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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fandi, the Singapore Boy made good
They wrote him off. He went away to fulfill the prophecy that a prophet has no place in his home town. He became a foreign talent away from home where he was appreciated. They did not give him much of a chance either. He is from a city without talent. And many still appreciate and think that foreign talents from Europe and the Americas are better.
Fortunately someone was stricken by guilt or felt that Fand is the best we have and deserved a second chance. There were lots of critics and disbelievers in Fandi. Should have another foreign coach if we are going to do well. Should have more foreign players if we are going to do well. And you can imagine the moral of this Singapore Boy and his charge..
He soldiers on quietly in his Fandi style. He let his legs do the talking. Fandi is back in the headlines. He has brought back the Malaysian FA Cup with his charge, the LionsXII. We are champions again and Fandi has done it again. Who says we need to do a global search for another foreign talent?
If we don’t believe in out own talents, if we keep throwing away good money to foreigners, when will our locals be given a chance to grow and make a name for themselves? We will be forever looking up to foreigners, for foreigners, even to be conned by fakes.
It is so pathetic. First Word daft that don’t believe in themselves but in trash? Would this mindset be changed and we start to grow our own timber? Well done Fandi. You have proven yourself and proved them wrong.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celebrating Singaporeans – Tan Boon Hui appointed Asia Society Museum NY
I must congratulate Tan Boon Hui, former Singapore Art Museum(SAM) director on his appointment to the prestigious Asia Society Museum in New York as its new director and also as the vice president for global arts and cultural programmes. This is the type of Singaporean talent that we have and are being hunted by other countries. I am sure he does not need to take the e2i course in NTUC to prepare him for this job.
How did Tan Boon Hui got to be recognized as a global talent? He earned his spurs as assistant chief executive for museums and programmes at the National Heritage Board and from SAM. This is what our country must do, to give opportunities to our own talents to gain the experience before launching them into the international arena. If we don’t give them the opportunity and foolishly hire foreigners to fill top positions, we will never nurture our talents for the international market. I must say NTUC’s intention is good in the e2i, but is this the right thing to do, what credibility or value is added to compete in the international talent pool?
Now have we hired more foreigners to head he NHB and SAM, to train them to be internationally competitive and give a miss to our own talents? Have we been doing this silly foreign talent game in all the industries, particularly in banking and finance and leading to a hollowing of our talents in the industry?
Even an idiot could see the stupidity in the whole process. If we don’t train our own talents, if we don’t give them the opportunity but give them to foreigners, what would be the end result? Oh, we are giving our talents a lot of opportunities of be hawkers and bus captains. My apologies, we are taking good care of our local talents, nurturing them to compete in the world market, sending them out after they get their degree or diploma from e2i.
We are heading in the right direction with such great policies to train our talents or is it training foreign talents to be international talents?
No more Singaporean core? Why? Dunno leh. Oh, oh, we will issue pink ICs to the foreigners and called them Singaporeans and Singapore talents.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Parliament of millionaires

With the new Parliament getting ready to do business, many have taken for granted that practically every member of the Singapore Parliament is a millionaire. The PAP ministers and office holders are many times a millionaire, with some likely to be billionaires or near billionaires. The rest of the PAP MPs are also millionaires after serving several terms.

For the new MPs, many are already millionaires before joining politics. As for the first term PAP MPs, they are on their way to become millionaires when the offers of directorships to public listed and govt linked companies come their ways. And they could be millionaires after serving a year as an MP or less.

In the case of opposition MPs, they are not so lucky and would need to serve one full term before making it as millionaires unless they are already millionaires on their own. And since most of the opposition MPs are serving their second term, with Low Thia Khiang serving many terms, all of them should also be millionaires by now.

This must be another record worthy of the Guinness Book of Record, a Parliament of millionaires, one of its kind in the whole world. And this kind of record is really unbeatable.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We built a Nation
The TV has been broadcasting the history of Singapore during the days of Malaysia and the fallout. There is now an exhibition on the separation from Malaysia with secret files being declassified to trace the events, called the Albatross File. There were letters by LKY, Goh Keng Swee and other ministers being shown to the public for the first time.
‘We built a Nation’ is an appropriate title to recognize and honour the works of these pioneer leaders of our country. As LKY put it, they belonged to a rare breed of people that were founders of countries and nation builders. They took pride in building a country from scratch, creating a nation of people that believed in themselves and took pride in themselves. They were brave men and women that would not say die and slogged to build this country to what it is today.
What would be the next chapter of this nation in the next 50 years? Would the title to celebrate SG100 be, ‘We built a Hotel’? Would there still be a nation left of this country? Would the people still be proud and hard working and be in control and in charge of the country built by the pioneer generation of leaders and people? Or would they be dismissed as losers, working in low level jobs and the country taken over by the foreigners brought in by the leaders today, the likes of Ello Ed Bello?
What would be the fate of Singaporeans in 50 years time? Would the new leaders be celebrating the transformation of a nation to a hotel with no citizens or with the citizens at the lower rung of society scrapping for a living, and new owners taking over this island they now called hotel?
Would anyone remember the founding leaders of this nation and still celebrate them for building a nation? Or would everyone be happily celebrating, ‘We built a hotel’?
Would Singaporeans queue for 10 hours to pay their last respect to Lee Kuan Yew if he and his peers did not build a nation but a hotel instead? Would people lined the streets under torrential rain to say farewell to Lee Kuan Yew if his legacy is a hotel and not a nation?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tan Lark Sye陈六使 – Early pioneers
The early history of Singapore did not begin in 1965. Singapore existed long before 1965 and there were many pioneering giants that lived through our history. Tan Lark Sye was one of the great men that lived among us. His contributions were no lesser than other pioneers whose names were remembered in the street and road names of our city, Boon Lay, Joo Chiat, Kim Cheng, Kim Tian, Nee Soon, Hong Lim etc etc. Many of these were very rich and prominent heads of families, the old rich of Singapore. Not many had contributed as much as Tan Lark Sye especially in the field of education.
Tan Lark Sye was best remembered for founding Nantah or Nanyang University, 南洋大学, and his contribution of $5m to the project. The purchasing power of the $5m is easily in the region of $5b today. And on behalf of the Hokien Huay Kuan, he donated 523 acres of land in Jurong to build Nantah. Nantah was then the only Chinese university in Southeast Asia and played a pivotal role in producing many graduates that came from the neighbouring countries that became prominent business, academics and political leaders in the region.
Tan Lark Sye was a giant of his time. He came to Singapore as a young man of 18 but went on to build a fortune in rubber trading and other industries, probably as rich as Tan Kah Kee, and was the President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Hokien Huay Kuan and Chairman of Nanyang University’s Executive Committee. His misfortune came when he was stripped of his citizenship for supporting the Barisan Socialis and died stateless.
The Chinese community has not forgotten this man and has honoured him in many ways and telling his stories in the museum that honours the Chinese pioneers in Ee Hoe Hean Club. His contributions in education, donation to the University of Malaya, as the founder of Nantah and as a philanthropist, within and outside Singapore, should deserve more recognition in the annals of our history.
Singapore owes this man a debt of gratitude and it is about time that this man be honoured and given his due respect as one of our great pioneers who once walked among us. The political bitterness should be left to rest in history. Tan Kah Kee has a MRT station named after him and his statue stands proudly in the Chinese High School. Would a statue of Tan Lark Sye be erected to stand on our soil or a street name after him?
It is a shame that a great man like Tan Lark Sye is only briefly mentioned and remembered in the history of our pioneers. He was a natural leader and could move crowds, and had great influence in the Chinese community, a most feared attribute in politics. The past, present and future alumni of NTU and Nantah were and are what they are today because of this man. He is part of our history, a true son of Singapore. The pioneering spirit of Tan Lark Sye also known as the Spirit of Nantah, and his contributions to Singapore and education cannot be simply forgotten.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Francis Seow – The good, bad and ugly, they all shall pass away

These few years, and the next few years, we are likely to see the last few remnants of the pioneer generations kissing the dust. No one can escape this force of nature. Everyone shall decay and turn to dust. Whether they be rich or poor, acquired mountains of fortune or lived their last days as paltry recluses, good riddance.

Francis Seow had a meteoric rise to the cream of our history, to be there, but not there. His flash of success was clipped by his detention and humiliation in the cells of Mount Pleasant. He had gave the Singaporeans a glimpse of what actually happened behind those walls in the tranquil setting of a verdant forest in the most prestigious and expensive ground in this most expensive city state.

Francis Seow’s exile and eclipse from the corridors of power would be what Singaporeans remember him most, a victim of the politics of an era, hopefully never to be repeated again. The two camps would have different ways to commemorate his passing away and that is expected. You would not hear good words from one camp or negative words from the other.

Our history, or modern history under the PAP, written and approved by the PAP, is only 60 years. What would our history be in another generation when memories of all the key players and their direct beneficiaries and victims have gone cold? For the moment, the good, bad and ugly are well documented by official memoirs and the media. Would their places be switched when the powers change hands in the future? Would our history be told differently and the villains and heroes be named differently?

Now, who is next to join the list of has beens, came and left and turned to dust.?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Tribute to a Malay Intellectual – Said Zahari
‘Another unsung hero from our anti-colonial struggle in the 1950s and early 1960s has left us. Unlike the victors of history, Said Zahari, age 88, went quietly as he had done for the most part of his life, be it when he was fighting against the British for Singapore’s independence or when he sat in prison for 17 years under Lee Kuan Yew’s rule.
His calm demeanour belied a spirit of steel that saw him bear the cruelty of long imprisonment without trial and yet not for a moment compromising on his principles to seek release from incarceration.
Pak Said had publicly called Lee Kuan Yew “a political coward”. He had said only a coward would resort to jailing his opponents instead of taking them in a political contestation of ideas and letting the best man win…’ By Dr Wong Souk Yee
Wong Souk Yee wrote a tribute on Said Zahari posted in the TRE. Said was among the Malay intellectuals of the era when PAP was fighting tooth and nail with the Barisan Socialis, the left leaning political party then. Said was in the same company as those arrested during Operation Cold Store and served the second longest detention of 17 years after Chia Thye Poh, strongly committed to his cause and like Chia Thye Poh, would not denounce his belief throughout his detention.
Said was tri lingual, fluent in Malay, English and Mandarin, an asset most feared in the political arena. He was also the editor of Utusan Melayu.
One by one this first generation of political leaders will fade to oblivion only to live forever in the history books of Malaysia and Singapore.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SR Nathan – Another stalwart passes away
Singapore will have another state funeral with the passing of SR Nathan at the age of 92. There are not many of such ancients of a passing era left in Singapore. This is another man that had lived a very good life and passed away peacefully leaving behind a big family and family wealth that would last for generations.
Nathan is a typical relic of a time when life was tough and hard. Many of his generations starting life with nothing and tried all means to survive, to make a living. Nathan has made it good, very good, from the time he was a runaway, homeless and squatting in the attap house of his aunt. Now he lived in Ceylon Road, some said the whole or nearly the whole of Ceylon Road belongs to him.
Singaporeans would be lining the streets on Friday to send this man away in his last journey on mother earth.
RIP.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Othman Wok – The man could have been a president
Othman Wok passed away peacefully and gracefully yesterday. The govt has ordered the state flag to be flown at half mast for this stalwart of an era we cherished dearly all because of these great men and women of that time. He was also honoured with a ‘state assisted’ funeral.
This charming man walked the pages of our pioneering history with pride and grace, doing the right things for the people and nation. It was a pity he was not nominated to be a president in the prime of his life. He would definitely make a good president and a people’s president given his character and temperament. Well we missed this chance to have Othman Wok in the Istana.
For missing this great opportunity, we are now caught in a bind with the PE thing. So unnecessary and so avoidable and could become very nasty in the future knowing how race and religion can be played up in politics.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kishore Mahbubani – Premature retirement
It was a piece of gloomy news that Kishore is retiring from his mentor’s namesake LKY School of Public Policy in yesterday’s media. I look at this development with a lot of misgivings. Kishore is just touching 70, at his prime for an academic and many good years to come. In the academia, people grew with age and experience. Many of more senior age are still plodding along well and good, but not many are of his caliber.
Like him or disagree with him, Kishore is an independent thinker, a very rare specie in an island where everyone thinks he is an angmo descendant after years of being fed with a western diet and believing that hamburger is good for him, his daily bread. Many of these pseudo Asian intellects are veneer thin western droids manufactured and made in the USA and thinking exactly like replicas of little USAs.
The departure of Kishore will lead to a vacuum that is difficult to fill but will be filled as they, as usual, would go around the world looking for another foreign talent to shit over the locals, oops, I mean Singaporeans. Is there anymore Singaporeans left that could think independently as an Asian? Many would think very carefully what they are going to say to be politically correct.
How many Singaporeans could have the honour of being invited to address American Ivy League universities? How many Singaporeans could sit in the same forum panel to discuss world issues with the best in the world without fumbling like a school boy?
Kishore is one of the brightest academics and thinkers that we have produced, of the LKY era. He was LKY’s favourite showman. Now that the LKY era has been eclipsed so would those that rose with that man. With Kishore passing on, not many of the pioneers of his stature would be left standing. And who is there to fill the void? I don’t see anyone filling his shoe and yes, better look for another foreigner of unknown background but a string of glittering degrees from God knows where waiting to be discovered as another fraud.
The grass is greener over the other side. There is novelty in foreigners, many passing off as young genius in the eyes of the gullible and naïve red dot that don’t believe in its own people.
With his experience and reputation, I don’t think Kishore is going to fade away just yet. There will be others that would appreciate his thoughts and ideas. Singapore’s loss is another’s gain. Another case of exchanging our talent with foreign duds is in the making.
Did someone said Singapore is getting dirtier? Must be the rubbish that are being welcome here.
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