Sunday, October 29, 2006

Hougang & Potong Pasir Voters REGRET!!!

"My message to Derek Wee is to face up to the challenges....
it is all mind over matter. If he learns to be like the other
66.6% of the population, he will know that if
you don't mind, it won't matter..." - Lucky Tan.

It just occurred to me that Derek Wee might be living in one of those miserable Opposition wards - totally lacking in beautiful sculptures, fountains and lifts that stop on every floor. You see whenever I get worried about my future, I take a walk to the blue dolphin fountain near my block which I voted for 2 elections ago, it has such a soothing effect, I will forget my worries in about in 10 minutes. I believe Derek is probably living in a poor uninspiring environment that hasn't been upgraded for years. An uninspiring environment caused those negative thoughts to enter his brain and made him to blog those words that incited the elites. When I look out of my window, I can see the covered walkway that I voted for in the May election being built, if I look further away, I can a new multi storey car park being built ...and further down flats being repainted. I can see a bright beautiful future being constructed right in front of why worry about the future?

All you need to do to have a good future for your environment is vote for the right party....and things will improve around you.

Many Singaporeans still don't understand what elections are for in Singapore. They are definitely not conducted to understand the beliefs of candidates, their commitment to the electorate and the content of their character. Most definitely not. If they are, how come so many Singaporeans don't even know the names of their MPs let alone what their beliefs are. See how much shock MP Wee generated just by apologising for this daughter and expressing his sincere beliefs.

Elections in Singapore are held to express support for estate upgrading. Its as simple as that. Only the poor confused people of Potong Pasir & Hougang don't know this. That is why the PAP constituency next to it concentrates the upgrading effort on HDB flats at the border so that Hougang residents see what they are missing and reminds them of the importance of voting correctly.

I have to say I'm very disturbed by the Worker's Party. In their current issue of the Hammer, they try to confuse the people again by telling them that upgrading should be decoupled from elections - the article is written by Sylvia Lim. Oh come on Sylvia, if we are not voting for fountains & walkways what are we voting for?....I want to warn all of you not to be influenced by the Worker's Party, it aims to put plant timebombs and poison into our minds.

My suggestion to Derek Wee is this. Spend more time reading the Straits Times and he will understand what a bright future Singapore has....and how much our leaders care about us. MM Lee has gone to Las Vegas during the haze period and his conclusion is Singapore future can be brightened up if we build more than 2 IRs. When the IRs are completed, Derek will be about 40 years old so he should prepare for it now. I have a few "How to win at Poker" videos I can lend him if he wants to prepare for the IR.

Singaporeans are so lucky. With the IR coming and a govt that continuously create new challenges for us so we don't feel bored with life, things can only get better.


Anonymous said...

manufacturing hub failed, IT hub failed, life science hub? what a joke ... go wash test tubes lah!

next drive is gambling-&-prostitution hub. this works well with money laundering hub too.

andy xie got real life/work experience ok?! not some 18 yr old JC gal who rant on her blog:

see there's light at end of tunnel, light of an oncoming train!

get your immigration papers in order. ministers and MPs got overseas properties, what about you? stop complaining and do something! rofl.

Anonymous said...

After the hype, grads now realise that there's no place for them in the industry

Loh Chee Kong

Anonymous said...

Peasants paying these jokers more than $100,000 a month to spew crap like this? seriously!?!


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

“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.

“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, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports

“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.

“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

“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 government 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

“Without the elected president and if there is a freak result, within two or three years, the army would have to come in and stop it.” - MM Lee Kuan Yew

“Please do not assume that you can change governments. Young people don’t understand this” - Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, post-2006 General Elections

Anonymous said...

Firstly, u r totally raw n underexpose. whosays PP/Hougang residents regret? this is history. nice to fountain and walkways while yr dad dig into his pockets while u idle yr time away blogging?
Lamer, read onie one newspaper, no choice?
Still asleep i guess. Wake up n grow den u realise.

Anonymous said...

Please read Trisha reloaded. Lucky Tan is wrong regarding PAP wards. Indranee Rajah's estate does not have lift upgrading for their poor after years and years of letter writing. Trisha Reloaded visits kind of says they are even invaded by BED BUGS. Mah Bow Tan is busy with IR projects and has no time to look out for the poor ok. So please get your face out of the elites face and stop bugging them. They are worrying about our next big thing -how to get more Singaporeans to visit the CASINOS and make them succeed - wildly succeed!!

Anonymous said...

It's ok if we can't reach the Swiss standard of living, at least we can look forward to La Vegas standard of living.

I think Las Vegas standard is better. If you dun believe, watch the TV show Las Vegas. All men are hunks and all women are beauty.

I dun know if there is any intention to rebrand Singapore like the Marina saga. In the far-away history was the symbol Singa. The future will have an image of Sodom. Hmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Joshua Says:
October 20th, 2006 at 2:17 pm
I am living and working in Australia for a few years now. To me, the line between a Singaporean and an Australian has blurred. Perhaps, it is because I stop questioning or justifying myself.

My existence, whereever I am, is more important.

Perhaps it is due to the freedom of an Australian to live anywhere in the world they like and still consider themselves Aussies. I can still “return” to Singapore to visit family, etc.
I have a choice here, Australia recognise dual-citisenship and it benefits Australia to recognise the age of human and skills mobility.

I think the idea of “leaving one country” is in a way, quite Singaporean, because of the narrow focus drawn by the politicans for their agenda.

Perhaps, I am living in a lucky country, where one do not measure life with material well-being. Many Singaporeans settled in Australia, then left Australia again, disappointed by what they see. Some of these people find themselves in a quandary, because having seen Australia intimately, the Singapore they imagine is no longer the one they left behind.

Utimately, a Singaporean who chose to “leave” Singapore should have a few tips to help achieve his or her dream.
1. If you hate or dislike Singapore and as result, leave Singapore, you will not like your new adopted country. Leave Singapore happily. Say bye-bye to the suckers who run the country like a profit-maximising corporation.

2. Look beyond the surface. The grass if not always greener on the other side. Have a realistic expectation of the country you are settling and recognise the points that will help you to thrive. Australia is beautiful because it is imperfect and human-oriented. We have our share of problems, but that is part of life.

At the end of the day, the best words you will ever hear is when your kids (after visiting Singapore) came around and say “Thanks for bringing us to Australia”

Anonymous said...

Why I Would Like to Leave, by Kitana

Before I went to Canada for a year, I had to go for a medical check-up. During that check-up, the doctor told me that I would love Canada. And he had said that most of the people he knew that went to Canada, either never came back; or when they did, they’d returned to Canada shortly after. Few ever stayed in Singapore.

At the time, I wondered why. I don’t anymore.

The government asks us why we leave. They calls us quitters and deserters, for leaving our country, our homeland, for some other place that we perceive to be greener pastures. Why leave Singapore, where we rank tops for good governance (save for voice and accountability, where we scored a low of 38.2% this year), where we are so clean and safe and secure, and where we are so efficient?

The fact of the matter is, that there are people who will give up all of the above, for more freedom.

I was happy in Canada. Sure, it was expensive, and taxes were a killer. With a 14% combination of GST and PST on all consumer items, and income taxes hitting a high of 40%; it was definitely difficult to make ends meet for someone who did not work there. And of course, on days where the buses went on strike, I’d be stuck in campus and not be able to go to town. Also, we did have a bit of a furor when Parliament was dissolved late last year, only to have the Conservatives voted in after 13 years under the Liberals. Oh and before I forget, yes it was definitely more inefficient. Expect to wait when you queue up to pay for something; the cashier will inevitably engage everyone before you as to how their day was (and their kids, and their parents, and what they think of the weather; etc). Expect to wait for the buses because the bus driver might have stopped somewhere to grab a cup of Starbucks while doing his rounds (yes, with passengers in the bus). Oh, and how can I forget the drug problem: you can get drugs anywhere off the street if you know where to look; marijuana is about as commonplace as cigarettes and alcohol.

But for all the possible gripes that I might have about that place, the benefits far outweighed all the detriments (if you even saw them as that) combined. Firstly, we were really free. I’m not just talking about freedom with regard to political freedom to vote, to protest, to strike, to demonstrate, or to have a point of view; but also real freedom of the mind and the body. You can think differently, dress differently, live differently. Society is inclusive.

The city that I lived in had a whole mix of races and nationalities. I’ve met everyone from locals to the Koreans, Japs and Chinese, Iranians, Iraqis, Philippinos, Latin Americans, French, Africans, Indians etc etc etc. It’s as much a cultural mix, if not more so, than Singapore. And the best part is: everyone more or less gets along. There is no need for the implementation of “Racial Harmony Day” or racial quotas for HDB flats. Everyone just does – because prejudice just does not exist there.

And it wasn’t just about race and religion; you could be a conservative or a liberal, be it cerebral or waist-down. It didn’t matter. Such criteria was just not a measure of your worth. You could be thin or fat. It didn’t matter too. People weren’t as image-conscious. You could walk down the streets dressed in goth punk outfits with multiple piercings in your face and people would still talk to you normally, and not avoid you. And in Village area, men held hands with men; they kissed on buses, and no one even batted an eye lid.

In Singapore, can you comprehend this inclusiveness? The majority of Singaporeans are notably close-minded and inflexible. Even if a straight couple were to kiss on the bus, there would be chitters regarding the offensiveness of public displays of affection. When the gay community wishes to throw a party, they get turned down because the overly-conservative majority decides that this is a justification for the prevention of AIDS. Singapore is one of the few countries, if not the only, where drug trafficking attracts a mandatory death penalty, such that the courts do not even have the discretion to pardon the poor 18 year old Nigerian who became a drug mule without him realizing the folly of his error.

If you decide to stage a demonstration, you require a permit that will always be turned down on the vague notions of security; if you support a party other than the one in power, you risk getting asked for your particulars and photographed. If you hold a view other than the one in the local papers (which is so effectively-controlled, all for the sake of “the national interest”), you are forced to keep that view to yourself. If you attempt to post that view up on a platform, such as a blog, you might be sent a warning letter especially with a threat of defamation. If you decide to print out that view and distribute it on a phamplet, you may get investigated under s 151 of the Penal Code. Oh, and you can’t do podcasts with political content, unless you are the party in power.

In Singapore, besides the overwhelming humidity, there is a notorious lack of personal space. There are too many people in Singapore. It’s so difficult to find a place which isn’t swarming with people. The roads are full of cars, the buses are packed to full capacity at various times of the day; Raffles Place strikes me as a factory churning out goods as people chope seats with tissue packets on busy lunch hours. And everyone is always in a rush. There is always this inane need to do something, be somewhere, get caught up in this inexplicable rat race, and just work and work and work until you succeed… and then realize that you don’t even know what the fuck ‘success’ really means.

The stress is crazy; the pressure unfightable. It starts from the time we enter primary school; the education system does prepare us for the real world in that sense – we get exposed to pressure cooker type stress and a level of competition that makes having a life outside of academia almost impossible, unlike in other countries whose universities also produce Nobel laureates. Our parents push us, our schools push us; society pushes us… And our goal is this:

Money. Money and the economy.

In Singapore, this is the definition of the good life. Some people may subscribe to religion as what defines a good life, particularly in reaction to the imposition of money as the new god; but for the most part, Singaporeans are a consumeristic and materialistic lot. So many girlfriends see the Mango and Zara sales as the defining point of their lives; or believe that sipping lychee martinis at Zouk Wine Bar is the epitome of class. Everyone wants to get more money, buy more items, be more powerful; be it career success or material possession, this is all that most Singaporeans dream of and spend their entire lives clamouring towards.

And this works great for Singapore, because all of Singapore’s objectives are geared towards only 1 thing and one thing alone: money. Or in the case of this country, the economy. Everything we do, we do it for the sake of our economy. We have no minimum wage; we have no protection against the ills that globalization necessarily brings us. We have no protection for the rising income equality (all we have is an article in the newspapers telling us to disbelieve the Gini-coefficient), we have no solutions for our elderly except to either dump them in Johor or Batam, or to encourage our young to bring more babies into this pressure cooker life.

Someone told me that this was not a bad thing. Because we have different races and religions, the economy is the one thing that can unite us. I told him that he was a mere subject of years of successful indoctrination. He talked like just another average Singaporean.

“Money unites us.”

In a country where I would like to live, it is not money, but dreams that unite. Dreams that transcend the material; dreams of ideals of maybe caring for a family; caring for the environment within which we live; dreams of bettering oneself, or dreams or learning for the sake of learning; dreams to be whatever I want to be; that unite people.

In Singapore, it is difficult to dream. Difficult to dream of anything beyond the material. I don’t wish for a future where I am stuck in my dead end job wondering what the fuck I want in my life. I don’t want a future where I die to myself, murder my idealism and my dreams of being different, simply because ‘different’ is a bad word in Singapore.

And because Singapore is not a place where such dreams flourish, Singapore is just not a place where I envision myself realizing these dreams.

Anonymous said...

I went to Canada recently and it was my first time there. What I have seen and experienced there is exactly what Kitana describes. I fully agree with and appreciate what Kitana said!

Anonymous said...

I took my chances & left Singapore in the early 1980's to make my home here in the US. I'm now an American citizen & proud of it and will be buried here in my adopted country. My only regret is that I have alot of immediate family members still living in Singapore who felt that they have no choice but to remain in Singapore. My only big hope is that my nephews and nieces will have the guts to spread their winds & venture out & make their home outside of Singapore.

Anonymous said...

no way i'm going to be buried in singapore.

Anonymous said...

Er, don't think you have a say to be buried here ...

Khaw wants to burry you people in Batam and Bintan hor.

Singapore land is too scarce and expensive to keep dead man's bones!

Anonymous said...

Er, don't think you have a say to be buried here ...

Khaw wants to burry you people in Batam and Bintan hor.

KNN i hate to admit it but you are sibei right! only elites and foreign talents can be buried in singapore liao. KNN!

Anonymous said...

With cost of living keep rising, you might not be able to afford to get buried in anyway.

Perhaps what peasants do best when died is to first donate their already useless organ to the elite and rich.

Then just burn their corpses to ashes and thrown into the sea.

Anonymous said...

"Perhaps what peasants do best when died is to first donate their already useless organ to the elite and rich."

my organs non-elite leh, do u think the elites want? scarli their elite brain KBKB and tekan my non-elite kidney, siao liao!

Anonymous said...

YouTube on Mr Brown

1 Country, 2 Systems

Anonymous said...

yah, after washing money, can wash feet, rub back & wash other parts. s'pore great place for washing things, so clean so green.

MystiKaL said...

dude.. honestly,

i'm wondering whether the voting part about fountains and stuff is in jest..

cos if u are.. then good.. our elections have degenrated into a farce determining upgrading 'coupons'.. I live in potong pasir mate.. just moved there recently.. and no matter how idiotic the 'fountains' look at the 'borders'.. they're just a rip off.. "We'll just give u a lil taste of what we think u really cannot achieve on your own"

pretty stifling mindset..

The air outside my window smells a tad less 'You Owe Your Life To Us'


Anonymous said...

Nothing is for free....think about it.