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Lim Tean & Quitter living on welfare overseas can’t stop talking cock

In Uncategorized on 27/05/2020 at 9:57 am

Actually its worse, they spread fake news in their attempts to discredit the actions of the PAP govt.

Lim Tean took a swipe at the govt for wasting $ on the NDP packs.

At a time when We are facing the greatest crisis in modern times, why are many millions of dollars being spent on a meaningless fun pack for NDP?

There are many thousands of small and micro-businesses which are hurting and facing financial wipe-out because of this pandemic. There are many self-employed who are struggling to put food on the table. There are many desperately poor who cannot even afford the basic necessities in life.

It is inappropriate and tactless that at a perilous time such as now, this government is still allowing resources to be wasted on such frivolity!

These resources can be much better spent on helping small and micro-businesses, the self-employed and the poor!

Peoples Voice lends its whole-hearted support to the online campaign which has been started, and which has already gathered many supporters who have said they do not wish to receive the fun-pack. We salute these brave Singaporeans who are taking a principled stand.

This is another bad judgment call by an incompetent government made up of weak men and women!

Lim Tean
Peoples Voice Party

He doesn’t tell us that the govt does not spend any money on it, the stuff is sponsored by businesses.

The quitter living on welfare in Finland made the same point as Lim Tean a week ago. When it was pointed out the items were sponsored, he threw smoke by saying that govt spent $ packing it.

Bah, why didn’t he allege this in the first place instead instead of spreading fake news on social media about the govt wasting tax payers money, his original allegation?

With enemies like this, the PAP is fortunate that it doesn’t need ass licking clowns like Yap Kwong Weng (Principal Advisor & Joint Lab Director at KPMG) on its side.

Pinoys dying protecting ang mohs

In Uncategorized on 22/05/2020 at 3:53 am

In many other countries, people of Filipino origin disproportionately staff hospitals and care homes, places badly hit in the past two months by the covid-19 pandemic. The UK is one such country. By early May, around 25 Filipino health workers had reportedly died, out of an estimated 150 fatalities among NHS employees, a whooping 17%,

The Philippines’ ambassador to the UK has called for key workers to be “properly protected”.

Covid-19: What Indians coming to work in S’pore should never do

In Uncategorized on 21/05/2020 at 4:36 pm

Avijit Das Patnaik angered Singaporeans in 2018. The former Vice-President of DBS Bank was flamed in 2018 for posting an image of the Singapore flag ripped to reveal an Indian one underneath.

Many said his post was disrespectful because to them, he was to be a Foreign Talent that should be grateful and thankful to S’porea for giving him a cushy job; not a Foreign Trash biting the hand that gave him a cushy job, and they and demanded that he be be punished.

The bank obliged the mob by sacking him. He then left S’pore.

Why do I mention him?

Facebooker Avijit Das Patnaik criticised Singapore for splitting COVID-19 statistics into locals and foreign workers. He alleged that it is racist and xenophobic to present it in this manner.

That’s another thing to avoid: calling local S’poreans and the govt racist or xenophobic.

Finally don’t insult elderly security guards doing their job by telling them that you live in better housing than they do. A JPMorgan manager did this and he was flamed. Rumour has it that he has since left the bank and S’pore.

Yet another Indian trying really hard to prove anti-Indian S’poreans are right to abuse Indians

In Uncategorized on 17/05/2020 at 4:10 am

In Indians: Why migrating to S’pore is not a good idea, I touched on two local Indian trolls who got non-Indian S’poreans upset because they were asserting their right to infect S’poreans.

Now, a 47-year-old Indian (born in India but now a citizen of the Dominican Republic) has been charged in court on Wednesday (May 13) about lying about his travel history at the Supreme Court.

Kiri Manish Pravinchandra was attending a court trial there on March 31 and April 1, and falsely declared each time that he had not been abroad in the two weeks prior, said the Singapore Police Force and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority in a statement on Tuesday. He was later allowed to enter the court twice.

He had flown in from the US of A.

With ethnic Indians like these three, one can only wonder why non-Indian S’poreans are not more biased against ethnic Indians.

It’s sad when potential victims help racists “prove” their point.



Indians: Why migrating to S’pore is not a good idea

In Uncategorized on 14/05/2020 at 1:34 pm

Thinking of migrating to S’pore, Indians?

Words of warning from a local Indian, super sensitive and Western educated:

Dear friends in Singapore, I am writing because there appears to be an uptick in anti-South Asian prejudice recently, and I hope the moderate and sane among you can do what you can to extinguish little fires if and when you see them.

Seemingly harmless statements like “Eh, why Indians again ah?”, if left unchecked, can lead to resentment, if even in the smallest, most subconscious of ways.

Of course I don’t support the actions of her highness the sovereign, or her imitator, but there is no need to make it racial. Have you heard about the Chinese and Malays and Others who have threatened safe distancing ambassadors, including one who tried to stab them? (Check out this YouTube video called “Compilation of Crazy Singaporeans during Circuit Breaker period”, bottom of this post)

https://sudhirtv.com/2020/05/12/rising-anti-indian-sentiment-in-singapore/

Actually, I also tot “Why must be Indians that demand to be Sovereigns while abusing innocent Chinese people?”< But then I wrote

HSBC: Dividends/ StanChart is “Little India”

Last Deepavali in Marina Bay’s Little India?

He goes on

Why do I say there is an uptick? Three things have alerted me:

a) Last week three or four separate Chinese friends were doxxing the wrong Indian lady. I had to respond to each individually, most didn’t even know it was a crime.

(Some said: “Nothing to do with race. Just curious.” My response: “When is the last time you doxxed a Chinese?”)

b) Individual Indians have written to me to share their experiences both in real life and online. Some of the commentary online is really vile.

Schematic on how Covid-19 affects the body explains why infected Indian dorm workers are still alive

In Uncategorized on 11/05/2020 at 6:02 am

No wonder it kills us fatties with chronic diseases while fit and trim Indian and Bangladeshi workers living in cramped and often unhygienic conditions who catch Covid-19 don’t die of it: Covid-19: Reason why no Indian or Bangladeshi worker has died?

The body’s systems go into overdrive when fighting Covid-19. This causes real problems for us effete elderly fatties. The bodies of the Indian and Bangladeshi workers just shrug off the side-effects that do us effete elderly fatties serious damage.

Note:

In late April, It was reported that a dorm worker that had caught Covid-19 was found dead. Police are investigating.

A Bangladeshi, Case 17410, was confirmed to have COVID-19 after his death on May 1 but the Ministry of Health said the cause of his death was ischaemic heart disease.

Activists say that there are four or five other deaths and say that there’s a cover-up. But these activists (especially white skin lover Kirsten Han) are juz as credible as Queen Jos the manpower minister when she refuses to admit that she and her ministry made “an honest mistake”.

Double confirm: TRE cybernut is really xia suay

In Uncategorized on 10/05/2020 at 5:17 am

Not only cannot spell properly

What happened?:
called thefollowing hotlines:

1) CPF
2) GST voucher
3) Keppel Electric

All siad they are closed for the day – today thursday at 11am to 1 pm?

Anybody know what’s gooing on?

“What happened?” called on Vesak Day, a public holiday, expecting them to be operating. But maybe he’s a nut case? He didn’t realise that it was a public holiday because he’s unemployed.

Covid-19: Ethnic Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis got higher death rates in UK

In Uncategorized on 09/05/2020 at 4:57 am

Ethnic Chinese don’t die as much. Blacks die like flies, relatively speaking.

For British Bangladeshi and Pakistanis, the mortality rate is more than three times higher. For British Indians the mortality rate is more than two times higher.

Scientists are trying to figure out why ethnic minorities have higher death rates than the whites.

But then in S’pore, Indian and Bangladeshi workers catch the virus but don’t seem to die: Covid-19: Reason why no Indian or Bangladeshi worker has died?

Note:

In late April, It was reported that a dorm worker that had caught Covid-19 was found dead. Police are investigating.

A Bangladeshi, Case 17410, was confirmed to have COVID-19 after his death on May 1 but the Ministry of Health said the cause of his death was ischaemic heart disease.

Covid-19: No more beer

In Uncategorized on 08/05/2020 at 7:09 am

According to a BBC report on Wednesday, Mexico was days away from running out of beer, the country’s brewers’ association warned.

“There’s no production, there’s no distribution, we’re not producing a single beer,” said the president of Brewers of Mexico. She had already received reports of prices shooting up as speculators took advantage of shortages.

She reassured beer lovers that brewers were poised to restart production as soon as they were allowed to by the government – but cautioned that she had not been given any hint as to when that could be.

Brewing is not among the industries which the government declared essential and therefore had to halt production at the end of March.




French and Austrians love Big Macs/ Will Indians rush too to buy Big Macs?

In Uncategorized on 07/05/2020 at 11:06 am

McDonald’s is slowly reopening in Europe. Big Mac fans had to endure a three-hour wait in France and a two-mile queue in Austria.

And once upon a time, the French rioted when McDonalds opened its first French outlet in Paris.

When India emerges from lock-down will Indians rush to buy it, like they do alcohol?

Covid-19: Relaxation of lockdown not “exit” but “phase 2”

In Uncategorized on 04/05/2020 at 10:22 am

PM has said that our soft lockdown (He and his PAP govt call it “circuit breaker”) will be relaxed. About time too, I needed a haircut, when the announced the lockdown.

FT’s editor puts any relaxation of lockdown, in perspective:

All across Europe, governments are taking baby steps to ease lockdowns that have paralysed their economies for weeks, if not months. “Exit strategy” is probably the wrong phrase to capture what happens next. We are entering the second phase of the pandemic, which will be an uneasy halfway house between lockdown and any semblance of normality — overshadowed by the ever-present risk of a second wave of infections.

FT

She goes on

In the first wave, our lives and economies were put on pause while governments deployed massive fiscal and monetary stimulus.The next phase will not be easier. Governments will have to weigh the economic cost against the risk of further virus outbreaks. We could end up living in bubbles, with a limited number of people we can interact with. Many will continue to work from home, perhaps until a vaccine is found.

Markets may be shrugging off the new reality — that a V-shaped recovery is no longer on the cards. This week’s mass layoffs have made clear that in many sectors the pain is longer lasting. Whether it’s airlines, travel, hospitality or even retail, it will be months before a semblance of normality is restored. Don’t book your summer holidays yet.

Sadly she’s right.

Pirates? No only Italians and Indians watching movies

In India, Uncategorized on 30/04/2020 at 4:38 pm

Italians and Indians lead the world in visiting piracy sites says piracy-monitoring company Muso.

Increase in film piracy: site visits in last seven days of March compared to same period in February

BBC/ Muso

Covid-19: Redundancy is good

In Uncategorized on 29/04/2020 at 6:55 am

Germany is increasingly seen as a model for how it has handled Covid-19 domestically.

NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES are opening; schools soon will be, too. The country’s fortunes are down to a mix of science-minded leadership, functional federalism and a bit of luck.

Economist

But according to the FT, an oversupply of hospital beds helps Germany a lot. Pre Covid-19, critics had called for drastic cut in number of hospital facilities.

Politics got in the way of the cull and the German healthcare system was seen as inefficient.

But willing is smiling now? Ango-American capitalism or the German model. Our ang moh tua kee PAP govt should stop aping the wrong ang mohs.

Run in France on tobacco products because of “evidence” smokers less likely to catch Covid-19

In Uncategorized on 26/04/2020 at 4:25 am

This is not fake news propogated by Big Tobacco.

[S]mokers were less numerous among hospitalised Covid-19 patients than in the general population,preliminary findings from a Paris hospital nicotine competes with the virus for access to receptors in the lungs and so protects smokers

BBC

Last week, data from a Paris hospital indicated that smokers were statistically less likely to be admitted for treatment for Covid-19: researchers noticed the low number of smokers among those hospitalised with Covid-19. The theory that nicotine could play a role in blocking the virus is due to be tested at a hospital in Paris, using nicotine patches.

The government’s chief health official said the study was interesting but warned that smokers who did become infected with coronavirus tended to have more serious symptoms. He also warned that smoking killed 75,000 people a year in France.

There was a run on nicotine products. France has now banned the online sale of nicotine products and limited their sale in pharmacies, after researchers suggested that nicotine may play a role in protecting against coronavirus.

The new rules cover products like nicotine gum and patches, designed to help people stop smoking.

People will only be allowed to buy one month’s supply of these products.

The aim is to stop people putting too much nicotine into their bodies, in the hope of protecting themselves against coronavirus, and also to protect the supply for people who need it, says the .

BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Paris

Btw, unrelated to the above, South Africa has unbanned cigarette sales. Alcohol sales remain banned under its lockdown

Covid-19: Reason why no Indian or Bangladeshi worker has died?

In Uncategorized on 23/04/2020 at 4:27 am

(Update on 24 April at 4,30am: After publication, it was reported that a dorm worker that had caught Covid-19 was found dead. Police are investigating.)

The number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore has crossed 10,000, with 1,016 cases announced on Wednesday. Most of the cases (about 80% according to the BBC) are work permit holders residing in dormitories.

Low-wage foreign workers comprise a fifth of the overall population in Singapore, but largely live separate from the local community. The dormitories — where clogged toilets and overflowing rubbish chutes have been reported — are a far cry from the country’s glitzy skyline showcased in Hollywood blockbusters like “Crazy Rich Asians.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-21/how-singapore-flipped-from-virus-hero-to-cautionary-tale

And another person has died, bringing the total to 12. But there have been no deaths (touch wood) among the dormitory workers.

One reason is that they are young: I think (I stand corrected) that all the 12 people who died here are not young.

Here’s another possible reason why the workers are not dying despite catching the Covid-19 while living in cramped, crowded conditions: they are not overweight. Have you seen an overweight FT manual worker?

The UK’s Sunday Telegraph reports on research about who is at greater risk of being admitted to hospital with a severe form of the virus. The paper says a study into British patients suggests being overweight is one of the most important risk factors.

The yet to be peer-reviewed is based on an analysis of more than 15,000 cases and is said to be the biggest study of its kind.

Btw,

Covid-19 only emerged at the end of 2019, but already there are signs it may take a long time for some patients to get back to full health.

Recovery time will depend on how sick you become in the first place. Some people will shrug off the illness fast, but for others it could leave lasting problems.

Age, gender and other health issues all increase the risk of becoming more seriously ill from Covid-19.

The more invasive the treatment you receive, and the longer it is performed, the longer recovery is likely to take.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52301633

Covid-19: Banning citizens from returning

In Uncategorized on 19/04/2020 at 11:12 am

India is one of the few countries in the world that has barred its own citizens from returning. Juz saying as there are cybnernuts condemning the govt for allowing citizens and some long-term residents from returning.

Whatever may the American (must be a Trumpter) that returned here and infected many others by irresponsible partying must be deported. Juz saying.

Social distancing the Chinese way

In Uncategorized on 18/04/2020 at 4:48 am

The ang moh way

Can the hard-hit spend their way out of a recession?

In Uncategorized on 17/04/2020 at 6:18 am

This Chinese bizman from Wuhan has a great question that shows the enormity of the problem govts all over the world face,

“How can you spend your way out of recession when you have a mortgage and other bills to pay and your job is under threat?

FT quoting a Wuhan resident

Many European countries (frollowing Germany’s tried and tested approach) are using short-term paid leave schemes to shield workers. S’pore (ang moh tua kee) is also doing something like this except that the employees are still on the cos’ payrolls.

Meanwhile US is flooding the system with cheap loans, some of which is forgivable if used to pay employees until September, rather than sack them.

Many countries including S’pore and the US are also giving “peanuts” directly to the peasants.

But will the peasants spend? They might decide to be prudent?

Toilet paper maker cleans out

In Financial competency, Uncategorized on 16/04/2020 at 4:47 am

Vinda International Holdings is one of the world’s biggest toilet roll makers and is listed in HK.

Shareholders must be shitting themselves in joy.

It just said operating profit for the three months ended March 31, 2020 is expected to increase by about 55% compared with the year before.

Profit for the first quarter is expected to increase by about  65% from the year before. Operating profit and net profit forthe first quarter are expected to be about HK$527 million and HK$377 million, respectively.

Revenue is expected to be about HK$3.41 billion, down by 16% and organic growth of  -12%.

Funnily, the stock tanked during the recent sell off, only to reverse.

Those who panicked must be shitting bricks.

UK street party obeying social distancing guidelines

In Uncategorized on 15/04/2020 at 4:39 am

Police in Hull, in England, allowed a street party to continue because everyone was following social distancing guidelines. Pictures from the scene show residents enjoying a drink in their front gardens while the man who organised the party played dance music from turntables outside his home.

The people are at least two meters apart: Covid-19: Social distance illustrated.

Can only happen in the UK.

Anywhere else, the police will close down the party as an illegal assembly even if social distancing is practiced: guns a’blazing in the US or lathis swinging in India or throwing tear gas canisters in France.

South Korea’s and S’pore healthcare systems compared

In Public Administration, Uncategorized on 08/04/2020 at 5:07 am

S Korea is often held up to be the gold standard in the fight against Covid-19. If so, contrary to what Lim Tean, Goh Meng Seng, Mad Dog and anti-PAP alt media say, the PAP govt’s management of our heathcare system is world class in general , and in the fight against Covid-19 ((bar the advice on use of masks, now amended: Masterclass ). Remember Korea is a developed country.

S’pore has also on a per capita basis tested more people for Covid-19 than S Korea. I can’t remember where I read this. I’ll cite the source when I find it.

And we do spend $, even if its from our own pocket. But let’s remember that anti-PAP cybernuts say CPF is a tax. If it’s a tax, then this spending on healthcare is public spending, not “Ownself fund ownself”.

Vote wisely.

Masterclass

In Uncategorized on 07/04/2020 at 5:20 am

Yesterday in Constructive advice to Mad Dog and other anti-PAP types, I said I’d post a masterclass in

on how to remind the public that the PAP govt is really xia suay, but which cannot be seen as sniping. In fact, it’s really constructive advice to S’poreans.

Below is a screenshot of what TCB wrote recently, followed by the full text. He tells us to use masks when we go out.

It is a simple but considerate act that protects those next to us. Let’s not look for reasons not to wear a mask in public.

And nowhere in it does he mention that until recently, the PAP govt said that it was xia suay to use masks. But S’poreans know what was until last Friday official govt policy. We even had Kee Chui Chan calling HK’s CEO xia suay for wearing a mask in public.

All Dr Tan says is

The Government also said they will not discourage the wearing of masks.

Full text:

Let’s wear masks

Since PM’s announcement on Friday, many Singaporeans are scrambling to do last minute work preparations visiting workplaces and shopping centers before the closure of schools and non-essential businesses on Wednesday.

The Government also said they will not discourage the wearing of masks.

As a doctor, I would go one step further to encourage, and even insist that everyone should wear a mask when you leave home.

You will be protecting neighbours, colleagues and people around you if you cough and sneeze or if you are an asymptomatic carrier. There is nothing to lose in wearing masks. The number of unlinked local infection cases and new clusters is rising. You will also minimise the risk of catching the virus if a carrier is close to you. The risks are real. CNA reported that on 4 April 2020, there were 75 new cases and 4 new clusters.

So wear a mask when you go out. It is a simple but considerate act that protects those next to us. Let’s not look for reasons not to wear a mask in public.

However, don’t let wearing masks make us complacent. We still need to practice good hygiene habits of hand washing and not touching your face. And most of all, we should Stay At Home. This is the best way to protect yourself.

Remember, you can play your part to stop virus transmission.

I include some of the latest research on the protection that masks provide.
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0843-2

Constructive advice to Mad Dog and other anti-PAP types

In Uncategorized on 06/04/2020 at 8:26 am

But first

#SGunited does not mean citizens should just listen and let the political leaders go unquestioned. Whenever someone says the 4G leaders know best, remind them who said face masks were not necessary for the general public two months ago and also those media platforms that regurgitated such narrative without question.

TOC

Well given that TOC’s stance is “PAP is always wrong” above comment is really rich. Sad.

Seriously, I sent the following to the only adult in the SDP’s CEC with a suggestion, he forward it to Mad Dog:

Sir Keir’s best chance of success lies in playing to his strengths as a post-ideological pragmatist. In public he should ask practical questions about the government’s performance in producing ventilators and covid tests or getting economic help to the vulnerable, while avoiding the impression that he’s sniping. 

Economist’s Bagehot

I’m sending the same message via this post to Terry and other anti-PAP activists:

Ask practical questions about the government’s performance in containing the virus or getting economic help to the vulnerable, while avoiding the impression that you are sniping. 

Sadly I doubt, Mad Dog, Terry etc would do this. “PAP is always wrong.”

With enemies like Mad Dog, Lim Tean, Meng Seng, s/o JBJ, Tan Kin Lian, Tan Jee Say and other anti-PAP clowns, the PAP can afford friends like Grace Yeo: Xia suay! “PA group activities dangerous for seniors’ health”.

Tom, I’ll post a masterclass on how to remind the public that the PAP govt is really xia suay, but which cannot be seen as sniping. In fact, it’s really constructive advice to S’poreans.

Xia suay! PM missed talking about a really important matter

In Uncategorized on 05/04/2020 at 6:57 am

PM covered all the important matters (bar one) in his recent speech. But he missed talking about the fact that many couples under lockdown the circuit breaker find themselves closer than ever in the coming month.

The ex-comedian who became president of Ukraine even though he had only peasant genes and didn’t get a double first in Cambridge (like our PM and his Pa) spotted an opportunity that eluded our PM.

In a television appearance last month, Mr Zelensky, like most other world leaders, asked citizens to stay at home. He then called on his compatriots to take advantage of the enforced intimacy to boost the country’s shrinking population: by making babies.

https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/04/03/will-the-coronavirus-lockdown-lead-to-a-baby-boom

But then maybe the very wide-spread perception that PM and his millionaire ministers prefer FT to true blue S’poreans is true? (Population White Paper: 2030 will resemble 1959?, White Paper fiasco: Who goofed? and Population White Paper: PAP’s suicide note?)

And going by the likes of Mad Dog, Lim Tean, Meng Seng, s/o JBJ, Tan Kin Lian, Tan Jee Say and other anti-PAP clowns, who can blame the FT preference? How to get S’poreans to welcome mass immigration.

Related posts: True blue oldies will save economy, not FTs and Real reason govt de-emphasising degrees?

Covid-19: Tablighi Jamaat does it again

In Uncategorized on 04/04/2020 at 5:03 pm

Pakistan has the most Covid-19 cases in South Asia with 2709 reported cases and 40 deaths. And it’s the fault of Tablighi Jamaat again. (Related post: Covid-19: Must be Tablighi Jamaat again)


Many of these cases were found among members of an Islamic missionary movement called Tablighi Jamaat who had returned after attending the Jamaat’s annual convention in Lahore in mid-March.

The convention was attended by missionaries from all over the Islamic world. It proved to be a catalyst for the spread of virus to many areas in Punjab, in some sectors of the federal capital Islamabad, as well as to other areas like the Palestinian territories.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52149688?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world/asia&link_location=live-reporting-story

With an Islamic organisation like Tablighi Jamaat, Muslims doesn’t need to worry about Hindu nationalists, or others who hate Islam and Muslims. With a Muslim organisation like Tablighi Jamaat, Muslims don’t need enemies.

Covid-19: What happens after isolation

In Uncategorized on 04/04/2020 at 10:52 am

So what do you do after lockdown is lifted or you can leave self isolation.

Deep clean the room or flat

“Viruses are actually fairly delicate bits of material, so they don’t survive very long”, Alex Akin, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-52019048

Akin says using soapy water or any kind of detergent to wipe down surfaces in the room you’ve been isolating in is enough to kill droplets of any virus.

He emphasised that the areas you should focus most on cleaning are “smooth, flat, smooth plastic or metal surfaces”.

You can throw yr laundry in the wash with other people’s. The normal detergents in a washing machine should easily deal with any amount of virus.”

And if you are ang moh, bathe before going out.

The countries without Covid-19

In Uncategorized on 03/04/2020 at 2:57 pm

All are island states.

All but the Comoros are in the Pacific. Only the Comoros is Muslim. The following are Christian and in the Pacific: Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; Palau; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Tuvalu; and Vanuatu.

But they are not allowing anyone in. And if the virus gets in, these island states can’t cope.

Covid-19: Ang moh tua kees: Swedish and PAP govts behaving in similar manner

In Public Administration, Uncategorized on 03/04/2020 at 7:29 am

Our ang moh tua kees like to compare S’pore unfavourably with the Nordic countries.

Well the Swedish govt is behaving in a similar manner to the PAP govt. Both are trying and succeeding (so far) in their attempts in allowing life to go on much closer to normal, like in keeping schools open.

While swathes of Europe’s population endure lockdown conditions in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, one country stands almost alone in allowing life to go on much closer to normal.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52076293


Lim Tean and P Ravi should stop playing politics in calling for a shut down of schools.

There are good reasons to try to avoid closing schools: Xia suay! Lim Tean wants to badly damage our healthcare system.

And P Ravi should remember that his party leader, Dt Tan Cheng Bock, has not called for schools to close. Rumour has it that Ravi wants the PSP to nominate him as its candidate in SMC Hong Kah North. In the last GE, he stood there for the Chiams’ party. This call is certainly a black mark against him in any decision to field him. The PSP is not Lim Tean. It’s a responsible party and tries to talk sense, even if at times it gets things wrong.

With enemies like Lim Tean and Ravi, how can the Oppo hope to deny the PAP a two-thirds majority in parliament: Is there really a better alternative to PAP 4G?.

Sad.

Covid-19: Coughing is terrorism and other policing actions

In Uncategorized on 27/03/2020 at 5:03 am

I kid u not.

Int’l media reports that a New Jersey man has been charged with making a “terroristic” threat. He coughed on an employee of a supermarket during an argument, and then claimed to have Covid-19. State governor Phil Murphy rightly described the suspect as a “knucklehead” but so are the police. Juz charge him for intimidation or assault.

Now this is really a knucklehead behaviour on the part of an idiot and the police. A 26-year-old in Missouri was arrested on Monday and charged with making a terrorist threat after he posted a video earlier this month of himself licking deodorants at a Walmart store while asking: “Who’s scared of the coronavirus?”

In S’pore, someone did something similar (Drinking milk or water) and returning the slightly empty bottles to the supermarket shelves. He was charged for stealing but not for acts of terror.

I’ll end with this story. A 52-year-old hair salon owner in the South African town of Ladysmith has been charged with attempted murder for defying a doctor’s order to self-quarantine.

Covid-19 in Islamic countries

In Uncategorized on 24/03/2020 at 4:14 am

When the reports of the Wuhan virus ravaging China came out, mad mullahs said it was Allah punishing the Chinese for persecuting Muslims in Xinjiang for practicing Islam.

And remember, the Indonesian minister who said that prayers ensured that the Covid-19 virus avoided Indonesia, despite the many Chinese tourists who visited Bali?

So how has Covid-19 treated Muslim-run countries?

In https://atans1.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/double-confirm-indonesia-lied-about-its-covid-19-cases/ I’ve reported on the lies told by the Indonesian govt. Indonesia has the virus and people have died.

Worse, thousands of Muslim pilgrims from across Asia gathered at a religious event in Gowa in Indonesia’s province of South Sulawesi on Wednesday (Mar 18), despite fears that their meeting could fuel the spread of a coronavirus, just two weeks after a similar event in M’sia caused more than 500 infections.

Organisers and regional officials said the event in the world’s fourth most populous nation had begun.

“We are more afraid of God,” one of the organisers, Mustari Bahranuddin, told Reuters, when asked about the risk of participants spreading the virus

Malaysia, which is under a partial lockdown, has tallied more than 710 people with the virus, the worst in South East Asia. Many of the cases are linked to a Muslim event in Kuala Lumpur, in February.

“We have a slim chance to break the chain of COVID-19 infections,” Noor Hisham Abdullah, director general of Health Malaysia, said on Facebook.

“Failure is not an option here. If not, we may face a third wave of this virus, which would be greater than a tsunami, if we maintain a ‘so what’ attitude.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51955931

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Tens of thousands of people gathered in Bangladesh for a mass prayer session on Wednesday, despite fears it posed a risk of spreading the new coronavirus.

BBC on 19 March.

I left the worst Muslim affected country to the end.

Iran is the third worst-hit country behind China and Italy. Iran’s Supreme Leader has rejected America’s offer of aid to help the country with its battle against coronavirus.

According to the government, there were two “patient zeros”, both of whom died in the pilgrimage city of Qom on 19 February. One, it said, was a businessman who contracted the disease in China. Qom quickly became the epicentre of the outbreak.

The city is an important pilgrimage destination for Shia Muslims. It is home to the country’s top Islamic clerics, and draws some 20 million domestic and around 2.5 million international tourists a year. Each week, thousands of pilgrims navigate the city, paying their respects by kissing and touching the numerous shrines and landmarks.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-51930856?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world/middle_east&link_location=live-reporting-story

Here’s something that should worry the mad mullahs. Maybe Allah is not a Muslim?

As to whether God is Catholic or Protestant, look out for a coming post.

Covid-19: Social distance illustrated

In Uncategorized on 22/03/2020 at 2:21 pm

Standing or sitting how far apart? See below:

Social distance

Xia suay! Lim Tean wants to badly damage our healthcare system

In Uncategorized on 22/03/2020 at 4:23 am

And our economy. He so hate us for keeping the PAP govt in power, that he wants to destroy S’pore?

Lim Tean is KPKBing that schools should be closed to fight the Wuhan virus.

Well according to the link below, the data on whether such closures will curb covid-19 are limited, and the direct economic costs are huge, even disregarding the long-term damage to children’s education.

But then Lim Tean is not married and is reported not to have any kids. Impotent, it’s alleged.

To summarise just one aspect of the detailed analysis in the link below

A study in 2009 estimated that if schools close for a month, between 6% and 9% of vital health-care workers would have to stay at home to look after their offspring. 

Economist

The Economist’s detailed analysis is at https://www.economist.com/international/2020/03/19/how-covid-19-is-interrupting-childrens-education

In summary, closing schools is a sign that all other less bad options don’t or can’t work.

Please forward the piece to BS artist Lim Tean.

Look at Lim Tean’s record. Still no jobs rally after collecting money in 2017 for rally, and no picture, no sound after collecting money to sue CPF yrs ago: Finally Lim Tean called to account on a “broken promise”. To be fair, he did deliver on defamation video two years late. But it was BS.

Can he be trusted to do anything but grab the money?

Is there really a better alternative to PAP 4G?

Covid-19: Making sense of the collateral damage

In Uncategorized on 18/03/2020 at 1:52 pm

The chaos and absurdity made me think of Scaramouche: “a stock clown character of the 16th-century commedia dell’arte (comic theatrical arts of Italian literature).” (Wikipedia)

“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”

Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche

Even after recovering from Covid-19

In Uncategorized on 17/03/2020 at 5:42 pm

Still has problems.

[S]he feels somewhat breathless and weak now even though she has fully recovered from the infection

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-51714162/how-i-recovered-from-coronavirus-and-isolation?fbclid=IwAR0LjkGQ9f_57Dcz6NIVUnSFfgk58WQSUjhensNvvlsvHW54NFEXN884M8U

Xia suay! SDP wants PAP to remain in power until after virus threat ends

In Uncategorized on 15/03/2020 at 11:23 am

“The SDP, therefore, calls on the Government to categorically rule out the GE until clear signs indicate that we are seeing tail-end of the virus spread.”

Mad Dog Chee

But the next general election must be held by April 2021, at the latest, as the SDP points out, see below. So if the virus is still around in April 2020, the SDP will be happy for the PAP to continue ruling despite this being illegal? Huh?

Or is Mad Dog calling for a constitutional amendment to allow polls to be deferred past April 2021?

Looks like the SDP needs a mature adult in its play pen to supervise Mad Dog and the other irresponsible youngsters. And sadly, its chairman Paul Tambayah, an infectious diseases specialist, has more important things to do than personally inject Dr Chee with anti-mad dog vaccine.

Sad.

In Xia suay! “PA group activities dangerous for seniors’ health”, I showed how a member of the IB sabos the PAP. It’s very forunate for the PAP that Mad Dog loves to score own goals.

Sad. Related post: Is there really a better alternative to PAP 4G?

SDP statement

RULE OUT GE IN THE MIDST OF COVID CRISIS

Singapore Democrats

There are signs that the PAP may call for the general elections (GE) in the near future.

Mr Heng Swee Keat said in an interview that the PAP will not rule out holding the GE during the current outbreak of Covid-19. Ms Josephine Teo announced this week that PAP will be introducing its women candidates in due course. Also, the Government has just published changes to several electoral divisions yesterday, 12 March 2020.

The SDP calls on the PAP to refrain from such an irresponsible act.

All state resources should be focused on dealing with the spread of the virus which the World Health Organization has called a pandemic. The situation in Singapore has flared up again and could worsen considerably in the coming weeks and months.

The SDP has been repeatedly calling on Singaporeans to unite and cooperate with the authorities in this difficult time. Our priority is to rid ourselves of this health threat. Elections can come later.

We hope that the PAP will not capitalise on the crisis by holding the GE at this time as it will take away valuable resources needed to combat the virus outbreak and jeopardise the public’s health and well-being.

Experts have different opinions as to when this pandemic will end. As such there is no urgency to hold an election in the midst of this crisis. After all, the term of this parliament does not end until April 2021.

The SDP, therefore, calls on the Government to categorically rule out the GE until clear signs indicate that we are seeing tail-end of the virus spread. No to do so would signal that the PAP is putting its own interests over the people’s safety.

Prematurely calling an election will undo all the good work the people have put in these last two and a half months, working together as one, putting aside party politics to help our country and our people deal with this viral threat.

German wild boars do not jay walk

In Uncategorized on 15/03/2020 at 5:06 am

[T]he Times reports on a growing nuisance in Berlin – a population of thousands of wild boars digging up gardens and cemeteries, and roaming into shops.

They have become so accustomed to urban life that they’re now crossing roads at traffic lights, it says. Biologists reckon the boars are unlikely to have worked out the significance of red and green lights, but have probably observed cars stopping there and pedestrians crossing safely. The Times concludes that they have learnt how to “save their bacon”.

BBC

Brits outsmart Thai Chinese billionaire twice over

In Uncategorized on 14/03/2020 at 4:32 am



Tesco bought what became its crown jewel from Thai conglomerate CP Group in 1998, during the 1998 Asian crisis, for about US$180m. CP Group was short of cash.

It is selling the business back to CP for U$10bn, about 15% more than expected. The sale was done as global markets went into meltdown.

For CP’s controlling shareholder, Thai Chinese billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont the purchase had more to do with ego than economics.

He may be saved by the Thai competition authorities. CP’s existing extensive retail businesses may mean that authorities block the sale.

Washing hands: Areas often missed, and how to wash thoroughly to beat Covid-19

In Uncategorized on 13/03/2020 at 4:08 am

Covid 19: Opps! Fake news about beards

In Uncategorized on 09/03/2020 at 2:52 pm

In Wuhan virus: No beards please, I got it wrong about beards having to go to fight the Wuhan virus.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the shaving of beards as a precaution against Covid 19 infection. The Iranian, Taliban and other mad mullahs will say Wuhan virus is CIA or Chinese plot against Islam.

Btw, the Iranian authorities are not telling Iranian men to shave off their beards to prevent the virus from spreading.

Sorry. 

From the BBC:

1. No, you don’t need to shave your beard to protect against the virus

An old graphic created by the US health authorities about facial hair and respirators has been used incorrectly to suggest men should shave off their beards to avoid catching the coronavirus.

The Nigerian Punch newspaper’s headline said: “To be safe from coronavirus, shave your beard, CDC warns”

False headline claiming that the US health authorities recommend shaving off beards to protect against coronavirus
Presentational white space

We have added labels to the screenshots to indicate whether the story has been found to be “false” or used an “old photo”.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) image shows dozens of examples of facial hair and which ones to avoid when wearing a respirator mask. Beard styles such as Side Whiskers and the Zappa are approved but the Garibaldi and French Fork can interfere with the valve and prevent the respirator working properly.

The graphic is genuine – but it was created in 2017 (well before the coronavirus outbreak) for workers who wear tight-fitting respirators. Contrary to what’s been reported, the CDC has not published it recently and it does not recommend that people shave off their beards.

Similar headlines have appeared in other countries, generating thousands of shares. Australian news outlet 7News posted on Twitter: “How your beard may unknowingly increase your risk of coronavirus.”

Current UK health advice is that while masks are useful for medical staff in hospitals, “there is very little evidence of widespread benefit for members of the public”.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-51710617?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world/africa&link_location=live-reporting-story

 

Xia suay! Must be Lim Tean again

In Uncategorized on 08/03/2020 at 4:17 am

If you goggle “Lim Tean + Independent” (the fake news purveyor) you will get a long list of recent stories by the Idiots reporting Lim Tean’s KPKBing about the PAP’s response to the Wuhan virus. He says the PAP govt is incompetent, allowing S’poreans to catch the virus.

Well S’pore is praised by the World Health Organisation for as Reuters puts it

the fastidious approach taken to combat the outbreak in the city-state – which has included using police investigators and security cameras to help track and quarantine more than 2,500 people, and won international praise.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-singapore-analysis/why-singapores-admired-virus-playbook-cant-be-replicated-idUSKBN20E0I4

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s chief says “Singapore is leaving no stone unturned.”

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The king of masks

In Kiasu? Get hold of the king mask, I reported

that the betterest mask is the N95 respirator. It filters at least 95% of airborne particles, and is more effective than an ordinary surgical or medical mask, which also needs to be changed more frequently.

The pictured mask is the best.

Maybe Lim Tean should do a video castigating the PAP govt for not getting the pictured mask for us?


Seriously,

“Is a coalition that includes Mad Dog, Lim Tean and Meng Seng a better alternative to the 4G?”

Look at Lim Tean’s record. Still no jobs rally after collecting money in 2017 for rally, and no picture, no sound after collecting money to sue CPF yrs ago: Finally Lim Tean called to account on a “broken promise”. To be fair, he did deliver on defamation video two years late. But it was BS.

Can he be trusted to do anything but grab the money?

Is there really a better alternative to PAP 4G?

Kanna Covid-19, can die or not?

In Uncategorized on 05/03/2020 at 5:28 am

(Amended on 9th March to include link to BBC report saying

Women seem to be less likely to die from coronavirus than men, and children appear to be less likely to die than other age groups.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51774777)

Original story

If old, chronic sickly, or men, jialat leh.

But first, the usual platitudes:

Researchers currently think that between five and 40 coronavirus cases in 1,000 will result in death, with a best guess of nine in 1,000 or about 1%.

… the World Health Organization’s Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that “globally, about 3.4% of reported Covid-19 cases have died”.

BBC report

But just as some animals are more equal than others, some people are more likely to die if they contract Covid-19: the elderly, the chronically ill, and men (maybe?).

More from the BBC story:

In the first big analysis of more than 44,000 cases from China, the death rate was ten times higher in the very elderly compared to the middle-aged. 

The death rates were lowest for the under 30s – there were eight deaths in 4,500 cases.

And deaths were at least five times more common among people with diabetes, high blood pressure or heart or breathing problems.

There was even a slightly higher number of deaths among men compared to

women.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51674743

 

Xia suay! Even ang mohs here panicked

In Uncategorized on 03/03/2020 at 5:03 am

My cousin told me the weekend after DORSCON Orange was announced, the atas supermarket near her place was cleaned out of pasta and much canned foods and instant noodles. The ang mohs didn’t buy the expensive Korean and Japanese instant noodles, only the cheaper ones from M’sia and Indonesia. What a bunch of cheapskates. That they panicked and are are cheapskates shows that they are related to the anti-PAP cybernuts.

The staff told her the ang mohs were worried that that there was going to a Wuhan style stay-in. More evidence they related to our cybernuts, even in Wuhan deliveries are made. [The last sentence was added minutes after publication.]

Btw, she usually shops at NTUC Fairprice. She went into the atas supermarket because her detergent supplies were running role. Needless to say, she never got her clorox etc. The supermarket had also run out of these supplies.

When she tried ordering these online, she was told delivery was in eight days time.

Related post: Thanks to cybernuts, Fairprice is laughing all the way to bank

Xia suay! LKY’s really dishonourable son?

In Uncategorized on 26/02/2020 at 4:26 am

KNN! CCB! Xia suay! Son honour pa like this meh?

When I was a junior officer in the central bank, I was fortunate enough to work for someone who in a previous incarnation was the perm sec in the PMO’s office.

He once told me that LKY, was a stickler for accuracy and the truth. Anyone caught misrepresenting the truth, however innocently, to LKY got terminated ASAP. If LKY tot the person lied, it was terminated with extreme prejudice. 

So I can well imagine LKY’s ashes spinning in his urn (which are on a table in his Oxley Rise house, beside that his wife’s urn) if he knew what Lee Hsien Yang said in his sworn testimony to the disciplinary tribunal investigating his wife’s role in LKY’s final will.

“Statements he made need not be accurate because they were not sworn ones, said Mr Lee Hsien Yang, when asked why his statements on Facebook and in public were at odds with his testimony.”

And

“He said his public statements could be inaccurate because they are not sworn statements and thus he may not look at them carefully,” said the tribunal.

And

“Mr Lee admitted in cross-examination that aspects of the posts could be misleading and inaccurate,” 

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/lee-hsien-yang-statements-were-not-sworn-ones-so-need-not-be-accurate?fbclid=IwAR0bAKpz5yju2y1h4AEXurCUmqhh7EDBIjzsndDYs4-zeRK-xMCCWcsnV_k

Not only would LKY be upset, so would ma. My friend was her pupil in Lee & Lee and said she was a stickler for accuracy and the truth.

Lee Hsien Loong’s Yang’swife said she looked forward to defending herself in open court. The tribunal’s findings will go before a court made up of three high court judges.

I look forward to learning if the findings of the tribunal about LHY’s integrity are upheld or thrown out by the judges. I once wrote:

 As a son of LKY, Lee Hsien Yang would have learnt the importance of defending his integrity. He could do no less as a son of Harry than to attack his brother’s integrity in return.

Just a tot, maybe, the constructive, nation-building quoted what he said out of context?

Whatever, for the record, I’ve always had a problem with statements uttered by LHY in 2017 on FB about his wife’s role in relation to LKY’s final will. From 2017: Can understand why SD wanted from Hsien Yang and Talking cock about the will.

Posts to show I’m no fan of LKY and his three children (From what I’ve been told of Mrs Lee, I admire her: real MGS girl)

Biblical verses that explain Lees’ row?

White Horses get taste of what Marxist conspirators kanna isit?

Juz move yr ass Dr Lee: Dr Lee trying to have her cake and eat it

Speaking truth to LHY

FamiLee: Karma’s a bitch

PM should have just sat down and shut up not tell his subordinates his concerns.

 

Xia suay! KNN! Why our millionaire ministers not ordering money to be laundered?

In Uncategorized on 24/02/2020 at 4:27 am

Chinese banks have been ordered to remove potentially contaminated notes from circulation. Only after launderisation (sterilisation) will the notes return to general circulation.

Why we no follow?

Seriously

In ordinary circumstances, modern notes carry similar quantities of bacteria to those found on a door handle. It is harder for germs to adhere to newer polymer notes.

FT

As our notes are polymer, no need for PAP govt to launder our notes. That’s a private sector initiative reserved for banks.

But it’ll not prevent cybernuts from calling for this when they hear that China is laundering its notes.

Hongkie monkeys panic buying, S’porean cybernuts must follow: Thanks to cybernuts, Fairprice is laughing all the way to bank.

Then there’s the use of masks: Xia suay! PRC monkey see, S’porean monkey must do isit?

Why Mamas are running US tech giants, not us slit-eyes

In China, Humour, India, Uncategorized on 19/02/2020 at 3:36 pm

Indian supremacists and their Chinese friends are KPKBing about Indian start-ops depend on Chinese money

They point out that as usual Mamas are punching above their weight (like in S’pore law and politics) in the US C-suites and politically. Hello Andrew Yang juz dropped out of the presidential. The ladies with mama blood were booted out a long time ago.

OK, OK, there are 4 mamas heading US giant techs.

Mr Krishna’s recent elevation at IBM mirrors the rise of Satya Nadella at Microsoft and Shantanu Narayen at Adobe. They were Indian-born engineers who took over at prominent US tech companies that were going through a midlife crisis. Then there is Alphabet’s CEO, Sundar Pichai

Meanwhile,

Chinese engineers complain that Silicon Valley has an ethnic glass ceiling, and interviewees, many of whom are naturalised American citizens, compared their status with the relative success of Indians in large tech companies.

“In the US many Indian managers have become big company’s CEOs, but in many ways there’s still a bottleneck for Chinese people,” said Hans Tung, managing partner of GGV Capital, at a recent conference in Beijing. Turning to Eric Yuan, the founder of Zoom, he asked: “What do you think can be done?”.

Mr Yuan is Silicon Valley’s most well-known Chinese immigrant success story. His video conference app Zoom, which listed last April, is valued at almost $21bn. Mr Yuan responded that many Indian engineers were not only proficient at technical work, but also at understanding business models and management.

“It’s Chinese culture: it emphasises obedience and modesty, not confidence,” says Sophie Xu, a PayPal employee who left China for Canada and then the US 17 years ago. “There’s no wild ambition, we love book smarts.”

FT

My interpretation: Mamas suck up to ang mohs while Chinese ignore ang mohs. The latter believe that their work will show how good they are: they think of Grandpa’s Xi rise in China. Mamas not that naive: they know sucking ass matters.

Thanks to cybernuts, Fairprice is laughing all the way to bank

In Uncategorized on 17/02/2020 at 6:54 am

NTUC Fairprice made so much money recently that it stopped advertising last Thursday its discounts for the week, saving the money it throws the way of the constructive, nation-building media, and consumers.

The run on the supermarkets by the anti-PAP cybernuts was really money for jam for Fairprice, and Sheng Siong and Giant, the other two supermarkets serving us plebs.

Why do I say the panic-buyers are anti-PAP cybernuts?

Firstly, anti-PAP cybernuts are the people who distrust the PAP govt.

How could the panic-buyers be part of the 70% that vote for the PAP in the last GE? They trust the PAP govt and would not not panicked when DORSCON Orange was announced. (Memo to PAP govt: No amount of communication is possible or needed when dealing with cybernuts. Focus the message on the hard core PAP vote and those who who voted for Tan Cheng Bock in PE2011. Just sneer at the cybernuts and call them stupid trash, unfit to be S’poreans. And think about replacing them with hardworking FTs. Practice eugenics if necessary. The 70% will support any culling policy of the trash.)


Pick-up rate of masks prove Roy and TRE cybernuts wrong

“Singaporeans don’t trust the government,” says Roy Ngerng, saying that the panic buying proves his case. TRE cybernuts roared their approval, claiming that the Spastics League will defeat the PAP in the coming GE.

Let’s see shall we. The PAP will win at least 62% of the popular vote is my prediction.

In the meantime, how does Roy and his equally nutty TRE fans explain the slow pick-up rate of the masks

The truth is that the majority of voters trust the PAP govt to look after us. They are so trusting that as of the morning of the final collection date, which was 9 Feb, only 54% of households collected their masks, according to The Straits Times (ST).

Collection date for the masks now extended until 29 Feb.

Panic? What panic?/ Anti-PAP activists loi hei wish

Roy and fellow nutters should accept the fact that while they don’t trust the govt, the majority of S’poreans do trust the govt to look after them. In fact, 46% of households were too complacent: they didn’t bother to collect the masks.

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Secondly these panic buyers did not have Fairprice co-op membership cards. Secret Squirrel’s sidekick Morocco Mole informs me that his second cousin removed who works in Fairprice told him that the purchasers did not get the 5% off the listed prices that members get (Rebate paid annually). Given their distrust of the PAP govt,  cybernuts would be unlikely to be co-op members especially as nowadays only NTUC members can the join co-op. (My mum joined when there was no need to be an NTUC member: they were so desperate for S’poreans to join them in the early 70s.)

Taz another reason why Fairprice is laughing all the way to the bank. No rebates will be paid to the hoarders who social media reports say paid each an average of between $800 to $1000 for a trolley-load of groceries.

As my mum is a Fairprice co-op member, she can expect a bigger dividend next yr.

Even though she’s in her late 90s, she’ll vote in the next GE to show her appreciation. Despite owning private property and living off her dividend income, she got to go to Raffles Hospital at SingHealth rates for B2 patients: Bill: Private hospital treatment, public hospital fees.

 

 

 

Two experts think Wuhan virus is juz “bad cold”

In Uncategorized on 16/02/2020 at 10:33 am

Update on 16 February at 10.55 am: World Health Organisation (WHO) found 82% of infected have mild symptoms, 15% severe and 3% critical. COVID-19 fatality rate far lower than SARS, closer to H1N1 according to WHO. Sounds like common flu to me.

PAP govt says:

COVID-19 spreads easily

– Infectious as influenza
– Infectious even if symptoms mild
– Stay home even with mild flu-like symptoms)

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“Fear spreads faster than infection?” the BBC asks. “Social media was giving people partial information, but not all the facts, and that magnified their concerns,” Dr Lee Riley, professor of infectious diseases and vaccinology at the University of California


First coronavirus death outside Asia as China toll passes 1,500 is what media is reporting now.


But first, John Nicholls, a professor in pathology at the University of Hong Kong compares the novel coronavirus to a bad cold. It’s a rare upbeat assessment that defies consensus. Nicholls has said this on CNN and elsewhere.

Nicholls downplays the severity of the epidemic as fear and panic were spreading. His hometown, Hong Kong,  closed schools for over a month and speculation of shortages has prompted shoppers to hoard toilet paper and other goods.

Then there is Dr Lee Riley, professor of infectious diseases and vaccinology at the University of California – a man who has spent his career studying epidemics, including a spell at the World Health Organization.

He was surprisingly sanguine about the coronavirus, pointing out that common-or-garden influenza was far more deadly, though he said he understood that uncertainty about the nature of the disease was bound to make people fearful.

But he said a 24/7 news culture and the rise of social media made that fear spread faster than the virus itself – especially as the coronavirus was being diagnosed far more rapidly than Sars was 20 years ago.

“They do the diagnosis, and then we hear about the news of the diagnosis right away throughout the world instantaneously. They’re constantly getting updates on this… and I think that feeds into some of the anxiety that people have.”

Social media was giving people partial information, but not all the facts, and that magnified their concerns.

He seemed surprised when we told him there was talk of cancelling Mobile World Congress. He said that would be an “over-reaction”. Even if people were attending the show from China, he said, “we have new ways to diagnose these types of infections very quickly and accurately so that shouldn’t be a concern.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51510196

What do you think?

“Better safe than sorry” is the BS response. But what is “safe” and what is “sorry”?

Answers pls.

S’poreans prefer pets to breeding for S’pore

In Uncategorized on 13/02/2020 at 2:45 pm

 

 

 

Wuhan virus: Look on the bright side

In Uncategorized on 13/02/2020 at 4:46 am

So DBS, our biggest bank, has lowered its 2020 GDP growth forecast for Singapore by 28% from 1.4% previously to 0.9% because of a drop of 1m tourist arrivals for every three months Singapore’s travel ban on Chinese passport holders continues. (Related post: S$ tanks as GDP forecasts slashed)


Wuhan virus: Why investors are not panicking

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Time to look on the bright side.

Electricity tariffs will drop because oil prices have fallen from around US$65 to below US$55. China is not buying oil. Related post: Why MSM no kanna POFMA for spreading fake news?

Less crowds when going to supermarkets. The anti-PAP cybernut hoarders got to eat up their stocks of rice, instant noodles and toilet paper. They also have no spare money to spend on other groceries after spending hundreds if not thousands of $ on rice, instant noodles and toilet paper.

Sure to have sales for luxury goods because tourists are not coming.

I’m seeing ads offering discounts for fine dining and stuff like suckling pig.

Sure got more comedy shows as Goh Meng Seng and Tan Kin Lian attack PAP govt: Clowns of Singapore.

No GST rise this yr: Double confirm: No GST rise this yr.

More goodies even if it’s more of Ownself pay ownself: it’s our money PAP govt is using to bribe lessen the pain of a slowing economy in an election yr.

Anti-PAP types should be cheering as if the economy suffers badly, more people will vote against the PAP: Anti-PAP activists loi hei wish.

 

Wuhan virus: black humour

In Uncategorized on 12/02/2020 at 4:39 am

A senior health official sent from Beijing to Wuhan to publicly reassure the plebs that the disease was “preventable and controllable”. He contracted the virus himself, becoming a symbol of government incompetence and mendacity on social media and the internet. (Source int’l media)

Women are the stronger sex.

“The average age of the [ Wuhan virus] patients was 55.5 years, including 67 men and 32 women,” said a Lancet paper published last month.

It is an eye-catching discrepancy. A picture is emerging of 2019-nCoV as a novel pathogen that disproportionately affects older men, particularly those with existing illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. A similar pattern can be found in the statistics on Sars, which caused about 780 deaths nearly two decades ago.

FT

FT goes on to say that some scientists are now convinced that these sex differences in clinical data reflect a genuine male vulnerability to coronaviruses, rather than a bias in exposure.

(Following added at 2.00pm on 12 Feb 2020.)

Never ending cruise to nowhere. Shades of the Flying Dutchman:

A cruise ship carrying more than 1,450 passengers has been told it cannot dock in Thailand over coronavirus fears.

The Westerdam had already been turned away from several ports, including in Japan, Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines, amid fears of the virus.

BBC report

From Wikipedia:

The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever.

These S’porean artists do us proud

In Uncategorized on 11/02/2020 at 5:22 pm

The last exhibit in an exhibition on Buddhism (ending soon in London):

[T]he British Library commissioned a painted wall hanging – a new Buddhist ‘text’ – of the Vessantara Jātaka by three Singaporean artists, Irving Chan Johnson, Lim Su Qi, and Rungnapa Kitiarsa. It is painted in the style of a 19th-Century Thai banner painting, a visual teaching aid. It is an outstanding work of art, and depicts 13 scenes from the Buddha’s previous life in order to teach about the Buddhist values of generosity and charity.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200115-how-buddhism-spread-written-language-around-the-world

Kiasu? Get hold of the king mask/ Listen to expert on infectious disease

In Uncategorized on 09/02/2020 at 5:05 am

Don’t bother with surgical masks. They are BS.

There are masks and then there are masks.

The betterest mask is the N95 respirator. It filters at least 95% of airborne particles, and is more effective than an ordinary surgical or medical mask, which also needs to be changed more frequently.

Look at the pixs of HK CEO and China’s PM, when they visit the plebs. They use this mask: google, if you don’t believe me. Let’s see if our millionaire ministers follow them. If they do, time to demand we get the N95 respirator

 

Fyi, medical advice in China is to change face masks regularly, as often as four times a day for medical teams. This would require a minimum of two million masks each day.

A very Chinese habit, the using of masks.

There’s widespread use of face masks among the ordinary population, whether or not they’ve been instructed to do so by the authorities.

  • More than half a million staff working on public transport in China have been told to use masks
  • There are reports that some shops, businesses and other public premises have told people to use masks if they want to enter

Culturally, it’s quite common for people in China to wear face masks, both as general protection and if they feel they are getting ill.

Same with Hongkies. And becoming the practice in S’pore as TOC and other anti-PAP activists spread the lie that it’s effective against the Wuhan virus and KPKBing that the PAP govt is not giving out enough masks. (Fake news that S’poreans panicking about shortage of masks)

There is very little evidence that wearing face masks make a difference. Experts say good hygiene – such as regularly washing your hands and certainly before putting them near your mouth – is vastly more effective.

BBC

The SDP’s chairman, Professor Paul Tambyah the only infectious diseases specialist in NUH, if not S’pore (No money in this line, so doctors avoid it. Remember the PAP MP doc who implied he did not respect people with low pay?) explains the real purpose of the surgical mask:

Question: “Should we only wear a mask if we are sick? Wouldn’t a mask help to protect a healthy person too?”

Professor Tambyah: “Well, it does both. You see, the mask actually prevents or reduces the amount of virus you’re going to shed. But ultimately, you shouldn’t be walking around town if you’re sick because when the mask gets wet, it loses its efficacy. So ideally, you should put on a mask, go see a doctor and then get treated.”

“Now, the reason why [healthy] people wear a mask is because they are not sure that people who are going to be sick are going to be staying at home. And I think that is the message that needs to get across, you see? If you are sick, you shouldn’t go to the office, you shouldn’t take the MRT, you should get yourself evaluated. You should put on a mask, go and get yourself evaluated by your doctor.”

“And if everybody does that, then there’s no need [for healthy people] to wear a mask, right? Because then everybody walking in the streets is going to be healthy. And you don’t need to worry about some guy coughing in your face and infecting you. Right now, you see, too many people are worried that there are people who are sick walking around. And that, I think, needs to be addressed.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-qK7OeTRf8

 

China sneezes, S’pore in intensive care

In China, Economy, Uncategorized on 03/02/2020 at 7:22 am

Koreans will die.

So will the Hongkies, Thais and M’sias. S’poreans, Japanese, Peenoys, Viet Kong, Diggers and Indons will be in the intensive care unit.

 

The only people happy in S’pore are those who wish S’pore ill: Fake news that S’poreans panicking about shortage of masks.

Anti-PAP activists and cybernuts love the opportiunity, or so they think, of spreading more fake news to sabo the PAP govt.

But they are deluded. Tom, I’ll post why the PAP govt will now win bigely this GE. The 4G leaders will get the 65% of the popular vote that they need.

Remember that I was negative about the 4G team getting 65% of the popular vote: Ground is not sweet for an early 2020 GE.

Did you notice yesterday was a very special day

In Uncategorized on 03/02/2020 at 5:31 am

The UK’s Sunday Times reported that 2 February 2020 – when set out in numbers – becomes the rarest of palindromes, whether the day or month is written first. 02/02/2020 reads the same forwards and backwards. It says there won’t be another like it until 12/12/2121 (Huh? Surely shume mistake?)

It also notes that yesterday is the 33rd day of a leap year, with 333 days of 2020 left.

Really a special day for numerologists, statisticians and anyone else who is fascinated by “oddball integers”.

Creative local writer

In Uncategorized on 02/02/2020 at 5:07 am

Greek myths localised

The Greek Gods have arrived in Singapore! Mesa is an Expat Wife. Orpheus is a wretched Club DJ. And Prometheus sells #damngood Roasted Charsiew in Toa Payoh. Would the Almighty Zeus be the leader of the Lightning Party?

And

Figures from Greek mythology take up residence in contemporary Singapore in this collection of stories that explores the pain and dilemma of modern living. What happens when you are doomed to repeat your actions over and over? Or have to remake your decisions, knowing that times have changed? What if struggling makes the divine human, and the human divine?

MODERN MYTHS (2ND PRINTING)
by Clara Chow
published by Math Paper Press

Click the link if you want to hear audio excerpts read by the author or buy the book

Modern Myths (2nd Printing)

We working for free for Google

In Uncategorized on 30/01/2020 at 4:04 am

Recaptcha is shumething we all are familiar with: proving that we are not bots. An estimated 200 million people have to do this every day,

Here’s how we are working free for Google

What is little known is that the words you have to write out are not chosen at random. Instead they are words from old physical books that Google is digitising, and its software is struggling to decipher. So every time you do one of those security tests you are an unpaid Google worker. If, say, 10,000 people all agree on a certain spelling, then Google accepts that as correct.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51208154

Luis von Ahn invented it. Recaptcha, which was solely owned by Luis, was bought by Google in 2009 for an undisclosed eight-figure sum.

More on him: What PM, PAP can learn from very rich tech entrepreneur

Wuhan mayor says Beijing also to blame

In Uncategorized on 29/01/2020 at 4:18 am

Zhou Xianwang, Wuhan’s mayor, admitted his local government’s failings in handling the crisis. “We need to improve the ability to address public health events . . . and manage emergencies,” he told CCTV, China’s state broadcaster.

He acknowledged that the Wuhan authorities had not made “a timely disclosure” about the virus.

But he said Beijing was in part responsible. “This is an infectious disease and must be disclosed according to law. Local governments cannot disclose the disease until it gets authorisation to do so,” he said.

China spent the crucial first days of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak arresting people who posted about it online and threatening journalists

https://www.businessinsider.sg/china-information-crackdown-on-wuhan-coronavirus-2020-1/?fbclid=IwAR2JpKKtiTdqTz9Dc_xMFzZu6PCbhh8XLJanyTzuqKv4zgpZy_LDjHR4gSI

Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses?

In Uncategorized on 27/01/2020 at 9:31 am

They could help stop the spread of viruses, but not for the reason ordinary people say they use masks: that they protect against viruses or bacteria carried in the air

Dr David Carrington, of St George’s, University of London, told BBC News “routine surgical masks for the public are not an effective protection against viruses or bacteria carried in the air”, which was how “most viruses” were transmitted, because they were too loose, had no air filter and left the eyes exposed.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51205344

Where they work is they help you avoid touching your eyes and nose unnecessarily: preventing “Ownself infect ownself”.

Remember that viruses can land on yr hands but they only cause problems when they enter yr body. Likely entry points are the mouth and eyes. The ears and nose have hair filters.

After reading the BBC article in above link especially this bit

The NHS says the best way to avoid catching viruses such as flu is to:

  • regularly wash your hands with warm water and soap
  • avoid touching your eyes and nose wherever possible
  • maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle

I came to the conclusion that they help prevent “Ownself infect ownself”.

Big PAP win by PAP

In Uncategorized on 26/01/2020 at 6:49 am

Yesterday, I heard a story that had me laughing. It will drive Mad Dog, Lim Tean, Meng Seng to despair and hopefully commit suicide. We need a credible opposition (Think Wankers, Paul Thamby and TCB), not these cybernut heroes. As Meng Seng said with a straight face, “Keep jesters out of opposition, please.”. He should walk the talk, not juz talk the cock.

I was enquiring yesterday about a married couple who late last year were experiencing marital problems. They had been married for over thirty years.

I was told that they are happily married. They decided to press the restart button.

In particular, the cybernut, cyberwarrior of a husband who is unemployed and destitute had to promise that he wouldn’t rave and rant about the PAP govt in the morning when he drove his wive to work. While the voting record of his wife is unknown (He had kept saying that she always voted for the PAP), she told him that she couldn’t stand his anti-PAP rants every morning. It was not a pleasant start to a working day, she said.

As the alternative was getting kicked out of the their home and depending on the PAP’s govt generosity (He already big user of SingHeath despite claiming like Phillip Ang, another big user and the cybernuts’ go to financial expert despite not knowing of the time calue of money, that it was a scam and expensive), he agreed to stop talking cock. Where are his cybernut pals when he needs financial help?

Why does he uses SingHeath despite saying it’s a scam and expensive? Talking thru gritted teeth “I can’t afford to go private.”. Btw, he says that he should not wait when he uses SingHealth.

Vote wisely.

*

Lawyers for Liberty is a mama organisation?

In Uncategorized on 25/01/2020 at 5:23 am

Pix of Malaysia-based human rights organisation, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) from LFL that slimes our S’pore govt saying without publishing credible evidence that our judicial executions are unprofessional and barbaric

Almost an all Indian affair organisation.

Oz fires: How many S’pores are burning?

In Uncategorized on 20/01/2020 at 4:30 am

Some 11m hectares of the Lucky Country have gone up in smoke since September, almost the same area as Bulgaria.

Economist

As S’pore is 72,150 hectares, this means that 155 S’pores are on fire Down Under.

How many S’pore’s burning in NSW: 55 (How many S’pores are burning in Australia?)

Watching movie exercises the heart

In Uncategorized on 14/01/2020 at 4:37 am

The Times says if you are looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle without exercising too much, you can go watch a movie. It highlights “research” which suggests that watching a film at the cinema could be as good for your health as a light form of cardio exercise.

The findings – which have yet to be published in a peer-to-peer journal – also say a trip to the cinema could provide a boost for your heart and benefit memory and concentration.

I can only assume that the movie industry is funding the research.

What about watching Netflix or tv?

Find S’pore on this map of the sky

In Uncategorized on 12/01/2020 at 5:15 am

Our MRT map and that of many others around the world are based on Harry Beck’s London Underground map.

Below is Harry Beck’s Tube map in the sky.

It’s a Tube map of the sky published just a few years after his London Underground map. In aviation’s early days, planes stopped much more frequently, making stops  “Such long-limbed networks naturally echo metro lines,” FT’s columnist  in https://www.ft.com/content/ea87c244-1da0-11ea-81f0-0c253907d3e0 (Pay wall)

Indians, Pinoys, Africans love Trump

In Uncategorized on 11/01/2020 at 1:26 pm

Ang mohs hate him

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51012853

All Blacks are not the only the Kiwis’ world class champions

In Commodities, Currencies, Financial competency, Uncategorized on 09/01/2020 at 4:45 am

 

And

 

Desperately seeking Cheng Bock

In Uncategorized on 08/01/2020 at 10:35 am

The really, really Spastic Zombies

leaders of four of the smaller opposition parties here have decided to form an alliance.

The alliance will comprise the Singaporeans First party (SingFirst), Reform Party (RP), People’s Power Party (PPP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) …

I call them Zombies because they only wake up when there’s going to be a GE. Otherwise snoring in their graves.

Die, die still trying to get Dr Tan Cheng Bock to try to lead them

Mr Tan Jee Say had gone on Facebook on Saturday to state that he had merely played the role of approaching other parties to join the alliance, and that Dr Tan Cheng Bock would still be invited to lead it.

Speaking to TODAY, Mr Tan Jee Say reiterated that the four parties “look forward to Tan Cheng Bock agreeing to lead the alliance”.

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/proposed-alliance-smaller-opposition-parties-contest-ge-under-single-banner-other-parties

They need his credibility with voters because they are money face. They think he can get them the extra votes to become MPs earning a lot of money:

He’s keeping very quiet, rightly so.

Many moons ago, I wrote My predictions about Spastics’ League, in which I said

[I]ts not as though he has a lot of respect for Mad Dog, Lim Tean, Goh Meng Seng etc. The only praise they got was

To be fair, many from the 7 parties stood in past elections because they believed they acted in Singapore’s best interests.

He never said they were acting in “Singapore’s best interests”, only that

To be fair They have guts. They have put themselves out there.

He then added:

But I think some may also need to stand down and serve from the backroom if it is for the good of the country.

And there’s more

I believe that the men and women I met yesterday, were more than willing to make way for better men and women who would stand in their place. They have guts. They have put themselves out there.

He damns them with his faint, almost non-existent praise.

This damnation is deafening because he praised someone who didn’t attend the meeting

I know men like Paul Tambayah is a 1st rate human being and doctor who cares for the country. I find it hard to label him otherwise.

In the piece, I predicted that Mad Dog’s attempts to manipulate Dr Tan Cheng Bock to unite the SDP and a bunch of injun chiefs without injuns into a credible Oppo coalition was bound to fail. Wasn’t I right? Trumpets please.

Why should Dr Tan lend his credibility to money face opportunists like Tan Jee Say (SingFirst) and Goh Meng Seng (PPP) after they saboed his presidential campaign by dividing the vote against the PAP’s preferred candidate? Remember that Dr Tan lost by about 3,000 votes. As to helping s/o JBJ why bother helping someone who cannot make eye contact with voters because he thinks they are plebs? OK, OK that’s fake news. He can’t make eye contact with the plebs because he’s autistic.

They can keep waiting for Dr Tan Cheng Bock, like the tramps Waiting for Godot. For the benefit of TRE cybernuts , the term is used to describe a situation where people are waiting for something to happen, but it probably never will. Bit like them thinking that PAP will be defeated in the next GE, something they’ve been saying since 1957.

 

 

How many S’pores are burning in Australia?

In Uncategorized on 05/01/2020 at 4:58 am

Answer: At least 55.

Land covering 55 S’pores are on fire in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state. 40,000 sq km is burning there. There are also extensive fires in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

S$ tua kee

In Uncategorized on 04/01/2020 at 11:42 am

But three other currencies bigger tua kees

I’m surprised TOC’s M’sian Indian goons not using this data to diss the PAP govt. They would say that if PAP any gd, should be first.

Vote wisely.

What’s so special about 2020?

In Uncategorized on 01/01/2020 at 4:25 am

But first a prosperous new year. Make money and stay healthy.

Sorry back to “What’s so special about 2020?”.

Every 60 years, a new decade according to the Western calendar* coincides with a year of the rat, the start of the 12-year cycle in the Chinese calendar. This last happened in 1960.

1990 was a relative quiet year. But in 1961, we had the Berlin Wall crisis and in 1962, we had the  Cuban missile crisis. The USA and the USSR were daring one another to go to war

Will the USA and China have their own version of the Berlin Wall crisis and Cuban Missile crisis? Perhaps centred around HK? Let’s hope not. And if they do, let’s hope they both back down without violence. But then maybe it’ll be a very serious row between N Korea and the USA with China dragged in very reluctantly


*Conventional wisdom* says that 2020 is the start of a new decade in the Western calendar. Strictly speaking the new decade doesn’t start until January 1, 2021; the old one concluding on December 31, 2020. https://www.farmersalmanac.com/new-decade-2020-or-2021-100900

But this means this millennium began on January 1, 2001 not January 1, 2000. The previous millennium ended only on December 31, 2000, not December 31, 1999. So a lot of parting was done on the wrong date.

TKL: Talk Cock King

In Uncategorized on 29/12/2019 at 9:03 am

Recently, in Fact v opinion & “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”, I praised him, almost agreeing with him. Since then he said more sensible things:

Two dirty words – tweak and calibrate

A few years ago, it was common to see the words “tweak” and “calibrate”. The ministers used them almost every day. When they see any problem, they immediately think about how to “calibrate” and “tweak” the system to solve the problem.

It seemed that the only way to solve problems in Singapore is by “tweaking” and “calibrating”. I see their statements so often that I felt nauseous when I encounter them.

I know that the ministers are just parroting their puppet master. Guess who is the puppet master who just love “tweaking” and “calibrating”?

After I while, I got tired. I declared publicly in my Facebook and blog that these two words are “dirty words.”

I guess my strong words must have reached the ivory tower and must have caused some anguish among the occupants.

Today, we hardly see these words. They must have been abolished from the vocabulary of the ivory tower.

Although these words are hardly used nowadays, the bad practice still continues. Our government policies are tweaked and calibrated to suit different groups of people.

What is wrong with this approach? It leads to complications and unfair treatment of different groups of people. Some get the benefit, some do not. Some get more, others get less – depending on how the line is drawn. Now make a guess – who draw the line? The person who hold the drawing ruler probably has some vested interest.

I prefer a different approach – to give equal treatment to everybody. Except for one difference. When it comes to taxation, the higher income should pay more tax (as they can afford it), but they should enjoy the same benefit given to everybody.

Tan Kin Lian

Fortunately, I don’t have to change my low opinion of about him because very recently he posted this after the public tpt fare rise

 

He forget he has boasted he has rental income from his properties. Juz increase the rent by 5%.

He forgot he got rental income? Dementia? Like his PE manager Meng Seng, or Lim Tean

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

Or is he trying to pretend that he wasn’t a PAP cadre (GCT’s branch secretary, no less)? What an ingrate.

Just as bad an opportunist as TJS:

TJS: Right attitude, wrong project? and Why TJS never got invited for tea and biscuits.

At least TJS has lowered his public profile. He sold his bungalow and now posts photos of his travels round the world on FB, a retired honourable warrior tells me.

PAP: 1984 GE

In Uncategorized on 27/12/2019 at 7:58 am

Someone put these up on FB, asking if any one could recall the origin of the stickers?

 

Someone replied they were stickers were from 1984 GE.

If the PAP tried wrapping this flag wrapping today, TOC’s M’sian Indian goons, cybernuts and social media would be KPKBing.

Mad Dog’s Curse: A Christmas tale

In Uncategorized on 24/12/2019 at 2:50 pm

In ang moh land, one of the Christmas traditions is the telling of ghost stories: think Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Here’s something from a TRE cybernut in that vein. Make sure you read my comments after the piece.

The Curse of Bukit Batok

Bukit Batok is on the news again, for the wrong reasons.

Latest unfortunate mishap to happen in this jinx constituency: Discovery of a Tuberculosis patient in a Kindergarten.

This is something unthinkable in Singapore to find a TB patient in a kindergarten, of all places. It’s more shocking to note that MOH has given the green light to keep the kindergarten operational despite Parent’s deepest concern if any of their children already been infected with the deadly disease. Hope not !

Bukit Batok constituency became famous (actually infamous) when its PAP MP resigned on 12th Mar 2016 at the height of a “personal indiscretion” episode. By-election was held on 7 May 2016, with two horses in the race- Murali of PAP (aka Ah Mu) and Dr Chee of SDP.

During the election campaign, PAP brought in few heavy weight Ministers to counter Dr Chee. Then the unfortunate thing happened – Dr Chee alleged that he became a victim of character assignation when ugly gutter politics emerged from PAP camp, which Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam disagreed but however acknowledged that “ the ruling party has fallen short of its standards at times, and when this happens, action is taken against individuals who have let the party down”.

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/pap-did-not-engage-gutter-politics-2016-bukit-batok-election-tharman

With all the above history forgotten by most Singaporeans, unfortunate incidents and mysterious mishaps started to happen in Bukit Batok SMC after the last bi-election, which Murali won unfairly. Here are some of them:

1)     1st Nov 19 – Woman dies in fire. This incident was complicated by fire hoses locked and finally when SCDF broke open them, there was no water. On Nov 15, MP Murali told residents that he was accountable to them as their elected representative and apologized for the lapses.

2)     15th Nov 19 – a Japanese Mother and son found dead on Bukit Batok Hill. Investigation is still in progress.

3)     20th Jul 19 – crane crashes into sheltered walkway in Bukit Batok, between Block 504 and 506 of Bukit Batok East Street 52.

4)     17th Jun 19 – Lorry crashes into walkway shelter at Bukit Batok, causing it to collapse on car. A sheltered walkway at Block 116 Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 collapsed after the crane boom of a lorry crashed into it.

5)     6th Feb 2017 – A new rat infestation has been discovered in Bukit Batok, raising fears that the infestations that were discovered in 2014 and 2016 might be making a comeback, as Rats can carry a variety of different disease causing agents, and these can be transmitted from the rats to humans. Rats are associated with the transmission of several important infections in humans, including leptospirosis and plague.

6)     3rd May 15 – Mystery bugs invade and plagued Bukit Batok residents, their sudden outbreak remains unclear. They then simply dropped dead, leaving huge piles of carcasses to clear.

7)     26th Sep 19 and 17th Oct 17 – Pipes burst at Bukit Batok West and Bukit Batok East respectively. Water spouts raised several storeys and caused localized flooding.

8)     12th Sep 17 – Five hurt in Bukit Batok industrial blast. The blast happened at ZTP Ginseng Bird nest’s factory on the 11th storey of Enterprise Centre, at 20 Bukit Batok Crescent. Five workers from the factory were injured.

9)     May and Jun 2017 – Lifts installed by Sigma Elevator at Bukit Batok’s Skyline II estate had broken down about seven times.

10)  And many more Incidents….

(source: Straits Times, CAN, Yahoo, Today..etc)

To our knowledge, Yishun town is notorious for such headline news, but Bukit Batok is catching up fast. Weirdly, Bukit Batok in English literally means “Coughing Hill”. Looks like some curse has befallen on Bukit Batok constituency after the bi-election, which was won ungentlemanly by PAP, as Dr Chee accused PAP Ministers of winning by character-assignation and gutter politics. Bad karma for the residents if a curse is in the working.

Curse is defined as any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to one or more persons, a place, or an object.

Although most of us don’t believe in curses, the incidents and mishaps in Bukit Batok just cannot be  quashed away as pure coincidence, especially if they are continuously happening ever since the bi-election. Wondering what incident is going to happen next if this curse is true. Scary indeed.

Can this curse be broken by voting-in Dr Chee as the next MP for Bukit Batok SMC ?

A Resident

My take is Mad Dog Chee laid a curse on Bukit Batok residents for not making him their MP. After all he slimed the Chiams saying he lost because of their sliming: SDP: No adult supervision isit?

So yes the curse will be lifted

by voting-in Dr Chee as the next MP for Bukit Batok SMC.

But here’s a better solution: the SDP should replace him as their leader: Will the real SDP, Dr Chee pls stand up?.

My other pieces on the BB by-election.

Why Dr Chee should not stand in Bukit Batok

Bukit Batok: The tyranny of numbers

BB By-election: Relax S’poreans/ DNA of PAP and Dr Chee

Ah Mu’s silence is deafening

SDP: No adult supervision isit? Why liddat?

They all show that Mad Dog is the kind of person who will lay a curse on others.

 

Our Merlion was designed by ang moh queen

In Uncategorized on 24/12/2019 at 4:22 am

Doesn’t something look familiar?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

let’s … focus on our so-called official mascot.

The Merlion.

Commissioned in 1964, it was designed by Alec Fraser Brunner who was a zoologist, as well as the curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium. The statue instead was sculpted by Lim Nang Seng, a prominent sculptor in those days. Origins of the half lion half fish symbolism have been loosely credited to the ‘singa’ of Singapura, as well as the (already proven to be grossly inaccurate) origins of our country as a fishing village. Somehow or rather, it’s left to be as vague as it can possibly be.

Which is why it was intriguing when I came across the coat of arms of the First East India Company, lo and behold, I’m suddenly staring at a pair of Merlions from the 17th century! It first appeared in the Grant of Arms to the East India Company Merchants, dated 4 February 1600. The same pair also appeared on the official seal of the HEIC in 1675, but now with its scary head facing us, staring into our souls. Unfortunately, its partner did not manage to survive the test of time.

This was something new to me, having only familiarized myself with the later day coat of arms of the EIC, no longer featuring confused half lions. It has been mentioned that it was the Queen herself who gave detailed instructions of the elements to be incorporated into the coat of arms. So was our Merlion symbol inspired from the EIC? If so, you could say that the true person behind the design was the Queen!

Jokes aside, that also means that we are subconsciously still subjugating ourselves to traces and elements of colonial rule.

But sea-lions in heraldry isn’t all that uncommon. You don’t even have to look far. In the Philippines, Manila’s coat of arms, the seal of the Navy, Department of Education, as well as the Presidential seal bears sea-lions. Even in Bulgaria, you can spot a sea-lion in the coat of arms of Burgas.

Still, it remains a mystery. Say what you will, love it or hate it. To me personally though, trying to unearth the stories behind such symbolisms is more rewarding 😉

Ahmad Bin Osman

 

No wonder ang moh tua kee even to the PAP: Even PAP govt thinks ang moh tua kee.

Happy feasting and drinking.

Btw, the East India Co’s coat of arms when it ruled India.

 

 

 

SGX’s ex-FTs come back to haunt it

In Uncategorized on 21/12/2019 at 10:47 am

Recently, the constructive, nation-building ST has been dissing SGX

SGX takes a hit with listings lost to privatisation

and

More diverse risk appetite needed in investments as SGX takes a hit

going on to say

Singapore’s shrinking stock market, in some ways, best represents the structural and cyclical challenges that popped up through the decade that’s about to end.

(Related: SGX: Global sua kee)

Sounds like the PAP govt is not happy with the way SGX is going.

Here’s some more info that shows how useless the SGX is.

The FT recently reported that the SGX uses the London’s Stock Exchange’s trading technology.

Looks like I was right about SGX’s Indian IT Trashes

SGX’s IT: An all India FT affair?

SGX: Disk FT isit? Prime terrorist target?

I wasn’t racist as a TRE cybernut alleged.

 

Local start-up: “either genius or too clever by half”

In Uncategorized on 07/12/2019 at 7:04 am

Browzzin’s a S’pore-based company fashion-tech start-up. The FT says of it, “it is either genius or too clever by half” after its soft-launch in the UK.

It enables millennials who post Instagram photos of themselves to monetise their narcissism — if someone clicks on the photo, they can buy the outfit, or a similar one chosen by AI. For each purchase, the millennial gets a rake-off between 2 per cent and 30 per cent for some luxury offerings.

FT

“If you love my photo, you can shop my photo. It’s almost like running your own store,” said 29-year-old co-founder Zean Vo.

Lim Tean: talk cock king / Does he have dementia?

In Uncategorized on 06/12/2019 at 11:08 am

Lim Tean talked cock about that the nation anthem.

He told us everything about it was going to be changed. He said this because he read that on Sunday (1 Dec), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu announced that the National Anthem Majulah Singapura will be updated as part of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of Singapore’s national symbols.

No other details were disclosed except that the new version will be a rendition by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It will be broadcast across all Mediacorp, Singapore Press Holdings and Safra radio stations at 11.20am tomorrow (3 Dec), 60 years after the national symbols were first unveiled.

Listen and let me know if Lim Tean was telling the truth. I used the version of the anthem on TOC’s website because it has an English translation.

Only minor tweaks.

What a liar Lim Tean is

Look at Lim Tean’s record. Still no jobs rally after collecting money in 2017 for rally, and no picture, no sound after collecting money to sue CPF yrs ago: Finally Lim Tean called to account on a “broken promise”. To be fair, he did deliver on defamation video two years late. But it was BS.).

Can he be trusted to do anything but grab the money?

Is there really a better alternative to PAP 4G?

But maybe he’s not a money face but has dementia making him forget that he took money from the public.

Btw, I used TOC’s video because it includes an English translation of the lyrics. A TRE commenter has a good point about the lyrics that many S’poreans may not realise.

Majulah Singapura:
December 3, 2019 at 12:08 am (Quote)
The “Majulah Singapura” is symbolic of the country’s history and independence. The lyrics express the new spirit and aspiration of a people in their newly found independence. It is a call to progress, happiness, success and unity which are as relevant today as it was 55 years ago. To replace the country’s national anthem is to erase a significant piece in the history of our independence. The lyrics in Malay may not be understood and appreciated by non-Malay speakers, but they are simple and beautiful. This part of the Malay heritage in the nation’s multi-cultural history will be lost.

TRE

 

 

East Asians to dominate maths Nobel Prize soon?

In Uncategorized on 06/12/2019 at 4:20 am

OK, OK, I know that there’s no maths Nobel Prize. But the Fields Medal is regarded as the Nobel Prize in maths.

A Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian have won it, but Americans, French, Russians and Brits dominate the list of prize winners.

But going by u/m expect the yellow people will dominate the list soon. Indians will be upset.

 

 

Changing our pledge

In Uncategorized on 03/12/2019 at 4:18 am

When TRE reported that there would be a new rendition of our nation anthem, there was this great comment (slightly edited)

NotMyProblem:

I would suggest change our pledge instead.

Remove the words – equality, democracy, race, justice from the pledge so that PAP can honour it easier.

The citizens would like to honour the pledge but the PAP is unable to do it, so for the benefit of the PAP, change it!

He’s got a point: since its all aspirational according to Harry.

The new pledge would read:

“We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity
and progress for our nation.”

It’s all about money. Hmm really reflects our Pap And Pap society.

(Following added minutes after publication)

Related posts:

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

Pay And Pay in action

Got to Pay and Pay for personal safety

Why Pay And Pay Party has a point about scroungers

CPF changes: Rob Peter to Pay Paul and worse

But to be fair: Where we don’t Pay and Pay

 

 

Our first single malt whisky uses Newater?

In Uncategorized on 30/11/2019 at 11:43 am

Dram come true: Singapore’s first single malt whisky is now in production

As the uniqueness of any good Scotch depends on the unique spring or stream the water comes from, so as  Newater is “Uniquely S’porean”, our very own single malt must use Newater.

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The NEWater process recycles our treated used water into ultra-clean, high-grade reclaimed water, cushioning our water supply against dry weather and moving Singapore towards water sustainability.

Today, there are five NEWater plants supplying up to 40% of Singapore’s current water needs. By 2060, NEWater is expected to meet up to 55% of Singapore’s future water demand.

PUB

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Is there really a better alternative to PAP 4G?

In Uncategorized on 29/11/2019 at 4:34 am

I tot this as I watched a Mad Dog video where in Malay he dissed the PAP’s 4G team.


My tots on how meritocracy, S’pore-style works:

Yup, I’m no fan of the $G team

Why PAP doesn’t do accountability, meritocracy

Meritocracy? What meritocracy? How our PMs are chosen

Connecting SMRT failures, 4th gen ministers & change of PM (Or “Another Heng cock-up”)

Why do we keep getting mediocre ministers?

Why cabinet can’t do bold new ideas

More on Hali’s judgement between 2007 -2011/ Meritocracy? What meritocracy?

Meritocracy? No leh Cosiness

Meritocracy’s feet of clay: Ong Ye Kung

Note this section was added minutes after first publication.

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Problem is “Is a coalition that includes Mad Dog, Lim Tean and Meng Seng a better alternative to the 4G?”

Look at Lim Tean’s record. Still no jobs rally after collecting money in 2017 for rally, and no picture, no sound after collecting money to sue CPF yrs ago: Finally Lim Tean called to account on a “broken promise”. To be fair, he did deliver on defamation video two years late. But it was BS..

Can he be trusted to do anything but grab the money?

Here’s the Election manifesto of Spastics League.

WTF: Personal water bottles banned/ Pay And Pay at work?

In Uncategorized on 28/11/2019 at 5:55 am

 

 

 

 

This image (via Sonny Liew) was taken from

U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 Live in Singapore

30 November 2019
National Stadium

https://mediabank.sportshub.com.sg/documents/EDM-library/U2-2019/eventguides/30nov/U2-2019-EventGuide-30Nov-Standing.html?fbclid=IwAR0-w0M4FnfXN48ThHp01isiG6T5P4Wbw0Im3YNRufXkAgolY8y6zWqAJh4

Sounds like forcing people to buy drinks from 4.30 onwards

Queue Start Time: 4:30PM
Gates Open Time: 5:30PM
Event Start Time: 8:00PM

What happens if people get dehydrated, unable to buy drinks because the queues for drinks are very long?

If people die or are physically injured as a result of dehydration, will action be taken against the organisers? Of course, they organisers can be sued in tort for damages

But best if the PAP govt steps in now to prevent deaths and injuries. There’s an election coming.

But “PAP” stands for “Pap And Pay” as Mrs Lina Chiam and others (self included) have said.

And wondering out loud: why did the the health and safety authorities allow this personal water bottle ban in the first place?

Btw, we are wasting money on bottled water: Water: Why Tun should thank S’poreans

(Last two sentences added minutes after first publication).

Enough space for Queen Jos to have sex? (cont’d)

In Uncategorized on 26/11/2019 at 4:17 am

This video about an Ethiopian building a two storey home on a truck reminded me of Queen Jos’ remarks:  https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-50508590/how-an-ethiopian-built-a-three-bedroom-home-in-a-truck?intlink_from_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Fafrica&link_location=live-reporting-map

Related post: Enough space for Queen Jos to have sex?

Welcome to Peenoy Land

In Uncategorized on 25/11/2019 at 11:16 am

Southeast Asian Games host the Philippines apologised on Sunday (Nov 24) after some arriving athletes were left stranded for hours at the airport or were driven to the wrong hotel, a logistical snafu that drew criticism just days before the competition starts.

Athletes have begun flying into Manila ahead of Saturday’s opening, but for Cambodia and East Timor’s football squads the arrival was not what they were expecting.

“We had to wait maybe like eight, nine hours to get our hotel,” Coach Felix Dalmas of Cambodia told a press conference Sunday, adding that they had also waited hours for the shuttle service.

[…]

East Timor’s team was driven to the wrong hotel, complicating their arrival and training schedules.

“All nations deserve respect and what happened yesterday was not so beautiful,” East Timor’s coach Fabiano Flora told reporters.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sea-games-philippines-apology-12121398

 

SGX: Global sua kee

In Uncategorized on 24/11/2019 at 1:29 pm

Ang mohs: Don’t teach us Chinese to suck eggs

In Uncategorized on 22/11/2019 at 6:35 am

Or to be more accurate, “Don’t teach us ethnic Chinese to eat meatless meat”.

Us ethnic Chinese have been eating meatless meat for centuries. Why are arrogant US cos talking about meatless meat to us ethnic Chinese?

Under a headline “In an Year of the meatless Pig”, the very ang moh FT reported that two US meat substitute companies “have set their sights on China, which consumes almost a third of the world’s meat”. Beyond Meat is looking to start production in China next year, with Impossible Foods exploring potential partnerships with government bodies and corporations: the latter needs approval for its product because food made from genetic manipulation is banned in China.

Swine fever has wiped out most of the pig population (Grandpa Xi’s biggest headache), and the ang moh cos say they are offering alternatives.

But as FT points out in its Lex column, FT’s brain,

[U]nlike the US, appetite for the new meat substitutes is weak in China. China already has an array of soy-based meat alternatives and tofu dishes for its vegan Buddhists. Outsiders may also vastly underestimate how crucial traditional pork is for Chinese cuisine. It would be difficult to replicate the texture of delicacies like pig fat, feet and brains.

Bit racist that bit about “pig fat, feet and brains” and it left out mock duck, my favourite meatless meat dish.

Btw, I got a beef about Impossible foods. Traditionally around Christmas I treat myself to Cold Storage’s beef lasagna ordered via their Christmas catalogue. This year, there’s an Impossible Foods lasagna, not the usual beef one. And it’s priced at 33% more than the now beef absent one. I decided to try the beef stew (new dish in catalogue).

 

Yoma: Still not too late to join the ride

In Uncategorized on 19/11/2019 at 4:33 am

On Monday, the shares inched up to 40 cents. Ayala is buying a 20% stake at 46 cents. Still time to buy. Re: Yoma: Last chance to buy?

Serioualy looks like the penny stock fiasco of a few yrs ago have curbed the animal spirits of syndicates and punters. Re: Retail punters suffer ’cause SGX, MAS dysfunctional?

Criminal case against Soh Chee Wen etc continues.

Yoma: Last chance to buy?

In Uncategorized on 17/11/2019 at 2:44 pm

Still trading 15% below Ayala’s entry price.

Serge Pun, executive chairman of Yoma Strategic Holdings, bats aside suggestions that he is accepting investment from Ayala only because Western enthusiasm for Myanmar’s growth story has waned. “Asian investors are a lot smarter than Western investors,” says Pun at a media briefing on Nov 16.

On Nov 14, Ayala Corporation, Philippines’ oldest business conglomerate, announced it is investing up to US$237.5 million ($324 million) in exchange for a 20% stake in Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic, and Yangon-listed First Myanmar Investment Company.

Yoma Strategic shares surged as a result. It closed on Friday, Nov 15 at 39 cents, up more than 18% from the 33 cents before the deal was announced. At this level, the company is valued at $731 million. Yoma Strategic started this year at 35 cents. In 2013, at the peak of the Myanmar boom, the company was traded as high as 87 cents.

https://www.theedgesingapore.com/capital/company-news/asian-investors-are-smarter-says-yomas-pun

 

New blood in SPP: 20 years too late

In Uncategorized on 11/11/2019 at 4:52 am

The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) held its first meeting on Tue evening (5 Nov) … former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Steve Chia was appointed as the party’s secretary-general … Jose Raymond [was appointed] the party’s chairman.

TOC

Phew. Tot that Mrs Chiam could be sec gen. Glad that regeneration has finally taken place. Sadly its 20 years too late. It should have taken place around 2000.

In 2015 before the GE I wrote of a tua kee FB poster who was a member of the Chiams’ Party

I hope the Chiams make him the communications director of their SPP. Not only will it be good for the Chiams**, it will show that they are walking the walk in their talk of renewing the party. Mr Chiam has been talking of new blood since the 1990s, but all that happens is that blood is sucked out from younger talents who join him: ask Wilfred and Desmond. Pwee was too smart to allow his blood to be sucked for free: he forced the renewal pretty soon after he joined up and left when it was clear that the Chiams were not changing: smart guy. But then he is a scholar.

Walk the talk, Chiams

The person in question was P Ravi and I went on

As the person in question has good new media credentials and was denounced by a minister in parly, the Chiams have no excuse in not giving him a chance to show what he do for the SPP and themselves. They can’t say that he is not proven talent, or is not “Political” or not brave. They can’t even say that he has yet to prove his loyalty: he has been a friend of the Chiams for several yrs, even defending them against my sniping about them refusing to walk the talk. He’s also my friend.

Walk the talk, Chiams

The Chiams ignored my advice, or to be more accurate never read it. Ravi juz before GE resigned from his job and stood in GE because Chiam wanted his best person to get thrashed in an SMC.

A few years later Ravi got a job with Chiam’s foundation.

Earlier this yr, Ravi joined TCB’s PSP. Don’t know if he is still working at Chiam’s foundation. I hear relations are cordial between him and Mr Chiam.

What I’ve written about the Chiams and their refusal to do renewal.

Time for the Chiams to step back?

Chiams: Please “go gentle into that good night”

This is what we should remember Chiam for

“The opposition used to be undesirable and unelectable, and Chiam has made it more acceptable to Singaporeans. He really revamped the whole opposition’s image and brought in credible candidates,” says Loke.

“His contribution surpasses JBJ’s, in terms of changing the opposition’s image.”

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chiam-see-tong-changed-the-face-of-the-opposition-analyst-065549351.html

Btw, Secret Squirrel tells me that Loke is not liked by Mrs Chiam. With the a protector like her, Mr Chiam doesn’t need enemies.

How and why meritocracy morphs into a rigid caste system

In S'pore Inc, Uncategorized on 07/11/2019 at 4:41 am

A rigid caste system of winners and losers.

Further to Why S’poreans don’t trust the constructive, nation-building media, are we already like this?

In “The Meritocracy Trap”, Daniel Markovits, a legal scholar at Yale, blames the loss of social solidarity, and much else besides, on the slow corruption of American meritocracy, which has ossified into a formidable caste system. As the economic premium on education rose, he explains, competition for places at elite institutions of higher education grew. That struggle has become an obstacle to success for all but the cognitive elite. The gap in academic achievement between the children of rich and poor families is now larger than that between black and white pupils in the era of segregation, Mr Markovits notes.

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2019/10/24/in-the-past-america-was-not-as-unequal-as-it-has-become

And like this also?

If Mr Markovits is right … Subtly but corrosively, he thinks, the idea of meritocracy has validated inequality, because rich and poor alike “earn” their position. Success depends on educational achievement beyond the reach of many, but winners feel they deserve their spoils, while losers are asked to accept their fate.

In Meritocratic hubris/ Who defines “meritocracy”, I wrote that Michael J Sandel who  teaches political philosophy at Harvard University said

merit is defined by those who “made it”.

I went on

The meritocratic elites define the attributes and qualifications that allows one into the magical citcle: in S’pore, the British or French civil service, Harvard or other leading universities, or investment banks. And it always means: People like us.

going onto describe

what Charles Trevelyan, the permanent secretary to the UK Treasury 1840-59, had in mind when he proposed that meritocracy should be introduced into the civil service.

“He wanted young people to be chosen who had merit – the very best,” says Greenaway. “But he believed that the best were to be found in the gentry, in the professional classes. As the 19th Century went on, the education system mirrored the social system. The universities in Oxford and Cambridge and public schools became the preserve of the gentry and the professional classes – clergy and lawyers and so on.”

Education locked in what used to be patronage, replacing it in a way that was acceptable to the conservatives who had been fearing that these exams would undermine the social fabric of the country.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-23376561

S’pore: Meritocracy? What meritocracy?

My tots on how meritocracy, S’pore-style works:

Why PAP doesn’t do accountability, meritocracy

Meritocracy? What meritocracy? How our PMs are chosen

Connecting SMRT failures, 4th gen ministers & change of PM (Or “Another Heng cock-up”)

Why do we keep getting mediocre ministers?

Why cabinet can’t do bold new ideas

More on Hali’s judgement between 2007 -2011/ Meritocracy? What meritocracy?

Meritocracy? No leh Cosiness

Meritocracy’s feet of clay: Ong Ye Kung

Here’s something on Gilbert Goh who shows up meritocracy S’pore style

And here’s Real meritocracy at work. 

Can we have this Swiss “standard” please?

In Uncategorized on 06/11/2019 at 4:29 am

I tot of Goh Chok Tong’s aspiration for Swiss standard of living (We reached it but don’t realise it: Be careful of what you wish form you may just get it) when reading of the situation in Switzerland where home buyers are paid to borrow money

In a few cases in the Swiss cantons of Zug and Graubünden, local banks have offered negative-rate mortgages — borrowers are paid by the lenders to take money to fund their properties because doing so is cheaper than depositing the money with the [central bank]

FT

This Alice-in-Wonderland situation arises because the central bank has a negative interest rate policy. It considers this policy “essential” for the Swiss economy by. The policy is  aimed at curbing the appreciation of the franc and protecting exports. The benchmark rate, set at minus 0.75%, is the lowest of any central bank in the G10 economies. Demark also liddat: Bank pays u to borrow/ Govts borrow for free

Here’s a Swiss standard S’pore should introduce: controlling inconsiderate neighbours.

If you are anti-PAP, you should read

More CGT BS? Swiss Standard? What Swiss standard?

More CGT BS? Swiss Standard? What Swiss standard?

Swiss Standard? What Swiss standard?

Unlucky to lose one maid; to lose five or more is cattiness or bitchiness

In Uncategorized on 05/11/2019 at 4:20 am

After reading the u/m passage about three S’poreans’ experiences (spending thousands of dollars changing lots of maids in extra quick time ), I remembered an Oscar Wilde quote (“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”) which in this case would read

To lose one maid may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose five, six or seven looks like carelessness.

Or as is more likely, losing so many shows bitchiness or cattiness at work.

Not only must these S’poreans be really bad employers but they are either in denial, or too thick to realise that they are slave drivers (Or maybe they think they are entitled to behave like PAP millionaire ministers?). What do you think?

[A] 31-year-old sales manager, who wanted to be known only as Ms Tan, said that she had encountered “all princesses” after her trusty Filipino maid of two years returned home when her contract ended in 2016.

The mother of three — who ended up changing seven maids within 1.5 years  — caught one helper on surveillance camera lying stretched out on her sofa and using her face mask while her family was away on holiday, even when she had been given tasks to complete.

Two other replacements were “tai-tais”, she said, including one who took taxis whenever she headed out.

A 43-year-old manager in a private equity firm, who declined to be named, similarly had to change six helpers between 2015 and 2018, after losing a long-time Indonesian helper who wanted to return home to take care of her mother.

“They are just here for play and fun, demanding a lot of things from the get-go,” said the mother of three. She said that she used about S$15,000 of her savings to transfer the maids out, before her former Indonesian helper agreed to return in August this year.

Ms Tay Mui Lan, 29, owner of a cafe in the East Coast area, said she had spent about S$10,000 over the past six months changing five maids — all of whom did not want to work for her household of five.

They came up with all kinds of “drama” after getting assigned to her family’s home, a four-storey terraced house in Serangoon.

One “purposely” did things that frustrated her, such as scratching her floor and car and cooking for two instead of four, as if to spite the family,  said Ms Tay.

Based on her observations, Ms Tay felt that the maids were “picky”, adding that her demands were not unreasonable — changing the bedsheets once every month, and ensuring that dirty laundry was not piling up. She added that she did not ask for all four floors to be cleaned daily.

“I don’t understand why I cannot get a helper (who sticks around). Maybe I am too nice,” she said.
Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-hiring-maids-no-longer-luxury-longstanding-issues-could-snowball-if-unchecked

Seriously reading the article makes me realise that the agents are breaking the law on the fees, maids are charged. My mum’s maid was charged six months fees (article says max is two months).

And agents don’t tell employers all the legal requirements. I didn’t realise that health insurance is a must. Any idea who to get insurance from for my mother’s maid? NTUC Income?

Btw, BBC says here cleaners can afford maids. How not to vote for the PAP?

 

 

S’poreans love to talk cock and BS

In Uncategorized on 28/10/2019 at 10:52 am

According to the latest Black Box’s survey of S’poreans, cost of living increases are most likely to impact their vote: https://www.blackbox.com.sg/2019/10/18/ge20-whats-impacting-voting-intentions-2/?utm_source=yka&utm_medium=edm&utm_campaign=sep19.

If so, with GST rises coming up after GE, why is the PAP still expected to win at least 60% of the popular vote and have another super majority in parly?

In How PAP can win 65% plus of the vote, I pointed out that postponing the GST rise is the best to ensure a 65%+ share of the popular vote for the 4G leaders. But the 4G leaders think that the goodies doled out are sufficient for a 62% victory, if not more. (Btw, article lists most of the goodies)

Well this gives the Oppo a good chance to KPKB about the folly of increasing GST when the global and S’pore economy are weak, if not in recession (“Only cold spell coming, but not Winter,” says Heng). But will they do it? I have my doubts.

Where PAP is most vulnerable

Do read the BlackBox piece linked above for interesting insights into the cock S’poreans talk and their BS: including the experts at BlackBox. I can’t stop laughing at what the BlackBox experts said:

 At this point in time, about three in ten still say they are completely undecided as to who they will vote for which means a lot of votes are still up for grabs.

Whatever, no wonder Dr Chee, Lim Tean and other members of the , and cybernuts like TRE’s Oxygen are very happy. They think they’ll soon be millionaire ministers.

Related BlackBox article: https://www.blackbox.com.sg/2019/08/28/upcoming-general-election-what-are-the-key-issues/?utm_source=yka&utm_medium=edm&utm_campaign=jul19

Learning to cope with mortgages and grief

In Uncategorized on 27/10/2019 at 4:15 am

Talking to friends’ kids and their friends and neighbourhood kids, learning about mortgages and dealing with grief is something that schools should teach

Schools should teach more life skills to avoid producing “A* robots with no knowledge of the real world”, the Welsh Youth Parliament has said.

Its first major review suggested life skills such as dealing with grief and arranging a mortgage should be part of children’s education.

It called for the new curriculum to be amended on the basis of its findings.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50126863?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/education&link_location=live-reporting-story

The problem is that in S’pore, there always be an examination to test whether kids know the “right answer”.

Eat your heart out Indian supremacists

In Uncategorized on 25/10/2019 at 5:05 am

Andrew Yang is ahead of Kamala Harris (She got mama blood) in her home state of California.

 

What riots can achieve

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2019 at 6:34 pm

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced reforms aimed at ending days of violent protests sparked by a rise in metro prices. The protests grew into something bigger as thousands took to the streets over austerity and inequality.

He planned to increase the basic pension by 20%, increase the minimum wage and introduce a new higher tax bracket. Electricity rates will also be cut under the reform plan. He also proposed a law that would see the state cover the costs of expensive medical treatments.

Mr Piñera said he had received a clear message from Chileans, saying he hoped to turn recent violent protests into an “opportunity” for Chile “to make up for lost time, pick up the pace and take concrete and urgent steps”.

(The following was added on 24 October at 9.30am)

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Indonesian riots prove minister’s point on zero tolerance of racist remarks?

 

Greta Thunberg: Juz another entitled ang moh kid talking cock

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2019 at 5:42 am

Greta Thunberg, the puppet of Woke progressives says that on a finite planet unlimited economic growth is a fairy tale. Juz like that condemn poor Asian kids to servitude to ang mohs isit?

This what a “Climate change is real and a clear and present danger,” conservative adult says:

Is unlimited economic growth a fairy tale?

Mark Carney is asked whether he agrees with Greta Thunberg that on a finite planet unlimited economic growth is a fairy tale.

He says: “I’m afraid I do not agree with that… There is carbon-light growth, there is asset-light growth. If you think about the nature of much of consumption, how it’s shifted over time… towards experiences including virtual entertainment – that’s also growth.”

“So I don’t think they’re exclusive.”

However, he says the market is “pricing the transition” away from carbon as being at least 3.75 degrees, “probably north of 4” degrees in terms of global warming.

“That tells you something in terms of the sum of global climate policy,” Mr Carney says, with the implication being that it is not moving fast enough.

BBC

Why Greta will soon be history

Almost 50 years before Extinction Rebellion, a British-born protest movement, exported its brand of climate activism to the world, young Americans did so on Earth Day, April 22nd 1970. The youth then was more bell-bottomed than nowadays but felt no less “bamboozled and cheated” (as The Economist put it at the time) that their elders were bequeathing them a wrecked planet.Economist

Alfian is no knight in shining armour fighting the PAP dragon

In Uncategorized on 16/10/2019 at 4:32 am

Or for truth and justice. He’s more like an identity-challenged knight in rusty armour rowing with his enemies (think PAP govt) and his inner demons.

I’m not defending what the PAP minister said about Alfian (Because unlike the constructive, nation-building media I’ve not been paid my 30 pieces of silver, and unlike the PAP IB, I don’t work for free.), but I hope his critics had read some of Alfian’s stuff that the anti-PAP Woke don’t publicise, when criticising the minister. Anti-PAP cybernuts are a different breed of low life: “PAP is always wrong.”

I speak as someone who read some of his stuff years ago. In the poems I read, I sensed his unhappiness about living in a Chinese dominated multi-racial society. He was really not happy that his race was not top dog, like in KL, and he was not getting the goodies like M’sian Malays that he felt he was entitled to. He wanted to live in a multi-racial society where the Malays dominated. I must stress that this is only my reading.

A lawyer and PAP member (who yet again hasn’t been selected to be an MP) seems to share my view, though he put it more menacingly

I find Alfian’s actions anti Singapore. The combination of his poem and his pro Malaysia sentiments reflect a longing for a situation where his race is not the minority.

He is not a critic. He does not feel he belongs in Singapore.

Ong should add to his statement by using this PAPpy’s turn of phrase. Silly of Ong not to have said this in first place. But then GE coming and he doesn’t want to offend the Malay voters, who are not exactly fans of the PAP govt. Neither does he want Tun to take offence.

Oh, and do realise that Alfian is biting the hand that protects him.

He will have problems if he is a Malay living in M’sia: his preferred country. He’s a self-proclaimed gay, atheist Muslim. That is haram in M’sia and other Muslim countries. In Saudi Arabia he could be executed. In S’pore, minister Shan rightly says that LGBTQs will be protected, like other S’poreans

And remember what happened to Anwar? The authorities tried to destroy his career by portraying him as a homosexual because being gay is haram in Islam.

Doubtless if he was M’sian, he’d be spurning the privileges of being a Malay, and bemoaning that he couldn’t reveal his inner self. He’d be writing about hidden identities, like Oscar Wilde. Or maybe, he’ll be looking at his bank statement and smile.

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“Malay race” created by ang mohs, not the Malays

Academic talking cock/ Got such thing as “Malay” race meh?

Watain fans: Muslims cannot be, but can Malays be ?

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I’ll end by saying that the the minister roughed up Alfian for wrong reasons, doing no good for his reputation: https://sudhirtv.com/2019/10/14/the-day-singapores-education-minister-lost-some-credibility/?fbclid=IwAR2fHLaLLKIAUmC_BPqWaj6V6VyNOkFd_qGKk3Z1qTQ2sl0TxPiJL0Dxns4.

But I never had a high opinion of him: Ong Ye Kung: “Is he the 4G leader with the killer instinct?”

We threw money at this guy?

In Economy, EDB, Property, Uncategorized on 15/10/2019 at 5:13 am

To buy properties here?

EDB gifting billionaire money to cheong properties

Buying homes the billionaire way: two luxury homes are better than one

Ang moh who bot S$73.8m flat

Or employ S’poreans?

Only a few months ago I wrote

But if one is a fan of the PAP govt, one can argue that by giving him financial incentives to build his car in S’pore, EDB gets him to manufacture here (creating jobs and expertise), move his HQ here, and buy two properties: killing four birds with one stone.

EDB gifting billionaire money to cheong properties

A few months ago, our constructive, nation-building were trumpeting that S’pore’s a great place because Dyson decided to build his electric car here. Now the media is spinning like hell that his cancellation of his plan to build electric cars here is no big deal. Example CNA says:

WHAT IT MEANS FOR SINGAPORE

With the shuttering of Dyson’s automotive unit, plans for its maiden car plant in Singapore will be scrapped.

If Dyson’s plans had materialised, the plant could have brought about some benefits, said Maybank Kim Eng economist Chua Hak Bin.

“It was a different kind of manufacturing investment,” he said. “Dyson was a lot more futuristic and new tech so we wondered if it would bring parts of the supply chain, in terms of supporting industries, to Singapore.”

When Dyson announced its Singapore plans last year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took to Facebook to describe it as “one of the companies creating new and exciting opportunities here” and urged local engineers to “rise to the challenge”.

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing also posted on Facebook that he was “happy” about the announcement, as it reflected Singapore’s attractiveness as a base for investments in innovation.

The Economic Development Board, in its yearly report published in February, highlighted autonomous vehicles and smart mobility as one of its key priorities ahead, in a bid to ride on the crest of Dyson’s announcement.

The government agency was in “active negotiations or discussions” with a couple of other electric car makers so as to “build clusters”, its managing director Chng Kai Fong told Bloomberg during an interview in April.

In response to CNA’s queries on its strategy moving forward, EDB’s assistant managing director Tan Kong Hwee said Singapore remains interested in advanced manufacturing activities, including electric vehicles.

“We believe Singapore is well-positioned for activities that leverage on the deep skills of our workforce, the use of advanced technologies such as robotics and automation, and ecosystem of suppliers locally and in the region,” said the emailed response.

“Singapore’s proximity to the markets in Asia will also enable companies to capture growth opportunities in the region.”

The U-turn in Dyson’s plans is set to affect about 20 employees in Singapore. The company told CNA that it has “sufficient vacancies” to absorb most of those affected.

Dyson currently employs about 1,100 people in Singapore, with 350 of them being engineers.

While it may be a lost opportunity for Singapore to produce electric cars, economists think the scrapping of the plant will bring about minimal impact.

“Since the project was very much on the drawing board, I think there will be fairly minimal disruption to local labour force and supply chains,” said Mr Song.

He added: “It would have been a nice feather in the cap. But even without it, we haven’t done too badly going by the investment commitment numbers for the first half of the year.”

At almost S$8.1 billion, Singapore’s fixed-asset investment commitments during the first six months of 2019 already fall within the EDB’s full-year forecast of S$8 billion to S$10 billion.

This despite trade tensions and other global uncertainties slowing down economic growth.

Mr Rajiv Biswas, chief economist for Asia Pacific at IHS Markit, said Dyson has signalled its intention to continue expanding its operations here in Singapore.

“Dyson is expected to continue to develop R&D and technology segments related to electric vehicles, such as battery technology, robotics and artificial intelligence.

“Therefore Singapore’s manufacturing sector may continue to benefit from Dyson’s future R&D in a range of key high technology sectors,” he told CNA.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/dyson-hits-brakes-electric-car-what-the-shift-means-singapore-11992980

 

TeamTRE doesn’t know when school holidays begin?/ How Wankers can hold Aljunied

In Uncategorized on 14/10/2019 at 4:30 am

I couldn’t stop thinking the above and laughing when I read a TRE editorial dated 11 th October

Are we less than a month away from the General Elections?

Now that we have more information, we can make an educated guess. Given the above, the EBRC report could potentially be released already – we would not know given the lack of details – or is about to be released. Assuming the fastest scenario wherein the EBRC report has already been released and the fastest scenario for parliament to be dissolved, a GE could take place in less than a month’s time?

What do TRE readers think?

School holidays begin on 16th November. So election going to be held before school holidays begin? Traditionally, general elections are held during school holidays so that schools can be used as voting and counting centres.

Why does TeamTRE think this yr is different? Or they that blur? Or because they don’t have kids studying here? Or maybe no kids at all: infertile due to stress of running TRE for a bunch of ingrate cybernuts?

On to a serious matter: I wrote PAP confident of winning back Aljunied  earlier this yr, and in ending wrote how the Wankers can retain Aljunied

But if WP has Faizal, Show Mao and three new faces (I’m assuming that they’ll be the usual credible WP candidates, one of whom will be Lion Man: Will WP MPs walk the talk of Lion Man Leon?), I think that the swing voters will give the Wankers the benefit of the doubt, especially if Dr Tan Cheng Bock endorses the team. Interesting that Bayee is in this photo (Blackface Chee/ Tan Cheng Bock etc): Auntie and Low would rather be dead then be seen with Mad Dog.

(Yes I assumed that the three would lose the case and that “Peanuts”: WP MPs’ liability)

Voters in Aljunied, hold yr noses and vote for the Wankers if Low, Sylvia and Bayee don’t stand.

Think of S’pore. Vote wisely.

Athlete Soh thinks he PAP minister isit?

In Uncategorized on 11/10/2019 at 4:58 am

Recently Mr Soh Rui Yong, a long distance runner, has sued the Singapore Athletics (SA) and its executive director Syed Abdul Malik Aljunied, alleging defamation.

The cases

arose last month over Mr Soh being rejected from Team Singapore for the South-east Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines, and defamatory comments allegedly made by SA in the wake of the decision.

Following that, Mr Soh threatened to sue SA’s executive director Syed Abdul Malik Aljunied for making allegedly defamatory comments on social media and filed a defamation writ against him.

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/national-marathoner-soh-rui-yong-files-defamation-writ-singapore-athletics

Now

The legal spat between national marathoners Soh Rui Yong and Ashley Liew has intensified, with Mr Soh announcing on Wednesday (Oct 9) that he is filing a counterclaim against fellow athlete Ashley Liew, alleging defamation.

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/marathoners-spat-soh-rui-yong-files-defamation-counterclaim-against-ashley-liew

Sounds like he behaves like he’s like a PAP millionaire minister: sue and sue.

Must be really rich to afford lawyers and be prepared to pay other side damages and legal costs if he loses. Didn’t realise our athletes are that well paid. Or maybe he juz stupid and so are his lawyers who might end up working for free. Sad.

Related post: Why PAP (and PMs) sue and sue