Monday, August 17, 2009

PM Rally Speech : What happened to the critical issues?

Our PM chose a nice shirt for his National Day Rally - deep red a better choice than, say, pink. His delivery was better than previous years. The "then and now" slideshow did bring back memories. However, the "jam-ban" i.e. wooden toilet he showed was far better than the one I used as a child. He spent plenty of time on the topic of racial and religious harmony and celebrating Singapore's glorious success. While racial and religious harmony is extremely important, very few Singaporeans have been directly affected by disharmony. We shouldn't take things for granted but I don't think we have a growing problem here. He did mention the Aware saga which is now closed and his concerns about tele-evangelism & mega-churches - so far mega-church leaders like Joseph Prince (original surname Singh) and Kong Hee have been really well behaved and primarily focussed on recruitment and expanding their religious enterprises.

In a recent programme on 938Live, Singaporeans called in to say that their main concern is the foreign talent policy and wanted the PM to address this during the rally. There was no mention of this issue and the very serious problem of high income inequality (correct me if I'm wrong..I went to make coffee & get some snacks but stayed for most of his speech).

On healthcare, PM Lee painted a rosy picture of how Singapore is admired for keeping cost of healthcare low per capita, low infant mortality and achieving better outcomes than countries that spend more. He mentioned the 3Ms (Medisave, Medishield and Medifund) provides universal heathcare. In the US, there is a healthcare debate being fought very hard by President Obama and the most serious problem in their system is the 47M uninsured people out of a population of 300M people that is 15% of the population. Do you know that 750,000 are uninsured in Singapore[Link]? That is about 20%. There are 100,000 housewives[Link] who are uninsured. Babies born with congenital problems, self-employed and folks with pre-existing conditions are also left out of Medishield. These people are at risk because once they get a serious illness they or their family will incur a sizeable medical debt.


The computer generated 3D Marina Bay fly through appeared to be the highlight of his speech and the IR being central to our plan to develop the Marina Bay. The IR is really a casino and while it is really nice to have a beautiful Marina Bay landscaped to perfection, it is just a magnificent facade to impress the vistors coming here. The truth is it does nothing for the growing number of Singaporeans living in poverty and many struggling to make ends meet. The same can be said of our PM's speech - nice shirt, excellent delivery, beautiful graphics but nothing about solving the serious problems many ordinary Singaporeans face....the ones that keep them awake at night and cause them to leave their beloved homeland to seek a better life elsewhere.

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http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20090816-161426.html


National Day Rally 2009 highlights
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong focused on four key issues in his sixth National Day Rally speech this year - the economy, healthcare, social harmony and shaping Singapore together.


Economy
On the economy, PM Lee said the eye of the storm had passed and GDP contraction of 6.5 percent in the first half of the year was not as bad as feared. Singapore's labour situation has stabilized, the third quarter 'looks alright', but the outlook beyond that is unclear.
He said we will see some job losses from restructuring, but as companies upgrade their operations, they will create new, good jobs to replace lost ones.
The Resilience Package introduced in January has worked and there was no need for a new prescription now, but the government will review this before the end of the year and decide what we need for next year.
PM expects the global environment to stay subdued for some time. He was optimistic Singapore can grow by serving niche areas, finding new markets and expanding our market share.
PM also singled out local companies that are doing well, such as Hyflux, and new business sectors, such as interactive digital media that is seeing a growing pool of talent. He said Singapore continued to attract multinational investments in high-end industries.
One key strength is the Singapore brand-name, which benefits local companies that venture overseas and gives overseas companies confidence to invest here.
As Singapore transforms the economy, our workers will need to adapt and upgrade themselves. The government will establish two national Continuing Education and Training Centres (CET) in Paya Lebar Central and Jurong Lake District.
He said the global economy will eventually turn around, and by then, Singapore will be all set to pick up strongly again.


Healthcare
PM said the government is gearing up our healthcare system to prepare for an ageing population. He noted the trend of older patients being admitted more frequently. After their acute condition has stabilized, they no longer need intensive treatment but are not well enough to go home.
He said the government is responding to these healthcare needs by putting in more resources. This includes new hospitals in old HDB towns (Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Jurong General Hospital), and increasing the government health budget.

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But he said 'more' itself is not enough. Singapore needs to build up step-down care - community hospitals, nursing homes, general practitioners and home care. PM said the health ministry is working on upgrading home care to help caregivers.

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Another key step is to link up acute hospitals with community hospitals, so that once a patient has stabilised, he can move to the 'sister' community hospital and receive 'slow medicine'.
PM said the best way to keep health care costs down is to maintain healthy lifestyles. He singled out the Wellness Programme started by Minister Lim Boon Heng as an innovative scheme, which includes medical checkups, regular exercise and social networking, which will be expanded islandwide.
He also thanked healthcare professionals and all involved for their performing their duties under considerable stress in the fight against the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.


Racial and religious harmony
PM Lee said social cohesion was critical to our long term success, particularly racial and religious harmony. Singapore has made much progress in over the past 40 years in building a stronger Singapore identity and visitors are often astonished by what we take for granted.

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He noted the global trend of rising religiosity and that Singapore has also been carried along by this global tide. He acknowledged that religion was a positive force in societies, but warned against the risks of aggressive proselytisation, intolerance and exclusiveness by any religious group.

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Shaping Singapore Together
PM Lee showed the transformation Singapore underwent in the last five decades with a montage of pictures from the past and present -- from housing and community centres, to opportunities available and the Singapore Armed Forces.
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He said Singapore continues to renew itself by delivering a first-class education system, a convenient public transport for all, and creating green spaces and a vibrant city centre to make it the best place to live, work and play.

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Taking the audience on a 'fly through' video of the Marina Bay, he also gave Singaporeans a glimpse of what the centerpiece of the new city will look like in a few years.
PM said the way we celebrated the National Day showed what sort of nation Singapore is - our commitment to excellence, the ability to organize, mobilize and deliver results and the spirit of the people.
All this was epitomized in the Pledge moment, when all were united in one voice, saying what it truly means to be Singaporean

75 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hollow speech completely devoid of any substance, Pinky does not even bother addressing any of the serious fundamental issues caused by PAP or even the recession!

PAP sticking its head in the sand and hoping the problems go away on its own?

tiredman said...

Base on your blog's information, he did not mention about education. Am I right?

Anonymous said...

aiyo, the more critical point wrt national development has already been covered by his father --- threat to social cohesion, compliments of unbridled influx of foreign workers.

like they say, he still needs to be mentored...

Anonymous said...

I never bothered watching as I know nothing special is forthcoming. Was there anything in that speech which will inspire enthusiam amongst the citizens? What rally and for what cause?

Nothing there that resonates with the growing numbers of disillusioned citizens eking a subsistent living in this country. If one would asked "What is it in it for me, and will my life in future be better?", the answer will be zilch, unless you are already quite secure and comfortable today. A big letdown for anyone expecting more substance from this 'Rally Speech.'

rookielim said...

I gave up watching half way. The easy non-issues (such as our achievement in maintaining racial harmony) are being highlighted. But, the tough real issues (such as transparency in how Temasek 'manage' our money) are totally being avoided. We cannot have all the big plans if we do not know for sure our money will be intact.

If PAP continue to have absolute power and no body in PAP ever apologizes or pays for any mistakes, there is no hope for things to change... our CPF money will be squandered away in no time.

Anonymous said...

The MSM will be broadcasting today how the PM Rally Speech hit the highest viewership record blah blah. One thing for sure, I'm not the one contributing to it.

Anonymous said...

In time we will move towards genuine democracy like South Korea and Taiwan. It will not be soon but it will happen. I just wonder if those who have abused power while in government will be called to account for their deeds? If they are smart, they would have left Singapore for some save haven long before that happen with the wealth they have built up while in government. In the end, we may realise true democracy may be less efficient and unwieldy but it's the only way to really safeguard the people's rights.

Anonymous said...

Hey Lucky

The IR is critical for him!
Mdm Ho so was tired of gambling in the financial markets that she *almost* had to take a break! The IR would be a nice change ... and she may even win some money :-)

The FT issue is not important at all. Not if he is already certain of yet another stroll to victory in the next GE. KPI remember.

U want change?
Let me give u some practical suggestions.
1. Inspire your readers to send ur website to 10 friends. and they get each friend to send to a further 10. If nothing else, u may make money from the blog than XiaXue.

2. Setup a chinese lang version. 'cos the really dumb sinkapooreans are largely ... cheena and lowly educated. Make sure it is in easily printable/sms-able format. Pictures of scantily dresses women defintely helps.

3. Oh, try not to run like rat AGAIN when u get into PAP rader ...

Anonymous said...

For me, the highlight of the speech is when the camera shows the attendants. My eyes will be intensively searching for familiar faces: friends, colleagues, neighbors who are in there. Haha, always manage to catch a few.

So who and who are "one of them"...This find always give me the greatest satisfaction.

Anonymous said...

"He did mention the Aware saga which is now closed and his concerns about tele-evangelism & mega-churches - so far mega-church leaders like Charles Prince (original surname Singh) and Kong Hee have been really well behaved and primarily focussed on recruitment and expanding their religious enterprises."

You understand legal corruption(self enRICHing, dubious accountability or supported by cronies) right?

Well, there is such thing as RELIGIOUS CORRUPTION!!!

PM was right to raise the issue but has anything been done about it?

Anonymous said...

"In a recent programme on 938Live, Singaporeans called in to say that their main concern is the foreign talent policy and wanted the PM to address this during the rally. There was no mention of this issue and the very serious problem of high income inequality ..."

Oh yes, PM Lee didn't mention these issues.

I think the reason is that he thinks nothing much can be done about these issues and these things will continue as a matter of policy and consequence. Nothing more to say. Maybe also indirectly telling you all to accept it lah, what to do.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the critical issues? It was important for PM Lee not to talk about the critical issues of the day - it all points to the failings of the Government- Temseak holdings and losses in billions (NOT paper losses), Losing Mas Selamat to Malaysia and giving their police Chief a medal (a bribery from our President to Chief of Police to release Mas to us??), it is all pretty sad.

Anonymous said...

At the end of his speech, nothing changed for the majorty. LHL n the MIW still collect their pay, we struggle to pay them. They pay no attention to servere social fault lines. Same old crap all these years, total waste of time.

Anonymous said...

I'd have thought you guys would have figured out by now that National Day Rally is for reporting good news. Not for the failings of the ruling party. Besides, haven't you also notice that the PM only annouces all the good news. Bad news never come out of his mouth. Do you really expect him to talk about losses in Temasek and GIC, people's unhappiness with FT, unemployment, high cost of living, etc? Come on be realistic.

Anonymous said...

What he talks about, everybody already knows.
What people demand to know : the
indiscriminately inflow of immigrants, the economy, the never
ending rise of govt services and goods like HDB prices, the hugh
losses of GIC and TH, he stays
shy.
In short as Mr Lucky says,Good
presentation but actually nothing
of significance
And MSM devotes all channels to
this?

Anonymous said...

He should have mentioned that it's time for him to relieve his wife HC of her Temasek CEO post.

No one can tolerate any corporate CEO who made that kind of losses in their investments. Where is the accountability ? How can nobody be held responsible ? Does it mean that anybody can be appointed for that CEO post and does not have to bear any responsibilities ?

So it is OK HC to continue to lead Temasek even when so many bad decisions has been made : Shin Corp, BOA, Merill Lynch, Citibank, etc., ?

Alexis de Tocqueville said...

Watching the PM speech reminded me of a school tewcher addressing his pupils. The funniest is to watch the audience. Rows after rows of cloned people,all good behaving citizens noding at every words... North Korea is more fun to watch....
Next time he'll tell you to jump out of the window and most of singaporeans will....You deserve to be ruled by mediocrity.

Anonymous said...

As long as HC wants the job she can have it. Otherwise, everyday he goes home, she'll be nagging him. No man can stand nagging wife everyday. Afterall, even if she makes big losses it doesn't hurt him. He is the highest paid PM in the world. Better to home to a happy wife.

Anonymous said...

The crucial issues were already covered by the other 'Prime ministers'.
SM Goh's 10 questions, and MM LEe acceptance of China Talent for Singapore.

We have 3 prime ministers for the price of $10 mil - and 3 mini rally speeches.
Is that value for money in Singapore, or damn expensive?

Xtrocious said...

Almost felt like I was in a communist country like North Korea or something - every free-to-air channel carried the rally speech "live"...zzzzz

Terence Goh said...

They have already made up their minds to continue screwing Singaporeans so Lee is smart not to mention anything because it will only make our blood boil more.

Anonymous said...

I did not bother to catch the speech as I was watching the EPL games and even if that was not on, I would have put my time to better use. So I decided to read the ST, TNP, Today and BT today and easily came to the comclusion that indeed my time was better spent. Other than using religion as the bogey man and highlighting the grand achievement of the ruling party in the past 4 decades (they have amnesia when it comes to contribution of hardworking people) nothing concrete came out. At least the MeeSiam issue was worth the jokes/ringtones/ it created

Anonymous said...

Read this....this is a horrible example!!!

http://www.asiaone.com/Business/My%2BMoney/Property/Story/A1Story20090816-161380.html

Anonymous said...

@Anon above....

Notice how the article was written to reflect that it was the fault of the person and his family...and not the high cost of housing. In fact, with better planning, this ia an isolated case in Singapore.....sigh....

Whatever it is, the government has done the best it can, any other problem is due to US!!!!!!

sgcynic said...

Since our PM is so "bo liao" and "bo yong", let's throw him out of office. I'm sick of them. Since the issues they are concerned with are not the ones I care about, nor the ones I feel are important, why should I vote for them? More importantly, since I feel voting them out is in the best interest of this country.

Anonymous said...

According to Mr Wang, buying property is great!

http://mrwangsaysso.blogspot.com/2009/08/holy-cow.html

Singapore is fab!

Btw, may I point out a little bit of inaccuracy...

"These people are at risk because once they get a serious illness they or their family will incur a sizeable medical debt."

Actually, even if you have Medishield and survive the treatment, any1 outside the top 1% will also incur a sizeable medical debt. In fact, if u do not have Medishield and is obviously poor, then it is more likely that u die BEFORE incurring a huge debt.

Anonymous said...

its Joseph prince not Charles prince.

Anonymous said...

Propnex version of the Singapore pledge....

http://www.propnex.com/CorporatePledgeSong.aspx

We, members of PropNex
pledge ourselves in one united Vision.
Regardless of race, language or grouping,
to build a visionary company,
based on our core values of Honesty, Integrity, Ethics, Continuous Self Improvement, Autonomy, Entrepreneurship, Respect and Concern for individual.
So as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our family and the company

Anonymous said...

hi Lucky,

U may want to retract the following:

"There was no mention of this issue and the very serious problem of high income inequality"

Reason being that the only known solution to solving inequality is not communism but very high taxes. As in 70-90% high. But it hits your wallet.

so ...

High income inequality is not a problem. (Unless your neighbour is earning a lot more than u but thats another story.)

Low income folks having no real safety net is the problem. their children stuck in a vicious cycle is a problem. Lack of free universal quality healthcare is a problem.

Maybe Mr Khaw has the only feasible solution that would hit ur wallet ... send the problem to JB.

Anonymous said...

We have 3 prime ministers for the price of $10 mil - and 3 mini rally speeches.
Is that value for money in Singapore, or damn expensive?


for me, i think 1 obama would do... dun need too many cooks to screw up. if the others want to stay on, they work for free, thats fine with me too.

Anonymous said...

So what does it mean to be a Singaporean?

The average Foreign Talent has received

1) full govt scholarship to study at our local varsities + monthly stipend

2) No NS or reservist obligations

3) preferential treatment in job recruitment and job retention

4) no necessity to learn English to integrate or qualify to study at local varsities (Singaporeans have to pass English)

5) allowed to purchase HDB flats at non-significantly higher prices compared to locals

I think when war comes, we should ask our FTs to bear arms. Compared to us, they received much more from Singapore instead. So, let them go defend Singapore lor!

kerser said...

is this speech what they call NATO (no action talk only)?

Anonymous said...

Anon 20:16 forgot to mention that if you wish to do a post-graduate degree, you are much more likely to gain a scholarship funded by Singaporean taxpayers if you are NOT a Singaporean.

Have you ever taken a look at a typical NTU or NUS post-graduate research department? Do you think you are in Singapore, or in China or India instead?

Anon 20:16 is right. The foreign talents should be made to fight for Singapore, since they have much more at stake in Singapore than the average Singaporean.

Anonymous said...

The objective way in which Lucky reported about the event, MSN should make a case study and emulate as much as possible.

Anonymous said...

Lucky wrote;

The IR is really a casino and while it is really nice to have a beautiful Marina Bay landscaped to perfection, it is just a magnificent facade to impress the vistors coming here. The truth is it does nothing for the growing number of Singaporeans living in poverty and many struggling to make ends meet. The same can be said of our PM's speech - nice shirt, excellent delivery, beautiful graphics but nothing about solving the serious problems many ordinary Singaporeans face....the ones that keep them awake at night and cause them to leave their beloved homeland to seek a better life elsewhere.


tis one of the best readings i have had since a tale of two cities.

Anonymous said...

charles prince will be our next PM

Kojakbt said...

Agreed with Lucky Tan, this year's NDR is a non-event. This is my own interpretation of yesterday's National Day Rally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-f2Nr5O8P4

Anonymous said...

I must say pap is very very good in painting rosy pictures, targetting at foreigners. NDR n NDP is not for u singaporeans, understand?

Anonymous said...

Does the Red shirt has any significance? If not I think purple or green would look better. Looking fwd to next year's rally.

Anonymous said...

Danielxx, what's your parlormentary insight on the PM's speech? After listening to him, do you feel the erection soon?

Anonymous said...

LOL

in any case, we are definitely closer to Swiss standard of living

Anonymous said...

To anon @ 17/8/09 20:16, those are not all. Seems to me that the foreign undergrads in our local unis are getting preferential treatment when it comes to students exchange programs as well. I am currentyl doing postgrad in a german uni where NUS sends its exchange students every 1/2 a year. Guess what? of the 10 I know, only 3 are true-blue singaporeans. The rest are all from china...

Anonymous said...

If Pinkee Lee is not talking about the FT issue, it means we are winning the war...that it has become such a hot potato that will affect his party's election chances.

I say we continue to spread the word about what people's sufferings are under the FT policy.

Anonymous said...

The average Foreign Talent has received

1) full govt scholarship to study at our local varsities + monthly stipend

2) No NS or reservist obligations

3) preferential treatment in job recruitment and job retention

4) no necessity to learn English to integrate or qualify to study at local varsities (Singaporeans have to pass English)

5) allowed to purchase HDB flats at non-significantly higher prices compared to locals

6) at least 20% or more now of places in NUS/NTU is reserved for foreigners.

Polytechnic got lesser percentages for foreigners. Move down the line, we have ITEs more than 95% of places reserved exclusively for Singaporeans!

Anonymous said...

Eventually a lot of FTs will end up taxi drivers and compete with sg for jobs.
Next time also no need taxi drivers, as there will be more & more MRT stations.
What could these FTs and locals do?

Anonymous said...

"Read this....this is a horrible example!!!

http://www.asiaone.com/Business/My%2BMoney/Property/Story/A1Story20090816-161380.html"

WE SHLD BE ASKING OURSELVES WHY WAS MOHAMED RAFI MAKING ONLY $1200 IN HIS SECOND JOB OF THE SAME CAPACITY?

Was it because there were foreign talents competing for the same job?

It's common sense that increased labour supply brings on depressed wages.

Thanks to the Govt's tinkering of the economy (to increase GDP and thereby increasing their own salary), Mohamed Rafi is in deep shit now. He couldn't have foreseen the deterioration of his financial status if if he had believed what the Govt harped all this while - Singaporeans' jobs depend on foreigners.

Reach Up, Vote Out

Anonymous said...

""Mr Mohamad Rafi used to earn $2,800a month as a forklift driver in 2000. The economy was booming.
He was retrenched after his company went bust in 2004. He managed to get another job as a forklift driver, but at just $1,200 a month (without CPF contribution).""

From $2,800 to $1,200, that is a great help to sgporean.

Anonymous said...

If you look around in Singapore, everything is fake, fake. It's like a big mirage. Even the people are fake, because they are here today, gone tomorrow. There's no job security anymore (except in PAP).

Anonymous said...

To add on, the article did not highlight the fact that Mohamed Rafi is unable to get a job even now. Why??? There is so much construction going on, so why can't a Singaporean get a fork-lifting job?

It also fails to mention any social safety net which the Govt can clearly afford but does not provide.

Anonymous said...

Hi Alexis,

Pls be fair. The only people allowed in as audience for PM's speech are the running dogs. Do you know they'll let in people who start booing during the speech?

Anonymous said...

Lionel De Souza strikes again! He deserves a permanent place on the ST forum, no? Wonder how much he is paid for each letter?

Anonymous said...

The erection must be coming.

Anonymous said...

It is the reprobate imagination of today's self-appointed elitist leaders, their collective mindset fueled by SIN, whose intentions it is in every discipline and aspect of human endeavor to bring the world together as one. These would accept “We are the World” as the global anthem.

Anonymous said...

We are witnessing today powerful movements toward disaster, movements generated by a singular humanistic mindset. It is a papipian mindset that is suctioning every unregenerate soul in its vortex toward total rebellion against decency and indecency . The phenomenon, long ago foretold for the latter times , we've cocooned within the term “the Baby Syndrome.”

Anonymous said...

""Mr Mohamad Rafi used to earn $2,800a month as a forklift driver in 2000. The economy was booming.
He was retrenched after his company went bust in 2004. He managed to get another job as a forklift driver, but at just $1,200 a month (without CPF contribution).""

That's why many of us chose to become teachers and civil servants. At least the FTs aren't threatening our jobs and salaries yet.

Anonymous said...

Or perhaps bringing in FTs would enlarge the gene pool so there will be smarter kids being born. Seeing the Stop At 2 campaign and Graduate Mothers Scheme failed they may think the current generation are not smart enough? We do know they have the predilection of tinkering with eugenics.

Maybe we are not smart, seeing how we vote them in, in every election and how we seemed to swallow every BS thrown by them.

Anonymous said...

Today's humanists elite continuously look for ways, even if unwittingly, to assist them in taking the lead. They seem to want to recreate themselves, booting others out of the entire arena of human activity. Their efforts, although ostensibly offered as intended for eradicating human frailties and problems, put humankind on the very precipice of questionable judgment.

Anonymous said...

It is not that we are stupid for not voting PAP out. We are afraid to vote PAP out. We are afraid that the opposition will be worse than PAP because that's what the official media says. Civil servants are afraid they will be demoted or lose their jobs. Some are afraid they will be bankrupted while thers are afraid their children will be denied places in universities. Still others are afraid their properties will lose value. Because of all these real and imagined fears, PAP will be in government for a long time to come. Perhaps when our standard of living drop to the level of Burma or Zimbabwe then we will vote PAP out. Since that is also unlikely to happen, it looks like PAP will continue to rule forever. Get used to it.

Anonymous said...

We are afraid that the opposition will be worse than PAP because that's what the official media says..... Perhaps when our standard of living drop to the level of Burma or Zimbabwe then we will vote PAP out. Since that is also unlikely to happen, it looks like PAP will continue to rule forever.



Here is where it does not make sense. As you wrote, Opposition worse than PAP yet even then unlikely standard of living will drop to zimbabwe. So faster vote for the opposition.

Anonymous said...

If the transnational political spectrum has any meaning, it is that those on the left tend to favor government intervention while those on the right favor obtrusive solutions to problems. That is the traditional and accepted definition – much as those on the left would like to blur that understanding.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 18/8/09 13:58, what I mean is we are unlikely to vote for opposition because we still "suffering" at a comparatively high standard of living relatively to many countries. My point of view is, PAP will only be at risk of losing power if Singapore's standard of living takes a serious plunge. As it is today, I doubt many would vote for opposition. Hopefully, this makes more sense.

Anonymous said...

i don't trust the gahmen, and i don't trust the useless oppositions.

i'm going to vote for....prostitutes.

Kaffein said...

I find it pretty shallow to say the opposition is useless. Also many have yet to even try to vote the opposition! Look at Hougang and Potong Pasir. In spite of all the odds, they are pretty good and the residents quite well taken care of. Think about, they actually thrive in spite of having hands tied behind their backs.

So it is hogwash to say oppositions can't survive, or it will be Singapore's downfall to vote opposition in. Actually it is far from the truth because you don't have any checks on the incumbent party, and you don't have ideas being challenged and debated such that the policies implemented are best for the PEOPLE, not business or government.

No use complaining here and there because those who could vote, chose to vote PAP because they have the mentality that others will vote the opposition in. This has been one of the main thrust in which the PAP has taken you for a ride - complacency.

Your attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt.

Kaffein

Anonymous said...

Anon 14:26

U dun have to trust the opposition.
Whoever win actually does not matter.
As long as there is a balance of power the ruling party will be forced to actually throw freebies at u.


Hey Lucky

In the fantasyland ruled by Obama, check out the pay package for AIG CEO:
http://money.cnn.com/2009/08/17/news/companies/aig_ceo_salary/index.htm?cnn=yes

Anonymous said...

"Your attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt." - Kaffein

What horrible advice!

Heros die young.
Even insects will struggle to survive.

LKY (& Prataman) did not come to rule SG by fighting the Japs did he\they?

Lim Bo Seng ... where's his grave?

Oh wait who's Lim Bo Seng ...

Onlooker said...

The critical issues are brought out before the rally begin by the "mentors".
10 question by wooden goh.
and the Mafia Mentor statement.
Which beg this question.
Who is the real PM of Singapore?
This remind me of the Qing dynasty cui lian ting zheng.Ruling behind the curtain.
But what to do? It happened....
Our PM becoming more and more like Pu Yi.
With each action/non-action that he took.

Anonymous said...

""That's why many of us chose to become teachers and civil servants. At least the FTs aren't threatening our jobs and salaries yet.""

Even a standford phd at ** can also becaome taxi driver.
Many former FTs are not taking away locals jobs.

You may be the next one to go.
Who knows???

Yr turn may come, but not now. Of course after electioon.

Anonymous said...

Remember Liu Bang?
While he lamented that there was not enough "talents" to defend the country. Then on the other hand he was sacking or killing the experienced and tested generals.

Just for show only!!!

Anonymous said...

I find it pretty shallow to say the opposition is useless.


If the oppositions are competing up north, this is probably true. Over here, the difference between the quality of the oppositions and the incumbent party is akin to comparing an ant to an elephant. Opposition is useless, is correct.

Anonymous said...

To Anon at 21:38

You said "opposition is useless"... is PAP any better ??

PAP is plundering the coffers of our country, they are worse than useless !!!

lim said...

To Anon at 21:38

Maybe the oppositions are not ready to form the next government, but at least they (CST and LTK) are there to voice our concerns..

Do you see a lot of capable PAP MPs? Who are the capable ones, and what have they done?

We should get more opposition MPs in parliament, to keep PAP on their toes..

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