reports that tests on the trays showed half carried respiratory viruses.

According to the Daily Telegraph, scientists from Nottingham University and Finland found that the trays – often containing shoes and belts as well as detritus from pockets such as used tissues – had more germs than even toilet areas.

No respiratory viruses were found on toilet flush handles, seats or doors – possibly because they are cleaned frequently.

Winning hearts and minds for s377A repeal

In Uncategorized on 12/09/2018 at 10:42 am

The LGBT community and allies have wasted no time in starting to campaign for the repeal of s377A.

I hope they listen to what a Mr Shahani, author of the 2008 book Gay Bombay: Globalisation, Love and (Be)longing in Contemporary India, says about winning “hearts and minds” of the public.

“I don’t think India is homophobic as much as it’s ignorant and we are also fixated on the idea of heterosexual marriage. It’s about widening people’s minds to the idea of love in all its forms.”

Those of us who are boh chap on the issue are joking that we’ll be labeled homophobic for juz being boh chap.

Why Tun is envious of Najib?

In Malaysia on 12/09/2018 at 5:56 am

He didn’t manage to do shumething like this when he was ruling M’sia.

“Only an average of 13% of the pipelines’ construction has been completed, while almost 90% of the projects’ value has been paid to contractor China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau,” says M’sia’s Finance Minister. The contracts have been cancelled, so the issue of compensation is on the table. The pipelines cost was estimated to be US$3bn.

What’s even funnier (black comdey sense) is that the money for the pipelines were borrowed from a Chinese development bank.

And PJ and friends want him to “promote democracy in SE Asia”?

 

 

“Antics Of Civil Society Activists Endanger Opposition Cause”

In Malaysia on 11/09/2018 at 10:04 am

Not me but Ajay a writer to TRE. The relevant extracts reproduced below as is the full piecebelow. Needless to say, the reaction to it and the earlier reaction to my WTF! With PAP on the ropes why this self-inflicted distraction? showed that like PJ Thum, Kirsten Han, Jovolan Wham, the TRE cybernuts do not wish S’pore well: because Tun (like them) hates the PAP, they (the TRE cybernuts) are happy to team up with him overlooking the fact that he also hates S’poreans.

(Aside I was planning to stop posting on this topic but Tan Wah Piow, cybernuts and their ang moh tua kee allies want to keep the conversation going, helping the PAP distract attention from bread and butter issues. With enemies like these, PAP is very lucky.)

As Chris K posted on FB

The philosopher and sometime novelist G.K Chesterton once noted,

“Evil always wins through the strength of its splendid dupes; and there has in all ages been a disastrous alliance between abnormal innocence and abnormal sin.”

The PAP is always lucky to have its “splendid dupes” among its critics and opponents. If you think “splendid dupes” is too cheem, then use the more common “useful fools”. The fools should give their brains a chance and not fall in love with the sound of their own voices.


PAP govt a point

“The three individuals [I assume this means Crazy Rich Asian PJ Thum, his side-kick Kirsten Han and Jovolan Wham] claim that they are patriots. It is not patriotic to invite any foreign leader to intervene in Singapore politics, especially the leader of a country who has declared his desire to increase the price of water to Singapore by more than 10 times, and with whom we seek to maintain close and friendly relations.

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Back to Ajay, here are the most impt bits of what he has to say:

The problem with civil society activists and far left Singaporeans is that they are living in a bubble, unwilling and unable to see how their radical beliefs are unpalatable to the conservative Singaporean electorate. Are they so accustomed to their echo chambers that they do not go out and interact with everyday people living in HDB flats? The average Singaporean is not bothered about greater freedom of speech, freedom of expression or harsh defamation laws. He does not support sodomy and does not want gay marriage to be legalized in Singapore. He also does not want drug traffickers to be spared from the death penalty. Nor does he care about the incessant whining of ISA detainees about their supposedly wrong detention in 1987 or about some old folks detained under Operation Coldstore for allegedly being communists. Yes, yes, these are all issues that a bleeding heart liberal would care about. But they are not bread and butter issues and are thus of no concern to ordinary people.

The civil society activists’ approach suggests that they think that making the loudest noise will help their cause. They are out of touch with Singaporeans. Instead of spouting rhetoric about the kind of Singapore that they want to see, they should be working with the Singapore that exists before their eyes. What they are doing is akin to pounding one’s head against the unmoving wall. They can talk about their pet issues, but if they want to achieve any more than that, they should go door to door and have conversations with Singaporeans and try to win them over. That would be the more effective approach. The more they are in the public eye for controversial antics such as the Mahathir meeting, the more they hurt the opposition cause as swing voters do not view their actions in a positive light and unfortunately lump them together with the credible opposition figures.

In the lead up to GE2015, attention was taken away from the rising cost of living, the influx of foreigners and the difficult job market resulting from the stagnating economy. Part of this was due to the antics of diehard anti-PAP fanatics like Roy Ngerng, Han Hui Hui and Amos Yee. The political narrative shifted away from the PAP government’s shortcomings. Instead we heard disorganized chants of “Return my CPF” as a small bunch of protesters heckled special needs kids, and credible anti-PAP voices were drowned out by the noise about donating to self-styled freedom fighter Roy Ngerng who was being sued by the prime minister for posting defamatory comments on his blog.

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The reason I write this is not because I want to pour cold water on the enthusiasm of hardcore opposition supporters itching to blame the PAP but because I want readers to learn from history. How does it help the opposition cause when activists create controversy, get in trouble and then play the victim card, claiming political persecution? These activists should think of the optics. Swing voters are not moved the slightest. Contrary to what they think, the PAP does not fear a confrontational opposition. A confrontational opposition is actually easier for the PAP to defeat because of their tendency to go off the rails at times while being passionate about a cause. Like Roy Ngerng, these civil society activists will find themselves alone if they end up sued or arrested, should any of their hare-brained antics go wrong. Keep the narrative focused on bread and butter issues such as the affordability of HDB flats, the retirement age, the rising cost of living and the scarcity of jobs, and people will take note of the opposition. That is the only way to win seats in a politically and socially conservative nation.

I remind that Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole tell me that think PJ, think the Youngs of Crazy Rich Asians. And his side kick Kirsten Han, although poor, doesn’t know S’pore is in SE ASia, and    says nothing wrong in asking Tun

Ajay’s piece in full. Btw, Terry Xu says that the first para contains false allegations. As far as I’m concerned they are fair (albeit unfair) comments on what PJ and gang did.

Antics Of Civil Society Activists Endanger Opposition Cause

I was aghast at the antics of the Singaporean activists last week. It was categorically wrong for them to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir and request for him to promote democracy in Southeast Asia. This was potentially damaging to Singapore’s international reputation as these activists may have portrayed Singapore negatively in front of a foreign politician. I also strongly disagree with Dr Thum Ping Tjin’s facebook comments (LINK) that suggest Singapore should merge with Malaysia. The last thing most Singaporeans want right now is merger with a country that practices bumiputera policy which discriminates against capable and competent Chinese and Indians, and forces them to live with the fear that they could be ruled by sharia law someday.

On 30 August, former SDP member Teo Soh Lung posted on her Facebook page (LINK) that “PAP government should take note that today’s young citizens will not bow to unreasonable pressure and they have access to leaders in the region”. This was followed by another facebook post on August 31, in which she stated her view that “Association with foreign leaders, whether in government or in opposition should be the norm” and justified the meeting because everyone has “the right of association”.

From the first post, the implication is that Singaporeans can seek help from foreign leaders in the region if they do not like the PAP government. The view Ms Teo has expressed in the second post is erroneous because the nation’s carefully cultivated international reputation could be in tatters in days if every political dissident runs to a foreign leader and badmouths Singapore in front of the media whenever he or she feels like it. After all, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Ultimately, Singaporeans will suffer, not just the PAP. This sort of scorched earth approach is not one a loyal opposition would take. A loyal opposition would not resort to mudslinging whenever the opportunity arises nor would it resort to destabilizing an elected government in order to seize power. A loyal, constructive and responsible opposition would disagree with the PAP within Singapore’s boundaries, contest elections, argue passionately before the electorate and offer alternative ideas to drive the country forward. A loyal opposition would understand that despite differences in political beliefs with the PAP, they should align themselves with the government of the day when it comes to foreign policy and issues of Singapore’s sovereignty. Why? Because criticizing Singapore in front of foreigners is not patriotic, nor is it helpful to the average Singaporean who is struggling to make ends meet.
This brings back memories. In 1995, Dr Chee along with two SDP members attended a dialogue at Williams College where a Singaporean political dissident and fugitive, Francis Seow criticized Singapore’s judiciary in front of a foreign audience
(LINK).

Neither Dr Chee nor the SDP members present rebutted Francis Seow or even voiced a mild opinion that Singapore was not like that. This behaviour was strongly condemned by the Singapore parliament, including then opposition MP Chiam See Tong. I urge TOC readers to look up Mr Chiam’s speech. His words are still true and they are apt for this recent incident involving the activists meeting Dr Mahathir. The Dr Chee of the past made several similar missteps, including this cringe-inducing video (LINK) in which he asked US president Barack Obama to take note of the human rights abuses in Singapore and take actions to get Singapore to join the ‘community of democracy’. The Dr Chee of today is more restrained, politically mature, willing to work within the Singapore political system and has focussed on bread and butter issues, but his past mistakes still weigh heavy on the SDP, especially during elections.
Both the activists of today and the Dr Chee of the past believed that foreign interference in Singapore politics is necessary to bring democracy to Singapore. But they do not consider the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans who do not want liberal democracy in Singapore. If you ask the general public in Singapore, most of them will agree that there is already enough democracy in Singapore. You may call them brainwashed or ‘the 70%’ but that changes nothing. Singapore’s politics is for Singaporeans to decide. Any attempt by a foreign power to impose a liberal agenda on Singapore will only result in a conservative backlash against the opposition. That was what happened at GE1997. The SDP lost all its seats and has failed to attain 40% of the votes in any constituency ever since. As the impatient far left seized the political narrative and focussed on abstract and irrelevant civil rights issues, the opposition as a whole suffered. Moderate opposition parties were also affected by the taint and became unable to win more than 2 seats for 14 years until the Workers’ Party won Aljunied GRC in 2011.

The problem with civil society activists and far left Singaporeans is that they are living in a bubble, unwilling and unable to see how their radical beliefs are unpalatable to the conservative Singaporean electorate. Are they so accustomed to their echo chambers that they do not go out and interact with everyday people living in HDB flats? The average Singaporean is not bothered about greater freedom of speech, freedom of expression or harsh defamation laws. He does not support sodomy and does not want gay marriage to be legalized in Singapore. He also does not want drug traffickers to be spared from the death penalty. Nor does he care about the incessant whining of ISA detainees about their supposedly wrong detention in 1987 or about some old folks detained under Operation Coldstore for allegedly being communists. Yes, yes, these are all issues that a bleeding heart liberal would care about. But they are not bread and butter issues and are thus of no concern to ordinary people.

The civil society activists’ approach suggests that they think that making the loudest noise will help their cause. They are out of touch with Singaporeans. Instead of spouting rhetoric about the kind of Singapore that they want to see, they should be working with the Singapore that exists before their eyes. What they are doing is akin to pounding one’s head against the unmoving wall. They can talk about their pet issues, but if they want to achieve any more than that, they should go door to door and have conversations with Singaporeans and try to win them over. That would be the more effective approach. The more they are in the public eye for controversial antics such as the Mahathir meeting, the more they hurt the opposition cause as swing voters do not view their actions in a positive light and unfortunately lump them together with the credible opposition figures.

In the lead up to GE2015, attention was taken away from the rising cost of living, the influx of foreigners and the difficult job market resulting from the stagnating economy. Part of this was due to the antics of diehard anti-PAP fanatics like Roy Ngerng, Han Hui Hui and Amos Yee. The political narrative shifted away from the PAP government’s shortcomings. Instead we heard disorganized chants of “Return my CPF” as a small bunch of protesters heckled special needs kids, and credible anti-PAP voices were drowned out by the noise about donating to self-styled freedom fighter Roy Ngerng who was being sued by the prime minister for posting defamatory comments on his blog. Ngerng posted videos and wrote blog posts, expressing that he had “believed that within a few months, Singaporeans would have thronged the streets and the PAP would be unseated” (Source). He compared himself to a ‘hero’ and apologized for being unable to be a MP for Singaporeans. In the general election, he lost miserably, barely managing to get 21% of the votes. Clearly he was no ‘hero’ in the eyes of most Singaporeans and it had all been for nothing.

Another loud and distracting political saga was the “Free Amos Yee” movement in which the rude kid Amos insulted religion and denigrated the memory of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister at a time when emotions were still raw about his passing. In the controversial video, Amos even claimed that he had talked with a SDP member. In the wake of his arrest, he was warmly supported by activists and some opposition politicians but they performed a flip flop and turned against him after he slandered Vincent Law. Nevertheless, the opposition suffered because of these events, especially since the election was held at a time when Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy was at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

I am a proud opposition supporter. The reason I write this is not because I want to pour cold water on the enthusiasm of hardcore opposition supporters itching to blame the PAP but because I want readers to learn from history. How does it help the opposition cause when activists create controversy, get in trouble and then play the victim card, claiming political persecution? These activists should think of the optics. Swing voters are not moved the slightest. Contrary to what they think, the PAP does not fear a confrontational opposition. A confrontational opposition is actually easier for the PAP to defeat because of their tendency to go off the rails at times while being passionate about a cause. Like Roy Ngerng, these civil society activists will find themselves alone if they end up sued or arrested, should any of their hare-brained antics go wrong. Keep the narrative focused on bread and butter issues such as the affordability of HDB flats, the retirement age, the rising cost of living and the scarcity of jobs, and people will take note of the opposition. That is the only way to win seats in a politically and socially conservative nation.

Ajay

Africans vote, Chinese mint money

In Africa, China on 11/09/2018 at 4:36 am

A rainbow of flags, posters, T-shirts and scarves emblazoned with the names and faces of dozens of African politicians on display in the windows of more than a dozen shops make for a startling sight in the middle of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, writes Tom Hancock.

From presidential contenders from the Republic of Congo and Ghana to Nigerian senators and Kenyan members of parliament, Guangzhou’s Tongxin Road has found a niche in the global economy: exporting campaign products to candidates on the continent seeking an edge over their rivals.

The vibrant picture of democracy on display is evidence of Africa’s reliance on Chinese manufacturing: something that African leaders want to change. The sheer volume of the voting — this year will see at least 30 regional or national polls in 24 African countries, according to the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa — and their demand for products makes for a booming business for Chinese factories selling paraphernalia for African elections.

“Usually for an election we will have tens of thousands of items,” said Amy Zhang of Xu Yang Advertising and Printing, which supplied candidates in Kenya and the Republic of Congo. “Customers don’t choose high-end products. For a normal election we will sell T-shirts for less than Rmb12 [$1.90] each” she added, picking up a 2016 election scarf bearing the name of Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba.

FT

Advice to cybernuts writing in TOC, TRE etc

In Internet on 10/09/2018 at 7:13 am

The first rule when writing opinion pieces is: don’t be boring.

If want to pontificate or rant, don’t be boring.
Pls also stop defending PJ (and his kakis Jovolan and Kirsten) for asking
the Malaysian prime minister to take a leading role in promoting democracy and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia.
because by so doing you are continuing to help the PAP change the conversation: : WTF! With PAP on the ropes why this self-inflicted distraction?
And pls don’t write about changing s 377A in the light of another flip flop by the Indian Supreme court. Again you are continuing to help the PAP change the conversation
Go back to KPKBing on bread and butter issues like HDB leases, GST, MRT etc. Remember,the PAP was on the ropes until PJ’s action: PJ Thum cares about S’pore?

PM, PAP should remember what world’s richest man said

In Political governance, Public Administration on 09/09/2018 at 10:56 am

Given former PM’s comments his comment that those in the private sector earning less than $1m are “very mediocre people”, it’s surprising that the PM and the PAP are ignoring what the world’s richest man said

“Experiments are by their very nature prone to failure. But a few big successes compensate for dozens and dozens of things that didn’t work,” said Mr Jeff Bezos in 2014.

FT

I was reminded of this when I read

Mr Alfred Tan said that the PAP still refuses to acknowledge the policy blunder [about HDB leases]. He said that one of the key basic disciplines in problem solving is admitting that there is a problem. Only when there is an admission of misjudgment can the first step be taken towards a real and meaningful resolution and rectification of the problem.

“Is the PAP government prepared to man up and admit this misstep?” Mr Tan asked.

http://yoursdp.org/…/sdp_calls_out_out_of_t…/2018-09-08-6257

Dr Chee

 

The real Crazy Rich Asian

In Malaysia on 09/09/2018 at 5:07 am

No not PJ Thum but someone ehose

first office restrooms had automatically adjusting toilet seats, depending on the height of the occupant.

FT

Who he?

Spending on

champagne, casinos, the production of the film The Wolf of Wall Street and acquiring artworks such as Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Dustheads”.

Jho Low, English public school (Harrow) boy. Better know as Najib Kor’s and First Lady of M’sia’s buddy.

Two cheers for these ang moh hooligans

In Uncategorized on 08/09/2018 at 11:19 am

Mobike gives up on bike hire in Manchester

Chinese company’s European launch suffers widespread vandalism and theft
The above FT headline has me cheering as I’m really getting annoyed with all the hire bicycles littering pathways in the Marine Parade, Siglap area. Yesterday, I put a plastic bag containing my dog’s poo on one of these bikes insteading of bining the plastic bag.
And I’m not the only one annoyed. I see bikes in the Siglap canal at low tide.

Pay And Pay in action

In Public Administration on 07/09/2018 at 10:59 am

Yes taking a break from commenting on the useful dupes*, PJ Thum (as rich as the Youngs of Crazy Rich Asians fame) and his side-kick Hirsten.

Sorry for the aside. The constructive, nation-building media, NOT Terry’s Online Channel** report that social enterprise hawker centres use PAP’s SOPs to make hawkers Pay And Pay.

They were introduced three years ago with the aim of keeping food prices low for consumers, among other social objectives.

But the jury is still out on not-for-profit, social enterprise hawker centres, as they came under the spotlight recently after food critic and consultant K F Seetoh raised concerns about how they were run.

Mr Seetoh said in a post on his Makansutra website that hawkers at such centres have to pay an average of S$4,000 a month in rent due to extra expenses that included coin-changing services, charges for crockery washing, collection and return, as well as a fee for spot-checks on food quality and operation.

This monthly rental fee is higher than that of popular centres such as Maxwell Food Centre managed by the National Environment Agency (NEA), he said.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/not-all-can-stomach-social-enterprise-hawker-centres-stall-owners-call-flexibility-lower

To add insult to injury no freedom on to of costs:

Other policies have also led some to question the way these social enterprise hawker centres are being run. Among those that have not gone down well with hawkers include requirements to keep their stalls open at least 12 hours, forking out monthly fees for cashless or self-payment kiosks, as well as having to pay for marketing and publicity efforts.


*Chris K posted on FB

The philosopher and sometime novelist G.K Chesterton once noted,

“Evil always wins through the strength of its splendid dupes; and there has in all ages been a disastrous alliance between abnormal innocence and abnormal sin.”

The PAP is always lucky to have its “splendid dupes” among its critics and opponents. If you think “splendid dupes” is too cheem, then use the more common “useful fools”. The fools should give their brains a chance and not fall in love with the sound of their own voices.

**To be fair to Terry, he’s a one-man show and swamped with “contributions” from the friends of PJ, Kisten and Jovolan. So much so, that he published a piece saying flat owner does not own HBD flat because cannot rent via Airbnb. If that is so, us landed property also don’t own our properties.

 

Crazy Smart Asians

In Uncategorized on 07/09/2018 at 5:14 am

In July, Ewin Tang, an 18-year-old graduate in computer science and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, made waves in the international computing world by developing a classical computer algorithm that can solve a problem almost as fast as a quantum computer.

The problem involved developing a recommendation engine that suggests products to users based on data about their preferences.

From a BBC story on quantum computers https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45273584

Take Indinero, which sells accounting software. Jessica Mah, the startup’s 28-year-old boss, was born and raised in New York City. She started her first company in middle school and moved to the University of California, Berkeley, to study computer science. After graduating she went to Y Combinator, the prominent boot camp for startups in Mountain View. In 2009 she started Indinero in San Francisco. What could be more Silicon Valley?

https://www.economist.com/briefing/2018/09/01/silicon-valley-is-changing-and-its-lead-over-other-tech-hubs-narrowing

Not ground sour, juz kopi tiam talk amplified lah

In Internet on 06/09/2018 at 10:55 am

Er but taz missing the point about talking cock.

I’ve said in Smell the smoke? From Indonesia or from the PAP & cybernuts? that I’m not sure if the ground is as sour as Han Fook Kwang makes it sound.

Well I was planning to blog along the lines of the following letter to ST’s Forum: what we are hearing are voices that were once confined to small, disconnected groups. But since it has appeared, I’ll juz copy and paste like our millionaire ministers. Make sure you read a response to this letter I reproduce below. It says that my and letter writer’s point of view is irrelevant, missing the point: we also talking cock.

‘More discontent’ may be due to technology amplifying voices

While editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang presents an interesting take on why there is “more grumbling than usual about issues especially to do with the Government”, I have a different perspective on the matter (Is the ground sour? Time to tackle it; Aug 26).

Hailing from the generation that witnessed life without the convenience of gadgets, I can only conclude that we have to accept the hue and cry from the ground as the new normal.

Previously, when mobile phones and the Internet were virtually unheard of, the chatter of discontent could be heard only in coffee shops or during conversations between family or friends.

However, in the present day, technology has enabled muted voices to be heard through platforms such as social media. The anonymity afforded by such mediums has culminated in a cacophony of outbursts from the ground, which many tend to associate with growing discontent among the people.

The sudden rise in the ubiquity of digital devices has somehow led to the misconception that the conformity and orderliness of the old order have been replaced by the messiness of the new generation.

We have to accept that change and messiness is the new constant.

A FB post commenting on this Forum letter:

The heart of the issue is whether such complaints are valid. And politicians still need to assess the situation for themselves. Is high cost of living a perception or real? What is real problem of HDB 99 yr lease ownership.

Yes technology amplifies but someone still need to deal with it or you can lose a GRC.

Go long Keppel and Semb Marine?

In Energy on 06/09/2018 at 6:03 am

Rig drilling Transocean has bid US$2.7bn deal for deepwater rival Ocean Rig.

Remember oil is now close to US$80, so oil drilling and services industry expects it will soon be able to raise the prices

Btw, Shell said last month that deepwater drillingwas making a comeback after the 2014 oil crash as falling costs and higher crude prices was making it competitive again.

Computers can think out-of-the-box

In Uncategorized on 05/09/2018 at 5:50 pm

So there’s no need for humans any more except to build these computers.

I was reading an article in the FT on quantum computing and read that not only can they think out of the box but they are better than humans because of the speed that they can think such tots.

Kirsten Han trying to defecate herself and PJ out of self-made crater

In Uncategorized on 05/09/2018 at 10:06 am

And if as Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole tell me, that he’s as rich as the Youngs of Crazy Rich Asians fame, PJ should employ a better defender and PR woman. With helper like this, he doesn’t need enemies.

In defending him, her spins and rebuttals are full of holes.

First

Contrary to Mr Seah’s assertion, Dr Thum had not asked Dr Mahathir to bring democracy to Singapore, Ms Han said … he had “urged (Mahathir) to take leadership in Southeast Asia for the promotion of democracy, human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of information”, she reiterated.

(Yes I’m using extracts from the constructive, nation-building media)

Excuse isn’t S’pore part of SE Asia. She’s live here and she doesn’t know this? Think S’pore off the coast of Europe isit? Or off Califonia?

So not wrong to argue that PJ really wants the M’sian PM Tun M ” to take leadership for the promotion of democracy, human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of information” in S’pore. We part of SE Asia loh.

And ain’t this asking him “to bring democracy to Singapore”? Given that people like her call S’pore repressive (and getting worse) and PJ had “urged (Mahathir) to take leadership in Southeast Asia for the promotion of democracy, human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of information”.


The potential flippers [people who may vote for Oppo] dislike and mistrust Tun. And here are five ant-PAPpies telling him to free S’pore from the PAP. This may not be the truth but it’s plausible and the PAP is spinning like hell that they want him to free S’pore from the PAP.

.PJ Thum cares about S’pore?


(Aside: M’sian Finance Minister’s escape from a court case had me thinking “Great to know that some things never change in M’sia since Tun became PM all those years ago.” Wondering why PJ Thum didn’t ask Tun to bring his core competencies and skills to the rest of SE Asia?)

Next

Ms Han also noted that Dr Thum’s Facebook post was not about “declaring Singapore a part of Malaysia, but merely a reference to our own history”.

Adding that Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had declared independence from the British on Aug 31, 1963, Ms Han said: “So Aug 31 is an ‘unofficial independence day’ for the people of Singapore. As Lee Kuan Yew said, it signified the end of colonial British rule in Singapore.”

KInda tenious the link between what LKY said in 1963 and did (review a parade) and “So Aug 31 is an ‘unofficial independence day’ for the people of Singapore”.

We were about to join M’sia, so fair to join in the celebrations on 31 August and link it to our becoming free of the ang mohs.

We soon realised that joining M’sia was a bad idea and “an honest mistake” of the PAP. We were then glad that we got kicked of M’sia with so little trouble and no suffering.

And she (cunningly?) ignored PJ Thum’s post on 31 August 2016,which sneered at what LKY did on 31August 1963

50 years ago today: Lee Kuan Yew, frustrated with the delay in the creation of Malaysia, unilaterally announced the independence of Singapore. In a rare show of unity, the international community rolled their eyes and ignored him. Happy 50th Illegal Independence Day, Singapore!

Finally

She also said that the Singaporeans did not attend the meeting with Dr Mahathir “as a collective, but as a group of individuals”.

Sorry I find this impossible to believe given the personal links between four of them, and the personal link between PJ and Tan Wah Piow.

I think it’s time for her and PJ (If they want to show that it’s wrong to surmise that they do “not wish Singapore well”) to do what the last para in SDP’s statement says S’poreans should do

The SDP acknowledges that Mr Seah Kian Peng has apologised for his erroneous statement on his FB where he had involved our party in a controversy over a meeting some Singaporean activists had with Dr Mahathir.

The SDP accepts Mr Seah’s apology.

While we may differ in our views on how to take Singapore forward, politicians should not resort to questioning their opponents’ loyalty to our nation. No matter what our political persuasion, we all remain faithful and committed to this country.

Let us move on and focus our attention on tackling the issues that affect the lives of our fellow citizens.

But when was the last time you heard them KPKBing about the cost of living, HDB leases and other issues that affect ordinary S’poreans? A Crazy Richb Asian and his Girl Friday don’t know squat among ordinary S’poreans.

For what it’s worth, going by their words and actions over the last few yrs, I think they do “not wish Singapore well”. But they are not traitors, juz a variant form of useful idiots that help the PAP retain power: like Tan Kin Lian and Tan Jee Say.

In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as a propagandist for a cause of whose goals they are not fully aware and who is used cynically by the leaders of the cause.[1][2] The term was originally used to describe non-Communists regarded as susceptible to Communist propaganda and manipulation.[1] The term has often been attributed to Vladimir Lenin, but this attribution is controversial.[3][4]

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

As for Jovolan Wham, my respect for him as a social activist working to help migrant workers and maids combat injustice made me keep quiet about his views on other things. But no more since Jolovan Wham: Nothing wrong in asking Tun M to intervene in S’porean affairs

I view him like I view PJ Thum and Kirsten Han.

 

 

 

Jolovan Wham: Nothing wrong in asking Tun M to intervene in S’porean affairs

In Malaysia on 04/09/2018 at 5:21 pm

Even if PJ had asked Mahathir to ‘bring democracy to Singapore’, instead of South East Asia, what’s wrong with that? One may question his choice of person to lobby but that is a purely strategic question, and has nothing to do with ‘foreign interference’ or subversion.

The PAP must be thankful that he’s really helping them change the conversation from the things that matter CoL, HDB leases etc to “Who do you trust? PAP? Or Tun lovers, quislings, fifth columnists or their allies, fellow travellers or useful idiots?: WTF! With PAP on the ropes why this self-inflicted distraction?

His full post

Sonny Liew has repented

In Uncategorized on 04/09/2018 at 4:22 am

Sort of.

In a FB conversation in which my FB avatar was a tiny part of on Sunday he seemed to be saying “It was an honest mistake to think that the meeting could remain private as I was assured it was going to be. I only wanted to meet Tun.”.

Subsequently on Monday in the constructive, nation building media this appeared

‘WE WERE TOO NAIVE’

Meanwhile, Mr Liew told TODAY that his friends and family have expressed concern that he “might somehow end up getting charged with treason or get in serious trouble of some sort”.

He said: “Personally I don’t think that’s anyone’s goal or intention, and I mostly see it as an important lesson on negotiating public discourse.”

He acknowledged that the group of individuals who met with Dr Mahathir, including himself, were “much too wide-eyed and naive when we went into the meeting”.

“PJ, Kirsten, Jolovan and myself all to some degree or another have some reputation for being at odds with the authorities, and once you throw Wah Piow into the mix, it should have been clear that the situation could be alittle volatile,” he said.

Mr Liew said the group was “all taken by surprise” to find out that Mr Hishammuddin had informed the media that there would be an impromptu press conference after the event.

“For myself, I’d only agreed to proceed once we were assured that those of us (Jolovan, Kirsten and myself) who didn’t want to be part of the press conference could choose to do so – which I thought would mean that we would get to meet Dr Mahathir in a personal, unpoliticised capacity,” Mr Liew said.

“I should probably add that I don’t really know Wah Piow well, so I am not trying to argue that he or anyone else were trying to manipulate us… just that it was  my own responsibility to be much better prepared.”

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/activists-want-mp-retract-baseless-claims-over-meeting-dr-mahathir

His FB post after the article appeared

TOC shared it. And one Adrian Tan posted on TOC’s share:  The news cycle will run and run.😜 Because the PAP wants to change the conversation from economic issues like CoL, HDB renewal etc etc. And because Kirsten Han and PJ are making it even easier for them to let the cycle run. Waiting for Wham to join them. And for Tan Wah Piow to start talking. 🤣Juz go what u are really good at. All the best from a fan of Charlie Chan.

As another fan of his, I wish him well. Hope he doesn’t get kicked out of his PAP govt subsidised studio. And lose his citizenship. He can lose it because he’s M’sian by birth. Juz wondering, did Tun know he was M’sian citizen who renounced that in favour of becoming a S’pore citizen?

 


PJ Thum cares about S’pore?

In Uncategorized on 03/09/2018 at 11:25 am

From his ang moh tua kee PR agent

I’ve worked closely with PJ for two years now. I know him to be someone who thinks and cares deeply about Singapore and its people. I know him as someone who piles both work and risk on himself, for very little reward, because he is committed to this country. He was told that he would never work in Singapore as an academic again, but he’s still trying to come home permanently, because he wants to contribute to Singapore. I’d like to reassure Mr Seah here: in all the time that I’ve spent with PJ, I’ve never seen any indication or evidence that he wishes Singapore ill.

https://www.kirstenhan.com/blog/2018/9/1/a-response-to-mr-seah-kian-pengs-allegations

So why does PJ Thum help the PAP change the conversation? See WTF! With PAP on the ropes why this self-inflicted distraction?

It’s clear from the FB postings I’m seeing that those PAP voters who can be flipped are angry with the antics of PJ Thum, Kirsten Han Jolovan Lam, Tan Wah Piow and Sonny Liew in meeting Tun. The potential flippers dislike and mistrust Tun. And here are five ant-PAPpies telling him to free S’pore from the PAP. This may not be the truth but it’s plausible and the PAP is spinning like hell that they want him to free S’pore from the PAP .

If PJ really cares about S’pore why sabo and help the PAP tar those who oppose PAP hegemony.

Give me a break.

As to this about PJ

he’s still trying to come home permanently, because he wants to contribute to Singapore

Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole tell me that their ISD cousins say that that his specialisation on S’pore’s history (he doesn’t have wider SE Asian credentials) and his Marxist leanings make it very difficult for him to get a decent paying acadamic post in the UK. In S’pore, at least got bungalow (think the Youngs in Crazy Rich Asians) to live in.

Think Tun can bring democracy to S’pore? Ponder this

In Malaysia, Property on 03/09/2018 at 5:42 am

He’s very authoritarian and arbitrary when it comes to dealing with us slit eyes.

Chinese owners getting flat keys but Tun says “No” to moving in: PRC’s flat is not his flat.

Liang Ri Sheng’s family will be one of the first 482 PRC families to get the keys to their Forest City apartments by September. He was planning to have his son stay there so that the boy study in a nearby int’l school.

Now

“One thing is certain, that city that is going to be built cannot be sold to foreigners,” Mahathir said at a news conference on Monday in Kuala Lumpur in response to a question from Reuters. “We are not going to give visas for people to come and live here.”

Another PRC is whistling in the dark

Another buyer, Jackie Chan (not related to the actor of the same name), who bought an apartment in Forest City last year for around $140,000, said he hadn’t expected such a twist.

“When I bought it I was betting on long-term appreciation and didn’t expect there would be such a policy risk. But I’m not aiming for their immigration visa so there’s no impact for me. The investment amount is small so I’m just going to keep it as a vacation home,” said Chan, who lives in Hong Kong.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-forest-city-development/mahathir-takes-aim-at-country-gardens-giant-development-in-southern-malaysia-idUSKCN1LC0KX

Like real. Can believe or not this PRC.

 

Doublespeak on “Every school a good school”

In Public Administration on 02/09/2018 at 11:33 am
“Every school being a good school does not mean every school is the same. If every school is the same, every school can’t be a good school.
Ong Ye Kung
Huh?
And to make “Every school a good school” even more meaningless, it’s an aspiration like the Pledge*:
So when we talk about this aspiration or this vision, of every school is a good school, it is really to say, it is possible at some point, every kid can go to a school that suits him or her best and help him or her achieve the best that he or she can be … And that requires every school to be slightly different, to be strong in different areas that play to the strength of the kid. And for that to happen, choice is important.”
Ong Ye Kung is talking cock thru his ass methinks. Time to move Lawrence Wong, good smoke thrower to MoE? Lawrence Wong: a PM-in-waiting
Here’s an interesting article on Doublespeak
Doublespeak: A Weapon Aimed at the Language

Doublespeak is not language. It is anti-language. The purpose of language is to transfer a truth from one mind to another; the purpose of doublespeak is to transfer a falsehood disguised as a truth.

In “Doublespeak” (Harper & Row), William Lutz undertakes to define, analyze and document the term, observing at the outset that it has nothing to do with bad grammar or syntax.

“It is instead a very conscious use of language as a weapon or tool by those in power to achieve their ends at our expense. While some doublespeak is funny, much of it is frightening.”

Lutz says there are four kinds of doublespeak. The first is the simple euphemism, in which a word is used to soften a cruel reality. This use may be benign, as when we say “passed on” or “sleeping with.” The second is jargon, which is useful within a trade or profession, but which may be used to keep outsiders out. The third is gobbledygook, the use of big words and strings of nouns so beloved by bureaucracy. The fourth is inflated language designed to make the ordinary seem extraordinary.

http://articles.latimes.com/1989-11-02/news/vw-112_1_nuclear-weapons

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*The Aspiration, not the Pledge
“We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity
and progress for our nation.”

Typical product of our education system?

In Property on 02/09/2018 at 5:48 am

Re “Every school a good school”.

Mr Low Mong Seng, 34, worried that the compensation under Vers may not allow flat owners to purchase a flat of a comparable size. This would be a problem for bigger households, said the swim coach, whose three-room flat in Block 95, Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, has less than 50 years left on its lease.

Hello, don’t people grow up, move out or die? All the residents never marry or die isit? The number of the people remain static isit?

And the issue of how much will a similar flat will cost is always present when selling out of the existing flat. 

As a FB post once put it

My parents bought the flat in 1978 for $19,000. It was fully paid for within a few years. Some time back, a property agent approached me and asked me to sell the flat, saying that I can get $420, 000 for it. I rejected because where are my parents and I going to stay if I sell. How much will a similar flat cost me if I buy a resale?

But to be fair to our education system, Mr Low could best be either die die support PAP heartlander or a cybernut from the hearlands of The Idiots or TOC or TRE. They are beyond help.

WTF! With PAP on the ropes why this self-inflicted distraction?

In Malaysia on 01/09/2018 at 10:41 am

Own goal? Ownself sabo ownself?

PM and the PAP have been pummelled in recent weeks about ministers pay (When being a minister turns from a calling into a job for life),PM’s call to eat below S$3 meals and other frugality tips which show how out touch he is with the lives of those not “Crazy Rich Asians” (Shumething PM left out in NDR speech/ Reason why?) and on HDB flat “is not my HDB flat” (Exposed: Flaws in PM’s HDB spin)

So what do Tan Wah Piow, PJ Thum, Kirsten Han, Sonny Liew and Jolovan Wham, all prominent PAP haters and anti-PAP activists do?

They met Tun M and invited him (he’s accepted) to talk about democracy. WTF!

What were Tan Wah Piow, PJ Thum, Kirsten Han, Sonny Liew and Jolovan Wham thinking of when they made the decision to meet (And ask him to talk about democracy: he knows more about locking up and beat up people LOL. Ask Anwar.) someone who hates the very existence of S’pore as an independent state? Remember, he criticised Tunku for kicking us out of M’sia. He wanted Tunku to send in the army and arrest the leaders we elected.


Do read this: damned good article by the gal I love to make fun of: https://www.kirstenhan.com/blog/2018/8/30/80-minutes-with-dr-m

She should stick to reporting, not trying to a pseudo-intellectual justifying all ang moh progressive ideas.

————————————————————————–

They are giving the PAP the opportunity to change the topic to “Who do you trust? PAP? Or Tun lovers, quislings, fifth columnists or their allies, fellow travellers or useful idiots?

The S’poreans that can be flipped (Why many PAP voters are ready to be flipped) may not be happy with the PAP, but they sure don’t like Tun: forever KPKBing about the supply of water to S’pore and who once threatened to cut off our water supply. And they know he has a problem with S’poreans, not juz the PAP. In his writings, he’s called us a few unfriendly names. It seems that when he was a medical student here, he was treated as an arrogant, obnoxious country bumpkin even by the local Malay elite. The memory must still rankle.

The PAP will use the meeting to tar all those opposed to PAP hegemony with the brush of “quisling” or “fifth columnist” or their allies, fellow travellers or useful idiots: some tar will stick.

PAP must be very happy that they can use this incident to discredit all anti-PAP and civil society activists, and critics of the way the PAP does things and thinks: “They are Tun lovers, quislings, fifth columnists, or their allies, fellow travellers or useful idiots.”

With enemies like the now Infamous 5 the PAP has nothing to worry about.

I’m not the only one concerned. Even anti-PAP Terry’s Online Channel is concerned:

As for Singaporeans, what are to make of all this?

We have to remember that Dr Mahathir has never been a fan of Singapore. Some would say he has had an axe to grind with the Singapore government, not the people of Singapore.

That may well be the case. But it not easy to separate one from the other.

In a nutshell, the well-being of Singaporeans cannot be uppermost in the mind of Dr Mahathir.”

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2018/08/31/what-does-it-say-when-singaporeans-look-to-mahathir-to-bring-change-to-singapore/

Even regular TOC readers are KPKBing about the Infamous 5’s antics. Example

Singaporeans and the opposition parties should be warned not to get cozy with Dr M and the Malaysian politicians. It’s prudent to keep them at one arm’s length. We know we must be brave and decisive in the next GE, but pls leave msia out of our country’s politics. Never forget the bitter lessons we learnt from history. We are a tiny vulnerable nation in relative terms to our closest big neighbours. I will shun the opposition IF our they cowered to the malaysian politicians. In the battle against the mighty ruling party, bringing in a ‘big brother’ as a backing (?) is PLAYING WITH FIRE. This is not a strategy, it is suicide for the opposition and will open the floodgates to foreign intervention in our country.

Did Tan Wah Piow, PJ Thum, Kirsten Han, Sonny Liew and Jolovan Wham think of the implications of anti-PAP activists meeting someone who hates the very existence of S’pore as an independent state?  Someone forever KPKBing about the supply of water to S’pore and who once threatened to cut off our water supply.

Tan Wah Piow, PJ Thum, Kirsten Han, Sonny Liew and Jolovan Wham are the useful idiots (of the PAP), quislings or fifth columnists that all those of us who oppose PAP hegemony should be wary of.

What do you think?

FYI, more on Tun M

Tun slyer than Najib

One reason Tun wants to cause trouble with us on HSR

Two-face Tun/ Why vote PAP

HSR: I was right wasn’t I?

 

Let’s thank Trump and Xi for rowing

In China, Tourism on 01/09/2018 at 5:29 am

Big league conference moved here from Beijing

Fallout from the trade war between the United States and China has prompted billionaire media executive Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, to relocate a conference of global business and political leaders from Beijing to Singapore.

The event, touted as a rival to Davos, the elite annual conclave in Switzerland, is to take place in Singapore over two days in the first week of November.

Mr Bloomberg made the decision after a Chinese partner last week asked the organisers in New York to postpone the event, according to people with knowledge of the planning.

PAP govt must be doing shumething right, right?