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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The daft Australians must learn from Singapore
‘Australian prime minister plans to reduce immigration, citing urban crowding
Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia has proposed that the government impose stricter limits on immigration to control overcrowding in the country’s major cities. Population growth has played a major role in the country’s economic success, but people in Australia’s biggest cities are alarmed about an influx of immigrants, Mr Morrison said. “They are saying: enough, enough, enough,” he said. “The roads are clogged, the buses and trains are full. The schools are taking no more enrollments.”’

The above is quoted from Todayonline. The Australians are hysterical over the growing number of immigrants adding to the population of their cities. Can you believe that? A continent nation with cities that are sparsely populated compare to Singapore, they are calling for a ban on immigration? Don’t they want growth, don’t they want progress and better quality of life?
The problem is that they did not know how to manage big cities with big population. Singapore should send out experts to down under and teach them how good big population is and how each Australian city can easily accommodate a 10m population.
Australia must learn from Singapore in bringing more and more population to increase economic growth. And the better immigrants are those from third world countries with their special talents that Australia does not have, never mind which universities or if their degrees are from degree mills. No degrees also can, as long as they can work, be they calling themselves as doctors, engineers, scientists, professors, as long as they can do the job, the papers got or no do not matter.
If Australia is to follow what Singapore is doing, with its continent size country, Australia can easily take in another 100m immigrants and become really a big country and a super power. No need to pretend that it is a big power when it is not, with a meagre population of 23m, less than the population of Malaysia.
The Australian govt should simply throw the question back to the complaining and daft Australians. Do you want growth, do you want a better life? The answers must be yes and therefore bringing in more immigrants is the only way to go about it. QED.
If they don’t believe this, come to Singapore and see how we squeezed in 6m people in this piece of rock and still bringing in more, and there is no problem of overcrowding. We have work for several million foreigners. And they contributed to our growth and created work for Singaporeans as well. Our infrastructure and public transport system are running as smoothly as they are built to be. And we can continue to build more homes to sell to the foreigners. How nice.
And where got Singaporeans saying, enough, enough, enough? Singaporeans are crying for more, more, and more. Some even suggesting 10m or 15m or more. And this is the reason why Singapore is so prosperous, so rich, now so rich in culture from all over the work, including viruses and bacteria in the air. And exposing to them would make Singaporeans stronger with better immunity.
Did the Australians know that this little Red Dot on the surface of the earth has one quarter the population of the Australian continent and wanting more? Soon Singapore will have a population half the size of Australia, if the great thinkers and planners have their way.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wildlife went on a rampage in Sin City
Almost seven years ago, 4 wildlife went on a rampage in this very safe and very low crime city state. Four Sarawakians turned this peaceful and safe city into a night of violence. They attacked pedestrians on their way home near a MRT station in Kallang, slashing and robbing them in full view of people around them as if it was a free for all in a jungle. The clueless pedestrians did not see it coming, stunt and were mercilessly taken down, defenceless and did not know how to react.
The scene could be the same as the hapless pet birds in cages hanging outside the windows of HDB flats when attacked by the hornbills. It was something out of the normal. Who could expect the hornbills to be so audacious and lawless, to think that it was alright to eat the pet birds for lunch? Who would ever think that the foreigners here to work, to make good money to send home, would turn violent against the peaceful, friendly and carefree Singaporeans just living their normal life?
The last wildlife, Donny Meluda, was sentenced to 33 years life imprisonment for a supporting role in the violent attack and robbery on a peaceful night in Sin City. Two of the wildlife were convicted for murder. Michael Garing who wield a parang during the slashing crime was sentenced to life imprisonment. Tony Imba, the leader, also got life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the rottan. Another, Hairee Landak, was also given 33 years of life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane.
During the slashing attack, one victim was killed and another 3 seriously injured with a NSman losing several fingers, with half of his palm chopped off. The dead victim was brutally stabbed and slashed all over his body, his head and neck and died on the spot.
The High Court judge had this to say about the attack. It was ‘likened to a safari hunt.’
What is the moral of this violent crime by the wildlife? Do not think wildlife are peaceful, friendly and harmless. There is wildness in wildlife. Be careful, be very careful when dealing with wildlife or close to wildlife. Singaporeans are so comfortable with the safe and almost sanitized environment and have taken safety and security for granted. They have let down all their guards against wildlife and would regret only when it happened to them directly, or too late.
Be alert all the time. Recently some young children were bitten by the otters in the Marina area. Just keep a safe distance from them. You would not know when they would strike. I am astonished at how comfortable Singaporeans are in inviting wildlife into their homes.
On the other hand today’s newpaper has a good coverage of otters being witnesses to a marriage proposal and otters having a siesta in Marina Bay. It seems that news of otter’s presence in little Red Dot has gone viral. The otters have grown familiar with the locals and growing more confidence to be seen around people.
Would they be culled just like the wild boars and wild chicken when their number grew too big? Would they run riot and attack the hapless and timid locals that have lost their instinct to defend themselves against wildlife? Or would they chase out the locals and turn the little Red Dot into Otterpore, a paradise for wildlife?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SOS -Save Our Seniors, Spare Our Seniors

Save the world, save the dogs and cats…but don’t bother about the seniors.
Every kind hearted souls are calling for saving mother earth, saving animals from extinction, saving the dogs and cats and the wild boars. I am waiting for some kind souls to talk about saving and protecting our seniors. No one knows that the seniors must be saved? No one knows that the seniors are struggling to survive with little or no money, or a little savings in their CPF?
Are the seniors more important or the animals more important to deserve some attention from those that really care or pretending to care?
In this most expensive city of the world, when cost of living keeps going up, prices and fees/fares going up, how can the seniors survive when they are either jobless, retired or with little savings? To make matter worse, many are plagued by various forms of age related illnesses that they are unable to pay for medical care. And some have to depend on expensive supplements with prices going up and up to live.
For goodness sake, whenever there is any increase in fares/fees/charges, medicine and supplements, food, do not simply lump the seniors together, to share some of the increases no matter how small are the increases. The seniors simply have no income and trying to make ends meet with whatever that is left in their savings.
And please, have some mercy, and stop taking from the little money left in the seniors’ CPF accounts. No matter what reasons, how good, how caring, how meaningful, how insuring and assuring, don’t touch the seniors’ savings. They cannot afford them. Every cent, every dollar is needed to survive, to pass the day, one day at a time. It is evil and wicked to have designs on the little savings of the seniors. It is not compassionate to keep raising fares/fees and make the seniors pay for them. The seniors do not need anymore insurance schemes that robbed their CPF savings. They are waiting to die and everyday is a bonus.
Freeze further fare/fee increases and spare the seniors from them. Can understand this or not? Many seniors have no money left and they have 20 or 30 years still to live. Where is the mercy, where is the compassion? Treat the seniors a little better than the animals, please. Save our Seniors for goodness sake. Spare Our Seniors from the robbers.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leong Sze Hian vs Lee Hsien Loong - Hottest wayang in town
In law courses it is often quoted cases pitching the people versus the Crown. Here in little red dot, we are seeing the people versus the PM. And this is not new, happened since Lee Kuan Yew’s time, the incumbent PM suing an ordinary citizen for libel. What is new is for the people, an ordinary people, to sue the PM. Leong Sze Hian is countersuing Hsien Loong on this ground, ‘The predominant purpose of the claim is the use of the legal process to chill freedom of expression in Singapore generally and in particular to restrict reporting on any role the Govt may have had in the 1MDB scandal.’ Leong Sze Hian ‘is seeking compensation for damages to his reputation through the issuance, continuance and reporting on the legal proceedings, as well as costs…’ as reported in thenewpaper.
There is now a new buzz in the air. Everyone’s eyes are wide open, wanting to know what is going to happen with this new twist. Many are wondering if this countersuing would ever end up in court or would be thrown out by the court. And if it did end up in court, you can expect it would be full house on the day of hearing. Everyone interested in the political happenings of the island would want to see a repeat of Chee Soon Juan versus Lee Kuan Yew and this time seeing how Lim Tean questions Hsien Loong in court.
Hsien Loong would be in the hot seat. But he has nothing to fear. He would have the services of the best of the best in the legal system, top dog lawyers like Davinder Singh, Edwin Tong or even Shanmugam would be there to defend him. Lim Tean would have to face these legal giants, all ten foot tall, while he is a midget in a way.
What kind of questions would Lim Tean posed to Hsien Loong? Would he be able to put Hsien Loong in an awkward position? How would Hsien Loong answer questions impromptu, without being submitted two weeks in advance? Would Lim Tean be able to do a David and Goliath act in the Singapore court?
And the verdict, if this case did get into court, would be closely watched. Who is the lucky judge to be picked to preside over this case? Any volunteers?
Would this wayang be played out in court and be broadcast in details in the main media? Everyone is very eager to want to know. What can be more exciting with Hsien Yang throwing his money behind Leong Sze Hian and Lim Tean as reported in the mothership site?
The importance of this case can be judged by it being reported on page 16 of the newpaper and somewhere in the middle pages of the ST. Front page news of thenewpaper was about a 60 year old auntie wielding a knife and needed to be tasseled before being disarmed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The days of chasing the 4Cs are over

Many seniors would fondly remember the days when chasing the 4Cs was on the lips of every Singaporean, young and old, rich and not so rich. Those were the heydays, the golden years of Singapore. Many with O levels, no need A levels or degrees, could join the chase successfully.

For the millenials, the 4Cs refer to condominium, cars, credit cards and country clubs. These are things that the millenials could only dream of today except for a very few minority and those belonging to the elite club or children of politicians. But the millenials are very happy with what they have, good time, partying and eating out everyday. Not a bad life really. They don't miss the 4Cs as these are things that they don't expect and thus are non issues. Ignorance is bliss.

For the oldies, many had all the 4Cs in their younger days and some could still be living in condominiums or private properties. The first thing that they lost or willingly gave up are the country clubs. All lost a bundle for buying them at peak prices and now worth barely anything near the price they paid for. Some are retired or no longer employed and could not afford to pay the monthly club dues.

The next item to go is the car. Many simply send their cars to the scrap yards when the COE expired and could not afford or would not want to pay another 100k for another car. The empty car parks in HDB estates are testimonies of the good old days gone by. The plunging COE prices is another sign that car ownership is no longer affordable. Anyone unable to buy a car would find the excuse that public transport is now so efficient, with great experiences in taking trains and buses.

There was a time when everyone had a string of credit cards in their swollen wallets. This is also not the case anymore and having one or two cards is the norm.

Many have traded down their private properties for HDB flats to cash out on the value of the appreciated price over the years. Some are still hanging on but not for long. Many of the oldies would end up in HDB flats to enjoy having more cash in their pockets. These were the lucky ones, enjoying the benefits of inflated property prices they bought for a song. This privilege is not going to be repeated as the millenials could barely afford to buy HDB flats, and upgrading to private properties is not as easy as before.

In conclusion, the dreams of having the 4Cs would remain as dreams for many of the millenials. Not many are going to enjoy the 4Cs like the oldies in their time. But this does not mean that there will be no more good years. There will be many more good years, with or without the 4Cs, as the expectations today are different. A 4 or 5 rm HDB flat is the new dream, better public transport is another, country club is only wishful thinking. Maybe credit card is still relevant for the millenials to chalk up more credits and live on credits in order to live for today and pay tomorrow.

No one is complaining, not the millenials. For the old folks, everything is like a fleeting dream now. How did it happen and how it is gone, so fast. Good luck to the few millionaires here, and happy are the freegans, enjoying life as best as they could, for free.

By the way, what is the equivalent of the 4Cs for the millenials? What their dreams, what are they chasing, papers, public transport, pokemons and part time jobs?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lim Tean - Abuse of Process Rally



'Lim Tean, Founder of political party People’s Voice, is all set to organise a rally titled Abuse of Process at Hong Lim Park on 26 January from 4.00pm to 7pm.
Announcing this news on his Facebook page, theSingaporean politician and lawyer, said that one of the speakers that will be joining the rally is Leong Sze Hian.
Leong, who is a veteran blogger and financial consultant, came to the limelight recently when he filed a countersuit against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the abuse of the process of the Court.'

I copy the above from mothership.sg. It said that Lim Tean is set to organise a rally, so I am not sure whether Lim Tean is still thinking about organising this rally or it is on and a permit has already been applied and approved. I said approved, as it can still be cancelled. The biggest rally was the CPF rally organised by Gilbert a few years back. Would this rally prove the same or would the issue be sufficient or important enough to bring the Singaporeans there to hear them out? The two speakers are household names for people attending rallies at Hong Lim but may not be crowd pullers.

It would be interesting if Lim Tean could convince Hsien Yang to be one of the speakers with Cheng Bock tagging along as well. This combination would likely turn Hong Lim upside town, drawing the same kind of crowd as the CPF rally. Could it be or would it be the case? At the very least, if Lim Tean thinks he wants a good attendance, he should invite the presence of Hsien Yang and Cheng Bock even if they did not want to speak. Their presence, if announced in advance, would surely be an incentive and motivation for the apathetic Singaporeans to want to make a trip to Hong Lim to lend moral support.

With the presence of political celebrities, never mind if they are 'sceptical veteran politicians', they would still make a difference in the attendance. If not, Lim Tean and Leong Sze Hian would be speaking to a few hardcore Hong Lim rally permanent residents. I would definitely make time to visit Hong Lim if Hsien Yang and Cheng Bock are there.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2019 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man jailed 7 weeks for shoving a boy bully
His 10 year old son was being bullied in school for months by another 10
year old. One day, while fetching his son home he spotted the bully, shoved
him so hard against the wall that the bully’s rib had a small fracture. For
bullying a boy bully he was sentenced to 7 weeks jail.

This is justice in Singapore, don’t try to be smart and take the law into
your own hand to hit back. In this case the punishment for hitting back is
7 weeks jail. Not sure whether the boy bully got any punishment for
bullying the other boy.

What came to my mind is the bullying by foreigners against Singaporeans
especially the taxi drivers and security guards, being beaten by wildlife
twice their size. The last incident when the big wildlife bully knocked
down a security guard, the guard was lucky not to retaliate after suffering
the blow with his spectacles flying. If he were garang enough to hit back,
or his fellow guards would to hit back, I think they would likely be jailed
if they hurt the wildlife bully.

Thank God, they did what meek Singaporeans are supposed to do, report to
the police and hoping the law would bring justice to the wildlife. How many
meek taxi drivers and security guards have been bullied and beaten by
wildlife and with the wildlife walking away free and getting a tap on the
wrist? How many of the punishments against wildlife attacking meek
Singaporeans got more than 7 weeks jail?

Anyone keeps any records on such matters?

Are wildlife treated differently of better when they bullied daft Sinkies?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singapore is India’s top investor in 2018/9
True to Singapore’s strategy to ride on super power India’s growth engine, with higher rate of growth than China, Singapore has risen to be India’s top investor for year 2018/9. Singapore’s investment was US$16.23b, beating Mauritius, US$8,08b, Netherland, US$3.87b and USA, US$3.14b and Japan’s miserable US$2.97b. Singapore’s investment in India would surely be appreciated by India and hopefully India would not sue Singapore for whatever they are unhappy about. And with the CECA being upgraded and more unemployed Indians getting jobs in Singapore, there would be less reason to do so.
Singapore is not only India’s top investor but also the top importer of India’s unemployment, providing hundreds of thousands of jobs for jobless Indians. These two points would bode well for Singapore India relations and for Singapore to hang on the coat tail of India when it becomes the world’s number one superpower in 100 years time. Hopefully we would be able to see this day.
How did Singapore find so much money to invest in India? GIC using our CPF money? No, the US$16b came from Walmart which has an office in Singapore. The indigenous part of Singapore’s investment in India is US$230m. Dunno to laugh or to cry. Surely we have a lot more money to invest in India than just US$230m. The Indophiles must work harder to get more money into India to prove their point that India is the best place to put our good money in.
If Singapore has any doubts about investing in India, learn from the big western countries like Netherlands, USA and Japan, ploughing billions into the subcontinent. But please don’t touch our CPF, it is for our retirement and many would not live another 100 years to see the fruit of this investment. Maybe those Singaporeans not born yet would be able to see this great and glorious day when their money invested in India would grow 100 folds.
Among the reasons quoted for the growth of investments in India are tax treaty for Mauritius and ‘Singapore, with its well established regulatory environment, banking facilities and easier access to funds as well as human resource talent, helps firms create stronger substance’. I can agree with everything said about Singapore but the human resource talent part does not make sense. Singapore is a place of no talent and depending on India to provide all its talent needs. The only way for this to make sense is new citizens from India, now counted as Singapore talents and migrating back to India to provide talents for India.
This is double joy for India, sending their unemployed to Singapore to become talents and then sending them back as talents to India. Nice arrangement. Win, win for India.
Singapore’s dependence on India as the future is soundly based and Singapore would prosper together with India in the future. Singapura makes a lot of sense. And better still, Indiapore. Singapore got hope.
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