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TKL shows how cheapskate and blur he is

In Uncategorized on 24/06/2019 at 8:38 am

And 5% of voters voted for him in PE 2011 helping him and Goh Meng Seng help the preferred PAP candidate to win?

Difficult to register for Business Times Online

I received an email asking me to subscribe to Business Times online for $0.99 per month.
I clicked on the link and proceed to register.
I had the trouble with the following:
a) They require my password to be at least 8 characters with capital and lower case.
b) I have to give my address with level and unit number.
After creating the password that match their requirement, I have to write it down somewhere – as it is not my usual password format.
Why do they need to have such a format? This is not something that hackers are interested in.
I could not pass through the address check. My address does not have a level and unit number.
They provided a telephone number and email address for me to seek help.
Before I could call their telephone number and hope that it does not get me to a “terrible call center”, I saw* that the subscription is $0.99 for 3 months and it will automatically revert to $34 a month (or thereabout) after that. This was too costly to me.
I abandon the registration process.
I wish our business organizations are more transparent in their operations*.

Tan Kin Lian

Nice to know that this cheapskate lost his $48,000 presidential deposit deposit. Must have hurt.


*I too have received the email. The caveat while in smaller print, is clearly visible. TKL either very careless, misrepresented the facts or he too cheapskate or vain to use spectacles.

 

 

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Do PJ, Kirsten and friends still want Tun to bring democracy to S’pore?

In Uncategorized on 21/06/2019 at 3:31 pm

I refer to

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

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

and am wondering if they still think he’s the Messiah to liberate S’pore from the PAP?

A day after the MH17 plane crash inquiry team announced murder charges against four men, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has condemned the decision as “ridiculous”.

However, Malaysia is itself part of the Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT), which has been working on the criminal inquiry for years. A foreign ministry statement said it remained committed to the inquiry process.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48702115

Related posts:

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

Tun’s greatest achievement and real Kiling unhappy

 

Beer, glorious beer

In Uncategorized on 12/06/2019 at 5:43 am

Beer is being marketed as a wellness drink to enjoy after a tough workout.

FT

No wonder, the Hash Harriers here have a reputation for boozing after a run. They knew it was a wellness drink long before the beer cos: must be ’cause of the many medicos running.

Need CoE or not?

In Uncategorized on 07/06/2019 at 1:23 pm

Volocopter, a German startup, will be conducting trials of its flying car in S’pore later this year, with a view to starting an air-taxi service.

Grab and Gojek got competition.

Amnesty Int’l practiced torture

In Uncategorized on 06/06/2019 at 5:24 am

Amnesty Int’l has no moral authority to lecture S’pore govt, or any other govt.

Amnesty Int’l’s managers “tortured” its staff leading to one, possibly two suicides

Gaëtan Mootoo, a long-term employee, committed suicide, leaving a note blaming work pressures. Another staff member committed suicide shortly afterwards, although inquries found no evidence that the death was work-related.

https://www.economist.com/business/2019/06/02/charity-begins-at-work

Seriously this was how bad things were:

The working environment at the organisation was described as “toxic”, there was widespread bullying of staff, a bunker mentality among senior management and 39% of employees developed mental or physical health issues as a result of their work.

Ang moh tua kees must be proud of AI’s actions. Why are they not shouting, “Torturing yr employees in best human rights practice”?

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

In Uncategorized on 04/06/2019 at 7:25 am

As Muslims end their period of healthy living (dieting, and no booze and smoking) this evening, I tot that the above issues are topical.

“Muslims cannot be Waitain fans” is a reasonable reading of what the Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association (Pergas) said about the relationship between Islam and black metal music. Pergas

has issued religious guidelines on black metal, a subgenre of music that has been thrust into the spotlight after Swedish black metal band Watain was banned from performing here.

In a media release dated March 22, it stated that elements of black metal are “clearly in opposition to Islamic teachings” and that such music may lead to the glorification of Syaitan, or the devil, and “to the level of worshipping him as God”.

ST

“The band is infamous for their Theistic Satanist views and for their live shows which involve pyrotechnics, candles, Satanic rituals, animal carcasses, and blood,” according to their Wikipedia entry.

Need I say more about real Muslims being Watain fans? If professing Muslims claim to be Watain fans, they are BSing about being Muslims.

Pergas was reacting to remarks by Minister Shan after Watain’s performance was banned, upsetting its Malay fans.

“You have a group of Malay young men, showing the one-finger sign, supporting the group,” CNA quoted the minister.

“If a group of Chinese went and showed the finger sign and said that we should allow it – how would you all have felt? It is the same.”

As the photo has gone viral “across the Christian community”, Shanmugam said that it was crucial to show that the picture does not represent what the Muslim community thinks. “They won’t realize that this a small group of Malays, but they may think, is this what Muslims think of us? So now we have to send the message that this is not what the Muslim community thinks. These are black metal group supporters, they are not the mainstream community.”

Watain ban: playing the easily offended game can backfire

Pergas deserves a gold medal (or a beer and a cigar) for side-stepping the minister’s challenge, but in a way he cannot fault them for. Got good lawyers?

Now to shumething more serious.

Note that under the constitution here unlike that of M’sia’s, Malays need not be Muslims to be considered Malays. So Malays can be Watain fans? But since they must pass the community acceptance test (see below), if the Malay community only accepts Muslims as Malays (as seems to be the practice), there are no Malay Watain fans because they are not Muslims.

Below is an extract from Why PAP thinks we need a Malay president? on who is or can be a Malay:

According to law professor Kevin Tan in a talk at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Forum on The Reserved Presidential Election on Sept. 8, the definition of “Malay” in the Constitution is anomalous because he says“who is a Malay?” is a highly problematic legal question.

Source: Singapore Statutes Online

“With Malay candidates, it gets even more interesting, because I think back in 1988, this formula when it was first brought up, they already recognised that it was almost next to impossible to define who is or is not a Malay…Because it is a social construct, we make it up, about race, about who is and is not a Malay, or Chinese or so on. It is actually socially constructed. In the case of the Malay, it actually says, a person belonging to the Malay Community means any person and here nobody else has this phrase ‘of the Malay race or otherwise’. So this means that I, meaning Kevin Tan can say I am Malay, even though I am not of Malay stock, theoretically. “

My take on the “Malay” race: no such race.

 

 

Three cheers for Koh Nguang this bicentennial yr

In Uncategorized on 31/05/2019 at 2:05 pm

He’s “Singapore’s one-man museum” according to https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38754054?fbclid=IwAR352l6k4-p9XAGuhg8tEA-dT1dreio-icPscK_5FqvdHMWl17fWSn7257Y

Here’s the relevant bits of his story, extracted from the BBC article of two yrs ago

Before every Chinese New Year, Koh Nguang How spends several weeks clearing his mother’s flat.

The 54-year-old is a hoarder, and his collection of more than one million items fills up his flat, his parent’s flat, and a space rented at a nearby industrial unit.

Everywhere you look, Mr Koh is surrounded by epic piles of newspapers, flattened posters and boxes overflowing with tapes.

“Without looking at it carefully it could be mistaken for the junk collected by my neighbours every Friday morning,” he admits.

Koh has amassed an extraordinary collection of photographs, papers and recordings charting the development of the cultural scene in South East Asia.

Mr Koh’s story began when he joined the National Museum of Singapore as a museum assistant in 1985.

At the time the museum only had a small staff, and the business of preparing and marketing exhibitions led him to begin collecting posters, catalogues and all kinds of visual ephemera.

He took pictures and, lacking the money for a video camera, tape-recorded performances.

[Academic recognition of his archives] has also changed the family’s perception of Koh. “My own flat is usually filled with my archives,” explains Mr Koh. “And yes my family members did feel that I was crazy.”

Now aspects of his personal archive have been exhibited internationally, as well as at the Gillman Barracks arts hub in Singapore, the mood has shifted.

“It also helped to change their perceptions of my archives and projects that the National Gallery Singapore had wanted to procure part of my collection,” he says.

But his ambition remains modest. Koh simply hopes to turn his flat into a space where his collection can be consulted by anyone.

 

 

FamiLee: Karma’s a bitch

In Uncategorized on 30/05/2019 at 6:46 am

In a comment when TRE reposted Why PAP should juz ban Facebook, there was this irrelevant, scurrilous comment

 

Singaporean Kong Come:

TRE also never highlight LHY son’s same sex marriage in S africa, at least evening chinese newspaper reported. Very afraid karma is addressing the familee. His grandfather screw all Singaporean, now his son kenna screw by commoner. Next maybe their whole familee member die in a horrible accident. Karma never miss their address.

Scurrilous but funny.

Btw, my take on the family row written in 2017: Biblical verses that explain Lees’ row?

Why PAP govt will not allow robot cars

In Uncategorized on 27/05/2019 at 12:59 pm

When pedestrians meet robot cars, there’ll be traffic gridlock because pedestrians will realise that jaywalking will not cause accidents. ERP? What ERP?

[P]edestrians would have no hesitation in stepping out in front of driverless cars, knowing they were programmed to stop, and the result would be gridlock.

“Once you set the rule that driverless cars have to effectively kowtow to any pedestrian in the street, and pedestrians begin to learn that, then the whole balance of power in our streets will change,” he said.

“The concept just doesn’t survive the idea of mixed use streets.”

The robots are coming to our roads but they are still nervous new drivers with a lot to learn.

For all the warnings that millions of driving jobs could be automated out of existence, it looks as though humans will stay behind the wheel for years to come.

[UK transport writer Christian Wolmar standing the hectic crossroads outside Holborn Tube station, in central London.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48334449%5D

Pro-biz PAP govt will never do this

In Uncategorized on 25/05/2019 at 5:00 am

Brazil is suing British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International, the two biggest cigarette companies, to recover health treatment costs of tobacco-related diseases.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-tobacco-lawsuit/in-landmark-case-brazil-sues-top-tobacco-firms-to-recover-public-health-costs-idUSKCN1SS2DN

Praying for minister Shan

In Uncategorized on 24/05/2019 at 9:56 am

Recently, in Religious equality, the PAP way, I said Minister Shan treated equally offended Christians as the equals of easily offended Muslims by banning Waitain from performing.

Since then, for reasons unrelated to the ban, Minister Shan is getting a lot of flak from anti-PAP activists and cybernuts for the very draconian fake news law .

But when he needs a show of public support, where are these Christian bigots? They refuse to stand up and be counted: what a bunch of ingrates. They are worse than the cybernuts who use social services provided by the PAP supporting tax payers and then diss the PAP and the voters who support the PAP.

But to be fair to the easily offended Christians, maybe they are on their knees quietly praying that Shan’s opponents like Terry Xu and Kirsten Han will be smitten with some terrible incurable disease, other than the brain damage they are suffering from.

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TOC: A lot of bull

In Uncategorized on 21/05/2019 at 1:50 pm

Our aim is to examine the issues that matter, or should matter, to Singaporeans and to reflect the diversity of life, of ideas and opinions, that is Singapore.

TOC

And in order to do this, Terry’s Online Channel uses foreign writers, not locals.

In a long and rambling thread of FB (that unfortunately is too long winded to reprint without extensive edits) , Terrx Xu admitted that he employed foreigners to write for him. The main reason was that they were a lot cheaper than S’poreans.

So for the TOC, it’s all about money. And it’s always berating the PAP govt for putting money ahead of the welfare of S’poreans? What hypocrisy.

Our aim is to examine the issues that matter, or should matter, to Singaporeans and to reflect the diversity of life, of ideas and opinions, that is Singapore.

TOC

And TOC uses foreigners to write about issues that concern S’poreans. Sad.

Swiss Standard? What Swiss standard?

In Uncategorized on 21/05/2019 at 10:35 am

S’pore not even up to third world standards when it comes to severance pay.

Related post:

More CGT BS? Swiss Standard? What Swiss standard?

 

True Grit: the real deal

In Uncategorized on 19/05/2019 at 4:40 am

Arturo was a famous bagualero, or backwoodsman, a specialist in capturing feral cattle in the wilderness of Chilean Patagonia … a bull had knocked out all of Arturo’s teeth and then gored him through the testicles but that he’d managed to ride home afterwards.

Quote from FT magazine’s story about a ranch stay in Chilean Patagonia

Don’t think any John Wayne character was ever that tough.

What a product we are missing

In Uncategorized on 18/05/2019 at 5:09 am

Because of our draconian laws on the use of drugs.

French start-up Daye raised US$5.5m to develop its cannabis tampons for pain relief, cashing in on the explosion of interest for CBD-infused products.

Jewish entrepreneurs take two bites from one apple

In Uncategorized on 17/05/2019 at 10:10 am

NSO, an Israeli tech co is able to inject spyware on to phones via the messaging app WhatsApp, simply by ringing up targets over the app — even if they didn’t answer the call.

NSO’s founders Shalev Hulio and Omri Lavie have another business with an interesting business model: producing a phone that can’t be hacked.

SAF cares for S’poreans, they do, really

In Uncategorized on 16/05/2019 at 5:41 am

Yes, yes, I know another soldier was found dead in Mandai and before that

Six NSFs, an NSman and a regular serviceman have died in the past 16 months

Pang’s death marks the eighth death in the past 16 months. These were the past incidents:

3 Nov 2018: 22 year-old CFC Liu Kai died at the Jalan Murai training grounds when an armored infantry fighting vehicle reversed onto his jeep.

28 Sep 2018: An unnamed off-duty NSF was found hanging from a rope in his office in Sembawang Air Base.

9 Sep 2018: An unnamed 23-year-old police NSF died a week after he was found with a gunshot wound to his head. Although tis service revolver was found beside him, no foul play was suspected.

28 Jul 2018: An unnamed off-duty SAF regular servicemen was found hanging from a rope in his bunk in Nee Soon Camp.

13 May 2018: 22 year-old CPL Kok Yuen Chin died after being pushed into a 12m-deep pump well at Tuas View Fire Station. Despite not being able to swim, his squadmates did so as part of a rutual to celebrate the end of his two-year service.

30 Apr 2018: 19-year old CFC Dave Lee succumbed to his injuries after being hospitalized for heatstroke. He had collapsed from heat injury after completing a fast march. There were allegations of abuse by superiors.

15 Sep 2017: 21 year-old 3SG Gavin Chan died in Australia when the armored infantry vehicle he was in landed on its side. He was found unconscious next to it, and eventually succumbed to his injuries.

But, I learnt that a boy I know was exempted from NS and is now studying in NUS, in one of the most sought after courses. He has had mental health problems during his school days, so much so that he had to see a shrink regularly.

I had expected him to be another Li (the Harvard guy). But it turned out that SAF tot that he could freak out even if he was in the pariah caste of NS men. So he got exempted from NS. But good luck to him getting a job after he graduates.

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CPFLife: PAP govt cares for u, really they do

Vaping: PAP govt cares for u, really they do

TOC’s “Correspondent” shows that PAP govt really cares for S’poreans

 

 

Why Seelan Palay and Jolovan Wham like being jailed

In Uncategorized on 15/05/2019 at 11:25 am

Seelan Palay and Jolovan Wham have gone to prison rather than pay fines.

Maybe they tot that going to prison is a ‘Moving and maturing experience’?

The prison guide [of the Extinction Rebellion: my note] advised people to take books with “plenty of good tips for yoga and meditation” and to “structure the space with time for sitting, yoga, breathing exercises, journalising, creative art”.

It continued: “If you get solitary [confinement], there’s plenty of time for meditation. Lastly you can take as many naps as you want!”

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-48147915

And I’m sure Willy Sum agrees with them.

As does Terry Xu: he says he’s mentally prepared to go to prison for his views and actions. It’ll do him a lot of good, because he’ll lose a lot of weight.

High tech seafood

In Uncategorized on 14/05/2019 at 5:34 am

Impossible Foods, a plant-based meat company, based in the US, has just raised raised US$300m from Temasek and other int’l investors.

This reminds me that recently, a Singapore-based company aiming to make seafood by growing them from cells has secured US$4.6m in funding: https://shiokmeats.com/

All the best.

Crazy Rich Asian in wrong country, should migrate

In Uncategorized on 04/05/2019 at 9:51 am

Metro family scion Ong Jenn, who is in jail for attempted drug possession, had an additional sentence of two years and two months meted out to him on Thursday (Apr 25).

The 43-year-old received the extra jail time for one charge of consuming cannabis and two counts of possessing the drug

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/metro-founder-grandson-ong-jenn-cannabis-more-jail-time-11478888

When he finally gets released, time to emigrate to Canada or California where he can smoke cannabis to his heart’s content. But will he be allowed in given his criminal record? He can argue that he’s a fighter against repression, like Amos (Remember him?). Will Maruah support him? Human rights kay pohs don’t do “fixers” and “jihadists”, but they might do rich druggies.

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Yet another Crazy Rich Asian druggie has gd lawyer

Crazy Rich Asians not falling for Ang Moh BS

Cheer, not jeer, “Crazy Rich Asians”

Crazy Rich Asians: Money talks, BS walks

Only ministers can afford this for their kids?

In Uncategorized on 03/05/2019 at 4:26 am

Wealthy people will spend heavily to buy their children an early advantage, as demonstrated by Cognita’s new “early-learning village” in Singapore, which will eventually cater for 2,100 children aged 18 months to six years. Facilities include 114 outside spaces, one for each classroom, and nine playdecks equipped with pirate ships, tricycle tracks and suchlike. The classrooms are arranged in groups of four, each with a central space to create a sense of community. “The building develops with the children,” says Adam Paterson, one of the centre’s two headteachers. “They move through it as they grow.” Fees range from S$14,832 ($8,393) to S$35,610 a year.

https://www.economist.com/special-report/2019/04/13/private-education-is-stepping-in-where-the-state-leaves-off

No PAP Community Foundation kindergarten for them?

May Day 1961 versus today

In Uncategorized on 01/05/2019 at 11:12 am

Here’s shumething I wrote several yrs ago

May Day 1961

On May Day 1961, the PAP is strike friendly and a real friend of the S’porean workers, not FTs with fake degrees or who are willing to work for wages that S’poreans cannot live on because this is home (remember 25-yr “affordable” public housing mortgages) for those S’poreans: In 1960 125,000 man-hours were lost in strikes compared with only 26.000 in 1959. The person who reported this statistic, the outgoing head of the S’pore Chamber of Commerce called for an inquiry into where the trade union movement was leading S’pore.

Woodhull, a union man (Singapore Trades Union Congress) and a PAP cadre and activist (later arrested in Coldstore) said in the 6 months before the PAP took power in 1959, the workers were “repressed”. So the jump in strikes was to be expected when they were liberated. (Singapore Correspondent. Political Dispatches from Singapore (1958-1962)

Well Devan Nair, working on orders from one Harry, soon changed things. Want to know more, click https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/ntuc-what-devan-nair-got-wrong/.

Fat kids are depressed kids

In Uncategorized on 01/05/2019 at 5:29 am

Obese seven-year-olds are at greater risk of suffering emotional problems, such as anxiety and low mood, when they reach 11, a large UK study suggests.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48067478

Don’t ministers get paid millions so that they get things right?

In Uncategorized on 28/04/2019 at 2:14 pm

Isn’t that the argument the PAP used when they said ministers had to be paid like CEOs?

I tot these tots when I read

Tough to get ‘balance right’ when pricing HDB flats: Lawrence Wong 

(Headline from constructive nation-building media)

Looks like Ah Wong wants to get millions for doing bugger all.

And cybernuts want ministers from non elite schools? Lawrence Wong attended non elite schools.

Still he talk cock, sing song king, like ministers from elite schools.

Lawrence Wong: a PM-in-waiting

Lawrence Wong talked cock

Tharman has a point, but Lawrence Wong missed the plot

Fixing Sabo King minister

Will resale flat owners still vote for PAP in next GE? contd

Will this resale flat buyer vote for PAP in next GE?

Nas v Terry Xu

In Uncategorized on 28/04/2019 at 5:00 am

Last Saturday, Nas attracted a crowd of 2000 at the Botanical Gardens.

Later this afternoon at Hong Lim Park, Terry of Terry’s Online Channel is organising a response against Nas’ positivism about S’pore

Voicing the people’s concern over the proposed fake news law

Our speakers confirmed for the event are Leong Sze Hian, Kin Lian Tan, Khush Chopra, James Gomez, Chan Wai Han, and Brad P Bowyer. 🎤

The event will be moderated by Kwan Yue Keng.

See you all there, and do bring along your mats, umbrellas, and cardboard papers so you can write what you feel about the proposed law on “fake news”! 🇸🇬

For those who can’t make it, you can catch the live streaming of the speeches here on our Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/448166205961727/

Who will have the bigger crowd?

Das had 2,000. This is pretty decent because this would amount to a crowd of 24,000 in the UK or 120,000 in the US. (How calculations made: Pink Dot: Why was govt spooked?/ Pastor Khong try matching the numbers)

Let’s see if the progressives and their cybernut allies can match Nas in getting feet on the ground. He’s an internet celebrity who juz happens to love S’pore, while they juz happen to hate living in it and diss him for promoting S’pore to his fans in other countries. See:

TOC recovering from its anti-Nas fever/ Why TOC keeps on making “honest mistakes”?

TOC, cybernuts juz plain jealous isit?

Whatever, if the progressives and their cybernut allies cannot muster a decent crowd of about 1,000 people, time to sit down and shut up, and stop talking down to the 70% of the voters who vote for the PAP at GEs. They should be trying to persuade those who voted for Tan Cheng Bock at last PE (35% of voters) that they are right, rather than juz diss the PAP.

The law of politics:

You either have the numbers or you shut up.

(Tito Mboweni, ANC freedom fighter who became cental bank governor, finance minister and corporate fat cat)

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Nas not only FT who thinks S’pore is a great place

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Roy’s got a point/ Good description of life in Animal Farm

In Uncategorized on 24/04/2019 at 11:23 am

No not this

“In defending the man who filmed a female student while she was showering, the Singapore police said: “A prosecution, with a possible jail sentence, will likely ruin his entire future.”

When the Prime Minister sued me, did the government think about how it would “ruin my entire future”?

Part of Roy Ngerng’s wallowing in self pity

Earlier this week in Uncle Leong’s journey to Calvary, I posted a rant from that windbag of a born loser. He went to Taiwan to get married after the Taiwan supreme court said gays could get married, but Taiwanese voters refuse to allow gay marriage legislation to pass: us ethnic Chinese are very conservative. But among all that verbal diarrhea, there’s this gain of truth

Do you remember the story of the bundle of sticks? When the father in Aesop’s Fables got his sons to break the sticks individually, the sticks broke easily, but when he got his sons to break the sticks when bundled together, they could not.

What Singaporeans do not realise that together you are the bundle of stick, and you will always be.

The PAP takes a stick out now and then from this bundle, break it, and the rest of you sticks shudder.

But what you do not realise is that when you shudder, you are shuddering with the other sticks next to you. You are in that bundle of sticks, and that makes you strong.

They cannot break all of you, so they break one stick now and then. And if you stop letting them break you one by one, you can stop them.

This is what Singaporeans do not realise. You are powerful and you are strong.

I wish you would remember that.

This is why Goh Meng Seng spends more time criticising the Oppo rather then the PAP? And promoted Tan Kin Lian as a presidential candidate? He wants a disorganised oppo that the voters despise?

Onto life in S’pore Animal Farm

“Your self-censorship, conniving with power . . . has created the situation we have today.” They went on to compare the situation to sheep shut in a slaughterhouse. When one nudges a brick from the wall in order to flee, “half the sheep complained the sunlight hurt their eyes, and the other half said, ‘If we run away, they’ll cut tomorrow’s rations in half.’”

Above is by Yuan Yang, the FT’s Beijing correspondent. This is from a story about what was discussed on GitHub’s discussion forum attached to the Fuck-XueXiQiangGuo project. Btw, person who US posted this is based in the US of A.

Vote wisely. Vote tactically. Never vote for Goh Meng Seng or his gang.

 

 

Uncle Leong’s journey to Calvary

In Uncategorized on 22/04/2019 at 11:03 am

Last Thursday, I had lunch with some friends near Arab Street. Looking out of the window, I tot I saw Uncle Leong walking on the street below. My friends said it was him.

He looked depressed and walked as though he was carrying a heavy burden: a cross perhaps? Last Thursday was after all Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, the day before Good Friday.

I tot of him carrying a cross on his shoulders on the way to his crucifixion when I read this yesterday (Feel free to skip to my further tots after the bit about Leong: writer’s a windbag who also suffers from verbal diarrhea):

This is what Singaporeans do not realise

I was sued by the Singapore prime minister, fired from my job for political reasons and later the police ransacked my home for supporting the opposition.

I was made out to be a bad person.

Then in 2017, academic Donald Low was threatened with his job.

Then last year, the prime minister sued Leong Sze Hian.

Then, the police also ransacked Terry Xu’s home.

Are all these bad people too?

After I’ve been sued, sacked, charged, had my home ransacked and persecuted from 2014 to 2016, I have since then seen more and more Singaporeans go through what I did.

With each of them, I understand their pain and the injustice they had to go through.

Because it was what I had to go through too. From once being valued at work and school, I became disavowed.

But then, the people I mentioned above aren’t as bad as the person I am. They are people who continue to be respected in what they do. Yet they have had their lives hurt and slammed by the PAP.

They won’t be the last. I’ve seen people been hurt by the PAP every year since I was persecuted, and I know it will keep going on.

Then it reminded me, before I was persecuted, I had thought about the “troublemakers” before me. Why are they so stupid to get into trouble? Why can’t they do things in other ways?

Why did they have to get themselves sued by the prime minister? Why did they have to get themselves jailed? Opposition politicians like JBJ and Chee Soon Juan, lawyers like Soh Lung Teo, church workers like Vincent Cheng why must they find trouble with the government?

But then one day, after I was sued, someone asked the same question to me, someone very close.

Why must you go and find trouble with the government, she asked me.

And then I became the “troublemaker”.

It was funny listening to the “troublemaker” label used on me. I remembered that when I attended talks after I was sued, people saw me and thought I was going to start throwing chairs. The look in their eyes, it was funny.

But of course, I asked serious questions. You can ask Tharman at one of the CPF talks I attended. He answered back quite stably too. Well, he wasn’t threatened, was he?

But after going through all these, knowing how the government can come after you and make you a such a bad person, even beyond what you’ve ever known of yourself, and to even make me question myself, this made me finally understand what these other “troublemakers” were going through, and who they are.

When I first met Vincent Cheng, he was such a soft-spoken and sincere person, when I first met Soh Lung, such a passionate and helpful person! Chee Soon Juan also came across very smart and measured.

After going through what I have, I began to understand the lives of others who had gone through what I have before me.

And I also understand the pain of others who have gone after me. And I still see people being hurt by the PAP year after year. People who have to leave the country, people who have to try to fight to clear their name, people who had live their lives honestly.

You don’t really get it until you become one of the people where overnight, you are given a new label, where you become a criminal simply for standing up for what you believe in.

Does it make me angry? Maybe. Does it make me sad? Maybe. But much of this is all in the past now.

But it does make me wonder when Singaporeans will ever realise their power. It does make me angry that Singaporeans do not want to think about this.

If I do not think about society, nothing will happen to me. Exactly what they wanted.

To keep you quiet. If you keep quiet, I don’t have to change policies to make lives better.

Do you remember the story of the bundle of sticks? When the father in Aesop’s Fables got his sons to break the sticks individually, the sticks broke easily, but when he got his sons to break the sticks when bundled together, they could not.

What Singaporeans do not realise that together you are the bundle of stick, and you will always be.

The PAP takes a stick out now and then from this bundle, break it, and the rest of you sticks shudder.

But what you do not realise is that when you shudder, you are shuddering with the other sticks next to you. You are in that bundle of sticks, and that makes you strong.

They cannot break all of you, so they break one stick now and then. And if you stop letting them break you one by one, you can stop them.

This is what Singaporeans do not realise. You are powerful and you are strong.

I wish you would remember that.

Roy Ngerng

In addition to the burden of a defamation suit, Uncle Leong is also carrying the burden of the BS of Lim Tean, his lawyer. The legal basis of what Lim Tean is accusing PM of doing (that the libel suit is an abuse of court process) has been frowned upon in English courts. Yet Lim Tean thinks our court of appeal will agree with his line of reasoning.

Christ rose on Easter Sunday and is now sitting on a throne on the right side of god the father in heaven. Somehow I doubt Uncle Leong will escape as lightly as Christ did, even if he has a son of Ah Kong rooting for him: only the younger son leh. But then miracles do happen and if anyone deserves a miracle, it’s Uncle Leong for juz sharing an article (Albeit one that he should have known was fake and defamatory). Btw, why is Ah Kong’s daughter not publicly rooting for Uncle Leong?

 

UK got this right, S’pore wrong

In Uncategorized on 22/04/2019 at 4:27 am

Recently it was reported on FB that a scooter user who ran into a a boy, punched the boy and his father.

This reminded me that in the UK, electric scooters are illegal on British streets and pavements under a law dating back to the 19th Century. The regular reports of collisions in S’pore between pedestrians and electric scooters show that something must be done about the use of electric scooters. What about banning them? UK is no less hip for banning them.

Or COEs are needed to use them? Or making users pass a test like car drivers and motor cycle riders? Maximum speed is fixed by manufacturer or importer.

Registering them is not enough.

Two very serious accidents

In 2016: A 19-year-old electric scooter rider who collided into a pedestrian, leaving her with brain injuries and in a coma, was given a short detention order and community service in 2018.
Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/e-scooter-rider-who-landed-woman-in-coma-in-accident-given-10537074

In 2018, a woman was knocked down by a man riding an e-scooter along Bedok Reservoir Road. The woman sustained head injuries as a result of the accident, and was admitted to the intensive care unit at Changi General Hospital.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/bedok-hit-and-run-e-scooter-rider-suspect-arrested-10045606

Hopefully stricter measures will be taken before a pedestrian is killed.

It’s not as though normal regular S’poreans will be affected. Morocco Mole’s second cousin removed in the traffic police says that all the above three offenders and others are known readers and ranters on TOC, TRE and FATPAP.

 

Tharman talks cock yet again

In Uncategorized on 21/04/2019 at 12:40 pm

In the big IMF/ World Bank pow-pow where central bankers were talking aloud about the dangers of govt’s interfering with their central banks’ independence, our very own Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a deputy prime minister and the chairman of its central bank joined in this concern about independence with, “Populism on the left and the right is also encroaching on central banks.” And the political pressure, “does pose a very real risk of central banks being encouraged, urged and forced into new and much larger quasi-fiscal roles”.

Like real, the fact that he’s both a DPM, and chairman of the central bank shows that there’s no independent central bank here. And he’s trying to join the conversation about central bank independence?

Or is Tharman telling a joke to the ang mohs? He trying out to be the next Joker? Or at least a stand-up comic?

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Tharman joking again? Or trying to BS us?

Hard Truths about working life

In Uncategorized on 13/04/2019 at 4:25 am

Came across this review in the FT of NINE LIES ABOUT WORK: A FREETHINKING LEADER’S GUIDE TO THE REAL WORLD, BY MARCUS BUCKINGHAM AND ASHLEY GOODALL

People care which company they work for. The best people are well-rounded. Work-life balance matters most. These are three of the nine lies that [ the authors] believe create a disconnect between the way people know they work best and the ways they are told to work.

They believe that how we think about, talk about and structure our work is ineffective and so through anecdotes, data and their own personal research, they offer insights on how to break these ingrained practices that hamper us.

Taking the example of “work-life balance matters most”, the authors explain that while humans have had a thing for balance since the year dot, work-life balance itself is almost impossible to achieve because of the way work and life are approached. A new method is needed, and in this case it is learning to find “love in what you do rather than simply ‘doing what you love’”.

The book at times can take a little too long to get to the point, but it certainly leads to some free thinking about the way we do our jobs and how we can approach what we do in a different way.

Fake news on alcohol and stroke

In Uncategorized on 07/04/2019 at 4:15 am

A large Chinese study seems to debunk the theory that the odd drink can help safeguard against stroke. (The Lancet)

Even light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the chances of having a stroke, according to a large genetic study in The Lancet, countering previous claims that one or two drinks a day could be protective.

The UK and Chinese researchers followed 500,000 Chinese people for 10 years.

They say the findings are relevant to all populations and the best evidence yet on the direct effects of alcohol.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-47817650

Worse than smoking/ Eat like Jews.

In Uncategorized on 06/04/2019 at 7:04 am

Bad diets are riskier than smoking.

According to the Lancet, one in five global deaths are associated with a poor diet, because of its contribution to cardiovascular disease, cancers and diabetes. Key causes are too much salt and not enough whole grains or fruits. Israel has the lowest rate of diet-related deaths, while (mainly Muslim) Uzbekistan has the highest.

 

S’porean Chinese parents will want this

In Uncategorized on 01/04/2019 at 4:34 am

Cameras in the classroom. In a “Only in China …” tech story,

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1003759/camera-above-the-classroom?_branch_match_id=622364393810240664#_=_

about students being tracked by surveillance cameras in the classroom that identify if they are paying attention, with photos sent to their parents in weekly updates.

Ang mohs find it creepy, but S’porean Chinese parents understand why it’s done: out of love and concern. They’ll want it too.

But I’m not sure if our local Chinese women will agree with their mainland cousins about this

Creepy, uncomfortable and downright weird are just some things an advertisement starring Tom Hiddleston has been called, but none of that will matter as it’s found success with its intended audience – Chinese women, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan explains.

Imagine waking up in the morning, walking down to your stylish kitchen and finding actor Tom Hiddleston making breakfast for you.

It’s a fantasy vitamin company Centrum is cashing in on for its new Chinese advertisement.

It may have been widely mocked in the Western media, but the made-for-mobile ad has been remarkably well-received in China.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-47743791

I’m not too sure if Chinese women here will see it the way mainland women see it. What do you think?

Why ang mohs will vote for the PAP

In Uncategorized on 28/03/2019 at 5:44 am

[O]penness, multiculturalism and self-determination, as named by the Bicentennial Office – are exactly what many residents love about living here. “Singapore is a country with an identity of its own.

No I kid u not, BBC really said the above.

Now this is a lot better

Unlike in many other big cities, residents rarely worry about theft or violence. With one of the lowest crime rates in the world, even petty street crime is viewed as “a waste of time” said 11-year resident Bino Chua, who blogs at I Wander. “You can leave your car unlocked, your purse unattended,” said American Alison Ozawa Sanders, who has lived here for five years and is the co-author of The Expats’ Guide to Singapore. “As a woman, I can go out at night in any neighbourhood and not worry about my personal safety ever. As a parent, I don’t have the feeling that if I take my eyes off my kids for two seconds they’re going to be kidnapped.”

Singapore is also very clean and convenient to get around, with very few traffic jams, in part due to government restrictions on cars and the high price of vehicles here.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190317-the-three-values-that-shaped-singapore

Only two non ang mohs quoted and one’s an 11-yr old PAPpy running puppy of a blogger (Parents planning for him to be millionaire minster?); the rest quoted are ang mohs living here.

And going by the way they talk, they are not citizens, just guests of Hotel S’pore.

So Brad Bowyer (Remember him?) is not a real ang moh.  Real ang mohs support and appreciate what the PAP does.

Vote wisely. Vote tactically.

 

Hyflux forgot that Tuaspring is in S’pore

In Uncategorized on 26/03/2019 at 6:26 am

All governments are monopoly buyers, able to demand tough conditions: which is why smart companies prefer to do biz in countries like M’sia and China where the authourities can be persuaded not to demand tough conditions in a spirit of mutual benefits.

Motor-cycling, M’sian-born Oliver Lum forgot this was S’pore when she agreed to sell water (juz below cost, I think I read somewhere: if anyone can find me the reference or point out if I’m wrong, I’ll be grateful) under a 25-yr agreement to the govt, planning to make lots of money by selling electricity to said govt.

Well in early March, national water agency PUB issued a default notice to Hyflux subsidiary Tuaspring Pte Ltd (TPL), which owns Singapore’s second and largest desalination plant, to remedy defaults arising under a 25-year water purchase agreement between them.

The defects:

It is understood that the plant had been experiencing operational issues since early 2017 and Tuaspring was unable to replace the facility’s poor-performing membranes promptly, affecting the quality and quantity of its water. There were numerous occasions when Tuaspring was unable to supply PUB with the required 70 million gallons of desalinated water.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/pub-take-over-hyfluxs-tuaspring-plant

Then PUB said on Thursday (Mar 21) it will terminate the water purchase agreement with Hyflux subsidiary Tuaspring Pte Ltd (TPL) and start taking over its desalination plant, if the company does not remedy its defaults by Apr 5.

Ms Lum also forgot govts can also blame suppliers when contracts go wrong: Will Oliver Lum and other Hyflux investors still vote for the PAP?

Never mind, the M’sian in her got Hyflux to pay her over S$60m (salary + dividends).

Don’t anyhow accuse ministers of neglecting anything

In Uncategorized on 21/03/2019 at 7:05 am

Can kanna be sued for defamation, juz like sharing article can kanna be sued (and allegedly help make lawyer defending Uncle Leong, Lim Tean, laugh all the way to the bank: whatever Lim Tean has struck Toto it seems) .

Seriously, PAP ministers and MPs quick to sue, so will they follow what is happening in another country where British law is followed )somewhat) and where the ruling party is as sensitive as the PAP?

Bangladeshi authorities have arrested a senior member of football’s world governing body Fifa for allegedly defaming the country’s prime minister.

Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, a Fifa Council member, was detained after she had said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was neglecting football.

A defamation claim was then filed by a local sport official, alleging that the comments embarrassed the entire nation.

On Saturday, Ms Kiron was denied bail and sent to jail, her lawyer said.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47604146

Whatever, I suggest that those who want to avoid the fate Leong Sze Hian, Roy Ngerng, JBJ etc avoid saying that PM etc are neglecting footie or anything sensitive

During a recent TV talk show, Ms Kiron said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was neglecting football in the cricket-mad Bangladesh.

This prompted local sport official Abul Hasan Chowdhury Prince to file a defamation claim.

“Mahfuza told the TV show that [the] PM maintains double standard for football and cricket. She rewards cricket for personal gain but ignores football,” Mr Hasan’s lawyer was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

The defamation claim alleges that such comments about the sports-loving prime minister embarrasses the entire nation.

Genius of the PAP

In Uncategorized on 19/03/2019 at 4:31 am

Why the PAP wins and wins.

It’s not repression. Nor is it looking after S’poreans very well. It’s making S’poreans treasure or aspire to what the PAP wants them to have: things like “affordable” public housing, and clean, crime-free and car-free streets.

And making S’poreans hate the things that the PAP doesn’t want them to have: think freedom of expression (Not that clowns like TRE’s “bapak”, Lim Tean, Meng Seng, and Kirsten Han are worth listening to) or standing up for their rights.

One of the PAP’s failures is the success of the Pink Dot movement. Gays are hip. But S’poreans’ ang moh tua kee attitude have something to do with this. If only S’poreans will ape Western liberal attitudes, the PAP sure to lose. But they don’t. PAP must have got shumething right, right?

Why were non-Chinese left out of mushroom study?

In Uncategorized on 18/03/2019 at 10:57 am

Eating mushrooms more than twice a week could prevent memory and language problems occurring in the over-60s, research from Singapore suggests.

A unique antioxidant present in mushrooms could have a protective effect on the brain, the study found.

The more mushrooms people ate, the better they performed in tests of thinking and processing.

But researchers said it was not possible to prove a direct link between the fungi and brain function.

The National University of Singapore study’s findings were based on 663 Chinese adults, aged over 60, whose diet and lifestyle were tracked from 2011 to 2017.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-47554966

(Emphasis mine)

Bet u the Tamil supremacists will KPKB that Tamils were unfairly excluded from the study. As will sensitive souls like P Ravi (he had a green card so he’s susceptible to being politically correct) wanting to know why was it that minorities were left out of the study. Multiracial society? What multiracial society?

The reasonable, but not conclusive, argument that a multi-racial study meant that analysing the data would be a lot more complicated than limiting it to one ethnic group will not wash in an election year. Juz wait for Mad Dog, Lim Tean or Meng Seng to stir the pot on the right of minorities to take part in a study on the effects of taking mushrooms. But then Lim Tean and Meng Seng* prefer to support M’sia rather than S’pore in the territorial dispute. at least SDP came out in support of S’pore.


* He even faked the news: What Meng Seng and TOC don’t tell us about dispute with Tun

 

Fake news: social media is a primary cause of polarisation

In Uncategorized on 17/03/2019 at 1:33 pm

Social media is NOT a primary cause of polarisation.

A common, and ostensibly common sense, assumption about the era we are living through is that social media is a primary cause of polarisation.

Most of the academic work in this area points to the complexity of that link, and resists a clear causal connection. Indeed, for the most part, it comes down against the idea that the online world is full of echo chambers.

The abstract for this commonly cited article in the journal Public Opinion Quarterly, by Seth Freeman, Sharad Goel and Justin M Rao, puts it succinctly:

“Social networks and search engines are associated with an increase in the mean ideological distance between individuals”, the authors write. “However, somewhat counter-intuitively, these same channels also are associated with an increase in an individual’s exposure to material from his or her less preferred side of the political spectrum”.

They go on: “The vast majority of online news consumption is accounted for by individuals simply visiting the home pages of their favourite, typically mainstream, news outlets, tempering the consequences – both positive and negative – of recent technological changes.”

Pls read the article if interested in the topic.

SDP can learn from Thai Oppo parties

In Uncategorized on 16/03/2019 at 9:57 am

Anti-junta parties in Thailand are fighting for the votes of young Thais.

Given that young S’poreans have no first hand knowledge of what Mad Dog did to maim S’pore’s budding democratic movement in the early 1990s in the name of ideological purity (I’m not only talking of the back stabbing of Chiam but also about the successful attempts to get the voters not to re-elect the other two SDP MPs), the young are the natural target of the SDP. The many young, keen young SDP activists, many of them professionals is testament of this.

Well the Thais anti-junta parties are targeting first-time voters with policies meant to appeal to youth, including calls to abolish or scale back military conscription, to legalise cannabis, or give LGBT people equal marriage rights.

The SDP should come up with policies that appeal to young S’poreans and publicise them on platforms that the young use, and not juz on Facebook which is for oldies, not hipsters.

Mad Dog and Dr Paul should also study the use of social media by the anti-junta parties:

“This is a significant demographic segment, and they represent a new generation who access the system in a different way,” said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, associate professor of political science at Chulalongkorn University. “They don’t use traditional media of listening to the TV and radio; they use social media and are completely 21st century,” he added.

FT

Just to show, I’m not anti-Mad Dog, juz objective:

I give Dr Chee credit that in the 90s his vision of S’pore in 2016 was a lot more closer to the reality (Mad prophet?) than mine or the PAP. And for the alternative policies that the SDP has proposed. And I’ll give him credit for his actions in reinventing the SDP and himself. But there’s too much historical baggage,

Chee reinvented SDP after making it toxic

And there’s

Will the real SDP, Dr Chee pls stand up?

Salute these Oppo warriors (I praise Mad Dog albeit when he was taking his anti-Mad Dog pills)

Tun chickened out/ Two cheers for cowardly PAP govt

In Malaysia, Uncategorized on 15/03/2019 at 4:19 am

M’sia and S’pore are to return to their respective port limits before M’sia’s initial extension on Oct. 25, 2018 of its port limits off Johor. In response, S’pore extended its port limits off Tuas on Dec. 6.

Seems M’sia has backed down as S’pore had proposed a return to the status quo before 25 Oct earlier this yr, but got the finger.

Whatever, two cheers* for the PAP govt. We got what we wanted without sinking a M’sian vessel as I and others suggested: Why sink a M’sian vessel.

Morocco Mole (Secret Squirrel’s trusted sidekick) tells me that his second cousin removed in the M’sian coast guard tells him that the “accidental” ramming of an intruding M’sian vessel by a Maersk vessel, has the M’sian govt really worried. What would they do if another such accident sank a M’sian ship? For starters, they don’t have the resources to do a search-and-rescue operation, and would have to beg S’pore for help. And they couldn’t recover their sunken vessel without our help.

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*Note to cybernuts (in the event TRE uses this piece) who don’t know meaning of “two cheers” like “bapak” because they never went to an elite school or even lesser schools like Hwa Chong, only neighbourhood schools or vocational institutes: read https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/two-cheers-for

Streaming and the SDP

In Uncategorized on 10/03/2019 at 11:17 am

Looks like someone in the SDP (Mad Dog most likely?) didn’t understand its own streaming policy paper or didn’t read read the PAP’s minister’s proposal before dashing out this piece of turd: Ong Ye Kung Adopts SDP’s Proposal to Abolish Streaming.

Let me explain.

Further to No more streaming? Really? What a load of BS, where I reported Roy Ngerng’s analysis that the PAP’s “abolition” of streaming results in a more refined way of streaming, I can’t help but think that Mad Dog double confirms that he’s a howling Mad Dog.

The SDP (actually Dr Chee,  Morocco Mole assures me) was quick to say that the PAP followed their 2014 recommendation to abolish streaming: Ong Ye Kung Adopts SDP’s Proposal to Abolish Streaming.

Well I wanted to know did the SDP propose what the PAP govt is proposing to do that Roy says (I agree with him) is really streaming in another guise?

Take the hypothetical situation that students take 3 subjects for their ‘O’ Levels at Secondary 4, with the different G-subject combinations and grades according to the following:

[1] G3 (A grade), G3 (A), G3 (A).
[2] G3 (A), G3 (A), G2 (A)
[3] G3 (A), G2 (A), G2 (A)
[4] G2 (A), G2 (A), G2 (A)
[5] G2 (A), G2 (A), G1 (A)
[6] G2 (A), G1 (A), G1 (A)
[7] G1 (A), G1 (A), G1 (A)

Instead of 3 streams, now do we have 7 streams?

An extended version with 4 subjects would look like this:

[1] G3 (A grade), G3 (A), G3 (A), G3 (A)
[2] G3 (A), G3 (A), G3 (A), G2 (A)
[3] G3 (A), G3 (A), G2 (A), G2 (A)
[4] G3 (A), G2 (A), G2 (A), G2 (A)
[5] G2 (A), G2 (A), G2 (A), G2 (A)
[6] G2 (A), G2 (A), G2 (A), G1 (A)
[7] G2 (A), G2 (A), G1 (A), G1 (A)
[8] G2 (A), G1 (A), G1 (A), G1 (A)
[9] G1 (A), G1 (A), G1 (A), G1 (A)

Does this now make 9 streams?

Now, take this and multiply by the number of subjects students have to actually take (6 to 8, at least), and then by the more refined grading (A1, A2, B3, B4, etc.).

As such, the ‘Express’, ‘Normal (Academic)’ and ‘Normal (Technical)’ streams have been removed in name, but have they only been replaced by a more refined way of streaming, as outlined in [1] to [7 or 9, or more] above?

Roy Ngerng

I’ve not read the SDP policy paper but I’ve been assured by Secret Squirrel that the paper advocates a complete abolition of streaming including no more elite schools. No streaming by another name as per PAP govt plan which retains RI, MGS and St Nick and the so-called other elite schools. And a SDP sua kee (only Mad Dog is tua kee in the SDP) is muttering on FB that until elite schools are abolished, there still is streaming.

So why did SDP issue Ong Ye Kung Adopts SDP’s Proposal to Abolish Streaming?

All this means that Mad Dog did not understand the SDP’s policy paper, or forgot its contents, or did not read or analyse the minister’s comments before coming out with his claim that the PAP “borrowed” its recommendation: Ong Ye Kung Adopts SDP’s Proposal to Abolish Streaming.

With enemies like Dr Chee, the PAP doesn’t need friends. Sad.

The SDP now has a lot of good people nowadays especially as grass-root activists. And a SDP team of responsible adults, endorsed by Dr Tan Cheng Bock, can give the PAP a run for its money in any GRC contest.

Put down Mad Dog or at least triple his medicine, RI doctors in SDP. Please. Pretty please.

 

Welcome to S’pore: Mall BSing on data protection law

In Uncategorized on 03/03/2019 at 6:35 am

(Part of an occasional series on uniquely S’porean behaviour, attitudes, customs etc)

The TOC article reported in Welcome to S’pore: Punish public-spirited S’porean is priority, got this considered FB response from a lawyer:

The article says that the management of the mall issued a statement that said, “We have mentioned that firms actions will be taken with regards to the video leak. To further clarify, the point of issue is on the filming of the CCTV footage, which is a breach of PDPA rules and regulations as well as security protocol.“

The statement seems a little confused. If the issue is on the “filming of the CCTV footage” (the collection of personal data) then the fact that there could have been signs informing the public of the existence of CCTV cameras capturing footage and hence personal data would be sufficient notice if the signs informed of the collection and the purposes of collection and the channels of disclosure of the personal data collected. In any event as the place was a public space, the collection of personal data in a public space – in this case the filming – could have been done without consent because the data was in this case “publicly available”. However the guidelines do encourage the good practice of putting up signs that inform that CCTV cameras are in use and the purposes for such collection of personal data.

On the other point of the “leak” (disclosure of the relevant personal data) and who is responsible rather depends on whether the leak was occasioned by an employee of the mall or an external service provider. If it was an employee, then the mall would still be the organisation responsible and the enquiry would revolve around whether the mall had taken all reasonable action to prevent such disclosure. If it was by an external service provider like a security company who was engaged by the mall, then the security company would be the subject of the Commission’s enquiry.

But ultimately someone was hurt. For the statement issued by the mall to centre on a possible PDPA breach rather than on what they would do to take care of a fellow human being is, in my opinion, inappropriate.

(Samuel Seow via TOC)

Terry and his Correspondent taking wrong pills again

In Uncategorized on 01/03/2019 at 1:24 pm

In Cybernuts can relax: TOC resumes normal anti-PAP service, I reported that the reason why TOC had been writing pro PAP pieces like TOC now part of constructive, nation-building media? and Wah lan! TOC praises PAP govt, was because Terry and the Correspondent had been taking pro-PAP pills (“PAP govt is always right”) daily instead of the usual “PAP govt is always wrong” pills. Either they were fixed or they made an honest mistake.

Whatever, they are at it again

Filipino: Singapore makes my jaw drop every time I visit the place

[Ethan James Coronel] said he then began to appreciate the “wonders” of Singapore and would compare it with the Philippines, his country.

“I became a huge admirer of Singapore to the point that I bought Lee Kuan Yew’s From Third World To First just to learn about how Singapore became what it is now,” he said.

He said that the Singapore’s SMRT, for example, is something he admired and “enjoyed deeply”.

“Such a convenience most Singaporeans take for granted is a luxury to Filipinos like me because we don’t have an extensive subway system. You either need a car or have a hefty transportation budget for Grab to travel safely and comfortably in Manila; in Singapore owning a car is merely optional,” he explained.

“I often complained how abysmally maintained our infrastructure is.”

Another is the cleanliness which he said is “another thing worthy of praise”.

“Streets are almost always spotless and its waterways too. In Manila, garbage piles are found everywhere. Our rivers, tributaries and creeks emit a putrid smell and are sometimes completely covered with garbage,” he complained.

“And lastly, who wouldn’t marvel at the sight of Marina Bay Sands and Gardens By The Bay? They still make me do every time,” he added.

“There are more things worthy of mention but, man, nothing makes my jaw drop more than the ones I mentioned above every time I visit the place. Those and how delicious Old Chang Kee’s curry puffs are.”

Vote wisely.

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PAP confident of winning back Aljunied

In Uncategorized on 28/02/2019 at 5:06 pm

So confident that

Around 1,500 lifts managed by the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council will undergo the same Lift Enhancement Programme in the next 10 years, with the first batch of 180 lifts slated for upgrading in the next 15 months, a spokesman said in response to media queries.

HDB not allowing WP GRC to turn into slum

My take on chances of PAP winning in Aljunied: very good, if Pritam, Auntie and Low stand, or if Pritam stands with the other two stepping down, as I expect them to. Whatever the outcome of the court case against them, they are soiled goods: WP: Will Ownself sabo Ownself?

(Related post: “Peanuts”: WP MPs’ liability)


In 2017, I wrote

Well since earlier this year, I had it from Morocco Mole‘s twin brother that Low and Auntie would not be contesting the next GE. And it wouldn’t have been a secret if Morocco Mole’s twin brother knew about it. It was something the WP cadres were openly talking about among themselves, even if they were not posting about in on FB

WP Low’s anointed one

Related post: Akan Datang: New WP Sec-Gen and Chairman

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But if WP has Faizal, Show Mao and three new faces (I’m assuming that they’ll be the usual credible WP candidates, one of whom will be Lion Man: Will WP MPs walk the talk of Lion Man Leon?), I think that the swing voters will give the Wankers the benefit of the doubt, especially if Dr Tan Cheng Bock endorses the team. Interesting that Bayee is in this photo (Blackface Chee/ Tan Cheng Bock etc): Auntie and Low would rather be dead then be seen with Mad Dog.

PAP MP still sore at childhood failure?

In Uncategorized on 28/02/2019 at 7:10 am

Louis Ng has cybernuts cheering him on with his attack on streaming.

They and him must still be sore that they never made it to RI or MGS itsit? Or even to lesser schools like ACS (I), SCGS, Raffles Girls or even Chinese High (rebranded Hwa Chong to escape the taint of being the Red Commie School that trained Chinese towkays’ children).

Louis Ng only went to St Gabriel’s Sec School and Catholic Junior College> Anyone heard of these “shithole” schools? Kee Chiu please? Btw, Hard truths about elite schools.

He only became a PAP MP because he was monkeying around animal welfare. Here’s what his gang did to a real monkey: Amos and Chippy: The Empire strikes back.

There’ll be another sliming post on Louis Ng soon.

Don’t blame kiasu parents, blame PAP govt

In Uncategorized on 26/02/2019 at 11:02 am

So despite TOC carrying education minister’s balls in Wah lan! TOC praises PAP govt, he says more needs to bee done, but that SAP schools remain an OB marker.

This reminded me that “In Love, Money & Parenting”, Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti, write that economic trends are the underlying drivers of various approaches to raising children.

They find that in countries with low inequality, such as Sweden, parents tend to be more permissive. In countries with high inequality, parents are “both more authoritarian and more prone to instil in their children a drive to achieve ambitious goals”.

They cited the US as an example but S’pore sure fits the bill. Think of all the tuition and enrichment lessons etc.

Another insight is “The parenting choices of the rich differ systematically from those of the poor … For example, psychologists have long noted that authoritarian parenting is more prevalent in families with low income.”

And there’s this, that’s not applicable here: “[S]ocial and economic discrimination in labour markets [means that] parents will have weaker incentives to invest in their daughter’s human capital, since the return to such investment is low”.

Related post: More qns for education minister

Another Dow Jones record

In Uncategorized on 25/02/2019 at 9:38 am

US stocks finished higher on Friday — with the Dow Jones Industrial Average chalking up its longest weekly winning streak since 1995

10- 20% of voters are anti-PAP cybernuts

In Uncategorized on 23/02/2019 at 2:23 pm

According to a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), 90% of people that were polled in 2018 are proud to be S’poreans, while 80% agreed that S’pore is a caring and cohesive society.

The findings also showed that eight in 10 S’poreans were satisfied with race and religious relations in 2018, while two in three agreed that there were enough opportunities to interact with people of different backgrounds and beliefs.

These findings of the annual survey were revealed for the first time by Minister Grace Fu on Tuesday (22 January) in a wide-ranging interview on her ministry’s work last year.

TOC, The Indian Idiots, TRE and other anti-PAP publications and social media were outraged saying that S’pore is not “a caring and cohesive society” etc. Example

Upon reading the survey’s result, many netizens have expressed that they’re proud to be Singaporeans.

However, although a lot of them are proud to be Singaporeans, but they have opined that they don’t like the current ruling party.

Terry’s Online Channel

With enemies like these who confirm the survey’s findings, the PAP doesn’t need friends.

Related post on why 60-70% of the voters don’t buy the cybernuts’ and Mad Dog’s criticism of the PAP way of doing things: Great IB riposte to Mad Dog and P Ravi etc

 

 

Cybernuts can relax: TOC resumes normal anti-PAP service

In Uncategorized on 21/02/2019 at 7:22 am

Further to TOC now part of constructive, nation-building media? and Wah lan! TOC praises PAP govt, I’m happy to report that Terry’s Online Channel has resumed normal service. It has published a spate of anti-Budget articles.

But it was not an “honest mistake” that it sounded like the constructive, nation-building ST for awhile. Morocco Mole (Secret Squirrel’s side-kick) tells me that his, usually unreliable brother-in-law working in the ISD tells him that someone substituted “PAP is always right” pills for Terry Xu’s and Correspondent’s daily “PAP is always wrong” pills.

TOC now part of constructive, nation-building media?

In Uncategorized on 20/02/2019 at 7:25 am

Wah lan! Who who would have tot this possible? TOC is now amplifying ST’s constructive, nation-building messages that “The PAP govt really cares S’poreans, really they do” and “Vote PAP”.

I kid u not. Further to Wah lan! TOC praises PAP govt there’s now this paean to the PAP on TOC’s FB page (Skip it if it churns yr stomach, I nearly vomited):

… Singaporeans from older folk and young people give thumbs-up to budget

“Retiree Karin Tan, 64, told ST that she is “very happy” with the package. “I am currently already retired, and do not draw any income. This will help subsidise my medical costs,” she said.

Another Merdeka Generation member, Ameerali Abdeali, praised the government, “I appreciate the recognition and validation that members of my generation are being given for our contributions to the country.”

ST said that the young people it spoke to, welcomed the announcement that the Government will invest in long-term plans to protect Singapore from the effects of global warming. Heng had announced a carbon tax on this year’s emissions and would later launch the Zero Waste Masterplan.

Undergraduate Arjun Dhar told ST, “We are a city with the highest greenery density in the world, in which otters live in the middle of our central business district.”

“As we reflect on the Bicentennial, Singapore should also look to inculcate in all individuals a sense of care for the planet that nurtures us. This means replacing the idea that we are too small to make a difference with the idea that we each have a responsibility to try,” he said.

Ms Pamela Low, 24, a member of the Singapore Youth for Climate Action also told ST in the interview, “The Government eagerly investing in infrastructure to mitigate rising tides and sharing about it at the Budget shows the urgency of addressing the impact of climate change on the national agenda as it would become costlier in the future.”

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2019/02/19/st-singaporeans-from-older-folk-and-young-people-give-thumbs-up-to-budget/?fbclid=IwAR3JNp03HbQnnc9rqEU82-bfv1FXjOakB-uk_K4Dh06GXSNnWuBV3Lx4Efw

No it’s not as though Terry and the writer of this piece “Correspondent” have gone over to the Dark Side. Juz an “honest mistake” methinks because the piece ends on the an anti-PAP note, but who reads to the end? Only cybernuts, not most S’poreans.

And why did TOC highlight on FB the pro-PAP propaganda of ST? Some subversive working in TOC? Or juz a clueless intern? And Terry forgot to take his “PAP are wrong wrong” medicine before supervising his team?

Time to take writing and presentation lessons from me? I’ll give Terry and Correspondent a discount.

But I could be wrong. If Terry gets a light “sentence” over his persecution prosecution for criminal defamation and if Correspondent has move into a district 10 bungalow from his HDB flat, the two Jedi have been seduced to the Dark side by the Men In White.

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

Blackface Chee/ Tan Cheng Bock etc

In Uncategorized on 11/02/2019 at 11:09 am

Can’t stop laughing at Dr Chee in this picture.

 

He desperately wants look “Indian” by applying black “Kiwi” to his face?

Next GE he won’t be singing Hokkien songs but Indian songs? After all singing Hokkien songs didn’t help him win in Bukit Batok: GRCs mean no pandering, clowning to Cina.

Seriously, his suntan makes it look like he’s trying to do blackface: something that is a no-no among US progressives, going by what’s happening in Virginia. Google this up.

Fortunately, except among the ang moh tua kees, S’poreans don’t have a view on blackface, though if a prominent PAPpy does (or did) it, the cybernuts will be trying to stir the pot.

Looks like Bayee has some surgical dressing beneath his chin. He got injured during his recent reservist training? Power to him for not KPKBing that SAF trying to fix him.

As to the Chinese guy in the pix who is comfortable being Chinese, regular readers would have noticed that I’ve not blogged about his meetings with PM’s younger brother or about his new party.

I’m still trying to figure out what he’s up to, meeting PM’s very unhappy younger brudder (It’s alleged that he’s a henpecked husband, bullied by jia jia), and setting up a new political party. Is he growing senile? I don’t think so. Maybe he’s juz as crazy as the wily coyote of native American myths?

Btw. I’m still a fan of his: My predictions about Spastics’ League

Tot of our “poor” millionaire ministers

In Uncategorized on 10/02/2019 at 11:21 am

Running Facebook may now be as testing a task as governing a medium-sized country.

But for Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg there is one comfort – the pay is a lot better.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47130142

No wonder our ministers obsessed with money (Hen, JosT, GraceF: Money, money, money).

They want to be paid like Zuckerberg.

Why S’poreans not creative: we don’t cheat enough

In Uncategorized on 06/02/2019 at 4:10 am

There’s a lot of angst among S’poreans, the PAPpists, the anti-PAP mob and us ordinary S’poreans, that S’poreans not creative enough to survive in the future.

They ever tot that we don’t lie or cheat enough? Or more generally break the rules?

To be more creative, we could try lying in a controlled environment. Find online logic games and cheat at them, play Scrabble with a dictionary, or write a story about something that is untrue? Such tasks can get our brains thinking flexibly, beyond our normal comfort zone. This is not a call to become a pathological liar, but a controlled liar.

Breaking the rules to encourage creativity is echoed by the slogan “move fast and break things”, often associated with an entrepreneurial climate notorious for creativity and progress – Silicon Valley. New generation workspaces often intentionally create physical and social structures that are abnormal. This controlled “deviance” can stimulate new connections, brave new ideas.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/feb/03/are-you-an-evil-genius-how-dishonesty-can-make-you-more-creative

Akan datang: Pill for loneliness

In Uncategorized on 05/02/2019 at 4:29 am

Scientists are working on a pill for loneliness

Modern life has led to greater isolation, which can fuel an array of disorders. If there are medications for social pains like depression and anxiety, why not loneliness?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/26/pill-for-loneliness-psychology-science-medicine

There’s a pill for everything.

Happy, prosperous and illness-free New Year. To ensure these vote wisely. This means not voting for Mad Dog, Lim Tean or Meng Seng . But do think of voting for good SDP, WP and Tan Cheng Bock teams if they impress you better than the PAPpies they are fighting against.

Lim Tean see Meng Seng no ak

In Uncategorized on 04/02/2019 at 6:22 am

Goh Meng Seng very angry. (Btw, trumpet pls for me: My predictions about Spastics’ League)

On Saturday, TOC reported:

Lim Tean, lawyer and leader of opposition party, People’s Voice Party visited the Teck Whye Market this morning (Saturday) and said that the party intends to field a team at the Choa Chu Kang GRC.

The Choa Chu Kang Group-Representative Constituency is currently held by the People’s Action Party and helmed by the Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong. The former party which contested against Gan’s team in the General Election 2015 was People’s Power Party led by Goh Meng Seng and prior to that, National Solidarity Party led by Sebastian Teo in GE2011.

Under Oppo chop system, Goh Meng Seng “owns” area even if voters give him the finger, which they did in last GE.

Goh Meng Seng spit blood on Sunday morning

Goh Meng Seng

Thought of the Day – Campaign

We always hear how out of touch PAP Elites are from the reality on the ground. But does it mean that all opposition politicians are not out of touch?

We always see PAP and Opposition politicians start to “walk the ground” when elections is looming. But how does that help for politicians from both sides in understanding the ground Issues other than providing the “hardworking” image or even “place chopeing” intentions?

I always tell reporters this when they ask when am I going to start “campaigning” :

My campaigning has NEVER stopped since I was in NUS!

Some people chose to be “suddenly vocal” when they started to have interests in contesting in their FIRST elections. Where were they before that?

They will start to “walk the ground” to gain “visibility”. Some are even worse. They have never voice out anything substantial, whether in or out of parliament in between general elections but would suddenly make a lot of noise just months before next elections!

And this applies to BOTH PAP and Opposition politicians.

I like consistency because it gives me a better gauge of characters and inner intentions.

Some would think that “quietly walking the ground and knocking doors”, even kiss babies are enough to win votes. I do not believe in that. We are not just voting for door to door salesman or saleswomen. We are not voting for estate managers. But we are looking for people who have ideas and ideals which they could debate in parliament.

PAP has lots of resources and no matter what goodwill you could gain by knocking doors could easily be negated by all goodies they can throw at voters just before GE.

The only way to build a strong base of unwavering support is to change their minds and hearts permanently through a consistent evangelism of ideas and ideals.

I respect people like JBJ, Dr Chee, Tan Kin Lian and others who had never stopped talking about their ideas and ideals even they lost. Never mind if I agree with them 100%

Juz wondering why he only respects born losers like himself?

And why despite all his life long campaigning, in the last three GEs each time representing a different party in a different GRC, his share of the popular vote in percentage terms kept declining.

TRE reader described him

kanasai gms:
August 11, 2015 at 8:44 pm (Quote)
this GMS fella, i will not vote for him. what he wrote or spoke about to the man are all the obvious issues that had appeared in this forum, and other online media many times before.

i will not want a character like him to be my mp. people will not forget the way he kept sniping at Sylvia Lim (and her party), even at her private affairs. what a bast**d this guy is. He even condemn my football hero Quah Kim Song. Remember because of his big mouth people will also remember those negative and bad remarks that he said about NSP hor!

this is classic kaykian kanasai howtai fella! With a fucker like him who need enemies as the saying goes…lolol!

he is now trying to appear to be praising and appreciative of his mentor LTK. sorry man! he had said many bad thing that he should not about LTK. one “good” quote from LTK during his walkabout will not redeem him

baring that english is not his 1st language, look at the way he handle and present himself in front of reporters in the ST video. i dont see a leader and a mp in him. it is no wonder that he had to resigned from NSP.

look at this youtube vid of the man himself. kanasai lah!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q_7jwkS8_Q

TRE commenter left out Meng Seng sliming Nicole Seah in the guise of giving her advice. Taz the quality of the man.

More on him:

Silence of Goh Meng Seng

WTF: Families overseas, but trying to be MPs

The Great Wall the Oppo has to climb

Someone sure going to lose deposit if it’s a three cornered fight. Lim Tean can afford it. I know that in 2017, Lim Tean was renting a white-and-black SLA bungalow for S$15,000 a month. But then it’s alleged that Meng Seng got Grandpa Xi: Meng Seng wants us to kowtow to Xi.

Whatever, if their paths cross in the next two weeks, I doubt Meng Seng will say to Lim Tean “Kong Hee Fatt Choy” or its Mandarin equivalent.

With enemies like this, how can PAP ever lose its hegemony?

Vote wisely. This means not voting for Mad Dog, Lim Tean or Meng Seng . But do think of voting for good SDP, WP and Tan Cheng Bock teams if they impress you better than the PAPpies they are fighting against.

 

PAP would agree with Sudan’s autocratic president

In Uncategorized on 03/02/2019 at 10:05 am

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has ridiculed his opponents’ use of social media to organise recent protests against his rule.

“Changing the government or presidents cannot be done through WhatsApp or Facebook. It can be done only through elections,” he told his supporters.

He was speaking as fresh demonstrations were held in the capital Khartoum.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47075513

Mr Bashir, has won elections several times since coming to power in a coup in 1989.

Vote wisely. This means not voting for Mad Dog, Lim Tean or Meng Seng . But do think of voting for good SDP, WP and Tan Cheng Bock teams if they are better than the PAPpies on show.

Wayang from NTUC FairPrice?

In Uncategorized on 01/02/2019 at 8:03 am

Kee chui if you keep FairPrice or other grocery receipts?

NTUC FairPrice has issued a recall for Golden Chef Sea Asparagus due to “discolouration” of the product.

In an email to Channel NewsAsia, the supermarket chain said on Wednesday (Jan 30) that it initiated a product withdrawal of the 425g cans of Golden Chef Sea Asparagus “as a precautionary measure”.

[…]

Customers who have purchased the product with the expiry date of Dec 28, 2020 may return it to the same store with their receipt for a full refund by Feb 28.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ntuc-fairprice-recalls-golden-chef-sea-asparagus-11184530

Emphasis mine.

Kee chui if you keep yr grocery receipts?

Dr Chee, SDP 😱Don’t know whether to 😰 or 🤣

In Uncategorized on 30/01/2019 at 11:29 am

Walk the Talk, Mad Dog

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) secretary-general Chee Soon Juan called on his supporters to leave behind the politics of old, which were based on “personal hatred, vindictiveness and destruction”.

Constructive, nation building media

So what about apologising to Mr Chiam for fixing him in 1993, for trying to steam roll him into rejoining the SDP in 2011, and for sliming him in 2016?

I’ll let Ravi Philemon (an honest, good man who just now happens to be working for Chiam’s foundation and is a member of the Chiams’ Party) tell the story of how Mad Dog has tried to rewrite history: http://theindependent.sg/chee-insincere-about-reconciliation-with-chiam/.

Read the piece and learn the truth about what happened in 1993 and why Ravi thinks he’s not changed the way he tries to manipulate people and the facts.

(My take: Dr Chee fixed Chiam in the 1990s)

I had a great laugh when I read

… Dr Chee also writes about his desire to reconcile with SDP founder Chiam See Tong – now secretary-general of the Singapore People’s Party – after a fall-out in 1996, revealing that he had tried to do so “in recent times”.

Constructive, nation building media

Do read http://theindependent.sg/chee-insincere-about-reconciliation-with-chiam/ and  Dr Chee fixed Chiam in the 1990s , and decide if  Mad Dog is lying thru his teeth, as usual.

I’m really disappointed in Mad Dog. I had tot he had changed for the better:

— Chee: Mad Dog morphs into Loong

— Salute these Oppo warriors

Still he got one thing right. Dr Chee in his 1990s articulated a vision of S’pore today that is closer to the reality than that of the PAP or mine (and I was a lot more pessimistic than the PAP): Tharman joking again? Or trying to BS us?

SDP got gd policies

It’s so sad and a waste because the SDP has good ideas on how to spend more of our own money on ourselves:

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/pap-listening-to-sdp/

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/back-to-the-future-lky-dr-chee-the-sdp-agree-on/

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/sdp-right-about-psle-streaming-what-works-in-education/

Too bad that it’s led by Mad Dog Chee. He should retire: he’s beaten LKY’s record of being a party leader: Only LKY beats Chee’s record/ Be optimistic Young Democrats

Why PAP is afraid of social media

In Uncategorized on 27/01/2019 at 9:33 am

They are scared that social media can quickly convince PAP voters that any Hard Truth (Example: “HDB flats are an appreciating asset” or “SAF cares for S’poreans who serve”) is BS.

Social change has sped up and social media is one of the main reasons why.

Some habit or behaviour is widely accepted. Then evidence emerges of the costs. Victims speak out, and organise a lobby to campaign for change. They get the ear, and heart, of those in power. Eventually public opinion shifts – and so legislators, and the law, follow.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46483557

PAP govt does S’pore proud

In Uncategorized on 26/01/2019 at 9:52 am

Alt media and the anti-PAP types on social media have nothing good to say about the PAP govt that 70% of voters voted for in the last GE. (Btw, I have never ever voted for the PAP, but that’s another story.)

So how will they spin this?

A group of 70 plus nations led by Australia, Japan and Singapore are releasing a joint statement on Friday, announcing their intention to restart the World Trade Organization’s talks around ecommerce rules and cross-border data flows.

FT

The US, China and the EU have signed the joint statement. China at the last minute.

The cybernuts will pretend that this has not happened. After all in Why TOC’s Danisha Hakeem is a menace to the credibility of alt media, TOC ignored what the regulators did in the 1MDB case and asked why they didn’t act.

Working with Australia and Japan to lead a global initiative involving 70+ countries is something that should make us S’poreans proud of our govt.

Only in America: Masters’ thesis is K-POP band

In Uncategorized on 26/01/2019 at 3:29 am

And it’s in an Ivy League uni.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46381997

S’pore’s digital twin

In Uncategorized on 19/01/2019 at 2:22 pm

“A digital twin is a virtual representation of physical buildings and assets but connected to all the data and information around those assets, so that machine learning and AI algorithms can be applied to them to help them operate more efficiently,” explains Michael Jansen, chief executive of Cityzenith, the firm behind the Smart World Pro simulation platform.

Take Singapore as an example.

This island state, sitting at the foot of the Malaysian peninsula with a population of six million people, has developed a virtual digital twin of the entire city using software developed by French firm Dassault Systemes.

“Virtual Singapore is a 3D digital twin of Singapore built on topographical as well as real-time, dynamic data,” explains George Loh, progammes director for the city’s National Research Foundation (NRF), a department within the prime minister’s office.

“It will be the country’s authoritative platform that can be used by urban planners to simulate the testing of innovative solutions in a virtual environment.”

In addition to the usual map and terrain data, the platform incorporates real-time traffic, demographic and climate information, says Mr Loh, giving planners the ability to engage in “virtual experimentation”.

“For example, we can plan barrier-free routes for disabled and elderly people,” he says.

Bernard Charles, Dassault Systemes’ chief executive, says the addition of real-time data from multiple sources facilitates joined-up, holistic thinking.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46880468

Go to the BBC link to see the images.

Spending too much time in TRELand is bad for one’s mental health

In Uncategorized on 17/01/2019 at 10:44 am

Here’s adding to More evidence that being anti-PAP is bad for yr mental health. When TRE reproduced something I wrote

“opposition dude” came out with this

Come come now Cynical, surely you haven’t forgotten 2011 when history was made? When a GRC was finally lost and with it 2 good for nothing ministers ended their political careers?

True, the PAP is still large and in charge but let us wait until the next election is over before seeing how well PAP has done shall we? No one dares say that PAP will get 70% or more of the vote because we all know it was the foolish gratitude voters that ended up giving PAP that percentage. Luck doesn’t run forever you know.

But the most important reason is still due to the majority being kiasee. Nothing more, nothing less. Lee Kayu’s death came at the right time when his party were in the midst of trying to sort out the unreliable train system so they basically got a free out of jail card.

Let us all see how many of PAP get kicked out of parliament in the next GE before we analyse things ok?

Well 2019 is not shaping out to be like 2011. For starters, S’poreans have had decent pay rises over the last few yrs.

And goodies have been promised.

Even Pritam Singh is worried that WP could be reduced to one seat.

 

 

 

Where software more efficient and moral than humans

In Uncategorized on 16/01/2019 at 5:03 am

Vanishing mass ranks

Concerns about malfunctioning autonomous military systems reminded me of this (probably apocryphal) story from several decades ago (Special report on the future of war, January 25th). I think it was America’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, or its British equivalent, that apparently tested software to find the optimum strategy for the commander of a naval escort shepherding a convoy through waters patrolled by enemy submarines.

When they simulated actual convoys from the second world war they found that the software achieved fewer losses and faster travel times than had actually happened. When they examined the results they realised that in each case the software had dispatched a destroyer to sink the slowest merchant ship, the vessel that had held the convoy back. The logic was faultless, potentially saving more ships and their crews, but is not something that most human commanders would contemplate.

TONY BUDD
Wickford, Essex

Letters to the Economist: Editor’s 2018

More on why PAP IB and anti-PAP opponents have the same genes

In Uncategorized on 12/01/2019 at 11:33 am

Further to Qiou S’poreans,

here’s more on why Jason Chua and other IB PAPpies and TOC’s bunch of Indians (actually only two) and other TOC cybernuts, and all other anti-PAP cybernuts are all related.

They don’t know how to use humour to sow doubts about and discredit the enemy.

Humour and ridicule were a key part of Moscow’s response when the UK said it was “highly likely” that Russia was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury.

Russian officials and media figures have since tried to turn the English phrase “highly likely” into a mocking catchphrase that implies Russia is being blamed for everything with the flimsiest of evidence.

[ …]

Roman Dobrokhotov, whose investigative website The Insider was involved in exposing one of the two poisoning suspects, Anatoliy Chepiga, says such mockery is a form of trolling designed to “deliberately lower the level of discussion”.

They can learn from the Russians:

How the strategy works

“They cannot respond in a serious fashion and to the point, so they start to play-act. This is an attempt to mock, to reduce everything to nothing,” Mr Dobrokhotov told the BBC

Along with conspiracy theories and misleading narratives, he argues, this kind of tactic aims to sow doubt.

The result is that many will watch TV and decide there is no way of really getting to the bottom of what happened. In other words, he says: “no-one is a saint, truth does not exist”.

Internet audiences are also a key target for this technique.

One social media hashtag – #IamFromGRUToo (#ЯтожеИзГРУ in Russian) – appeared to be inspired by the #MeToo movement. Pro-Kremlin Twitter-users mocked UK allegations against Russia’s GRU (now GU) military intelligence agency.

One spoof job advert joked that the GRU was “looking for employees for its cyber-attack department, chemical weapons department and election-meddling unit. There is no need to apply – we will find you ourselves”.

Ben Nimmo, an Atlantic Council researcher on Russian disinformation, told the BBC that attempts to create funny memes were part of the strategy as “disinformation for the information age”.

[…]

“It’s not a super-serious regime, they do things with a kind of smirk and sometimes just with a smile. It’s a system that allows for a certain amount of humour, it’s not po-faced all.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46567364

Secret sauce for investment

In Uncategorized on 12/01/2019 at 7:49 am

Borrow, borrow borrow.

Talking about hedgies, FT said (emphasis mine)

These include asset prices moving in long-running trends, cheap stocks performing better than expensive ones, stocks with stronger finances outperforming weaker ones and the ability to borrow cheaply and invest in higher-yielding assets.

Of course Buffett doesn’t do this but he has the premiums from his insurance co to play with. Others have tried to play this game with distarious effects. Recent example is Anbang. Another long forgotten example is FAI. When I was a newbie in stock broking (in Oz), Larry Adler was a corporate raider using the float from his insurance co. After his death  in 1988, FAI got into very serious trouble, that could be traced back to his activities.

Coldstore detainees really happy about Lee row

In Uncategorized on 08/01/2019 at 9:31 am

No secret to anyone also that they are shouting “God is Great”, “There’s justice in this world”, except the PAP IBs.

But do you know that some of of them are shouting “The bible is the word of God”? These shouting this are those who repented of being atheists and became Christians of the Taliban kind, not Methodists (Dr Goh was a Methodist and so is Hen.)

Morocco Mole (Secret Squirrel’s side-kick) tells me that some Coldstore detaineees turned born-again Christians are quoting the bible and gloating in a very unChristian way. But who can blame them?

The verses they are quoting:

The Lord …  visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:6-7 = Deuteronomy 5:8-10)

And

And …  also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.(Leviticus 26:39)

 

Lim Tean’s “Christmas surprise” was a load of bull

In Uncategorized on 07/01/2019 at 9:49 am

Yesterday was the Feast of Epiphany, the day the three kings visited the Christ child and gave him presents.

Well Lim Tean never delivered on his “Christmas surprise”.

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

We shall see. Better late than never.

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

If I were Uncle Leong, I’d be worried about having Lim Tean as my lawyer. I can imagine Lim Tean not attending court on the appointed day to represent Uncle Leong.

With enemies like Lim Tean, the PAP sure to get 70% of the popular vote.

The Donald’s dignified response when Muslim woman said F***

In Uncategorized on 06/01/2019 at 9:38 am

Not surprising this behaviour from a Muslim woman Democrat.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib courted controversy when she used explicit language while calling for the president’s impeachment.

[…]

Michigan’s Ms Tlaib made the remark to supporters at a reception hours after she was sworn in on Thursday as one of the first two Muslim women members of Congress.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46764052

And better still for Trump, she had to be of Palestinian origin

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib has been sworn into office while wearing a traditional garment stitched by her Palestinian-born mother.

Ms Tlaib had been expected to take her oath on a Koran owned by Thomas Jefferson, but changed her mind, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Ms Tlaib and Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar became the first-ever Muslim female members of Congress on Thursday.

What is surprising is that The Donald was so restraint in his reaction.

The Republican president called her comments “highly disrespectful” to the US in a news conference on Friday.

“I thought her comments were disgraceful. This is a person I don’t know, I assume she’s new,” he told reporters.

“I think she dishonoured herself and dishonoured her family using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there.”

BBC

He could have thrown red meat at his fans by tweeting. “I’m right to want to exclude Muslims from US. MAGA.” and “Had to be Muslim, Palestinian and Democrat congresswoman. MAGA”.

 

Qiou S’poreans

In Uncategorized on 02/01/2019 at 2:42 pm

In Hard truths about elite schools, I called cybernuts and their PAP IB cousins Qiou.

[Q]iou, a made-up character that is an amalgamation of three others: tu, qiong and chou. It is used to mean dirt-poor and ugly. Qiou is hard to write using Chinese-language software, which tends to struggle with characters not found in dictionaries—the face in our illustration incorporates the qiou character. (Even its romanisation is an invention, reflecting the word’s portmanteau origins: qiu is the conventional form for a character pronounced this way.)

https://www.economist.com/china/2018/12/22/china-picks-the-most-popular-terms-of-the-year

Think cybernuts and their PAP IB cousins. Same genetic makeup except that one group has pro-PAP genes and the other anti-PAP genes.

Hard truths about elite schools

In Uncategorized on 02/01/2019 at 9:30 am

I refer to

Lower- and middle-income students at independent schools to receive more financial aid: Ong Ye Kung
It’s a waste of tax-payers’ money as I’ll explain below. Another bribe giveaway to help PAP achieve 65% of the popular vote.

And for the same reason, Minister and MoE not BSing about “Every School A Good School”.

Mr Pathak and his co-authors have compared pupils who only just made it into elite public schools with others who only just missed out, rather as Ms Dell compared villages on either side of the Pentagon’s bombing thresholds. The study showed that the top schools achieve top-tier results by the simple contrivance of admitting the best students, not necessarily by providing the best education. Ms Dell and her co-author showed that bombing stiffened villages’ resistance rather than breaking their resolve.

https://www.economist.com/christmas-specials/2018/12/18/our-pick-of-the-decades-eight-best-young-economists

(My emphasis)

Explanation for the cha tows like TRE and TOC cybernuts and their PAP cousins like Jason Chua and gang

Academically bright kids make schools elite, not the other way round.

Understand that or not Qiou?

Boy sperm swim better but gal sperm smarter

In Uncategorized on 01/01/2019 at 4:53 am

Gal sperm outlive boy sperm.

One popular theory is that the odds of having a girl increase by having sex several days before ovulation and then abstaining so that the female sperm, which live longer, but swim more slowly than male sperm, outlast their counterparts.

Conversely, if sex happens closer to ovulation or after it, the best swimmers get to the egg first and boys are produced.

Parents may swear by these techniques, but scientists say there is little evidence they make any difference.

There is also some research which suggests parental stress could lead to the birth of more girls, while living through wars and conflicts may give rise to more male conceptions.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-46597323

 

Still waiting for Lim Tean’s Christmas present

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

Tis the week of Christmas trading

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

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

FT

Law on sharing defamatory articles

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

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

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

 

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

Sorry back to “sharing” as defamation

Repeating defamatory matter

 

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

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

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

 

Christmas laughs from our comic lady in London

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

Our High Commissioner in London had me in stitches with this

Singapore responds

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

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

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

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

FOO CHI HSIA
High commissioner for Singapore
London

Economist – Christmas, holiday edition

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Make money.

“Man bites dog” story becomes

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

the usual “Dog bites man” story

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

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

 

Can S’poreans game this kind of test?

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

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

Think they can game this?

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

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

PAPpy rules OK in Illinois, the US of A

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

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

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

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

PAP should confer honorary membership on him.

Or maybe not:

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

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

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

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

That cock lawyer meh?

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

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

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

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

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

Update on video

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

We shall see. Better late than never.

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

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

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

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

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

Phillip Ang

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

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

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

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

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

ST

More details about email:

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

TR Emeritus needs financial support

Dear readers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team@TR Emeritus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

How Tampines Town Council can use AI to improve productivity

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

I tot of Amos, wondering how he is

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

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

[…]

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

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

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

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

Reminder, earlier this yr:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image result for Goh Meng Seng + banana

Willy Sum: cybernuts’ new hero

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

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


Why Roy Ngerng is a born-loser

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

Economist

Roy is still in an illicit affair.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Fellow Singaporeans,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#In Good Conscience

Willy Sum

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

His mum, Judy Wan emailed TRE as follows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entitled, ugly S’porean

In Uncategorized on 30/11/2018 at 10:10 am

KPKBing about 6-month wait to see specialist in Changi General Hospital. He refuses to try to make an appt at some other public hospital because he lives in Tampines and wants convenience of CGH.

Well then sit down and shut up.

Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Health, mentioned in Parliament last week that the median waiting time for new subsidised specialist appointments has improved from 28 days in 2013 to 22 days in the first half of this year.

My personal experience did not seem to show this. On Nov 20, I happened to call Changi General Hospital (CGH) for an appointment for my chronic neck pain as a new subsidised patient referred by a clinic under the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas).

To my surprise, the earliest appointment is on May 23, 2019, exactly 180 days of waiting to see a specialist.

In disbelief, I asked the staff member to double-check because I thought it is impossible that the waiting time is so long.

Unhappy anti-PAP user of SingHealth

Reminds me of an anti-PAP heavy user of SingHealth. He says he does not expect to have to wait to see a specialist once he has registered. I asked him if he ever had to wait to see a private specialist: he kept quiet. I later upset him by telling him that I no longer had to wait to see the GP in Marine Parade Polyclinic. At the appointed time, I see the doctor. What I didn’t tell him is that I scheduled the appointment at 2 pm: first one to see doctor.

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Disney Princesses Today

In Uncategorized on 28/11/2018 at 10:55 am

Check out the creator on FB https://www.facebook.com/evacomics/photos/a.10151827944278315/10156129252548315/?type=3&eid=ARBwpqMLSZKM1BzQjPsOYqHXzXnYn_phhHiwphah7Tl33RGYbXr1MjuIoXUHLCZx7aN0ogeYDSoEPQ8C&__tn__=EEHH-R

When Trump is right about lying media

In Uncategorized on 25/11/2018 at 10:45 am

OK sort of.

Look at this and tell me if Trump loves polluting the atmosphere as the media alleges?. I mean he’s a lot more green that the EU and Grandpa Xi. His bark (He is sceptical about climate change and loves “beautiful, clean” coal) is worse than his bite.

Real meritocracy at work

In Uncategorized on 24/11/2018 at 10:56 am

The real “natural aristocrats” not the PAP version as exemplified by the PAP yesterday.

Denise Coates

Ownself pay ownself 220m £220m last year but it’s her own money.

Bet365 was established by Ms Coates in 2000, when she started to transform a small chain of betting shops in Stoke in central England owned by her father Peter, into an online betting giant.

She realised punters were avoiding shops and betting on mobile devices. Meanwhile, online gambling bans in other major countries, such as the US, China and India, had made Europe home to the world’s biggest companies for placing wagers via the internet.

FT

Btw she has a first-class degree in econometrics from a red brick Uk university.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama

She

was born in Chicago’s South Side, to a poor but aspirational and tightly knit family who poured every spare dollar and iota of energy into their children — even while her father, a boiler engineer, struggled with multiple sclerosis. That parental support, along with her penchant for obsessive planning, propelled her to a selective “magnet” high school, then Princeton and Harvard Law School, on scholarships. She returned to Chicago as a lawyer at Sidley Austin, seemingly destined for a stable, prosperous, middle class life — a striking feat, in itself, for a black woman from the wrong side of the tracks.

Her life famously changed when she was asked to mentor another upwardly mobile black Harvard Law School student, Barack Obama.

Donald Trump

OK he became a billionaire because of pa’s money and connections. But remember his casinos etc went under and he had to sell his yacht and Trump One. But he reinvented himself as reality tv star, and with help from Deutsche Bank (His cos owed money to Wall St’s finest who didn’t want to know him after his cos went bankrupt) regained billionaire status, and then became POTUS beating the shit out of Hilary Clinton who behaved like a PAP aristocrat.

Joint first assistant secretary-generals lah, ST (Updated)

In Uncategorized on 22/11/2018 at 4:32 pm

Updated to reflect constructive, nation-building media  breaking story and some more boasting from me

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat is set to be named by the People’s Action Party (PAP) as its first assistant secretary-general on Friday (Nov 23), paving the way for him to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the country’s top leader, a senior party leader and several cadres confirmed to TODAY.

What I predicted in 2015: The next PM has been unveiled

My original post earlier today

Joint first assistant secretary-generals lah, ST

That’s what Secret Squirrel told me when I told him

Singaporeans will get a good indication of who is most likely to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as People’s Action Party (PAP) leader and the country’s fourth prime minister tomorrow.

Sources said that the party’s top decision-making body met last night to finalise its choice of who fills the crucial post of first assistant secretary-general.

[…]

The choice for first assistant secretary-general appears to have narrowed down to two contenders: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 57, and Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, 49.

Constructive, nation-building ST

Secret Squirrel’s side-kick, Morocco Mole, reminded me that Darth Shah told the plebs not to read too much in coming changes to the PAP’s politburo.

And do remember that PM has the hindsight of knowing that Goh Cock Tong was a lame duck PM from the day he became PM because everyone knew who his successor would be even if it took 14 yrs to happen.

Somehow I doubt PM would like to be like Goh in that respect.

Joint first assistant secretary-generals lah, ST

In Uncategorized on 22/11/2018 at 10:57 am

That’s what Secret Squirrel told me when I told him

Singaporeans will get a good indication of who is most likely to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as People’s Action Party (PAP) leader and the country’s fourth prime minister tomorrow.

Sources said that the party’s top decision-making body met last night to finalise its choice of who fills the crucial post of first assistant secretary-general.

[…]

The choice for first assistant secretary-general appears to have narrowed down to two contenders: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 57, and Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, 49.

Constructive, nation-building ST

Secret Squirrel’s side-kick, Morocco Mole, reminded me that Darth Shah told the plebs not to read too much in coming changes to the PAP’s politburo.

And do remember that PM has the hindsight of knowing that Goh Cock Tong was a lame duck PM from the day he became PM because everyone knew who his successor would be even if it took 14 yrs to happen.

Somehow I doubt PM would like to be like Goh in that respect.

Crazy Rich Asians: Money talks, BS walks

In Uncategorized on 20/11/2018 at 4:27 pm

“Crazy Rich Asians” is the top-grossing romantic comedy in 10 years. As at 1 Oct 2018, it “pulled in more than US$165 million through Sept. 30 at the box office in US and Canada, the world’s largest movie market.”

https://qz.com/1408252/crazy-rich-asians-is-now-the-top-grossing-rom-com-in-10-years/

A Google search this afternoon says it has grossed US$235.1 million.

Bollywood banging balls.

Our Taliban Christians will be cheering for Trump’s VP

In Uncategorized on 19/11/2018 at 10:26 am

Mr Pence’s appeal to Christianity in Asia at the end of his Apec speech also caused many in his audience to cringe.

FT

What he really said

As an Indo-Pacific nation, the United States is proud to be a part of this great story, and we’ll continue to write new chapters, with resolve and with faith — faith in the people who call this vast expanse home, and the boundless capacity of every individual to achieve their dreams; faith in our most cherished principles, and in the vision that we share for this region of the world. And lastly, I believe that we go with faith that, as we labor for a free and open Indo-Pacific, we do not work alone.

Not far from here, in the Parliament of Papua New Guinea, I am told, sits one of this country’s national treasures — a King James Bible, more than 400 years old. (Applause.) Before it made its way here, it passed through my home state of Indiana. It calls to mind the rich and diverse traditions of culture and faith that characterize this vast region of the world. And on that foundation, I believe we can be confident that our vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific will prevail. For, as it says in that old book, “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (Applause.)

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-vice-president-pence-2018-apec-ceo-summit-port-moresby-papua-new-guinea/

Wah Meng Seng so confident of winning GRC/ Tan Cheng Bock

In Uncategorized on 14/11/2018 at 2:14 pm

Our management software is ready and we won’t be held ransom by PAP attempt to control the management software

Goh Meng Seng

Or juz clowning around like Desmond Lim and Pwee?

Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) chairman Desmond Lim said his party has remained active in the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC since the 2015 GE , which saw the SDA garnering about 27 per cent of the vote in the constituency, an eight-percentage-point drop from its 2011 GE performance. “We’ve conducted our regular house to house visits, attending to resident’s needs and requests. We are ready for any snap elections,” said Mr Lim, 51.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary-general Benjamin Pwee, 50, said it was premature to speculate when the next GE will be, but he said: “The DPP stands ever ready to field good credible candidates for the coming GE.”

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/pm-lee-hints-timing-next-ge-saying-pap-has-only-two-years-prepare-it

More likely to be clowning around.

Seriously, these guys want Dr Tan Cheng Bock to lend them his credibility with people who vote PAP but who are open-minded about changing their minds?

No wonder he is keeping quiet, real quiet: My predictions about Spastics’ League.

I don’t think he wants to tarnish his legacy (and money) on clowns like these guys and Lim Tean: Lim Tean where are yr durians?

 

Only America will visitors be asked if they are terrorists

In Uncategorized on 14/11/2018 at 10:52 am

The Esta (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) is an online US form, which some foreigners can use to waive their need for a full US visa.

One of the questions reads: “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?”

One Scottish lady ticked “Yes”, by mistake she claimed.

Read whay happened next at https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-45678517.

It wasn’t pretty but sure is black comedy at its finest.

Teachers here not as respected as those in China, M’sia, Taiwan and even NZ

In Uncategorized on 12/11/2018 at 4:12 pm

S’poreans think teachers are “very mediocre people” isit?

If teachers want to have high status they should work in classrooms in China, Malaysia or Taiwan, because an international survey suggests these are the countries where teaching is held in the highest public esteem.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46063947

S’pore is only at number 10 because money talks, BS walks? A person is respected here because of the size of their salaries: https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-invisible-people-class-conscious-society

Top 10 for teacher status

  1. China
  2. Malaysia
  3. Taiwan
  4. Russia
  5. Indonesia
  6. South Korea
  7. Turkey
  8. India
  9. New Zealand
  10. Singapore

Remember

that those in the private sector earning less than $1m are “very mediocre people”. And that the PAP only chose ministers from the private sector if they were earning $1m or more.

Ex-PM’s money obsession causing PAP problems

Anyone using money to distinguish between “mediocre” and “not mediocre” people is thinking in terms “of people in terms of social class or income”.

Don’t tell us, tell ex-PM, Indranee Rajah

As https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-invisible-people-class-conscious-society shows, status and money is very intertwined here, and it’s easy to blame the PAP for this. But maybe the PAP itself is a victim, not the creator of this culture?

What do you think?

No, not S’pore

In Uncategorized on 11/11/2018 at 3:41 pm

But the u/m story sounds so S’porean because it reminded me that five nsmen have had police reports filed against them for allegedly sharing unauthorised photographs of an accident in a training exercise which resulted in the death of a fellow nsman on social media websites.

Bill Cason has been a pilot for more than 20 years, and is president of the Federal Flight Deck Officers Association – although, because of the programme’s rules, cannot say whether he is an FFDO himself.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43377461

Pilots allowed to carry guns in planes in the US are known as Federal Flight Deck Officers.

How Harvard “fixes” Crazy Smart Asians

In Uncategorized on 06/11/2018 at 10:22 am

Says that they are not likeable, so will not be good students.

Further to this Trump supports Crazy Smart Asians, at the trial that began in Boston to determine if Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans, the plaintiffs point out that Asian applicants to Harvard do brilliantly on academic tests but mysteriously terribly on subjective measures such as likeability.

S’poreans who stage walk-out show why they are still sheep

In Uncategorized on 05/11/2018 at 3:02 pm

The staff of Google S’pore are no sheep on the face of it because they walked out last Thursday to protest against the company’s handling of cases of alleged sexual misconduct. When have S’poreans got the balls to strike? Last strike here was when FTs working at SMRT went on strike. Moreover as Reuters staff showed, even gathering to hold placards on their employer’s premises is an invitation for the police to come pay a visit.


Last Strike/ FTs lead the Way

SMRT: Better not take the bus

SMRT did not brief FT drivers on labour law?

TRE says it all about Ong Ye Kung, NTUC & SMRT

Ong Really PM Material?

Ong Ye Kung: A study in failure

Why he really could still be next PM

“Experts” wrong to write-off Ong as next PM

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But they are still S’porean sheep, because Google employees round the world walked out last Thursday  to protest against the company’s handling of cases of alleged sexual misconduct. If the S’pore office didn’t join in …

Actually, because of the time zone, the S’pore office was the first in the Empire to stage a walkout. Imagine if the Singkies had decided to continue working …