Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year!!!!!!

From my balcony window I can see the beautiful decor put up by condominiums around my area. On the bright red banners those ubiquitous Chinese characters "Gong Xi Fa Chai" wishing everyone a wealthy prosperous Chinese New Year. A short distance away the blue dolphin fountain, our reward for making the correct choice 2 elections ago. Very soon I'll see ramps and railings that will make my surroundings "barrier free". This environment together with the smiling residents is so similar throughout Singapore, someone told me if you drop off at a random location in Singapore, you might not be able to figure out where you're unless you end up in Hougang or Potong Pasir. Anything that is found in one part of Singapore is probably found another part of Singapore, anything that happens in one part of Singapore probably happens all over the island. Something happened to someone less than 3 units from my flat 3 days ago, ....it is something that happens all over Singapore daily. Here is the story.....
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Last Friday there was a knock on my door after dinner time, standing a my door was a tearful woman. That woman was my normally cheerful smiling neighbor. ...her eyes were red with tears. I asked what's wrong and she told me that her family had some difficulties in the past few months and her husband was not well. She was in tears because on Thursday a man came to her house, initially she thought that our caring govt had found out about the family's plight and had sent someone to offer help since there's so much talk about its big socialist heart. However it turned out the man was from Singapore Power and was there tell her to pay up or else. ....

She wanted to find out how to get to Customer Service Centre because she was afraid that they will cut off the power to her flat during their reunion dinner. I took the letter from her and told her that I'll take care of it.
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On Wednesday the PAP govt announced a budget that totalled $30B. Of the $30B, $10.6 is for defense. Yes, a whopping $10.6B to protect Singaporeans, this is a sacred cow no MP in parliament will dare to question - defense what can be more important. Just like the PAP, defense is so important if we spend less we risk the collapse of Singapore. I often wondered if we spent $20B a year will our neighbors say nicer things about us or if we spend $5B, what will they say about us. I'm sure there is so much check and balance in defense spending that every dollar spent is scrutinised by the wisest of men....ordinary Singaporeans and even MPs don't have any information on this. Of the $30B, $2B goes to R&D. This again is a matter to be settled among the elites, only after Lee Wei Ling spoke, the media started to ask in a small way if it is all the billions is worthwhile...how effective it is....was it all wasted? Contrast this with the $400M spent on workfare for the poor. The press has pages and pages of coverage, tables to figure the $101 dollars more each poor family will receive per month...right down to the last dollar. For this $400M, thorough scrutiny is necessary. For the $10.6B defense budget & $2B R&D budget, ....no questions.
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When the Straits Times published stories about how poor Singaporeans will benefit from the $400M, here are the some of the quotes:


"Its great that I have more money to spend. I'll use it first to pay for the $9000 I owe in rental arrears and $300 in utilities bill" - Jenny Ong who lives in rental public housing
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"I'll use the money to pay my outstanding water bills of $170.

The rest I'll try to save for my wife's medical bills" - Mr. N. Selvem.

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I'm sure the poor folks in Singapore understand why they have to pay for rising medical & utility bills because money is not free it has to come from somewhere. I'm sure they feel so much safer and better to know that the govt cannot compromise on defense and R&D spending. They sleep better at night when they see the advanced defense equipment displayed during National Day. It is worth every cent they struggle to pay for in utility and medical bills.

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We can see why we don't need an Opposition when we examine the Budget the PAP govt created. The Budget shows a balance in policy formulation, assured check and balance and a big socialist heart. As I look out my belcony, the water from the blue dolphin fountain seems bluer today on Chinese New Year Day, the beautifully painted blocks, the well maintained gardens, bright red Chinese New Year banners and smiling people, any visitor can easily appreciate the grand success that Singapore has become.....Singapore be an even bigger success as the govt import more people to dilute away poverty by growing the population to 6.5M. When we get there, Singapore Power will have more customers than ever, its profit will be higher than ever and Singapore will be a bigger success that it has ever been.

34 comments:

a_woman1965 said...

Thank you for your kind compassion for your neighbour.

ice331 said...

good analysis ... too bad such massive inbalance between defence spending and the real society spendings are not widely reported anyway.

Anonymous said...

I see the real BIG goodies is defense + R&D. So little is spent on the people

Anonymous said...

you must understand, when you are paid that much, you need as much to protect and defend it

Anonymous said...

I was in the same situation once. i was not doing well and have not enough to pay for utilities let alone feed my family. I did pay them some money but it roll over to about $400. They (those bastards) cut off my power supply at 5:00pm on a Friday. My wife called me and informed me about it. I got the "Customer Service " number.
I called them up and I pity the guy who took my call. I scolded, no shouted at him why are they doing this. I told him that I am a regular paying customer and he should thank his lucky stars that there isn't any other power supply provider. I told him him in no uncertain terms that my power supply must be restored immediately else someones' head is going to roll. I told him that its now 5pm and not to just hang up and wait until Saturday. By the way I got his name first before making my demands. And I also asked for his superiors name. He called me back at 5:45pm and my power supply was restored back at 6:30pm.
Up to today, I still rollover my utilities at $350 and no more threatening letters.

Anonymous said...

did they,the authorities, lie and cheat you before you scolded them?
shame on them!

Anonymous said...

If everyone is doing so bad, who is doing well for this postive economic outlook?

This lunar new year is getting quieter.

Kevin said...

All I can remember about NS are the millions of tons of water wasted from broken pipes all over the camps. The wastage of electricity to power unused lecture rooms & empty officers masses.

Our defence budget should be reduce by at least 30% if the money are managed properly. And NO, we do not need S$7.50 dinner from Singapore Food industries. Just get them a pack of $2.50 chicken rice or $3.00 mixed rice from any coffeeshop. That's more than 50% saving per meal per NS man.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me they are not the authorities. They are a corporate body. Most of what was a government body is now corporatised. My point is I have been paying them regularly about $100 to 150 pm, they don't deserve any sense of pity.

How many stories have we heard that they cut the supply to poor families and because of that they suffer more hardships.

Our news here are censored. Only the news that goes along with the government thinking gets publish.
Singapore is not a country, its just a private enterprise, a company if you will. We are just employees.

Anonymous said...

it's clear cut, isn't it? singapore=monopoly. tsk...tsk...tsk... applause to the responsible bodies, who brainwash our children day in and day out, into believing that we have the finest leader in the region...oops, do we?

Gordan Lim said...

Is the PAP a good govt? I don't know.

Is the PAP a caring govt? Definitely not!

Does the PAP put the interest of the people ahead of everything else? The numbers speak for themselves.

Anonymous said...

Singapore food industries - someone needs to see who are their MDs and directors, and make conclusions from there. How can we deprive SFI of making money from the defence budget?? Yes, closer audit needs to be done on the defence industry / mindef to ensure the spending is as tightly controlled as our social services!!

Anonymous said...

Well at first there was Napolean, Snowball, Squealer and the nine dogs. Snowballs and his like have been sent packing. After 41 years, the whole farm (country) is now run by the pigs and the dogs. We all know who the ruling pigs are and what the loyal dogs get after serving the pigs. Why! they are all given wonderful jobs in charge if all the PIC owned industries selling the $7.50 dinner. So the pigs and dogs and their future brood must be protected at all cost. And the slogan is "More good years" yeah! tell that to Boxer, the other animals who have slogged to make the farm what it is today.

Aman said...

Dear Lucky,

Just come across this comment(below link) in mollymeek's blog :
http://mollymeek.livejournal.com/140242.html?thread=1242322#t1242322

of a similar discouraging account on a family of 3 young girls, unemployed father and $400.00-earning mother eating canned food for CNY reunion dinner out it the HDB corridor for light because their power are cut..."The father just kept quiet, bow his head low.." when asked...

Lastly, I thank you for your kind concrete action done to your neighbour.

LuckySingaporean said...

>>>>>>of a similar discouraging account on a family of 3 young girls, unemployed father and $400.00-earning mother eating canned food for CNY reunion dinner out it the HDB corridor for light because their power are cut...">>>>>

Like I said what happens in one part of Singapore, probably is seen in many other parts. I applaud this family for their resilence and perserverance, thanks to the PAP govt they get to show their courage and unity as a family. They can sleep well knowing they are well protected by the SAF.

Anonymous said...

"If everyone is doing so bad, who is doing well for this postive economic outlook?"

Nominated MP Siew Kum Hong has a blog. Some initial analysis of DOS data on household income shows that the rich are doing exceptionally well. It seems they are doing better than any other time in Singapore's history. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

Singapore is a place for the rich people. For the poor, get out of my elite uncaring face.

Anonymous said...

If we take the tact used by the govt...

"This situation is normal. Singapore has arrived. we are a first world city.

we should compare ourselves with Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, London. yes, there is some income inequality, but in singapore, we are still much better. inflation and rising costs are normal, as Singapore becomes first-class. we dont have the homeless problems that these other cities face, too."

aygee

Anonymous said...

hey comeon it isnt so bad isnt it stop critisizing our homeland PAP is the best there is already leave them alone....

Anonymous said...

to Anonymous at 1.16pm, Sure. its not that bad....for some people. but it truly is very tough for many others.

What the govt failed here was good public education - if the GST hike TRULY was done to help the poor, then they could have done a better job at informing us.

its a question of perception. They told us about the hike AFTER they decided to do so. Thus the impression we get is that they're doing things for Big Business, the people just have to bear the costs and grin.

Yes, we need the Big Business to help create jobs, maintain high GDP and economic growth. But the problems we're facing are structural. its harsh to pass the burden to the people.

aygee

Anonymous said...

the real question is--can a society subsist on a foundation that lines the pockets of a few over the majority in the long term? would we, when the sickle cometh for the harvest of multitude of men and women in the cold winter night, wake up to a nightmare,which had turned into reality, for those who swallowed, wholesale - hook,bait and sinker the economic bitter sweet medicine?

something tells me that clay and iron don't mix when the rock of ages comes knocking at the foot of arrogance!

Anonymous said...

If I don't have a capitalist head and socialist heart, I would have thought that this is a SP initiative to encourage family togetherness to promote our PM's CNY message.

Imagine having candle light reunion dinner. Maybe, some relatives will come along with some bird nest too.

Unfortunately, my mind has not been over-fed with bird nest that I do not feel for the less fortunate.

Such scenarios were common during my childhood days but to hear them all over again, really saddens me. What has our country become?!

Anonymous said...

The PAP system turns many into slaves.... more than 490,000 will now go under the workfare scheme where they take up menial jobs work full time and still don't have enough for necessities.

The PAP runs a system that favors a handful of rich and powerful. The ordinary citizen is just economic cannon fodder, to be expended and discarded as the PAP imports replacements from overseas.
To get elected they hand goodies in and threaten the people using selective upgrading.

Singaporeans deserve the PAP because they allow themselves to fall into this trap without doing anything. They are paying for their inaction, they are now serfs in their own country

Anonymous said...

the newpapers was right on the money about the vision.indeed,the outside is easy to dress up. all you need is to extract alot of money from the people( in the process burden those below you) and you can buy services to make a city look like disneyland or rather..lasvegas. but to transform its people into a gracious, kind, forgiving, loving, warm society is beyond the present capacity of our lawmakers and spiritless elites.

Anonymous said...

aiya comprain so much... just migrate lor. no use KBKB.

Anonymous said...

No one asked for it, but the visionary presume we wanted to party like drunks under the shimmering moonlight by the bay with techno pounding music delivered at drum bursting decibel amidst flushed meat in hot mini skirts eager to be seeded and recycled for passing globe trotters. Adding acid to insult is the perpetuation of another generation of psychophants lapping up golden pee to our shame.
But who can argue against an upgraded longkang in your life time huh?
Nevertheless, let's ride the golden pee with glee.

Anonymous said...

I love Singapore and I love your posts. The two loves for the totally loving people of Singapore simply cannot erase away the much more loving NKF that really took care of the poor and the needies of their money others had donated for them, and solely for them.

Anonymous said...

Uniquely Singapore!

Anonymous said...

Emigration is not the solution. Stay and fight for a better future for all, not just for the elites who exploits the poor and making use of foreign talents to help them sideline the citizens.

Anonymous said...

nature's law. it's all about evolution. it's survival of the fittest. the weak and poor get eaten up and die off. the strongest survive.

Anonymous said...

anon 2.09 am, are you wee shu min or any of the pappy supporters? hahaha, get out of my NON-elite uncaring face...

Anonymous said...

anon 3.56pm,

migrating is not like changing a shirt or taking a bus. "if u donch like, u can leave" is not as easy as it sounds. people comprain because they CANNOT migrate.

other countries are not as accepting as Singapore is to "foreign talent". they may be open to see what kind of money you bring in though.

and with all the loans that many singaporeans have to take to maintain a "lifestyle" in Singapore, its not that easy to just pack your bags and leave.

and you know the other bits that the Govt has been making us do every year..."This is my country, this is my land, this is my future, this is my life, these are my family, these are my friends, we are singapore, singaporeans!"

how dare you tell someone who's unhappy to just...leave??!! ;-)

aygee

Anonymous said...

err, anon 3.56pm, maybe you and i can suggest to our supervisor that our gahmen consider subsidizing those who want to emigrate?

u know, after all these pple are probably trouble-makers and wouldn't vote for us??? easier for us oso, cos they tend to put up very strong rebuttals...

pappy supporter

Anonymous said...

Another thing we should scrutinise is their bloody pay. As you said, we get tables analysing the pittance for this unwanted underclass but conveniently omit the actual salary when they talk about pay hikes for ministers. Starve a dog long enough and it becomes grateful even for scraps, and doesn't dare look at the groaning dinner table where the masters dine.