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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singapore, a country of retards and imbeciles
Singaporeans, despite the high education they received relative to the third world countries around them, have degenerated to a state that they have become famously branded as retards and needed all the protection from the govt. The Singaporeans of today are basically retards and imbeciles, unable to read, unable to think, unable to save their money, unable to see what is happening to their country being sold to foreigners.
The good thing is that they have a kind, compassionate and paternalistic govt made up of youngish looking immortals. Some of them even have the angelic look of little children that would do no evil. The story goes that immortals never grow old. This ever caring govt has to double their effort to look after and protect the never ever to grow up, unable to grow up, or forever growing more daft children, the Singaporeans. This job must be very daft for the govt. Oops, I mean very tough for the govt.
This world is getting so dangerous for the Singaporeans that have lost the ability to think and to look after themselves that foreigners are not only brought in in large numbers to do the work for Singaporeans, especially the hard thinking jobs like bankers, IT specialists, professors, medicine, engineers running the trains, and running the govt also, that the govt also started to bring in foreigners to protect them, guarding the immigration checkpoints to prevent bad hats from entering to harm the Singaporeans. With such measures, maybe lesser Singaporeans, especially the taxi drivers, would be beaten by foreigners here.
As for their money, especially their life savings, the govt has many schemes to make sure that the money is safe and sound and continue to grow and grow during the daft Singaporeans’ life time so that they can pass it on to their children and grand children. They are so daft that they don’t even know or want to spend the money they have saved. Some even agreed that their savings are not their money anymore. Never mind lah, they want to take, want to cheat, want to do anything with money that is no longer theirs it does not matter anymore. Now they even teach the daft Singaporeans not to give cash as angpows to their children. Put the money in the children’s CPF so that they will grow up with a lot of money in their CPF. And the govt can help their children grow the money and then pass the money to their children in due course.
Oh, there is another big danger to the Singaporeans that must be taken good care of, the fake news in the media, to be specific, social media. The main media guarantee that only real news will be reported, to educate, inform and entertain the daft. The main media is the only source of real news and good information for the daft and unthinking Singaporeans. Maybe a time will come when the poor and hapless Singaporeans would be protected from all social media for good so that no harm will come to them, when fake news are totally banned. This must sound very comforting to the poor imbecile Singaporeans.
And for all the good things the govt are doing to protect the daft Singaporeans, they happily rewarded themselves with several months of bonuses on top of their multi million dollar salaries. And the daft Singaporeans are so glad that no one is complaining about this. With such a good and caring govt, the Singaporeans are so safe and sound. And keeping cage birds is a good hobby as daft Singaporeans also believe that cage birds are very happy birds, well fed and protected from putty cats.
And they live happily together forever and ever. Thank you Papa. There is no evil in paradise island.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beware of lightning strike
When the govt says it wants to help the people, be frightened, be very frightened. There is now another compulsory scheme to force the people to buy Eldershield Life Insurance using the people’s life savings. The concept is good but watch the small prints.
Chaly Mah, the review committee chairman said, ‘We want Eldershield to be a social safety net, and we all have a collective responsibility to take care of those with disabilities.’ Well said. But who is the ‘we’ and who ends up paying for the safety net, the govt or the people? I also have a grand plan to save the people of the whole world. I want to provide them with a life insurance, a safety net, so that they need not worry about no money. The only way for this to work is to make it compulsory for the people of the whole world to buy my life insurance, they pay of course. See, I also know how to help the people of the whole world by putting my hand into their pockets. But I must be wary of lightning strike if my scheme is to rob the people of their money to benefit me while giving the impression that I am helping them.
The govt is going to help you, be grateful, be very grateful. We have very honourable and benevolent people everyday scheming, cracking their heads, to help you with their great plans. They have your interest at heart and also your CPF savings. Trust them, they are planning and scheming to help you to take care of you with your own money in the CPF.
Lily Neo was asked what she thinks of the govt overseeing the scheme and she said, ‘ If it were you, wouldn’t you feel safer knowing the govt is taking control of it rather than have it in private hands?’ Do I trust the govt with my CPF money that the govt has full control of it and I have none? I am asking myself this question everyday and shaking my head.
One Chan Chia Lin, chairing the govt administration sub committee said, ‘The feedback was that being a national scheme, it should be administered in a non profit manner.’ Is this compulsory Eldershield scheme going to be the same as the other compulsory CPF schemes, profit making? Who is going to benefit from the profits made from compulsory acquisition of the people’s life time savings in the CPF? Why is the compulsory Eldershield scheme, and other CPF compulsory schemes profit making but the profits did not go to the CPF members who are paying for it when they are supposed to help them? Who is benefiting from the profits made?
It would be a different story if the govt were to say that since they are benefiting from investing the people’s CPF money they would now plough back some of the profits to pay for such schemes, using the profits to benefit the people whose money were used to generate the profits. Tiok boh?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Redbean’s scheme to help the seniors to be rich
Everyone is working very hard and suggesting all kinds of schemes to help the seniors to live a rich and comfortable life in their golden years. These people are really kind and compassionate and very caring. They should be recommended for National Day Awards.
I also want to share this honour, to help the seniors not only be comfortable but also rich, very rich. How to do that? Very simple. In order for the seniors to be rich and comfortable, they need to have $1m at minimum if they reach the age of 60. This sum could increase over the years to compensate for inflation. For the moment, I think $1m is a good number to start with. In the future this sum could go up to $1.5m or $2m. For those who are more on the side of caution or used to better lifestyle, that $1m may not be enough, maybe they can work on $2m.
Ok, how to go about it? How to ensure that the seniors would have $1m when they reach 60? Insurance is a good and simple way to go. And where to get the money to pay for this insurance premium? This is even easier. Just make it compulsory and use their CPF savings to pay the insurance premiums. I think to make sure that they get their million dollar target at 60, they should start to pay a premium at 21.
It is not rocket science to work out the premiums. It can be done, quite easily done. And I can guarantee that they will each be a millionaire at 60. But I cannot guarantee if they have enough to eat or to live comfortably when they are young. I cannot even guarantee that they would have enough money left to buy a HDB flat or to get by. But that is not my problem. I don’t promise anything about how they will live till 60. My goal is to make them a millionaire by 60. This is the most important part of this scheme. I don’t care if they have to live a life of a pauper or a beggar. This is not my problem, not part of the scheme.
Anyone interested in this scheme? And if they think $1m is not enough, I can even work out a scheme to make them have $2m by 60. See, I also very clever and very helpful and very caring for the seniors.
The more I think about this, the more I think I deserve a National Day medal. And I am sure the people will love me for making them a millionaire at 60….If they can survive till then without enough food to eat.
PS. I confess that I am not an insurance agent or my salary or bonuses depends on this scheme. Neither would I benefit a cent from it. Good luck. You die your business if you subscribe to my facetious scheme
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Foreign talent crutch mentality or inferior complex




Comments by Ben Tan, President of Singapore Sailing Federation on foreign talent as reported in Channel News Asia.


The Sailing Federation does not have foreign sailors.

"We have had offers from world class sailors and we turned them down because there are other ways to benefit from them without awarding them citizenship. For example, we formed a sparring alliance with the French. On the coaching side, the core team is all local, and only supplemented by foreigners. Prior to 2010, it was the reverse. The core team was expat, with locals reporting to them. Any investment must lead back to, and benefit Singaporeans."

Dr Tan feels there should more conditions tied to the use of foreign talent.

"I'm fine with foreign talent only if we use them as a stepping stone to develop our own talent. For example, if we hire a foreign coach, we must add a clause in the contract to mandate transfer of knowledge to one or more under-study coaches; or if we bring in a foreign player to spar with our local-born player. Often, people bring in a foreigner with no defined and specific KPI in terms of benefit to the local ecosystem.

"Another mistake that most people make is that they pay foreigners a premium simply because they perceive the foreigner as superior."

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ben-tan-singapore-sailing-federation-on-the-record-9985092



What Ben Tan said should be the guiding principles for the employment of talent in Singapore in all sports and business appointments. It is not just about pride, but about believing in Singaporeans. Failing to believe and practise this principle will bring about shame and distrust of Singaporeans having the talent and ability to compete with the best in the world. A country that hides behind foreign talent is a shameful country that has no future for its people.



The policy of bring in plane loads of questionable and dubious foreigners to replace Singaporeans is sick to the core and must be terminated immediately. It is an opt out, a sell out of Singaporean interests and the country. With so many foreigners given citizenship freely, it is as good as giving away the country to the foreigers. What is there to defend when the country is already handed to the foreigners?



Why continue with National Service when foreigners are already taking over the country?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singapore's Killing Fields
Singapore's own killing fields were forgotten by many, history let to rest. No one wants to talk about it any more. Why would they want to bring up bad memories that would tarnish their good friends, embarrass them for their crime against humanity when they regard the Japanese as the highly respected and most trusted big power in Asia, according to a silly banana.

Thank you Aqil Haziq Mahmud for bringing these Killing Fields to light again.

After more than 70 years, the painful memories of those whose loved ones were massacred by the brutal invading Japanese soldiers would linger on, would not go away. Many children lived without their parents, parents without their children, wives and daughters without their husbands and brothers. The tragedies of this dark chapter of a hapless people cruelly rounded up and shot and buried in mud, without coffin or ceremony, must never be forgotten. The ugly Japanese, the beasts of WW2, thought a few words of apologies and some money would be enough to erase the pain and suffering and the horrors of those that fell victims and their families. Did they return the loots, the national treasures? No way. Such barbaric crime against humanity cannot be forgotten, except by the rootless and shameless bananas.

Hundreds of thousands were killed in cold blood and in glee by the insane and senseless Japanese. And the lying and deceitful Japanese as usual put the death toll at a measly 5,000. Such blatant refusal to admit the truth and their evil crime against the civilians of Singapore and other parts of Asia and SE Asia is the hallmark of the Japanese, and it is baffling that some daft, descendants of the victims of Japanese aggression, would regard them as the most trusted big power in Asia, and supporting the remilitarisation of Japan to conduct wars again. In China alone they massacred more than 30 million Chinese.

Below are some extracts from Aqil's article in the Channel News Asia on 7 April 18 on the Singapore killing fields.

"Mr Goh, who was aged 25 at the time, had just uncovered a mass grave filled with piles of bones belonging to victims of the Second World War. This was near Jalan Puay Poon in Bedok, close to where Temasek Junior College now sits.

The victims were killed in Operation Sook Ching, a “purge” campaign targeted at the Chinese in Singapore. Those suspected of being anti-Japanese were hauled into lorries and executed at remote locations across the island. Jalan Puay Poon was one of the killing grounds.

According to a National Library Board resource, the Japanese put the official Sook Ching death count at 5,000, although the actual figure is believed to be much higher...Mr Goh, now 81, estimated that thousands were killed and buried at the Jalan Puay Poon site, which contained several mass graves.



“We didn’t dare touch it, so we quickly covered it,” Mr Goh said of his discovery. Eventually the bones were dug out, washed with water and disinfectant, then dried in the sun. Once ready, they were put in 1m-tall funeral jars.

Mr Goh would also go on to scour at least 10 other sites in places like Punggol, Bukit Timah and Choa Chu Kang. The exhumations lasted at least six years, producing 681 jars of bones that were filled to the brim....(RB-Many were also massacred on the beaches of Pulau Blakang Mati now Sentosa, East Coast, Punggol and Changi).

But the sheer size of the Jalan Puay Poon site meant the four-man squad was overwhelmed. Eventually, more than 50 people worked over a year to exhume the bones there....Workers toiled in the sweltering heat from 9am to 6pm, six days a week....The remains were transported by lorry to the Civilian War Memorial on Beach Road. Each truck could only carry 30 jars to avoid breaking them....

Mr Goh said 38 lorries would pull in at the Jalan Puay Poon site. “At 9am they lined people up one by one and started shooting,” he recalled. “The gunshots were never-ending.” This would go on till the evening."

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/grave-bones-world-war-ii-victims-singapore-sook-ching-10089202
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singapore's Killing Fields
Singapore's own Killing Fields were forgotten by many, history let to rest. No one wants to talk about it any more. Why would they want to bring up bad memories that would tarnish their good friends, embarrass them for their crime against humanity when they regard the Japanese as the highly respected and most trusted big power in Asia, according to a silly banana.

Thank you Aqil Haziq Mahmud for bringing these Killing Fields to light again.

After more than 70 years, the painful memories of those whose loved ones were massacred by the brutal invading Japanese soldiers would linger on, would not go away. Many children lived without their parents, parents without their children, wives and daughters without their husbands and brothers. The tragedies of this dark chapter of a hapless people cruelly rounded up and shot and buried in mud, without coffin or ceremony, must never be forgotten. The ugly Japanese, the beasts of WW2, thought a few words of apologies and some money would be enough to erase the pain and suffering and the horrors of those that fell victims and their families. Did they return the loots, the national treasures? No way. Such barbaric crime against humanity cannot be forgotten, except by the rootless and shameless bananas.

Hundreds of thousands were killed in cold blood and in glee by the insane and senseless Japanese. And the lying and deceitful Japanese as usual put the death toll at a measly 5,000. Such blatant refusal to admit the truth and their evil crime against the civilians of Singapore and other parts of Asia and SE Asia is the hallmark of the Japanese, and it is baffling that some daft, descendants of the victims of Japanese aggression, would regard them as the most trusted big power in Asia, and supporting the remilitarisation of Japan to conduct wars again. In China alone they massacred more than 30 million Chinese.

Below are some extracts from Aqil's article in the Channel News Asia on 7 April 18 on the Singapore killing fields.

"Mr Goh, who was aged 25 at the time, had just uncovered a mass grave filled with piles of bones belonging to victims of the Second World War. This was near Jalan Puay Poon in Bedok, close to where Temasek Junior College now sits.

The victims were killed in Operation Sook Ching, a “purge” campaign targeted at the Chinese in Singapore. Those suspected of being anti-Japanese were hauled into lorries and executed at remote locations across the island. Jalan Puay Poon was one of the killing grounds.

According to a National Library Board resource, the Japanese put the official Sook Ching death count at 5,000, although the actual figure is believed to be much higher...Mr Goh, now 81, estimated that thousands were killed and buried at the Jalan Puay Poon site, which contained several mass graves.



“We didn’t dare touch it, so we quickly covered it,” Mr Goh said of his discovery. Eventually the bones were dug out, washed with water and disinfectant, then dried in the sun. Once ready, they were put in 1m-tall funeral jars.

Mr Goh would also go on to scour at least 10 other sites in places like Punggol, Bukit Timah and Choa Chu Kang. The exhumations lasted at least six years, producing 681 jars of bones that were filled to the brim....(RB-Many were also massacred on the beaches of Pulau Blakang Mati now Sentosa, East Coast, Punggol and Changi).

But the sheer size of the Jalan Puay Poon site meant the four-man squad was overwhelmed. Eventually, more than 50 people worked over a year to exhume the bones there....Workers toiled in the sweltering heat from 9am to 6pm, six days a week....The remains were transported by lorry to the Civilian War Memorial on Beach Road. Each truck could only carry 30 jars to avoid breaking them....

Mr Goh said 38 lorries would pull in at the Jalan Puay Poon site. “At 9am they lined people up one by one and started shooting,” he recalled. “The gunshots were never-ending.” This would go on till the evening."

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/grave-bones-world-war-ii-victims-singapore-sook-ching-10089202
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singapore: China fabricate lies and fake news
After wrecking bilateral relationship with Malaysia, Singapore’s diplomat Bilahari Kausikan now hit at China and accused the Chinese of fabricating lies and fake news to establish diplomacy:
“Beijing uses a mix of persuasion, inducement and coercion techniques to create a psychological environment which poses false choices for other countries. This technique of forcing false choices on you and making you choose between false choices is deployed within a framework of either overarching narratives or specific narratives… The purpose is to narrow the scope of choices and they are usually presented in binary terms. The intention is to stampede your thinking so that the critical faculty is not fully engaged and to instill a sense of fatalistic inevitability of the choices forced upon you.”
The PAP elite who was the former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said China keep issuing “falsehoods” like having a better relationship during Lee Kuan Yew’s times:
“Several examples of falsehoods that have been put forth by Beijing when dealing with Singapore, include how relations under founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew were much better as compared to now because the current Government does not understand China. These discourses are powerful because they are not entirely fabricated. They do contain a kernel of truth. But they are either extremely simplistic… or leave out vital facts. Mr Lee went against the Chinese-supported Communist united front in the 1950s-60s and prevailed. Other examples of untruths, include how Washington represents the past while Beijing stands for the future, as well as suggestions that those who are close to the United States will find it hard to have close economic ties with China.”
Bilahari Kausikan continued his anti-China speech calling it “self-deceptive” and manipulative:
“Other vulnerabilities in the Chinese approach, include cultural altruism as well as a tendency towards self-deception… and rigidity. Even when China’s intentions are exposed, the other parties may opt to play along due to genuine sympathy towards the Chinese position, cultural affinity or to ensure that bilateral relations can be kept on an even keel. This may also be due to transactional reasons – for hope of reward or fear of sanctions.”

The above post is from thestatestimesreview. Bilahari’s anti China speech was prominently published in the main media. What was the intent to give this hate speech so much publicity when it could only create more animosity between China and Singapore? Is this diplomacy or a declaration of hostility with China? Is Bilahari going to say that this is his personal view and he is no longer a govt official, so what he said has no bearing on Singapore’s official position. Likewise, what the official media printed is not the official voice of the govt. This is freedom of speech.
If that is the case, more anti China and hate speeches against China is fair game in Singapore’s main media and not done with ill intent to provoke or attack China. They would not affect Singapore’s good relations with China. China would be wise to see that there is no linkage in such hostile media reports against China with Singapore’s intent to have good relations with China.
What do you think?
PS. Some may be wondering if Bilahari was given a licence to attack China. Can Singapore hope to improve its relations with China with this kind of comments coming from its ex top officials that were involved in making govt decisions and repeatedly published in the main media?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exposing how China manipulates other countries
The Straits Times gave Bilahari Kausikan’s article on the above topic a full coverage on 1 Jul with a full page including a picture of China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning in a major naval exercise in the South China Sea. This full page article appeared a second time within a week which is a way of saying how important is Bilahari’s view on China as a bad guy.
What is Singapore trying to say to China or what was the Straits Times editor trying to tell China with this article is clearly nothing pleasing to China. Is Singapore sending a message to China that it should not trifle with Singapore, or is it telling China that Singapore would not be cowed or pressured by China, or is it saying that unless China treats Singapore kindly or else Singapore would take a hostile stance towards China?
The intent and purpose of the article were simply to badmouth China as a trouble maker, a bully, as if China is the only big power that is doing what Bilahari said and no other country is doing the same, all angels. While saying that all countries adopted a series of legitimate or covert activities, persuasion, inducement and coercion, China was unique in the following, ie other countries would not do what China is doing:
“First, the nature of the Chinese state; second, this holistic approach which melds together the legal and the covert, and persuasion, inducement and coercion; and third, the aim of such operations which is not just to direct behavior but to condition behavior.”
The message that Bilahari was putting out is that China is not only unique as a state, a civilization state, but doing all the bad things to influence and manipulate other states and this is very bad as other big powers are nothing doing these bad things. That is why he said it is unique only to China. Singapore was never pressure to do the biddings of the American, including sending its soldiers to support the American wars in the Middle East. Singapore did it willingly without being coerced into it.
It does not need much intelligence for anyone knowing how evil the American Empire and the western powers were and are, to know that they have been doing the same as China and many times worse than China for centuries. But what Bilahari was trying to do is to manipulate the readers’ thought into thinking that China is the only bad guy doing these bad things. And he is given the licence, the encouragement, the space to have this anti China view published in the main media, the Straits Times.
What do these mean in Singapore’s relations with China? Was it not in the recent past that Singapore leaders have been bragging that relations with China is very good? Teo Chee Hian is still in China and saying the same thing, relations very good. If that is so, would the publishing of such anti China articles be conducive and favourable to good relations between the two countries? Or is Singapore confirming that relations between the two states is going downhill and Singapore is hardening its position towards China and is coming out openly to criticize and attack China, to badmouth China, to influence and manipulate the readers of the Straits Times to think badly about China?
What do you think? Would a good friend of China be so eager and pleased to publish such articles in its main media that would put China in a bad light?
Bilahari concluded his article by asking “what is the point?” and answered himself by saying, “The point is – exposure is therefore the best countermeasure.” In diplomacy, when a country exposed negative things about another country in the media, it is as good as saying, this is the end of the relationship and it is time to burn the bridges.
Is this the case in Singapore’s relation with China?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singaporeans have a lot of reasons to be grateful to Gan Kim Yong
The latest scheme from Gan Kim Yong is that Singaporeans suffering from severe disability can start to withdraw cash from their Medisave. Can you believe that, taking out your savings in the CPF earlier than you are entitled to? In the past the money in the Medisave is as good as money gone forever, stuck in the Medisave and minimum sum schemes. Now, is this not generous of the minister, to recommend that Singaporeans, severely disabled only, can take their money out in cash, before they die?
There is a small condition though, that before they are allowed to withdraw from their Medisave when they are severely disabled, they must also have at least $5,000 in the Medisave. According to Gan Kim Yong, “When a Singaporean is facing severe disability and, at the same time, facing financial difficulties, I feel that we can afford to be more flexible.” He is truly a very kind man. And this change, to allow disabled Singaporeans in financial difficulties to withdraw $50 a month from their Medisave also did not mean that there will have to contribute more to their Medisave. Heng ah. And more heng, those with $20,000 or more in their Medisave will be allowed to withdraw $200 a month! This is like money falling from the sky.
And to provide more protection and a bigger safety net for Singaporeans, there will be more new schemes like ElderFund and Careshield Life to help the Singaporeans. CareShield Life will be compulsory of course for those 40 year and younger. The scheme is so good that those older are encouraged to join on a voluntary basis.
And the govt will also help by giving subsidies to the tune of 20 or 30 percent of the premium. Singaporeans are so lucky to have such caring govt.
The CPF scheme is improving all the years with all the scheming in place and more schemes akan datang. It has changed from one that the people can withdraw at 55 years to the present scheme when getting a few dollars early is like a big blessing, like striking lottery. There will be more improvements going forward and Singaporeans can be assured that they would never be able to finish using their CPF savings as the govt will make sure the savings are protected by many layers of firewalls to prevent Singaporeans from squandering away their hard earned life savings. They can be sure that when they die, there will still be a big pot of gold left unspent in the CPF. Not sure who would benefit from these leftovers when the people contributing them, and should be the main beneficiaries, could not benefit from them.
Singaporeans are truly lucky people. One big question, how many insurance does a person need? How many compulsory insurance schemes would the govt force onto the people using their CPF savings that is already not enough for retirement?
PS. On a side note, Najib has been arrested for stealing the people’s money and retribution is catching up with him real fast. There is no running away when the time comes to pay back for stealing the people’s money.
When stealing the people’s money becomes habitual, it becomes second nature. There is no sense of guilt.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kausikan’s megaphone diplomacy? Or is it Singapore’s megaphone diplomacy?
The last article by Bilahari Kausikan attacking China’s covert and overt diplomacy has stirred the hornet’s nest among Singaporeans doing business in China. Many were irked by his unnecessary hostile remarks against China in a forum of American and western audience, in his words, exposing China for influencing and manipulating the policies of govts to favour China. No matter how he slithered to claim that he was not attacking China in particular, no one is going to believe him as the intent of this article was as clear as a bright Sunday morning.
Many people have written to the forum pages of the ST to show their displeasure of his hostility towards China. In the ST forum page of 9 Jul, a Lim Ang Yong was equally incensed to question his intent and even suggested that it was Singapore’s megaphone diplomacy that was not good for Singapore China relations.
Let me quote Lim Ang Yong, “It seems unwise to shame China in a forum co hosted by American based organizations in front of an international audience. It is also true that we should educate Singaporeans, but that was not the goal of that forum, neither is it the role of a private individual. I am sure it is not the Govt’s intention to let former ambassadors be its proxy voice or lead its thinking and decision making on managing its China relations….”
Lim also noted that Kausikan was a former perm sec and diplomat and his knowledge of China interfering with Singapore’s policies were classified and sensitive information obtained while in office. These were privileged information protected under the Official Secrets Act that no ordinary peasant would be accessible to. All civil servants privy to official classified information are under oath to protect such information while in service or out of service and disclosing such information is an offence under the OSA. In his over zealous attempt to discredit China, has he crossed the line and divulged classified information protected under the OSA?
Has Kausikan’s disclosure and exposure of China’s behavior violated the Official Secrets Act as what he knew and said about China were privileged information available to him while in office?
What do you think?
PS. Lim Ang Yong also asked this question. “Did he get approval to speak as if he were an authority on the issue for the Singapore Govt?”
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Water falling from the sky is free
It is sinful to charge water that falls freely from the sky a high price. Ok, all your eyeballs are rolling. Seriously, human beans have been enjoying free water from the sky for ages. Things only change when crooks took over and decided to charge the people for water falling from the sky. God’s or heaven’s water, provided by God and heaven, evil man profited from it.
To be fair, the amount of labour and value add to produce drinkable water, not shit water, should be compensated accordingly. But the price of water should still be proportionate to the labour and capital added. Only evil men can twist and turn to raise the price of water exorbitantly by their whimsical white lies. Water must be priced high to teach people the value of water. Fuck you. Water must be priced high to prevent wastage. Fuck you. Tell that to God and heaven for letting water fall freely from the sky everywhere and going to waste. God is wasteful? Water is a blessing and gift of God or Nature.
God or heaven, you cannot anyhow waste water by pouring them in the river and into the sea. You should pour the water into the reservoirs for the people to use, and have enough holes to keep the water. If not YOU must be punished for wasting water.
And please, there is one thing YOU should do, punish the profiteers and gangsters for charging people exorbitant price for the free water you provide for the human beans by using their lies and fake reasons.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not easy to tell the truth and nothing but the truth
'20 days after Perera posed his question on bonuses to PM Lee, sparking public uproar over the lack of transparency, top Mediacorp news presenter Bharati Jagdish interviewed Ho Kwon Ping – the executive chairman of Singapore-based leisure business group, Banyan Tree Holdings – on her noted ‘On The Record’ programme.
During the interview, published on CNA on 30 Sept, Ho Kwon Ping remarked that his salary is lower than that of ministers. The CNA report went on to state that Ho’s salary, inclusive of bonus and benefits, comes up over S$2.5 million.
The wording on the article seemed to imply that if Ho’s claims that he is paid less than what ministers earn, ministers actually earn a lot more than the S$1.1 million for entry-level ministers and the S$2.2 million for the Prime Minister, when bonuses are included....' theindependent

See how Bharati Jagdish and Ho Kwon Ping were caught in a mess that Chee Hian had to comment on it and both had to explain and explain to make sure the water is crystal clear, to see that truth, that Ho Kwon Ping's income or salary of $2.5m is not less but more than the ministers, more than the PM. The issues involved telling the basic salary or with all the bonuses and perks. Not telling correctly can lead to misinformation and confusion.

The Independent reported that Bharati had been dismissed or forced to resign.

During the interview with Ho Kwon Ping, she did not double check Ho Kwon Ping's salary and thus gave the impression that someone was lying for saying the PM earns only $2.2m, the ministers lesser than $2.2m, then how could Ho Kwon Ping's $2.5m be lesser? See, when the numbers are not clear, it could become half truth or fake news or misinformation, misleading. Anyone making such half truths must be made to clarify so that the public would not be misled. And the main media cannot afford to make such mistakes. Now with the committee on fake media being formed to deal with such matters, for a media staff to report unclear numbers became a very serious business.

Ho Kwon Ping had clarified that his basic was less than the minister/PM. His $2.5m was gross, including bonuses and benefits. It is very important to compare apple with apple, not with orange or durian. Anyone still blur and cannot tell the difference between apple and orange or durian?If you want to compare Ho Kwon Ping's gross salary, then you have to compare minister's gross salary also. Gross is gross.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

F35s - Influencing policy makers and the masses

F-35: How the fifth-generation fighter jet might take RSAF to the next level

Channel News Asia ran a 3 part series article on how good the F35 is and how relevant it is to the air defence of Singapore or should it be the air offensive capability of Singapore with these aircraft. Lockheed Martin, the aircraft manufacturer must have paid quite a bit for this propaganda, oops advertisement to influence not only the decision makers into paying for this ultra expensive toy, but also trying to change the perception of the man in the street that they should not grumble should the govt plough a few billions into this wonderful war machine. I read the piece and am convinced that this is a really good piece of war machine, maciam a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. Actually it is more, like a F1 formual racing car.

Imagine the people driving their Ferraris and Lamborghinis on our roads and how stylo milo they looked, just crusing along at 110 kph without breaking the road speed limit. That is about what these super cars could do on our roads. And the competitors for attention or to out race them were practically zero.

The big question is who are we going to use these machine against? China, completely useless. They have radars that could render the stealth feature ineffective. And it would be silly for any Singaporeans to think of fighting China with these aircraft, totally out of line, out of the leaque, no contest. Perhaps the closest to fighting China would be to be dragged in by the Americans as their point man, as part of the American war plan for world supremacy. This is definitely not something we want to be in, not something we want to pay for.

These war machine would be too good for our immediate neighbours. They too would not be our competitors even if they acquired them with American consent or acquiring the best Russian war machine. Buying these war machine is only the first step. You would also need clever pilots to fly them, not like the Ab Bengs in their soup up machine tearing down the road. These are highly sophisticated war machine to be used for war, not just swooping around in the sky. Not many would be able to use them as what they were made to do. Definitely not the pilots of our neighbouring countries. This is no bragging.

Then there is the bigger headache of maintaining them in flying and fighting condition. Our neighbours track record of their Russian and American possession has proven that afterF15s and F16s would be more than adequate to do the job needed, at a fraction of the cost.

Talking about cost, many would be better informed of the complexity of these machine, the use of satellite technology and GPS system to support them, ground control computer and radar system. It is not so simp0le as just buying the aircraft. Then there is also the weapons and avionics cost etc etc. The total cost would be enormous and something we could not afford and do not need to pay for.

Very likely these aircraft would not have to fight an air war and lost in battle. Many of them would be lost why flying in peace time due to engine or pilot errors. At the tune of $200m each, this is no small sum to fall out of the sky.

They are good to have, nice to have, like the Lamborghinis and Ferraris. But for practical reasons, the F15s and F16s would be able to perform just as well given the theatre and competitors. Can we afford to pay for such beautiful state of the art war machine or toys with public money?

Below are some extracts of the Lockheed Martin sales pitch in Channel News Asia. Very attractive and mesmerising. Spending OPM is so easy, for such machine, called game changer. Sure, why not. Who would end up paying for the super expensive toys? The enemies would not be able to take them down. But normal wear and tear, poor maintenance and mistakes would.

By Aqil Haziq Mahmud @AqilHaziqCNA
20 Oct 2018


FORT WORTH, Texas: At the end of a highly sensitive assembly line, in the nave of an enormous aviation paint shop, lay a hulking lump of metal grey aluminium and titanium.
It was a war machine that showed some qualities of an expensive sports car, with sleek lines, perfect symmetry and a matte finish. But looks didn't mask the fact that this fighter jet is designed to be ultra deadly.
The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is so advanced, it can “talk” to other aircraft, see the enemy earlier and avoid being seen better than ever before. It can hunt discreetly in packs or be the all-seeing eye in the sky.
This fifth-generation fighter, according to defence experts, is also one of Singapore’s top choices to replace its ageing F-16s.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – World’s tallest statue
India has outdone everyone in building the world’s largest statue of its leaders, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US. And it costs only $560m. This is small change for the next super power in the making. This Sardar was also known as the Iron Man for united a feuding India of many states, something akin to what Mao Zedong had done for China. For such a great feat he rightly deserved to be so highly honoured, a very tall order.
Asians have traditionally been associated with glorifying their dead leaders and for building huge monuments to show their love and affection for their leaders. India is no exception and little Singapore is also following this trend. Though Singapore is more seen as a western country with western thinking, this Asian trait is still deeply rooted in the psychic of its western educated natural Aristocrats.
Singapore is going to build a monument for its founding leaders. 560 hectares of prime land, the most expensive land in the island, has been carved out for this purpose. How much would this land cost, plus the buildings it could build on it? Priceless!
Before this Sardar statue, Singapore has no good western role models to fall back on to build gigantic monuments. To imitate what the North Koreans did would definitely attract criticism that Singapore is becoming a small replica of North Korea. This $560m statue in India is a welcome news. India is Singapore’s role model,Indian fever, the biggest democracy. Singapore aspires to be like India and is importing millions of Indians here to transform the culture and DNA to be more Indian like and to benefit future generations of Indian’s super talent gene pool. An ideal Singapore family is an Indian husband and a Chinese wife as in many advertisement. Use to be an European man and a local girl.
Now Singapore can say India is doing it, and spent $560m on it. Singapore can definitely do better if not at least equal what India spent for its monument to honour its dear leader. Just wondering if Singapore would put up a statue as big and tall as India to be the tallest in the world, all for a good cause of course. It would be money well spent, every cent of it.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PAP knows or dunno?



Below are some comments taken from Roy Ngerng's post in the TRE blaming the PAP for Singaporeans unable to retire because not enough money in the CPF.


Thus when Singaporeans cannot retire today, the fault lies squarely on the PAP.
(A) The PAP knew that flats prices will become zero, but still made Singaporeans use their CPF to inflate resale flat prices.
(B) The PAP knew that flat prices will become zero, but still made Singaporeans pay market prices for the land that the flats sit on.
(C) The PAP knows that flat prices will become zero, and decline in value, but still tell Singaporeans they will introduce a VERS which will not help much.
(D) The PAP knows that flat prices will become zero, and decline in value after 20 years, so they say they will introduce VERS after 20 years, because by then, VERS will not cost them much to them anyway – the PAP is kicking the problem down the road.

Finally, CPF changes, the Medisave, Medishield and increases to university fees were all started in the 1980s when PAP changed course. All these happened 30 years ago but it took about 30 years for the effects to finally unravel and be felt by Singaporeans today.
So, what will you do?

Roy Ngerng


I think Roy Ngerng got it all wrong, giving them too much credit or thinking that they are really smart and know everything. I think they really dunno what they were saying, like HDB flat value will always go up. That's why they came up with asset enhancement scheme to continue to improve and raise the value of the HDB flats. And the latest, VERS, is supposed to do the same, to protect the value of the HDB flat even if the lease is left with 20 years. VERs could keep the value from falling. Just believe. If only they know that whatever they do, when the lease expires, the value must be zero, they would not want to waste so much money on a depreciating asset. But it is good if the govt is going to pay for the upgrading at least to keep the flats looking good and not turning into a rundown estate.

If one is still convinced that they know, then one may be accused of saying that they must be lying right? How can they know and still say different things and do different things against the hard truth. This is why I confidently conclude that they are not that smart after all. They dunno!

Another way of looking at this is that they think the people are really daft.

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