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Signs of decline
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redbean



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today is a very important day. Luckily it is not April 1.

Ominous signs are everywhere, from the front page of the major news media and through all the pages. It is the sign a sickness that will eventually eat up everything. We have gone down the slippery road and everyone is cheering what a great ride it is as we go down.

When it is time for a change, it will come and nothing can be done about it. All the factors will pull and push towards the change. And don't be surprised it will come much sooner than expected.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Appropriate sense of proportion

I worked up this morning with a few old songs ringing in my head. The first one goes like this,

'If you want it, here it is come and get it.
But you gotta hurry costs it may not last.'

The second one was by the rock group the Monkeys, and it goes like this,
'Money, money, money.
Must be money.
It's a mad, mad world.'

How could one explain why people can correlate the same thing to different things? For instance you point to a dog and a child will scream 'dog.' You point it to a teenager, and he will shout 'pet.' And you point it to a foreign worker, he will shout 'food.'

So don't be surprised when you show someone a $600,000 bill and the person shouts 'peanut.' It is all about circumstances and experience in life. Some people count the number of zeros behind the number and some count the zeros in front of it. Once they get use to them, it becomes second nature.

$30 is huge to someone who is used to get by with $260 a month. That is more than 10%. A few million is small change to those who are used to the numerous zeros behind the number. So the recipient of the $30 will be very grateful. But the recipient of the millions may not.

For $1, I have been worshipped like a god by a bicycle cab peddlar. The ride was $1 but I gave him $2 instead. He immediately dropped on his knees and prayed to me like he was praying to Buddha. That extra $1 was a windfall to him.

This story only tells the right sense of proportion at different level of society. It is a different world to different people. It is a mad mad world.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Public Assistance Recipients

These people are defined 'as those with no kin nor any means to support themselves due to age, illness or disability.'

What kind of work ethics can we expect from these people?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Virtues and benevolence in public office are passe

I read with amazement, Chua Mui Hoong's article that in the present new age of Moneyism, old virtues should be dumped. Forget about Confucianism. Just think Money with a capital M. She also said that only the ministers and PAP MPs were strongly in support of high pay for ministers and the opposing voices came from the opposition and NMPs. This is only a simple generalisation as some MPs also spoke candidly about their opposition.

What I am uneasy about is whether Chua Mui Hoong is extolling the new virtues of money talks? No money no talks. No money no public service, no passion for service to nation and people. Sacrifice is now an anachronism. And she put it as if this is what the new generation of Singaporeans are today.

Is that a true picture? Are the people all so money minded? Are there no longer any saints or heroes among Singaporeans who would work just for a paltry $1 million in public service? Are chivalry, duty and honour, all to be dumped into the waste bin?

I am wondering what are we teaching our young in schools today? I am also wondering what are we telling our soldiers and our civil servants? Would every Singaporean walk into his boss' office and ask, 'How much?'
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Public Assistance Recipients

These people are defined 'as those with no kin nor any means to support themselves due to age, illness or disability.'

What kind of work ethics can we expect from these people?


The kind that goes from dustbin to wastebin for tin cans and carton boxes.
The kind that goes from table to table selling tissue papers and those
busking at Orchard Road and MRT underpasses.

That kind of Work Ethic !

Oh yes with regards with what Ms Chua Mui Hong wrote, well hiden
inside her is maybe an ambition to be within and call upon for tea.
this is the only opportunity to show her prowess ..........................

Presently, the apple is pretty shinny,
currently, she is learning to lick ...... my dog that is.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Dark Side

You will get use to it. The wealth, the power, geez, feels real good. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When a country is no longer a country

I have been pondering over the erosion of the concept of statehood. This use to come with a lot of pre conditions and obligations from the ruler and the ruled.

At the rate we are going, soon statehood or nationhood will be a thing of the past. Yes Singapore Inc. Everything will be run in a businesslike manner. No obligations other than contractual. No ownership, no emotional attachment. Everything is in the price. Everything has a price.

And for those who are against National Service, the day will come when private agencies will recruit their own military men to offer their services at a price. It has started.

The national security of a nation can be farmed out to non citizens to run roughshod over citizens. Sorry, no more citizens but production digits. The Americans are also recruiting non citizens to fight in Iraq.

It is time to change the titles of the head of state and govt. The private sector has taken the lead. Every organisation has their presidents and vice presidents. The state should also change and have Chairmans and Managing Directors and Directors.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When $1 is enough and $1 mil is not enough.

When 80 people can decide to sell your property or the roof over your head.

When reasons failed to convince, just use threats.

When other people earn more than you, then you deserve to earn more.

When your money is no longer your money.

When cheats are glorified and highly applauded simply because they cheated, oops, they earned a lot of money by other than the accepted means.

When frauds in the millions cannot be brought to justice.

When the passion to serve the nation and people is lesser than the passion to make millions.

When everything is measured in terms of dollars.

The end is near.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NKF everywhere

Reading the newspapers daily, one cannot be helped but to find that NKF is everywhere, but in different shades and shapes.

The blatant violation of good corporate governance, the violation of fundamental principles of propriety and management principles, and the tolerance to such violations seems so convenient when people just refused to call a spade a spade.

Do we need the same kind of exposure of another NKF to see more red faces? Our standard of right and wrong, of good practices, fair play etc are being eroded away right below our noses.

And the party continues.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great People, great country

A country can only be great when its people are great. The people can only be great when their hearts are one, thinking only of country. The ruler should rule wisely, and the people should be thinking people and obey wisely. To borrow from Confucius, The ruler must be ruler, the people be people, the father be father and friends be friends.

The relationship of these four groups forms the basis of a good and strong nation. When the relationship is wrong, when ruler does not rule wisely, when people do not think wisely, when father does not behave like father and when friends are less than friends, the country will be disunited.

Are our ruler and people having the same dream? Are our people thinking people or blind sheep?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lamantation is good for the soul.
But the soul can be realised only when one is dead.
When we are dead, who really cares?
What is frightening is the living deads.

A country that is clinically clean;
Boasts of no corruptions
and boasts of good governance;
How do you circumvent the laws that you set,
yet still comes up squeaky clean?

The highly intelligent had been cracking their brains,
since 1995 or so I was told.
Clever people would think of ways to out-do the laws
set by themselves so that Ali Babas can go scot free
despite being the biggest robbers of the land.

Welcome to the land of the 5 big C's:
Callous, Crafty, Cunning, Cruel, and Corrupt.
The writing is so clear on the wall,
The end is near and the near is end.
Flee if you can
Or stay if you stand.
For the day of reckoning will soon arrive
for all to feel and all to see
As its too late to make amends.

The catalyst for Revolution has been set in motion
by none other than God himself .............

May God Have Mercy Upon Us!!!
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who is watching god?

Several issues in the Today paper point out to two serious misgivings that are getting quite prevalent within our society. The first is conflict of interests as was pointed out in the case of the three charities that were struck off by the Commissioner of Charities. The second is the problem of the watchdog sleeping or transgressing. Then we will have the problem of who is watching over the watchdog.

For the three dubious charities to be struck off after existing for so long and collecting so much money without raising an eyebrow or a red flag speaks very loudly of how far down our society has gone. This is a case of getting immune of abuses when abuses are everywhere and found not objectionable. In fact, as in the case of NKF, it was a model that was trumpeted and celebrated as the best thing to have had happened for the Charity scene. It becomes a blanket cover for all charities with similar practices and to get by without being questioned.

Shall the watchdog be whacked? What happens if watchdogs also transgress the principles of good corporate governance? The checks and balance system and ancient wisdom of proper conduct are not there for show, and any violation should raise a red flag no matter how good is the intention or the reputation of the transgressor.

Once such fundamental rules and principles can be shoved aside, more things will get through in a matter of time. Are there signs of decline or transgression that we are overlooking or refuse to acknowledge?
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An unusual talent

Rajendren Rajamani, 24, more or less single handedly set up three charity organisations, ie the Children of Singapore Foundation, Children's Lukaemia Foundation, and Club Sunshine Ltd, which was previously known as Kids-In-Distress Foundation Ltd.

He is seen as a young and passionate man with a lot of dreams, as described by one of his admirers.

In order for a young man to be able to register three charities and get donations in several hundred thousands, he is indeed a talent in his own right and could be a role model for our young.

In celebration of enterprising young talent. Embarassed
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An unusual talent

Rajendren Rajamani, 24, more or less single handedly set up three charity organisations, ie the Children of Singapore Foundation, Children's Lukaemia Foundation, and Club Sunshine Ltd, which was previously known as Kids-In-Distress Foundation Ltd.

He is seen as a young and passionate man with a lot of dreams, as described by one of his admirers.

In order for a young man to be able to register three charities and get donations in several hundred thousands, he is indeed a talent in his own right and could be a role model for our young.

In celebration of enterprising young talent. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other side of Singaporeans

Aaron Ho Chien Kwok lamented the constant pursuit of material wealth as the new obsession of Singaporeans at the expense of spiritual or social wellbeing. Aaron was not quoting the bible or other spiritual wisdom but the simple and plain goodness of living, that there is more than just accumulation of material wealth. And he is not alone.

In his article to the Today paper, he was concerned at how such ideas of me first have been reinforced daily in all media by all well meaning people. The acquisition of wealth is a good thing as it brings about a more comfortable and luxurious lifestyle, and freedom from want. But the social, moral and spiritual self are equally important. There must be a balance as we live out our lives.

Aaron quoted the age old wisdom of 'What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul.' This is very similar to the temptation of Jesus Christ by the devil. The devil offered Jesus all the wealth and kingdoms. Come to the dark side. But Jesus plainly rejected them for higher moral and spiritual well beings.

I love hedonism. But I am careful not to be carried away.
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