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Couldn’t help but think of Donald Low and Shanmugam

In Uncategorized on 13/05/2017 at 11:20 am

When I saw this in http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-39873020

 

Judge Dredd poster

Did he really think he could have got away with an attack on Shanmugan that was based on a headline that misrepresented Shan’s nuanced views on the delicate relationship between public opinion and judicial punishments.

When I saw the headlined, I tot someone from Mothership or The Idiots — S’pore (Or does the “I” stand for “Indians”?) had joined Today. I didn’t read the article because no way a minister of law would say such a thing as “Penalties for crime must reflect public opinion: Shanmugam” without qualification. It was a click bait headline. Btw, I hear that some asses in Today have been badly bruised. So Donald Low shouldn’t feel that bad.

Seriously, only Judge Dredd would say, “Penalties for crime must reflect public opinion”.

Btw, it seems the opinion of senior faculty members of the LKY School is that, “Donald must go for anyhow slimimg a minister, a minister that helped him get in after he lost his private sector job*.”. So why u think he offering to suck XXXX after offering to lick ass?

Money talks, BS walks: rice bowl is that important leh even for a scholar with a double first from Oxford.


*My dogs agree that he got to be punished severely for biting the hand that fed him.

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Why doesn’t Donald Low offer to lick ass?

In Uncategorized on 10/05/2017 at 4:28 pm

‘My first apology was insincere’: Donald Low to Shanmugam
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/my-first-apology-was-insincere-donald-low-to-shanmugam-8833228

Donald Low

16 hours ago

I have spent several days reflecting on my conduct, in putting up a commentary that was neither accurate nor honest.

I made a FB post on 24 April which misstated Minister Shanmugam’s views. I attributed to him views the very opposite of what he held, and then criticized him in a sneering tone.

When the Minister pointed out (through his FB), that I got my facts wrong, I sent him an apology that was a non-apology. The apology was insincere, and self-exculpatory – I tried to claim I was commenting on the headline and not his remarks, when my comments clearly showed otherwise. [When I sent the apology, to make my apology appear true, I also deleted some comments I had made in my FB, which showed that I was in fact commenting on his remarks].

Having thought further, I have written, as below, to the Minister, to convey my unreserved apology:

‘Dear Minister,

On deeper reflection, I realize my first apology was insincere. I am therefore writing now to apologize unreservedly. I had misrepresented your views in the Today article, and had presented them in a careless, thoughtless and flippant way. To make things worse, my apology was self-exculpatory. I accept that my criticism of your views was untruthful, unfair and unsubstantiated. I have let the LKY School down. But above all I’m sorry for my original post; it was impulsive and reckless.’

Many do not know this, but when I was out of a job in 2012, it was Minister Shanmugam who spoke with me and offered his help. He then put in a good word for me with LKYSPP, and gave me a recommendation. I decided that I should come clean about someone who had in fact helped me, and I should set out the facts in public.

 One wonders if there’s more to this than meets the eye? Whatever, don’t open yr ass before reading carefully.

Two elephants in the room the CFE report misses

In Economy on 15/02/2017 at 4:32 am

Donald Low points out that people are history

has been a failure of governments to compensate the losers of globalisation and technological disruptions sufficiently. Not only has income inequality increased in most developed countries, but this has been accompanied by wage stagnation for average earners. Technology advances may have created new and better jobs, but they have also caused the disappearance of many jobs that required “middling” skills and earned middle wages—a phenomenon known as job polarisation.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/donald-low/cfe-report-could-have-included-long-term-macroeconomic-issues/1427286870638616

And that there’s nothing in the report about safety nets (rumour has it that recommendations on “stronger safety nets” were taken out because of the PAP’s dislike of “welfarism”):

the state would be called upon to engage in more aggressive fiscal redistribution and to provide stronger safety nets. In fact, such measures are not just a necessary response to higher inequality. They are also an important lubricant of economic restructuring and a complement for measures to promote competitiveness; they make pro-growth policies far more acceptable to workers.

The American experience shows that the middle class is being wiped out by the march of progress, something that will happen here whether or not S’poreans vote for the PAP.

ANOTHER VIEW
Self-driving truck technology for travel on interstate highways, based on artificial intelligence, is already technically feasible. Today, about five million drivers are employed in the industry. A 20 percent reduction in this work force over the next 15 years would equate to a million lost jobs.

How Efficiency Is Wiping Out the Middle Class

Trade and immigration became the boogeymen in the presidential election, but what’s really displacing workers is the advance of technology.

NYT Dealbook

 

Cybernuts curse top economists

In Economy on 27/04/2015 at 4:37 am

Many of those who disagreed with the policies and actions of the Soviet Communist Party and the Soviet government and actively protested against these actions were sent to mental health institutes on the grounds that they were mentally ill. The reasoning was that only those mentally ill could think that the ruling communist party could do anything wrong.

Well, we have our anti-PAP cybernuts who are living proof that not all critics of the PAP administration are sensible, rational people like me.

Below is a piece,  I posted in the wrong place on this blog, binned it by accident and couldn’t recover  it, but TRE republished somehow. Waz’s funny and sad is that the cybernuts that congregate at TRE’s “comments” section like rats and bed bugs congregate at Bukit Batok and said nasty things about the economists Yeoh and Low, while commending and praising people like Roy Ngerng, Philip Ang, Ng Kok Lim and Uncle RedBean.

The only printable thing I can report is that they said that these economists talk rubbish because they couldn’t change govt policy when they were insiders.

Cybernuts indeed.

TRE discovers retired GIC

Actually it’s a TRE reader that discovered the economist.

Hopefully TRE readers start reading Yeoh Lam Keong’s pieces because he is a lot more economic literate than most of their heroes: people like Roy Ngerng, Philip Ang, Ng Kok Lim and Uncle RedBean.

Yeoh Lam Keong’s criticisms of govt policies are founded on facts and proven (or at least academically accepted) economic models , not BS or hot air. As are those of Donald Low: I’m now glad that TRE ie republishing Donald Low’s stuff.

Interesting while TRE is getting less and less the place where anti-PAP cybernuts gather, TOC (never a place of the anti-PAP cybernuts: in fact TOC made it respectable and fashionable to criticise the PAP administration online, showing that it could be done in a professional manner) is becoming the Hammer on-line. Hopefully the WP MPs will fund TOC from their MP allowances of $15,000 a month each. If no money is coming from the WP (WP not known to be supportive of allies) will leading members of TeamTOC be standing for election under the WP banner?

Even an eminent economist also can’t ‘tahan’ SG govt

Folks, I read two postings on Yeoh Lam Keong’s FB yesterday that I think are worth sharing.

 

Lam Keong is a prominent economist in Singapore and is heavily involved in public policy research. He is currently a private economic consultant and the Vice-President of the Economic Society of Singapore (ESS). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, where he lectures on economics and social policy, as well as a Fellow of the Civil Service College.

You can google for the profound and inspiring socio-political writings of Lam Keong like these three on “Behind Singapore Inc”..

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/behind-singapore-inc—part-i—the-growing-class-of–working-poor-.html

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/behind-singapore-inc–part-ii—%E2%80%98gov%E2%80%99t-must-rethink-delivery-of-public-services%E2%80%99.html

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/behind-singapore-inc—part-iii—%E2%80%98pap-must-return-to-its-roots%E2%80%99.html

Here’s what he posted on his FB a/c yesterday.

(1) In pointing to an excellent, thought provoking essay by Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh (who co-authored the book “Hard Choices – Challenging The Singapore Consensus” with Donald Low).

“But sentiment is changing. Perhaps this moment, now, as we celebrate fifty years of independence, may herald the peak of our devotion to the old man. For the many problems brewing in Singapore society are, in fact, symptoms of the values he fostered. Yawning inequalities threaten cohesion and tilt the playing field, undermining social mobility. Elite governance has bred a seemingly entitled class out of touch with ordinary people.

The homogenous political landscape can no longer satisfy the demands of an increasingly sophisticated electorate. Persistent attempts to crimp free expression have dulled creativity. The heavy use of carrots and sticks has nurtured a population primed to extrinsic incentives but starved of intrinsic direction. And by defining progress in such narrow monetary terms, he has contributed to a vacuous sense of national identity.”

Read the rest here:-

http://poskod.my/features/remembering-lee-kuan-yew-singapores-mercurial-father/

(2) On Amos Yee versus Edz Ello…”Is there an inconsistency in the rule of law here?”

“Is there an inconsistency in the rule of law here? Amos Yee has since taken down all the offending materials or made them private and out of public site. However, other netizens have re-uploaded the content online in other places where he is unable to remove it. In a statement, the police explained that they take a stern view of any acts which could threaten religious harmony in Singapore…..

“Any person who uploads offensive content online with deliberate intention of wounding the religious or racial feelings of any person will be firmly dealt with in accordance with the law,” they said.

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Regards;

Frank
Submitted by TRE reader.

Moving on from Hard Truths To Hard Choices

In Economy, Political governance on 11/02/2015 at 4:40 am

“We have to move on because I don’t think we can tie ourselves to the past forever. The past is there for us to learn from, not for us to be shackled by,”Ms Aung San Suu Kyi recently said to the FT.

The Hard Truths are all about individual responsibility, selfless collective effort (example: LKY’s and other of the old guards’ salaries), lean social security and growth over distribution (growing the pie, not slicing it or eating it: waz the point of not eating it, juz growing it, I must ask?),

Whatever, Hard Truths were the basis of a successful social contract: S’poreans’ voting for and acquiescing in an authoritarian one-party (defacto)  state in return for material prosperity. The critics of the social contract like JBJ and Dr Chee argued (when they were rational and not on ego trips) that the cost was too high: an elected government that captures the courts, silences media critics and tinkers with the constitution to perpetuate its rule.

It was a winning formula notwithstanding their rants (or should they be prophetic warnings?) because many S’potreans (think me, despite having voted Oppo all my life because I tot PAP hegemony would not be good for the PAP and S’pore) judged that the PAP way as the right way to “get on and better ourselves”. After all Dr Chee and JBJ were upper middle crusts, not middle, middle class, lower middle class or working class. The latter even sent his kids to a posh English private school that prided it on turning out upper class English gents. To be fair to him and his sons, the boys didn’t go to the really posh schools, Eton, Winchester or Westminster. They went to a school more akin to St Andrews, where JBJ studied. As for Dr chee, he attended ACS: need I say more?

But, snide remarks aside, “The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils Himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.” (Alfred Tennyson,”Morte D’Arthur”).

The facts have changed. That social contract – optimal for places with young populations, rapid growth, full employment, and rising real wages – “would not be sufficient to ensure equitable and inclusive growth in the face of the changes unleashed by globalization, rapid technological change, and our own policies,”  argued five economists  in a paper released Monday on the IPS website. The authors include academics and former senior civil servants who carry significant heft in policy-making circles, including Manu Bhaskaran, a partner at consultancy Centennial Group and adjunct research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Donald Low, a former senior bureaucrat at Singapore’s finance ministry; Tan Kim Song, an economics professor at the Singapore Management University; and Yeoh Lam Keong, former chief economist at the Government of Singapore Investment Corp.

Analysts widely believe that the days of double- and high single-digit growth rates year-in, year-out are things of the past; Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently said the city-state would do well to average annual growth of over 3% in the coming decade.

(http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2012/01/16/singapore-inc-needs-a-rethink-economists-say/)

In simple English these five were saying (my translation), “What is happening now is that ordinary people no longer have a sense that improving one’s lot in life is possible. Many S’poreans find themselves stuck, not getting on, doing their best not to go backwards.” They were like the Red Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass:running frantically to stay in place.

These economists were making public in 2012 an argument that has been around since the late 1990s and early noughties. Something that s/o JBJ should remember when he claims that his ideas are being “borrowed” by the PAP: there is nothing new under the sun.

Happily for those of us who do not a one-party state, the PAP instead of listening continued to repeat, even louder, the Hard Truths of one LKY, especially the one on FTs being the future.

The PAP forget that politics is all about adapting to changing circumstances and navigating change. It was a deep intellectual failure of the PAP to understand and adapt to changed circumstances. It continued with its politics of growing the pie but not allowing people to eat more.

In 2014, we had Hard Choices. Two Singaporeans,  Donald Low (the same as the one mentioned above) and Sudhir Vadaketh, published a book that argued against the way the PAP govt provides housing and social support, and questioned how it has dealt with values such as meritocracy and identity.

At the launch of “Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus”, they said they wanted to encourage us to question the public policy beliefs and practices that had become hard truths.

Low said: “We think that policymakers, and Singaporeans in general, should be less guided by hard truths, the ideologies, policies and practices that have served us well in the past 30 to 40 years, and be more guided by this idea that perhaps there are few hard truths, there are very few eternal truths.

“The far more meaningful debate we should be having is what are the choices we realistically have.”

One such choice is whether Singapore must be a global city, said Vadaketh. He said the antagonism towards foreigners in Singapore is a result of tensions between those who see Singapore as a global city with a global identity and those who want it to have a more local identity. I would disagree with him here, it’s more about the belief that FTs help repress the wages of local PMETs and the PAP’s  administration ignoringpeople’s concerns about the impact on wages and employmentof an FT flood.

Mr Low and Mr Vadaketh wrote most of the 15 essays in the book, which also includes contributions from Dr Linda Lim, professor of strategy at the University of Michigan, and Dr Thum Ping Tjin, research fellow at the Asia Research Institute in NUS.

Mr Low hoped for a return of “the debate that used to characterise the Singapore Government” He referred to a 1972 speech by former deputy prime minister Goh Keng Swee that raised concerns over Singapore’s continued reliance on foreign investments and foreign workers for economic growth. “I think we have regressed,” because debate had been “sucked out of the system” because of the Government’s success.

I disagree with him here. Unlike the likes of Dr Goh, Ngiam Tong Dow, Pillay, Howe Yoon Chong, the younger ministers and senior civil ,servants are more Catholic than the pope. They had to: who chose them to succeed the old guard, ministers and senior civil servants?

But let’s not think that the PAP is doomed like the dodo.

Bear in mind that Donald Low is the associate dean for executive education and research at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Yeoh Lam Keong* is an an adjunct professor there too (in the days of Hard Truths), they’d be in exile to avoid the ISD)  and that Hard Choices saw the light of day (would have been banned)

Finally, pls note the policies advocated in Hard Choices are not too dissimilar in spirit and outline from those that the SDP is proposing (spin on the latest version). They are about

— whether people’s hard work would be rewarded by an improvement in their living standards (or how o make surepeople who worked hard to build a good life for their families got a fair deal); and

— controlling the quantity and quality of people that come into S’pore (which incidentally is a primary duty of government that this PAP administration has seemingly forgotten).

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*One of above five and former chief economist at the Government of Singapore Investment Corp

His latest piece:http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/02/singapores-social-compact-trilemma-the-dynamics-of-a-critically-uncertain-national-future/