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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Sinkie mindset – No Choice!
FIFA World Cup Subscription: Singaporeans Taken For A Ride
Senior Minister of State (Communications and Information) Lawrence Wong had claimed that the Singapore government has “no say in” the subscription prices for the FIFA World Cup “Because Singapore is a small market and has a high demand for World Cup matches, FIFA will consider the country’s purchasing power and act accordingly“.
The above is posted by Roy Ngerng in his blog The Heart Truth. The reason why Sinkies have no choice but to pay exorbitant subscription fees just to watch the World Cup is the same reason why Sinkies have no choice about what to do with their CPF, that the Medishield Life is compulsory, and many other things, is simply that they have been trained to accept No Choice as an answer. And the reasoning given by FIFA to charge Sinkies higher rate is the same kind of reasoning the govt has been telling the Sinkies, it resonates very well in the minds of the leaders. So they happily accepted this as No Choice, and who is paying? Who is paying?
Roy Ngerng pointed to many other countries that are similar in population and income level and are paying so much lesser than Sinkies. Why? No Choice or why they got Choice?
Sinkies are brought up to think that there is No Choice when the govt said so. And the govt has been so use to No Choice as the only choice and when confronted by FIFA, it makes perfect sense. They used the same logic, sing the same song, and believe the same clever reasoning. You can’t blame Lawrence Wong for it. He could not see anything wrong with it. In fact the logic of FIFA is perfect and absolutely logical and reasonable to our elite who have been using such logical logic on the Sinkies.
Sinkies got choice to pay lower COEs or public housing prices or rentals of HDB shops and food courts? If we can live with so many no choices, what is the difference in the FIFA no choice fee?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sampan sinking? N0?
The answer is no, or not yet. Our Sampan is still looking good and still good to load in more and more passengers. It is like Noah loading the animals for a journey instructed by God. Fill them up! The captain is very confident that this Sampan would not sink even if it is loaded with 6.9m, and more when the need comes. Maybe by then another hull will be added to turn it into a catamaran, safe, stable and sound.
The South Koreans did not have an unsinkable catamaran. And they did not have a good captain too. And the tragedy is still unfolding with a target of at least 300 innocent school children on the death list. Obviously the captain was confident that his ferry would not sink. It was is good condition and plying daily through the Korean sea to Jeju from the mainland. It was a routine trip. All system go. Even if a trainee or assistant was at the helm, nothing drastic could go wrong. And the passengers of teachers and students have great faith in the captain, his crew and the ferry to provide a safe journey to their paradise island.
There was a bang. The ferry either hit something or something exploded. Nevermind, the captain was in charge. He told everyone to remain calm and stay where they were. Do not panic, do not rush as it would be dangerous doing so. The captain could not see anything serious like the sinking of the ferry on his radar. He probably thought it was a minor problem. There was time.
There was plenty of time to evacuate the passengers. The ferry was sinking slowly. Yes, the captain had all the time in the world to mount an evacuation, to get the passengers to put on their life vests like the drill before the journey. The captain had all the time to lower the lifeboats. There were 40 of them.
No one could see the danger ahead. The teachers and students remained calm and stayed where they were told. Some were in the lower levels and in their cabins. And the ferry continued to sink. No one panic. No one could think of the worst, not even the captain. And the ferry continued to sink, and even with half the ferry on its side, it was all calm. The passengers remained in their cabins, having full faith in the good judgement of the captain. And the ferry continued to sink. And the captain still did not call for a full evacuation. And the ferry continued to sink, with nearly all its obedient sheeples inside their cabins, all waiting for instruction from the captain to evacuate. They did not know, I think, that the ferry was sinking. The captain did not tell them so. Some were still in the dining hall having their breakfast. And the ferry sank.
Where was the danger? Where was the early warning or signs of a big mishap on the way? No? Everything is under control, trust the captain and his crew. The ship was not going to sink and bring its passengers under.
The rest is a very sad story. The moral of the story? How much shall you trust your captain? How much can you trust that the Sampan will not sink? How much must you trust yourself, your own judgement, that when things are bad, it is bad. Get out when you can to save yourself. Let the captain sink with the ferry. But the captain was too smart for that. He left the sinking ferry in time to save his own skin.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Petition asking Hsien Loong to resign
A William Lim wrote that he was interviewed by a German media on Hsien Loong’s comment at an India New Year celebration. The controversial statement to those present is here, “Singaporeans, new arrivals, people who are on permanent residence here, people who are on employment pass here, all participating in one big family…So that we feel that this is a place which is special, which belongs to all of us and where we all celebrate one another’s festivals and happy events together.”
William Lim is a 37 year old taxi driver with a Bachelor in Business and Finance. He graduated in 2001 but with no ‘experience working in the finance industry he tried applying for a job, ‘I was asking a gross salary of only SGD$2000 per month, willing to learn from the seniors, willing to work long hours and willing to travel if necessary.’ He didn’t get even an interview. So he is now happily self employed as his own boss, as a taxi driver, a job that some people said is an occupation of choice, a preferred job for experienced and highly qualified Sinkie PMETs that no one wants to employ.
Below are two of the several questions asked on the PAP govt and its immigration policies.
‘1) What was your reaction to Lee Hsien Loong's comment about Singapore belonging to everyone who lives here?
Ans: Disappointed, a leader of a country shouldn't be making this kind of statement. What kind of message is he sending to the citizen of Singapore?
Foreigners coming to Singapore to work or tourist, we Singaporean should show them the hospitality as they are our guests in our country. To tell us that Singapore belong to them too, It's telling us foreigners own a part of Singapore too! It's the most absurd statement that I have came across.
Being a male citizen of Singapore, we are required serve my national service in the form of joining the Army, Police or Civil Defence Force. We serve the nation is to protect our country, our family. If Singapore do not being to Singaporean only, why should male citizens serve to protect the country while foreigner owning a part of Singapore do not need to protect Singapore as well? What kind of logic is this?
2) Why did you decide to start the petition?
Ans: A leader making this kind of statement is not fit to be a Prime Minister of Singapore! Together with a number of miscalculated policies like the 6.9M Population White Paper, the opening of floodgate for foreigners to come to work in Singapore etc.’
One blogger by the nick ‘theonion’ in mysingaporenews.blogspot.sg commented that it was an over reaction, that netizens are making a mountain out of a molehill. His explanation, it was just a feeling, and he said one must read the whole sentence in full, ‘we feel that this is a place which is special, which belongs to all of us’. So according to him, Hsien Loong was expressing a feeling and the part about ‘belongs to all of us’ should be read as ‘feel this island belongs to all of us’ and nothing more to it.
I think a grammar teacher could cut and split the sentence to make different meanings and interpretations out of it. My reply to him is not so much as what Hsien Loong said, or what theonion chose to interpret, but how the people, the general public read it or interpreted it. Apparently many people chose to read it differently and felt offended by it, rightly or wrongly. And now there is this petition in the air.
So how, theonion, what are you going to do about it? Your interpretation may be right, perfectly right to you, but other people don’t care a damn how you read it or explained it. Now, would Hsien Loong or his press secretary issue an explanation to clarify what he said? Or is all the hooha just making a mountain out of a molehill and there is nothing to bother?
In politics it is the perception of the people that matters and not what you said or what you think you said. Would this be a flash in the pan? Inadvertently this has become a controversy out of the blue, another unnecessary storm in the teacup perhaps.
For a while I thought this petition thing is so unreal. Could be a hoax?. So I went to this link, https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Singapore_Prime_Minister_Lee_Resign_from_Office, and sure enough there is a petition. The last count, 1658 have signed the petition.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sewol Sinking – Unbelieveable video clip!
It was on Channel News Asia, a video clip showing the arrival of South Korean coastguards in their powered dinghies to save passengers in the sinking Sewol. The ferry was listing very badly, on its side, and the ferry’s crew, including the captain, slid down the side of the ferry into the recue boat. Other than these few people, there were no signs of other passengers floating around or crawling around the ferry waiting to be rescued. It was like a sinking oil tanker with only a few members of the crew to be rescued.
What happened to the 300+ passengers, teachers and children? They were still waiting inside their cabins as instructed by the crew, waiting to be rescued. It was so unbelieveable. The captain and the crew should be organizing the evacuation of the ferry but instead were disembarking without doing anything. And the passengers in the sinking ferry, inside their cabins waiting for their orders to evacuate. It was a non event.
There was so much time available for a full evacuation but nothing was done. No one thought it right or opportune to get all the passengers out of their cabin into the deck. What were in the minds of the captain and his crew, that the passengers in the sinking ferry were safe and no need to evacuate while they left the ship leaving them sinking with the ferry?
And the coast guards were equally lost as they could not find anyone to save. Didn’t the captain and his crew told them of the 300+ passengers trapped in the ferry? There was no urgency to do anything as if there were no passengers in the ferry? It was so unreal!
This could be Sampan Version 3.0
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rigged petition?
William Lim’s online petition asking the PM to resign and hoping to reach 100,000 signatures is likely to be a failure. I think the counter is rigged. I remember that this happened to my online survey in mysingaporenews. The first few surveys worked well. Then it happened. Whenever the response hit a certain level it will fall back to a lower level. It kept repeating and would not hit anywhere above this ‘blocked’ level.
Yesterday when I read about the petition I went to the site to take a look. The number of signatures was 1329. I know as I have the number typed into the draft of a post that I was preparing. One hour later I went back to the site and the number was 1296. How could it be? A few hours later I checked again and it was creeping up. So I thought it must be a glitch but things are normal.
This morning the number was higher but nothing to crow about. It was inching up. In the afternoon I went in to take a peep. The counter stood at 1879 while 3 new names appeared indicating 3 more signatures. But the counters did not move. I waited for a few minutes and nothing happened. So I did a refresh and the number changed. From 1879, the new number was 1835. Can you believe it?
Then, after 15 minutes, it was 1841. Something is just not right. And I suspect there are more things that are not going right. Something fishy is going on.
Good luck to William Lim and his petition if he can get any satisfactory numbers.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chinese police to patrol Paris streets
This is a rather interesting and unfamiliar piece of news. The French govt is going to bring in Chinese policemen to help their police to patrol the streets of Paris, to protect Chinese tourists from being robbed or beaten up. Chinese tourists are now the second largest group of visitors in France but the biggest spenders and the tourist dollars are important in a French economy that is in deficit. And to attract more Chinese tourists, to give them more confidence and feel safer, after several cases of robbery and adductions targeting at Chinese tourists, the French govt is doing the right thing, a token of Chinese police presence in Paris. This is any time better than hiring Chinese or foreigners into the French Police Force.
Our SPF is considering hiring more foreigners to join the force. Maybe this is an option they can consider. We have so many foreigners here, from PRC, India, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia and Vietnam! How about inviting their police to walk the streets with our police to show them how welcoming we are for their presence, to make them feel safe in our streets, to make them feel like this is home, like their country? Imagine, having foreign policemen in our soils? Not much difference from hiring them and letting them wear our police uniform right, and carrying weapons to rule over the Sinkies.
Now what am I suggesting? Ok, ok, I know it is a silly idea. Just thinking out loud only lah. But I am sure some people will think this is hell of a great idea. Well, having more than 2m foreigners here is not an issue, they may think what’s wrong with foreigners walking our streets as policemen and checking and arresting Sinkies, should be quite normal and acceptable tiok boh?
I am not sure whether this kind of thinking should be classified as Uniquely Singapore or Silly Sinkie mentality, a mentality of no nation and no country?
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Write Thank You letters to the FWs
Some of the commentators in the Talking Point discussion on integrating FWs felt they had done a good job in showing their appreciation to the FWs for building our homes and infrastructure. They wrote ‘love letters’ to thank them for helping to build Sin City into a better place for us.
I have served my NS and am still waiting for a ‘love letter’ from grateful Sinkies to thank me for my sacrifice to the nation, to risk breaking arms and legs, and life to defend country and the Sinkies. Is my contribution to the nation lesser than the FWs? Is the contribution of NSmen less meaningful than the FWs that no one deems fit to write them a ‘love letter’ to show how grateful they are to the NSmen?
Mind you, the NSmen’s sacrifice is done with peanuts, paid peanuts, even less than the FWs. And their sacrifices are almost a life time. Would any do gooders, sensitive and grateful Sinkie like to suggest to other appreciative Sinkies to write a ‘love letter’ to the NSmen to say thank you?
I don’t even remember Mindef saying thank you to me when ROD. Maybe the Kindness Movement can try doing this, write a ‘love letter’ to all NSmen. But I must say this will be nothing as it will be just printing and mass mailing them to everyone. Quite meaningless really when there is something lacking in these letters, the lack of a heart. It will be so different from the ‘love letters’ by concerned and caring Sinkies to the FWs to show their heartfelt thanks.
Tiok boh? How about making this a topic in Talking Point huh, Steve Chia?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The uniqueness of the Singapore stock market

Below is a description of the unique characteristics of the stock market that came to me in an email.

What's the difference between your response to an Alarm Bell and SGX Opening Bell?

a. When the Alarm Bell rings, you snap - and you are wide awake.
b. When the Opening Bell rings, you nap - and everything else can wait.

What's the difference between going into a Supermarket and into our Stock Market?

a. You go into the Supermarket to pick-n-choose - and pay for goodies from the shelves.
b. You go into the Stock Market to pick-n-choose - and then pay for losses when you sell.

What's the difference between Client who buy-n-keep for years, and a Client who buy-n-contra for years?

a. The Client who buy-n-keep for years may eventually become... Dormant.
b. The Client who buy-n-contra for years may eventually become...
Delinquent.

What's the difference in the way to raise credit limit for a Dormant client and for a Delinquent client?

a. For the Dormant client, just simply call your Credit Officer.
b. For the Delinquent client, may have to call the Debt Collector.

What's the difference between ASX, KRX and SGX where they operate whole day without official lunch break?

a. Australia and South Korea Exchanges are so busy throughout the day - everyday - that even for lunch, they simply do not have the time.
b. Singapore Stock Exchange is so very quiet throughout the day - everyday
- that they simply can have lunch all the time and anytime.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singapore is the safest place on planet Earth
Many foreigners are so impressed with everything Singapore. Most of all they are bowed over by the safe and secure environment for bring up a family. Young ladies and children can wander home in the wee hours of the night with being mugged, very low drug offences, very low crime. Our safety record is legendary.
After the Hong Lim Park Affair, we have another feather on our cap. The Singapore Tourist Board can proclaim to the world that we are the safest place on planet Earth. In this latest event, the parents were so confident of the safety and security here that they had no qualms or reservations to bring their little children to a party in the Park where a political protest rally was being held. They knew that nothing of any violent nature will happen and their children will be absolutely safe. And that was exactly what happened.
And the Park administrators also believe so. They have many experiences allowing different parties with different agenda in the Park at the same time and have been proven to be totally safe. The latest event vindicates their faith and judgement that we are a very safe country.
And to make a point, the protestors were made to apologise to the parents for making too much noise that frightened some of the children. And the protestors were truly sorry for interrupting the children’s party. And the Minister that attended the event also apologized as well for this little mishap.
And the public were so angry with the protestors for their rough and loud behavior that they chastised them publicly in the main media. This is our standard of social behavior. The protestors in a mass rally must be conscious and mindful of children having parties in the same Park. With this experience I think in future they will lower their voices and shouting when the children are around.
So, another new slogan for STB, ‘Singapore is the safest place on Planet Earth’. Come to Singapore for a safe and pleasant holiday with your families and have a good time. Tourists can also go to Hong Lim Park to watch a protest rally with no fear of being hurt. Absolutely safe! And if they are annoyed by the protestors, they can demand an apology from them too.
I think this slogan will be 100 times better than F1, and costs nothing except maybe say thank you to redbean for suggesting it.
What about the riot? What riot? Oh you mean the Little India Riot. There is nothing to it. The rioters are very nice people. And if you are lucky, they may arrange a tour package if a riot is on for you to have a ringside view of the rioting. Everything is under control and very, very safe. Only slight hitch is that the traffic could be so heavy that you may not be able to get near it. And you would also have to compete with parents wanting to bring their children to watch the riot too. See how safe Singapore is!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My proposed rules and regulations for protest rallies

Given the fiasco that happened on 27 Sep 14 at Hong Lim Speakers Corner, a site specially designated for free speech and public protest, ‘the protesters’ overall conduct was so egregiously bad that a few would think the public censure that followed was overdone’, I quote the ST editorial today, new rules and regulations must be introduced. I may further add, protesters must behave better, behave decently, not to shout, not to disturb the peace, not to look like thugs and gangsters, not to….I can go on and on. Basically, protesters in a public protest must conform to some expectations of decency by the decent and nice people.

Given these as the back drop and the expectations, I would like to offer some suggestions as to how a public protest rally should be like and how the protesters should behave. The authority may be pleased to take liberty to borrow my suggestions for future rallies in Hong Lim Park.

Not in any order of merit or importance, I will just rattle it off the hip, no need to think too much. Like the American cowboys, just shoot first and think later. It is easier that way.

Ok, first thing to do, protesters must bring along a decibel meter to measure the din they are making. What for? They must not be insensitive to the other park users, like special needs children, like babies in the prams, like senior citizens playing chess or having a snooze. Let the authority come out with the exact decibel they can make and the type of loudspeakers that are allowed henceforth.

The protesters must also bring along measuring tapes to mark the distance they should keep away from the other park users, and pay special attention to special needs children. These children like the Park very much for its special ambience and the heat. For this group, the distance must be double than the normal for other normal children.

Whatever the protesters do, they must not appear to be heckling anyone in the park, especially special needs children that happened to be there. Just because the Park has been specially approved by Parliament for protesting and demonstration, it does not mean that they can anyhow behave like protesters do. For this matter, it is good that they bring along their own video recorder to record the event in case there is a dispute as to them getting too close to the special needs children, ‘heckling’ them or disrupting their activities. This is for the own good of the protesters as people who were not at the scene may have the wrong impression and anyhow accused them of misconduct later.

Protesters are allowed only to march in rows of twos, not too many as it would look very rowdy. Look at how nice school children walked in schools? If they could hold hands, that would be nice. This is the standard that the protesters should try to emulate. And yes, wear clean and nice clothing to look smart and not like hooligans and gangsters. Wear a badge if possible to read ‘I am a protester’ so that people can identify who you really are.

And when the protesters are protesting, please, put on a smile on your face. Don’t look so grumpy, so fierce, like gangsters. The authorities or public may think you are thugs and, yes, gangsters. Now that is really bad publicity and bad image if photographs or videos of them were to be flashed in the media.

And when the police or authority demands for their identification, please do not argue or be rude. Be polite, just hand over your identification papers and all will be fine. And don’t demand from the police or authority for their identification papers. That is outright rudeness. In this exceptional city, anyone who come to you and tell you they are the police or the authority, they must be real. No cheats or thugs would dare to impersonate the police or authority. So there is no need to go through that hassling.

And another thing, when the protesters go marching around the Park, please show some courtesy and friendliness and stop to shake hands with whoever is present for goodwill. Oh, an exception, perhaps this should be avoided when approaching special needs children as they may be too sensitive and can get frightened by the protesters. Be extra sensitive and mindful of the people there and shout only when you are at a safe distance from them.

If protesters are to follow the above suggestions, I think everything will be alright even if there are other events in the Park. And how can I miss this, please double confirm with the authorities your designated area so that you do not encroach into other people’s areas. In the past this was not required, but after the 27 Sep pathetic incident, this is necessary. All future applications will have designated areas allocated to them in advance, not last minute to avoid a clash or conflict by encroachment.

Basket, why I spent so much time, thinking so hard, for all these suggestions and not getting paid a single cent for them?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uniquely Singapore – A summary of the recent strange happenings
Many strange things or uniquely happenings are occurring in this island over the last few weeks. Let me just jot them down here for a good laugh or a good reflection of how unique Singapore has become.
1. Protesters protesting and jeering at a minister became of case of heckling Special Needs Children a distance away. Evidence, the Special Needs Children missed a beat in their performance. Wondering what that meant.
2. Protesters protesting against govt policies in a park(Speakers’ Corner like Hyde Park) designated specially for freedom of expression and assembly for such purposes are investigated for illegal assembly.
3. Elected Members of Parliament wanting to hold a community event to sell festival goodies to the residents need to get approval from grassroot leader that is a volunteer community leader.
4. Law Society confirmed that a lawyer charging a client $1.3m dollars for legal fee but reduced by the court after client appealed, is not overcharging.
5. Further to this, when a lawyer sent a bill to a client, client can appeal to a court and the judge will decide the correct amount to be paid. This is the right thing to do between a lawyer and the client on what is the final fee to pay.
6. A young foreigner, stranger with no relationship, could obtain a Lasting Power of Attorney to manage the assets of a very rich widow without raising any eyebrow. And the procedures to obtaining such LPA is claimed to be effective and nothing wrong that needs changes.

There are of course quite a number of others that are circulating in the social media. Anyone wants to add more to the list?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote of the Day

Alex Au is now in court to defend his contempt of court charges. One phrase that the AG mentioned in Au’s blog was highlighted. Au was quoted to have said, ‘the courts were as “limp as a flag on a windless day”’.

The AG says that the metaphor of the flag implies that the court needs ‘wind’ from outside the facts of the case to determine an outcome.

I vote this as the most ingenious interpretation of the phrase, “limp as a flag on a windless day” I am impressed.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why Sin City has no talents?
Simple, the answer is very simple. It is like COEs. When your car reaches 10 years old, no matter how good is the condition, it is no longer allowed on the road. Our seniors, other than a handful specially favoured yodas, the rest will reach their COEs at 55 if they are lucky, after which they will be immediately written off as unworthy, unable to contribute anymore, or no more talents. Yes, Ngiam Tong Dow and his cohort are no longer able to contribute. They must either have sold their brains or they just took out the chips inside their heads. And yes, all the boys and girls are smarter and wiser than them. And disagree kee chiu.
But they are lucky. Many of the younger seniors, before 55, were already written off by their organizations and were told they were no longer able to contribute. And they would be immediately replaced by chapalans from little villages and even fakes, that are claimed to be the new talents to bring Sin City to greater heights. Or to dump Sin City from where it is to the abyss?
The silly boys and girls in charge have written off several generations of talented and experienced Singaporeans, rich in the heads and full of wisdom and replaced them with infants and lunatics. Who is this criminal or bunch of criminals that decided to write off our real talents and replaced them with craps and fakes?
I simply cannot understand this stupidity. The delusion of superior talent is at its peak. To the super talents this is superior wisdom and intelligence, to get rid of the old and replace them with unknown adolescents from God knows where. And everyday without failed, they kept bringing in more fakes and half bakes to slap the Silver Brigade, to tell them, see, more talents and more talented than them.
On the other end, the local young were kicked aside on the excuse that they have no experience, no skill sets. Only 3rd world villagers got the right skill sets. Only super talented idiots would believe this kind of ideas. My goodness, how long would these fools continued with their foolishness, to be conned by 3rd world snake oil sellers?
Now you know why Sin City has no local talents? You got the answers right? We just write off our own talents like 10 year old cars. Just take away the COEs and turn throw them into the scrap yards.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uniquely Singapore -Billionaires asking govt for help
At first you have poor people asking govt for help to buy food to get buy. Govt was very angry. How much you want? You want to eat in the hawker centre, foodcourt or restaurant.
Then the middle class crying money not enough. Their money all gone to buying affordable govt built flats and needed 30 years to service the loans. And just when they have paid up their loans, they lost their jobs. But wait, they thought things would not be that bad as they had carefully put aside a large chunk of their money in the CPF. The shock came when the govt said, this money cannot touch, must be used to buy medical insurance and life annuities for life long protection and to provide them a few hundred dollars a month for life. Sounds good, but with high inflation, money not enough again. So these millionaires, their flats all worth half a million or more, again got money problem and needed govt to help them.
The latest, multi millionaires and billionaires also asking the govt for help. Because their fortunes are all tied up with the billions of dollars of properties they are holding. Now, after so many decades of making millions and becoming exceptionally wealthy, they are multi millionaires and billionaires not for no reason, they want the govt to help them to sell their properties at good prices, better than affordable prices, not that they cannot sell them by themselves.
Who would be next to need govt’s financial assistance? I heard the next group would be the ministers when they lost their election in the next GE. And if the PAP is no longer in power, where are they going to get paid the same millions to maintain their millionaire lifestyle when the GLCs would not be offering them any chairmanship or directorship appointments as ex ministers? Without such appointments who in their right mind, in the private sector, will be willing to pay them by the millions to maintain their lifestyles?
By then the new govt may be in a dilemma. How to justify to pay them millions to help them to live without affecting their quality of life? Hopefully not necessary as quite a number of them are really billionaires or worth hundreds of millions. For those who are not, would the next minister be asking how much they want or whether they want to eat in the hawker centre, foodcourt or restaurant?
Sin City is the only super rich city where millionaires, half millionaires and billionaires are all asking the govt for financial help. Yes, there is no poor people in Sin City, only half millionaires, millionaires and billionaires.
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ST Asian of the Year Award – I am very disappointed

This Award is getting quite mysterious. I read that Thein Sein also received the Award, or did he not? I quote Kishore in Straits Times online 8 Dec, "Foreign Policy magazine has named Thein Sein No.1 in its list of Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2012. The International Crisis Group will present Thein Sein with its top honour, the In Pursuit of Peace Award. Thein Sein truly deserves all these awards, especially the Asian of the Year Award by The Straits Times. There could not be a more deserving recipient." Barry Desker also commented on Thein Sein being given the Award.

And on the 7 Dec the Sunday Times reported that Modi of India was the Asian of the Year. Now how many people received this Award, or who actually received this Award? With so many congratulatory messages and a repeat in the Today paper on 8 Dec. I believe it is Modi who was the recipient. And I am still very disappointed, not because Modi was given the Award. The citations on Modi and how deserving he was and all his achievements pale in comparison with someone I know who have outshone Modi in everything.

Modi greatest achievement, I am still puzzled why they called it achievements, was to meet some of the world leaders. The person I have in mind have met the same world leaders many times and have probably met all the leaders in the whole world. If this is the criteria of a great man, the person I have in mind is hundreds of times greater. He has met hundreds of leaders many times over.

And while Modi is planning to build more toilets, my candidate is building smart cities. See the difference? And not only that he is building smart cities in his own country, he is offering to build smart cities for Modi. And his achievements are so numerous that you can fill a library with his works. Just to name a few great structures under his watch, the most expensive undersea highways in the world, the most expensive artificial garden, two famous and most profitable casinos. And there is a Jewel coming up in Changi that is probably one of the new wonders in Asia.

But these are nothing when you consider the millions of jobs created for the jobless around the world in Singapore. Hundreds of thousands of 3rd world professionals have benefited from his policy to hire foreign talents in the City. The happier ones were given citizenship to this great modern city. And of course the citizens also greatly benefited from the contributions of the foreign talent policies. Many became millionaires and multi millionaires. And over the years, a few tens of thousands of university scholarships worth hundreds of millions, just my guesstimates, were given to 3rd world students to study in Singapore. MOM and MOE would be able to provide the data as concrete proof of the achievements, not just someone shouting in the hills but got nothing to show.

What did Modi really do in his 6 months on the job compared to what Lee Hsien Loong has done and the hundreds of thousands of workers and students who have benefited from his enlightened policies, and the filtering down effect on lucky Singaporeans?

Now my big unhappy question is why did the Straits Times overlook the enormous contributions of Hsien Loong to Singaporeans and 3rd world citizens? What are the criteria that made Modi more deserving than Hsien Loong? These were not mentioned in the Straits Times. Maybe the paper can be more transparent and publish the criteria for the Award for Asian of the Year. It did not even tell the readers who are the eminent selection committee members that decided on the deserving recipient.

I really not happy that Hsien Loong was overlooked for this Award. His achievements could even put him on the list for Nobel Peace Prize for helping the under privileged lots of 3rd world citizens and making many millionaires as a result.

The Award would have come in so useful in the General Election if given to Hsien Loong. Maybe still in time if the GE is held in 2016/7. Straits Times still got time to make amends to give the Award to the most deserving PM of Asia in 2015 or 2016.
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