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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singapore National Games – ‘Pian Ah Peh’
Singapore’s masters athletes signed up in full force to run in the Singapore National Games 2018. Everyone was there for a bit of fun and camaraderie. Nothing much was expected except for the individual athletes to try to do their best for a PB or to test their timings.
In the course of two weekends at the Home of Athletes in Kallang and Bishan Stadium there were a few pleasant surprises for the ah pehs and the ah mahs participating in the competition.
The first surprise came when they were told to open a PayNow account as all winners of individual events would be receiving a cash award. Wow, that’s a nice thought regardless of the amount. All the ah pehs and ah mahs happily gave their names and ICs/mobile numbers and agreed to register for their respective PayNow accounts to await the cash awards. Oh, they knew that no cash awards would be given to individual event winners except for overall winners of the respective age groups. That was stated in the rules and regulation of the Game.
The next pleasant surprise was when uncle and team won the 4x100m relay event. Again we were told that we would be receiving a cash award which we knew the rules and regulations said no. Only winners of events with 4 teams or more would be entitled to cash awards. We took it with half belief. The cash award was confirmed during the prize presentation ceremony when a letter stating the cash award in black and white was given to us. Too good to believe but it was a nice feeling.
The organizers cannot be so stupid to make such mistakes, to tell us that we would receive cash awards and even presented us a congratulatory letter with the amount stated. We were all very happy for such surprises. No one is complaining for sure. How can a nation going to turn itself into a smart city make blunders by saying one thing and doing another? We went home and registered for our PayNow accounts and very hopeful that we would be richer by a few dollars.
We waited and waited but nothing was deposited into our PayNow accounts. Then we received confirmation that all the pleasant surprises were just pleasant surprises and too good to be true. The only thing that we don’t believe is that the organizers could made such elementary mistakes and telling us things that should not be. This could happen in third world countries but not in a first world smart nation. We are going to turn the city into a smart nation. It is not that we were hard up for the few dollars that we knew we were not entitled. But the false hope was unnecessary. Was the false hope a gimmick to con the ah pehs and ah mahs to open PayNow accounts that otherwise they would find no reason to do so? Is this another ‘pain ah peh’ exercise? The mistakes were totally unwarranted. The organizers knew the rules, could not be so blur or so stupid to commit such basic errors right?
The ah pehs kena ‘pian’ another time. Or at least the ah pehs in my relay team were. We were presented medals for winning our events. We were at the podium and Kunalan the sprint legend shook our hands and placed the medals over our necks and photographs were taken. After the presentation ceremony we were told to return the medals. Why? Because nothing was inscribed on the medals. The medals were blank, no description of which event they were meant for. They promised to call us to return the medals to us after inscribing the events on them.
Three weeks have gone by and we even asked them what had happened to our medals. So far no reply. It seems that no one bothers after the end of the Game. It’s over. Let’s move on. We paid to run in the competition and the least we could expect is our medals. Did we kena conned again a third time? Cannot be lah. I think they are running short of metals and have to return to the mines to get some to mint into medals. And this would take time especially if the metal is coming from Australia or some foreign land. And it would take more time to print the words on the medals before delivering the medals to us. 3 weeks after the event is a short time. Just be patient. The Ah pehs must wait for their medals, hopefully they will arrive before the next National Games in 2019.
I think the Indonesians did a better job in Jakarta in organizing the Asian Games. At least the winners got their medals on the same day, after the event. Some, like the case of the swimmers, had their names printed on a certificate on the spot. That’s efficiency. How smart are we as a smart nation? Or is it smart nation but stupid people?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seah Kian Peng – Lighting a small fire
Seah Kian Peng’s criticism of Thum Ping Tjin for inviting Mahathir to bring democracy to Singapore and the remark ‘it appears quite clear to me that PJ Thum does not wish Singapore well’ is like lighting a small fire that threatens to burn down a forest. This comment is read by Thum as calling him a traitor is ‘ridiculous and unfounded’. No decent person would be comfortable to be on the receiving end of being called a traitor to his country.
The accusation has fired up two opposing camps, with those supporting the group that met Mahathir calling it baseless and a more dangerous development for the group that supported or believed in Seah Kian Peng’s finger pointing. The result as reported in thenewpaper is “‘a torrent of accusations of treason’ and death threats against the group”. Hopefully this is just wild reactions from the hotheaded and nothing more and nothing untowards happened to the threatened group of people.
Seah Kian Peng might have noticed the ginny out of the bottle and is calling for some calm and decorum and ‘not get personal or abusive’ about the matter. It is just a matter of ‘different viewpoints and we can agree or disagree and be civil about it’. It is good that Seah Kian Peng saw the severity of the accusation and reactions from the ground and wanted to lower the temperature. And since it is just a matter of viewpoints, hopefully there will be no follow up threats of calling Sue or police investigation on the group and Thum in particular. He added, “It is regretful that I see all kinds of abusive remarks that are made by many different individuals (and trolls) against each other. I do not support such types of comments, regardless of what views of positions they take.”
The master has spoken. Would the trolls or doggies stop barking and stop biting? It must be quite frightening to Thum and his group to be branded traitors in the media and by a MP of the ruling party. OK, Seah Kian Peng did not use the word traitor on them, but it is how they felt and perceived and how the trolls and public read and reacted to it.
I hope the general public would be mature enough to see the nuances and the real stuff and not be misled by any silly comments. Can I say let’s move on? Or would there be more sinister things brooding?
PS. Napoleon has unleashed his attack dogs to bite.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AWAS - Sick minds at work
The MHA has issued a statement that Thum PJ and his group have crossed the red line for inviting Mahathir to bring democracy to Singapore. My eyes are rolling. What, what? Is democracy a bad thing for Singapore? Is not Singapore being telling the world that it is a democracy and not a dictatorship or any other not too nice sounding political names?
Let me put it in a different way. Would someone be crossing the red line for asking Xi Jingping to bring more investment into Singapore, or to bring the BRI into Singapore? The question to ask, are investments and BRI good for Singapore? Or would it be the same if Thum and group called on Mahathir to support the HSR?
Oh, the key is Mahathir is a foreigner, so calling a foreigner to do anything that is good for Singapore is crossing the red line, interfering in Singapore’s domestic affairs, even if it is good for Singapore, like democracy. Ok, I am assuming, I am assuming that democracy is good for Singapore. Is it or is it not?
Oh, does Singapore want democracy, does Singapore have democracy? For Thum and group to ask Mahathir to bring democracy to Singapore implies that Singapore does not have democracy or lacking in democracy? Tiok boh?
This is indeed funny. Does Singapore have democracy? Is Singapore a democracy? Why is bringing democracy to Singapore a bad thing, that Thum and group do not wish Singapore well? Bring democracy to Singapore is not in Singapore’s interest? Bring more foreigners to take over Singapore, oops, to become Singaporean, to steal Singaporeans’ lunch is good for Singapore, no crossing of red line?
Actually what did Thum, or actually Tan Wah Piow, invite Mahathir to do? It was reported that Tan Wah Piow asked him to bring democracy or to talk about democracy in SE Asia, not Singapore in particular. Well all pegs are round pegs as long as you hammer them hard enough into a round hole. This kind of contorted logic or injustice would be turned around when political power changed hands. By then the traitors would become the angels and the angels would become traitors. That day will come, it is a matter of when, like in Malaysia or in any country or empire for that matter. Nothing is forever. The wheel of fortune would turn and pity the rascals of the last empire or regime or the last emperor.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Professor Lam Khin Yong – Singapore’s top scientist
In the news, thenewpaper reported, ‘For more than three decades, Professor Lam Khin Yong has pushed for scientific research that impacts society and has personally played a key role in shaping Singapore’s pool of scientific talent.’
The Vice President of NTU ‘pushed strongly for collaboration between industry, academia and public agencies and led multiple mergers and organizations, such as the Institute of High Performance Computing.’
For a life time of work, the professor was the recipient of the President’s Science and Technology Awards, the country’s highest honours for scientific achievement.
With such an accomplished academic, a full fledged Singaporean, why was there a need to go around the world to head hunt third world academics to head our universities? Why are Singaporeans not good enough, after contributing a life time of good work to benefit Singapore and Singaporeans, to head our academia?
When would Singaporeans like Professor Lam be deemed good enough to be head of NTU? Would it be easier for him to take on a foreign citizenship then be scouted from across the globe by foreign headhunting companies before he is good enough to head NTU? Would he be made President of NTU earlier if he was an angmoh or foreigner?
There is a saying, a prophet would not find honour in his home town. A local talent would not be recognized at home, only foreigners are considered good, because you did not know the full background of the foreigners. A local, probably you know him well, with all the scars and black spots, so not too attractive.
It would be sad if highly qualified and accomplished Singaporeans would have to make way for unknown foreigners for top positions in our very own country and have to be hired by other countries, to be recognized by other countries than their own countrymen.
There must be many distinguished Singaporeans academics in our midst waiting to be found to head our academia but found wanting by their Singaporean decision makers because the grass over the fence is greener. Ang moh tua kee or foreigners are better than Singaporeans. Fake or dubious certificates are tolerable, bearable, acceptable, no crime.
What do you think? If a country does not nurture and promote its own talents and always looking out for foreign talents, its own talents would have lesser chance to gain the experience and recognition in top positions. And the sillies would say they don’t have the experience, the exposure, because their fucking country would give the opportunity to foreigners to gain the exposure and experience.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scoot Mayday, RSAF F15 scrambled
Man fined $4,500 for Scoot bomb hoax. This was the headline of thenewpaper yesterday. When I read the content I could not even cry, could not even laugh. My jaw dropped in disbelief. This is another classic story of stupidity has no cure for the record. I will just state the facts as reported in thenewpaper and let you guys wonder what it was all about.
A man, Hsu Chun Meng, was flying off to HatYai on a Scoot flight. His hand luggage was too big to fit into the overhead luggage compartment and the stewardess told him he had to check in his baggage. She also asked him if he had any prohibited items in the bag. He replied, ‘Nothing, only bombs.’ The stewardess stared at him and he replied, ‘No bomb lah. Joking. How can it be?’
When the plane was about to take off, the stewardess reported the incident to the cabin crew in charge. The latter tried to contact the captain but unable to do so as the flight was about to take off and the cockpit door was locked.
She only managed to talk to the captain after take off and the captain followed the established protocol, made a Mayday call and flew the aircraft back to Singapore. The plane was carrying 179 passengers. A fighter aircraft was scrambled to escort it back.
The man was subsequently charged and fined $4,500 for the bomb hoax.
These were the facts. Over to you guys. Laugh if you can, cry if you want.
Stupidity has no cure? What do you think?
Key points. If it was a real bomb and not a hoax. If it was a joke….
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Asean Meeting is about angkat Mahathir




The recent Asean Meeting with the big powers is about praising Mahathir and carrying his balls. The rest are just side shows, irrelevant.
Read this as posted in theindependent website and it tells succinctly what the whole meeting was all about.

'This past Monday, Dr Mahathir and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah arrived in Singapore for a 2-day official visit, at the invitation of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Besides meeting PM Lee and his wife Ho Ching, President Halimah Yaacob and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Dr Mahathir and his wife also had an orchid named after them.



One of the highlights of the official visit was NUS’ conferral of honorary doctorates to Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah. Dr Mahathir studied medicine at NUS in Singapore for about six years in his younger days. NUS is his wife’s alma mater, as well.'


I dunno who is the silly bugger that formulated this angkat Mahathir exercise and dunno what they want to achieve. And they think Mahathir is so easy to angkat, to flatter and taken in and to appreciate and reciprocate kindness with kindness? This shows how shallow and lack of understanding of who Mahathir is. Mahathir is a willy old fox with very set mindset on what he wants to do and nothing is going to change him once he decided. He will demand his price for his water, build his third national car and to build his crooked bridge come what may.

To me, the easiest way to deal with Mahathir is time, playing with time. Time is something that is against Mahathir. The max he has is less than 2 years before passing the premiership to Anwar. And in all likelihood he may be called to his maker anytime, today or tomorrow or the day after. Just play with him, negotiate with him, talk to him until the cow comes home, but not agreeing politely, postpone, delay, will check with the boss, will call back. Set the next meeting as long as one possibly can, needs time to study the details, to check the legal and political implications etc etc. Just wait for him to go.

The angkat Mahathir exercise is so amateurish and Mahathir must be laughing himself insane. How these boys are trying to please him, to make him happy, make him feel big and important is incredible.

This is so unbelieveable, so childish in diplomacy. A little flattery may be tolerable and amusing, but over doing it is something else.

What do you think Mahathir would be thinking? What do you think the Malaysians would be thinking? What do you think Singaporeans would be thinking?

Punch above our weight or go down on bended knees?
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