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Gods punishing Potong Pasir residents for voting PAP?

In Media, Political governance, Public Administration on 31/12/2018 at 10:32 am

In the space of the last few days, the constructive, nation-building media reported without comment (Imagine if these bad things had happened in Aljunied or Hougang?):

Giant trap to control Javan Myna population trialed in Potong Pasir
and
Burst pipe in Potong Pasir leaves homes without water for several hours
It could be that the Gods are punishing the residents of Potong Pasir for preferring material benefits that the PAP offers in return for deserting the Chiams.
Will the residents repent abandoning the Chiams in 2011 and not turning back to them in 2015? Will they vote for Mrs Chiam in next GE?
Seriously, I’m shocked that anti-PAP publications like TOC, TRE and The Idiots, and the cybernuts on social media are not using the incidents to show that the PAP govt is incompetent: it can’t even look after areas that support the PAP.
Maybe, these people are on luxury holidays overseas and so missed the news.
But most probably, the cybernuts (not enough money to even donate peanuts to keep alive TOC and TRE let alone go on luxury hols) are distracted by what they consider as the persecutions of Uncle Leong, Terry and Daniel Augustin De Costa aka Willy Sum: PAP & strategic distraction
Or even more likely, the PAP has succeeded in frightening the chickens and sheep by suing a few monkeys.
What do you think?
Prosperous 2019. Vote wisely but not for the three stooges: Mad Dog, Lim Tean, Meng Seng where are yr durians?. And make a distinction between Dr Chee and the SDP.
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Returns of 2018: What returns?

In Financial competency on 31/12/2018 at 6:33 am

Still waiting for Lim Tean’s Christmas present

In Uncategorized on 30/12/2018 at 6:51 am
Sorry to sound like Gringe, but I can’t find the defamation video. Not released yet isit? Tot u said it would be Christmas present. U meant Christmas present for 2019 isit?
(Adrian Tan posting on Lim Tean’s FB. Lim Tean was KPKBing about PM suing his client.)
Addition at 6.55 am: Maybe Lim Tean thinks he’s like the Magi. They gave their presents to the Christ child on Epiphany, which falls on 6 January 2019.

Tis the week of Christmas trading

In Uncategorized on 30/12/2018 at 4:05 am

US stocks settled almost where they started on Friday, but only after a volatile day of trading that capped one of the wildest weeks on Wall Street in recent years.

FT

With enemy like Tun

In Malaysia on 29/12/2018 at 11:00 am

PAP doesn’t need give away too many bribes goodies before next GE.

It can raise GST by 2% 2 points before GE and still win 70%. All it needs is Tun continuing to threaten S’pore. As I told one of Anwar’s pals and a former adviser of Tun, last week, with an enemy like Tun, the PAP doesn’t need to worry about winning 70% of the votes.

But then maybe, Tun has a secret Swiss bank account …

igNoble Hse omnishambles puts spotlight two int’l accounting firms

In Accounting, China, Commodities, Corporate governance, Emerging markets on 29/12/2018 at 4:03 am

In the coming yr, investors, creditors and S’porean regulators of Noble will be singing

Fee-fi-fo-fum,
I smell the blood of an accountant from Ernst & Young or PricewaterhouseCoopers,
Be he alive, or be he dead
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.

The back story

Noble Group is facing insolvency after authorities in Singapore said the crisis-hit commodity trader would not be able to list shares in a new entity, dealing a potentially fatal blow to its emergency debt restructuring.

Singapore’s white collar crime agency, its de facto central bank and the regulatory arm of the country’s stock exchange said they had “significant uncertainties about the financial position of ‘New Noble’”.

In a statement they said “New Noble’s” net asset value could be as much as 45 per cent lower than stated by the company when local standards stipulated by Singapore’s Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority were applied.

“It would be imprudent to allow the re-listing as investors will not be able to trade in New Noble’s shares on an informed basis. Monetary Authority of Singapore and Singapore Exchange will therefore not allow the re-listing of New Noble to proceed.”

FT a few weeks ago

The auditors were and are the Hong Kong arm of Ernst & Young

But they are not the only ones facing questions.

Noble Group’s Chief Executive Yusuf Alireza sought to draw a line under a long-running accounting dispute after a report by board-appointed auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found no wrongdoing in the company’s accounting practices.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-noble-group-accounts/pwc-says-noble-groups-accounting-practices-comply-with-rules-idUSKCN0QF0Y420150810

 

The need for alt media

In Media on 28/12/2018 at 11:04 am

Terry Xu should not have been charged with criminal defamation because he took down the artcle when the authorities were unhappy.

Whatevwer, here’s TOC’s pitch on the need for independent media. Do watch the video.

While dated, … the Q&A session provides us with much insight into the media industry in Singapore and reasons why Singapore needs to support independent media to ensure rights for citizens are looked after.

This is the link to the Q&A session TOC is talking about: https://www.facebook.com/theonlinecitizen/videos/219966588933713/

TOC introduced the video with:

Readers have asked to view the full clip where CNA journalists voiced their views about how they see their job in SIngapore as journalists and here it is.

Taken back in 2016 during a presentation by journalists in Channel NewsAsia/Mediacorp at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, the presentation was titled, “Everything you ever wanted to know about TV & Media but were afraid to ask”.

Steve Chia is a Presenter / Editor at Channel NewsAsia who has been there for 13 years. He is captured on video saying, “Media is not the…watchdog to pounce on politicians and not to hold people accountable. That is not our role here.”

Lam Shushan is a digital journalist at CNA for 4 years. She says, “I don’t want to be the watchdog of politicians”.

Low Minmin is a producer at CNA for 5 years. She shares the struggle that she is in, trying to get her story out despite the censorship.

Two of the younger journalists were not meant to be the speakers but were replaced the day before. They were asked to replace Hoe Yeen Nie and Kane Cunico.

The journalists were aware of the video recording just that this video only surfaced at this point.

While dated, but the Q&A session provides us with much insight into the media industry in Singapore and reasons why Singapore needs to support independent media to ensure rights for citizens are looked after.

-44:31

Law on sharing defamatory articles

In Uncategorized on 27/12/2018 at 9:33 am

Uncle Leong is playing the innocent victim, saying he juz shared the infamous article on social media.

“He does not assert that what the article said or is alleged to have said was true,” said Mr Lim [Lim Tean, Uncle Leong’s lawyer] in Mr Leong’s defence, adding that all Mr Leong did “was to share without endorsement or comment a link to an article” which had been sent to him on Facebook.

 

The cybernut brigade (CB?), the anti-PAPpists’ answer to the PAP IB, have said that since Uncle Leong has been sued, everyone else sharing said article should also be sued. And if they are not sued, why not? They got a point and it’s juz like these nuts to want to sabo other cybernuts who shared said article.

Sorry back to “sharing” as defamation

Repeating defamatory matter

 

The general rule in English law is that it is no defence in an action for defamation for a defendant to prove that he was only repeating the words of another. Accordingly, if producers wish to repeat potentially defamatory allegations, they must always seek legal advice. It may be that we will safely be able to repeat the allegations because, for example, the reporting is covered by privilege, but advice from the programme lawyer must be sought. On matters of public interest, the neutral reporting of disputes between third parties, where allegations are not adopted or endorsed, is likely to be defensible but again advice from the programme lawyer must be sought.

https://www.channel4.com/producers-handbook/media-law/defamation/intentional-accidental-defamation

Need I say more than that S’pore law is also liddat.

 

Economy: No cheer from UOB

In Economy on 27/12/2018 at 7:04 am

But for the record it was too pessimistic about December’s and this yr’s overall manufacturing growth (see highlighted bit)

UOB said the 90-day truce between the US and China “may have given manufacturing (especially electronics production here) a new lease of life, albeit temporarily”.

It also warned that if the current increase is mainly due to the frontloading of imports before the potentially higher tariffs kick in after Mar 1, then the resulting payback in 2019 is “likely to be magnified and translating to a weaker manufacturing growth next year”.

UOB had earlier forecast a full-year manufacturing growth of 7.7 per cent for 2018, up from the previous 7 per cent, implying a December industrial production (IP) growth forecast of 2.6 per cent year-on-year. However, it maintained a GDP growth forecast of 3.4 per cent, which implies a Q4 growth forecast of 2.6 per cent year-on-year.

“But the uptick in Oct/Nov manufacturing may add further upside to that forecast,” it said.

However, UOB added that it still expects IP to moderate next year, projecting a 2.5 per cent growth in 2019, down from the previous 3 per cent.

“We also continue to be cautious about Singapore’s manufacturing sector due to the high base effect and the global electronics slowdown which could eventually take a more material toll on the electronics cluster,” it said. “Another main negative factor is the rocky global trade developments (i.e. US and China) with potential negative spill-overs to manufacturers here, both in terms of slowdown in export orders and business sentiments. Weaker China growth in 2019 will also pose a drag on Singapore’s goods and services demand.

“That said, some of the negative impact to trade may be offset by relocation of production into South East Asia, and that may benefit Singapore’s manufacturers and trade-related services and cushion some of the loss in demand from China, but the potential time lag between relocating production into ASEAN and reaping the relocation benefits will still mean downside growth risk to manufacturing in 2019.”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/singapore-manufacturing-output-up-7-6-november-11063514

NUS: Someone’s lying about communications and new media dept

In Media on 26/12/2018 at 12:06 pm

Only our constructive, nation-building media will report a story where one side is clearly lying (Ok, OK misrepresenting the truth) without trying to establish which side is faking the news.

Exodus of lecturers in NUS department, discontinued modules worry students

[…]

Prof Yue and deputy head, Associate Professor Zhang Weiyu, in an email — which TODAY obtained a copy of — sent to students on Dec 4.

They noted that lecturers who had quit taught a total of 35 modules, without specifying the number of lecturers who resigned. While they acknowledged that there are “short-term teaching gaps left by these staff”, the department “rested only three modules”.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/exodus-lecturers-nus-department-worries-students-modules-discontinued

But

Former lecturers said the department had offered close to 130 modules during Prof Dutta’s tenure. After Prof Yue took over, 75 modules — or over half of them — were discontinued.

After students raised concerns over the adequacy of options, the number of modules axed was reduced to 56. Majority of the modules were discontinued, while a few were merged.

The final tally of 56 modules axed was stated in a Dec 4 internal proposal titled “Curriculum Review and Update” which TODAY obtained a copy of. It was vetted by Prof Yue and submitted to the Board of Undergraduate Studies for approval.

The proposal said that the 56 courses were no longer offered and would officially take effect from August 2019. The proposal also listed the new tally of modules that will be offered — 73.

The discontinued modules included news reporting and editing, smart cities, digital media and political communication, as well as photography, visual rhetoric and public culture.

Only our constructive, nation-building media will report a story where one side is clearly lying (Ok, OK misrepresenting the truth) without trying to establish which side is faking the news.

But alt media is nothing to write home about. Tomorrow I’ll blog about a TOC writer that should be locked up for faking financial news. No I don’t mean Terry who doesn’t deserve being charged for criminal defamation because he took down the offending article when told the Ministry of Truth that it was unhappy.

LTA should grab Grab’s balls or Gojek

In Infrastructure on 26/12/2018 at 4:11 am

Seriously the A-Rabs have come up with something interesting that we should copy asap.

On Christmas eve, it was announced that Dubai is to launch a company with Careem, the regional rival to Uber, to manage the ride-hailing system for all taxis operating in Dubai, the Gulf’s S’pore.

The Dubai authorities said this would be the world’s first partnership between a government regulator and a private ride-hailing app. Dubai, like other regulatory authorities, has clashed with fast-growing ride-hailing companies challenging the dominance of traditional taxi services.

Careem said

— it would have a 49% in the joint venture, which would manage e-hailing systems and online payments for almost 11,000 taxis; and

— the venture could be expanded to include other transportation services, such as buses, as Dubai seeks to extend its regional leadership in technology innovation of government services.

If Grab refuses to play ball with LTA, LTA should try Gojek.

Christmas laughs from our comic lady in London

In Uncategorized on 25/12/2018 at 12:06 pm

Our High Commissioner in London had me in stitches with this

Singapore responds

Given The Economist’s belief in free speech and robust debate, I found it surprising that Banyan (December 1st) took issue with my letters to The Economist. Apart from quoting anonymous readers, Banyan selectively failed to mention that I had also argued that in our consistently contestable elections, the People’s Action Party could well lose power, and would deserve to do so if it ever became incompetent and corrupt. I write not to defend any political party, but to set the record straight and provide your readers with the facts to judge for themselves.

This time, Banyan made patronising backhanded innuendos about Singapore’s ongoing political succession. The ruling party has indeed settled on Heng Swee Keat as its next leader. But the prime minister in Singapore must command the confidence of the majority of members of parliament, no different from British prime ministers. Provided the party wins the people’s support in the next general election, due by April 2021, Mr Heng will take over from Lee Hsien Loong as prime minister.

Banyan equated democracy with freewheeling, rambunctious politics, divisive national debates, inter- and intra-party politicking, and quick changes of prime ministers and cabinet ministers. He dismissed Singapore’s political culture which strives for continuity and consensus in seeking the mandate of the people.

So far our system has produced accountable and stable governments, and progress and security for Singaporeans. And that surely is the ultimate test of any political system.

FOO CHI HSIA
High commissioner for Singapore
London

Economist – Christmas, holiday edition

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Make money.

Why Oxygen and other cybernuts are having orgasms this Christmas

In Financial competency, Financial planning, Property on 25/12/2018 at 4:17 am

They are always wishing ill to striving S’poreans, some of whom are having problems this Christmas, and so making Oz tax dodger Oxygen and his other cybernuts pals really very happy.

The number of properties put up for auction surged by almost 50 per cent this year compared with 2017, even as the number that successfully went under the hammer fell sharply.

There was a rush of listings in the final three months of this year, with more than a third put up in the fourth quarter, according to data released by property consultancy Knight Frank on Friday (Dec 21).

There were 1,120 properties put up for auction — the highest since 2011 — a 47.4 per cent increase from the 760 listings last year.

Out of the 1,120 listings, 41.9 per cent were residential properties, 22.9 per cent were retail units and 24.8 per cent industrial properties.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/properties-put-up-for-auction-surge-2018-knight-frank

But let’s be fair to these cybernuts. Only greedy PAP voters who are the cousins of cybernuts mortgage themselves to their eyebrows eyebrows and beyond.

Whatever, Merry Christmas to all.

And ensure a Prosperous New Year by voting wisely. And I don’t mean voting for Mad Dog, Lim Tean or Meng Seng.

“Man bites dog” story becomes

In Uncategorized on 24/12/2018 at 5:10 pm

the usual “Dog bites man” story

A video showing a lorry knocking over a cyclist after the latter hit its side view mirror on Saturday (Dec 22) has gone viral online, triggering a spirited debate over who was at fault.

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

 

“Nine” not “Eight” is unlucky for Xi

In China on 24/12/2018 at 10:43 am

Why “Nine” is his and the CCP’s unlucky number.

China gets nervous about the number nine. Years ending in nine bring a clutch of awkward anniversaries that worry China’s leaders. In 2019 it is 100 years since the May Fourth Movement, a much-celebrated protest, and 30 years since the bloody suppression of student-led demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.

https://worldin2019.economist.com/fromtheeditor

The fully monty: https://worldin2019.economist.com/xijinpingsworries

 

S’pore value screens by KGI Securities

In Financial competency, S'pore Inc, Temasek on 24/12/2018 at 4:47 am

Value in MSCI Singapore Index: KGI Securities

Can S’poreans game this kind of test?

In Uncategorized on 23/12/2018 at 9:52 am

One thing that the anti-PAP types don’t give credit for the PAP govt and elite school students (and I don’t include Hwa Chong, SCGS, RGS and ACS (I) as elite schools) is their ability to game tests.

Think they can game this?

Over the past four months, 2,000 people trying to get hired by McKinsey have been plonked in front of a computer screen showing a picture of an island and these words: “You are the caretaker of an island where plants and animals live in a variety of diverse ecosystems.” This is the start of a computer game the consultancy is testing as it tries to lure clever, tech-savvy people from beyond its traditional Ivy League business school hunting grounds.

McKinsey’s island game was built for the firm by a US start-up called Imbellus whose 20-something founder, Rebecca Kantar, wants to drastically reshape the way we measure people’s abilities. Ms Kantar is a Harvard dropout who thinks that in an age of rising automation, people should be tested on how they think, not just what they know and employers need to understand the skills that define human intelligence. A lot of influential people are backing her. Forbes has just ranked her company one of the highest funded start-ups for 2019 by a founder under the age of 30.

PAPpy rules OK in Illinois, the US of A

In Uncategorized on 22/12/2018 at 1:27 pm

Not in S’pore but in the Land of the Free, where the buffalo roam and where Amos Yee is learning that freedom of expression has a price: conform or starve

No state Speaker in America has served longer than Michael Madigan in Illinois. Mr Madigan has held the office since 1983 (a two-year hiccup in the nineties aside). For years his name, in elegant black letters on white glass, has glowered above the door of room 300 at the Capitol in Springfield. None of the grey-suited lobbyists who mill in the corridor before it can imagine him gone. Nor can he. This week he arranged for the Democratic caucus to return him, yet again, to his job.

https://www.economist.com/united-states/2018/12/01/machine-politics-as-illinois-marks-its-200th-birthday

PAP should confer honorary membership on him.

Or maybe not:

his co-ownership of a Chicago law firm that specialises in helping clients appeal against property-tax appraisals handed out by officials in Cook County (which covers the city). The tax office used to be led by a pal of Mr Madigan.

PAP believes in “whiter than white”. And “whiter than white”, he’s not.

M’sia, S’pore are like …

In Malaysia on 22/12/2018 at 5:13 am

Singapore and Malaysia are like two siblings, younger one graduated from university with a MBA and the older one from a special school and suffering from perpetual inferiority complex…but pretending that he is truly special….

FB post

So juz ram (and sink) that trespassing ship to show who is tua kee.

Lim Tean that cock lawyer meh?/ Video to be released soon

In Uncategorized on 21/12/2018 at 10:44 am

That cock lawyer meh?

Not me, but the judge that dismissed his defence that he did not owe money and that the amount claimed was not a loan but down payment for iron ore that plaintiff was buying from Lim Tean the miner.

There were also no supporting documents provided by Mr Lim to show that both parties had reached an agreement regarding the sale and purchase of iron ore. DJ Tan noted that Mr Lim in an email had also acknowledged the loan.

“The language of the email clearly amounts to an unequivocal admission of the loan, and as put by the learned deputy registrar ‘flatly contradicts (Mr Lim’s) case’,” she said.

District Judge Tan added that if the money transferred to Mr Lim was indeed a downpayment, “in my mind, it simply belies belief that (Mr Lim), being a qualified lawyer”, would send an email that not only “characterises the earlier payment as a loan, but also promises payment within a specified time and expressing regret for delaying payment”.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/application-filed-declare-opposition-leader-lim-tean-bankrupt

Update on video

A few hrs after the publication of Finally Lim Tean called to account on a “broken promise”, he finally broke over one year’s silence on the video by saying on Facebook that his defamation video (remember it was promised for Sept, then Nov last yr) was ready. He would release it next week.

We shall see. Better late than never.

Still urging Tun to take leadership in SE Asia; PJ, Kirsten?

In Malaysia on 20/12/2018 at 10:31 am

According to Kirsten Han, PJ Thum “urged (Mahathir) to take leadership in Southeast Asia for the promotion of democracy, human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of information”.

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

Do they still believe that he’s the messiah SE Asia needs?

NHS rubber gloves made in Malaysian factories accused of forced labour

Exclusive: firms supplying health service allegedly exploit thousands of migrants

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/business

(Their favourite ang moh newspaper)

Champion for human rights ? What champion  for human rights?

And does a champion for human rights do this?

in September, Dr Mahathir told the United Nations General Assembly that Malaysia would ratify all the human rights conventions it had yet to adopt, a total of six, including the measure against racial discrimination.

Then, Dr Mahathir had promised that Malaysia will espouse the principles promoted by the UN in its international engagements, saying: “It is within this context that the new government of Malaysia has pledged to ratify all remaining core UN instruments related to the protection of human rights.”

But he had added: “It will not be easy for us because Malaysia is multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multilingual.”

Later in November, the Malaysian government backpedaled on its decision and chose not to ratify ICERD because it would require a two-thirds majority in parliament to amend the Federal Constitution.

“ICERD promotes freedom and less discrimination. Article 153 (of the Constitution) gives some privileges to the indigenous people, which means some may interpret it as being discriminatory,” Dr Mahathir had told the media. “If we tried to abolish these privileges, it will go against Article 153.”

The Pakatan Harapan government does not have a two-thirds majority in Parliament. Furthermore, several Pakatan Harapan MPs stated that they were not in favour of the ratification.

The proposed ratification of ICERD had also drawn criticism and protests from government and opposition representatives as well as NGOs.

Many feared that its implementation may undermine some of the privileges enshrined in the Federal Constitution and dilute privileges for ethnic Malays, who form the majority in the country.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/anti-icerd-rally-umno-pas-kl-white-shirts-11013422

Are these the reasons why the diabolical duo are so quiet about Tun’s behaviour towards S’pore recently? They don’t know where to hide their asses?

I doubt they are ashamed of their actions because they are the kind of people who believe in “Licking the ass of the enemy of my enemy”.

Whatever two cheers for Tan Kin Lian: he has

the balls to speak out in support of Tun unlike Tun brown nosers Tan Wah Piow, PJ Thum and Kirsten Han* ( “Antics Of Civil Society Activists Endanger Opposition Cause”); and Jolovan Wham: Nothing wrong in asking Tun M to intervene in S’porean affairs. Their silence is deafening shameful and in character. Sad.

Tan Kin Lian thinks Tun is more sinned against than sinning

Send this to yr PAP minister, MP

In Footie on 19/12/2018 at 3:05 pm

High salary means f*all. Last season Sity won Premier League and recently both teams thrashed MU.

United’s average first-team player wage last season was £6.5m, ahead of City’s £6m, and well clear of Liverpool’s £4.9m, according to the website Sporting Intelligence.

FT

Finally Lim Tean called to account on a “broken promise”

In Uncategorized on 19/12/2018 at 6:49 am

September 2018 was the first anniversary of Lim Tean’s failure to deliver on his jobs rally and defamation video: he had claimed he had raised money to ensure the success of these projects. Mo pix, no sound: Lim Tean’s first anniversary of BSing

Also no pix, no sound on class action law suit against CPF despite side-kick claiming that

Once the required resources, not just financially, are in place and before the suit is launched, there will be more updates. Action speaks louder than words.

Phillip Ang

CPF class action: Phillip Ang’s “reply’ to fellow cybernut?

Since then, no picture, no sound like Lim Tean’s other two crowdfunding projects.

So good that a judge has called time on what she says is a broken promise by Lim Tean

In her summary judgment, she said: “On my examination of the documents… it was clear to me that they were inadequate to support the defendant’s assertion that the sum of US$150,000 was a down payment for the sale of iron ore to the plaintiff’s company.”

The judge also said Mr Lim’s e-mail was an “unequivocal admission” of the loan.

ST

More details about email:

“On or around Feb 21, 2017, the defendant e-mailed the plaintiff to say, among other things, that he was ‘making arrangements to start paying (the plaintiff) back within the next two months’.

“The defendant also stated that he regretted the ‘long delay’, was ‘very sorry for the inconvenience caused’, and assured the plaintiff that the loan would be repaid.”

Lim Tean is appealing the judge’s ruling. Will he say, “I always break promises so I shouldn’t have to repay”? Btw, his pa was an early head of PA must be spinning in his grave. Btw2, last yr this time he was paying $15,000 in rent a month for a black-and-white bungalow. Don’t know if he has moved on.

 

 

Will Cybernuts keep TRE going? Don’t hold yr breath

In Uncategorized on 18/12/2018 at 6:45 pm

TR Emeritus needs financial support

Dear readers

It’s a little awkward, so we’ll get straight to the point: On 1st December, we informed our readers that we are going on a semi-hiatus so that we can repair and upgrade our software and hardware to keep TR Emeritus (TRE) alive. [LINK]

We also humbly made an appeal for financial support to help us offset the estimated SG$10,000 costs for the needed upgrading of our software and hardware, but to date we have only received about US$90, which is way off the amount needed to effect the necessary.

Our appeal for financial assistance is displayed close to 100,000 times a day, but currently only 6 have donated.  If everyone reading this donated a small amount, we could keep TRE going for a few years. The price of a cup of your morning coffee is all we need.

When we revived TRE in 2011, many warned us that we’d regret it because Singaporeans are basically apolitical and support for alternative websites are weak given the “fear factor” in many.  It would also be hard to generate enough income to keep the website going.

But we decided to revived it anyway because we are not out for profit, we want TRE to be a neutral platform for learning and healthy discourse. It unites all of us who love knowledge: contributors, readers and the supporters who keep TRE going.

The heart and soul of TRE is a community of people working to bring you unlimited access to reliable and neutral information,  and a platform for all readers to voice their opinions regardless of their race, religion or political affiliations.

We did appeal for donations in the past but we have never been able to meet our target and have had to top up from our own pockets. This time round, it may be our last appeal because TRE is falling apart and will die of old age (literally) in a few months, maybe in a year if we are lucky – if we do not perform the upgrade. Unlike in the past when there were 7 of us, there’s only 3 of us now and we cannot afford to fork out the difference anymore.

So, if you believe in what we do, please take a minute to contribute and help us keep TRE going. Thank you!

Team@TR Emeritus

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The problems which TRE is currently facing (excerpts from original post):

1. The platform and system (software) which the TRE website is running on have become outdated (since 2011) and needs to be re-coded and upgraded because current OSes are no longer supporting it.  Without re-coding the platform and upgrading the system, we are no longer able to update the website with the latest plugins and widgets necessary for the smooth operation of TRE.

Although our techie was able to upgrade the system to the bare minimum required for TRE’s outdated platform, the website is churning out errors on a daily basis and there is nothing our techie could do anymore. Simply put, TRE is falling apart and has to be upgraded soonest (or it will die of old age, literally).

Since our current theme is heavily enhanced and modified (by 3rd party programmers), conventional upgrading of the platform to the latest version supported by current system and OS just won’t cut it. Our techie have experimented with this many times over the months, each time failing to port the database over.

As such, we are left with no option but to engage the services of 3rd party programmers to effect the necessary. What needs to be done is beyond our techie’s pay grade.

Once we are able to complete the upgrade, we would like to proceed to migrate our current Core I7 servers to E5 servers to handle the extra load which the upcoming General Elections is expected to bring.

We will also be engaging a few writers to contribute, if our finances allow.

* Amount collected will be updated daily in the sliding announcement tab at the right-bottom of the website.

** Please note that all donations are purely voluntary and unconditional.  TRE gives no promises whether expressed or implied to any individual or organization of any return in kind or favour or whatsoever, other than the continued operation of our website. Please do not make a donation if you are not comfortable with the above stated, or for any reason whatsoever.

 

What Meng Seng and TOC don’t tell us about dispute with Tun

In Malaysia on 18/12/2018 at 10:31 am

Further to his rant that I covered in “Licking the ass of the enemy of my enemy” Meng Seng came up with another piece along the same lines: sceptical about what the PAP govt says about the dispute

Meanwhile Terry’s Online Channel continues propagating its scepticism about what the PAP govt says on the dispute: (Fact: Terry said on FB that the dispute was over port limits, not territorial waters. Even M’sia says it’s about territorial waters. Whatever, at least Terry is not as mealy-mouthy as Meng Seng when it comes to agreeing with M’sia. Meng Seng while dissing the govt’s claims throws plenty of smoke so that he cannot be accused of being unpatriotic. Btw, I don’t doubt Terry’s patriotism, but have serious doubt that Meng Seng has the best interests of S’pore in his heart. )

Here are two facts that TOC AND Seng Meng are silent on.

JB port is only accessible via the eastern side of the Johor Straits, not via the western side of the Johor Straits where the Tuas dispute is happening. Of course when Tun’s crooked bridge is ever built, the situation may change. Until then, because the JB port is not accessible via Tuas area because of the causeway, the only reason M’sia is extending JB port’s waters in the Tuas area (West of JB port) is because Tun wants to annoy and  hopefully bully S’pore.

Their silence is also deafening on the fact that the other M’sian unhappiness dating from their 1979 assertions has been proven to be a lot of rubbish by an int’l court: the Pedra Blanca dispute where S’pore won fair and square.

With S’poreans like Goh Meng Seng and those writing articles on the Tuas dispute in TOC, no wonder Tun thinks he can bully S’pore. A very early GE will prove him wrong.

Deluded Pine Court pigs still dreaming? They related to TRE cybernuts?

In China, Economy, Financial competency, Property on 17/12/2018 at 1:43 pm

Further to PAP whacks greedy pigs even greedier pigs

two en bloc projects are raising their asking prices.

[…]

Pine Grove near Ulu Pandan Road also raised its price in October by S$140 million to S$1.86 billion, in a bid to secure a majority consensus needed to launch a public tender.


Back to 2011

They were gunning for S$2.17bn in 2011 but failed to get anyone to even smell. Analysts said at the time said S$1.3 bn to S$1.4 billion was doable. Details in Even greedier en-blockers

Now only dropping from S$2.17bn to S$1.86 bn.  They think developers more stupid then them is it? They had better realise that Old private flats’ value can also fall off a cliff.

But then they most probably have the same mental defect as TRE cybernuts such as tax dodging Oxygen, pork eating and alcohol drinking Bapak, cheap-skate BS artist Zhenzidan and always and lying rukidding. All cousins leh suffering from the belief that only they are right and everyone else is wrong. One group thinks that S’poreans will get rid of the PAP at the next GE, the other that their properties are worth a lot more than the mkt price. Both have been proven wrong, but persist in their beliefs.


The other deluded, greedy pigs?

Those living in

Mandarin Gardens along Siglap Road, for instance, upped its asking price by close to 12.5 per cent to S$2.79 billion in November, after finding out that the land parcel it sits on was undervalued.

Whatever

Analysts said raising the asking price would likely deter developers, especially for mega sites.

“Very often sellers are only interested in what they’ll be getting – that means the premium they’ll be getting – and omit the other costs developers will acquire for the plot of land,” Huttons’ Mr Lian explained.

“It’s not just the reserve price – it’s also the lease upgrading premiums, the differential premiums, the 5 per cent non-remittable ABSD (Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty) plus the 25 per cent remissible ABSD if they cannot sell all their units within the five-year period.”

Knight Frank’s Dr Lee said that some en bloc sellers may have a “loss aversion” mindset when it comes to selling their properties.

“Some of them may have probably bought them at quite high prices and are generally only willing to sell if prices are above a certain mark,” he added.

“In the case of Pine Grove and Mandarin Gardens, they may find their product is very unique and so they want to push up prices … But it might be a bit difficult because there are other options – many options – available in the market.”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/more-than-30-en-bloc-bids-fail-to-find-buyers-cooling-measures-11035028

They also don’t realise that there’s a trade war looming between China and US looming and we’ll suffer

Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) growth fell more than expected in November with shipments to most of its major trading partners declining, official data showed on Monday (Dec 17).

Exports fell 2.6 per cent in November year-on-year, data from the trade agency International Enterprise Singapore showed, falling sharply from the revised 8.2 per cent rise the month before.

This was weaker than the 1.2 per cent increase predicted by economists in a Reuters poll.

On a seasonally adjusted month-on-month basis, exports contracted 4.2 per cent in November after growing 4.2 per cent in October. The poll predicted a 0.6 per cent expansion from the month before.

Trade to top markets like China, Indonesia and Europe declined. Exports to China fell 16 per cent in November from a year earlier, compared with the previous month’s 25.8 per cent decline.

Electronics exports rose 4.5 per cent in November from the year earlier, recovering from the 3.6 per cent contraction seen in October.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-november-exports-fall-faster-expected

(Related post: PAP needs strong Chinese economic growth)

But then they most probably have the same mental defect as TRE cybernuts such as tax dodging Oxygen, pork eating and alcohol drinking Bapak, cheap-skate BS artist Zhenzidan and always lying rukidding. All cousins leh suffering from the belief that only they are right and everyone else is wrong. One group thinks that S’poreans will get rid of the PAP at the next GE, the other that their properties are worth a lot more than the mkt price. Both have been proven wrong, but persist in their beliefs.


 

PAP whacks greedy pigs

In Property, Public Administration on 17/12/2018 at 9:45 am

Funny anti-PAP types not cheering PAP for making life difficulty for private property owners. But then these anti-PAP types especially the cybernuts from TRE and TOC Lands think that the PAP and private property owners must be hated, and got rid off.

More than 30 collective sales sites have failed to find successful bidders at the close of tender, following the latest round of cooling measures introduced in July.

In a bid to entice developers, around 15 en bloc projects have sought to lower their asking prices, according to Huttons Asia.

One of them is Park View Mansions in Jurong, which relaunched its tender for a second time on Wednesday (Dec 12) at an asking price of S$250 million – 22 per cent lower than its initial asking price earlier this year.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/more-than-30-en-bloc-bids-fail-to-find-buyers-cooling-measures-11035028

“Licking the ass of the enemy of my enemy”

In Malaysia on 16/12/2018 at 7:00 am

“Licking the ass of the enemy of my enemy” seems to be a favourite pastime of the most nutty cybernuts such as Goh Meng Seng.

When Penang-born Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Thursday (Dec 6)
opened his mouth saying

Malaysia should “back off” and leave Singapore’s waters.

and urging

All the jingoism coming only from the PAP government. Can you urge everyone in your group to tell the PAP government to stop their shrill jingoism? We just have to be adults around here.

He’s talking cock because it’s not “shrill jingoism” for the PAP govt to point out that there is an infringement of our sovereignty (all those M’sian vessels intruding intruding and remaining into our territorial waters) and “quietly but firmly stand our ground and stay united as one people” Unless pointing these infringements and “quietly but firmly stand our ground and stay united as one people,” is shrill jingoism”: only an extremely nutty cynernut will beliive this. Btw, this cybernut likes to suggest to people to join oppo parties even though he isn’t a member of any.

Another example of “Licking the ass of the enemy of my enemy”:
Mr Khaw Boon Wan is stoking up nationalistic sentiments when it calls for Singaporeans to stay united and stand our ground.

The danger of flaming nationalist emotions is that we can now see that war is being mentioned loosely.

It is totally unnecessary of Mr Khaw to do so. It is a given that Singaporeans would stand behind the country when the call arises but what Mr Khaw did is nothing more than pure rhetoric.

We are not talking about the Malaysian Naval warships intruding into our (disputed) territorial waters. It’s the Malaysian government vessels for goodness sake.

If the incursion of the vessels into our territorial waters really happened, then rightfully, these acts should be condemned but sort out the transgression by our neighbours amicably.

There is no need to stoke nationalistic sentiments to prove a point nor does it do any good for our bilateral ties.

So Mr Khaw, chill. We are not going to war.

Osman bin Sulaiman

And this is one from ass licker-in-chief Goh Meng Seng who to be far to him was an officer in our Navy when he was doing NS.

The Singapore – Malaysia Territorial Water Dispute

I have refrained from putting up formal position on the current spat and controversy of the territorial water dispute because I want to make I have enough information and research on the whole subject before I formulate my views.

I am First a Singaporean and my loyalty and allegiance will always pledged towards my country, Singapore. I would even lay down my life for my country in whatever ways.

But I am also an opposition politician whose job is to keep the ruling party PAP in checks and balance.

Trust is the enemy of checks. Thus I have little trust in PAP and won’t take every words they say as golden truth without verification or critically examined. That is my job and role as an Opposition politician.

When I read and watch how PAP Ministers put up rally calls of “unity” and such, I get extremely skeptical. As Singaporeans, we will definitely unite and defend our country when we have a JUST cause.

The Trust factor in me deteriorated extremely fast when I read what the Transport Minister put up in his press conference. His rhetorics are actually contradictory to the illustration map which he puts up.

First he claims that our land reclamation did not intrude into Malaysian Territory. But the map he presented demonstrated otherwise. One small part of the Malaysian 1979 territorial claim has been infringed by the reclaimed land at Tuas.

Of course, PAP government’s position is that Singapore does not recognize nor agree to this 1979 unilateral boundary claim made by Malaysia. Thus, to PAP Government, we will disregard the so call infringement of Malaysian Territorial Water.

The map shown by Khaw shows a few important lines. One, is the 1995 boundary border agreed by both Singapore and Malaysia. Beyond that last point of 1995 boundary, the map didn’t show any OFFICIAL boundary but only the 1979 boundary which Singapore had refused to agree to.

The question running through my mind is, where is our Singapore border if there is no Officially agreed border between Singapore and Malaysia?

That set me to the little quest to seek the answer to this mystery.

It is an important question because it would mean totally different things. If Malaysian vessels have intruded into our Territorial Waters which has already been delimit or agreed upon between the countries in 1995, then it would be straight out blatant intrusion of our sovereignty and we Singaporeans have all rights to fight back with all means, without much question.

But if the intrusion of the Malaysian vessels into the water which has no clear boundary set out in any official agreement between the two countries, then the approach would be different.

If there is no officially agreed boundary in that part of water territory, it will bound to have all sorts of conflicting claims. The only way to settle it once and for all, is to take the opportunity to open up talks to formalize the Territorial borders.

It is in our interests to do so, especially when our mega port at Tuas is going to be built and operational in the years to come.

The mega port will need a safe port limit which doesn’t lie in controversial conflicting claims.

If there is a need for talk to finalize the Territorial border in this part of the region, then we must careful not to let irrational nationalistic sentiments to be incited.

No fruitful negotiations can be done or achieved through media or media war of words of rhetoric. Worse still, stoking fervent nationalistic sentiments by making war cries or provocative military moves.

Unless we are bloody sure that we will definitely go to war for reasons of blatant violation of agreed borders, then it would be a good tactic to make such war rally cry.

War should always be the last resort. Singapore can not afford to go to war with anyone too lightly, for issues which doesn’t critically affect our survival. Example, cutting off our water supply or setting up sea and air routes blockade etc. For these issues, we will definitely initiate War.

But if we are not really ready for war, responsible citizens and politicians should not incite unnecessary fervent nationalistic emotions which could hurt our long term relationship with our neighbors.

Malaysia should stop the provocative acts in this disputed water territory by pulling out its vessels and assets while Singapore PAP government should stop the provocative military mobilization and propaganda during this sensitive time. Both government should then start a new fresh round of negotiations and talk to finalize the border along this water territory.

Goh Meng Seng

All I can suggest is that he goes read what the minister said and not he thinks he said.

With enemies like him and the other two, the PAP govt can really afford not to have any friends.

 

 

 

Wah lan BTO waiting period is six yrs?

In Property on 15/12/2018 at 1:32 pm

Angela Oh, 29, bought her new four-room HDB with the man who is now her husband in 2012 and just moved in this year. The system allows partners to put their names down for new flats, but you must be married by the time it is built.

“The long time that BTOs (Built to Order) take to build really spoils the joy of the proposal,” she says, because marriage becomes about practicality. If you break up during the waiting period, you lose money and are barred from applying for another BTO for a year.

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20181210-can-singapores-social-housing-keep-up-with-changing-times?fbclid=IwAR2fzGTXxtmVykT1tgqRlvXQkYIFUU_m5yMDHfP9_ze1Eu37-KtRIfAP52s

But I also read this:

1,000 BTO Flats with Shorter Waiting Times to be Offered in 2018
To help young couples get their first homes earlier, HDB will be offering BTO flats with shorter waiting times in selected projects.

The first batch of 1,000 flats, spread across three projects in the non-mature estates of Sembawang, Sengkang and Yishun, will be launched for sale in the 2nd half of 2018.

The first batch of flats with shorter waiting times will launch in Sembawang, Sengkang and Yishun in the 2<sup>nd</sup> half of 2018.
The first batch of flats with shorter waiting times will launch in Sembawang, Sengkang and Yishun in the 2nd half of 2018.

Construction will not be rushed to meet the shorter wait times. Instead, HDB will commence construction of the flats ahead of their sales launches. Construction work on the three projects is expected to commence in the 4th quarter of 2017. The flats will be completed between the 4th quarter of 2020 and the 1st quarter of 2021.

As a result, flat buyers only need to wait about 2.5 years for their flat from the time of application. There will be no compromise on the quality of the flats since construction time remains the same, at three to four years.

First-timer families will have another reason to rejoice as they will enjoy higher priority when applying for these flats. At least 95% of the 4-room and larger flats are set aside for them, which is a 10% increase from the current 85% quota for non-mature estates.

Flat buyers of these BTO projects can look forward to flats equipped with floor finishes, internal doors, sanitary fittings, and an open kitchen concept (if the layout permits). This will reduce the time needed for renovation so that they can move into their new homes earlier.

Look out for the sales launches of these BTO projects in the second half of 2018! For more information, visit the HDB InfoWEB at www.hdb.gov.sg.

https://www.mnd.gov.sg/mndlink/2017/sep-oct/bto-flats-with-shorter-waiting-times.htm

So waz a realistic median BTO waiting period today?

HoHoHo: Gd news for StanChart

In Emerging markets, Temasek on 15/12/2018 at 11:30 am

And for HSBC and JPMorgan. This trio are the biggest players in the trading financing biz and there’s plenty of biz to finance.

There was a US$1.5tn gap in financing needs for international trade transactions in 2017.according to Alisa DiCaprio, head of research at R3 and formerly an economist at the Asian Development Bank.

How to squeeze Tun’s balls real hard

In Malaysia on 14/12/2018 at 11:12 am

And make him cry “Uncle” without sinking a M’sian ship is what I promised as an alternative plan in Why sink a M’sian vessel.

As a result of the railway land deal between the two govts when we had a friend in KL, two pieces of prime property were developed here for mutual benefit in exchange for the rail corridor etc.

The land is worth S$11bn or thereabouts. And M’sia’s share is 60% ie S$6.6bn. Seems M’sia wants to sell out.

Just tell M’sia that we won’t be interested in buying them out until Tun backs down on the territorial dispute (and revert to status quo without prejudice to the claims, as per our suggestion). S$6.6bn is a lot of money for a poor, indebted country whose military aircraft are not maintained because there’s no money. And where finance minister has to find the money to pay for election promises: promises made expecting not to win election.

I’ll let our best friend in KL (and Trump’s golf kaki) explain the details.

“As a result, the agreement and the KTM plots of land were left like that for 20 years without a single sen earned,” he said. [He was talking to Tun’s refusal to go ahead with what was agreed with S’pore over the railway: me]

The former Umno president said the land were initially given to KTM in 1918 under the Railway Act at the time.

The plots were on 999-year lease, and its use was only limited to railways. It could not be developed or used for other projects.

Najib pointed out that most of the plots were too narrow because the railway tracks were by nature not wide.

“If Singapore does not agree with us and does not convert the land use, those plots of KTM land will just be left to rot.

“You wait another 999 years, it will not bring a single sen to anyone. Moreover, we will need to pay land tax to Singapore,” he said.

Najib said in 2010, he then negotiated with the Singapore government and reached a new agreement where the city state would give four land packages at Marina Bay (nearby Marina Bay Sands) and two packages at Ophir-Rochor, as an exchange for one land package in Tanjung Pagar, one package in Kranji, one in Woodlands and three packages in Bukit Timah.

He said anyone who knew Singapore would know that the land in Marina Bay is the most valuable in the country, while Ophir-Rochor is Singapore’s new central business district.

“It is far more valuable than the land in Bukit Timah and Kranji,” he said.

The plots of land, Najib said, were jointly developed by Malaysia and Singapore, under M-S Pte Ltd, where 60% of the ownership is placed under Khazanah Nasional Berhad.

The project in Marina Bay, named Marina One, is valued at S$7 billion (RM21.3 billion), while the Ophir-Rochor project is valued at S$4 billion (RM12.2 billion).

He said both projects were successfully completed earlier this year, bringing handsome returns to the country.

“The Marina One project is 3.67 million square feet, covering two 34-storey luxury towers, two 30-storey grade A offices and a shopping mall known as ‘The Heart’.

“Many well known companies such as Facebook, PwC, Grab, commercial banks, among others, have moved to Marina One and they have begun paying rent to a company owned by Khazanah, which will guarantee continuous long-term returns for us,” he said.

Najib said several months ago, Singapore media had reported Khazanah, under the Pakatan Harapan government, was negotiating to let go of a 60% stake in M-S Pte Ltd to the Singapore government.

“Even though the government has denied this, I expect that not too long from now, they will eventually sell it, giving the reason that it is a non-strategic asset,” he added.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/06/najib-it-wasnt-me-who-sold-tanjung-pagar-land/

Najib’s a decent man. Too bad about his wife. He’s juz another Macbeth: a good, decent man led astray by his wife.

And squeezing Tun’s balls the financial way has the merit of allowing competent ministers to run the show: PM (remember he was finance minister once), Tharman (the ang moh tua kees still think the sun shines from his ass) and Heng.

It’ll keep matters away from our paper generals: think Kee Chiu (Kidding me? Kee Chui potential PM? He from RI?), and Desmond Kwek (Why PAP govt don’t dare sink a M’sian ship.)

 

 

Why PAP govt don’t dare sink a M’sian ship

In Malaysia, S'pore Inc on 13/12/2018 at 11:06 am

PAP will lose power if naval comdr is like Desmond Kwek: sure to sink ownself instead of M’sian ship.

Seriously

Err what if Desmond Kuek in charge of ops to protect water supplies?Jialat. Ops sure fail like SMRT when he in charge lei and we will die of shame before we die of thirst. He could be in charge because he got no job and PAP govt always looks after scholars and generals.

I tot these tots when in response to Why sink a M’sian vessel, a well informed reader responded to Chris K’s point about Tun cutting off our water.

Cutting off water supply is as good as a preemptive military strike on S’pore i.e. S’pore will likely strike without much clarification with the M’sian side. Will likely see mass open mobilisation within 24 hrs. Those of us who did NS in the 80s & earlier will recall the many times exercises both in the field & table top where the scenario is “forward defense” or basically invasion & control of certain JB areas. There’s a good reason why we have so many LSTs & why we practice so much for beach invasions & seaborne attacks. 😉 With today’s hardware, S’pore will likely follow US style — predawn attacks by airforce & SF from 2-3am onwards to capitalise on SAF night vision superiority, intense electronic jamming & counter elec warfare, followed by saturation artillery & rocket bombardments and follow on by armor & mechanized troops by dawn and/or seaborne invasions on JB coastline. S’pore will count on having localised air superiority & airborne radar and drone recon. Plenty of deaths on both sides though.

Btw, I told Chris K that I doubted Tun could find the taps to cut the water flow.

Btw2, I partially disagree with “Plenty of deaths on both sides though.”. The whole aim of US-style “shock and awe” to to scare the hell out of the enemy’s ground troops. and mats are not exactly Roman legionaires, Spartans or Vikings or Japanese infantry. The heavy casualties will come later when S’pore has to defend the water infrastructure against Muslim jihadists drawn to the battle against enemies of  Islam: bit like the US occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Why sink a M’sian vessel

In Malaysia on 12/12/2018 at 11:26 am

This blog advocates ramming and sinking a M’sian vessel that intrudes into our waters especially the one that is parked in our waters: Let’s gloat at Tun as he threatens us

It’s to show the Chief Mat that we will not tolerate anymore his provocations. Before LKY moved on, we were fair-minded and mature enough to accept that Tun had a point in his provocations. He and Harry were always playing mind games with one another, and we just had to bear and grin given Harry’s demigod status here. Or perhaps 9th immortal status (see below)?

But Harry’s gone. But Tun still continues behaving like a damaged DVD, playing the same tune and images, over and over again. It’s very irritating.

Now’s a great time to show  the Chief Mat who’s tua kee.

This chart from FT shows that ang mohs own a lot of M’sian M$ debt. They’ll run for the hills if we ram and sink a M’sian vessel, then run further when M’sia threatens war, and even further when it backs down because even the M’sian govt admits that its military is not fit for purpose. Here’s something that a M’ian says about the sorry state of it’s armed forces: https://cilisos.my/actually-how-prepared-is-malaysia-if-a-war-broke-out/?fbclid=IwAR3nuIgtcLwc5x6qvyCKydlTbdkx_BkOFcQnB7_OyZPjyGX-VoDWCv6v-E4

Remember he has problems largely of the financial kind and foreigners not buying M’sian debt is a very serious problem

Let’s gloat at Tun as he threatens us

Malay Malaysian academic says Tun trying to distract attention from govt failings

Btw, I hope soon to blog on a constructive, nation-building and less violent way of squeezing Tun’s balls, making Tun cry  “Uncle”, given that our PM and his cabinet (full of ex-generals) doesn’t do shock and awe, giving the lie to the comments by P(olitician) Ravi.

The trouble with having so many Generals in the Cabinet, is that it may choose a more aggressive approach in solving a crisis over choosing a more diplomatic solution.

Yes, time to stand united against threats to sovereignty, but cooler heads should prevail.

How we deal with Malaysia over the encroachment issue, should be no different from how we dealt with the Chinese when they seized our infantry fighting vehicles.

I hope Mr Chiam told off Ravi for this FB post. Ravi was playing politics with the above comments: he should not have done so. At the time, he made the above comments, nothing any cabinet minister did or said, suggested that violence against the M’sian vessels was being even considered as an option.

Coming back to the 9th immortal

 

Real reason why Terry of TOC kanna lim kopi?

In Infrastructure, Public Administration on 11/12/2018 at 10:58 am

To signal to him to stop publishing fake news on the public transport system? LOL.

Let me explain.

If you skim thru TOC’s headlines as regularly as I do, you are sure to get the impression that our public tpt system is on the verge of collapse and that most S’poreans think it sucks: bad and expensive.

Well I personally find the system pretty good (and cheap) but then I use it off-peak and I’m an oldie: Public tpt users will vote for PAP?

As I don’t use it during peak rush hours (the real test of any public tpt system) and I get a concession rate, I sit down and shut up and defer to Terry’s Online Channel on how bad the system really is, even if I think it’s pretty decent. Unlike cybernuts, I know that most of the time my personal opinions are not the reality.

So it was great interest that I read an article by an ang moh FT in an online publication that has no known, or unknown connection (I double checked with Morocco Mole, Secret Squirrel’s sidekick) with the constructive, national-building media, or the PAP IB.

Here’s the most relevant extract. Do read the whole piece and make up yr mind on its accuracy vis-a-vis Terry’s Online Channel.

Singaporean’s Generally Approve of Their Public Transportation System

Public opinion is another factor worth considering. After all, these are the customers and their satisfaction is another key piece of information for judging success of each system. Singapore also fares very well by this measure. For example, a study by McKinsey & Company found that 86% of the population approves of the current public transportation situation and 84% approve of recent changes to the system. Both of these figures are significantly higher than those of most other cities, representing another indication that Singapore’s public transportation is performing well relative to other major cities.

Satisfaction with Public Transportation System by City

Where Does Singapore’s Public Transportation Rank?

Based on efficiency, it appears that Singapore’s public transportation system performs relatively well compared to those of other cities. Additionally, when taking into account other key indicators such as affordability and customer satisfaction, it appears that Singapore’s is among the best in the world. Therefore, while there is always room for improvement, it seems reasonable to believe that Singapore’s public transportation system is performing relatively well.

[…]

William Hofmann

William is a Senior Research Analyst at ValueChampion Singapore, focusing on banking and SMEs. He previously was an Economic Consultant at Industrial Economics Inc.

 

Trump wants cheaper oil?

In Energy on 11/12/2018 at 4:15 am

What a f *** moron:

The US exported more petroleum than it imported for the first time in decades last week, marking an astonishing if momentary reversal from its longtime status as the world’s largest oil importer.

FT last week

Announcing OPEC’s  production cuts, the Saudi oil minister alluded to US exports by saying that US shale producers also benefit from an OPEC production cut.

Stable genius? What stable genius?

 

Why the PAP is really afraid of Facebook?

In Internet on 10/12/2018 at 4:39 am

Yellow vest protests ‘economic catastrophe’ for France

(BBC headline)

The PAP is trying to intimidate Facebook not really because of fake news but because Facebook can be used to turn sheep into wolves.

Much has already been written about the anti-Muslim Facebook riots in Myanmar and Sri Lanka and the WhatsApp lynchings in Brazil and India. Well, the same process is happening in Europe now, on a massive scale. Here’s how Facebook tore France apart. (BuzzFeed)

Buzzfeed reported on 6 December (before the above BBC headline)

This week, protesters scaled the Arc de Triomphe, burned cars, and clashed with police in the third consecutive weekend of riots in France. More than 300 people were arrested in Paris last weekend alone, and 37,000 law enforcement officers have been deployed around the country to restore order.

The “Gilets Jaunes” or “Yellow Jackets” protests have only gotten more violent since they began last month. Three people have died, hundreds more have been injured. To hear the protesters tell it, they’re marching through the streets to fight back against rising fuel prices and the high cost of living in the country. Beyond that, though, it’s an ideological free-for-all. Fights have also been witnessed among demonstrators, and some have sent death threats to other protesters.

But what’s happening right now in France isn’t happening in a vacuum. The Yellow Jackets movement — named for the protesters’ brightly colored safety vests — is a beast born almost entirely from Facebook. And it’s only getting more popular. Recent polls indicate the majority of France now supports the protesters. The Yellow Jackets communicate almost entirely on small, decentralized Facebook pages. They coordinate via memes and viral videos. Whatever gets shared the most becomes part of their platform.

Due to the way algorithm changes made earlier this year interacted with the fierce devotion in France to local and regional identity, the country is now facing some of the worst riots in many years — and in Paris, the worst in half a century.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/france-paris-yellow-jackets-facebook

To be fair to the sheep and the French, the French mob doesn’t need much to get it violent. But you know what I’m trying to drive at: Facebook is a great tool to organise and energise people.

Over to you Mad Dog. Turn the sheep into mad dogs? Still say we got to appease the neighbours? Yr silence is deafening.

Disassociate yrself from Tan Wah Piow, PJ Thum and Kirsten Han* ( “Antics Of Civil Society Activists Endanger Opposition Cause”); and Jolovan Wham: Nothing wrong in asking Tun M to intervene in S’porean affairs. Their silence is deafening shameful and in character. Sad.

(Last four sentences added after first publication)

 

Tan Kin Lian thinks Tun is more sinned against than sinning

In Malaysia on 09/12/2018 at 10:46 am

Whatever one can say about TKL, he’s got the balls to speak out in support of Tun unlike Tun brown nosers Tan Wah Piow, PJ Thum and Kirsten Han* ( “Antics Of Civil Society Activists Endanger Opposition Cause”); and Jolovan Wham: Nothing wrong in asking Tun M to intervene in S’porean affairs. Their silence is deafening shameful and in character. Sad.

Some people think that Dr. M is back to his old ways of “do Singapore in”. This perception is also being fanned by some people at senior levels and the media.

I have a different view. Here are my reasons:

a) Dr. M today is quite different from the past. He came back from retirement to remove a kleptocratic govt (quoting the description that he used). He does not want to see his country go down the drain.

b) Malaysia faced financial challenges. His ministers approached Singapore to waive the penalty for the cancellation of the High Speed Rail. We refused. He asked Singapore to pay a higher price for the water. We refused.

c) He came to Singapore during the ASEAN meeting to receive an honorary doctor of law degree (which he does not need). His main purpose was, in my guess, to talk about the price of water. The meeting concluded with an understanding to continue discussions. We are talking about $15 million a year, not a lot of money.

Dr. M must be disappointed at the attitude of the Singapore govt leaders. I can understand his disappointment.

I have been alarmed at the billions that we spend on infrastructure projects in Singapore. In some cases, I felt the large sums spent were excessive and unnecessary.

I would certainly have preferred to spend just a few hundred millions to build good relations with Malaysia, especially during their hour of need.

Sadly, we did not extend a hand of help. We missed the opportunity to build goodwill.

We will now pay the price for the bad relations. It will cost many times more than the money that we should have spent.

Some people will argue that we need to be “principled” and to adhere to the rule of law and contractual agreements.

I cannot understand why being “principled” should preclude us from being generous in helping someone who needs the help.

There is still time to change our approach. I hope that our foreign minister can play a role in bringing this about. He should not miss this opportunity.

Tan Kin Lian

Excluding those ex-NTUC Income staff who voted for him because they didn’t want him to lose his deposit (he was a good CEO and I understand their loyalty to a good, fair boss) and those who he (and I and others) tried to help over mini bonds etc (a gesture of gratitude); I hope the others who voted for him now realise that they were irresponsible voters especially as Dr Tan Chin Bock lost by a short nose.

Don’t play play with yr vote.


*OK, OK , as she’s a gal, she can’t have balls. But u know what I mean LOL.

When M’sia threatened war/ Gd day to sink a RMN vessel

In Malaysia on 08/12/2018 at 2:50 pm

I kid u not. In 2003

Malaysia’s leadership greeted the New Year with two statements of aggression toward its neighbours.

One threatened to go to war with its closest neighbour Singapore over an island dispute. The other offered a ‘bloody nose’ to countries such as Australia for its ‘white-man sheriff’ attitude.

https://www.scmp.com/article/402210/malaysia-threatening-war-island-row

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The Bernama news agency reported Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar demanding, under threat of war, that Singapore learn to compromise over the disputed island of Batu Puteh, which is also known as Pedra Branca.

‘Singapore has two choices. If it refuses to compromise . . . go to war,’ Mr Syed Hamid said on Tuesday.

He accused Singapore of caring only about its economy, claiming that Malaysia was generally more intent on being a good neighbour who believes war is not the answer.

Singapore maintains the disputed island and has built some additional structures on it.

Malaysian journalists who recently approached the island were turned back by Singaporean marine police.

It’s a good to ram and sink a M’sian vessel if there’s one in our waters today. There’ll be a riot in KL when word gets out, what with this crowd: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-anti-icerd-rally-in-kuala-lumpur-thousands-arrive-11012828

Tun will either have to sit down and shut up or declare war.

Either way Najib will be back in power.

Malay Malaysian academic says Tun trying to distract attention from govt failings

In Malaysia on 08/12/2018 at 7:04 am

I’m (Let’s gloat at Tun as he threatens us) not the only one thinking that Tun is rowing with S’pore to distract attention from domestic problems

Awang Azman Awang Pawi, a political-science professor at the University of Malaya said Tuesday’s development had to be viewed in the context of Malaysia’s easing euphoria over the Mahathir government.

While it enjoyed widespread support for toppling Najib’s scandal-tainted administration, the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition is now facing myriad pressures over issues from race tensions to its declaration that not all election promises may be fulfilled.

Azman said Mahathir had initially used concerns about excessive Chinese economic influence in the country “to raise the spirit of nationalism” in the first few months of his government.

But as ties with Beijing have since been smoothened, the issue of airspace sovereignty with Singapore may now fill that role, the professor said.

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2176304/malaysia-singapore-ties-hit-turbulence-over-air-traffic?fbclid=IwAR1WRzOlSveAbJ_42gj7QBNQC85uyvnCZ9P15xukfwSOb2Olsrqxe7DplzM

Wonder come Monday morning, Awang Azman Awang Pawi will find that he’s no longer a professor at the University of Malaya?

Tun is not amused.

Update at 11.15am

Writing on Facebook on Wednesday (Dec 5), former Singapore diplomat Bilahari Kausikan noted that it is “not an accident that so many old bilateral issues” have resurfaced following Malaysia’s change of government.

“The new governing coalition is intrinsically unstable and held together by a 93-year-old man,said Mr Kausikan, referring to Dr Mahathir. Mr Kausikan was formerly the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and now chairs the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute. “Political uncertainty in Malaysia inevitably leads to Singapore being used as a bogeyman to hold things together,” he added.

Traditionally, Singapore has been the “punching bag” for Malaysian leaders when they face domestic pressure. And things are no different this time, said political scientist Bilveer Singh from the National University of Singapore. The new Malaysian PH government is struggling to deliver its campaign promises, and has had to deal with infighting within the coalition. Racial tensions have also been reignited following a riot at an Indian temple last month. The “honeymoon period” for the PH government is over and the “realities are hitting home”, said Assoc Prof Singh.

On the recent run-ins between Malaysia and Singapore, he added: “This is more ‘Mahathirian’ than a Malaysian (approach).”

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/why-singapore-malaysia-maritime-and-airspace-disputes-matter

Let’s gloat at Tun as he threatens us

In Energy, Malaysia on 07/12/2018 at 10:56 am

Because given the abolition of GST, Tun has a problem: shortage of $ to fund his promises. Until recently, the problem looked containable because of oil prices above US$70.

In Oct, Tun said the government was estimating the 2019 Budget allocation based on an average crude oil price of USD70 per barrel, although the benchmark Brent crude oil is nearing USD80 per barrel currently.

Now it’s below US$60, actually around U$S58.

So what does he do? Try to distract the Bumi Malays by threatening S’pore. (Related post: One reason Tun wants to cause trouble with us on HSR)

Let’s ram and sink their vessels. They can’t afford to replace them.

Notice the silence of TOC and other Tun’s fans who were cheering him on when he wanted to cancel HSR without compensation? They said he was right and S’pore should appease him: Anti-PAP S’poreans sucking up to Tun and Two-face Tun/ Why vote PAP.

One of them has gone back to posting about gd food in Johor and S’pore on FB. Doubtless he’s spending the 30 pieces of silver paid by M’sia’s Special Branch.

And do remember that TOC queried why we needed an air force when RMAF’s planes were grounded because of failure to maintain. A gd reason to raid TOC’s Terry in my view.

And do also remember that Mad Dog thinks we must be nice to people like Tun.  And remember this too: Jolovan Wham: Nothing wrong in asking Tun M to intervene in S’porean affairs.

Our anti-PAP types sure love to help the PAP retain power by repeatedly shooting themselves in the ass.

Update at 1.29pm: Let’s ram and sink this ship: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/malaysian-port-limits-vessel-polaris-buoy-singapore-waters-11007250

And dare Tun escalate hostilities or sit down and shut up. Btw sounds like P(olitican) Ravi has joined the appeasers. Recent FB posts:

The trouble with having so many Generals in the Cabinet, is that it may choose a more aggressive approach in solving a crisis over choosing a more diplomatic solution.

Yes, time to stand united against threats to sovereignty, but cooler heads should prevail.

How we deal with Malaysia over the encroachment issue, should be no different from how we dealt with the Chinese when they seized our infantry fighting vehicles.

and

The principle of approach to resolving the crisis should be the same. What do you suggest? We go to war?

How Tampines Town Council can use AI to improve productivity

In Uncategorized on 06/12/2018 at 2:08 pm

I recently read that Uber is using AI to monitor its drivers’ performances, with its systems picking up whether a particular trip has taken a much longer or shorter time than usual.

Well when the the Tapoines Town Council adds AI to the existing monitoring system that it recently implemented to keep the place clean, Tampines will be cleanest GRC in S’pore.

After gripes from residents over the cleanliness of their estate — such as their corridors not being swept — the Tampines Town Council has rolled out a monitoring system that offers more detailed insights into a cleaner’s routes, down to the floors that they have covered in a day’s work.

The system, which uses vertical positioning technology, tracks the completion of the work carried out by the estate’s cleaners more effectively. While a cleaner whom TODAY interviewed expressed reservations about the surveillance and his company wanting to “control” him, the town council said the system will protect them when disputes with residents arise over whether certain areas had been cleaned.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/tampines-town-councils-new-monitoring-system-tracks-cleaners-they-work

 

I tot of Amos, wondering how he is

In Uncategorized on 06/12/2018 at 5:05 am

A seven-year-old boy who reviews toys has been revealed as YouTube’s highest-earning star, raking in $22m (£17.3m).

[…]

Asked by NBC why kids liked watching his videos, Ryan – who is now eight – replied: “Because I’m entertaining and I’m funny.”

Since the channel was set up by Ryan’s parents in March 2015, its videos have had almost 26 billion views and amassed 17.3 million followers.

Forbes said all but $1m of the $22m total is generated by advertising shown before videos, with the remainder coming from sponsored posts.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46427910

Reminder, earlier this yr:

YouTube has taken down Amos Yee’s channel. Yee, a Singapore blogger and content creator who recently fled to the US for political asylum,  announced the news of his YouTube shut down on his Facebook, adding that his channel was taken down due to his pro-pedophilia views.

The move followed after a trade organisation, the US Toy Association, pulled its ads from YouTube after one of its campaigns were found on Yee’s channel, BBC reported. According to SCMP, the ad ran on a playlist called “paedophilia is life” on Yee’s channel.  Prior to the removal, Yee’s account had around 40,000 subscribers, the SCMP report added.

A YouTube spokesperson confirmed to Marketing that Yee’s videos and channel were terminated because it violated YouTube’s content community guidelines. It was not in reaction to brand safety.

Currently, YouTube’s Community Guidelines explicitly prohibit any type of activity that sexualises minors. This policy has always been in place, the spokesperson said. The specific policy states: “Uploading, commenting, or engaging in any type of activity that sexualises minors will immediately result in an account termination.”

https://www.marketing-interactive.com/youtube-shuts-down-amos-yees-channel-following-brand-safety-issues/

Goh Meng Seng and these other clowns must be ashamed that they support his right to sprout  pro-pedophilia views. Will Roy, Meng Seng and s/o JBJ help Amos now?

Image result for Goh Meng Seng + banana

Defusing a stink bomb before the next GE

In Political governance, Public Administration on 05/12/2018 at 11:18 am

The PAP listens to the concerns of the 70% especially near a GE (before not after: think Watergate: All about fleecing the sheep, Watergate: MIW caught with pants down).

The issue of parking fees by MPs, civil servants and grassroots volunteers became a major KPKBing point after the Education Ministry said in March that teachers at all national schools and junior colleges will have to pay for parking in school premises from August 1, after a policy review.

The debate prompted questions by the public (not juz the usual cybernuts like Lim Tean and his TRE pals) over whether MPs, civil servants and grassroots volunteers must pay to park their vehicles.

So

Under the revised system, elected MPs with an annual permit may park in Parliament House, and will still be able to enter HDB carparks and park in any spot — including season-parking spaces — for their constituency work. But they will have to pay to use the carparks, based on the circular.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/mps-pay-short-term-parking-hdb-carparks-following-govt-review

The annual permit will cost S$250 (including GST) to park in Parliament House for official business. This permit costs S$365, and lets MPs park in HDB carparks — including in season-parking spaces — when they carry out constituency work, and in Parliament House.
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The changes, which take effect from Jan 1 next year, follow a government review of the yearly permit.

The issue of parking fees was thrust into the spotlight after the Education Ministry said in March that teachers at all national schools and junior colleges will have to pay for parking in school premises from August 1, after a policy review.

The debate prompted questions over whether MPs, civil servants and grassroots volunteers pay to park their vehicles.

The PAP listens to the concerns of the 70% especially near a GE (before not after: think Watergate: All about fleecing the sheep, Watergate: MIW caught with pants down), I repeat.

Interesting a Wankers’ Party MP is the only MP grumbling that his parking fees could go up a lot as a result of the change.

PAP & strategic distraction

In Media on 04/12/2018 at 5:16 pm

Add in the PAP to the PRC govt and The Donald:

[T]he Chinese government and US president Donald Trump have in their own ways mastered the skills of “strategic distraction”. According to a recent Harvard University study, Chinese state propagandists create 448m posts on social media a year using a technique known as “reverse censorship”. As one of the report’s authors noted: “The point isn’t to get people to believe or care about the propaganda; it’s to get them to pay less attention to stories the government wants to suppress.” Similarly, Mr Trump’s tweetstorms are designed to distract not inform, sucking the oxygen out of political debate like a “distributed denial of service attack against the human will”.

Part of review of Stand out of our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy, by James Williams, Cambridge University Press. The reviewer is the FT’s innovation editor

Ever tot that that getting the cybernuts and other anti-PAP S’poreans winded-up over Kee Chiu becoming the next PM was (and still is) wayang to make sure that Heng the real deal gets favourable publicity. Kee Chiu is just the pantomime villain.

Most of time, the PAP doesn’t need because our ang moh tua kees, anti-PAP activists and cybernuts provide the distraction.

Don’t beliece me?

Think PJ Thum with his antics of meeting Tun: “Antics Of Civil Society Activists Endanger Opposition Cause” ; and his unnecessary misrepresentations about his excellent credentials: What Oxford really says about PJ Thum and Project Southeast Asia.

Then think Seelan Pillay: Seelan Palay is really very happy.

Next think about Willy Sum : Willy Sum: cybernuts’ new hero. He who alleged high level govt corruption.

Finally, think Mad Dog, Lim Tean and Meng Seng.

With these guys as enemies, even if the 4G leaders are a drove of donkeys, the PAP will win a two-thirds majority of the parly seats. Related post: Why S’poreans keep voting for the PAP (cont’d).

 

 

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Investment returns over next 10-15 yrs

In Financial competency, Financial planning on 04/12/2018 at 11:23 am

Forecast by JPMorgan. Interesting the big changes (relatively speaking) in the view about commodities’ returns, US long treasuries and US investment grade corporate bonds.

Willy Sum: cybernuts’ new hero

In Uncategorized on 03/12/2018 at 10:44 am

Since born-loser Roy Ngerng buggered off to Taiwan to find love, our cybernuts have been looking desperately for a new hero to egg on and cheer on.


Why Roy Ngerng is a born-loser

Taiwanese voters … approved three initiatives to curb gay rights. Taiwan’s constitutional court has ruled that the government must allow some form of gay marriage. The referendum result complicates the government’s undertaking to enforce that ruling.

Economist

Roy is still in an illicit affair.

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Cybernuts now have Willy Sum who allegedly alleged high level govt corruption (but hasn’t yet produced the evidence). For his pains, he had his home ransacked and electronic equipment seized by the police for a possible offence of “criminal defamation” after IMDA lodged a police report. It’s widely believed that this is the first time, a govt agency or department has lodged a report for “criminal defamation”.

But Willy’s he’s cybernut nor is he juz a talk cock, sing song paper warrior. He’s a social activist (like Terry of Terry’s Online Channel) who uses words in place of stones to try to get justice for the helpless.

In Is Singapore a police state?, Teo Soh Lung, another activist, tells us about his work

Willy is a good listener. He spends hours listening to people pouring out their troubles. He writes about their hardship and problems. He highlights the problems they face, occasionally using online platforms like TOC and Transitioning.org. He writes about their inability to cope with the high cost of living, their joblessness and occasionally their brush with the law. He helps them to communicate with relevant ministries and is simply elated when his letters receive the necessary attention and the status of his “clients” is improved. His “clients” are grateful to him and he is happy. He is a sort of the olden days “petition writers” except that he does that all for free.

Recently, he helped Siti, a mother of three with this article published in Transitioning.org: ”Kids taken away from custody of parents by MSF even after negative drug test“.

Siti’s children were removed from her custody by the very ministry that was supposed to help her hold her family together. When everything failed and she was pushed to the wall, Willy came to her rescue. Shortly after the publication of Siti’s letter in Transitioning.org, her three children were reunited with her. Thanks to Transitioning.org and Willy.

Morocco Mole tells me that his cousins in Home Team say Willy should only get a warning not to repeat his allegation about corruption in high places if he repents. Let’s hope this happens and that Willy learns his lesson.

He was doing valuable work helping the helpless and I hope he can return to his valuable, useful work. He should not listen to the cybernut mob cheering, and egging him on: though based on his open letter below, I think he’s going down the path Roy Ngerng took.

This is Willy’s open letter to S’poreans.

Dear Fellow Singaporeans,

It has been a tulmetenous period for both TOC’s Mr Terry Xu and myself, since our undue “arrests” a fortnight ago.

We have been rounded up by top CID officers, possibly under directions from the Commissioner himself! We had our IT equipment seized, the items that have very much been the tools of our fight against modern day oppression and one that brought to light countless discrepancies for public attention and discourse. Otherwise, these contentious issues would go unchallenged and not have brought improvements to the lives of our people.

I was served with a SPF letter dated the day itself, with constant threats of Warrants of Arrest from the Magistrate should I not turn up for questioning on their stipulated day and time. Even the worst suspects have between 2 to 3 weeks to show up for questioning! My personal emails and messages to irrelevant parties like Mr Pritam Singh were also accessed during the “criminal defamation” probe. I feel violated, totally devoid of human dignity and handled like an enemy of the State, akin to the time when Hitler rounded up the Jews for extermination!

What still motivates me to write on social justice issues is the undeniable fact that many pressing matters can be traced to our oligarchy system of governance, which provides little to no checks of an absolute power and State Institutions/Functions have been reduced to a sham! Statements by the establishment to voice out on occurrences we deem suspicious, have been met with threats or the brute force of government agencies.

I am not undermining confidence in the government but that trust has already been eroded since the amendment to the Constitution for a Reserved Presidency, non-committal of the GST hike despite assurances there will not be one until 2025, plummeting housing prices with no solution at sight and not forgetting, the 38 Oxley Rd saga with its many deafening allegations.

Are these the values upon which our Founding Fathers built this Nation? If not, then what happened to them, especially so soon after the demise of Mr LKY? Even as the dust has not yet settled on our case, I urge you to take time to ponder on what kind of society you want for yourselves and if the present system is tenable for your dreams and ideals?

We, the bloggers and civil activists have done all we can in good conscience and often at our own expense and safety, to make heard your voices and fight for what you deserve! We have now been bogged down with lawsuits and criminal charges one after another by the State.

We hope you will continue this strive for a better society and appoint from among yourselves, courageous people to do so as we may not be able to hold on much longer as we wish we could.

#In Good Conscience

Willy Sum

P/S: Willy Sum is a pen name and not representative of anyone.

His mum, Judy Wan emailed TRE as follows

The authorities are alleging that my son and Mr Xu are conspirators to publish the article in question and we having been in constant contact with Mr Xu is simply ridiculous. We do not possess his cell phone number!

If I am not wrong, this is one of the rare time in Singapore’s history that Criminal Defamation had been invoked to deal with two civilians. They were not used previously on The Late Hon. J B Jeyaratnam and Dr Chee Soon Juan.

My son and I were surrounded by police around 2.30pm yesterday at the void deck, which caused a mini commotion among our neighbours sitting below and attracted curious onlookers. We were told to cancel our Grab booking and disallowed to go anywhere.

We were then escorted up by the officers who conveyed to us their intention of seizing our electronics regardless of ownership of the items, armed with court warrants.

In the flat, my son was being queried extensively on his association with a childhood friend, his activist activities and a confirmation of what police had gathered about my son from relatives and friends. My younger siblings contacts and addresses were also taken to facilitate further investigations. I remain disturbed at such excessive surveillance on two very ordinary civilians while criminal investigations on the abandoned “Masarati” case at Senette Estate, cheating by IOC and Cuffz holdings amongst other pressing cases remains inconclusive.

We were treated as though we are big time criminals with absolutely no rights! I wonder why it is legal for the authorities to keep tabs on us while illegal for us to do the same to them?

The IO then brought my son to the staircase landing where they had a “private conversation” and I can second guess where that was leading to. After 2 hours, police proceeded to impound the items and informed us of “consequences” should they uncover anything incriminating from the devices. My son asked for assurances that passwords or other personal info not be divulged to other parties but police were unable to provide the confirmation.

State-approved media later spun the story out of context in the evening, implying that people can lose faith in the PAP following this publication when no one has even step forward to claim so! The only barometer to gauge this will be conclusion of the next General Elections.

I vividly recalled Ms Sylvia Lim’s speeches on the 38 Oxley Rd saga and the amendment to the Presidential Election, to halt “tampering” with the Constitution and “safeguard” the Public Institutions before it is too late! Is that considered defamatory as well?

I am only a low wage admin worker drawing a meagre salary and took 11 months to painstakingly save up $680 to plan a small scale celebration for my birthday next Friday. This has presently been destroyed yesterday once police disallowed us to leave the Country and UOB refusing to refund the money paid.

I understand State strategy to be draining the financial resources of litigants until they are crushed into pleading guilty!

My son has since taken ill from this undue episode with gastronomic condition and massive migraine! He will be requesting a later date for statement taking as he is not in the right frame to do a recording at the moment.

I feel very distressed and vulnerable going through this alone as my religious community is based overseas and have no one to turn to after my husband died 7 years back. Does not help with no safeguards in the law to guarantee my son and I will not be arrested when we step out of the house for breakfast tomorrow morning?

The Hardest Truths about the PAP/ Not cybernuts but PAP IB?

In Political governance, Public Administration on 02/12/2018 at 1:23 pm

When TRE republished this Another sign that GE will be next yr/ Three cheers for TOC, there was a response from a PAP supporter covered here: What has the PAP ever done for us?

A TRE reader made two good points (emphasis mine) in response to the PAP supporter

Always Reember:
November 17, 2018 at 6:58 am (Quote)

A political party is just about a group of people.

A party is only as good as the people in that group at the very moment in time.

Your primary school teacher who guided you to top performing PSLE, may not be able to do the same when you are in poly, uni or corporate world.

Especially those who though their past success, entitles them to still herd you around like “fishing villagers”.

PC Ong:
2019 is the 200th anniversary of the founding of Singapore. Yes, Singapore was not founded by PAP but by Raffles. But the PAP deserves the most credit for getting Singapore to its 200th anniversary, as a top global city where talents and corporations of all kinds want to be. Ever since independence in 1965, Singapore could very easily have lost its way because we do not have natural resources and we were so vulnerable to external threats. Not only were these threats and vulnerabilities overcome, Singapore has just grown better and better, while other top cities in the world like New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and HK decline. This is due in large part to political stability and sound policies in Singapore.

No cybernut he or she.

So unlike Oz tax dodger, Oxygen or his pals Hagen, The Angry Rooster; Sg; rukidding; Homeless Cat; LIONS; and patriot of Temesak (also known as patriot of TUMASIK) who are as nutty as they come. They even think that ex-ST tua kee mentioned in TRE Cybernut defends ex ST tua kee didn’t carry the PAP’s balls when she was in ST saying she only wrote nasty things about the PAP.

But then maybe TRE funder Oxygen ($50,000 in 2015) and his pals are well-trained, deep cover agents of the PAP’s IB, exposed by their stupidity.

Xi the real global polluter

In China on 02/12/2018 at 10:47 am

In When Trump is right about lying media, I mentioned that Trump loves “beautiful, clean” coal. Well here’s why Xi’s the real coal lover

For years, the increase in the number of Chinese coal-fired power stations has been criticised.

Now environmental groups say China is also backing dozens of coal projects far beyond its borders.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46310807

Why S’poreans keep voting for the PAP (cont’d)

In Political governance, Public Administration on 01/12/2018 at 2:10 pm

Another way of putting what I said in Why PAP’s cock-ups don’t matter to most voters most of the time is that

We react to real events when and after they happen

Voters cannot be persuaded of that which has yet to be felt.

(Can’t remember where I came across this)

Until things start going badly wrong, then voters will turn against the PAP explaining partly why Why access to the truth has not set S’poreans free

Related post: Truths about voter choices: Why people vote PAP despite everything

 

Real reason why Tun doesn’t want Chinese money?

In China, Malaysia on 01/12/2018 at 5:47 am

Further to What Tun doesn’t say about Chinese money if he can use his own contractors he’ll embrace Chinese money, no matter what the cost? As fatcat abc points out, to get Chinese money condition must be to “use Chinese contractors & companies for the infrastructure jobs”.