Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Singapore Progresses by leaps and bounds!!!

"The best test of a civilised society is the way in which it treats its most vulnerable and weakest members."-Mahatma Gandhi
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Last weekend on my way to the Harvey Norman super-mega-cannot miss sale, I met a old friend. I took out out the 2-full pages of Harvey Norman ads and flashed it right in front her. Despite the irresistable widescreen LCD TVs on sale, she did not want to join me for the shopping session. What can be more important than a weekend Harvey Norman sale?!
She was actually on her way to visit some old folks living in several blocks of flats built for the elderly. Her church found out about these old people living very lonely lives and got organised to visit them once every week bringing food and company. The old folks are living in poor living conditions, many of them are just waiting for their final day....there is a bell in each flat for them to ring if they need serious medical aid, just last week during their visit they found the body of old man who died and his hand was reaching out towards the bell. I told her I've never heard of people in such poor conditions in affluent Singapore.....our beloved newspaper Straits Times dedicate pages for sales and more pages to explain the wise policy of the PAP.......
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Anyway I told her not to worry, the govt plan's is to have old folks shipped to Batam and Johor so that we won't see them and experience negative emotions......she can then enjoy all the weekend mega sales without feeling guilty.
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She said she was glad just to ease their loneliness just a little and light up their lives by bringing a smile to their dark apartments. I told her I already gave my smile to the 4 million smiles campaign to welcome the IMF delegates.
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The PAP a rational logical govt cannot help these old folks because they have no more economic value. It is for Singapore's own good that they spend the money giving out scholarship to foreigners so that they can contribute to the Singapore economy....or on grand buildings like the Esplanade so that the visiting tourists and go back home totally impressed. We should give good service from the heart to those who can pay us and contribute to Singapore's primary KPI (Key Performance Indicator) which is GDP growth. I'm sure the IMF and World Banks will be impressed with the chauffer driven BMWs, smiles and uncompromised effort to impress them.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

This country is governed by people who view everything in terms of dollar and cents. I am afraid the younger generation are growing up to believe that this is the norm.

Anonymous said...

Lucky Tan,

You contradict yourself. In your earlier entry, you told us the government provides help for low income families.

The government will not allow any poor old woman to die. Alive, she still represent one vote. Now dead, not much use.


The old woman must be hoarding tonnes of money in a private swiss account. Or she was one of those born with a clutch mentality, stalking Mah Bow Tan for free lunch.

Singaporeans are very rich. Our government tells us so. It must be right.

LuckySingaporean said...

Hi Anonymous,

'You contradict yourself'....I hope not, I was saying the govt get the banks to help the low income.

'The old woman must be hoarding tonnes of money in a private swiss account'....has to be!!! That is why the govt cannot help those homeless & those poor folks who dig for alum cans in dustbin. There is a chance that they own a Swiss bank account somewhere and can afford to help themselves.

That is why Mr. Brown as subjected to 'means testing' when he applied for subsidised fees for his autistic daughter. See how despicable Mr. Brown is? Just because he has an autistic daughter, he wants to get something from the govt!!!
Good thing he will detected by the means testing system and got nothing. He should just be obedient and produced as many kids for the PAP govt as possible, if they happen to be autistic, please take care of them yourself - you can afford it!

Singaporeans are very rich. Just look at the jam-packed shopping centers every weekend.

Whispers from the heart said...

Oh dear,

I thought the crowds flood the shopping centres for the air-con because they don't want to pay higher utility bills!

So, those homeless ah peks I see living in void decks are just enjoying their al fresco lifestyle (aka Parisian way) as recommended by our MM Lee?

Anonymous said...

they jammed pack shopping centers and eat eat eat because they have been reduced to a consuming insect. and insects, like beasts, cant think beyond their stomach - which of course works in the interests of those who set the agenda for the 'singapore dream'. well, at least, we know who has helped whom to live out that 'prosperous dream'. but for many, such an arrangement in return for unsecured jobs means constant financial worries/ troubles and insecurity about their future.

we mustnt forget that singapore is transforming into a more fcukable( in the guise of a vibrant and exciting nation) society - which account for the rise in STDs, abortions, divorces etc. bravo. good for your sons,daughters,marriages and the future generation.

Anonymous said...

Without dollars and cents, no one will give a damn about your life.

Without dollars and cents, our government can tell you that you are a burden for the country and society.

Without dollars and cents, friends, relatives, family, colleagues will shun you.

The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. The widening gap will be a big problem for singapore in future, probably the leading party.

Anonymous said...

Why would it be a problem. Just ship them off the island. Everything will be fine, so don't worry. There's a Harvey Norman sale this week so cheer up!

Anonymous said...

So lucky, so sad

Anonymous said...

a prosperous soul will bring true wealth to a city. however, a seemingly wealthy city can be created apart from a prosperous soul. such wealth created generally destroy the good soul, which is such an irony. but fools will never relent despite clear signs emerging. an invitation, an opening up thus begin a confusing diffusion to a deserving conclusion perhaps?

Whispers from the heart said...

Well said.

And it would be an epic to watch, not the usual PAP wayang, I promise.

Anonymous said...

Can you ah, send tis post to that KTM see what brilliant ideas he can cook up with. I am gettign fed up with his brand of conservatism, the government have no need for a PR machinary when they havebloggers like KTM to help them justify and rationalise their policies.

Anonymous said...

What is worse than poor elderly people digging for recyclables in dustbins? Poor elderly people foraging for FOOD in the same DUSTBINS! I saw a man (TWICE) take out a discarded packet of coffee from a rubbish bin and to my horror, he drank the coffee!

Does Singapore not have shelters for such people? Can't government people take these people off the streets and to a home? Is the no-welfare policy so strict that you can't have a little bit of humanity and make exceptions when you see such incidents? Don't tell me no one in the PAP has seen such incidents.

Anonymous said...

the pap is dishonest in its dealings with Singapore citizens. why didn't they tells us about therir plan to increase foreigners coming tp siingapore during the elections. they are worse than unscrupolous salesmen who make false promises. they have no integrity. can we trust them to look after us when we are old or meet with illness ...the anwwer is NO!

Anonymous said...

We are one of the richest countries in Asia. The 2 anons above are distorting the truth. Those old people are not really poor: they are just greedy for a few more cents to sell those used cans. The old men gathering at void decks are socialising amongst themselves. Most of them are retired and relaxing and enjoying life.

Anonymous said...

There's a computer expo this week at the EXPO! Lots of cheap and good stuff. Can't wait to shop there; I am studying the brochures now.

Anonymous said...

Alamak, studying the brochures now?!

I am taking the MRT to the Expo to queue up at the gates already ....

Anonymous said...

Agreed there are no poor people in Singapore, just people pretending to be poor to get subsidy and handouts from the PAP government. That is why the PAP should not help anyone, they are all out to con.

Anonymous said...

if a man or woman has been reduced to eating out of garbage bins or making pittance from trash so he/she can "enjoy" life here, that, is the quintessence of a poor soul!
but an equally poorer soul is one who has much riches/power but couldn't give up all for the good of the whole. such souls are in love with self so much that he/she convinces many to ascend the great pyramid. unknowing to many who do, they soon realised, alas too late, that the higher one climbs up the pyramid, the standing room will also lessen. this of course is a perfect fulfilment for any narcissitic and despotic tendency. this of course is also the path to destruction and forlorn peace.

Anonymous said...

You see,sometimes when you purposely tell falsehood, people also agree. Example anon 4.00pm (bluff) and anon 2.20am agreed.

kwngian said...

Wah, Tan ah, kena killed by bedbugs.. another Singapore first!

Anonymous said...

In a country where they can buy up 500 BMWs to drive dignitaries around during IMF & World Bank and host a mega-banquet....they can't even take care of the elderly properly who end up getting killed by bed bugs and having to dig thrash for a living.

The PAP damn good at using taxpayer's money to show off rather than help ordinary Singaporeans.

I think I feel more shameful than proud of my country.

kwngian said...

Ship them out of Singapore!! - out of sight, out of mind.

If they die of bedbugs in Batam, it becomes Indonesia's problem, not ours.

Anonymous said...

do you realised almost everywhere...from entertainment industry to politics, the smell of 'pai mah pi' or fanning arse wind is getting more acute?

yes,the world has changed and the rules of engagement also changed in tandem. it is now a prerequisite to spout political correct speeches to retain your value in the market place.

what it means is that, if it aint good to hear , its aint good to express it either even if it is truth.

so what remains to be heard is such sweet seranade to a few "good men".