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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pedoman Affair – A lesson in diplomacy
It is easy to behave like a busybody shouting at everyone to obey the rule of law when it is none of your business. The consequence of such naïve behavior growing out of a big head is to make enemies unnecessary instead of making friends.
The Pedoman Affair, when a Malaysian govt boat chose to park itself in Singapore territorial water is like the Philippines parking a broken down boat in China’s island and refused to butt off. China is acting with great restraint by not doing anything to the scoundrel’s bad antics and let them make a fool of themselves inn the middle of the South China Sea. In the Singapore case, the provocation is real. It is not a ‘broken down’ vessel that could not move, but a boat deliberately sailed and anchored in Singapore water. And the Malaysian boat just sits there and telling the Singapore govt what can it do.
This is a test of patient and tolerance and diplomacy. China has been facing such antics from the Philippines for years. Singapore now is having its share of what it is like when another country did it to you. And for its past behavior for crying out loud when it was none of its business, Singapore now has no friends to cry out loud to support its position. No one wants to breathe a word in favour of Singapore. Not even the 5 eyes countries that were Singapore’s allies.
The 5 eyes countries would be very happy to gang up to protect their white allies, not an Asian little country, no matter how Singapore professed to be their good friends, good ally. If Singapore were to act like the little boy PM in Canada and call on the 5 eyes countries or friendly countries to tell the Malaysians to back off, would they comply, would they send letters to the Malaysian govt on behalf of Singapore?
Where are all the friends of Singapore? Where is the Philippines that Singapore shouted until it voice went coarse the in South China island dispute and supporting the so called UN backed back lane arbitration court in Haque?
Singapore is looking so lonely in this incident. Somehow there is a lack of busybodies to come forward to Singapore’s aid, to stand beside Singapore. It is indeed a very lonely feeling out there.
But that is ok even if Singapore has no friends coming to stand on its side. It still can punch above its weight. Ya? What is Malaysia when Singapore thought it could even punch countries like China? Why is it so difficult for Singapore to give Malaysia a black eye, to arrest the Pedoman and pull it to Singapore harbor, and to release it later if Malaysia pays a fine, like the Philippines used to do, or to blow it up like the Indons did? Cannot punch above its weight even with Malaysia? Is Malaysia too big and too powerful than China?
Why so much restraints on the part of Singapore to deal with this border interference and provocation issue to the point of looking hapless? Where are all the loudspeakers from the MFA?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mahathir trying to influence Duterte against influx of foreigners


Mahathir went to the Philippines to teach Duterte to such eggs, warning ‘the Philippines against letting in foreigners who could “disturb” the country’s domestic political stability’ in view of the influx of Chinese workers. During an interview this is what Mahathir said, ‘Foreign direct investment should not involve brining huge numbers of foreigners to live in the country, because that might disturb the political equations in the country,…If huge numbers of any foreigners (come) to live and stay in the country…you have to do some rethinking as to whether it is good or bad, of the limits that you have to impose on them.’

Duterte has different considerations based on the Philippines own situation. Last month Duterte said that ‘Chinese workers should be allowed to continue staying in the country as Beijing also hosted hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.’ This kind of reciprocity is not in the thinking of Mahathir. To Mahathir it is one way, can only benefit Malaysia and not the other party, like China pouring money into Malaysia but must be according to Malaysia’s term and interest and China must be the Santa Claus. Duterte sees it differently, win win for both parties.

Why doesn’t Mahathir share his warning with the Singapore govt but only to the Philippines? Singapore would likely show him the middle finger, other than telling him to mind his own business, not to influence Singapore's policy making, Singapore would tell him that the more foreigners the better, and Singapore woud be most happy to give citizenships to foreigners, not just staying and working here. Mahathir probably did not know that Singapore is now not a country but a hotel for everyone who wants to be here. Everyone can come here and own Singapore, no problem. A hotel is not a country and has no misgivings about losing a country to foreigners. Singapore is happy to share this piece of rock with anyone that comes here to work. Citizens are now called locals, just like the foreigners living here as PRs, NOT citizens. In fact citizen is a bad word, 'local' is the new favoured word for those living in the island.

This is a new model of state corporation, not nationhood, except that it has not been officially spoken in this way. All the sensitivities and things like disturbing the political equations in the country are none issues here. Singapore does not see any problem with changing the political equation or demography of the country. There is no race issue here, everyone is Singaporean. Any race can become the majority and become the Prime Minister or President. Singapore can be taken over by any race, no problem.

This is better than the theory of black cat or white cat as long as it can catch mice it is a good cat. I am waiting for our political leaders to utter this great catch phrase as the new Singapore slogan to the locals. Singapore simply loves to have foreigners, the more the merrier, wildlife also can.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wildlife executed for savage robbery
Micheal Garing, a 30-year-old Malaysian, was executed at Changi Prison on Friday (Mar 22)....the Judges of Appeal saying then that the "sheer brutality" exhibited by Micheal, who had attacked Mr Dillidurai in a "totally savage and merciless manner", warranted the death penalty....

In May 29, 2010, Micheal and three other friends - Tony Imba, Hairee Landa and Donny Meluda - had set out from a friend’s house with a plan to commit robbery. Micheal had armed himself with a 58cm parang.


Over the course of that night and the wee hours of the following day, Micheal and his friends robbed and caused severe injuries to three other victims.


Mr Dillidurai was cycling on the footpath along Kallang Road when he was attacked by the group. Tony knocked Mr Dillidurai off his bicycle and Micheal slit Mr Dillidurai’s throat and cut off his left hand.

The victim, whose wallet was taken by the attackers, also suffered a skull fracture and deep wounds on his back and left forearm.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/kallang-slashings-malaysian-micheal-garing-2010-murder-executed-11370142

How many of these sweet wildlife are still among us and waiting to display their primitive savage instinct? There was no need for butchering the victims in a robbery. The wildlife was not thinking of robbery but wanton killing of the innocents on the roads. They showed contempt and total disrespect for the law and brutally attacked their victims, not just to rob a few dollars, but to kill and hurt like savages. How could we sleep in peace with so many wildlife in the country, in our neighbourhood?

How many daft Singaporeans out there are still in love with the unknown wildlife in their midst? Singaporeans' stupidity has no cure. The savages are inhuman.

In the above case the court commented that under Singapore's law, all foreigners and Singaporeans would be treated equally. I don't agree. Look at the case of the rioters at Silat Road as reported in Channel News Asia.

' Yadwinder pleaded guilty after a five-day trial to rioting with a deadly weapon, failing to present travel documents upon departure and extortion with common intention.

Two months before the riot, he and four others extorted S$200 from a 21-year-old Indian national. They threatened to report her to the Housing and Development Board (HDB) for supposedly having more than the legal number of tenants in her flat....

According to a list prepared by Deputy Public Prosecutor Jason Chua, Yadwinder had been committing crimes repeatedly since 2015, three years after arriving in Singapore to work in construction.'

Such unrepentant wildlife that committed repetitive crimes in Singapore should be deported long ago to prevent them from disturbing the peace and threatening the lives of Singaporeans.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why Sri Lanka a target?

More than 300 died and more than 500 hospitalised due to the latest IS bombings in Sri Lanka. Imagine the same magnitude and death toll happened in Singapore! The question of why Sri Lanka, a Buddhist majority country with only 7% Muslims. According to expert interviewed by CNA, Rohan Gunaratna said it was because Sri Lanka was a soft target. See, being soft target, even a Buddhist country with a small Muslim minority would not be spared.

Singapore is also a soft target, with a small Muslim minority and with legs opened so wide that 10 elephants can crawl pass easily, with so many wildlife coming in and out like their hometown, do you think Singapore presents an excellent soft target for terrorist attacks? I think not, our secret weapon is Newater. I have written a piece on the unmentionable benefits of drinking Newater but have yet to post it here.

Newater is an antidote for many wildlife disorders. Wildlife that are here must have taken Newater, and that has in a way tempered their wildness. Just imagine if there is no Newater, how wild would the wildlife be. This could be a good reason why Singapore is spared, so far. Must be the Newater.

While we think we may be safe, a soft target is a soft target. And Gunaratna has warned in his interview that all govts must be on high alert especially in SE Asia when Muslims are a majority. And the silly asshole in Australia thought he could bomb mosques and killed Muslims and could get away with it. He has just stirred the hornet's nest. For every white extremist there is a Muslim extremist to match his evil and prejudiced ways. You can hit them, they can hit you.

In the Sri Lanka case, the intelligence services were warned of an impending attack but this information did not get to the govt leaders. Dunno what were they so busy about that such an important threat did not get to them in time, after 10 days. We can understand how busy our millionaire politicians are, now buried themselves with the threats from fake news. I think they should take the advice of the intelligence services seriously and give top priority to such threats even if fake news is important.

Which do you think is a bigger threat, a clear and present danger, terrorist threat or fake news? Does the govt or police have enough men and resources to attend to such deadly threats when they have to take care of fake news? Would they be spreaded so thin, just like during the Little India riot that they just don't have enough men in blue to take a hold on terrorist problem?

Is there a need to monitor and tighten the influx of potential terrorists coming in when the legs are open so widely? Would it be futile, too many but too few men to handle? Or should we have faith in our Newater that would make the terrorists lose their minds and become more docile and timid or less deadly like daft sinkies?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would Heng Swee Kiat be the next PM?
This is a funny question indeed. Some may think it is mischievous. He has
just been appointed as the next DPM, the only DPM with the two incumbent DPMs
being sidelined to become senior ministers to make way for him. It is only natural
and only time is in his way to be the next PM. Everything said so far about him
is good, he has the support of Hsien Loong and his peers. The two DPMs
also have good words to say about him. His appointment as the next PM is
double or triple confirmed.

Can anyone be so certain of what tomorrow brings, what would happen
tomorrow? Man proposes, man designs, but they always say God disposes what
man proposed. There is something called destiny, fate, what is yours would
be yours, what is not yours would not be yours. If Swee Kiat is destined to
be the PM, he will be.

Until the day comes, no one can be 100% sure of this event. Should events
take an unfortunate turn and Swee Kiat’s position is challenged, who would
be the next obvious choice? Chan Chun Sing would be next in line if
according to an earlier plan. People were surprised that he was not named
the 2nd DPM. Is there anything to read into this? And there is Chee Hian
and Tharman still hanging around. Further down the ladder there is Ye Kung
and Shanmugam.

Do not rule out the dark horses. If there is a leadership crisis at this
moment, the game is open to all, and dark horses would likely to emerge to
challenge Swee Kiat for the PM post. He is still feeling around and not
really in it yet.

Until the fat lady sings….whatever will be will be. Anwar’s position is
even nearer but still an uncertainty. He was so near yet so far. It is not
that easy to be a PM unless one has the good fortune to be one.
'A Blackbox survey commissioned by Yahoo Singapore confirmed the results of our poll. In that survey, 69 per cent of 897 respondents said they would support Tharman as a candidate to become prime minister.

Netizens responding to Tharman’s latest post echoed these sentiments as they asserted that they are ready for a non-Chinese PM. Some hoped for a “miracle” that Tharman would assume the top post as others opined that they do not like Heng as much as they like Tharman:' Copied from theindependent.sg

In another poll from the same article said 92% was in favour of Tharman as the PM, only 8% was in favour of Swee Kiat. Maybe should rule these polls as fake news, unreliable and causing confusion.
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would you die for Singapore?
https://youtu.be/zot6r2SuksU

Above is a 8 minute clip posted by Matilah Singapura about Majulah Singapura, spoken by a young Singaporean. Frankly I do not understand what was the reason why he could not die for Singapore but willing to die for Singapore because of the word Majulah.

I do not know about how you people feel about dying for Singapore, about being a Singaporean, about Singapore as your country. My greatest misgiving is that this is no longer our country, when Singaporeans are treated as dispensable digits and should be replaced by foreigners with no qualms. For every two persons I met, one is a foreigner. In the train, I feel like I am a minority as practically everyone is a foreigner.

Do I want to die for a Singapore that I no longer think belong to Singaporeans? How many Singaporeans still feel passionately for this island and think this island belongs to Singaporeans?

Why is it like that? Have some asses diluted the glue, remove the glue that once held all Singaporeans together, and proud to be Singaporeans, to the present day when one no longer feels that this is our country, this is our home? When the politicians do not feel any sense of shame or guilt to tell you to fight for your lunch with foreigners they brought in to steal your lunch, where are the obligation and compulsion to want to die for this country any more? Foreigners that have no stake here except to make a living and whose loyalties are in their homeland, treated better than Singaporeans and with the audacity to demand equal treatment and rights of citizens which the govt thought are normal and acceptable? And the employment market are controlled and manipulated by foreigners at the detriment of Singaporeans! This is the new normal, a very sad state of affair. Sadder still, no asshole thinks he/she can do something about it for Singaporeans.

Majulah, going forward together or going forward with foreigners but Singaporeans are left behind? How many of you can feel connected with this guy? I can't.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In celebration of fake news and manipulation of history



This year Singaporeans, or some Singaporeans, are blindly celebrating the Bicentennial, to remember 200 years after this island was colonised and taken over by a foreign power, the British Empire. Do Singaporeans understand the significance of being colonised and becoming the subjects of an Empire? When you are colonised, your country went with it, including your rights as a person, no more human rights. You are subjects, not citizens of a country, with lesser rights, no voting rights. Everything in the country, including you belong to the Empire.

Are we supposed to celebrate this occasion with ommphs and revelry, with pride and joy, hallelujah, God Save the Queen? Our history books, written by the British and the western historians distorted this part of our history as something normal, something glorious. It was glorious to the Brits and the British Empire. It was not glorious for being subjugated and ruled by foreigners, for them to take over our country and everything in it.

Our historians should rewrite this part of our history, we read it as history but actually fake news, manipulated to white wash how they stole our land and our wealth and our rights and dignity as independent people of our own island. Our fore fathers were here for centuries, living a peaceful life until the Brits came. And they unashamingly proclaimed that they founded this island, Stamford Raffles founded this island for the King of England. The residents in the island did not count. Fake news? Manipulated news?

Our history should read, in 1819, a hoard of European pirates let by a man called Stamford Raffles, landed along the Singapore River. The residents welcomed them as guests and invited them to trade with us, even to stay. Within days, the intruders forced the local rulers to sign a document, written in English, which the rulers did not understand, to give away the islands to them, under the guise of some goodies, and the protection of the British Empire, like the gangsters collecting protection money to protect from their harassment. The rulers did not have any choice as the intruders were armed with guns and cannons.

The intruders then went on to become the rulers of this island, putting the local rulers aside as passive audience, puppets without any power, and without knowing that the intruders had robbed them of their land. And the intruders ruled the island until 1963 when Singapore was returned to be a part of Malaysia.

During the rule of the British intruders/pirates, the people lost all their rights to everything in the island. The Brits did whatever they wanted with the island, formed their army and police to rule over the people. They were the white lords.

This was how the British distorted our history, manipulated the narrative like it was an innocent and acceptable thing to colonise and rule the people, our forefathers, as their subjects and owning them and the island.

So, is it not true that the Bicentennial celebration is a celebration of fake news and manipulation of our history? Would POFMA be activated to denounce the fake history that we have been brought up with? Would our historians and politicians get it right this time, that colonialists and colonial masters were bad people? They did not deserve any honour! Only the beneficiaries of their crimes would honour them. They robbed, they killed, they bullied and they turned everyone into their slaves, their possessions, called subjects. Why are we glorifying them like white gods? Have we grown up and grown out of our colonial subject mentality?

What do you think? Stupidity has no cure?

We don't have to accept western history as our history. We are an independent country, no longer a colony of British Empire.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

6/04/2019
Chinapore versus Indiapore

Below is a post I read in theindependent.sg about a Singapore venting his anger at a foreign import salesperson in Mustafa Centre. He was incensed, furious, unable to tolerate the foreign import for not able to converse in English. He recommended that the govt should import only people that can speak English and prevent Singapore from becoming a Chinapore.

I think I can agree with him. Let's import more English speaking foreigners from India and the Philippines. Never mind if we become Indiapore. At least everyone can speak English, Singlish and Inglish.

How many of you prefer Singapore to be a Chinapore or Indiapore? Those that support CECA as a good thing must also agree that Singapore should become Indiapore. Here is the post by this Raguvaran Naidu who claimed that he is not racist.


'A Singaporean vented his frustrations online after a sour experience with Mustafa Centre staff who were unable to assist him because they do not understand English.

Revealing that he was exasperated by staff from China who could not answer his question about where a particular product is located, Facebook user Raguvaran Naidu recounted his experience on social media. In a play-by-play style post, he wrote:

“Me: Hi do you have charcoal pills?
“PRC staff: Semor?
“Me: I’m looking for charcoal pills.
“PRC staff: Wo bu zi dao
“And then he just stood there ignoring me.
“Me again: Do you have any staff here who speaks English?
“PRC staff: Semor?
“Me: English English! Speak English!
“And he just stands there ignoring me.
“I asked him again loudly and this time, the customers turned to see what was happening and some even gave that annoyed look at the staff. He then replies something in Chinese which I couldn’t understand and points to the counter staff.
“Me: You’re working in Singapore and you don’t know English. Well done!
“Approached the counter staff and she angrily directed me to the cosmetics department to look for a Sales staff to get charcoal pills. I had to go a few rounds to find for a Sales staff who brought me back to the pharmacy side to get the pill for me.”

Asserting that he is not racist or against Chinese nationals, Raguvaran urged the Singapore Government to “hire people who can speak English at the very least!” Raguvaran is not racist but he said this,

He added: “From ordering food at a coffee shop to this, it’s getting worse by the day! We Singapore or Chinapore? What’s our first language?!

“Nowadays, I see a lot of non-Chinese kids taking Mandarin as their second language just because it’s the majority and so that they can get a job in companies who hire “CHINESE SPEAKING ONLY”. Shame on you!”'


Let ask all make this Raguvaran a happy man by turning Singapore into Indiapore, stop importing China Chinese who cannot speak English, and stop non Chinese parents from sending their kids to learn Mandarin.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Masters Athletes – Selection to represent Singapore
In all sports, representing Singapore is a big thing, an honour that every athlete would cherish to do Singapore proud. In most instances the athletes would be chosen by a team of experts from national bodies like the Singapore Athletics Association and the various sports councils. The involvement of such national institutions reflects the importance of the sports and representing Singapore in the international arena. There are also stringent criteria and objective rules and regulations to abide by before an athlete is selected to represent Singapore.
In the case of Masters athletes, this task is not the responsibility of any national body at the moment but assumed by the Singapore Masters Athletes, a sports club. Some may think that this is a national body, in a sense it is as it has Singapore as part of its name. But this is unlike other national bodies and institutions that were sanctioned and supported by the govt financially and with govt appointees. In other words, Singapore Masters Athletes is a private club in every sense, I stand corrected. I can’t say that mysingaporenews is a national media because it has Singapore as a part of its name.
There are historical reasons for SMA to assume the role of selecting athletes to represent Singapore. For many years, masters athletes were a loose grouping of senior athletes competing casually and donning the Singapore colours in international events with only scant recognition and acknowledgement that they represented Singapore for merely being Singaporeans and carrying the Singapore flag on their attire. Did the governing sports authority officially sanctioned their representation?
There are obvious reasons why athletes representing Singapore are normally selected by national bodies with experts sitting in the selection committees. There are also good reasons why private sports clubs would not be delegated the responsibility to select representatives to represent their respective clubs especially when they also have club members vying to represent Singapore in competition with other club members.
The time has come for the Singapore Athletics Association, a governing body, to step in to select athletes to represent Singapore in international masters athletic events if masters athletes representing Singapore is to be taken seriously. The days when anything goes need to be formalized and officially sanctioned by a national sports organization to avoid conflicts of interest, to ensure fair play and to prevent inter club rivalry. Maybe the sports governing body does not think much about masters athletes representing Singapore. If that is the case, then every club should have a free hand to send their athletes to compete in international masters events and not be left to a single club to dictate the terms and rules for participation and representation. It is unhealthy for any private club to have the de facto power to dictate to other clubs.
The choice is between representing Singapore seriously or let it be a laissez faire activity, and participating and representing Singapore in such events be less exacting and more for sportsmanship and enjoying the sports. If representing Singapore in international sporting events is a serious matter, even in masters athletics, then it is highly desirable and necessary that a national body be in charge, be responsible in the selection of masters athletes to represent Singapore, done officially, objectively and fairly.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Software engineers - Cheap is unlikely to be good
Software used in 737 Max crashes linked to Indian software company
Through an investigative journalism work, Bloomberg published an article today (‘Boeing’s 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers‘, 29 Jun) establishing that the Boeing’s 737 Max software had been outsourced to Indian software engineers working for only US$9 an hour in India, compared with US$35 to $40 for those in the U.S. on H1B visa or more for a full-time US software engineer.

Bloomberg also found that Boeing’s subcontractors and suppliers were also outsourcing software work to India, in order to keep the cost down and to maximize profits.

Longtime Boeing engineers whom Bloomberg spoke to, revealed that the problematic Max software which was plagued by issues, was developed at a time Boeing was laying off experienced engineers and pressing suppliers to cut costs. Hence, there was a push to outsource work to lower-paid contractors. This led to the reliance on temporary workers making as little as US$9 an hour to develop and test software, often from countries lacking a deep background in aerospace – notably India.

Two Indian software companies were found by Bloomberg to be linked to the Max software development – HCL and Cyient (formerly known as Infotech)....

Above is posted in TOC.

Two points to make, if you want something to be cheap, don't expect quality or the quality of more expensive stuff. This does not mean that pay more gets more. We have seen and experienced in many areas when you pay more but get less or get shit.

Second point, maybe the Americans are trying to pass the buck to the Indians. So easy to put the blame on other people. Is this the case, are the Americans justified to blame the Indians? They believe the Indians are very good in software, that is why they employed so many of them just like in Singapore. So how can they blame them. You employed them, shit or genius, you asked for it.

My personal experience has not been pleasant, everything they touched becomes unstable and unreliable. From working to half working.

Even if the Americans could prove that it was the Indian software that caused the crash, Boeing is going to pay for the bills and claims. The Americans would not trust the Chinese software engineers that developed Alibaba's supply chain and Alipay systems nor wechat or Baidu. If the users are stupid enough to pick lemons, why blame others?

In the same vein, if Singapore persistently want to bring in trash to work in this island, be prepared to live with trash and half baked systems.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Foreigners influencing the thinking of Singapore govt
SINGAPORE: The Chinese Embassy in Singapore on Friday (Jul 19) refuted a report alleging that Beijing has been conducting influence operations in Singapore, calling it “absurd”.

The Jul 16 report, published by US research institute the Jamestown Foundation, said that “the fundamental purpose of Chinese propaganda and influence operations in Singapore is to impose a Chinese identity on Singapore”.




The report, titled A Preliminary Survey of CCP Influence Operations in Singapore, also claimed that China uses cultural organisations, clan associations, business associations, youth programmes and the Chinese-language media to reach out to different segments of Singaporeans.

It said that business associations act as the “most powerful lobby for Chinese interests” in Singapore, and that they have lobbied the Singapore Government on behalf of “pro-PRC positions”.

Singapore media, including the Straits Times, had reported on the analysis by the report's author Mr Russell Hsiao, who is the executive director of the Global Taiwan Institute....


Mr Hsiao wrote...
“Singapore’s government views identity as an existential issue, and is likely to resist CCP efforts to make inroads in this area.”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/china-denies-influence-operations-singapore-russell-hsiao-11738044

The above article is a clear case of foreigners, ie Americans and Taiwanese, attempting to influence the thinking of Singapore govt and sowing discord between Singapore and China. The question is whether such loaded one sided article would actually affect the thinking of the Singapore govt. My view is that if the leaders of Singapore is kosong in their heads, then such articles would have great influence on them, especially the banana thinking type and the WOGs. For these type of people, they believe their ancestry came from the West and are ashamed of being Asians/Chinese and would love to distance themselves from China and be seen as closed to China or even being Chinese.

And there are many instances and evidences to confirm that this is the case. The fear of being like China could be seen in their pro American and anti China rhetoric on international issues, particularly the South China Sea claims and the need to invite the rogue Americans to balance the influence of China in the region. And there is this eagerness to strengthen relations with India with the signing of CECA and increasing the presence of Indians in the island and offering many top appointments to Indians from India, in the commercial sector, in govt linked companies and in the academia.

Maybe the banana thinking politicians feel pressurised by the West and see the need to be more westernised, even Indianised, to be acceptable to the West. As a result, Singapore is becoming more westernised and Indianised to the extent that the majority and dominance of the Chinese is being questioned and challenged by the new citizens.

The govt's promotion of speak Mandarin and clan activities are a natural cultural thing but now increasingly seen as negative especially in the above reports. Chinese should not promote their own culture and be more Chinese. Even Mandarin, one of four official languages was frown upon and attacked by a minority in facebook, ridiculed. Speaking Mandarin is unacceptable, intolerable. The person making such a stand was not reprimanded for attacking an official language, as far as I know.

So, how far would the above article influence the thinking and policies of Singapore govt to become more anti China and anti Chinese? The fact that it received so much attention to be in print in the main media said it all. Would Singapore lose its Chineseness, the main driving force that built this island to what it is today and become more like another third world city run by third world inhabitants? Donald Trump said to the immigrants, "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places" before coming here to tell us what to do. All the major cities in Asia and SE Asia are built by Chinese stock entrepreneurs. Removing the Chinese stock or reducing their influence would have grave negative impact on the economy and infrastructure development of these cities.

The Chinese identity of Singapore is a plus factor. Do the bananas want to do away with it to embrace third world identity and spiral down to the abyss of the third world? Would the writer, Russell Hsiao think the Chinese identity in Taiwan is bad and should be replaced by third world identity?

What is the intent of publishing such article in the main media? Agree with the writer Russell Hsiao or disagree?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singapore caught between the US and China
Linette Lai, political correspondent, posted an article in thenewpaper on Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech on relations with the US and China. Below are a few points on the article.
Hsien Loong emphasized that ‘We must always be principle in our approach, and not swayed by emotions…When we agree with either major power, we will do so. When we cannot, we must maintain and explain our stand.’ This looks very simple and straight forward, a matter of principle. Unfortunately it is very hard to put to practice when the evil American Empire is violating all international rules and laws and fabricating fake news and false flag incidents to provoke and incite wars, conduct regime change and imposed unilateral sanctions like a terrorist against its chosen enemies. How could Singapore slitter through the American treachery without being entangled and looked like another evil little USA?
Relations with China is complicated by our Chinese majority with Singapore suffering from the hangover that it cannot be seen to be too close to China and offend the neighbouring countries, sensitive to domestic racial minorities and the Americans for being so. ‘If we support China, the US and other countries may think we do so because we are a majority-Chinese country and therefore accede to China.’ This view was in vogue in the days of Cold War rhetoric and propaganda when China was the enemy.
This legacy of the past when China was smeared as the devil, the threat to the region by the Americans and the West and gobbled up by the silly neighbouring countries as the unquestioned truth is becoming less credible given a stronger Chinese involvement in international affairs except for the incalcitrants that would not change the anti China programme implanted in their heads after a life time of reading American and western propaganda against China.
If Singapore is true in maintaining a principle position and relation with China, then there is nothing to fear. The Cold War mentality is over. The anglophile mentality is losing its grip. China is not the devil made out to be by the West. Singapore must be brave and strong enough to take its stand for or against China based on principles and not on fear and deference to the irrational emotions of its neighbours and the evil Americans and their anti China agenda.
Singapore is still beholden to the Americans if you understand what this meant. ‘The US is a major security partner, he said, noting that Singapore buys advanced military equipment from the US, trains with its troops and cooperates with its troops and cooperates with it on counter terrorism. (Why not the US be beholden to Singapore for allowing it to base its military forces in this strategic region to protect American hegemony?) On the economic front, the value and scale of US companies’ investments in Singapore outstrip those of any other country.’ So, would this position change when Chinese investments outstrip those of the Americans one day and Singapore be free from getting its armed twisted by the Americans and flirted with the Americans in regime change?
Unlikely. ‘We hope the US will continue to remain engaged in the Asia Pacific, and continue to safeguard regional peace and stability.’ This can be read by China as anti China, and American presence to safeguard the American Empire and hegemony and to cause instability for the interest of the American Empire… This ensures the security and prosperity of the whole region.’ Or to ensure the security and prosperity of the American Empire. Singapore has this blind spot about the Americans and could not see the evilness and mischiefs the Americans are doing in the region and the world. This position of Singapore is by choice.
If Singapore continues to take this position, it cannot blame others for seeing Singapore as the little USA and Singapore may have to pay a heavy price one day for siding with the Americans while proclaiming that it wants to be friends to both the US and China. Singapore cannot be neutral in its relations with the US and China as the US regards China as enemy. The same dilemma is affecting India and Pakistan’s relations with the US and China. Both want to have good relations with both but unable to do so.
Can Singapore do it, be friends to both the US and China without offending either one of them, without compromising its positions by siding with one against another? Singapore may want to have the cake and eat it but not so easy. And this would be more difficult if you have a foreign minister that is an anglophile, pro West and anti China. We have seen how disastrous the result would be when this happened.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singapore Masters Athletics(SMA) suspended by Singapore Athletics(SA)
There was a petition launched recently to check on some violations by SMA and also a letter to Grace Fu on the same matter. The petition garnered more than 1352 signatures from the small community of masters athletes, including support from more than 10 local clubs and members and supporters from regional masters clubs.
The appeal letter to Grace Fu also triggered SA to conduct an investigation that led to the suspension of SMA from all activities except the ongoing registration of masters athletes participating in the Asian Masters Meet in Kuching in the first week of December. SMA is expected to explain its case to SA including submission of club meeting minutes, election of members etc etc as a follow up to the investigation.
The issues that led to the petition and letter to Grace Fu include:
1. Compulsory centralized training for masters athletes
2. Staying in the same hotel and spouses not allowed to accompany the athletes
3. PRs not allowed to participate(Note: This point was not in the letter to the minister)
4. Qualifying times/marks. Masters athletes that did not meet these criteria not allowed to participate
5. Masters athletes would also be judged on their attitude, character and behavior to represent Singapore
These criteria are new and not imposed by the World Masters Athletics, WMA and Asia Masters Athletics, AMA but unilaterally set by SMA.
SMA is one of more than 10 local athletic clubs that have masters membership. The biggest masters club in terms of paid membership is SMTFA. SMTFA is also the first masters club formed in Singapore. Most of the clubs are unhappy with SMA for unilaterally setting the above rules and criteria without consulting them, and furious as the rules are unnecessary and violate the ethos of WMA, AMA and the objectives of masters athletes, ie maximum participation from masters athletes including fellowship and camaderie with their spouses.
The most critical issue is centralized training for masters athletes to raise standards of participation and to dismiss masters meets as a fun event. Masters athletes are seniors in age, and many very senior in their professions. And given the law of nature, many would have some medical conditions and in worse case scenarios some are in worse shape than para athletes. Just to be able to compete at their age and condition is already a great achievement. Pulling the ageing body to train is itself a heavy task, when the heart is willing but the body unwilling.
The standard of competition is still very high among the masters athletes at international levels, ie regional and world meets. A notable example is Bill Collins who did 12.2 sec for 100m at age 66 after recovering from muscle atrophy. Not many young men can clock this kind of time. The national, regional and world competitions on their own would set the standards of participation at a very high level, not simply for fun as the laymen would think.
Like the marathon, many would just want to compete for personal satisfaction, to have done that. I have seen uncles and aunties in their 80s and 90s struggling to compete in 5km and 10km walk. Even in their own time is no mean feat. Our local hero, uncle Kor Hong Fatt is 87 and still walking and winning gold medals, despite having gone through some serious medical conditions.
Do not dismiss masters athletes as being there for fun. Participating in masters athletic competition for personal satisfaction and goals is very trying and demands a lot of training and discipline. Try running 100m at 100 years old. Many are already struggling to keep fit in their 60s.
Masters athletic competition is real competition, keeping fit and also about making friends and having a little fun. Any seniors who think this is child play, having fun, should try to drag themselves to the track and do some running, jumping or throwing to see how they fare and whether their ageing bodies can take it.
All the masters clubs and masters athletes are hoping that at the end of this unhappy saga, more will be done for masters athletes, better organization and understanding, recognition and support from the govt, to promote healthy lifestyle and healthy living for senior citizens, tangible support like those given to para athletes, not just lip service. There are more than half a million seniors wanting to live life longer and healthier and to support ActiveSg activities.
It is high time the govt recognizes the needs of senior citizens and put the money where their mouth is.
PS. With so many masters athletes clubs here, no one club should be allowed to set their agenda without consulting other clubs and to discriminate against other clubs especially in participation and representing Singapore in international meets.
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