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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:28 am    Post subject: Legacies of LKY Reply with quote

Lee Kuan Yew – 1923 to 2015
Another titan of post war 20th Century departs early this morning, at 3.15am. Not many of these giants of the late 20th Century are left now. After LKY perhaps only Kissinger is the one left alone to hold the fort in an era of great changes to rebuild nations after WW2, the struggles for independence and economic reconstruction and growth. And there was the big contest between the forces of West against Communism, the Cold War and détente and the rise of China. These were the events that consumed much of the time and life of the titans of the post war years as the 20th Century gave way to the 21st.
LKY and Kissinger were two of the men that were thickly involved in the happenings of world politics involving China and the USA. Now only one is left standing. The departure of LKY will put an end to an era with the final curtains drawing to a close, and a new beginning in Singapore. Before the new pages are filled, world leaders would descend upon this little island paradise to show their respect to one of the last few movers and shakers of the 20th century.
The SG50 Celebration will go on as planned without the architect that makes it possible. He would not be there to soak in the atmosphere like he used to do in every National Day Parade. There would probably be a minute of silence in his memory. After the party is over, it will be a real new beginning, the dawn of a new era for Singapore, a Southeast Asia without the shadow Lee Kuan Yew. And world leaders may not be seen at the Istana that often, looking for the oracle to see into the future and to be enlightened by a dose of his wisdom.
There is a lightness in the air, when dust returns to dust. The city state will take one week to mourn the departure of its first Prime Minister, the man credited to be the founder of modern Singapore.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Protecting LKY’s legacies
There have been many comments about the need to protect the legacies of LKY. The issue is not so simple as it seems to be. Many of LKY’s policies are good, but there are bad and ugly policies as well. People should not blindly accept everything as they are but be discerning, like in all political and economic philosophies, only pick out the good and reject the bad and unworthy legacies. No, all are good? Please lah.
We can discuss about the legacies and shift out those that are not wanted today. For the moment let’s look at the most important legacies of LKY, the most enduring and endearing policies that he had left behind, that led to the show of respect during his funeral, and should be preserved not only to respect him but for the good of Singaporeans. The phrase, ‘for the good of Singaporeans’ must not be spouted freely to deceive the people by the asses.
LKY’s biggest contribution to the people of Singapore is the founding of this independent city state. But he did not stop there. He had emphasized in many of his speeches that this island is for Singaporeans, for the good of Singaporeans, better education, better homes and better jobs. Beware of those that are so ready to hand over pink ICs to foreigners and call them Singaporeans. Be careful of their real intent.
And as far as leadership is concerned LKY specifically said that political leadership must be in the hands of Singaporeans and not any silly Singaporeans. The Singaporeans to be recruited into political leadership and the govt must be instinctively Singaporeans, always be thinking of the interests of Singaporeans. On this point you can simply pick out the fakes and pretenders who uttered they are for Singaporeans whenever they opened their mouths.
What should we do with people who are out to dismantle LKY’s legacies, to turn his policies upside down? We have seen many policies that are anti Singaporeans, pro foreigners, allowing foreigners to assume political, commercial and social leadership. We have policies that favour foreigners in housing and good jobs to the detriments of Singaporeans. And these were done while LKY was still alive. Now that he is gone, these people who claimed to be for Singaporeans but systematically and consistently dismantling LKY’s legacies will be even more callous. Make no mistake about it, giving a foreigner a pink IC does not make him a Singaporeans in the definition of LKY and in the eyes of true blue Singaporeans. See how they bring in their own kinds here at the expense of Singaporeans! A Singaporean is dedicated to the well being and interests of Singaporeans by instinct. How many Singaporeans in leadership position qualify to be instinctive Singaporeans and really thinking for the good of Singaporeans? Hear them spout their nonsense about bringing in more foreigners. See them instinctively go around the world to find foreigners to replace Singaporeans in top jobs and you will know who they are and their instinct.
What shall we do to these ‘Singaporeans’ that are destroying the legacies of LKY? Now who is calling for the protection and preservation of LKY’s legacies when piece by piece is being taken down? Didn’t they know?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the out of this world minister salary worth preserving?
One of the most controversial policies of LKY must be the high minister salary that he introduced as a compelling must do thing in his time. He made such a ‘convincing’ case for it that there was hardly anyone opposing to it. The country needs the best men and women in political leadership. The country is so big, the job is so big, the salary must be so big also or else no good men or women who need big money to satisfy their ego would want to serve the country. Of course these were his assumptions. His other unstated assumption is that good men and women would step forward to serve when the money is there.
As usual he used Richard Hu from Shell as an example to push his case. He assumed that everyone was as highly paid as Richard Hu when they stepped forward. The policy has been in force for two decades. Let’s take a look at LKY’s assumptions for this policy and whether it lives up to his expectation and effectiveness.
Look at all the ministers and MPs and ask yourself a simple question. Are they the top talents in the island and deserving of what they are being paid, in the millions? If yes, good, the policy has served its designed purpose in getting the best men and women to be in politics. If no, why? Are the best men and women stepping forward or backward from politics despite the big draw in monetary terms? If not, why? Maybe the carrot is not big enough. Maybe politics is just not their cup of tea even if the carrot is blown up another 10 times its size. Maybe, this is important, good men and women do not think money should be the reason to be in politics.
Again, if the policy is serving its purpose, keep it. If the policy is not getting the best men and women into politics, it is like saying we are overpaying the lesser than the best men and women by the millions to go into politics while the best men and women remained out of politics. Which is which? I am not even dealing with the situation when the best professional in whatever fields, earning millions, turned into a political dud but still being paid millions for becoming a misfit in a profession they were not trained for or neither have they the heart and instinct to do a good job.
If it is not working, not attracting the best men and women into politics, should good money, millions, continue to be paid to the ‘not the best men and women’ in politics? Should this policy or legacy be reviewed?
Are we getting value for money? What do you think? I heard some giggling.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Early signs of rebellion

Less than one week after the state burial of the founding Prime Minister of Singapore, two incidents hogged the headlines. One is the abusive tirades of a 16 year old boy in the YouTube against the man himself. And this was taken very seriously, top priority and urgency. One day after it hit the news the boy was charged in court for 3 offences. How could it be when more than a million people paid their respect to the man, queuing for more than 8 hours just to walk pass his body lying in state over a whole week? And immediately there was this big hooha by a boy that took a diagonally opposing view that frayed raw nerves exposed by a week of mourning and public weeping.

To raise the temperature higher, some pro establishment grassroot leaders made threatening remarks like cutting the cock of the boy and shaft it in his mouth, and another insinuating that the comments by the boy could get himself killed, … in this first world city! My God, we are not far from the mentality of the medieval age or the tribes in the jungles.

Yesterday, the angry residents of an upper class public housing estate found it necessary to air their grievances publicly in the social media when they could not get the attention of the authority and the main media to deal with their unhappiness. A state organisation, the Residents Committee, in their zealous effort to help and bond with the residents, insisted on building more facilities in the estate. They already have a big presence but the residents are not happy with their generosity to help them. The residents did not want more RC facilities in their midst. But the RCs are adamant to build more facilities against the wishes of the residents. Strange that the state wanting to help the residents but the residents rejecting the help.

The residents have approached the social media to air their grievances in an open confrontation and to challenge the authority. They did not want the RCs, or as good as please go away. More details are available in an article in the TRE, ‘War breaks out between RC and residents in Toa Payoh’. This is a sample of the comments in the article:
‘Another resident told TRE, “We are being bullied by our RC and PA!”
“There is already an existing RC at our block and they want a 2nd RC. Seriously the residents don’t need 2 RCs within 5 blocks!” she explained.
She asked TRE to help spread the news. “We are really desperate and need your help to make this public as they are going to construct the RC soon. We have written several emails to the authorities but they are not addressing the issue,” she said. “This means a lot to the residents. We sincerely thank you loads.”’
Everyone is wishing the man to RIP and things are beginning to turn bad. How to rest in peace? You want him to jump up so fast? Leave the man in peace can?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From a country to a hotel – LKY’s legacy?
Refreshing the memories and speeches of LKY on the TV channels for one week, the central theme of LKY’s younger days was all about building a Singapore for Singaporeans. Today it is very clear that Singapore is more or less a hotel for all. Foreigners are unloaded like rubbish into the island as the celebrated foreign talents, qualifications and integrity unquestioned, to take over many good jobs in the island.
Some even said this island belonged to everyone, all and sundry of the world. Everyone is welcomed except the daft Sinkies who are told to get lost if they did not like it. Daft Sinkies are good at two things, be security guards and drive taxis. The more glorified security guards are the NS boys, but minus the money in everything, and getting pittance for their contributions to the hotel. Oops, to the NSmen they are serving their country, a country you know.
And when they have completed serving their country, they would have to compete with foreigners with no duties and obligations to serve a country that they only know as a hotel, for their benefits. Foreigners will come and go, making their piles, while the daft Sinkies will stay to pay the taxes and dues to keep the hotel in working condition and to maintain peace and order for the foreigners.
Now the big question. Is this what LKY wanted? Is this a legacy of LKY? Did he change his vision for Singapore, from a country to a hotel, from a country for Singaporean to a hotel for the rest of the world? Can anyone enlighten me on this legacy? Or it is not LKY’s legacy? He was around when the transition and transformation took place, from a country to a hotel.
And I remember him saying, ‘This is my country, this is my people’.
Which is which?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lee Wei Ling: Lesson from LKY
“Let’s not miss the chance to learn the lessons Papa’s death taught us about ourselves,” Lee Wei Ling said in her eulogy to her father.
Calling Westerners “the white man”, she said, “Never be impressed by the white man who thinks he is superior to you. We are no less and probably more capable than he is. If Papa and his Old Guard colleagues did not believe that, they would not have fought for independence and built up this country.”

Lee Wei Ling should say that to her brother and in Parliament to help the super talents have some confidence in themselves and in Singaporeans, and not be worshipping foreigners like God. See the mad scramble to hunt for foreign talents whenever a CEO position is left empty? Take a guess who will be the next CEO of SGX. No prize for the correct answer. I think the decision has probably been made and it would not be a daft Sinkie.
The generation of founding fathers of modern Singapore was made up of men and women of confidence, who believed in themselves and in Singaporeans, that we could build this country into a better place for Singaporeans. And they were not proud men and women that were blinded by their pride not to accept foreign help. Foreign help would be welcomed when a situation called for it, not calling for foreign help in every situation. Singapore was practically built with the hands of the founding fathers who believed in themselves and in Singaporeans. Foreigners were welcomed to teach and train us at times when we did not have the expertise, not to take over and rule us. We learn to walk and to run on our own, not forever holding on to a foreign crutch. Talented foreigners should be welcomed to compliment us, not to supplant us and replace us.
Look at the present bunch and ask yourself if they believe in themselves and in Singaporeans? Look at how they tremble in the presence of foreigners, how they go gaga in the presence of foreigners, how they faint when a position is vacant and how they scramble to find a foreigner to fill it up quickly. Look at how silly they look in the presence of foreigners who could con them into giving them millions and billions to do whatever they want.
Lee Wei Ling must instruct them to read her papa’s biography, make it compulsory reading, and to learn from him about believing in themselves, don’t shrink or shrivel in front of foreigners, and like Heng Swee Kiat said, to look at the foreigners in their eyes, wear high heels if needed, classical LKY teaching. Actually it is about confidence and not how tall you are. Did they learn anything from him? Wei Ling, better be quick before they bring in another foreigner to sit at SGX.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orang Melayu – Old ties that bind
The one week of state funeral was best remembered by the passing of a political giant of an era and the outpouring of sadness by people at home and those abroad. Many foreign leaders were here on their personal capacity or representing their respective govts to pay their last respect to the man lying in state. While everyone was immersed in the solemn and somber mood of the moment, a sense of warmth permeated the air in an unusual way that many would have missed, gone unnoticed and forgotten.
The spirit and graciousness of the Orang Melayu of the region was at its best. The Sultan of Brunei and several members of his family were here, including many govt officials not reported, to show their respect to a man whose relationship with the palace were built over two generations as family friends. The bond was strong and lasting and valued by both families and people.
From the south, the Sukarnos, the Suhartos and the Yudhoyonos were all here. And so were the Jokowis and many present and past govt officials. They remembered the deeds of the man that was in the midst of interstate rivalry and friendship. They remembered him dearly and fondly as a good friend.
More remarkable were the leaders and royalties from the north. The love hate relationship between Malaysia and Singapore, between LKY and their leaders, the quarrels and bickering and at times personal acrimonies were set aside. With the passing of the man, the hatchet was buried, but more. The warmth relationship cultivated over the decades surfaced. At the end of the day, they were all like kampong boys growing up together, playing together and fighting over everything. But they were still childhood friends of the same kampong.
The Agung was here and so were the royalties. And the newly crowned Sultan of Johore was here, one day after his coronation, putting aside his busy schedule to show his respect to the man with many ups and downs in the relationship between the two states. Najib was here and so were Daim and many old friends and political foes.
The one that was dearly missed was Mahathir. The Malaysians expected him to come, no matter how bitter he fought with LKY, it was the man that he knew and worked with, like him or not was a separate matter. Mahathir missed the chance to show the world how big a man he could be. Abdul Samad, a very senior Malaysian politician of the same vintage was seen on Malaysian news chastising Mahathir for his lack of graciousness. He even reprimanded him for his slowness in coming out with his eulogy for LKY. There are times when personal rivalry should give way, take a back seat, to allow the warmth of human relationship to triumph.
The Orang Melayu of the region were extremely gracious and warmth and added a great sense of dignity to the occasion, to bid farewell to a kampong boy they knew a life time. Without the politicking and agitating, the Orang Melayu could make great friends that would last a life time.
The passing of the man they called friend and at times loved to hate marked a new chapter in the relationship of the people in the region. Hopefully the new leaders and future leaders could pick up a few goodness in being friends and political foes and graciousness while locked in political differences and rivalry. There is a man behind all the politicking, and there is friendship to be made and cherished, in the spirit of the Orang Melayu.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LKY’s last wish – demolish his home
The children of LKY have come out in the open to plead with the Singaporeans to fulfill their father’s last wish, that is to demolish the house that LKY lived and where the history of Singapore was crafted. And if the house cannot be demolished, no outsiders should be given access to it except his children.
If there is a monument worth preserving, it must be this house in Oxley Road. It definitely has more historical value than the House of Sun Yat Sen that was beautifully preserved for posterity or the Alkaff Mansion. It definitely has more touristy appeals than Sentosa or the Garden by the Bay. There will be more long queues to see this house if it is open to the public. This is where everything happened in the past that is Singapore today. Every stone, every nook and corner in the house is of great value to the people of Singapore and those who are interested in the life of LKY. His grandfather’s house in China has been turned into a shrine to worship a new deity in the name of Lee Kuan Yew.
It would be a real pity and a real loss to this country, his country, to destroy something so precious. This crime will be in the league of the Talibans demolishing the ancient Buddhist statues in the mountains. Historians and archaelogists are digging the grounds of Empress Place for bits and pieces of our history of yesteryears. Here there is a whole monument intact that deserved to be preserved and protected at all cost. It is so sad that it has to be demolished.
The last wish of a dead man must be respected. And this is no ordinary man, the founding father of modern Singapore. Let’s grant him his wish, even if we have to sacrifice a very important piece of our history. Find a another monument to name after him or built a new one, like a 100 meter statue at the Marina Barrage in the likes of the Statue of Liberty in New York to welcome the migrants to our shore.
Let the man rest in peace, let the house go. I am saying this with a heavy heart. Many would like to sit in deep meditation in the house to feel, to touch the walls and floors, furniture and crockery, sit on the chairs, lean on the tables, to breath the air and reconnect to the days and moments when the pioneering fathers were drafting out the future of this city state. How they argued and fought and how the best views prevailed. How the likes of LKY, Goh Keng Swee, Toh Chin Chye, Rajaratnam, Byrnes, Othman Wok, Lim Chin Siong, Lee Siew Choh etc etc and the whole gang huddling together to overthrow the colonial masters
Your wish shall be granted. RIP. No need to get up. It is a queer wish, but it is his last wish. Respect ok.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Screwing up LKY’s legacies
Many people could not understand why I am harping on LKY’s legacies and in a way praising him indirectly for his ideas. Many would just want to let him disappear from their memories and do not want to be reminded of him. What I can say is that put your sentiments and emotions aside. LKY had done many things, good, bad and ugly, just like anyone of us. We are all human beans and did many things that were not too flattering ourselves. Just bear with me as I go through the legacies of LKY, looking at the good that he had contributed and show you how people who professed to be his followers, believers and whatever shit, but really screwing up his legacies, distorting his ideas and leading people to screw up LKY as a result. And they are drumming that we should preserve and cherish his legacies. My oh my!
Read this statement by LKY spoken in 1960 on the role of foreigners and how they could be part of our society, contributing but not screwing up the people in the process. There could be a balance, a state of mutual coexistence for mutual benefits. The wisdom of this man is unparalleled if you look at the pretenders that were given a blank cheque to turn his views and policies upside down. Now read carefully…
"National sentiment desires the riddance of all expatriates as agents of the exploiting colonial government, but the practical needs of making the national economy work requires that expatriates be employed. Such a situation must contain the seeds of inner contradiction. A plain straightforward nationalist line by the government which results in the expulsion of all expatriates may lead to a sagging of the whole complex of the economy, as indeed has happened in some newly independent territories. But to ignore the anti-colonial sentiments of our people will be to store up trouble for the future. The only practical solution is to acknowledge our need for the time being for expatriates, be they members of the former colonial power or otherwise, and to continue to use them. But at the same time, national sentiments will be satisfied only if increasing numbers of our local men are being trained here and abroad to replace these expatriates and do their
jobs in the near future. This aspect of the problem of government would be made easier if expatriates understand some of these emotional factors which a representative government has to consider. And also it helps to make clear that expatriates carry out the policy decided by the government and do not decide on policy as they did in the past.” - LKY 27/2/1960.
From this statement it is very clear that this man was building a nation of Singaporeans and with Singaporean’s foremost in his mind. He would allow some foreigners to be here to contribute to our economy, but the govt, the Singaporeans, would take over and decide what is best, not the foreigners.
A very good example of how foolish the new team in govt is doing can be seen from the exchanges between Lim Biow Chuan and Indranee Rajah in Parliament on the employment of foreigners in our universities. MP Lim Biow Chuan wanted to know whether the government requires Singapore's public universities to hire eligible Singaporeans, priority for academic employment, and whether the universities' human resource departments should be headed by Singaporeans to ensure that eligible Singaporeans are duly considered for employment. At least his mind and heart are in the right place.
And this was Indranee Rajah’s reply. "It is important that our autonomous universities recruit academic staff based on merit, to ensure that they hire the best talent able to deliver high quality education and conduct research that will benefit our students and Singapore."
And last year, Seah Kian Peng said he was shocked by the number of foreigners who have staffed the faculties in Singapore’s tertiary institutions.
“So, through Parliament, I asked MOE for some figures. I found out in the Political Science department of NUS, 28% of the 25 faculty members are Singaporeans. In NTU’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 41% of the 29 faculty members are Singaporeans. In the NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, 44% of the 48 faculty members are Singaporean. And in the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 46% of the 82 faculty members are Singaporeans," he had said.
From her reply, Indranee is very comfortable with the number of foreigners in the universities even when Singaporeans are now in the minority. As far as she is concerned, they are hired on merits, ‘the best talent able to deliver high quality education and conduct research that will benefit our students and Singapore.’ If this reasoning is applied to Parliament, I think many MPs including herself would be replaced by more meritorious foreigners. But that is not important.
The issue is the position she is taking, which must be the position of the present govt. Bring in foreigners as long as they are good and better than Singaporeans, never mind if Singaporeans are displaced and in a minority. Is this position in line with the thinking of LKY?
LKY was very concern and very particular about the number of foreigners working here and that it should not become a national problem, and that the Singaporeans should be eventually taking over from the foreigners. If no one is getting it, let me quote LKY again, ‘But at the same time, national sentiments will be satisfied only if increasing numbers of our local men are being trained here and abroad to replace these expatriates and do their jobs in the near future’.
Today was the future LKY talked about. The big question, has LKY changed his views about employing foreigners in large numbers to replace Singaporeans, to take over all the important positions and ignoring the nationalistic sentiments of the people? Or is the new PAP leadership dismissing LKY’s concerns and very happy to replace Singaporeans with foreigners like the pathetic numbers in the academia and elsewhere? LKY understood the nationalistic sentiment of the people and that this island is a country belonging to Singaporeans and not a hotel. Does the present leadership has any inclination of what these mean and how important they are to the existence of Singapore and the well being of the Singaporeans? Replace them with the best foreigners?
Who is to be blamed if trouble brews eventually because of the changed mindset and policies, of ignoring the legacy of LKY, when nationalistic sentiment, not xenophobia, breaks out into the open?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naming monuments after LKY
This is about the most important thing to think about and to do today. The whole population is thinking of some ingenious ways to honour the founding father. And many great ideas have been mentioned in Parliament about naming this and that or erecting this and that to name after LKY. Of course my idea of a 100m Statue of Liberty, I mean Statue of LKY, at the Marina Barrage is not well received as no one seems to want to mention it. So far the thinking has been very positive and everyone is very high about this, like on drugs.
Before anyone gone too far overboard and over excited by this exercise, just consider for a moment about the not so savoury part. Think of assholes, yes assholes like Matilah Singapura and the likes of him. Think of what rascals like him would be thinking and what they would be contemplating and would want to do. Just bear this in mind before doing anything. Think security. Think vandalism. If these hints are not good enough, think of Ah Long, I mean the loan sharks and what they are famous for when they went chasing for bad debt.
I think by now people should have a good idea what I am driving at and what they should do and should not do. It is always good to think positive, but at times it is important to consider the unthinkable. Not everyone is head over heels about this matter. Maybe a better idea is to ask people like Matilah Singapura, to read his mind to understand what they may be up to and not to make things too easy for them. Yes, pay him a consultation fee, kind of learning from a thief to catch a thief.
Get it?
PS. Careful about the acts of God. Remember what happened to the Merlion? A little proactive thinking would go a long way.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LKY’s last wish – Think fengshui
With the public appeal by his children to demolish his house, it is as good as being done. The house in 38 Oxley Road would be gone. And given the urgency and efficiency of the govt and contractors you can bet that it would disappear as quickly as the Harry Potter waves his magic wand.
But wait, wait. Please do not rush into such a major decision without consulting the fengshui master. Maybe Hsien Loong has already done that then go ahead if the fengshui master said it is a good thing to do. I am no expert in fengshui, but to demolish a house or even buying a house or renovating a house, if one can afford it, it is good to get a second opinion from the fengshui master or masters.
This house in Oxley Road is no ordinary house. Anyone would tell you that it is sitting on a very auspicious fengshui location. No need to ask the fengshui masters. Just look at the wealth and good fortune it has brought to the Lee family! 3 generations of prosperity and good descendants. And don't forget the good fortune of Singapore. With such a good fengshui, no one in his right mind would want to touch the house. Many would not even do any renovation on it so as not to disturb the good fengshui. And maybe that was what the Lee family did in the last 40 years. The house is as original as it could be. There must be a very good reason. They can afford to turn it into a multi storey modern home with the flip of a finger. Money is not a problem. So you can guess the reason.
Now out of the blue the children are so eager and ready to get it demolish. Is the fengshui of the house changing and turning bad that it has to be demolished? If so, well, better do it fast. If no or not sure, don’t they think it is worth to spend a few dollars to hire the best fengshui masters, get a second or third opinion, on the expediency of demolishing it, to tear it down? You do not tear down a house of good fengshui just like that. That is what the Chinese believe even if they are not steep in the art of fengshui. Better be safe than be sorry.
What do you think? Is it a good idea to tear the house down from the perspective of fengshui?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope for another PM Lee
There were all kinds of mischievous speculations and troublesome remarks that there will be a third PM Lee after Hsien Loong. And the choice is between Hong Yi and Sheng Wu as the top candidate for the post. The grooming could have started and the ground being prepared. Chan Chun Sing was touted as another seat warmer to fill the gap while the two young men grow up and gain the necessary skills set to be a PM.
Most of these speculations and rumours were not well intended, a snipe at the possibility of the continuation of the Lee Dynasty. Ground feelings, as far as I know, is negative towards a third Lee as the PM. Somehow the thinking is that this should not be the case. A republic must not be turned into a dynasty and anyone would do except a Lee. It is not a case of how good the two young men would turn out to be. They have yet to show how good they are and to endear to the people. It is just a no no for a third Lee to replace Hsien Loong.
Wait a minute. Things are changing. Some were saying Singapore would be a better place, better governed, if Wei Ling were the chosen heir instead of Hsien Loong. She seems to have her heart in the right place. She could think simply and clearly, no silly nonsense. This is a gift that is likely to be inborn, to be able to see through the hypocrisies and pretensions of human beans.
Wei Ling is starting to endear to the people as a straight talking, no ‘bluffology’, no balls carrying kind. She said what she thought, pure and simple, right from the heart. Her latest comment on her father’s wish, not to build a personality cult, not to build silly monuments like the dictatorship of North Korea, is music to the ears of the people. It slapped very hard on the faces of hypocrisy and the unthinking and glory seeking, to want to flatter the legend and to look good and saying all the right things. In their scramble to be in the good books, falling all over one another, to build monuments to glorify the legend, they forgot what he was all about. And it takes a simple and clear mind, very exceptional when one is the daughter, with emotional attachments and sentiments, to say the right and proper thing, to fulfill the wishes of LKY. The man does not want a personality cult. Is that so difficult to understand?
There were some comments in the social media that Wei Ling would be welcome to join the opposition to do the right things for the country. And with here stature and accomplishment, I think she could be the one to bring the opposition parties together under one banner. And if she can do that, she would be the natural leader to be the PM if the opposition wins the next GE. She is the perfect candidate the opposition is waiting for. Never mind if she is another Lee. Never mind if she will be the third PM Lee, if she can do good instead of harm to the country and people.
What do you think?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LKY’s legacies – The monuments to protect
Lee Wei Leng said the right thing. LKY is not about personality cults and monuments to be built in his name. There are practical reasons to consider too. Many founding fathers of nations were quite straight forward. Sun Yat Sen was impeccable or unblemished as a national leader. You don’t have Chinese nationals wanting to spit at him, urinating at his grave or paint graffiti on his monuments. But this is not the point. I think not only LKY will turn in his grave if a monument is built in his name. He didn’t even want his house to remain. Get it demolish.
The true legacies and monuments are the values he stood for, honesty, integrity, incorruptibility, the spirit of serving the people and country. These are the real monuments that should be preserved for eternity. These are time tested values that can last through the ages and no one can dispute their goodness. No one would want to spit at monuments made of these except when they are abused by people tasked to protect them.
And before his body is cold, the first two monuments are under attack and being discredited, ie honesty and integrity. Nobody cares about honesty and integrity anymore. Honesty and integrity can be compromised by fuzzy logic and silly people, very likely dishonest people with little integrity but not exposed.
Would any believer or disciple of the Oracle stand up to defend the values he stood for? Or they are still steep in wanting to erect a few pieces of masonry in his name that are likely to be just plain bricks and mortar or some composite? What are the real legacies of LKY to be protected? Are integrity and honesty not important at all?
Destroying honesty and integrity is as good as kicking LKY in his ass. Show some respect to the man for his relentless effort to keep this place honest, clean and upholding the virtues of integrity and incorruptibility. If these are to be discarded, what is the point of naming monuments after him? Anyone feel offended and obliged and his or her duty to protect LKY’s legacies? Anyone responsible to defend his legacies or want to defend what this man stood for?
Anyone brave enough to stand up to defend honesty and integrity?
What a shame. I think he is turning in his grave. Fake degrees are being worn like a tag of honour, without shame, in Singapore.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The little Red Box says it all
In every commercial aircraft there are two black boxes to record all the relevant and important data concerning the aircraft, its flight pattern and details and the conversation of the pilots. The information recorded will eventually be used as undisputable evidence of what actually happened to the aircraft in case of an accident.
After LKY his former PPS, Heng Swee Kiat, has revealed the story of the little, now famous, Red Box used by LKY for his work. What does this Red Box say about LKY and his role in the governing of Singapore? He may not be the PM, and during his last term just an MP. But there are the trappings of power in the man. His office is in the Istana, the official resident of the President of Singapore and now also the office of the Prime Minister. He has a staff of his own, security officers etc. And of course the little Red Box that he kept his official files that he was working on.
What did all this meant to the nature of work and responsibility of LKY? Was he doing the job of an MP, taking care of the affairs of the residents of Tanjong Pagar? Or was he intricately and intimately involved with the running of Singapore? What did the man said about himself and his commitment and devotion to the well being of Singapore? What did the rest of his colleagues and the Prime Minister said of his work?
Heng Swee Kiat was no longer his PPS when LKY was just an MP. Apparently the little Red Box was still with LKY in his last stretch in his office in the Istana. What did the Red Box say about his involvement in the affairs of the state? Did he let go or did he not let go? Was he just keeping an eye over state affairs or a passive observer?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A man’s will versus the law
There is an article in the ST on 24 Fri discussing the issue of LKY’s will to demolish his house and not allow the state to acquire it as a national heritage. Here is a case of whether the will of an individual should take precedent over the law? Which is more important or carries more weight? Can any individual write a will and expect it to be honoured by the State, in this case the State should not take over the house no matter how valuable it is according to the law on the acquisition of private properties?
On face value it is a groundless case for any individual to make such a will and demanded it to be accepted by the state regardless of what value the state sees in the property. A grandfather wants to will his attap hut in Bukit Timah to his son, can or not? Sure can, but the State would decide whether the attap hut got any historical or architectural value or other values. If got, sorry, tell the grandfather it would not do. The interest of the state supercedes an individual’s will.
But LKY, the founding father of Singapore is not any individual and his will is best respected. And his son, Hsien Loong, the incumbent Prime Minister, has taken the case to Parliament, asking Parliament to honour his father’s will. Not sure if a decision has already been made. I never follow Parliament meetings so closely. Maybe they have put it to a vote. That is the fairest thing to do in a democracy.
This article in the ST would raise a lot of questions. If LKY’s will is granted by Parliament, the author of the article said it could be quoted in the courts as a precedent. So the grandfather’s will on his attap hut still got chance to be saved if he dies after this thing has been approved by Parliament.
But Parliament may approve the request by the PM and put a special clause to it that this is an exception as LKY is the founding father of the nation. And this case cannot be quoted as a precedent. So the grandfather can forget about willing his 100 year attap hut to his son. Anyway, never mind, the law is the law. And the attap hut got not much value. What is an attap hut?
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