Friday, May 19, 2006

Missing Singapore - Still stuck in Manila!

You don't know how much you love something until you stay away from it.

Stuck in the hotel over the weekend, I begin to yearn for the mega-sales in Courts & BiG. The air in Manila is unclean and I prefer to stay in the hotel protected by the aircon filter. I don't think I'll explore outside the hotel as the surroundings look disorganised and unsafe. I'll just watch TV in the hotel room.

As for food, I'll get room service. ..cannot trust the roadside stuff.

Throughout my stay, I have began to understand the political system here. It is just horrendous:

1. People are allowed to protest. They call it People Power. Looks more like chaos to me.

2. President limited to 6 year term then must change. How to develop longevity leaders like Lee Kuan Yew with this type of system?

3. Newpapers are not controled by the govt and can write anything they want. Terrible.

The Elections Dept is totally independent and was involved in a scandal when the President Arroyo made a phone call to the officials there to check on her votes. This scandal wouldn't have happened if the put the Elections Dept came under the President's office, then Arroyo would have been able to call and order the officials around with no problem. ....Singapore has opted for a more advanced system where the election dept is under the PM office.

I think Philipines' political system is so far behind Singapore's. There is little control over they way people think and limited ability of the govt to deliver happiness to the people. In Singapore, we have the happiest people in the world because our political system ensures order and minimises confusion.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

mental Monster KY Gel Lie Con-You has made Singapore Number 1 in Erection Voting + Political Systems - unless of course you must be a loooony like Looony Loong to believe that!

Swift said...

Hey, how dare you insult our founding father! He's a great man with passion and dedication. If you're really serious about what you've said, you should tell the whole world your name instead of hiding behind the label of "anonymous".

Anonymous said...

no wonder philipines still a 3rd world country, and their citizens have to come to our 1st world singapore to make a living. it's all because of their 3rd world politics, a far cry from ours.

Anonymous said...

enough said, swift, old fogeys got to go, that's all !! already 2 legs inside coffin and still wanna hang on to the edge with the hands, it's "LMFAO"

Anonymous said...

Always thought provoking, keep it up...

Pity there are still pathetic votersts and lickers but can't blame them, who will bite the hands that feed them.

Johnathan said...

Here's something funny that I saw from "Talk Rock" http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12735541&postID=114699652921423523

Anonymous said...
Vote PAP. LOL

"I think its pointless to vote for an opposition candidate who clearly lacks the ability to scrutinise and critique policies in an inteliigent way."- Lydia Lim

"Retrenchment is good for singapore. If there is no retrenchments, then I worry."- SM Goh

"The opposition's plans to 'give and give' will lead to $ingaporeans having to pay higher taxes in order to foot the bill, General Lee Hsien Loong said at a rally in Tampines."- then DPM Lee in 2001

"$2.6b "Progress Package" for lower-income groups, elderly, NSmen"- now PM Lee in 2006

"Contrary to public perception, the White Horse classification is not to ensure that sons of influential men gets preferential treatment. Instead it is to ensure that they do not get preferential treatment."- Cedric Foo

"I don't think that there should be a cap on the number of directorship that a person can hold."- PAP MP John Chen who holds 8 directorships

"It's not for the money because some of the companies pay me as little as $10,000 a year."- PAP MP Wang Kai Yuen who holds 11 directorships.

"We are not considering a casino but an IR- an integrated resort. IRs are quite different."- George Yeo

"If you want to dance on a bar top, some of us will fall off the bar top. Some people will die as a result of liberalising bar top dancing .... a young girl with a short skirt dancing on it may attract some insults from some other men, the boyfriend will start fighting and some people will die."- Vivian Balakrishnan

"I would want to form an alternative policies group in Parliament, comprising 20 PAP MPs. These 20 PAP MPs will be free to vote in accordance with what they think of a particular policy. In other words, the whip for them will be lifted. This is not playing politics, this is something which I think is worthwhile doing."- SM Goh

"If you sing Jailhouse Rock with your electric guitar when others are playing Beethoven, you are out of order. The whip must be used on you."- SM Goh again, on a dramatic u-turn, rethink or backtrack, whatever you call it.

"THE National Kidney Foundation (NKF) spends more than 80 per cent of its funds on its beneficiaries."- Lim Hng Khiang

"Save on one hairdo and use the money for breast screening."- another gem from Lim Hng Kiang

"We started off with (the name) and after looking at everything, the name that really tugged at the heartstrings was in front of us. The name itself is not new, but what has been used informally so far has endeared itself to all parties."- Mah Bow Tan on the $400 000 exercise to rename Marina Bay as Marina Bay.

"Having enjoyed football as a national sport for decades, we in Singapore have set ourselves the target of reaching the final rounds of World Cup in 2010."- Ho Peng Kee

"Only 5% are unemployed. We still have 95% who are employed."- Yeo Cheow Tong. Duh.

"Singaporean workers have become more expensive than those in the USA and Australia."- Tony Tan

“People support CPF cuts because there are no protest outside parliament."- PM Lee

"No, it was not a U-turn, and neither was it a reversal of govt policy. But you can call it a rethink."- Yeo Cheow Tong

"...I regret making the decision because, in the end, the baby continued to be in intensive care, and KKH now runs up a total bill of more than $300,000..."- Lim Hng Kiang, regretting the decision to save a baby's life because KKH ran up a $300 000 bill

"If we want to be a world-class city, if we want to be a nation that has got very good standards of public hygiene and cleanliness, the best place to start with is the public toilet."- Amy Khor, PAP MP

"Restoring the pay cuts of civil servants and ministers is reasonable as Singapore's economy has now regained momentum."- Ng Eng Hen

"I don't think my reading for the economy is strong enough for us to even consider asking for the restoration of the cut in CPF."- Lim Boon Heng

"If we ever introduce anything like quotas or incentives based on race, it will reinforce the perception that Malays and Indians have low skills and can only get jobs because of an incentive or quota."- Tharman Shanmugaretnam

"These schools (SAP schools) need to remain essentially Chinese to give the edge in interacting with China..."- self contradictory statement made by Tharman Shanmugaretnam again

"We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two... We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large number of the physically, intellecually and culturally anaemic."- MM Lee in 1967

"If you don't include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society...So what happens? There will be less bright people to support dumb people in the next generation. That's a problem."- MM Lee in 1983

"The PAP Government has always thrived on its ability to anticipate problems."- Wong Kan Seng

"We are not able to be everywhere as a government to know everthing in Singapore"- PM Lee

Anonymous said...

"If you want to dance on a bar top, some of us will fall off the bar top. Some people will die as a result of liberalising bar top dancing .... a young girl with a short skirt dancing on it may attract some insults from some other men, the boyfriend will start fighting and some people will die."- Vivian Balakrishnan

LOLZ

Anonymous said...

muwahaha, watever they say they win, watever you say you loose, maybe swift can tell us why they always say things that seems like they are slapping their own face.

It's already an insult to our intelligent that someone that old is still in parliament.

No wonder it's call "parlia"

"If you want to dance on a bar top, some of us will fall off the bar top. Some people will die as a result of liberalising bar top dancing .... a young girl with a short skirt dancing on it may attract some insults from some other men, the boyfriend will start fighting and some people will die."- Vivian Balakrish

Mr Vivian should become a script writer cum a fortune teller,muwahahaha

LMFAO

Anonymous said...

"Restoring the pay cuts of civil servants and ministers is reasonable as Singapore's economy has now regained momentum."- Ng Eng Hen

"I don't think my reading for the economy is strong enough for us to even consider asking for the restoration of the cut in CPF."- Lim Boon Heng

This is bullsh*t, contraditing comments from "highly paid people"

Anonymous said...

"We are not considering a casino but an IR- an integrated resort. IRs are quite different."- George Yeo


A "hole" is still a "hole" no matter how "old"

Anonymous said...

"Only 5% are unemployed. We still have 95% who are employed."- Yeo Cheow Tong. Duh.

maybe he should be in the 5% also...so he will understand how these 5% of people feel.

Anonymous said...

Here's another interesting comment lifted from Rockson's website (http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=16821129&postID=114801316149583434). Read it with a pinch of salt.

46 points: NKF & PAP Dynasty
-----------------------------

1. Both lack transparency.

2. Both keep huge reserves as the people the are SUPPOSE to help suffer. Both keep adding unnecessarily to reserves,

3. Both use DEFAMATION to slience critics.

4. Both pay their leaders astronomical sums. The Singapore leaders are paid higher than US leaders.Both see nothing wrong in overpaying the leadership even as Singaporeans suffer the high unemployment and recessions.

5. Both have unsatiable need for money. One keep expanding its fund raising activities, the other keep raising fees, GST etc.

6. Both love nice buildings. Compare NKF building to SingPost.

7. Both pretend to care for the poor as the leaders take astronomical pay.

8. Both have used the word "PEANUTS" in the same context.

9. Both believe in use of spin and deception. The masses were led to believe they were getting Swiss standard of living.

10. Both are not cost effective in serving the people.

11. One is run by a Durian the other built 2 durians with tax payer's money.

12. Both believe in the extensive use of Foreign talents instead of Singaporeans. In NKF more than 60% are FT.

13. Both are led by authoritarian style leadership.

14. Both coerced the public for rising donations and votes in resent years due to extensive use of the media and unfair tactics. NKF has been getting more and more donation using hard sell tactics, the PAP threatens to not to upgrade your flats if you vote the opposition.

15. Both like to use fuzzy statistics and spin. One once claims Singapore workers are paid higher than US workers, the other claimed its reserves will last only 3 years.

16, Both have leadership with directorship in external companies...potentially resulting in conflicts of interests.

17. Both are arrogant.

18. Both like to use the word world class.

19. Both used the reserves for overseas investment instead of helping Singaporeans. Durai invested in a call center while the PAP regime invests in everything. Both make Singaporeans pay more for their medical treatment than necessary while keeping montrous reserves.

20. Both make you pay and pay. Nothing is for free.

21. Both care only about the bottomline. No real love for the pple they are supposed to care and serve.

22. Both live in castles in the air. They have lost touch with reality!

23. Both are rather insensitive. They treat pple as peanuts!

24. Both are not accountable. When pple asked for facts and figures, they thumped their noses in the air!

25. One is pay and pay(PAP) all the time. The other is twist and turn(TT Durai) at double time.

26. Both take us for suckers! They suck you dry and dry!

27. Both try to show a human face. But are truly blood-suckers!

28. Both like to talk about the past - boast of their achievements. But frighten you of the future.

29. Both think we are stupid. Can make fools of us anytime.

30. Both wont relinguish power willingly...until they are kicked out by the pple!!!

31. Both are favorite targets of vandals.

32. Both like to talk about entrepreneurship.

33. Both are innovative in the way they get money from the people.

34. Both Durai and the PAP have been in power for more than 30 years. Power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely.

35. Both market subsidise their service.

36. Both like to change objective of their organisation give new meaning to "Charity", "Non-profit", "PUBLIC HOUSING", "PUBLIC TRANSPORT", "NTUC".

37. Both like to celebrate past achievements and constantly remind the public of it.

38. Both need new blood. Out with the old.

39. Both started with good intentions but was transformed by money and greed along the way.

40. Both will not remake itself until its too late.

41. Both like to raise money through game of chance. NKF runs lucky draw, the regime will have its casinos.

42. Both like to play on past crisis to justify their present course of actions. For NKF, its the shortage of funds in 80s, for the regime its the racial riots.

43. Both don't believe in empowering the people with information. They want Singaporeans to be like sheep give and don't ask questions.

44. Both demonised their opponents unfairly.

45. Both disregard international norms. For the NKF, they the ignored the trend towards greater governance and transparency, for the regime, they ignored the trend towards greater democracy.

46. Both Committee Members & MPs hv hidden agenda. Both join so as to NETWORK for self benefits

Anonymous said...

......you're...bullshit men, what you said is a big F..."The air in Manila is unclean and I prefer to stay in the hotel protected by the aircon filter. I don't think I'll explore outside the hotel as the surroundings look disorganised and unsafe. I'll just watch TV in the hotel room.

As for food, I'll get room service. ..cannot trust the roadside stuff.

Throughout my stay, I have began to understand the political system here. It is just horrendous:

1. People are allowed to protest. They call it People Power. Looks more like chaos to me........
REALLY BULL SHIT>>>>>>......

Anonymous said...

IDIOT anonymous who said......"no wonder philipines still a 3rd world country, and their citizens have to come to our 1st world singapore to make a living. it's all because of their 3rd world politics, a far cry from ours"......BULL SHIT...

Steamed Galunggong said...

it's a pity how your so-called "1st world country"-upbringing wasn't enough to teach you the value of respect for other cultures and social systems. if you hate Manila that much, maybe you are better off telling your boss or resigning all together. i studied and lived in Singapore for a year and do have a lot of very positive things to say about the economy and your organized way of life, don't we all want that... but everytime i encounter minds like yours (and i've come across a few others, in person, even), i tend to think twice if all your economic progress is all that you crack it up to be. i formed very good friendships with many singaporeans, i hope they don't think like you

try to have some respect for other people and they way of life (no matter how "backward" or unfortunate you think it is in comparison to yours).

what you've been saying about the Philippines give the Singaporean people (supposedly known for their traditional values and conservatism) a very, very, very, bad name.

being away from singapore for a time, i tend to miss it too, but not this way. but between staying and helping my country out and going back to singapore only to turn into a rich but heartless, bigot like you (which i am sure not all singaporeans are), i'd choose the former without thinking twice.

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