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Brownfacegate: The inside story?

In Uncategorized on 15/08/2019 at 10:43 am

 

Morocco Mole (Secret Squirrel’s sidekick) tells me that his second cousin removed working at Havas’ has an interesting story about the origins of the ad. I must emphasise that it’s hearsay and there’s no evidence supporting the story. It could be juz fiction.

Havas’ knew that they had to portray, Chinese, Malay, Indian and Others* as this is SOP in public service ads. No public body wanted one race to complain of being left out. So they tot up the idea of a cross dresser who could also do all four races, as a way of meeting this requirement while hopefully making it entertaining, and a talking point**. The Nets people bot into the ad. And MediaCorp had no issues.

Someone involved (not an ethnic Chinese but from a minority that even other minorities sneer at) is alleged to have said: “If only we had used an anti-Chinese, vulgar person from a minority that thinks that said minority should be tua kee and kicking the ass of other races, not juz punching above their weight, fronting the ad, no-one would have complained except some dickhead Chinese chauvinist and the public would have shouted the person down.”

Meanwhile a long time ago, in a parallel S’pore in an alternate universe far, far away, Preetipls and her brother are looking at their bank accounts and smiling. They crossed dressed as a couple and parodied Malays, Chinese, Eurasians and Indians in an ad for Nets. A few Chinese men were jailed for complaining about “yellowface”. The ad won awards for promoting multiracism.

Details of this alternative S’pore: PM visiting from Bizarro S’pore?

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In 1824, the British introduced the concept of the “Malay” race into S’pore’s psyche and political governance, when they classified the residents of S’pore into “Chinese”, “Indians”, “Malays” and “Others”.

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

**Well they got it talked about, a lot.

 

 

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Back to the Future: US Navy ditching digital screens

In Uncategorized on 15/08/2019 at 5:10 am

And returning to analogue devices:

The US Navy is replacing touch screen controls on destroyers, after the displays were implicated in collisions.

Unfamiliarity with the touch screens contributed to two accidents that caused the deaths of 17 sailors, said incident reports.

Poor training meant sailors did not know how to use the complex systems in emergencies, they said.

Sailors “overwhelmingly” preferred to control ships with wheels and throttles, surveys of crew found.

“We got away from the physical throttles, and that was probably the number one feedback from the fleet – they said, just give us the throttles that we can use,” said Rear Adm Galinis.

The survey showed a desire for wheels and throttles that, prior to the introduction of touch screens, were common across many different types of vessel.

The US Navy was now developing physical throttle and wheel systems that can replace the touch screens, USNI said. The service plans to start the process of replacing touch screens in the summer of 2020.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49319450

Wonder what the Chinese and our navies use?

 

Life is expensive for the poor

In Uncategorized on 12/08/2019 at 4:43 am

I was surprised to read in ST that a lady living in a two-room HDB flat said that an air con cost $1000 which she couldn’t afford.

Then I realised that she could only use the kind of air cons that don’t require a hole to be knocked in a wall, and that even if HDB allowed her to knock a hole in the wall, getting a contractor adds to the costs. So $1,000 is about right especially as it’s likely she’ll be buying on the never-never: hire purchase.

Sad.

Fyi, two years ago when my existing box air con failed, I got a second hand replacement (Remember this brand: National?) for $250. Bet you, they’d replace the motor of my old one and sell it as second hand, even though they told me they couldn’t repair it: more like “wouldn’t”. But at $250 (including installation), I’m not complaining.

I remembered asking, “What else I got to pay?”

Air con is still working.

Crazy Indian

In Uncategorized on 11/08/2019 at 5:47 pm

He wanted an Indian/ British car, not a German car.

An Indian man angered at getting a BMW for his birthday – instead of a Jaguar – pushed the new vehicle into a river, the BBC reported.

Beemers cost around 3.5m rupees locally, with Jaguars costing about 4-5m rupees. Still, Beemers are a lot more reliable than Jaguars which are after all made by a British company owned by an Indian company.

Talking about race: something from the FT

In Uncategorized on 10/08/2019 at 6:54 am

As it’s the day after National Day, let’s return to the issue of race which is the hot topic

Alt media, cybernuts also promoting racial stereotyping and worse

Typical Chinese reaction to “brownface” ad/ Cina also can get upset

Indian lady takes issue with charge that Nets ad was “brownface”.

Brownfacegate: Did you know Shanmugam also said this?

(Btw, racism in the US of A: Why Muslims in USA are right to feel oppressed)


How the concept of a “Malay race” can cause a headache

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

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

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

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Charles King, a professor of international affairs and government, in his latest book, Gods of the Upper Air.

traces three main waves of western thought about race. Before the 19th century, academics viewed different races as permanently distinct, akin to separate species. After the work of Charles Darwin introduced the idea of evolution, a second idea gained traction: that humanity was interlinked, but that different societies were evolving at different rates; thus societies were ranked according to how “primitive” they were.

Boas, Mead, Benedict and others initially accepted this evolutionary consensus and went to places such as the Arctic Circle and Samoa, aiming to study “primitive people” and fit them into an evolutionary schema. But after observing different cultures first hand, they realised that it was totally wrong to label other cultures as “primitive”. Different human cultures needed to be valued and studied on their own terms, as part of the “great arc of potential human purposes and motivations”, Benedict wrote. She described this third approach as “the recognition of cultural relativity” — or the idea that different human cultures were valid in their own right, and should be respected.

These ideas were largely drowned out during the second world war, as fascism and nativism held sway. But in the postwar decades, they helped form the bedrock of human rights.

Whatever, ang moh tua kee.

Trebles all round.

 

Alt media, cybernuts also promoting racial stereotyping and worse

In Uncategorized on 08/08/2019 at 11:00 am

This has been shared widely in cyberspace especially by anti-PAP alt media publications and the social media feeds of cybernuts and the usual ang moh tua kees. They are KPKBing against a now well-known ad for a NETS E-Pay campaign tot by them to use “brownface”, and voicing support for subsequent self promotion “retaliation” video by two persons who claim to be offended by the ad. And it didn’t help matters when an ethnic Indian super heavyweight minister weighed in with comments that the video crossed various red lines because it attacked ethnic Chinese: Brownfacegate: Did you know Shanmugam also said this?

It all seemed so unfair to the cybernuts and many others that censoring the video and investigating Preetipls and Subhas (they made and appeared on the video), while those who came up with the “brownface” advertisement got off lightly.

Well this pix has four things wrong going by the criticism of the offending ad and the defence of the video.

Firstly, why is the offended person portrayed as an ethnic Chinese lady? Going by the reasoning against the ad, and in favour of the video, the picture is saying that ethnic Chinese, and wimmin, in particular, are prone to being easily upset and offended on racial matters. Not racism and sexism meh?

Also going by the reasoning against the ad, and in favour of the video, the picture says that Indians, and males in particular, are prone to allege racism. Not racism and sexism meh?

Next, going by the reasoning against the ad, and in favour of the video showing the Indian as light-skinned is taking sides in an ethnic Indian row. Many of our ethnic Indians have darker-skin tones than this guy: because many S’poean Indians are Tamil. Since the PAP introduced “Let the Indians flood in”, the proportion of Northern Indians here are increasing. Some of them even try to practice the caste system here in S’pore saying the fair-skinned Indians (Hindi speakers) of a higher caste than our local Tamil-speakers. It’s a fact that in Northern India, that lighter-skinned Indians are preferred to darker-skinned Indians. The marriage ads often specify the need for a partner to be “wheat coloured” or other such euphemisms denoting light-coloured skin. Not colourism meh?

Finally, why must the Indian be a male? Does it reflect the stereotype that Indians prefer male children? And that Indians abort female fetuses? Sexism at work.

Fyi, I have no problems with the ad or the video or this picture. I take issue with the subsequent action by MediaCorp against one of the persons in the video (taking him out of a video it’s making).

FYi II, I know the person who did the above photo. He is “woke” and anti-PAP, but no racist, and he’s Chinese.

My  point is that there’ll always be something in any picture or ad that will offend somebody.

 

Typical Chinese reaction to “brownface” ad/ Cina also can get upset

In Uncategorized on 07/08/2019 at 11:41 am

If you are familiar with the comments made (Letter to ST’s Forum) skip it and read the rest of my piece. Promise you it’s worth reading.

When I first saw the “brownface” advertisement, my initial reaction was that it was a rather interesting (and perhaps even intelligent) advert, in that it was trying to show that whether we are Chinese, Indian, Malay or Eurasian, deep down we are the same, as the same person was used to portray the different races (Why depicting ‘brownface’ characters is no joke, Aug 3).

I also thought, by using the same character, the message was that in Singapore, even though we may be of different races, fundamentally, we are the same people and, therefore, should be united and be treated the same.

It does not matter if a person is Chinese, Malay, Indian or another race. It is always possible to construe a message in different ways.

A simple statement like “this dish is interesting” can be interpreted to mean it is unique, it is something which I will not want to try again, or it is tasty.

I just wonder if the (silent) majority of Singaporeans may have thought that the advert was quite innocuous.

I also wondered if perhaps the reason the same person was used was for cost saving?

Joseph Tan Peng Chin

Above appeared in ST’s Forum on Monday

I agree with the writer and so do many other Chinese (including TRE readers) going from their commentswhen TRE used Indian lady takes issue with charge that Nets ad was “brownface”.

But I have to disagree with the writer that the casting had to do with cost. I’ll explain in another post why.

When I sent https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49205225 to a FB friend, he asked me what did two of these three links in article had to do with S’pore

I told him that the two showed that ethnic Chinese could be thin-skinned and as vicious as the Nairs.

Finally, from a bunch of Yale-NUS College students

In the past week, Singapore has been ablaze with controversy and debate over the brownface Mediacorp ad campaign and the police investigation into the rap video response by Preetipls and Subhas. As a community of students concerned with Singapore’s civil democracy and racial discourse, we at CAPE are disappointed by the knee-jerk reactions of censorship and blind condemnation, instead of discourse and a sincere attempt to understand and reflect upon the experiences of racial minorities in Singapore.

CAPE presents a primer of 6 infographics reflecting on racism as more than just some “western SJW thing”, discourse versus censorship, and questions to ponder with the state planning an enhancement of current judicial firepower in regulating race and religion.

(Of course they have to be PC: their grades depend on it. I’ll critick the piece some other time.)

Why Muslims in USA are right to feel oppressed

In Uncategorized on 07/08/2019 at 4:19 am

Just look at this chart: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49227590?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world/us_and_canada&link_location=live-reporting-story. Racism is cited in BBC article as a reason why Muslims bear the brunt of suspicions.

Indian lady takes issue with charge that Nets ad was “brownface”

In Uncategorized on 05/08/2019 at 4:58 am

Phew, I really have a problem understanding the outrage of local YouTuber and comedian Preeti Nair (known as Preetipls) and her brother, rapper Subhas Nair that resulted in a vulgarity laden video full of aggressive attacks against Chinese, and their allies, many of whom are the anti-PAP cybernuts or the usual suspects who wish the PAP ill. (Btw, I don’t take offence at the video. Juz shows how badly Nairs were brought up.)

So I was really glad to read in TRE of all places that an Indian lady shared my surprise that it was offensive because it means that my cluelessness that it was offensive had nothing to do with my Chinese ethnicity, even if it isn’t the real deal: I’m Straits Chinese and my elders still (I’m 64) call Chinese “Gek” in conversations among themselves and with youngsters like myself. They even call their granchildren “Gek” (albeit affectionately) if the grandchildren have a “Gek” father.

Here’s Linda Chopra’s piece. Secret Squirrel tells me her pa’s Khush Chopra, a lawyer and someone who calls for change in S’pore. Her pieces have appeared in TRE: sense (like mine) among the trash.

Racial Harmony – Where do we draw the line?

The most recent incident started with Dennis Chew impersonating a Chinese man, a Chinese woman, a Malay woman and an Indian man in an advertisement for cashless payment.  Unfortunately, the advertisement was greeted with disdain by some netizens who thought it offensive.

The question is … why?

This is a point I find it hard to understand.  If we think about it, Americans dressed up in various costumes during the Halloween.  But they never have people complaining that it was disrespectful for the supernatural beings.  Likewise, many fans dressed up as their gaming, comic and cartoon characters during Cosplay events.  But the respective gaming, comic and cartoon companies never complained that these fans were disrespectful to their trademark characters.  If anything, these companies actively seek to organise and promote Cosplay events and want as many fans as possible to take part in such events.  Of course, one might point out that there are financial incentives for these companies, since they stand to profit from having more customers.

The point is this.  The motivation of the fans to dress up as their favourite characters is NEVER about disrespect.  Rather, they are so attracted towards their favourite characters that they wanted to act them out in real life.

Of course, the same cannot be said of Chinese impersonating Indians in that these Chinese are so attracted to the Indian culture that they want to act out like us in real life.  However, one thing that should be clear to everybody is that, at the very minimum, they do not dislike Indians.  If they really hate Indians, they will not have shown any interests in our cultures and certainly will not want to dress in traditional Indian gears.

When I looked at Dennis Chew in the advertisement, I am not able to pick up anything to suggest that he was disrespectful to the Indian culture in any way.  He was just advertising for the cashless payment services and there is nothing whatsoever to suggest that he was mocking the Indian culture.  So why are some of us so upset?

(Of course, from the advertisers’ perspective, it is cheaper to pay one actor to act out four roles than four actors/actresses to act out four different roles.  But that is only managing costs and is not exactly showing disrespect to the Indian culture.)

If we go further back in history, there was a similar event during the UOB Bollywood-themed staff party in 2012.  I was too young to remember what it was all about, but it appeared to be a fancy dress party that focused on the Indian culture and the Indian cinematic scene in particular.  Unless there were evidences of people mocking or denigrating the Indian culture during the staff party at that time, I am not able to understand what the fuss was about.  In fact, I would have thought it a compliment to the Indian culture in that UOB chose to showcase our culture during their staff party. As a comparison, would any of us have complained if they had organised a fancy dress party based on the traditional Chinese culture, the traditional Thai culture, or even an Amazon tribal culture?  My guess is probably not.  In particular, I would not think Chinese would have complained if UOB female staff dressed in cheongsams. (Apologies … I do not know what is the male equivalent of Cheongsam.)

At the end of the day, Singapore is a multi-racial country.  I am proud to be a daughter of the Indian culture and I am more than happy that other races show interests in and want to learn more about my culture.  For my part, I am proud to showcase my culture to other races.  Likewise, I also mix around with Chinese and Malay friends and I also get to understand their cultures.  The true spirit of racial harmony should include the cultural cross-exchanges between different racial groups, the pride to showcase one’s own culture and the acceptance of culture from other racial groups.

Cross-dressing in clothes of other cultures is a sign of acceptance and we really should not be so offended about it.  In fact, anyone can buy Sari in Little Indian, Cheongsam in Chinatown and Baju Kurung in Malay Village and there are tourists who shop for these clothes when they visit Singapore.  Are we going to ban the sales of these traditional clothes to other races?  Yes, I will be hurt and offended if other people make fun of my culture, but this does not seem to be the case in both the advertisement and the UOB staff party.

I hope that we Singaporeans will look at this episode with a new perspective of acceptance and not get overly heated up, particularly when there is no intention to offend in the first place.

PS:  I hope Chinese Singaporeans will be forgiving towards Preetipls and Subhas for the rap video and I hope that this episode can be laid to rest in a peaceful manner.

Linda Chopra

Related post: The cultural ignorance of SPH staff and other S’poreans

Want S’poreans to have more babies?

In Uncategorized on 04/08/2019 at 10:47 am

Get the female partners to “do God” and go to religious services.

Recently, six MPs from the People’s Action Party (PAP) Women’s Wing released a position paper reported that 58% of respondents in a survey said that the cost of raising children is a main concern when deciding to have another child. What do you expect any PAP report to say? It’s all about money is a PAP Hard Truth: Ex-PM’s money obsession causing PAP problems

Maybe, it’s nothing to do with money?

Here’s an interesting audio clip on why going to church can make a woman give birth: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07jgdcd

Here’s a summary of the clip.

Jonathan Last, author of What to Expect When No-one’s Expecting, explains how most interventions to increase the fertility rate have failed in countries around the world. While negative incentives seem to work, such as China’s one child policy, encouraging people to have more children seems less successful.

As Last explains, a far larger influence on a woman’s decision to have more children than race, education or geography, is how often she attends religious services.

Related post:

Enough space for Queen Jos to have sex?

MOS Josephine Teo was misquoted

Btw, Secret Squirrel tells me Jos Teo is not only Roman Catholic, but is religious. As she has a huge family by S’pore standards (three kids), she’s proof that religious people breed like rabbits?

 

Illegal and racist: Chinese in Vancouver

In Uncategorized on 04/08/2019 at 4:42 am

If you look Chinese and speak Mandarin you can summon a ride in Vancouver by using an app, as long as it’s Chinese. The drivers normally call to confirm the order … “Sometimes they’ll hang up on me when they realise I don’t speak Mandarin,” … But he keeps trying, because popular ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, are not available. Vancouver is the only big North American city where they do not operate. The Chinese service is not legal, but it is tolerated.

https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2019/08/01/british-columbia-gives-uber-a-cautious-go-ahead

Fake Chinese vase sells for £200,000

In Uncategorized on 03/08/2019 at 4:22 am

This vase is a fake because it has the reign marks of the Chenghua period, from the mid-15th Century, But it’s actually a 18th Century vase and rare.

Love the way the auctioneer described why the makers faked its date

[T]he Chinese paid homage to their ancestors and put earlier marks on later pieces.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-49196630

Me? I think they did it to add value to their vase. Michelangelo when he was young, poor and not famous, damaged a bust he had just made and made it look dirty and old, hoping to pass it off as a Roman antique. A Roman antique that survived until the 15th century would make the object more valuable in the eyes of potential buyers.

 

Sci-fi story predicts S’pore after next GE?

In Uncategorized on 02/08/2019 at 2:46 pm

Recently, taking the view that an election is coming soon, I’ve talked about the worsening economy “Only cold spell coming, but not Winter” and reminded about other headwinds not good for the PAP

— Another reason why ground is not sweet for the PAP.

— Why one-party rule sucks for Xi, Lee and Heng

Well the cybernuts are happy, saying that the PAP will be defeated by a Coalition of the Spastics headed by Dr Chee.

In a dystopian short story “The Machine Stops”, published in 1909, EM Forster imagined a world in which enfeebled individuals live in honeycombed rooms underground, part of a totalitarian technology-dependent system. They rely on the “Machine” for communication, entertainment, and spiritual and physical sustenance. Most humans’ decision-making ability has atrophied. Those who rebel are exiled to the earth’s surface.

When the Machine suffers a cataclysmic failure, the underground society collapses with it. In a glimmer of hope, one doomed human suggests “humanity has learnt its lesson”.

Related post: Sci-fi can help defeat the PAP?

Speaking truth to LHY

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

When I read

I wholeheartedly support the principles and values of the Progress Singapore Party.

Today’s PAP is no longer the PAP of my father. It has lost its way.

(One Lee Hsien Yang on Facebook)

I tot it was really hypocritical, pretentious and silly of him to try to elevate petty family and inheritance disputes into a fight over LKY’s political legacy: of course cybenuts would cheer him on, but they even cheer for Lim Tean, Goh Meng Seng and TKL.

I was trying to put my tots into something coherent and biting when someone posted this on FB.

I wholeheartedly support you to reflect on your father’s sins and realise that the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree. If your brother is abusing his authority, he learnt it from your daddy dearest. The same daddy that provided you your privileged life while he destroyed anyone who disagree with his vision or he considered beneath his intellect. Have a long honest look at your father before attacking your brother. If you are an opposition member during the reign of daddy, and behaved as such, you’d be bankrupted, in prison, self exiled or combinations of all three. Your brother already give you face.

(The guy a fellow member of FB group Soul of S’pore: ya really pretensious name for bunch of right of centre S’poreans with some IB, Fifth Chinese Columnists, and some cybernuts thrown in. Like me he is a cynic. He claims to have posted this post on LHY’s FB wall.)

Talking about his pa, would one Harry Lee approve of a son of his mixing with people who do not wish his beloved PAP well at a fund-raising function of the anti-PAP TOC?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember even when he was physically very frail he appeared at a major PAP milestone 60th anniversary do. The two photos below are reproduced from LKY: Why liddat PAP?

Btw, I learnt from Secret Squirrel after I wrote that post, that he wanted to attend the funcion and wanted to stand beside his son and GCT. He refused to sit down in a chair.

 

 

Muslim super heroine doesn’t wear tudung/ Another Indo Pakistan war

In Uncategorized on 31/07/2019 at 1:53 pm

Disney realises Muslims got money (All those rich A-rabs) and so Marvel will have a new a superhero (Ms Marvel) in an up-coming film. Another Indo Pakistani war has started. Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood superstar already voices the character in the mobile video game Marvel: Avengers Academy. And Indian-Americans rooting for her  to star in the film, but Pakistani-American say the role should go to a Pakistani-American rather than Indian.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-44111442?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment_and_arts&link_location=live-reporting-story

Nonsense: 1 Oppo leaders are not honoured by PAP govt 2 More adversarial politics won’t be good for S’pore

In Uncategorized on 30/07/2019 at 11:26 am

Heng was reported as saying that more adversarial politics won’t be good for S’pore.

Around the same time, ST recently published a letter from a Dr. Huang Shoou Chyuan who said that opposition politicians deserve national honours too. One P Ravi (Remember him? He recently announced on FB that he let his membership of the Chiams’ Party lapse and has joined TCB’s Progress S’pore Party.) wrote on FB that he agreed and cited one Mr Chiam who deserves such an award. A TOC regular contributor (not one of Terry’s bunch of Indians based in India) also agreed with the good doctor.

Here are my tots on how Heng’s, and the letter writer’s, P Ravi’s and TOC contributor’s views are nonsense.

Effective (i.e. dangerous to the PAP) oppo leaders have been recognised and honoured by the PAP. Think JBJ and Dr Chee: they have been sued for defamation by PAP members and made bankrupt in recognition of their prowess as opponents of the PAP who needed to be “fixed” to ensure that S’pore remains a de-facto one party state: What makes America Great, and LKY unnecessary.

Even Dr Tan Cheng Bock (once a senior PAPpy) was honoured by the PAP. He was disinvited from an Istana function honouring grassroot leadsers after he nearly beat the PAP’s preferred candidate in the presidential elections. And he has never been invited back. And many S’poreans, self included, think the constitution was amended to ensure he couldn’t ever be eligible to stand as a presidential candidate.

As a poster of FB put it when commenting on Heng’s comment that more adversarial politics won’t be good for S’pore: “There is much irony in such a litigious and punitive govt saying there shouldn’t be adversarial politics.”

True Chiam wasn’t honoured in these ways but maybe they didn’t think he was that dangerous an opponent? Maybe they saw him as a “useful idiot”?

Seriously, Chiam, was given a great honour by one Harry Lee. He was one of Harry’s honorary pall-bearers. Given Harry’s status in S’pore’s official narrative (Coldstore: Why Harry’s narrative or the highway), Chiam’s honour ranks higher than the Order of Temasek.

But I suppose P Ravi would rather forget about this great honour conferred on Mr Chiam because it could be interpreted as double-confirming to cynics that the PAP thinks Chiam is their useful idiot.

Try this: Coat streets white to cool S’pore

In Uncategorized on 29/07/2019 at 1:16 pm

I refer to Air conditioners make cities hotter, and to the fact that it’s really hot the last few weeks.

White streets in Los Angeles, California

The concrete jungle of LA gets up to 6F* hotter than the surrounding desert, with 2019 already setting records for hottest ever days, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

LA … aims to cool the city down by 3F** by 2035.

One of the city’s tactics is using a light-coloured material over one street in each of the 15 council districts, in order to test out the impact.

The material, known as “cool pavement”, reflects rather than absorbs the sun and so remains cooler than typical black roads.

However, it is more expensive and doesn’t yet meet safety standards for wider, busier streets in the city, hence the demo phase.

One “cool street” in Canoga Park measured 70F*** shortly after being laid, as opposed to 93F**** found on a nearby intersection road.

City officials also hope the cool pavements will help cool the insides of nearby buildings and lessen air pollution.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49039095?intlink_from_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fscience_and_environment&link_location=live-reporting-story&fbclid=IwAR0TDgIp5rmdaVZ54kuIxxeedWOfu4rWmAN1vDan9MrykUsJnA7cvsl7qWM

We are already using the other ways suggested in article including garden roofs, so why not try this.


*-14.44C

**-16.11C

***21.11C

****33.89C

 

Irish way of carrying new UK’s PM

In Uncategorized on 26/07/2019 at 1:30 pm

“The best hope for Ireland and for Europe… is that Johnson will be guided by three of his worst traits… he doesn’t mean a word he says, he is obsessed with power, and he is willing to betray those closest to him in the pursuit of that power,” says an Irish Times editorial.

BoJo is threatening a no-deal Brexit. The UK will suffer the most vis-a-vis the EU as a whole. But Ireland will lose the most among the EU nations, and will suffer more than the UK.

Hence why the editor of the Irish Times is drowning his sorrow and bile in pints of Guinness.

 

Double confirm: Russia owns Trump

In Uncategorized on 26/07/2019 at 4:10 am

Donald Trump appeared at a right-wing rally in front of a fake presidential seal, doctored to make apparently satiric references to Russiaand golf.

The tweaked image flashed up on a screen behind the president as he spoke to a summit hosted by the conservative group Turning Point USAin Washington earlier this week.

The normally solitary bald eagle was seen with two heads, made to resemble the two-headed bird on the official Russian coat of arms in a mocking nod to Mr Trump’s woes with investigations into Moscow’s election meddling.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-speech-russia-golf-eagle-presidential-seal-turning-point-usa-event-a9019971.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1EThEm9powBWqZkdMlWWTkcoAvzPtOJh7H38cCW6LFzKOtUdwSB7dsc3k#Echobox=1564055937

Organisers said they didn’t know how it happened: “An honest mistake”?

Biz with 900 staff world wide and no office

In Uncategorized on 24/07/2019 at 4:39 pm

Automatic helps

workers to equip their home offices and helps them meet the cost of renting a work space, or for drinks if they work in a coffee house. But that is still cheaper than an office.

Automattic’s staff work across 70 different countries and, instead of paying for a central office, the company pays to fly staff to regular meet-ups throughout the year.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48879976

Why isn’t Changi Int’l not protected against drone intrusions?/ Paper weapons?

In Uncategorized on 24/07/2019 at 5:16 am

Recently, I wrote SAF got this meh? and asked if SAF had anti-drone weapons because Changi Int’l recently had problems with two drone intrusions, resulting in disruption of flights. Two men were subsequently arrested and will be charged in court.

A regular reader (also of the constructive, nation-building ST) sent me a link from ST, the opening paras read

 Fly a drone within 5km of an airbase, and you could find it taken down by one of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) latest weapons.

The Jammer Gun, when fired, emits a signal to jam the control signals of the drone, which will then be unable to survey the premises of the base.

The RSAF also has the Drone Catcher system, which uses a net to snare errant drones. The two weapons will be in action this weekend (May 26 – 27) at the open field next to Jurong East MRT station.

ST

Why only airbases protected? Why not Changi Int’l?

If these weapons worked as advertised, they’d have been shot down the drones. But maybe, they don’t work as advertised? Hence their absence from Changi? If the weapons don’t work at an SAF base, the public will be none the wiser, even if an intruding drone damages the base: “Top Secret – Drone attack succeeds”.

But at an airport, good luck keeping a weapons failure a secret. Too many civilian eyes.

 

Enough space for Queen Jos to have sex?

In Uncategorized on 23/07/2019 at 1:50 pm

On the same day I read about S’pore’s declining birth rate

The number of babies born here last year fell to an eight-year low, posing more demographic challenges for an ageing population.

The Report on Registration of Births and Deaths 2018 said 39,039 births were registered last year, a 1.5 per cent drop from 2017.

I read a BBC article about a couple who built a house on the back of a flatbed trailer in County Down, NI. See photo below.

This reminded me about a story about a tiny apartment in Tokyo: width the length of outstreched hands but over two stories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYVJbupG3Xg

“You don’t need much space to have sex,” Jos Teo. More at: MOS Josephine Teo was misquoted

SAF got this meh?

In Uncategorized on 22/07/2019 at 2:52 pm

I refer to the drone sightings that closed Changi Intl: Where’s SAF and police when Changi Airport needs them? . Photo from Reuters shows French anti-drone weapons. Do we have something similar?

 

Drones post threat to PAP govt: Traingate: Only TRE reader sees the big picture.

Related post:

Akan datang: Drones to supply ships in harbour

 

 

Sorry Tharman fans, more qualified man of colour available

In Uncategorized on 19/07/2019 at 5:18 am

FT reported that underperforming Credit Suisse CEO (share price has collapsed since he became CEO), Tidjane Thiam, could be a candidate to head the IMF. Facts: the Franco-Ivorian CEO has long been linked with the post as a possible dark horse candidate (No pun intended: he like Tharman are long odds candidates). He has been Ivorian fiance minister and CEO of a British insurer. His academic credentials are also a lot better.

It quotes his friends as saying say he would be an ideal choice, enabling the IMF to make a switch to an emerging markets nominee that could still be acceptable to France. (French nationals have held the managing director role five out of 11 times since its post-war foundation).

As readers will know, the post of IMF head, is in the gift of the Europeans. They have always given the post to white-skinned Europeans. The Americans choose the World Bank CEO has at least gifted the post to an American with a yellow skin.

The BJP in Hindustan India and Tamil supremacists around the world are still smarting that an ethnic East Asian became World Bank president (They thanked the Gods he wasn’t an ethnic Chinese, only etnic Korean): hence their alleged support for Tharman.

Weekend reading. Tharman the wannabe stand-up comic:

Property: Tharman trying to crack jokes again

Tharman trying to tell jokes again?

Tharman joking again? Or trying to BS us?

Tharman talks cock yet again

Will Hougang make the PAP moan the inflation blues, not joke abt it?

 

 

Ravi not taking his medicine again?

In Uncategorized on 14/07/2019 at 10:18 am

Update on 15 July at 4.30 pm:

“We have informed the court at the Pre Trial Conference this morning that the case is being withdrawn. We would like to wish the couple the very best and will pray for recovery,” the lawyer wrote.

M Ravi’s FB post

Law Society should investigate if he was professional negligent in filing the suit, in addition to find out if he’s taking his medicine.

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Recently, Ravi got back his practicing certificate. He can now practice law: a mixed blessing for an unfortunate couple he’s doing pro bono work, as I will explain.

But first when he got back his cert, I had high hopes for him because he gave an interview to the constructive, nation-building media in which for first time ever he admitted openly that he had gone bananas and apologised to those he had hurt (physically or mentally). (M Ravi apologises for assaults after pleading guilty and Shameful silence as M Ravi’s cows come home)

This was a first because after he recovered from his two previous maniac spells, he refused to talk about his illness, even though he had gone bonkers in public, causing rows. He even sued the Law Society, but now he thanked the Law Society.

I was happy for him because even if I tot he was a BS of a lawyer, I admired his courage (JBJ’s real son?)

Well reading this extract from TOC (about a husband trying to use his CPF to pay for his wife’s cancer treatment when she’s terminally ill: even the doctors treating her say it’s unlikely she’ll survive), it’s clear Ravi’s had a relapse and should not have got back his cert:

CPF Board savings withdrawal policy restricted to recipients aged 55 and above “mindboggling” and “irrational”: Suriia’s lawyer M Ravi

M Ravi had previously raised several concerns regarding his client’s case.

Firstly, he argued that Section 18(d) of the CPF Act allows a CPF member to transfer a portion of his fund from the Ordinary and Special accounts to his loved one’s account. However, according to the CPF Board’s policy, the money can only be transferred to someone who is 55 years of age and above.

“Now, to me, this policy is irrational. A policy which is irrational in the administrative law sense becomes unlawful.

“In other words, what the CPF Board is saying is that although they are sympathetic to the fact that Sarojini is suffering from 4th stage cancer, she has to wait until she turns 55 for Suriia to transfer the money, with the Board’s consent, from his account to Sarojini’s Medisave account.

“To me, this is mindboggling and to say the least, it rankles the soul,” said M Ravi.

The human rights lawyer also argued that the CPF Board’s policy deprives Sarojini of her right to life under Article 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore, which stipulates that “no one should be deprived of his life or liberty in accordance with the law”.

M Ravi had consequently filed a Mandatory Order to the court “to compel the CPF Board to allow” Suriia “to transfer to his wife, portion of his CPF funds to her” on Wed (10 Jul).

“Suriia also seeks a Declaration from the court that the CPF Board’s policy made pursuant to Section 18D of the CPF Act is unlawful and unconstitutional, insofar as it prohibits the transfer of funds from Suriia’s Ordinary and Special accounts to his wife Sarojini’s Medisave account,” he added.

I won’t bother rebutting this nonsense* except to say lawyers who know and like him think he’s bonkers in his reasoning.

This

The human rights lawyer also argued that the CPF Board’s policy deprives Sarojini of her right to life under Article 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore, which stipulates that “no one should be deprived of his life or liberty in accordance with the law”.

reminded me that I once upon a time wrote

M Ravi’s grandfather’s parliament, is it?

Will M Ravi’s barrage of constitutional challenges change anything?

M Ravi kanna “brainwashed” by ang mohs?

Btw, fyi:

Understanding M Ravi’s bi-polar disorder

An inconvenient fact for M Ravi’s groupies

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Added after publication

*A reader, a fat cat doctor turned bizman explained

 [Y]ou’re allowed to transfer your CPF to your loved ones’ accounts, after setting aside the BRS (or 1/2 of the old Minimum Sum with property pledge).

If you’re below 55, you can transfer your remaining Ordinary Account.

If you’re above 55, you can transfer your remaining Ordinary plus Special Accounts.

He then added:

Under most other state pension plans elsewhere in the world, they wouldn’t even be able to utilise any part of it for medical / insurance expenses. And no “refund” of pension savings due to terminal prognosis (which the wife got back all her CPF OA & SA in cash).

Ok ok, in angmoh countries, she would qualify for maybe disability welfare and perhaps also free medical. But the big caveat is that such free or heavily state-subsidised medical is restricted to their govt medical system & hospitals, which are either no better & often worse than Singapore’s govt medical system.

And they are not into govt hospitals …. they are using Mt E & PCC.

Another funny thing is how they claimed the private specialists mentioned that she can be treated, but when interviewed by MOH, the private healthcare providers stated that her condition is incurable.

Knowing how vested & fucked up the private healthcare industry is, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a “difference” in “opinions” being conveyed to the patient, but in this case it shouldn’t be because the private medical certified her case as “terminal” i.e. death expected within 12 months, in order for her to get CPF to give her back her OA & SA.

Price of coffee in a cuppa

In Uncategorized on 13/07/2019 at 11:01 am

Coffee powder used in a US$4 cup of coffee is costs US$0.50: 12.5% of the total cost. Secret Squirrel’s second cousin removed who owns a coffee place in an atas mall, says that in S’pore, the % is around there too.

Note that in the illustration “Mark up” is not the profit. It includes rent, wages etc.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48631129

Selling medicine like selling burgers or fried chicken

In Uncategorized on 12/07/2019 at 1:30 pm

AstraZeneca takes lessons from fast food to serve China

In face of competition from generics, group relies on sales volume rather than price
FT headline
Chinese fast food marketers are sure to be in demand with drug cos in China as they are forced to compete with generics: Chinese govt is making sure hospitals (friends of ang moh drug cos) have to publicly tender their requirements. No more, “You put money in my pocket, I scratch yr white skin”.
But because Chinese consumers don’t trust generics, ang moh drug cos have resorted to selling expired patent drugs like burgers and fried chicken. Buy a burger, get discount on yr medicine?

Eating whale: Gd point

In Uncategorized on 10/07/2019 at 11:53 am

We don’t complain about what other people eat. In Australia, they eat kangaroos. Kangaroos are cute too, aren’t they? I think you should respect a country’s culture and history Shintaro Maeda, mayor of Shimonoseki.

FT

S’pore’s a liberal place, ang moh data shows

In Uncategorized on 08/07/2019 at 1:14 pm

Repression? What repression? Obvious Kirsten Han doesn’t do quantitative data, only subjective feelings isit? Another example of her failure with numbers: Repression? What repression?/ Alt media cannot be trusted.

If u draw a straight line down from where S’pore’s is located on chart below, you’ll hit France, I’m told. Now France isn’t repressive, is it, Kirsten Han? Eat yr heart out ang moh tua kees, cybernuts and other anti-PAP types. Repression? What repression?

We are liberal by advanced country standards: not very liberal but we have France for company.

A really smart ang moh tua, cybernut or other anti-PAPpy (But there are none) will point out that the Heritage Foundation is an arm of the CIA and Wall St. But there’s no evidence for this assertion.

Related post: “There is freedom of speech, but I cannot guarantee freedom after speech”

Cry for Richard Li

In Insurance, Uncategorized on 08/07/2019 at 4:54 am

He sold too soon a huge stake in Tencent.

From an FT reader commenting on an article on Richard Li who is now in the biz of building a major Asian life insurer (FWD) to challenge the likes of AIA. (Btw, his insurtech, subset of fintech, biz is based here.)

Richard Li never made it as a tech investor. But he came tantalizingly close, once. Back in the late 1990s his company PCCW happened to invest in a small nobody company in what was then the Wild West Chinese border town of Shenzhen. This nobody company was called Tencent. At one point, Mr Li owned something like 40% of it, for which of course he paid peanuts. But then, in 2001, he sold his entire stake to a bunch of nobody South Africans that no one had ever heard of, doubling his amount of peanuts in the process. We know the South African buyer today as Naspers, whose investment in Tencent entered the record books as the most successful venture capital investment ever made.

Really unlucky chap despite being born with a silver spoon in hisa mouth.

See who attended TOC’s do

In Uncategorized on 07/07/2019 at 5:06 am

But first I was wrong. I told Terry that if the do was cancelled, no need to refund me. I said I was sure that a dead rat would be found on a surprise inspection of the place juz before the frunction.

 

I’m glad I didn’t attend: Lim Tean, Tan Kin Lian, Mad Dog and Tan Jee Say were there. Though it would have been nice to say hello to Uncle Leong, Chopra, Remy Choo,  Dr Paul and Tan Cheng Bock, Terry and that pretty gal in white and black on the left of group photo.

I’m no fan of the fake news reporting of TOC, but Terry has his heart in the right place: Why continued one-party rule is not good for us.

And Samsung wants to sell folding phones?

In Uncategorized on 06/07/2019 at 11:05 am

Samsung is being sued by Australia’s consumer watchdog for allegedly making misleading claims about the water-resistant properties of its phones.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48866148

The above came out on the day that Samsung said it still believes its folding phones will be a ‘driving force’: it’s preparing to relaunch Galaxy Fold after initial problems (The sets tech reviewers received cracked when folded.)

Seriously, people who used to like Samsung smartphones are not happy. Friends have complained that newer models are not well made: niggering, irritating faults. A family of Samsung users moved on after this incident: family member’s one week old Samsung had water contamination problems after she wore it on her arm band and went jogging with it. Her sweat penetrated into the phone and Samsung would not replace it even though it was only one week old. Not covered by warranty: fault of user staff claimed.

 

PAP: tropical White Walkers?

In Uncategorized on 02/07/2019 at 10:34 am

When TRE republished Ground is not sweet economically/ Authorities may have to do something but no gd options and Even MSM tells us “Ground is not sweet economically”, where I talked of the White Walkers  arriving at Changi Int Airport, TRE used this image:

 

I realised I was wrong, the White Walkers have been here since 1954. Thinking further about it, the PAP must be a mutant version of the real White Walkers since S’pore’s a hot place. But then maybe not because maybe the fact that the PAP likes air conditioning (Harry said it’s one of greatest inventions: ang moh said it first though) explains how White Walkers can thrive here  despite the tropical heat.

What do you think?

 

West’s ‘human rights superiority complex’

In Uncategorized on 30/06/2019 at 12:23 pm

African version of our Harry criticises West’s ‘human rights superiority complex’.

From a BBC report

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has termed criticism of his country’s human rights record as “rubbish” and “ridiculous” in an interview with French TV broadcaster France24.

He said that Rwanda was a different country compared to what it was 25 years ago.

He challenged the programme’s host to look at what he called Europe’s failing human rights record, especially its treatment of migrants.

“[Europe] is violating people’s rights, with this problem of people being bundled and sent back to sink in the Mediterranean and so many people being mistreated in your own country,” he said.

Mr Kagame added that the West’s criticisms was tinged with a superiority complex:

“You really need to stop this superiority complex nonsense about human rights.

“You think you are the only ones who respect human rights, all others are about violating human rights. No, we’ve fought for human rights and freedoms for our people much better [than] you people who keep talking about this nonsense.”

Well so long as there are ang mog tua kees like Kirsten Han, PJ Thum and cybernut Oxygen (big funder of TRE even though he is refugee from S’pore living in Oz for yrs and yrs) who can blame the West for superiority complex? West’s ass gets licked by these ang moh tua kees.

 

Even MSM tells us “Ground is not sweet economically”

In Economy, Uncategorized on 29/06/2019 at 11:20 am

When I published this, Ground is not sweet economically/ Authorities may have to do something but no gd options, I had not gotten round to scanning the latest headlines of our constructive, nation building media.

These were the headlines I had missed

Singapore’s 2019 economic growth likely to be weaker but global economy ‘not headed for a crash’, says MAS chief

MTI and MAS reviewing growth forecast, which was just slashed in May

And

As Singapore relooks 2019 projections, economists warn of possible technical recession

Nice to know that even economists are thinking like me: White Walkers expected at Changi In’l soon.

 

Offered money, Grab it

In Uncategorized on 29/06/2019 at 4:39 am

This seems to be the philosophy of Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-app company.

Grab has received an additional US$300 million investment from asset manager Invesco as part of plans to raise $6.5 billion in total capital this year.

“The additional investment in Grab takes Invesco’s overall total to US$703 million and re-affirms its belief in Grab’s vision and plan for the region,” Grab said in a statement on Jun 27.

Softbank-backed Grab said in April that it was looking to raise another US$2 billion this year to ramp up expansion, weeks after announcing more than US$4.5 billion of funding in Southeast Asia’s largest round of private financing.

Seems most of the money with go to developing fintech and insurance, not subsidise rides. Well it did out-subsidise Uber until the latter cried “Uncle”, pulled out of the region and took a stake in Grab in recompense. Grabbed Uber’s balls, Grab did.

Bitcoin is on a roll

In Uncategorized on 28/06/2019 at 4:46 am

Even if fell by US$2000 last nite.

But did u know that the local price of bitcoin had recently risen in places of political turmoil: think Hong Kong and Tehran. People in those places don’t trust their govt, and so diversify out of paper curriencies.

Where’s SAF and police when Changi Airport needs them?

In Uncategorized on 26/06/2019 at 5:30 am

Unauthorised drone flying has prompted disruptions at Singapore’s Changi Airport for the second time in a week.

The country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) said 18 flights had been delayed, and seven flights diverted due to drones and bad weather.

Last week, one runway was suspended at Changi and dozens of flights delayed after drone sightings.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48754432

After the first drone sighting, the airport should have been secured, and a second attack prevented.

 

Anti-Chinese Canadian action?

In Uncategorized on 25/06/2019 at 5:05 am

Canada is the first G20 country to ban shark fin trade.

Guess what’s the reaction?

“The shark fin ban is just a gimmick to gain political capital,” says Ben Leung, who is active in the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.

He criticises the ban, arguing it targets Asian culinary culture, while providing little actual help to protecting sharks.

Mr Leung expects the ban’s impact on Asian restaurants in Canada to be “limited”, as it had been long expected.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48714320?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world/us_and_canada&link_location=live-reporting-story

Given that Leung expects the ban’s impact to be limited, he’s the grand-stander.

Btw, the BBC article says that since 2013, official Chinese government functions stopped having the dish in any form.

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.

 

 

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”?

Watain 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 Watain 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.

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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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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

Why ang mohs will vote for the PAP

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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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.

Related posts

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How to squeeze Tun’s balls real hard


*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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6,400 senior citizens each get $312.50 hongpao from a TLC

Will Oliver Lum and other Hyflux investors still vote for the PAP?

Did u know S’pore graduated to “Flawed democracy”?

Why Milliennals will vote for the PAP

Double confirm, ground not sweet for PAP

Keeping power in a one-party state

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.