Sunday, April 09, 2006

Sadly, I'm stuck overseas.....

I have a terrible assignment that puts me overseas for 2 months. I have a few more weeks to go. Even from my hotel room 1000 miles from Singapore, I can smell the elections coming. With all the cookie cutter type new candidates put up by the PAP, one can be sure the elections will not be an exciting one. In particular, I like the candidate who said his greatest disappointment in life is "not making it to medical school in NUS"so he had to get an EDB scholarship instead. ..... oh ...so disappointing, I'm sure he is the type who will empathize with those who lost their low paying jobs and have their electricity cut off by Singapore Power.

I really miss the Straits Times, the hotel supply me with this mentally heavy analytical pink colored news papers called the Financial Times. ....it is nowhere near the standard of the Straits Times....it just doesn't explain things as clearly as Straits Times. I now have to rely on the web for news about Singapore. I came across this interesting news about our esteemed PM Lee, who had an open, frank & sincere dialogue with ordinary Singaporeans on MediaCorp's Channel 8. Interestingly, the other side of the dialogue is led by Singapore's most famous comedian - Jack Neo who is a National Day Award winner....who else but Jack Neo best represents the man on the street other than the man on the street?! Jack is an expert at turning our pain into comedy and turning comedy into money, he is not doing too badly these days.....living in a private landed property, his first question to our PM was "why money no enough?". ...to which our esteem PM Lee answered "money no enough" is due to Singaporeans spending too much on luxury goods - for example handphones!! Wow, ...see how well our PM understands the problems that plague our society, especially the cause of poverty - the cause of poverty is the result of Singaporeans' desire for luxury goods.......now I realise how incorrect my thoughts were, I used to think that poverty is caused by joblessness, debt, income gap and rising cost....after reading what our PM said, I now have a better understanding of the causes of poverty in Singapore.

Hope to be back in Singapore soon. Really can't stand the country I'm in. The other day while walking on the street, a young feller dressed up as a tree stopped me and gave me a pamplet saying the earth is in clear and present danger of global warming and green house gas emissions will eventually destroy us. I told him frankly if what he said is true, the govt would have a campaign to warn us and the govt will do something about it...... and there is no need for him to dress up as a tree and go round distributing pamplets. He replied in 'not so courteous' tone, that his govt is colluding with big powerful energy companies and not acting in the interest of the 'people'. I told him to have more trust in his govt. My guess is his govt is not as good as our Singapore govt that always acts in the eventual interest of Singaporeans.

Hope I can finish up and be back by 1 May 2006, ....go to the ATM and withdraw my progress package, go to Sim Lim to buy a digital camera. Life is so sweet for lucky Singaporeans....

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lucky Tan,

which country are u at for your assignment and what job?

Im just curious about your background...do u identify yourself with the poor Singaporean?

Lucky Goh

Aragorn said...

the PM is right.

being frugal is [b]one[/b] way the poor can help themselves.

Anonymous said...

yeah! you are still blogging! i was missing your witty posts and thought you might be afraid to blog since the "warning"

Anonymous said...

I remember watching a clip when the already old lady taxi driver was asking if she can continue driving taxi well into her old age.

This is the difference betw the lazy retired old people playing with their grandchildren in the developed country and our LUCKY hardworking can't-retired economically useful Singaporeans.

Anonymous said...

dat is also how our ancestors worked when they came here from China...they worked hard until they died...dats y we have the modern world class singapore, through hard work, blood sweat and tears.

we should continue with our world class work ethic. cannot get too lazy. the Govt's only resouce is its obedient and hardworking people.

Anonymous said...

i forgot to mention the govt's only other resource besides the people, is the accumlated wealth of 40yrs....which we are investing all over the world through Temasek so we can have more $$ for upgrading programmes.

stay healthy and working, my fellow singaporeans. pay ur taxes and ur bills so that Temasek can invest for us in risky but lucrative ventures.

Anonymous said...

Temasek earn money = good financial investment. Lose BILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS MONEY = strategic investment. What a perfect win-win situation for Ho Ching.

Seems like we're hearing more "strategic investments" in recent times. Well done Ho Ching.

Anonymous said...

The singapore government only believes those cookie-cutter candidates who can do the jobs, candidates must come from branded schools, nothing short of scholars calibre. Will this new batch understand the plight of those who lost their jobs, struggling to make ends meet?

Anonymous said...

No, of course.
They won't be jobless in their full time job and as part-timers MPs.
See, they have the best of both worlds!