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LKY & the fragility of everything

In Uncategorized on 24/04/2015 at 5:37 am

Yesterday, was 50 days since LKY moved on. Here’s something to mark the date.

“[T]he thing that most impresses … is how quickly a life can go utterly off the rails, spiralling from stability to disaster in only a few years. A bit of bad luck, a couple of bad decisions, and a person such as Mr Shaikh can suddenly lose everything, including his life.” The writer was describing what had happened to a British man executed by the Chinese authorities for drug trafficking. He had for years lived a normal life.

Reading this, one can understand how the likes of Lee Kuan Yew perceive the world: one avoidable misstep (say the Opposition wins one more vote) and it’s downhill on the steepest of  a most slippery slope.

Sigemund Warburg, another control freak, and visionary genius, was described thus: “He walks through life like a character in a Greek tragedy, forever expecting the worst to happen, the last man in the dead centre of a hurricane, continually amazed that he is still alive. The frightful sound of the Erinyes [ancient Greek personifications of Fate] is always in his inner ear — especially when all goes well. That, he feels is the moment when one must watch out for the danger signs.”

Doesn’t this sound like LKY? Always concerned that something would go wrong. Warburg (a partner in a family owned merchant bank) fled Germany in the 1930s when he realised that Hitler wanted to kill the Jews. Lee Kuan Yew, educated in S’pore at RI, the training ground for clerks that would work for the British and where the students were taught that the British ruled by divine right, saw the British surrender S’pore to the Japanese.

Were LKY and Sigemund Warburg wrong to be pessimists?

Thirteen years after his death in 1982, SG Warburg, the UK merchant bank Sigemund Warburg founded was sold to Swiss Bank Corporation for a pittance.  When he was running it, it was the top UK investment bank. It was not as though he had dumb successors (people like Goh Chok Tong, Wong Kan Seng, Mah Bow Tan, Yaacob and Raymond Lim), the place was a meritocracy with people the equilvants of Goh Keng Swee, Lim Kim San and Tharman. Though he had officially retired in the 1970s and was living in Switzerland, he still retained a personal secretary to draft correspondence and “assist” with the operations of the firm. He was a bit like our very own Senior Minister and then Minister Mentor.

The world of finance had changed, and his successors had a run of bad luck when carrying out their chosen strategy. This is not to say that the strategy was right: in hindsight they should have become a boutique, not a full service, investment bank. But that’s with perfect hindsight.

The irony is that the rich-kid cousin Sigemund Warburg looked down on as a dilettante and bum did better than he did in terms of legacy. Two investment banks connected to the cousin (one he co-founded, the other he returned to) are today independent, thriving and still retain the Warburg name.

Life is fragile. And Lee’s pessimism about S’pore, self-serving though it may be, could be right. S’pore is changing. He foresaw one major change but could do bugger-all about it.

Mr Cheong Yip Seng (LKY’s favourite newsman, ex-ST chief editor) told us of an incident which showed that LKY was aware of the impact of new media. One November evening in 1999, Mr Lee telephoned Mr Cheong. He was troubled by a new information phenomenon, which was threatening to overwhelm the traditional media industry: eyeballs were migrating from print newspapers to cyberspace. Mr Cheong said that LKY was anxious about how the information revolution would impact the Singapore traditional media.

“He was anxious to find a response that would enable the mainstream media to keep its eyeballs. He wanted us at Singapore Press Holdings to think about the way forward.”

Well SPH, and the rest of constructive, nation-building media didn’t do what they were ordered to, did they? That despite throwing serious money and other resources at the problem.

And just because S’pore is changing in ways he may not like, doesn’t mean that all will be well either.

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(Above’s a reworking of one of my earliest posts.)

Scholar Eng’s, Amos’s blind relation

In Uncategorized on 23/04/2015 at 5:08 am

This blogger raises raises an interesting issue in multi-cultural, religious S’pore

[Cassandra Chiu*] may think that she has a right to be in the shop with her [guide]dog, but so do the Muslims who also have the right to patronise the shop. If the shop allows her dog in, what about Muslims who are averse to any contact with dogs? What about people with allergies who cannot be in contact with animal fur and dander? Can they also say that they are being discriminated against if guide dogs are allowed on their premises?

http://www.aiseyman.com/2015/04/16/muslim-customers-also-have-the-right-to-eat-and-shop-in-a-dog-free-environment/

Without going into the rights of the blind vis-avis Muslims or allergics, or how a compromise can be reached, the issue shows the importance of empathy, tolerance and not insisting on one’s “rights” in a multi-racial, cultural society.

Or the need for draconian laws to ensure the peace in the absence of civilised behaviour.

Imagine if there was a Muslim, and an allergic in Zara when doberman Chui was about to stage her wayang? And the Muslim and the person with an allergy to dogs were just as full of their entitlement as she was? The Little India riot would be juzt a walk in the park.

As an owner of two dogs, my view is that this pushy bully of a blind lady is related to scholar Eng and the residents of Fernvale Dale. She should have her dog taken away and made to use a white cane.

Waz even more interesting is that on Facebook there are comments this lady does not signal in anyway that she is blind. Seems shop assistants are taken by surprise when she starts creating a scene. She related to Amos?

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/we-funded-astar-scholar-not-her-grandfather/

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/fernvale-lea-owners-hiding-an-inconvenient-truth/

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*Since the posting by the blogger: “Cassandra Chiu resigns from Guide Dogs Association of the Blind”

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/cassandra-chiu-resigns-guide-dogs-association-blind

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Can’t stop laughing that she was the ambassador for the Guide Dogs Association of the Blind notwithstanding her various public rows. What is even funnier is that the association said “We are also mindful that acceptance requires time and that there needs to be mutual trust, consent and understanding.” And yet the association’s ambassador was one untrained rottweiler going by her repeated public rows.

Amos: Talk is cheap, very cheap/ Harry really needs no monument

In Uncategorized on 22/04/2015 at 4:53 am

Over the weekend, a Facebook post* bemoaning the charges against Amos Yee and his remand had many “Likes”, sympathetic comments,  and a few shares. It ended:  And the rest of us? The rest of us should play happily and gratefully in the corner we’ve so conscientiously painted ourselves into. The rest of must remember never to participate in the dangerous act of boundary-crossing. A 16-year-old did, and he is now being treated like a criminal – because jailing a child makes Singapore a much better place.

Looks like the writer and those who shared her sentiments really decided to  play happily and gratefully in the corner we’ve so conscientiously painted ourselves into. The rest of must remember never to participate in the dangerous act of boundary-crossing.

No-one came forward to post bail on Monday and it was only on late Tuesday (at 6.00 pm) that  family counsellor Vincent Law posted bail for him. 

Mr Law said that he came forward to post the S$20,000 bail as he is a Christian, and wanted to show he was not offended by Yee’s posts. “It seems the charges say he made disparaging remarks about Christianity. I’m a Christian and I’m stepping up to say I’m not offended,” he said, adding that he, too, is a parent.

The 51-year-old, who is not related to the Yee family, hopes that Yee will also be willing to be counselled by him, and that he may respond better to a third party. (CNA)

Three cheers for him, even though Amos Yee’s parents would it seems have preferred to have kept him in remand by refusing to bail him.

Three cheers too for Alfred Dodwell, Chong Jia Hao from Dodwell & Co LLC, and Ervin Tan from Michael Hwang Chambers LLC told the court they would be acting for Yee pro bono.(CNA)

They too cared.

And jeers and sneers for those who claim to support, sympathise Amos Yee but who stood aside. The absence of the anti-PAP cybernuts who pollute the comments section of TRE is not surprising. They after all are unwilling to fund TRE.

But where were the ang moh tua kee human rights activists like Kirsten Han (she wrote an eloquent, sympathetic piece on him in Yahoo) and the lady who so eloquently blogged on Amos? They left him to rot in jail, while they eloquently proclaimed his right (duty?) to slime one Harry Lee Kuan Yew, and hurt the feelings of 20-odd S’poreans? Seems, he’s a flag or mascot, not a human being to these ang moh tua kees.

My serious point is that these ang moh tua kee “activists” cannot be taken seriously. They are notprepared to walk the walk, just talk the walk.

LKY needs no monument. So long as these people are around, Harry will be remembered. He had contempt for them, and rightly so.

I hope Amos Yee will reflect on the kind of supporters he has. With friends like cybernuts and ang moh tua kee “activists”, he doesn’t need enemies.

I hope he apologises for his actions and agrees to be counselled. And I hope the AGC drops the charges in return. Let’s remember, he has spent four nights in jail.

Related post: https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/amos-parents-finally-got-it-walk-the-talk-amoss-groupies/

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*A 16-year-old is spending the weekend in prison because of a YouTube video. His parents have decided not to post bail. It’s likely they’re holding back for fear the boy might breach some very onerous conditions imposed by the court. I imagine it must be stressful to have a child who insists on pushing boundaries – pushing hard despite knowing full well that doing so might mean serious trouble. The boy’s parents must be under immense pressure***.

But what boundaries did this kid breach? He insulted a dead politician. He made fun of a religious figure. He was rude. He was arrogant. He was “dumb” not to back down. And when authorities hauled him off to court, he smiled and ate a banana. How dare he? This boy, this attention-seeking child who won’t play by the rules we’ve all been conditioned to follow.

Twenty-one people thought it was their duty as upstanding citizens to report the boy for his behavior. The fabric of our society is apparently so fragile, so poorly woven together, one YouTube video is all it takes to tear us apart.

No one seems to be asking why we think so little of this fabric. Why are we not made of stronger stuff?

Even before the boy was arrested, one man openly fantasized about castrating the child and stuffing his private parts into his mouth. Online, other people said he should be put in prison, whipped, whacked, exiled. When the police came for him, a collective squeal of glee erupted across the Internet. Adults celebrated. They knew this would happen. It served him right. The kid, apparently, had it coming. He was fully aware that he’d crossed some invisible line, but he was not repentant. Even worse, he appeared to relish the limelight.

But was the line was in the right place, or even necessary to begin with?

And now, the boy is spending the weekend in prison. Police handcuffed him when they led him out of court. He is to be tried as an adult.

Twenty-one Singaporeans can congratulate themselves for defending the nation against a 16-year-old. For safeguarding the boundaries. For being offended enough, concerned enough, patriotic enough to set the police on a child.

And the rest of us? The rest of us should play happily and gratefully in the corner we’ve so conscientiously painted ourselves into. The rest of must remember never to participate in the dangerous act of boundary-crossing. A 16-year-old did, and he is now being treated like a criminal – because jailing a child makes Singapore a much better place.

Remember the person behind this angst is a groupie of convicted drug mule groupies, loving them to distraction. And despite her angst and those of her Facebook friends over Amos’s plight, why didn’t they post bail? Talk is cheap, walk the talk. But then money talks, BS walks.

Amos: Parents finally got it?/ Walk the talk, Amos’s groupies

In Uncategorized on 21/04/2015 at 3:49 am

A lot has been BSed about Amos Yee (Below* is something I came across on Facebook by someone who believes that convicted drug mules should not only not be hanged, and not caned, but be put up in five-star hotel suites and given food from Tung Loke daily.).

Me? I think it’s wrong that he is charged under the Protection from Harassment Act. He should not be charged under any law for his bad, loitish but non-violent behaviour. But sadly in today’s environment, using the law is the only way society can show its outrage at breaches of accepted norms of behaviour.

In the bad old days when Harry’s Law was the law, Amos’s dad would cane him six times and then say, “I’ve punished my son for his bad behaviour. Sorry leh for offence caused.”

We’d all move on. Boy got what he deserved, no damage done to his long term prospects.

Today Maruah, AWARE, Mad Dog Chee, Cherian George**  and all the other good-heatred but misguided ang moh tua kee kay pohs  would be yelling for the father to be jailed.

And if he didn’t cane his son, the police would pay him a visit and suggest that he did so. If he demurred, they’d offer to do it for him. If he further demurred, they’d take father and son in for questioning. If a spell in custody, didn’t soften up dad’s reluctance to allow his son to be caned, then there would be an accident involving the boy.

He’d get a black eye or two or a broken arm: accident leh, slipped on a bar of soap.

There would be be nods and winks, and we’d move on.

Well it seems that Amos Yee’s parents have hit on a variation of caning Amos or allowing him to be caned: they refused to cough up bail, allowing him to remain behind bars over the weekend and on Monday. No one has yet come forward to bail him out.

A bail review will be held later today at 4 pm while the next pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 13th May at 4 pm.

Err where are his friends like Roy, TOC? Not posting bail for him? Talk is cheap. Walk the talk, post bail. AGC was so kind as to ask the court to allow anyone to post bail for Amos, not just his parents. Yet no-one has yet come forward to bail him out. Certainly not the ang moh tua kee human rights activists like Kirsten Han (wrote a piece on him in Yahoo). They leaving him to rot in jail, while they proclaim his right (duty?) to slime one Harry Lee Kuan Yew, and hurt the feelings of 20-odd S’poreans? Seems, he’s a flag, not a human being to these ang moh tua kees.

I hope thar if he comes out of remand, a more sober person, apologises for his behaviour and promises to behave himself in future, the authorities should drop the charges.

My serious point, is that society has to come up with modern variants of parents using or authorising corporal punishment. Using the majesty of the law for bad, loutish but non-violent behaviour by minors, demeans the law. But excusing Amos Yee’s behaviour as merely “boundary-crossing” (see below*) is equally unacceptable. But then what would expect of a drug mule groupie who thinks that convicted drug mules deserve the good life: air-cobn cells, no caning, Crystal Jade food.

Society’s anger at its rules being broken should be allowed to manifest itself without affecting the boy’s future too much. The issue is how without invoking the law and without vigilantism.

Maybe “six of the best” administered or sanctioned by the parents should be politically correct once more? Btw, LKY was a fan of “six of the best”. A friend who had the dubious honour of sitting beside LKY at two lunches (overseas) said that at one of them LKY was talking of lining up journalists against the wall and giving them “six of the best”.

But let’s end with three cheers for the parents: they are punishing Amos Yee in the right way.

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*A 16-year-old is spending the weekend in prison because of a YouTube video. His parents have decided not to post bail. It’s likely they’re holding back for fear the boy might breach some very onerous conditions imposed by the court. I imagine it must be stressful to have a child who insists on pushing boundaries – pushing hard despite knowing full well that doing so might mean serious trouble. The boy’s parents must be under immense pressure***.

But what boundaries did this kid breach? He insulted a dead politician. He made fun of a religious figure. He was rude. He was arrogant. He was “dumb” not to back down. And when authorities hauled him off to court, he smiled and ate a banana. How dare he? This boy, this attention-seeking child who won’t play by the rules we’ve all been conditioned to follow.

Twenty-one people thought it was their duty as upstanding citizens to report the boy for his behavior. The fabric of our society is apparently so fragile, so poorly woven together, one YouTube video is all it takes to tear us apart.

No one seems to be asking why we think so little of this fabric. Why are we not made of stronger stuff?

Even before the boy was arrested, one man openly fantasized about castrating the child and stuffing his private parts into his mouth. Online, other people said he should be put in prison, whipped, whacked, exiled. When the police came for him, a collective squeal of glee erupted across the Internet. Adults celebrated. They knew this would happen. It served him right. The kid, apparently, had it coming. He was fully aware that he’d crossed some invisible line, but he was not repentant. Even worse, he appeared to relish the limelight.

But was the line was in the right place, or even necessary to begin with?

And now, the boy is spending the weekend in prison. Police handcuffed him when they led him out of court. He is to be tried as an adult.

Twenty-one Singaporeans can congratulate themselves for defending the nation against a 16-year-old. For safeguarding the boundaries. For being offended enough, concerned enough, patriotic enough to set the police on a child.

And the rest of us? The rest of us should play happily and gratefully in the corner we’ve so conscientiously painted ourselves into. The rest of must remember never to participate in the dangerous act of boundary-crossing. A 16-year-old did, and he is now being treated like a criminal – because jailing a child makes Singapore a much better place.

Remember the person behind this angst is a groupie of convicted drug mule groupies, loving them to distraction. And despite her angst over Amos, why didn’t she post bail? Talk is cheap, walk the talk. But then money talks, BS walks.

**Cherian George, the Director of Asia Journalism Fellowship, cautioned people against treating Amos as an adult in a widely shared Facebook post. He pointed out that under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Amos is still a child, and regardless of how much he seeks publicity, he is at a stage of life where he needs to be protected—even from himself. Quoting Article 40 of the Convention, Cherian explains:

“Every child alleged as, accused of, or recognized as having infringed the penal law” must be “treated in a manner consistent with the promotion of the child’s sense of dignity and worth” – which means, among other things, that states must guarantee that the child has “his or her privacy fully respected at all stages of the proceedings”.

***Well they didn’t bring him up the right way, did they? Though by refusing to bail him, they are atoning for that oversight.

Not uniquely S’porean: Pay high, get monkey

In Uncategorized on 20/04/2015 at 7:25 am

In the UK there is a row between an activist investor and the mgt of Alliance Trust.

Alliance Trust has delivered a below-average return of 52% over a five-year period. Other trusts investing in global equities have produced returns of more than 100% over the same time period.

The CEO, meanwhile, has doubled her pay over that period to £1.4m.

Err, I’m sure 65% of the voters can relate to this row. Only the hard core PAP voters who die die must vote for the PAP (those who voted for Tony Tan) can’t understand why monkeys shouldn’t be highly paid.

Unlucky Plaza: Uniquely S’porean

In Uncategorized on 20/04/2015 at 3:37 am

Go watch Unlucky Plaza (M18) at all theatres
A Ken Kwek movie not to be missed

The story: Driven to the brink of bankruptcy, hard-working Filipino restaurant operator Hernandez Onassis (Epy Quizon) takes on a motley bunch of wayward Singaporeans — a sexy, scheming scam woman, an Ah Long with a gun, a weak-kneed pastor and a motivational speaker (Adrian Pang) up to his neck in debts. Onassis’ weapons of choice: Anger and a meat chopper, which he wields with alarming accuracy.

Well put together with slick cinematography and editing, Singaporean director Ken Kwek’s latest work is the most ambitious to date marrying topicality with mass-appeal cinema. And it is done with admirable even-handedness to all sides of the debate (on the subject of foreigners in Singapore). Moral finger-wagging is kept to a minimum. Once all characters get locked up into one room for the film’s hostage crisis climax, things get cooking – John Lui in The Straits Times

This is what Ken Kwek said of his leading man Epy Quizon:
“Everyone knows that Epy is the son of the legendary Dolphy. But I had the great pleasure of knowing Epy on his own terms, and as a friend. And then I had the privilege of seeing him perform in a work that required talent for both comedy and very hard-hitting drama. I believe Epy has a greater range than his father as an actor. I say this with no less open-mouth admiration for the great Dolphy.”

Watch out … here comes Epy and his chopper.

Clement Mesenas's photo.

Not telling public who posted the above on Facebook, lest Goh Meng Seng or friends are upset with the post.

Uniquely S’porean. A S’porean film, directed by a local talent, starring a Pinoy who takes on a motley bunch of wayward Singaporeans — a sexy, scheming scam woman, an Ah Long with a gun, a weak-kneed pastor and a motivational speaker (Adrian Pang) up to his neck in debts

Couldn’t we have a S’porean hero thrashing crooked FTs trying to steal his lunch or his gal? Oh I forgot Pinoys already stealing our lunch, PRCs stealing our property and money, and Ang Mohs and Indians stealing our gals, and beating taxi uncles and the gals. And all have fake degrees.

But let’s face it, the S’poreans behind the film need to make money, and I’m sure they are hoping for audiences in PinoyLand given the Pinoy’s pedigree and the script of  Pinoy boy roughing up S’poreans. And who can blame them? Going by the way TRE and TOC are living hand-to-mouth, there’s no money here from the masses for things S’porean.

There goes the Eurasian, Malay vote

In Uncategorized on 17/04/2015 at 5:10 am

“Mr Lee was always conscious that he did not act alone, but as a member of a team. His core team included Goh Keng Swee, S Rajaratnam, Othman Wok, Hon Sui Sen, Lim Kim San, amongst others. It was a multi-racial team who complemented one another’s strengths, trusted one another implicitly, and through their joint efforts created a prosperous, fair and just society in Singapore …,” said the PM in parly on Monday.

No Eurasian meh?

Name check the Indian and Malay to make sure that people think that PAP is more than a Chinese-dominated party, but where’s the Eurasian, Barker? And perhaps LKY’s closest confidant* when it came to legal or  non-economic matters.

An honest mistake leaving him out? Whatever, the Eurasians will not be happy, especially those who cut and ran to settle in Perth. Another reason for them to curse the PAP. Remember they emigrated when LKY came into power, missing out on the prosperity of the 70s and 80s, and the asset inflation of the 90s and noughties.

An annoyed Malay 

Many non-Malay S’poreans (self included) were annoyed with PM and the new Malay minister for their comments on the importance of his appointment to the cabinet (first time two Malays are cabinet ministers). I tot the PM’s comments, patronising and condescending, while Masagos was sounding like the stereotypical “mat”, playing up to the Cina, Keland or Orang Puteh tuan besar.

But unlike others I kept my silence, in public at least. I’m not Malay.

So I was chuffed when a “Malay”, blogged

Aiseyman! When Masagos Zulkifli gets promoted, the entire Malay Muslim community gets a pat on the back for the “progress of the Malay community”. If it’s not enough that our Prime Minister patronises us, our very own Malay leaders lap up every drop of it like a primary 1 kid getting a star for successfully solving the equation 1+1=2.

If Masagos had come to where he is now through sheer hard work, his achievements will speak for itself. Is there a need to single out his race and extend his achievements to the entire community? Making a big deal out of it only fuels the condescending mentality that we are not good enough in our own country that every big or small accomplishment deserves to be highlighted and praised.

Like we don’t have any pride or self-esteem.

The government needs to stop treating us like kids and give us the respect that we deserve! Our Malay leaders also have to stop behaving like the pet anjings of the government and have some backbone to stand up for the community against racist and demeaning stereotypes!

http://www.aiseyman.com/2015/04/10/stop-treating-malays-like-kids-and-give-us-the-respect-we-deserve/

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*There was a story hat made the rounds in the 80s that ran as follows; LKY in a cabinet meeting spoke of renewing the cabinet. Barker said, “Right Harry, when are you resigning?” LKY had to mutter that he wasn’t thinking of himself.

 

 

Double confirm June GE?/ Respect LKY’s ideals

In Political governance, Uncategorized on 16/04/2015 at 3:55 am

PM needs Ho’s help?

Temasek Holdings Chief Executive Officer Ho Ching will be on “part-time sabbatical leave” for three months ….”She will continue with her Board duties and specific stewardship duties,” according to the statement posted on Wednesday (Apr 15). (CNA yesterday afternoon)

FT suggests, “Arranging the family affairs of the man who led Singapore to independence in 1965 is expected to be a time-consuming process.’

My guess is that PM needs her beside him in the coming GE campaign. I had written earlier: Surely a June 2015 GE is on the cards? After all, that a 49-day mourning period is acceptable in the Confucian tradition. A traditional 100-day mourning period would mean that the Sept school holidays is the earliest possible time for GE. https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/lky-how-right-how-wrong-june-or-sept-ge/

“Respect LKY; Respect his ideals; Vote PAP”

“Most importantly, how we honour Mr Lee must be faithful to the ideals he lived by and fought for. Mr Lee made it very clear throughout his life that he did not need and did not want any monument. It was not monuments but ideals that were his chief concern, the ideals upon which he built Singapore: Multi-racialism, equality, meritocracy, integrity, and the rule of law. He hoped these ideals would endure in Singapore beyond him. We can pay no greater tribute to him than to uphold the principles upon which he built this country.”*

CNA 13 April reporting PM’s parly speech).

Want to respect LKY? No need monuments. Respect his ideals. Vote PAP. All the elected seats is a fitting tribute,” will the implicit theme of the GE campaign.

Will the 10% ** of voters that voted for Tan Cheng Bock in PE2011 but who voted for the Oppo in GE 2011 vote PAP?

If they do (And assuming the 60% of the voters continue supporting the PAP and “Why not?”), LKY would have the last laugh. He would have rise from his coffin to help the PAP.

True it wouldn’t match Peanuts Goh’s 75.3% share of the vote in 2001 but it would be a 10%age points swing too.

Better still, due to the large number of uncontested seats in 3001, only 675,306 of the 2,036,923 eligible voters (33.2%) actually voted. In the next GE, all the seats will be contested.

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*One of these days, I’ll post on why I sniggered when I read this.

**  Tony Tan and Dr Tan each had 35% of the vote: 70% supported these two PAP-aligned candidates. In GE, PAP only got 60% of the vote. Hence the 10% figure.

SG50, LKY, Presentism and BS

In Uncategorized on 15/04/2015 at 3:19 am

I came across something on Facebook that I agree with in part.

The bit I disagree with I’ve drawn a line across.

I read the entire RSIS piece it refers to, and having read some of the alternative historians the writer castigates, I think they (the ones I’ve read) have a lot more intellectual rigour than the writer displays in writing the piece. The RSIS piece comes across as something that could be written by a third-rate ST journalist in the presence of the ghost of LKY.

My beef about the RSIS piece is that it is preaching to the faithful and converted, not talkingto  those who keep an open mind. The alternative historians make their pitch at those of us with open minds even if there is a lot of disingenuity and half-truths in their arguments. But at least they respect us. This writer does not even bother to respect us. He shouts at us.

We must keep both sides on their toes. Then the truth may emerge.

The FB posting:

Since the demise of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, opposition supporters and Alternative SiteS such as TOC published articles to doubt Mr Lee’s dedication to Singapore, and used 21st century western values to question his actions. Why is there a need for TOC to be so pro-west? Why didn’t TOC credit the unique Singapore values that made Singapore so successful today?

Presentism — “Evaluating past events and people by present-day values; the application of current ideals and moral standards to interpret historical figures and their actions.”

https://www.rsis.edu.sg/…/co15086-alternate-historians-pos…/

“..what really drives some Alternate historians and their supporters is what is called presentism – an orientation to the past coloured by current ideological and political biases and concerns.

Blind, uncritical imitation of the Western model however – as some Alternate historians and activists appear to crave – would be unwise. Evolutionary change, with one eye fixed firmly on Singapore’s unique geopolitical, demographic and sociocultural realities, remains the way forward in the post-Lee Kuan Yew era.”

My tots on the leftists

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/are-you-better-off-now-than-you-were-in-2011/

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/seek-truth-from-facts-tre-commentators-dont-misrepresent-me/

Noble: Two good reasons to buy?

In Accounting, Commodities, Uncategorized on 10/04/2015 at 7:13 am

A trading house requires lots of working capital (i.e. borrowed money). The short sellers by raising issues about “aggressive accounting” are trying to get its facilities cut.

Well

— S&P believes the company deserves its investment grade credit rating; though it would like to know more about the assumptions.

— Noble’s banks have juz renewed a US$2.2bn credit line.

So it’s up to Muddy Waters to make sure that the mud sticks to its allegation of “aggressive accounting”. .

But it’s not so easy because if the price falls substantially, the banks get scared and change their minds while S&P might get scared that its missing something. It could then say that share price fall affects the rating.

Not easy to make money in stock markets. ask Ho Ho Ho about StanChart, Merrill Lynch and Chesapeake.

Serious instability at StanChart?

In Banks, Temasek, Uncategorized on 06/04/2015 at 1:42 pm

Following the coming change in CEOs, the resignation of a very senior manager and a planned change of chairman, Viswanathan Shankar (new citizen and a real talent like DBS’s Gupta), head of the bank’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas business, is said to be planning to start a private equity fund. The bank it seems wanted to give him additional responsibilities. This not not good as the deputy CEO (passed over for the job) is also expected to leave.

Temasek and other major shareholders wanted change. May be they’ll end up with serious instability.

Why PAP didn’t do well in 2011, but will do better

In Economy, Political governance, Uncategorized on 06/04/2015 at 4:10 am

The anti-PAP cybernuts who expect the PAP’s share of the popular vote to fall below 60% will bang theirs balls in frustration. The PAP’s share of the popular vote will go up.

And taz not even taking account of the LKY effect induced partly (but not wholly) by the saturation coverage in our constructive, nation-building media, aided by various Facebook pages run by allies. The anti-PAP websites help the PAP by adding to the sheer weight of coverage even as they they denigrate LKY, often in really stupid ways. More on GE and the LKY effect one of these days.

Nor is this even taking account of our money being spent on us. Think public transport, Pioneer Generation benefits for starters.

It’s economics that drove the PAP’s share of the vote to 60% and will lift it in the coming GE.

The PAP didn’t do well in 2011* because there was no real wage growth from 2010 to 2012, mirroring a drop in FDI flow. But look at the rebound in both. And remember the increase in employers’ contribution by 0.5% from 1 September 2011. And  that there is a further 1% increase this year.

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*Yes, yes of course the rising prices of public housing and the crowded trains and buses and the arrogance of the PAP especially one LKY (remember his “repentance” comments?) didn’t help. Funny even the cybernuts don’t raise his “repentance” comments. Scared his ghost will haunt them?

Related post: https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/sg50-bkr50-buffett-lky-ah-loong/

Beating really long odds: 283 billion to one

In Uncategorized on 02/04/2015 at 3:05 pm

They are dubbed “Britain’s luckiest couple” by the papers – David and Kathleen Long, who have won £1m on the Lottery for a second time. The press put the chances of this happening at 283 billion to one.

The Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Star all have them on their front pages and focus on the fact that the couple remained living in their static caravan after their last win in 2013.

The Sun says they now plan to move to a house and take a Mediterranean cruise, while the Mirror notes there are better odds on Simon Cowell becoming prime minister and the royal baby being named Wayne.

The Daily Mail says last week’s win followed a spur-of the-moment purchase when Mr Long saw a poster advertising the draw in a supermarket.

“After beating odds of 283 billion to one they have surely earned a holiday this time around,” is the view of the Daily Express.

The Times looks at some other odds – the chances of a monkey typing the word EuroMillions on a typewriter (191.5 quintillion to one), rolling 15 dice and every one of them coming up as a six (470 billion to one) and winning the National Lottery jackpot on a Wednesday or Saturday (14 million to one).

The Guardian says Mr Long admits there was one thing he wanted that he could not get first time round – a season ticket for Liverpool FC.

“There is lucky, beyond lucky and mind-bogglingly, jaw-droppingly jammy,” says the Independent. “But a whole new vocabulary may be required to describe the good fortune of David and Kathleen Long.”

A cartoon on the front of the Times jokes that they had better odds than Nick Clegg holding onto his seat.

 

Seek truth from facts, TRE commentators/ Don’t misrepresent me

In Uncategorized on 02/04/2015 at 4:35 am

In response to https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/are-you-better-off-now-than-you-were-in-2011/ which TRE republished,

— Chris K*, a regular TRE contributor, whose analyses of CPF and our SWFs’ are worth reading wrote:

eeerrr leftist mean Cuba, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Red China, meh? Or is that Labour, Social Democrats, Democratic Socialists which is a good thing right? More likely CI falls for the PAP demonology that everything left is communist which is as far from the truth as saying the PAP is fascist and one L*Y is Adolf Hitler. tsk, tsk very disappointing, mate.

— Ng Kok Lim, another regular TRE commentator, screamed out:

CI is making the same unqualified smearing of the Lefitsts by the PAP by labeling them as communists like those in Cuba and so on. Where is CI’s proof that the leftists were actually communists? CI must take note that the PAP could never charge the Leftists as communists in court. They could only lock them up unethically and immorally until the detainees buay tah han and admitted guilt even if they were innocent much like the forcing of the ‘truth’ through torture during medieval times. 

(I had written that LKY and gang and others not leftish enough would have likely to lived to have lunch gatherings or pioneer generation benefits: opponents and intellectuals not sympathetic to the leftists’ cause were, imprisoned, exiled or killed in Cuba, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Red China.)

I would ask Chris K, Ng Kok Lim and others who believe the self-serving rubbish of the Coldstore detainees that they were a bunch of social democrat peaceniks with flowers in their hair) to go have a word with students (now in their 60s and 70s) of Chinese High, Chung Ching etc about their time in school. In their clandestine cell groups, did they study the works of leading European and British social democrats or socialists? Nope they would tell you that they studied the works of Mao.

Ask them about the cell leaders who led the discussions. Were they steeped in the tots of the ang moh social democtats or socialists? Nope they were acolytes of Mao, steeped in the doctrines Chinese communism.

Finally Chris K and fellow believers in the peaceful nature of the leftists’ movement here who fought the British and LKY should read the memoirs of the Plen and Chin Peng.

But at the very least they should read http://brokensilencesg.blogspot.ca/2015/03/where-forgotten-heroes-are-born-chinese.html. This blogger is anti-LKY (like Chris K and Ng), yet his view of the students chimes with LKY’s views of the students.

Then come talk to me.

The very serious point I’m trying to make that LKY’s and PAP’s self-serving narrative of our history, is not all rubbish. Like all good propaganda, it has elements of the truth. In the 1950s and earky 1960s

— the Malayan Communist Party and China used the leftist movement here for their own ends;

— the students and other Chinese-educated leftists here were highly influenced by the writings of one Mao. They were not influenced by ang moh social democrats or socialists like the Fabians.

Mao said, “Gather truth from facts”, something I’m sure Chris K was doing when he was working as a risk manager. But I’m sure Ng Kok Lim doesn’t “Gather truth from facts”.

He didn’t read what I wrote: I never called the Coldstore detainees “communists”. Or he decided to misrepresent me? Taz the quality of Ng Kok Lim: either not bothering to read what I wrote or trying to make me say what he  wanted me to say, despite me not writing it,  by accusing me of writing something I never wrote. This is what Ng wrote: CI is making the same unqualified smearing of the Lefitsts by the PAP by labeling them as communists like those in Cuba and so on. Where is CI’s proof that the leftists were actually communists?) 

Where did I call our leftists “communists”in http://brokensilencesg.blogspot.ca/2015/03/where-forgotten-heroes-are-born-chinese.html?

Ng may have wished I called our leftists “communists”, but where’s the proof?

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*He describes himself: Chris is a retired executive director in the financial industry who had mostly worked in London and Tokyo. He writes opinions and commentaries mostly on economic and financial matters.

The folly of building monuments to LKY

In Uncategorized on 27/03/2015 at 4:32 am

Puking over the continuing tributes from our constructive, nation-building media and assorted brown-nosers* to Lee Kuan Yew, and the the calls to build a statue or renaming the airport after him, I’m reminded of

Illustrated poem: 'Ozymandias' by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Why don’t juz they build a shrine to him? Here’s shumething to inspire them

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What really annoys me is that they are praising someone who had contempt for the praises and flattery from the masses: if he could rise from the dead, he’d admonish the rabble. And taz actually one reason I admire him.

To me, the cont’d prosperity of S’pore is monument enough

Si monumentum requiris circumspice
Reader, if you seek his monument, look about you.
On Wren’s tomb in St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Yes, Yes I know that there were others involved in the building of St Paul’s as others were involved in building S’pore’s prosperity.

And, “He found S’pore a city of bricks and left it a city of skyscrapers” a variation of

I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.

Augustus

Two really terrible sa kas

We are all Lee Kuan Yew’s children. We would not be here if not for vision passion and determination of Mr Lee, had built a developed nation: SMS Masagos Zulkifi

Some say that he was ruthless. But children of his political foes had rights and opportunities like any other children because this is Singapore. – NMP Chia Yong Yong. I think her brain is as useless as her legs.

LKY: A most fitting tribute

In Political governance, Uncategorized on 25/03/2015 at 4:35 pm

The Minister for Home Affairs, DPM Teo, prohibited public speaking at the Speakers’ Corner with effect from 5.30 a.m. 23 March 2014. (Details below).

The registration page of NParks’ website [Link] explained that this is because Hong Lim Park is one of the “designated community sites” to be used for remembering LKY.

I would like to think that the real reason is that someone in the PAP administration tot that this would be

— a fitting tribute; and

— what this would be what he would have wished for.

He had little confidence in the ability of Singaporeans to listen to different points of view, evaluate them and form correct opinions, which is to say, his opinions.

“Many people are uncritically imitative,” Lee said in an address in 1971 to the International Press Institute in Helsinki. “A report of an airplane hijacking leads to a rash of hijackings in other unexpected places. A report of a foreign diplomat kidnapped for ransom by dissident groups is quickly followed by similar kidnapping in other countries.” He pointed to examples in Singapore, where in his view press reports sparked riots, which led to deaths.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/melanie-kirkpatrick-lee-kuan-yew-vs-the-news-1427064934

To put it another way, he had no time for the the masses:

“If you can select a population and they’re educated and they’re properly brought up, then you don’t have to use too much of the stick because they would already have been trained. It’s like with dogs. You train it in a proper way from small. It will know that it’s got to leave, go outside to pee and to defecate. No, we are not that kind of society. We had to train adult dogs who even today deliberately urinate in the lifts.”

LKY on Singapore society, The Man & His Ideas, 1997

If Ah Loong wants to show his filiality, he should make the revocation order permanent. No more opportunities for Roy Ng, New Citizen H3, S/oJBJ, Tan Kin Lian and Goh Meng Seng to mislead the masses. Anfd rename the spot, “Harry’s Corner”.

StanChart: Not as solid as local banks

In Uncategorized on 25/03/2015 at 1:41 pm

Singapore requires its banks (OCBC, UOB, BDS) to hold significantly more capital than the global minimums. For Singaporean banks, the average core tier one ratio — the main measure of bank safety — currently stands at 14%.

StanChart has a core tier one capital ratio of 10.7% and has set a goal of 11 to 12% this year.
The higher its capital ratio, the harder it is to make money. Taz why pre-crisis Temasek and GIC were big into banks that had juz adequate capital: think Citi, Merrill Lynch, UBS and StanChart.

LKY: The ultimate indignity

In Uncategorized on 25/03/2015 at 5:21 am

Somehow, I don’t think Lee Kuan Yew, intellectual bully, thug and street-fighter would have been pleased by the decision to name an orchid after him: though in one sense it made sense: his wife had one named after her, and he always did try to keep up with his wife.

Flowers are for wimps, and he was no wimp.

When I read on TRE

Our Founding PM Lee Kuan Yew loved nature and visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens whenever he could. My colleagues in NParks enjoyed taking him around in the buggy. 

For some time, we have been looking out for a suitable orchid hybrid to name after Mr Lee. NParks officers who have staffed him on his many visits to the SBG have a good sense of what he enjoyed and liked amongst the flora and fauna.

We have found a suitable candidate in a vigorous and robust hybrid – Arachnis hookeriana x Vanda Golden Moon.Orchid hybrids

I tot it was a hoax piece. Turned out that Khaw really penned the above: https://mndsingapore.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/a-special-orchid-hybrid-for-our-chief-gardener/

Forget about the fact that he didn’t like things being named after him, but naming a flower after him is the ultimate insult.

Flowers, even hybrid orchids are delicate, passive and wilt. LKY was never delicate, never passive and never wilted.

He walked the walk, and walked the talk: which is why I respect him.

Maybe if he should be remembered in nature, a really tenacious virus would be more appropriate neh?

SG50: The Ninth Immortal

In Uncategorized on 23/03/2015 at 5:03 am

DSC_0046At least that’s what the local constructive, nation-building media and brown-nosers* will portray him as. Look at yesterday’s SunTimes for the kind of rubbish that was printed when he was still alive.

SPH had sent a letter to advertisers to say that it will not accept LKY tribute ads at the request of the Lee family.

Would it be too much to expect the local media and brown-nosers to respect the spirit and sentiment behind the request?

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*10.30am: Here’s a stomach churning one. LKY was no great global leader:

Today, the world has lost one of the great leaders of its time.
He has inspired us all with his epic legacy – one we’ve taken more than a page from.
His fearless determination and relentless pursuit of perfection will continue to inspire us,
so that we may never cease to make waves in the world, just as he has.
‪#‎RememberLKY‬

– Min-Liang Tan, CEO Razer Inc.

Best teacher US$1m prize: No S’porean in finals

In Uncategorized on 22/03/2015 at 4:54 am

M’sian and Cambodian among the 10 finalists that cied vied for the US$1m  prize.

Guess that’s the reason why our media didn’t report it. But why didn’t the anti-PAP cybernuts report this huge failing of our world class education system? Err maybe they rely on our MSM for their news of world affairs?

The award has been created by the Varkey Foundation, the charitable arm of the GEMS education group, as a high-profile way of demonstrating the importance of teaching.

The attention-grabbing top prize is meant to show that teaching should be recognised as much as other high-paying careers, such as finance or sport …

Among those supporting the project have been Bill Gates, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-31861022

The 10 finalists were:

Nancie Atwell, US

Guy Etienne, Haiti

Jacqueline Jumbe-Kahura, Kenya

Neang Phalla, Cambodia

Stephen Ritz, US

Azizullah Royesh, Afghanistan

Kiran Bir Sethi, India

Madenjit Singh, Malaysia

Richard Spencer, UK

Naomi Volain, US

SG50: What to wish LKY

In Uncategorized on 19/03/2015 at 4:31 am

I think Berha Henson has got it about right: She says, “Given his age, I am not sure I can even wish him a speedy recovery. But if there’s such a thing as a good death, I wish it for him. To go peacefully. I mean this sincerely.”

But since when has LKY cared for the views or listened to anyone other than his Mrs? He’ll do things his way: he always has.

He’ll move on when he wants to move on.

To end on a lighter note: since his wife’s death, he had been able to eat nonya food. Apparently his wife made sure he ate only healthy stuff but since her death if he wanted nonya food his sister was more than happy to indulge him.

StandChart’s 3 new advisers to Financial Crime Panel

In Banks, Temasek, Uncategorized on 18/03/2015 at 11:13 am

The British bank added the former leaders of Interpol (a S’porean) and the Swift bank messaging network and a former counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush.

Recognise this ang moh description of our HDB system?

In Uncategorized on 16/03/2015 at 4:57 am

In a recent article in the FT entitled “How to ensure the lowest paid aren’t forced out of cities”, this is how our HDB system was described:

The most obvious reaction to a market failure is to remove the market. … the state can step in. In Singapore, for example, 80 per cent of the population live in homes built by a government body, the Housing and Development Board (HDB).

It was set up in 1960 in a bid to clear up the city-state’s pervasive slums, and later turned into an all-purpose housebuilder and landlord. The vast majority of Singaporean households own their homes leasehold, with the HDB as the freeholder. The HDB also finances home buyers at preferential rates.

The HDB will only sell to Singaporean citizens, not foreigners. Maximum income ceilings also apply.

This popularises housing, preventing it from turning into an investment asset class which investors can pour cash into. Home ownership in Singapore is widespread, savings rates are high and the housing system has been credited as one of the factors in the country’s transformation from a third-world economy to a global powerhouse.

On the downside, such control gives the government a lot of power. For example, until 1991 the HDB would not sell to single people aged under 35, as part of the government’s attempts to promote marriage.

The market restrictions can also prevent people from building up an asset to fall back on in hard financial times, or in retirement. In many other countries, homes have replaced pensions as many people’s source of financial security.

If so good, how come so many people complaining online anonymously about the system?

I mean one anti-PAP complainer even complained that he had to sell his 5-room flat and downgraded to invest in his daughter’s future: sending her abroad to study medicine because she didn’t get the straight As to get into medical school here.

Shouldn’t he get on his knees before this photo and thank the PAP for his gd fortune: that selling his HDB leasehold could fund his investment in his daughter?

My serious point is that unlike our public transport MRT system*, our HDB system works pretty well. It can be improved and made really affordable. But by other major cities’ standards, there is affordable housing for the less well-off.

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*Our public bus system works well during off-peak hours. I know; I use it regularly. Btw, I’ll soon be eligible for senior citizens’ concession.

SG50: They kept my money safe

In Uncategorized on 15/03/2015 at 12:58 pm

My “rediscovered” OCBC savings box full of old 50-cent coins (M’sian and S’porean). It is a representation of the OCBC HQ sometime in the 1960s. It was torn down to make way for the present building. Note I changed the photo to remove the word “OCBC” on 23 March 2015.

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Perspective pls, PAP ministers

In Uncategorized on 14/03/2015 at 12:51 pm

Re: DPM’s Teo hint about ministers’ salaries not having gone up in three years.

“There are dozens of second-tier Chinese cities with populations similar to that of London,”Richard Hodgson CEO of UK’s PizzaExpress recently acquired by Honby Capital from China talking about the co’s plans in China.

London had a population of 8.3m (2013).

Neither the mayor of London and these Chinese cities, nor their senior officials are paid as much as our ministers.

When is enough, enough?

 

M Ravi: No news is good news

In Uncategorized on 12/03/2015 at 4:53 am

Not heard  anything in new media or media about M Ravi, so the stories I hear coming from his friends must be true.

He is taking his medicine, visiting his doctor regularly, resting and not getting stressed over his clients and the courts (he can’t as he’s barred from practicising well until his doctor says he is OK). Sadly this kind of news doesn’t make it to new media or the traditional media.

One thing I’ve learnt about bi-polarism (Ravi’s mental condition) from a Facebook thread on M Ravi’s condition is that there are good, reasonable reasons for patients to avoid taking the medicine prescribed. They are terribly unpleasant primarily because they are a cocktail of drugs to treat the contradictory nature of bi-polarism: depression and hyper-actism. So the medicine used treats opposites. The effects of the medicine on the body cause severe discomfort.

Maybe he needs to stop practicising constitutional litigation. It’s very stressful what with clients like Roy and the structure of the Constitution.

The other thing I learnt about this mental condition is the importance of routine: a luxury litigators don’t have.

iWatch: Golden margins

In Uncategorized on 11/03/2015 at 5:15 pm

JP Morgan estimates the cost of materials for the US$17,000  model is about US$800.

The entry level models (starting at US$350 have a gross margin of 45%, it estimates.

SG50: Millionaire pioneers/ Emigration: Our “dirty” secret

In Property, Uncategorized on 10/03/2015 at 6:23 am

Millionaire pioneers

In response to the last sentence in this,  a S’porean who grew rich in the PAP yrs (renting out condos  now he says) but who is no fan wrote: At least those who believed in Buffet 50 yrs ago can retire today as multi-millionaires.

Sinkies who believed in PAPies 50 years ago are still working until they drop dead, picking up cardboard & rubbish to sell to recycling companies at 10 cents per kg.

This reminded that, yesterday, my mum told me about her friend. All her three children migrated many years ago and she’s happily living here in a “home” because she is getting on 90+. She is very comfortable because she had a house to sell.

This fact made me respond to the commenter: “My mum’s a millionaire. ))) Dad bot house in 1962/63. And those who bot HDB even in the 80s, are millionaires. ))))

SG50 is silent on this

On to a more serious matter. My mum’s story about her friend’s children (one grandson born in the UK is now working in Bangkok, but none is here)  reminded me of this extract from a BBC article.

At the same time, people are leaving – the high cost of living and the search for a better work-life balance has led many to move away. In a 2012 survey, 56% of the 2000-odd Singaporeans surveyed said they would migrate if given a choice.

Fauja Singh's family in 1970 Fauja Singh’s family in 1970 – only three grandchildren remain in Singapore

This too is reflected in my own family. My two brothers and their children now live in the US and my mother joined them there after my father passed away. The majority of my grandfather’s huge family, captured in a photograph in 1970, no longer live in Singapore. Only three of his 15 grandchildren still do. I chose to return after many years away in the US, Canada and Japan. What made me come back? The same reasons my grandfather came – opportunity.

https://wordpress.com/post/10461569/new

All because of Mandarin

I have a cousin who migrated to the US many years ago, partly because the kids couldn’t get a good education here because they failed Mandarin. And this still seems to be a reason to migrate: kids’ education because they can’t pass Mandarin.

I have a friend who migrated because her son failed his Mandarin. His Oz grades got him a letter from the Oz PM (students who are among the top 1% in Oz “A-levels” each yr get this letter), and he returned here to do NS and study in SMU. His younger brother too got the letter and is now an NS officer.

No quitters these boys: but then mum juz got allocated a BTO flat in the NE even though she’s not resident here.

Banging their balls

Let’s finally sneer at those emigrants who are banging their balls: the Eurasians who fled S’pore after the PAP came into power in 1959. Likewise those Eurasians, Chinese and Indians who fled S’pore after 1965 and after the US defeat in Vietnam, because they tot S’pore would go to the dogs.

Anti-PAppies like Goh Meng Seng,  Roy and New Citizen H3 may think S’pore has gone to the dogs; but it went thru a “golden age” that benefited many.

S’pore’s “liveability” has improved since 2009

In Uncategorized on 08/03/2015 at 4:05 am

Don’t let the anti-PAP cyber warriors BS you into thinking that living conditions are getting worse.

Click here and look at the chart:  The index crunches 30 factors related to things like safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment in 140 cities. Over the past five years urban life has deteriorated somewhat: liveability has declined in 51 places and improved in 31 places.

We are among the 31 places that have improved. But we are still not in top 10. We are the fourth most liveable city in Asia after Osaka, Tokyo and Hong Kong in the latest such ranking by The Economist magazine.

We came in 52nd out of 140 cities in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) latest Liveability Ranking. Hong Kong was ranked 31st.

 

SG50/ BKR50: Buffett on kia suism

In Uncategorized on 06/03/2015 at 5:13 am

Interesting that Warren Buffett has accidentally and unintentionally diagnosed what is holding S’poreans back.

“In the great majority of cases the lack of performance exceeding or even matching an unmanaged index in no way reflects lack of either intellectual capacity or integrity,” he wrote in 1965. “I think it is much more the product of: (1) group decisions — my perhaps jaundiced view is that it is close to impossible for outstanding investment management to come from a group of any size with all parties really participating in decisions; (2) a desire to conform to the policies and the portfolios of other large well-regarded organisations; (3) an institutional framework whereby average is ‘safe’ and the personal rewards for independent action are in no way commensurate with the general risk attached to such action; (4) an adherence to certain diversification practices which are irrational; and finally and importantly, (5) inertia.” (Latest annual report)

When the anti-PAP cybernuts rant against the PAP administration (including GIC and Temasek), they should remember one thing: the PAP administration and the cybernuts (and S’poreans in general) are all kia su.

This is what is holding us back.

If anything the cyberbuts are even more KS than most S’poreans. Most post anonymously. They would claim fear of the PAP administration. More likely they are pi seh to show how stupid and nutty they really are. They are not as brave as Roy, New Citizen H3 and Chia Yong Yong.

They may be extremely stupid but they are brave to parade their stupidity in public.

But let’s celebrate those who are brave and intelligent. People like Alex Au, Richard Wan, TRE’s techie Andrew, Affin Sha, Terry Xu, P Ravi, Siow Kum Hong, Baema and Martyn See. Though I do wish that Alex would stop wanting to take on the judiciary, and Martyn stop filing police reports.

 

Chia Yong Yong: a stupid NMP

In Uncategorized on 05/03/2015 at 5:32 am

She talks cock, real cock because she is clueless about the way the CPF and welfare system works. The article reporting her comments is at the end of this rant.

Reading the comments, it’s clear that she thinks that the employers’ contributions are not part of our salaries. Hello? What planet is she on?

Even employers think that their payments are part of the employee’ salaries. I’ve been at job interviews where “my salary” includes “XYZ’s contribution”. And when I had to decide how much to offer someone to do a job, I took account of the CPF contribution that I, as employer, had to pay: which is why FTs are so popular.

As to .”because I’m not the only person contributing to the fund, I cannot be the only person to call the shots”, doesn’t she realise that what we have in our CPF (less the peanuts of govt handout) is dependent on what we put in, not a cent less or more.

And since when have we a comprehensive welfare system for the elderly poor? She implies that we have:  At the very least, I have a moral obligation to spend it wisely. Why do I say that? Because if I’m not judicious in my spending at the end of the day, who’s going to maintain me in my twilight years – the state? Who? Ultimately it means someone else is bearing it right, another taxpayer.

This is S’pore. If die, not govt’s problem.

What planet is she on? Or was she smoking ganja before her speech?

Update at 6.45 am: Shumething I wrote some time back

Money in your CPF account is your money

This is what MoM Tan, a paper general, blogged, inter alia, recently.

Best riposte I’ve come across.

http://singaporedaily.net/2014/05/26/daily-sg-26-may-2014/

Come on Baey, surely you can help him come up with better lines?https://atans1.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/pap-needs-a-public-communications-swat-team/. Or maybe you can’t? You no longer the CEO of an int’l PR firm’s S’pore office.

The use of  “xenophobia”and “your money” reminds me of, “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/xenophobia-your-money-and-humpty-dumpty/

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Nominated MP Chia Yong Yong spoke out against greater flexibility in withdrawing CPF savings in Parliament on Tuesday … Ms Chia noted that it should be viewed in the context of personal responsibilities. For instance, on CPF savings – she felt that people shouldn’t be spending like they would be spending their own salary. This is because CPF savings are enhanced by co-payment by employers and through top-ups from public funds.

Ms Chia said: “In relation to the use of CPF money, we have heard proponents who say that the CPF monies is theirs. “It’s our money, it’s in our account, it’s our retirement money. I want it out, I will spend it anyway we want.” Fine. Is it our money? Our CPF savings are enhanced and forced CPF savings which are accumulated through our own deferred consumption, through co-payment by our employers and through top-ups from public funds. Is it really my private money? Do I have the right to spend it the way I would spend my own salary? I’m not entirely sure.

“I know at the end of the day, that because I’m not the only person contributing to the fund, I cannot be the only person to call the shots as to how I am going to spend it. At the very least, I have a moral obligation to spend it wisely. Why do I say that? Because if I’m not judicious in my spending at the end of the day, who’s going to maintain me in my twilight years – the state? Who? Ultimately it means someone else is bearing it right, another taxpayer. So if I’m not judicious and I’m arguing this is my money, I’m not going to be responsible in my use and if I argue this is your money, you use it anyway you want – I’m not responsible as a citizen.”

Ms Chia cautioned against a Budget that leans too heavily to the left.

“We have a Budget that has been praised and approved as leaning to the left. But I would also argue that if we lean too much to the left, we will not have much left. So what I will also want to end up with and conclude is that when we talk about collective responsibility, we need to understand that collective responsibility must also be exercised responsibly on a collective basis, as well as on a personal basis.”

Ms Chia also touched on the SkillsFuture initiative and said that unlike infrastructural investments, it would be difficult to measure the scheme’s positive outcomes. Hence, she stressed that the onus is on those who will conduct the training sessions – to exercise integrity and professionalism.

Ms Chia, who is also the President of the Society for Aid to the Paralysed, called on the government to place a greater and more integrated emphasis on training those with disabilities. This will help to empower and equip them to be financially independent.

AHPETC story: Two chatter-boxes are silent

In Uncategorized on 03/03/2015 at 4:35 am

In all the noise surrounding AHPTEC, two noisy S’poreans are silent..

Dr Chee was quick to defend Roy when he led a bunch of hooligans in disrupting YMCA’s function at Hong Lim Green,  but is strangely silent on coming out in support of the WP over the AHPETC incident: remember that when he didn’t take his anti-Mad Dog pills a few yrs ago, he proposed that if the SDP won the Punggol East by-election, he would allow the then AHTC to run Punngol East.

Maybe that’s why he’s so silent: pai seh that he trusted the WP.

Goh Meng Seng was also pretty quick to defend the actions of Roy, New Citizen H3 and the other hooligans who disturbed the YMCA’s activities. He is also very anti-WP: always looking to say nasty things about the WP and its leaders. Example: when news broke that Auntie and Quah Kim Song had become a couple, he KPKBed about it while others were, rightly, congratulating the couple, wishing them well. Then there was the time when he criticised the People’s Princess Nicole Seah, in the guise of giving her advice.

So his silence especially when when there is an opportunity to slime the WP, is really strange. Has he had his vocal cords cut?

As to the possible reason for  his silence, watch this space. It’s connected to why four NSP young Turks walked out of the NSP and were seen campaigning for the Chiams.

 

SGX: One going, two more to go

In Uncategorized on 26/02/2015 at 1:42 pm

Well the Foreign Trash that is CEO is leaving soon. Here’s how another FT describes his tenure

It’s been a tough five years for Bocker. The Australian government blocked his attempt to expand by buying rival ASX for $8.3 billion in 2010. A penny-stock scandal in 2013 hit trading volumes, while technical glitches brought trading to a halt twice in a single month last year, drawing fire from city-state’s central bank. During the 53-year old’s tenure, SGX shares have lagged Singapore’s benchmark stock index, rising just 3.3 percent.

The main drag has been the securities business which now accounts for less than one third of SGX’s revenue. The average daily value of shares traded is close to its lowest level in five years. Though SGX has cut clearing fees, volumes have not risen sufficiently to compensate. The division’s revenue was 16.9 percent lower in the six months to the end of December compared to the same period a year earlier.

A new drive to establish direct connections with other exchanges in southeast Asia and beyond is unlikely to provide any material boost. Meanwhile, up-and-coming neighbours are eating away at SGX’s share of initial public offerings. Despite Thailand’s military coup, new listings in Bangkok raised more money than in Singapore last year.

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2015/02/25/singapore-exchanges-next-ceo-faces-ho-hum-job/

The other two Foreign Trashes, the president and head tech should be sent packing too ASAP.

Look on the bright side, Cybernuts

In Uncategorized on 26/02/2015 at 4:55 am

The Budget goodies (good summary from Yahoo) had TOC reduced to saying: The cynical among us would see Budget 2015 as an extension of a vote-buying scheme from Budget 2014. The focus of 2014 was on the elderly through the Pioneer Generation Package, and 2015 saw a distinctive shift towards the middle-income wage earners.

Some attention was paid on the Silver Support Scheme and levelling CPF contributions, but a lot more attention went towards tweaking policies for innovation and productivity, education for both the working group and children, transport cost and taxes – issues that concern the working folks.

By the pecking order of election goodies, the People’s Action Party government seems to be working its way through every sector of society, dishing out benefits to make, eventually, everyone happy. Or is it?

That TOC is reduced to this kind of rhetorical rubbish shows that the cybernuts in the anti-PAP movement can only shout into the storm like the mad (Or was he bi-polar?) King Lear in criticising the Budget. Of course, the Budget (any budget) could give more goodies, but as an attempt to bribe us with a our money, it’s pretty decent.

And the Budget isn’t the only source of heartache and grief to the cybernuts

The revelation that TRS has an FT editor (a cross between and Oz and a Nip) has caused a lot of angst and soul-searching among these anti-PAP cybernuts: born losers who were cheering on TRS as the only publication that gave vent to their sense of outrage against FTs, the PAP and all things S’porean: they don’t have the good life that they think they are entitled to and it’s the fault of other S’poreans. Ever tot of hard work and brains?

But they should again look on the bright side: even an FT can be anti-PAP cybernut despite all the TLC and money that the PAPpies lavish on FTs.

Better still, these born losers can look forward to the return of Goh Meng Seng to politics. Doubtless they will be cheering even louder when he rejoins the NSP, a party whose leaders he slimed a yr after he let his party mewmbership lapse. For the record, the party president remains the same then as now. In fact he has been the president since the party was founded in the 1990s.

But better GMS in the NSP than standing as an independent. He could have formed a team to fight Aljunied*. Back in the NSP, he’d have to observe the “chop” policy among the Oppo parties. I don’t think NSP is that bi-polar as to break the pact because GMS wants to fight the WP in Aljunied.

Too hard on GMS? Remember, he has urged S’poreans to vote for the right opposition party, not juz any oppo party  This call implies that the people will be given a choice between the “right” and “not right” oppo party.

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*We [Barisan Socialists] won thirteen seats at the elections, averaging 15.000 votes to each seat. The PAP won thirty- seven seats, averaging 7,000 votes to each seat. The United People’s Party, whose function was to split the left-wing votes, campaigned on a programme that was somewhat similar to ours but more extremely put. Only their leader, Mr. Ong Eng Guan, was elected. We received 201,000 votes (35 per cent) and the PAP 272,000 votes (47 per cent). The difference is only 70,000 votes out of a total electorate of nearly 500,000. The UPP took away 49,000 votes (8 per cent), causing us the loss of seven con- stituencies (apart from Mr. Ong’s), and saved four PAP Ministers from defeat.

http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/29th-november-1963/23/the-situation-in-singapore

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/want-a-pekatan-here-its-disunited/

Where China leads, we follow?

In Uncategorized on 20/02/2015 at 5:47 am

[A] senior family planning official in northern Shanxi province believes the one-child policy should be fully relaxed, with all married couples being strongly encouraged have two children.

The comments by Mei Zhiqiang, deputy head of the province’s family planning commission, sparked a heated debate in the papers and social media.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-31450689

We could start by insisting that all married teachers have at least one kid. Two if they want promotion?

Knowing what you want

In Uncategorized on 16/02/2015 at 1:46 pm

Talking about the accuracy of date-matching software Hannah Fry, author of The Mathematics of Love, expresses the problem neatly. The algorithm, she says, “is doing exactly what it was designed to do: deliver singles who meet your specifications. The problem here is that you don’t really know what you want.” (FT)

If you don’t know what you want, there is nothing that can help you.

Healthcare: France 1st, S’pore 2nd

In Uncategorized on 14/02/2015 at 1:52 pm

‘High-quality’ healthcare

So is it possible to say which country has the best healthcare system?

Prof William Haseltine, president of ACCESS Health International and a former professor at Harvard Medical School, thinks the answer is France – which provides universal health coverage through social health insurance contributions from employers and employees.

Patients pay their medical bills and are reimbursed by sickness insurance funds.

“A uniform, high-quality medical service is available throughout the country and medical care is available to all, so no distinctions are made between rich and poor,” says Prof Haseltine.

What about a close second? He thinks Singapore.

“It has a unique approach to finance healthcare through government subsidies, insurance, as well as a mandatory saving system,” he says.

The compulsory saving programme is called Medisave, into which employers and employees contribute a certain percentages of their salaries every month.

“As a result, the government has managed to control national healthcare costs remarkably well by keeping it below 5% of GDP (gross domestic product),” says Prof Haseltine, who is also the author of Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story.

It also means that Singapore is better situated to handle an ageing population, which has resulted in ballooning healthcare costs in other developed economies.

There are still out-of-pocket payments to be made, however, which critics says are too high and make it difficult for low-income families.

Whatever the merits of Singapore’s system, though, what works for a city-state of 5.5 million people may be difficult to replicate elsewhere.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31052665

What say you SDP and yr cybernut groupies?

Smelling the haze

In Indonesia, Uncategorized on 14/02/2015 at 6:07 am

Don’t know about you, but I could smell the haze in the early morning. today. First time in February, though there vwere quite a number of days in January that I smelt it.

Smell disappears after the sun starts shines.

Indonesia it seems is still burning. Or is it the smoke from Parly? Plenty of smoke from both sides these last few days.

Double confirm, Ravi is as sick as a parrot

In Uncategorized on 13/02/2015 at 4:46 am

And he provides the evidence: his doctor’s letter.

Those who have watched this film* (starring, produced and directed by M Ravi) will see him kicking up a fuss as he hands over his letter to the Law Soc disputing its banning him from practice until his doctor certifies he is fit to practice. He says his doctor has certified his fitness. .

Sadly (unless the ST is lying, which I doubt very much), the text of the letter indicates that the doctor is concerned about his mental state.. That he uses said letter to “prove” that he is well, shows how mentally unstable he is: he cannot understand its contents.

A medical report which he attached showed that he was reviewed by senior consultant psychiatrist M. Winslow on Feb 2 – the day he held a press conference to announce he would challenge PM Lee in Ang Mo Kio GRC in the next election.

Dr Winslow’s review showed he was in a “hypomanic” phase of his bipolar disorder. During this phase, the sufferer is understood to feel or act abnormally happy, energetic or irritable.

In his medical report, Dr Winslow said: “I would like to have had him in hospital under observation, however he is not agreeable at this time and has promised to take adequate rest and follow up with all medications.”

Dr Winslow gave him medical leave until Feb 6, when he appeared in the High Court to represent a client in an appeal. In the case, Mr Ravi alleged that the judge had breached his duty and he would refer the matter to the Chief Justice.

– See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/lawyer-m-ravi-makes-scene-law-society-office-20150211#sthash.yRtozG7t.dpuf

The anti-PAP cyberbuts cheering him on should be asking how did ST come by the letter? If it came from any other source than m Ravi, then they are justified in carrying on raging and flaming.

If it came via him, it double confims his mental state. My sources say he handed a copy of the letter to a ST reporter. Now if he were “fit to practice law” as he claims to be, why would he give ST the “smoking gun” proving he is mentally sick?  It’s because he is ill that’s why.

Related post: https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/analysing-ravis-1m-amk-election-fund/

*Btw, Do watch the film. It’s beyond parody. The gal is so spastic: she tries to open a door but ends up switching off the lights etc. With a groupie like this, M Ravi doesn’t need enemies.

There are two more videos on Youtube: One where he says when he becomes PM everything will be free (OK I  exaggerate: at least healthcare) and we all have to learn Tamil

The other is a rant about Roy, TOC and TRS.

Fernvale Lea: Owners “hiding” an inconvenient truth

In Uncategorized on 06/02/2015 at 5:11 am

The NIMBYs of Fernvale Lea (all relations of that very entitled scholar Eng or of property developers?), and their allies among the anti-PAP paper warriors don’t mention a very inconvenient fact. And surprisingly neither does the constructive, nation-building media which is the PAP’s only weapon against new media which is dominated by those opposed or not friendly (self included here) to the PAP administration.

When the “noise” started, the u/m sketch was widely circulated on the internet. I wondered what was the building (coloured grey) in between the flats and the “temple” area. 

Turns out there is a multi-storey carpark between the “temple” land and the flats. Here’s how it looks.

And the photo below shows, the proposed  “commercial” temple/ columbarium would not be visible from the ground level of the Lea. And the residents living higher up will only seen the roof. Effectively, the temple/ columbarium is not visible, or anywhere near the flats.

So waz this bull of the temple/ columbarium spoiling the enviroment? It’s all about the fear of not getting gd prices for the flats because the flats are near the “dead”.

Now that we know the tender should never have gone to a commercial entity, we should be assured that it was an “honest mistake” made by stupid bureaucrats. The PAP administration should get the CPIB and ISD to investigate the officials who approved the award and defended the decision. The reason for the CPIB is self-evident: got bribery or not?

The reason for the latter is to see if the officials are “anti-PAP” subversives trying to fix the PAP. Maybe it wasn’t “an honest mistake” but a plot against the PAP administration. Remember that the core of the WP is the activists from the Barisan Socialists, the cunning enemy of the PAP.

And the media too should be investigated by the ISD: strange that the constructive, nation-building journalists didn’t point out this fact when sliming the MIMBYs.

Next week, I’ll blog on the question that Khaw never addressed, but which he should have. Did the bureaucrats fib or is a PAP MP lying?

Related post: https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/ferndale-lea-will-owners-fold-or-raise/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Describes certain S’poreans to a T

In Uncategorized on 03/02/2015 at 5:27 am

Especially those in cyberspace: think of the vitriolic by the anti-PAP paper warriors posting on TRE.

You hate the Filipinos, but you don’t know what they’ve been through.
You hate the Bangladeshis, but you don’t know what they’ve been through.
You hate the Indonesians, but you don’t know what they’ve been through.
You hate the Myanmarese, but you don’t know what they’ve been through.
You hate the mainland Chinese, but you don’t know what they’ve been through.
You hate the mainland Indians, but you don’t know what they’ve been through.
You hate the Malaysians, but you don’t know what they’ve been through.
You hate the Singaporeans, but you don’t know what they’ve been through, either.

I saw this on Facebook. It was posted by a friend and social activist. This it seems was penned by another social activist who is no friend of the PAP. So it’s ironical that I tot of the vitriol of the anti-PAP mob, when I read it.

Actor sacrificed career, $ to be MP

In Uncategorized on 01/02/2015 at 4:33 am

Of an Oppo party in South Africa.

South African actor Fana Mokoenam … had to put his Hollywood dreams on hold – and has just missed out on what might have been the biggest role of his career.

“I was supposed to be in Interstellar, with Christopher Nolan. I was going to play the scientist. I forget his name. We were in talks about me taking the role, and then this came up,” said Mr Mokoena with a faraway look in his eyes.

The “this” he is referring to is a new job as an MP for South Africa’s newest, brashest political party – the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31026575

For him being a MP was more important than money. Compensation has come in the form of a generous MP’s salary, which Mr Mokoena said was less than he made as an actor.

Well we have one such high-minded person here, who every weekend is busy handing out walking sticks and even wheel chairsto the Pioneer Generation and others.

Explaining “I’m Charlie” issues to fellow Muslims

In Uncategorized on 29/01/2015 at 4:56 am

Here are three examples of Muslims who go beyond the platitudes of those like our Malay minister (Worth his salary? Or negative demonstation?) in trying ease tensions and prevent radicalisation.

A M’sian who was a highly respected law minister tells Muslims that the West puts freedom of speech above blasphemy:

“Muslims have a choice: to respond to these insults the way Christians, Jews and people of other faiths do—which is to ignore them or to litigate—or they can follow Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram and go all out to kill and destroy.”
He blamed Muslim leaders and preachers for conditioning the minds of other Muslims with “outdated teachings” that emphasised on “killling and defending their faith” rather than of living with others of different religions and values, in peace and harmony.
“Muslims must remember they live in a world that allows freedom of expression for individuals.
“In the West, they take personal freedom seriously, just as PAS leaders in Kelantan take hudud seriously,” Zaid said, adding, “…the West has this crazy belief about freedom of expression and individual rights” that Muslims must learn how to handle with a degree of calm and not by committing atrocities such as they did in Paris, Africa and Pakistan.http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/…/zaid-instead-of…/

He’s got it about right. I mean even the PAP administration thinks that “freedom of expression and individual rights” is a crazy belief of the West despite it being a core belief of the Economist, their bible”. Bit like the Jihadist ignoring the bits of the Koran that tell them not to murder.

Another is Ahmed Aboutaleb, the mayor of Rotterdam who tells Muslims that their freedom of worship in the Netherlands is linked to the freedom of expression:

The sharp-tongued Dutch-Moroccan mayor was an alderman in Amsterdam in 2004, when an Islamist extremist murdered the Dutch television satirist Theo van Gogh, and he has long called on Muslims to actively repudiate fundamentalism. But his words on the night of the attack were blunt even for him. “If you don’t like the freedom [we enjoy in the Netherlands], for heaven’s sake, pack your suitcase and leave,” he said in an interview with the Dutch television news broadcaster NOS. “If you can’t handle it here, because you can’t handle humorists who put out a newspaper—well, let me put it this way: piss off.”

And finally, in a:15-minute film, called Think for Yourself, being shown to the pupils at George Green’s School this morning, is a collaboration between the 29-year-old comedian and the police.

In one of the scenes, in a park, Arshad tries to stop his disillusioned cousin from being brainwashed by extremists using the teachings of Islam. “Brother, you’re changing,” he says. “Islam is about peace, if you want to stand up for something, then do so, but not with anger and violence.”

The aim of the film is to educate students about the dangers of being groomed into extremist ideology. Arshad says he agreed to work with the police to do something constructive, using his popularity among young British Muslims.

‘I’m a comedian, I’m not a politician. I’m just trying to do something positive. Muslims are portrayed in a negative light because of the actions of some extremists. It’s really important for me, as a British Muslim, to step up and tell young people their actions are wrong.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31004012

They worth a lot more peanuts that our Malay minister?

 

Religious harmony: PAP’s, Putin’s way

In Political governance, Uncategorized on 28/01/2015 at 5:11 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well we should be grateful that AhLoong and gang don’t do such things. He juz sent a letter of condolences which had the young hooligans (Roy and New Citizen H3), s/o JBJ and Martyn See screaming their heads off. It seems they were so emotional that somehow M Ravi’s name got attached to the letter they sent to ang moh media that are no friends of the PAP administration or Harry, that the ang mohs tot Ravi signed it. He had to disassociate himself to avoid serious trouble.

Anyway, while I’m not surprised to see the young hooligans and s/o JBJ working together (the former love to tell lies and scream at the function of others, while the latter was happy to compete against another oppo party in Punggol East), I was surprised to see a responsible person like Martyn See associating himself with them.

I do hope he realises that it isn’t good for his reputation among those of us who keep an open mind.

 

 

PAP that incompetent meh? WP trying to match it?

In Uncategorized on 27/01/2015 at 6:49 am

Barely 3 weeks after being co-opted into the PAP’s main decision-making body, MP for Chua Chu Kang steps down, citing “a conflict of interest” with his personal employment position at Ernst and Young which is the PAP’s auditor. (TOC on Saturday)

The PAP’s main decision-making body (the CEC) is the equivalent of a listco’s board of directors.

If a listco appointed someone a director and then found out that he couldn’t be a director, questions would be rightl asked about the competence of the board, the person.in question and the management, and the compliance procedures of the listco.

Is the PAP administration totally confused? I tot PM said elect good people? How can good people make this kind of balls-up? An honest mistake?

Happily for the PAP, the WP decided to match the PAP’s incompetence. It told us that AHPETC lacks is a fully operational computer system to assist AHPETC to do aggregated S&CC arrears reporting in the format required by the Ministry of National Development (MND). In the absence of such a system, all reports submitted to MND before this were prepared by staff based on data generated by AHPETC’s IT system and extracted through manual sorting and counting*.

So this was right https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/does-ahpetc-have-a-21st-century-it-system/. Trumpets and rose pretals pls, from those TRE born-losers who curse me as a PAPpy. And PAP Internet SWAT team (headed by above MP), pls send cheque and retainer contract. I’m a lot better than yr Fabrications about PAP team. I appear regularly in TRE.

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*But the great news is that WP doesn’t have a 30% arrears problem: AHPETC wishes to announce that its S&CC arrears rate (for 3 months and above) for residential units as of 30 September 2014 is 5.66% of households. The corresponding arrears rate for commercial units for the same period is 7.24%.

We wish to explain that we are sharing the information now rather than earlier, as time was needed to have the data and process reviewed both internally and also by our consultants before release. AHPETC had also undertaken to explain further its arrears situation and management, which we now do.

Our review has found that the above S&CC arrears rates are generated from valid S&CC records that are maintained in the AHPETC’s financial system.

So don’t vote WP if you think they are going to be as heartless as the Pay And pay gang. They juz don’t have a first world IT system.

Change a’coming at StanChart

In Corporate governance, Hong Kong, Temasek, Uncategorized on 26/01/2015 at 3:07 pm

The Sunday Telegraph reported that Temasek and Aberdeen (between them they hold 30% of StanChart) had told chairman Sir John Peace that he must find a replacement for Mr Sands within months or stand down himself.

FT reports the bank is looking to replace Peter Sands this year and has hired a headhunter to look for a successor ASAP. It says that Temasek and Aberdeen hold him responsible for not responding fast enough to a reversal of StanChart’s fortunes.

Brave, honourable local Muslims

In Uncategorized on 23/01/2015 at 4:45 am

Singapore Muslims for Secular democracy reflects on the Charlie Hebdo shooting.
“We affirm the right of every citizen to live a fulfilling life, regardless of race, language, religion or non-religion, origin, gender, and sexual orientation. Singapore Muslims for Secular Democracy calls for a broad-base alliance – Muslims and non-Muslims – to take a stand against attempts to undermine the secular basis of Singapore society.
We call for values of freedom and choice, equality and justice to be the basis of interactions. We call for reason to triumph over unreason, and for diversity to prevail.”

http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/01/call-for-secularism-to-prevail-in-singapore/

This appeared shortly after news of the Paris murders broke.

There were some on Facebook who were not happy, nit-pricking the above

— I was happy when I read the headlines. But then I read this bit “..but being a minority religious community, the realisation of an Islamic state or the full implementation of Shari’a will be impossible…” It implied that the call for secularism is a mere expediency. There is no giving up of the idea that Shar’ia law is the better than secular laws. It undo the rest of the article, and left me a little disappointed because there is no effort to confront the seed of extremism.

— It does seem predicated on the reality of islam being a minority here which makes one think whether the entire statement would be otherwise if social conditions were different. I have no problems with a majority regime diametrically opposed to one’s belief system except where any social movement or religion practises low tolerance for others through death, imprisonment or forced conversion. It has little to do with respect, responsibility or conformity than it is to do with tyranny, subjugation and bullying because you can and can’t stand having around people who walk, talk and think differently than you.

Usually I would agree with this kind of nit-pricking but here I won’t. Instead I appreciate their willingness to say such things especially after reading reaction on Facebook by a Muslim to someone (non -Muslim) who said,”I’m Charlie”.

The Muslim, who once held a very senior post of a liberal oppo party, denounced in very strong language his Facebook friend. This Muslim had once-upon-a-time been denounced by the PAP administration as an “extremist”. Based on his public statements, I never believed the PAP administration’s accusation: it seemed the typical PAP mud-slinging. But having read his views on Facebook, I now admit that the accusation was at the very least seems reasonable.

Coming back to the statement of the Singapore Muslims for Secular Democracy, I agree with the sentiments expressed by the person who said: The paragraph can also be read objectively – it is factually (almost) impossible for the minority to set up the law around a single religion, whether or not the intention to do so is present if said group becomes the majority in another scenario.

Christian saint on how to react to blasphemy

In Uncategorized on 20/01/2015 at 2:27 pm

Saint Porphyrios, who worked for much of his life as chaplain to a medical clinic in a rough area of Athens. People asked Father Porphyrios how they should react when somebody behaved blasphemously, for example by insulting an image of Jesus Christ. Should they take the law into their hands and wreak physical revenge? … the teacher’s reply was that people should bite their lips and do nothing at all; their Lord, who willingly endured mockery during his earthly life, was more than capable of looking after himself. 

http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2015/01/blasphemy-law-and-greece

BG Yeo once said,”Christians don’t riot”: with people like this saint advising, you know the reason why. .

Only in America: HACKERS FOR HIRE

In Uncategorized on 19/01/2015 at 5:40 pm

The business of hacking, once thought to be the domain of intelligence agencies and international criminal gangs, is an increasingly personal enterprise, Matthew Goldstein reports in DealBook. While big attacks on companies like Sony and JPMorgan Chase grab headlines, less noticed is a growing cottage industry of ordinary people hiring hackers for smaller acts of espionage.

One new website, Hacker’s List, shows just how commonplace low-profile hacking has become and the challenge facing law enforcement. The site seeks to match hackers with people looking to gain access to email accounts, take down unflattering photos from a website or gain access to a company’s database. More than 500 hacking jobs have been put out to bid on the site in just three months of operation.

NYT Dealbook

Marine Parade Polyclinic sees consequences of Pioneer ‘benefits’

In Uncategorized on 15/01/2015 at 4:51 am

My friend (a retiree but not a pioneer) who has diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (Yup, he lived off the hog) told me of a recent visit (I’ve had to do a lot of editing, even if I report it as if he were talking):

Every four months, I go to the Marine Parade Polyclinic for my blood test, checkup and medicine.

I usually go around 11 am on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurday or Friday because there is no crowd at the blood testing laboratory at this time. There is no waiting time at the lab at that time unlike at between 8-10 am.Also the waiting period to see a doctor is usually only about an hour.

On Tuesday I was there at about 10.45 am and the crowd at the lab was big, as was the crowd waiting to see the doctors. It was like 8 am on Tuedays to Fridays.

There were 20 people ahead of me at the lab. So I went to register to see a doctor (within the usual ten minutes) and then waited to take the test. I waited for about 40 minutes before I could be tested.

I then waited to see the doctor and after waiting an hour (the average waiting time), I was examined by the doctor. I told her that the size of the crowd at 11 am surprised me. She said it was the pioneers coming forward to use SingHealth. I asked if it was less crowded in the aftrenoon. She said no.

I said, “Looks as though before the ‘benefits’, many of the Pioneer Generation found it too expensive* to use the SingHealth system: only using it when they die-die needed medical care.” The doctor didn’t saying anything. She just smiled.

If the Marine Parade Polyclinic can be so crowded, places at Sengkang must be just about coping. A doctor who is usually based at Sengkang once told me that comingto work at Marine Parade is a bit of a holiday for her: less people. A doctor in private practice told me that the Marine Parade Polyclinic is a gd one to use because many in the catchment area prefer to visit the private doctors. in the area.

*Actually it could be juz stinginess. My mum has always talked of making a new set of dentures. But never got round to do so because it was ‘so expensive” even though she has plenty of $ in the bank. But now, she is planning to make a set.

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