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redbean



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ministerial statements for discussion
Minister Masagos: Singaporeans become very wealthy in record time.
Minister Ong Ye Kung: The poor should help themselves.
I happen to see the above two statements in thestatestimesreview and find them very interesting as they would draw a lot of views from Singaporeans. Let me start with Masagoes. Which group of Singaporeans was he referring to that became very wealthy in record time. Not me of course, and not many Singaporeans that I know.
And in the article he asked those Singaporeans who got very rich to contribute to charity. I like that. Now those Singaporeans that got very wealthy and very fast, please be charitable, don’t be shy, just contribute some of your riches to help the needy Singaporeans. I like his targeted approach instead of those charity shows where they expect the poor working class Singaporeans to dig deep into their empty pockets to donate. How about Masagoes and his very rich millionaire ministers start the ball rolling?
And Ong Ye Kung’s comment that the poor should help themselves. I fully agree, if only the poor could write their own pay cheques to help themselves with OPM. Instead, their CPF savings are helped ‘to help themselves’ into buying insurance schemes that they did not ask for, maybe no need for, and they could not help themselves to say no. And some are still trying to help themselves with more of the poor Singaporeans’ CPF savings ‘to help’ the poor Singaporeans to help themselves until they don’t have enough for retirement.
Some may interpret this help themselves as asking the poor to work harder. I believe many are working very hard, to be taxi drivers, security guards and cleaners. But in such professions, no matter how hard they try, they are unlikely to make enough to pay for the high cost of living here.
Like that how ah?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Budget debate or talking for the sake of talking?

The Budget debate in Parliament just came to a close. As usual, some millionaires that were pricked by theirconscience tried to speak out for the poorer Singaporeans, asking the govt to spend more to make their lives a bit more bearable. But on the other side, some rich millionaires would parrot the perpetual position, cannot anyhow draw down on the reserves, wait reserves not enough big big trouble. Must protect the reserves to make sure got enough, and must keep on building more reserves.

Anyone see anything wrong with such statements by the cockeyed cocks in Parliament? It is easy to crow about these motherhood statements. Whatweis the point when the cocks are blind? Do the cocks know what they were crowing about? Do they know how much is the reserves? How many of you think the cocks know how much is in the reserves, or maybe they know the reserves is quite empty or nearly empty?

Does anyone know how much money is there in the reserves? Does the President know how much is in the reserves? I think we all know that President Ong Teng Cheong did not know. Does President Halimah know? As for her predecessors, did they bother to want to know?

Now, if the President is unlikely to know, do the ministers or cock MPs know? I bet they did not know. How many agree or disagree with me on this?

Ok, if one does not know how much is in the reserves, how could one be talking about drawing down too much or whether there is enough or not enough in the reserves? Maybe the reserves is already empty. Or maybe the reserves is so huge that it could last forever! The point I am making is that if one does not know, it is better to shut up and stop talking cock.

By the way, how much of our reserves is needed for it to be enough? Is there a definition or a formula. or is it just gasak butak, don't need to know what is enough, just keep adding and adding and adding, never enough? Just what is wrong with collecting more money, what is wrong with keep on adding more to the reserves? Saying this cannot be wrong, like holding the people's CPF on the allegation that they would spent all on Batam trips.

Listen already cannot tahan. Like shadow boxing. How much is really there in he reserves, how much is enough?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Handcuffs of youth and children

MPs concerned about use of handcuffs, leg braces as restraints in youth homes

Members of Parliament raised their concerns about the psychological impact of using such measures on teens and questioned whether there will be procedures to prevent the abuse of power.



The above is from the Today paper. I remember writing about this, also included in my book Redbean Soup, of a child below teenage, being handcuffed in a police station and objected to such insensitive and cruel acts against children. Reading the above being raised in Parliament gives me grave concern whether such practice on little children is still in practice and found acceptable.


Youths in homes are often difficult to control and may have committed some offences. The need to put them on cuffs and leg braces may be controversial but at times may be necessary. There must be serious contemplation in making such decisions and not be permitted freely to the point of callousness, careless tidak apa attitude or abuses on the youths and definitely not on pre teens children.


For the MPs to think this is a serious concern that merited to be raised in Parliament is a good start. For this to be an issue is a sign that things are getting out of control. It could be another case of one size fits all as is often applied to rules and regulations without the need to think, for convenience. A case of suka suka just cuffed. At least I think this is something more worthy of Parliament's time than discussing about the use of plastic bags, trying to save a few pieces of plastic to save the environment. Without plastic bags, how are the people going to store their wet waste before throwing them into the rubbish chutes?


Shanmugam’s expertise would again be called upon to write up more laws to provide clarity in the application of such laws, rules etc etc. For a start, all police personnel must be told to be sensitive on little children and must not be allowed to put cuffs on little children. This is a poor reflection of a highly educated population of a first world city when a little human decency and sensitivity towards children are expected to be the norm without having to question or to have rules to implement them.


Are we still a first world city state when we are still fumbling over such basic issues of handling our children and young delinquents, after 44 years of independence? Can you imagine what it looks like for a below 10 year old child to have cuffs on when the cuffs could easily slip off? It happened then, not sure it is still happening.
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