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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:38 am    Post subject: Signs of decline Reply with quote

After the whacking by our neighbours, now Changi lost to KLIA in the Best Airports in the World Ranking. And KLIA started with so many problems.

Now who is laughing? Well done Boleh Land!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1965ers

The latest batch of MPs recruited from the 65ers are going to take over the helm from Hsien Loong and the present leadership. Singapore's future will be in their hands.

I squinted my eyes to see if there is a LKY or a Goh Keng Swee or a Tony Tan. I am still squinting.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our shipping vessels being arrested while plying the trade route doing legitimate businesses. Our assets being confiscated by drummed up fictitious charges.

How would LKY have reacted when confronted with such issues? How are our leaders handling them?

These are major crises. Would we come out of these tricky situations as a respectable nation or would we be forever thumbed down by bigger countries?

How the present leadership handle these two crises will be an indicator of where we are heading.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another sign of decline

We are losing our 0.5% of the top brains of future Singaporeans. Our peaks will be lower.

So to arrest this problem we cast our nets wide and rope in another 2.5 million foreign talents to replace the 0.5% Singaporeans. How many is this top 0.5%? 1000, 5000 or 1000?

It reminds me of the debate between Wei Ling and Philip Yeo. To cast a big net or to be focussed and narrow in to what we want? Take a little more care and time, look at what we want, go for the catch. Or grab everything that comes along, all and sundry, the more the merrier, and hoping that some good ones will be caught?

But the 2.5 million also has another objective. Without them there can be no growth or little growth.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Singapore?

The rapid inflow of foreigners is indeed turning Singapore into a city that it was not. Geylang is probably like a street in China with many of the eateries taken over by Chinese FTs. And so are many of the foodcourts. Little India is obvious.

Orchard Road? Outside along the roads and shopping malls will be the Filipinos. Inside the department stalls and expensive shops you will find the Indonesians. Golden Mile belongs to the Thais.

And so are the parks and beaches, on weekends, mainly foreigners. The MRT is no different. Probably every 7 out to 10 are foreigners, from FTs to FWs to FSs.

The demographic change is taking place and Singapore will soon have a new face when Singaporeans, or the original Singaporeans will become a rare breed.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 3:08 am    Post subject: WHO ARE SINGAPOREANS ANYWAY? Reply with quote

Well what do Singaporeans want Singapore to be? What are the immigration policies of the Government? Who are the government today, ist generations, 2nd generation 3 generation Singaporeans? What does loyalty to Singaporean mean today? Where does Singapore want to go? What does a true Singapore look like?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, well, elle,

We are moving to become the first futuristic city of the 25th Century. We are heading towards a direction no other nation has ever tread. We are the pathfinders of humankind.

Our future city and people will be what you see in sci fi movies. Everything will be world best, leading edge technology, and a living standard that is out of this world. And we have a citizen that are all brainy, intelligent and big earners who can afford all the luxury of a scientific edge.

That is our vision. There will be no poor or disable or incapable people. They just disappeared. Probably by then we will have discovered a wonder drug that will take care of the lesser beings, the idiots and knaves that all societies irritatingly will produce. Or we will breed our super talents with foreign super talents so that all our progenies will be super talents as well. And they will all live a live of plenty and luxury, thinking only of great stuff like conquering the universe.

That is our future. Are you good enough to be one of us? I definitely will not fit in.

For the time being we should be rewriting our kindergarten textbooks and fables. We used to write about grandparents, grandpas and grandmas retiring into the sunset with hoards of happy little children all over them, and they beaming their big smile, eyes hardly visible. What a deserving golden years.

The future textbooks or fables will either have no aged, or the aged will be found in some isolated corners, or underground tunnels, or appearing in the wee hours of the night, picking up cans or scavenging for food among the litters. The lucky ones will be cleaning plates and wiping tables in foodcourts. That is our future, young punks. That is where many of our children will become, in their twilight years.

We are working very hard towards these goals.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do away with O level result

Sunday morning is always a good time to take a flight to fantasy land, to explore the impossible or the ridiculous. Creative thinking or wishful thinking, all thrown into one.

There is an article in the Sunday Times by Sandra Davie titled,'Time to relook admission policy' to the polytechnics. It seems that the trend is changing and more students or parents are finding it more dollar effective to enrol in Polytechnics rather than JCs. This has resulted in many students with very good results competing with students with lesser results and nudging them out of a place. And this is bad.

The solution is to rethink the entry criteria. One of which is not to look at the O level results. Just assess the aptitude of the students. Offer the place on interest, passion and talent. Whatever all these meant, and how to assess them in an interview or what, the key is to throw away the 9 years of education leading to a silly slip of paper called O level result.

I think this will make many parents and students jump in joy. Society will have lesser problems of stressed up students. Schools can then indulge in creative and really life relevant courses like gambling in the stock market or trading unwanted dolls or toys to learn business skills. And those who are talented can spend more time either in sports or practicing their acting or singing talents.

That will be the great future for Singapore, highly charged with innovative and creative talents, a freer and lively environment where people just do what their gut feeling suggests.

Our pop and artistic industries will bloom. More casinos can be built to replace all the dull and monotonous factories or research labs. The latter is a hell hole for people who do not mind mugging and slogging for 20 or 30 years of their precious lives doing nothing, except reading books that nobody understand. They really have no life.

Life is meant to be happy and easy going. Go where the heart will take you. Be happy.

I feel so good already. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Running out of ideas

When one runs out of ideas, anything will do as long as it is an idea. Better than doing nothing. And best when the users will have to pay for the brilliant idea. So we have expensive electronic system to tell motorists how long it takes to travel to another point. We have electronic boards to tell commuters how long it will take for them to reach the start of a taxi queue. And now how long it will take for the buses to be late.

Next time you will have electronic boards to tell you how long before the ERP will come on go off. And better still, to tell the motorists how much it will cost to go pass the gantry.

And motorists who are caught in an expressway jam, there will be electronic signs to tell them how long will they get out of the jam.

All these are great leaps forward in the harnessing of technology and science to improve people's life and lifestyle.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lawrence Low wrote a letter discussing about the weak students and the strong students sitting for the same national exam in the Today paper. He lamented that these weaker students would only do less well than the good students. So? Should we have a set of lower standard exam papers for weaker students and one for stronger students? That is what his letter is implying.

Actually we already have that, the N level. The weaker students are already doing N level. Are we saying that this is not enough, that we should have a NO level for the weaker students doing the O level so that they will appear to do better, like N level students scoring 6 As which are of lower standard than O level?

This kind of averageing down to make the weaker students happier but having fictitious grades is definitely a shift towards a soft solution. What is needed is to raise the standard of weaker students, or spot their talents in other fields instead of trying to compete academically when they are not so gifted. They are meant to do well in other fields.

Everyone is gifted in their own ways. Lets not force square pegs into round holes.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If we still have to use more pay to stop corruption, I seriously think that we are in a state of decline.

Paying more or more pay is now becoming an addiction, a sickness in itself. This kind of sickness has no cure. You just need to keep on feeding it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read about the story of the mother who uttered the word 'bomb' casually to explain why certain procedures were necessary to her little daughter. What followed were totally unacceptable. I thought it was in America or some foreign countries that were famous for law enforcing officers to bully travellers. It was really disgusting to hear that it happened in our own backyard.

We are a country that ticks because of the rule of law and not because of the abuse of law. Anyone caught doing that must be dealt with seriously and made an example of so that no one will ever think twice to bully our people or any visitor transitting through our doors.

How could this thing ever be allowed to happen? How could anyone think that he could abuse his position of power to mistreat a citizen or any traveller?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Evil corner

While we crow about how first world we are, how many millionaires and billionaires we have, how many millions should our top officials be rewarded, and all the good lives, let's not ignore the little evil corners that live among us.

As we gain material wealth and comfort, and a better quality of life, as we upgrade ourselves to a position where all the menial tasks are done by maids, we should not forget that maids are human lives, just like everyone of us.

The incidents of maids being ironed or becoming a punching bag have not appeared on our papers for a while. Maybe our evil corners have behaved a little better. Maybe not and the ironing and punching have continued but not reported.

But the ill treatment of the maids is still going on going by the number of distress calls that the help agencies are receiving. The Indonesian Family Network group alone received 45 calls for help. And 25 of the calls were for food deprivation where employers deprived their maids of food or feeding them with leftovers or nothing at all. These inhuman acts within our society is a shame and make us no better than animals. First world?

And for these things to happen regularly, daily, only speak on the mentality of a people, all the way from top down, that they could live with such human cruelties. By not doing anything about them is as good as being an accomplice to the crime against humanities.

The perpetuators of such acts must be dealt with seriously, instantly and shame, yes shame publicly. Let such crimes be wiped out completely from this so called first world island, and completely from their mentality that this can be tolerated.

There are laws provided to deal with the culprits. But for so many incidents to repeat itself daily means that it is not enough. It has to be stopped immediately if we are to be seen as a civilised people. When the evil corners are still thriving and lurking among us, let's stop crowing about how great we are as a people and as a nation.

Ok, after airing a little conscience, let's start to justify about how many millions shall one get.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is cultural differences!

Why Singaporean employers feed their maids with a bowl of plain porridge or a piece of bread a day? Don't blame them. It is cultural differences. The Singaporeans believe that Indonesians needed only that to live.

Another reason, which is more compelling, is that the Singaporean employers do not understand what the maid needs or what is a proper meal for a maid. Poor thing, all these first world people!

These are the reasons given by maid agencies to justify why maids were fed with a piece of bread or a bowl of porridge a day and expected to work for 24 hours.

I strongly recommend that we should introduce public lynching in Singapore. At least it will teach the world class Singaporeans a little about human decency or what a human being needs to eat to be kept alive.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In an island somewhere in the Pacific, a mother and daughter were checking in at the immigration and had to go through the standard screening.

Daughter: What are they doing, mum?

Mum: They are checking for things?

Daughter: What things mum?

Mum: Hmmmm...that thing?

Daughter: What is that thing?

Mum: Officer, can you please tell my little girl what you are checking?

Officer: Getting annoyed, 'We are checking for that thing lah!'

Daughter: Getting a little frighten, 'Mum, I still do not know what is that thing?'

Officer overheard and screamed: That thing is that thing. No one can say it. If you say that thing you will get into trouble with me.

Mum: Alright girl. No more questions.

Daughter: That thing, that thing, dunno what thing.

Officer: If you say that thing once more I will lock you up.

This kind of thing can only happen in some primitive little islands.
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