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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My grandfather's toilet
He told me his grandfather was a kampong head man many many years ago. And his grandfather told his father this story, and his father told him the same story. His grandfather wanted to build a public toilet for the kampong. That was when his headache started. You think building a toilet in those days was so easy ya? Actually it was, for the unthinking. Building a toilet was the easiest thing to do. Find a spot, build a small cubicle, and there you are, a toilet, overnight.

But things got complicated when a smart alec in the kampong offered his help. He told the grandfather that he had been thinking, obviously a thinker. He said he could see so many problems about building a public toilet. You need to find the idea location where it could be used by the most people. It must be conveniently located, the smell must not disturb the people. It must cater for the men and women, the adult, the young and the old, and those on wheel chairs. The building must be robust, of good material. It must be easy for the night soil collector to clear the shit. It must take into consideration the future when it could be converted into a flush system....by now the grandfather's head went blank from information overflow. It was too much to take.

So the grandfather told him to stop his thinking and just tell him what needed to be done. The smart alec said it was big problem and he too did not know what to do. He said his good friend, a consultant, could help. The grandfather said good, go get your friend to help. The consultant came and went and came back with a long list of do's and don'ts. The problem got even more complicated and more confusing. The consultant got into more serious thinking.

The grandfather gave up. It was beyond him to fathom why got so many problems when he could build the toilet with the help of a carpenter in the village. He shook his head and told the smart alec to engage the consultant to build the toilet. The consultant assured the grandfather village head man that he had thought through all the problems and there would be no problem after the toilet was build.

A few weeks later a beautiful toilet was built for the kampong and everyone was praising the reasons why the toilet was built, its location, design, material used, etc etc. And the consultant sent the bill to the grandfather village head for $10k. This was big money in those days when a car cost $3,000. The grandfather was shocked. Why so much? The consultant said $9,800 was his fee for thinking so hard about all the problems and $200 was for building the toilet.

End of story. QED. Who said it is difficult to build a little toilet?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee representing himself in court
I just can’t imagine how the proceedings will go when Amos Yee defends himself in court without a lawyer but Amos in person. And he has requested that the witnesses testify orally instead of in writing. Oral presentation is Amos’ forte. It is like Amos in Parliament challenging the MPs who could only make their cases in writings and to read from scripts.
Let’s try to imagine how someone like Amos, but not Amos, would conduct himself in court. Let’s call this fictional character Ah Mok.
Ah Mok said: ‘Ok, you motherfucker, you said your Dog is so sensitive and is offended by what I said. Now prove it to me, show me that your Dog is offended. You see my two fingers pointing to your Dog? See, look at your Dog, how is it offended? Where is it, come on, show me that your Dog is angry, you dumb twit…. I need empirical evidence, facts man, not what you think or what you believe. In a court you must have solid hard evidence to state your case. Where is your hard evidence?’
Judge cut him, ‘Ah Mok, mind your language, this is my court. If you don’t respect the witnesses never mind, but you must respect me. I am the judge here.’
Ah Mok: ‘Oh shut up old man, I am cross examining the witness. I am no learned counsel and this is how I speak. Can, cannot? Never mind, you sit there and listen while I shack the witnesses, one at a time.’
The UN Special Representative on freedom of opinion and expression chipped in. ‘Your honour, please allow Ah Mok to exercise his freedom of speech so that he can defend himself against the charges.’
Ah Mok: ‘And you there, the one hiding behind there, what is your problem? You don’t like me fucking your Dog? Did your Dog mind? Did your Dog say it mind? Tell me what your Dog said, you silly motherfucker.’
Judge could not take it any more. ‘Ok Ah Mok, enough of your vulgarity. Vulgarity is not allowed in my court. If you go on like this I am not going to proceed with the case, you hear me?’
Ah Mok, ‘Yes, I understand you perfectly Mr…. Judge. Do I have to address you as my honour or whatever crap they used to call you in court? I am Amos, I know you don’t like my face, and I don’t dig your protocol. This is me, Ah Mok, flesh and blood, hot bloody blood running through me, no pretences, no hypocrisies. I repeat, I have the right to question my witnesses like all legal counsels do, to threaten, harass and ridicule the witnesses, to make the witnesses look stupid. You cannot object, only the prosecution can object. As the judge you can say sustain or over rule. That is your role. Did I get this right?’
Ah Mok: ‘Now, where was I? Oh you, yes you motherfucker, what is your problem? Come again, look at me, not at the piece of shit in your hand. Talk to me, not read to me….Oh Judge, can you tell the motherfucker to speak up? Can he talk or he can only read from prepared scripts? Who wrote the script for him?’
Someone switched off the light in the court room and everything went dark. Ah Mok screamed, let there be light. And there was light.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, wow wee, Singapore is going from Sin City to Sex City
Sex, sex, sex. Sex is everywhere. Yes, this is no bluff. The message is clear, go and have sex anywhere, anyhow, whenever you like, it is good. But remember to make more babies. This is the talk of the town. And don’t worry about pre marital sex, not to worry about being married or not yet married, just go have sex.
Wow, where am I, in planet Venus with Goddess Venus spreading love everywhere? Love is in the air in Sin City. Oops, now called Sex City.
Whatever Josephine Teo was saying, it is creating a happy storm I supposed. I like it. She is saying it the way it should be spoken, no holds bar. Why not, this is the 21st century. No more pretences, no more inhibitions, no need to be shy lah. You want sex, go have it. Sex is fun.
With this new mantra, maybe no need to import more foreigners and we could produce enough babies for the 6.9m population.
Anyone needs help?
Oh, what am I talking about? Go read the happenings in TRE about how good and how fun it is to have sex : ) You would not find such glitzy news in the main media. Now you know why the main media is losing readership. But yes, it is also reported in the main stream media and also picked up by foreign media.
PS. God of Gambling, where are you? Why are you not telling everyone to go and gamble, in the casinos, in the 4D/Toto booths and online? Sex and gambling are a great combination for an exciting place. Don’t think so? Who is the God of Gambling, we are waiting for your permission to gamble everywhere, in small places also ok, hopefully with OPM.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump’s ban good for Asean and Singapore
Air Asia boss Tony Fernandez is reported to have said the ban on Arabs/Muslims to USA is good news to Asean. It would be good to lure all those banned from the USA to visit the region and boost trade and tourism. Why go to the USA when you are not welcomed when Asean is opening its arms widely, and Singapore openly its legs widely welcoming them here. This is the time to cash in, a lot of money to be made.
Singapore must not miss this golden opportunity to bring in all the rejects from the USA. Trump may not want them Singapore wants them. Singapore must quickly put up advertisements in those banned countries telling them to come here. Singapore has places for a few millions migrants, depending on whether it is using the 6.9m or 10m numbers as reference. It would definitely help in Singapore’s economic growth, to boost its economic growth Singapore needs more people here.
They can come not only as tourists but also come looking for jobs. Jobs Singapore has plenty and Singapore is restructuring and need all the talents that it can find overseas. Any one with a pair of legs and is a foreigner will be welcome as talents. Better still with good degrees, even from degree mills, as long as the degrees are genuine and of good quality, from good quality degree mills would be ok.
Singapore would get its 6.9m population fast this way and this would be translated to higher GDP numbers. Singapore can max up to a new level easily.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would Singapore be renamed Syonan To?
Below are a few paragraph from Tan Wah Piow in London on the naming of a new Singapore War Museum.
‘I was about to release a photo essay on my visit to the London Imperial War Museum on Sunday when I saw the news about a Singapore museum to be launched on Wednesday. I was shocked.
Who in his or her right mind would name a museum in Singapore, Syonan? Syonan-To is the name given to Singapore by the Japanese invaders during the War World II.
It is even more bizarre to time the opening of the Syonan Gallery on the day Japan conquered Singapore. To complete the joke, the Singapore government might as well invite the lunatic fringe of the Japanese ultra-right to officiate the opening of the museum.
The decision with the name, and the timing is an affront to the memory of the 50,000 Singaporeans who were executed by the Japanese, the majority of whom were from the 600,000 Chinese communities....’
The insensitivity in using Syonan with ‘affection’ for this war museum is totally unacceptable. I am equally dumbfounded. OK Yaacob Ibrahim in reply to public outcry said this was not the intention. How on earth could a name like Syonan, Syonan To that is a reminder of the massacres of 50,000 Chinese during the Japanese Occupation be resurrected in bold letters in Singapore soil as the name of a War Museum? Maybe this is the second best name. Did they ever consider naming it Yasukuni Museum or Kempeitai Museum to get better impact of the atrocities of the Japanese Occupation?
No one objected to this naming? Sure they did but why continued with it despite the controversial nature of this name? Is there no other option? How about doing the favourite like calling the Singaporeans to give it a name? Or try the second favourite, pay half a million to a foreign consultancy to come out with a better name like Marina Bay? Would a simple name like the Singapore War Museum or WW2 War Museum do?
The painful memories of the barbaric Japanese crimes committed on our soil are etched deeply in the heads of a disappearing ageing population? Some of the oldies are generous and would forgive the cruel Japanese for their war crimes against out forefathers. But it is something that cannot be forgotten. Some would not want to forget knowing that the barbaric Japanese are unrepentant and trying to whitewash their evil deeds committed during the invasion and claiming they were doing good or did not happen at all. How to forgive and forget when the evil perpetrators did not want to admit their guilt?
Tan Wah Piow has a good suggestion, invite Abe to officiate the Opening of the museum and the Japanese community here and in Japan would be most happy to participate. We would get a lot of Japanese tourists and Japanese money. Abe would book the first flight here and cancel all his other official appointments just to witness the resurrection of Syonan To, the jewel of Imperial Japan’s invasion of South East Asia. They would love to see what their Syonan To would look like if they have won the war, their prized war loot.
Seriously, is this a name that Singaporeans should be proud of, to be associated with a national monument? Syonan To is the darkest chapter of Singapore’s history. This name should not be glorified in any form but stayed in ignominy. There is nothing glorious or cute in this name. It must be spoken with contempt and not be on the lips of tourist guides and advertising material to be spoken as if it is just another tourist attraction.
Running out of ideas even in choosing a decent name for a national monument? How about getting a foreign talent for a better suggestion?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Know your history and your past
The Syokan Gallery, not sure if I got the spelling right, is history. The untimely reappearance of this word and the painful memories it aroused and the disgusting discourse are a good reminder for Singaporeans to know their history and their past. Without these knowledge, it is easy for one to innocently embraced the names of the rapists of their country without question and walking around like a fool.

The abominable crimes committed by the Japanese invaders were more than just being slapped by a low down Japanese soldier for not greeting him on the street, they were more than the brutal massacres of innocent civilians by the Kempetai soldiers assisted by hooded local informers. Many women were raped and had their guts cut and disembowelled, babies were thrown into the air to be skewered by bayonets, for bayonet practices and for fun. Heads were chopped and hung everywhere. Many were tortured by pumping water into their stomach, and many unspeakable forms of torture that would put Guantanamo Camp to shame.

There were many horror stories of victims that did not live to tell. As the survivors of the time like Elizabeth Choy, not the deads like Lim Boh Seng and Adnan and the many unnamed soldiers at the Kranji War Memorial. Ask the British, Australian and New Zealanders that lived through the days as POWs in Changi Prison and lucky enough to walk out alive to live another day of their sufferings under the hands of the Japanese beasts.

These are the painful memories of the days when Singapore was invaded, conquered and ruled by the beastly Japanese, the type that looked so innocent like Abe and his gang in Japan. Remember, they have the same DNA and they are not hiding their true nature till this day.

Know your history and your past. It is a favour you do to yourself
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Syonan Gallery achieved more than it set out to do
According to Hsien Loong, the Syonan Gallery was to ‘evoke that dark and traumatic period in Singapore’s history’. In my view this episode evoked more than that. Within a matter of two days, Singaporeans were given a history lesson that they would not forget. I don’t think the school text books and lessons could be told in such personal and dramatic way to touch the raw nerves of the people, young and old. Many old wounds were opened, many old and painful memories were invoked for those who suffered, their children and closed ones to feel the pain once more. It was hurting to many of the victims.
How’s that for achieving the task of evoking the horrific and traumatic period of a forgotten chapter of our history? But more, many old stories of betrayals were retold and some crying out for blood. Many of the younger generations would not have known of the hideous past, of hooded men acting as informers to betray the victims that were eventually led to their death in the hands of the butchers, the Kempeitai and the Japanese Imperial Army. Many would now get to refresh their memories of how heinous were the crimes of the barbaric Japanese invaders.
A big thank you for this timely reminder to arouse the anger and hate for the Japanese invaders of our country. Many would have forgotten and would love everything Japanese. Many stories are being retold in the social media. Now anything Japanese would come with a distaste. Some may want to ‘pui’ and would look at the Japanese more closely to see the evil lurking behind that disarming smile and that polite bow.
This is a good way to learn history and to relive history, to remind the millennial not to take things at face value. Know your past, know your history and be wiser for your own good. The past cannot be forgotten. This unintended result is the only good thing coming out from this dreadful episode. Now the name Syonan can be dumped into history and good riddance.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

City Harvest judgement - God’s punishment
I am not religious, I don’t have a religion and unlikely to have one. Why am I talking about God’s punishment in this queer case? Actually it was a fairly straight forward case but somehow, somewhere a long the line, it seemed that something had happened, maybe God’s intervention, that the whole thing starts to smell, to look foul and to turn foul. Everyone is crying foul, from the people in the streets, in the kopitiams, in the govt, in the churches, in City Harvest, foul, foul, foul…
This is why I say it is God’s punishment. The only thing I am not sure, who is God punishing, the good ones, the innocent ones, the crooked ones, the holy ones, or the scheming ones? Come to think of it, everyone is being punished. No one is spared, from the accused/guilty parties from the CHC to the courts and the govt. Everyone seems to have been tarred by the soil water splashing around.
Everyone is looking ugly and smelly. How could this happen this way when only the culprits should be punished while the rest of the innocents, the courts and govt, should be standing on high ground as the deliverers of justice and looking good and shining bright, but not?
As they said, don’t meddle with shit, don’t play with shit, your hands would be dirty like shit and you will smell like shit. God’s punishment is on everyone dabbling with shit or putting their hands into the pot of shit. The good court and the judges are also being hurled with shit until Shanmugam had to tell the people to be less generous with their expletives. Unbelieveable, but as they said, God works in a mysterious way that human beans would not be able to understand. This is a rare case when the govt has to say ''tolong''.
What do you think?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new paradise in Sin
In a way Singaporeans are like Adam and Eve living in paradise, in the Garden of Eden. In that Garden Adam and Eve lived a life of blissful abundance, without a care, as God was there to protect them from all evil and harm. God was so confident that he would take very good care of them that he even forbade them from eating the fruits from the Tree of Wisdom. For once taken, they would know right from wrong, like putting on a fig leaf and would be able to make decisions, just like God. God did not want that. God, being the consummate caring father, wanted to take very good care of them, from cradle to grave. Adam and Eve should remain like innocent children, never grow up.
God did not even tell them of the evil or devil lurking in the corner. Yes, there was evil in the Garden of Eden in the form of a snake. Why God did not tell Adam and Eve about the devil was puzzling. Why God did not caution them, warn them to be careful of the snake, was even more puzzling.
The Singaporeans are just as innocent, some called it naïve, to think that God would take care of everything and life would be a bliss. No harm would come to them as long as they remain innocent and unthinking. God is around to protect them. But when the snakes flooded the City, in this case brought in by the Gods, the Singaporeans were at a loss. They did not know what is happening or what could happen to them. They did not know the snakes are dangerous, just like Adam and Eve.
They lost their jobs to the snakes, their children’s university places to the snakes without knowing why. They would not know why, they did not want to know why, for they were not able to think, a skill that God forbids. They did not know that if things go on as it is, they would lose their country, their paradise, to the snakes in a matter of time. They are still just as happy and innocent as Adam and Eve, oblivious of the dreadful fate awaiting them when the snakes take over their country.
When would the snakes offer them the fruit of wisdom to know what is happening to them, to their lives and their country? They don’t even know that the money they saved for a life time is no longer their money. Someone said so in Parliament. Oh, this time the snakes would not offer them the fruit of wisdom to know what is happening. The snakes are too clever and would wait to take over their country and everything from the modern day Adam and Eve in the Garden of Sin.
Please, someone please offer the fruit of wisdom to the daft Singaporeans.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diplomacy of Bridge Burning
Diplomacy is an old art of interstate engagement to build relationship and to improve and protect the interests of states. When diplomacy fails, the likely outcome is war between states or strained relations. This is something that the art of diplomacy would want to avoid so that states can work and live with each other peacefully. The last thing in diplomacy is Bridge Burning.
Is there a Diplomacy of Bridge Burning being practiced by the diplomats and state officials? In the recent tense relations between Singapore and China, ok I may be wrong as Singapore did not see it this way and claimed that Singapore’s relation with China is as good as ever, I would say a few cardinal sins of diplomacy were committed on the Singapore side. Ok, please feel free to disagree with me as this is just my perception of the events.
What were these cardinal sins? 1. Singapore demanded that China obeyed the rulings of the Hague Tribunal on the South China Sea. 2. Singapore demanded that China followed the rule of law. 3. Some Singapore officials commented that China was adopting a policy to divide Asean. 4. Some Singapore officials said China had been pressuring Singapore to be on the side of China on some issues.
To me, these are the cardinal sins Singapore committed in this fracas that led to a very strain relation with China. Of course I stand to be corrected as some Singapore officials said Singapore did not do anything or say anything to provoke China or things that would affect the relations negatively. If this is so, then all my comments are hogwash, even fake news.
Did Singapore say or do anything to offend China? Did Singapore know that the above four points that I mentioned are as good as Diplomacy of Bridge Burning? The positions taken, cannot be uttered unthinkingly as the statements were very serious in nature, were as good as telling China that Singapore was prepared to cut off relations with China if needed to. And to take such a position, it would be expected that Singapore would have thought through this very carefully and weighed the consequences of offending China and possibly breaking all ties with China, diplomatically, commercially, economically and culturally.
It is foolish to think that when Singapore took that position that was openly unfriendly to China, ok, I agree to disagree with those that thought Singapore was friendly with China and did not do anything against China, it did not do any homework to consider the consequences. To take such an unfriendly position, to shout so loudly, daily, to China and for the rest of the world to hear, it must be a properly thought out position, that Singapore was prepared to burn bridges with China. Or maybe Singapore thought China was hapless and would not do anything to harm its relation with Singapore as Singapore was more important to China to lose. China would swallow the bitter pill and would keep relations as per normal despite the utterance of Singapore.
Oops, was there an after thought, that burning bridges with China was not a good idea after all? Or this was not even discussed or considered, that taking that position would not lead to such an eventuality? The subsequent flurry of activities to make amends to China, to tell China that Singapore was a friend and is still a friend said it all, that Singapore cannot afford to burn bridges with China. There are too much at stake economically for Singapore to do so.
Funny, why didn’t they thought of it in the first place and avoid the Diplomacy of Bridge Burning? When a bridge is burnt, it takes time to rebuild a new bridge and the new bridge would not be the same again.
The big question going forward is whether Singapore would adopt another Bridge Burning Diplomacy again in the name of national interests and sovereignty, in the name of rule of law? From the noises heard recently, Singapore does not regret its Bridge Burning Diplomacy and would do it again for the same reasons, ie when Singapore’s interests are at stake, when the rule of law affecting small states are challenged. Singapore has strong principles and would stand on its principles come what may. Do not triple of the Little Red Dot.
Did I get Singapore’s principled position right? Lee Kuan Yew’s time was all about pragmatism and survival. Things must have changed.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fear not, Singapore is an infinity
I read Chee Soon Juan’s rebut to Lawrence Wong’s optimism about the unending building programme of Singapore. Lawrence Wong’s position is that Singapore is still building and a lot more could be built. Sure, just pull down old inefficient buildings and build higher in an unending cycle of build, pull down and build. Chee was worried that Singapore’s land is finite and there was just so much that could be built, just so much concrete to be poured onto this piece of rock.
I think Chee should not be too worried. Singapore is an infinity. Though Singapore is only 800 sq km, it has unlimited capacity to build and to populate. Chee must have heard of the sky is the limit and the Tower of Babel. Singapore not only can build towards the sky with today’s technology, it can build downwards to the core of mother earth.
Singapore’s land or space is unlimited. That is why some of the very clever people are saying Singapore can house 10m, 15m or 25m people, or may be the whole world. Nothing is impossible if we can buy all the foreign talents to show their talents and make this an infinite island.
In Singapore, everything is infinite. You think the salary of ministers is high? There are plenty of rooms for more pay hikes. And this applies to the CEOs down to the workers. We can pay all our workers higher and higher salaries than the beans of the rest of the world. Our productivity can go up and up and up to justify the high salaries of our workers and still be very competitive. They deserved every cent they are paid and are very productive.
And our properties, see how people are grabbing HDB flats and willing to pay a million dollar for them? This is the other infinity in Singapore. Property prices can only go up and up to high heavens. 99 years? Not to worry, something will happen and the property prices would still go up and up. Soon HDB flats would all be fetching millions of dollars if the trend continues. And private properties would be in hundreds of millions of dollars with workers being paid in the millions to pay for them.
What about the cost of living, the cost of everything? Sure they will go up as well. But not to worry, fear not. Singaporeans would be able to afford all the good things in life no matter how expensive they are. The salaries will just go up and up to match the up and up prices. There is no limit to infinity. Singapore is infinity.
Chee Soon Juan should not be too worried about the limitations of this little piece of rock. Everything is possible when you pay millions to the talented to come out with their miracle solutions. The impossible will become possible. Miracles would be a normal occurrence. Singapore will be a miracle city with towering blocks swinging in the clouds or winding deeply into the caverns of earth. Have faith in this miracle City of Infinity. Everything is infinite. In Singapore, everything has no limits.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prime Minister Loong invited to the White House
Donald Trump twitted about his meeting with Hsien Loong by calling him Prime Minister Loong. For other Prime Minister or ministers to be misunderstood is quite understandable. Didn’t Trump know that his famous father is Prime Minister Yew? Oops, I mean Prime Minister Lee. And the son cannot be Prime Minister Loong but Prime Minister Lee. Is Trump another hillbilly?
Some Singaporeans tried to explain this stupidity or ignorance to Trump by adding in their two cents worth of stupidity. They told Trump that Hsien Loong’s last name is Lee. What? What is that? When was Hsien Loong’s last name Lee? Are they telling Trump that Hsien Loong’s name is Hsien Loong Lee?
For goodness sake, Lee is the first name of Hsien Loong and the first name is the family name. The western convention of first name and last name do not have the same meaning as a Chinese name. The Chinese write their family name first. Their second and last names are their individual name. The last name of a Chinese is not his family name, stupid. Of course this may be true if he is a banana and wrote his name as Banana Tan or Papaya Lee.
There is no need to change the convention of how a Chinese name is written to fit into the western convention. Any westerner that has met up with a Chinese would know the difference, or at the most make the mistake once. It is not that hard to understand this little cultural difference. No need super intelligence to know this.
By the way, President Donald, did you get it? It is Prime Minister Lee. Don’t you remember his father used to visit the US and even addressed the two Houses? And his name, Lee… Kuan Yew. Please don’t tell Hsien Loong that you have met Prime Minister Yew, his father. It is not very nice. George Bush Jr could do better than that. Trump could not be pretending that he is another George Bush right?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bhutan, the happy caged canary
Bhutan is a role model country for Singapore with the highest happiness index. Singapore or Singaporeans would love to be as happy as the Bhutanese. It has preserved its isolation policy willingly and happily, guided by India and protected by India. For Bhutan to be admired by the millionaires and not by the ordinary Singaporeans could mean that the millions owned by the millionaires still could not make the millionaires happy. Or the millionaires are telling the poor and ordinary Singaporeans that they can be happy like the Bhutanese without the millions in their bank accounts. Whether this is an escapism or an alternative philosophy to life, I dunno.
Bhutan has recently been hitting the headlines with India coming to its defence at the Sino Bhutan border. India and Bhutan has a treaty in which India shall ‘guide’ its foreign policies and its relations with other countries. There is no treaty on home affairs but India has several thousand soldiers in Bhutan, more than Bhutan’s army of 8,000 men.
Bhutan does not need to care about its defence. India will take care of that, like the recent incident when India unilaterally announced to the world that it is stopping Chinese construction of roads in Chinese territory bordering Bhutan at the request of Bhutan. Bhutan has been silent on this, not sure if they know what was happening. This is the bliss of ignorance with its foreign affairs ‘guided’ by India.
As long as the Bhutanese are happy, nothing matters. They did not have to shout to the world about freedom and rights of small states like Singapore. They just make sure the people have food on the table and a roof over their head, inside their cage, everything is peaceful and they can live happily ever after. They don’t have to punch above their weight to make a difference.
Singapore or some Singaporeans are envious and great admirers of the happiness of the Bhutanese. Maybe they would also want Singapore and Singaporeans to be as happy as the Bhutanese. Not sure if they would want Singapore and Singaporeans to live in a cage. No need to think about anything with an outside power thinking for them and worrying for them.
Would the Bhutanese be having second thoughts, that their ancient agricultural society should change and keep up with the developments of modernity? Should the Bhutanese also think of their sovereignty, that they are a proud people and need not be protected by a big power, in a way forever a semi colonised country ruled by the protector. Should the Bhutanese think it would be better to grow their population to 20 million, have a modern economy, a sizeable military to protect itself and determine its own future, and have a say in their foreign policies?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Petrol retailers no collusion
The front page news of thenewpaper on 20Dec has this headline, ‘No collusion between petrol retailers’. The Competition Commission of Singapore, after doing its ground work, has found that there is no collusion among the petrol retailers in pricing petrol. Is this really news? With only a handful of petrol brands, and knowing that the CCS is watching against pricing fixing and cartel, would the retailers be so stupid as to engage in price fixing? These are smart business people and the last thing they want to do is to be caught with their pants down. There is absolutely no price collusion even if their prices are about the same and still making big profits. They know what they are doing, to be competitive, to be within the laws, and to make their huge profits in a free market.
Actually the industry that is really free from collusion, definitely more free than the petrol industry, is the stock broking industry. Every brokerage is allowed to fix its commission until they are broke. They compete fiercely with each other, to under cut each other, to gain market share. Some are even willing to go as far as doing it for free. This is really a free market that is completely free from collusion and trading can also be free of commission. The last was what I heard, not sure got such madness or not.
Not sure they are clever or stupid. Calling them stupid they would be very angry. So let’s assume that they are very clever people and doing all the right things to gain market share and to do more business and hopefully the end result is more revenue and profits.
The reality in the ground is that they are running each other down and one by one is going to fold up with high cost, rising cost and low revenue due to very thin commission. This is like the saying, high living low thinking. And to be sure, they still believe they are doing the right thing. Never mind that profit is so thin, never mind that the profit is not enough to feed the business. Never mind if it is loss making. The important thing is to compete fiercely for business, to gain market share man. If you don’t cut your commission the other idiot would do so. Oops, should be the other genius.
I dunno what to say. Just look at the industry and watch which broking house is the first to fold up.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

4G PM hopeful not fixated to be PM
Indranee had said that the fourth generation PM candidates are too busy focusing on other things like jobs and social issues and not fixated on being the next PM. This speaks very well of these PMs to be, that they only care about the people rather than their promotion to be the next PM. I like it. You can smell the sense of selflessness and righteousness in them.
From a personal perspective that these are unselfish men that did not care too much about being the next PM and rather work for the good of the people is admirable and laudable. This is probably the first time that a country has so many such noble men waiting on the side line to be the PM but not really interested to be, or not concerned if they become or not become the next PM. Even the most eligible candidate, Tharman, has openly expressed that he is not interested in the job.
From another angle, this is bad, that no one thinks of running this country. How come nobody is interested in the top job and paying millions? If no one is interested, would the reluctant candidate be pulling his weight when thrust into the job? Or would he use this as an excuse eventually if he did not perform, that he was not really interested in the job, so don’t blame him? Or would the job eventually go to someone who volunteers to be the PM, like this a social service work, doing charitable work?
Whether these crown princes like it or not, this is not a wishy washy job for someone to volunteer or for someone that is not interested to take up. It is the most important job in the country and the well being of the people depends on it. This job is no pray pray thing. Whoever wants the job better be serious about it. There is nothing more important than wanting to do this job well as the viability and well being of the country and people depend on it. You don’t want a misfit to be the PM and eventually runs it to the ground or hands it on a silver platter to another country or to foreigners, simply because he is not interested, never mind if Singaporeans would be the losers in the end.
The PAP was very serious about who would fit into the shoe of the PM in the last two changes. They did not want to risk putting a dud as a PM. Chok Tong had 5 years of apprenticeship to see if he was fit for the job. Perhaps 5 years were too short and Hsien Loong had 14 years to measure up to it. Now we have less than 5 years before Hsien Loong retires. Would there be enough time to train the next apprentice? Trump, who do you think?
By the ‘callafarre’ look of things, this apprenticeship thing is really not important. Or at least this is the impression given, no hurry, never mind, they have more important things to do than to go under training for the job. If this job is not important, what else is? Or is it that the apprenticeship scheme is really unnecessary and thus whether they have 5 years or 14 years OJT, it does not matter?
How can it be? Even being an MP needs to be OJT to run a town council first to prove one is capable to being an MP. The PM job is definitely more important and complex than running a town council. If an MP needs to prove his worth in running a town council, a potential PM must prove his worth while an apprentice before being pronounced fit to be PM.
Maybe, maybe all the trainings are applicable only to opposition politicians. The crown princes are no ordinary politicians. They are super talents and born to be leaders, to be PMs. So got OJT or no OJT would not make any difference. They will be fit to be PM regardless, when the time comes.
So there is absolutely no need to rush to put them under the apprenticeship scheme. They are born natural leaders, born to be PMs. No one needs to worry why no crown prince is being appointed and to go under the wing of the PM, to be tested and to prove himself. Did I get the spelling right on crown prince?
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