Thursday, August 20, 2009

A time for change....

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"
- Albert Einstein

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So we learn that our pledge is not ideology just aspiration. But you need an ideology to aspire towards the end goals. So what is this ideology? What does the PAP govt believe is right and wrong? The PAP does not have a stated set of ideologies but based on how it has been running this country - analysts have figure out a set of ideologies that guide their decisions:
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"...most analysts of Singapore have discerned four major "ideologies" of the PAP: pragmatism, meritocracy, multiracialism, and Asian values or communitarianism" - Wikipedia [Link]
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See....nothing about freedom, democracy,justice and equality. That is why when NMP Viswa moved the motion calling on the government to reaffirm its commitment to the principles enshrined in the National Pledge, it brought out strong reactions from the PAP MPs and ministers. MM Lee went so far as to say that Mr. Viswa's speech is full of "highfalutin” ideas and in that sense he was also saying that our pledge is full of "highfalutin” ideas. Highfalutin ideas that we tell our children to recite and believe in.
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I tell you why the pledge is important. Our forefathers were coolies and fishermen working on a colony run by the British. The British were the lords and our grandfathers were the servants. They worked hard in poor conditions earning what was seen as an unjust low salary while the British exploited the resources of Malaya as colonial masters. That is why equality is important. No Singaporean should again have to suffer what our forefathers went through - exploitation ...we ought to be able to assert our democratic rights to bring about justice and greater equality. The PAP never honored the pledge and asserted their own ideology and we have come full circle - our democratic rights eroded and our society have become so unequal a large segment of our population work full time but cannot make ends meet.
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The income gap and poverty are the results of PAP's ideology. Because they don't believe in equality, the income gap just got bigger and bigger over the years because the PAP is constrained by its own ideology when they look for solutions to this problem.
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Unless we treat our pledge seriously and believe in what it says, we will never have the society we want and our forefathers aspired to have. Just like what Einstein said, if we sit on our hands, vote the same way we always vote, and keep doing the things the same way we have done them in the past, the outcome is going to be the same - it is insane to hope for anything else.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr Lucky,

I cannot agree with u more. Count me in...

Anonymous said...

Well-written.

Summary, we have a 'democratic' Constitution, but it is not adhered. We have been just blowing 'hot air'. That's all. otherwise, whatever we are doing politically and 'democratically' presently, is just a waste of time. It insults people intelligence and breaches on basic rights and moral inclinations.

No one or political party is bigger than the State.....

Onlooker said...

Democracy means everyone's opinion matters.
That why we need more alternative parties instead of NMP in parliament.

Anonymous said...

A Time For Change...yes I do agree absolutely the likelihood of a change is due. Senility coupled with a sense of absolute power over minions and fed by servile yes-men will lead to its downfall. The aspirations of the nation and the leaders are at odds with each other and it is time the citizens should "Stand Up For Singapore." We all have sworn our allegiance to the Singapore Flag and mouthed the Pledge hundreds if not thousands of times. The Pledge must be uphold as it is the rallying call of our Nationhood. No one should have the audacity to ridicule or change it's meaning to suit his agenda.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. The current PAP need to realize that they have to change from within inorder fot the party to survive. If the changes come from outside, then the PAP will be out from the singapore system very soon.

hopefully, the restructuring execise in PAP is done ASAP.

Anonymous said...

You know why they reacted so strongly, with the 86 year-old risking heart attack to come out and shout like a mad man?

Because what the NMP said is correct, and hurt them deeply and sharply as they know they have no case to defend.

It is like the kid who tells the king: Don't bluff, you actually have nothing on...

Anonymous said...

People who are afraid to vote out PAP, pls be prepared to bleed to death and send all your descendants overseas.

Anonymous said...

There is a prince who thought the country is his inheritance. Afterall, his father brought it into existence. The people of the country are just his serfs and slaves. Not interested in governing for the betterment of the people, he tried to match his pay to the highest paid in the land. And despite his (and his wife's) ineptitude, he would rather destroy the country and drive it into the ground than let someone else seize power. Vote wisely people. You can make a difference.

Anonymous said...

Can any alternative party contest all the seats at the next election? Never mind even the quality of candidates.

How to have change when there are 50% walkovers?

How to have change when consistently 66% are very satisfied with the PAP, no matter what?

How to have change when people are afraid to get sued and too many GRCs? Either you lose big or win big. Big means at least 98% of the seats.

How to have change when those who can vote with their feet(emigrate or run away)did just that?

Anonymous said...

Can any alternative party contest all the seats at the next election? Never mind even the quality of candidates.

How to have change when there are 50% walkovers?

How to have change when consistently 66% are very satisfied with the PAP, no matter what?

How to have change when people are afraid to get sued and too many GRCs? Either you lose big or win big. Big means at least 98% of the seats.

How to have change when those who can vote with their feet(emigrate or run away)did just that?

Anonymous said...

I think we are in the final chapter of the story 'Animal Farm', when the animals peer into the house and see the pigs dressed in human clothes, standing on two feet, eating human food and drinking wine. The pigs don't even pretend anymore.

Anonymous said...

If the intention was never to honor the words in the pledge, why have a pledge in the first place?

To deceive the animals into overthrowing Mr Jones so that the pigs can quietly take over Jone's place?

Shall we recite "Four legs good, two legs better"?

Ideals become propaganda in the service of machievellian princes.

Anonymous said...

I think Albert Einstein was not talking politics when he made that quote. Rather he was trying to discredit quantum physics which states that it is possible in physics to "do the same thing over and over again and expect different result", in contrast to the deterministic version of physics where doing the same thing must necessarily lead to the same result.

Now, it has been proven that quantum physics is the correct version. So, for example, imagine yourself throwing a ball up into the air 1 trillion times and each time, you are using the SAME speed/strength/energy. What do you expect? In Einstein's deterministic version of physics, the ball will always the SAME height before falling back to earth, and this height can be calculated to a precise number based on O-level newton's law! But, according to quantum physics, the reality is that the outcome is never the same: not only is the height going to be (very very minutely) different each time (depending on probability), but more astonishingly, while most of the time the ball will fall back to earth, there is a very very small probability (say, 1 out of 1 trillion) chance that the ball will escape earth's gravity and go to outerspace (even though you are using the SAME spped/strength/energy in throwing!!!)

We do not see the latter situation due to the extremely low probability. But when dealing with microscopic particles such as electrons etc, the probability is no longer negligible and it has been proven that with the SAME energy, indeed sometimes the electrons cannot cross the energy barrier (analogous to falling back to earth) and sometimes it can (analogous to escaping earth's gravity"). Thus "doing the same thing over and over again does lead to diff result". This to Einstein is insane. But such "insanity" aka Quantum Physics, has been shown to be true using those expensive particle accelerator etc.

Just some interesting science stuff. Back to the issue on hand :)

Anonymous said...

There is a 16% probability that the CPF money will lose 30%. This was computed precisely by Ms Ho Ching the genius.

She's giving the term probability a very bad name. Almost surely, Singaporeans will see a large portion of their CPF locked up indefinitely.

Anonymous said...

probability these ppl lives forever = ZERO. it is a blessing that human can never be immortal, otherwise evil doers will never give up their powers!

Anonymous said...

anon 10:32,

Great! Singaporeans are waiting for quantum physics to bring about change...

Anonymous said...

I love this blog! and what makes this blog better is all the comments by the readers.

Continue blogging Lucky Tan! Anon 10.32, thank you for sharing about quantum physics...it might happen in Singapore!

In my short time in Singapore, I have learnt so much about human triumphs and tragedies. If not for my stay in spore, i wouldn't know that meritocracy is a bad policy as envisioned by michael young.

I also found out about singaporeans detained without trial longer than nelson mandela.

After the old man pass away, I believed Spore will become more vibrant like s.korea, taiwan and hong kong. This is what history has taught me.

3 things for change to happen:

1. Heart: I want to change
2. Head: what to change?
3. Hand: how to change?

Singapore will change:
1. Heart: I want to live the Singapore Pledge

2. Head : to change the stupid policies like foreign talent my ass that depressed wages, no minimum wage, highest paid politicians in the world, expensive public housing, my CPF lock up, money in medisave that cannot be used for outpatients!

3. Hand: Vote PAP out!

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Anonymous said...

he is a god, regulating his own "little paradise".

i mean this old man.

Anonymous said...

yup, cleaned up the streets, cleaned up the rivers, cleaned up the air...heck, even "cleaned up" the people.

what is there not to love about this "paradise"? :)

Anonymous said...

Next to clean up is religion, manufacturer of hypocrites.

Anonymous said...

You seem to ignore the fact that the pledge was written by the PAP itself. It is largely a propaganda tool and it is quite amusing that you take it as an ideology that needs to be adhered to - so ultimately you are as sucked into PAP propaganda as anyone else.

Also, Singapore's existence did not begin in 1819 with Raffles. Singapore had been an important port for a long time before that. Our forefathers had not always been coolies and colonial servants. This is another piece of PAP propaganda that you seem to have fallen for - that Singapore would not have amounted to much if not for them, when the reality is that Singapore was prosperous well before even Raffles came along.

I admire what you do, so want to point out common misunderstandings (or lazy thinking) that you seem to have fallen for.

Anonymous said...

"I love this blog! and what makes this blog better is all the comments by the readers."

tell u what i think. 9 out of 10 comments are fiaking useless comments. after a while, they become like an old tape recorder. nothing original or enlightening.

except for a rare few who are able to think out of the box, i suspect, half of these useless posts are from the running dogs and the other useless half are from dogs who run amok. lol.

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Anonymous said...

take the good and the bad. if you are not able to do so, don't waste your time in politics!

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Anonymous said...

good news. our mongrels are finding salvation OVERSEAS!

moral of the story?

the bigger hearts, and the REAL DEAL, are in the land of the free-ER!!

Anonymous said...

Sir,

The old man says the national pledge is an inspiration. However, it is an empty inspiration as many of us since young was mandatory asked to say it but the ruling make no effort to achieve it.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 23/8/09 04:20:

"I love this blog! and what makes this blog better is all the comments by the readers."

"tell u what i think. 9 out of 10 comments are fiaking useless comments. after a while, they become like an old tape recorder. nothing original or enlightening.

except for a rare few who are able to think out of the box, i suspect, half of these useless posts are from the running dogs and the other useless half are from dogs who run amok. lol."

Tell you what I think too. Yours is the most brilliant comment in this post. You really think out of the box and I am sure most readers do appreciate it. I await with trepidation the next brilliant and out of the box comment you will make. Lol.

Anonymous said...

I think at one point, enough is enough. 1 decade ago, we were dumping our used taxis in places like Batam. Now we are dumping our used dogs in places like USA. We are next going to dump our people in old folks home in JB. We can succeed without the PAP. A long time ago, in Raffles time, we were a successful port too. And PAP was not invented yet. The point is, like someone rightly pointed out, is that Singapore is successful because of its location. We can remove PAP from the equation. Let's dump them next in Timbatoo.

Anonymous said...

You are damn right. LOL.So it is without regret we bid this blog(and other similar blogs) goodbye( after supporting it for so long). We already knew what's going on in this blog but since Lucky has decided to be another intolerant FUCKER, we too shall display our intolerance to his fucking business here.

Consider commentary factory and our "out of this world" thinking/insight closed.LOL.

You guys can...erm..talk among your own self and go...round and round and round hooooor.

WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

And who the fucking care unless there is money anyway?

That's the story of this country and its fucking people who deserve each other!

MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

I think Lucky is fair in moderating comments. Some people just shit on other people's blog. I hope change comes for Singapore soon. I really really miss the good old Singapore. It's as if Singapore mutated into this unrecognisable, horrible place. Do you really think money is everything? Just look around you, bosses and adults behaving like spoilt brats, kids treating their maids like remote controls. It's really scary, something like a horror movie. This is the effect of unadulterated greed. Lucky, will you consider standing for election? I'll vote for you.

tired and miserable singaporean

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with your thoughts, Mr Tan. I was very disappointed in MM's high-handed "I-know-it-all-comments". Would he please step aside now that his time is done, and let us grow as a nation? If he keeps coming out and putting an end to discussions just becuz he thinks he knows all and seen all, we will be see as a dictatorship... never growing in realising our ideals or aspirations. Thanks for your most insightful and well-written post

Anonymous said...

Will the 66.6% still not wake up? !!

Daniel said...

I am curious about what resources did the British exploit from Malaya. Did they buy things from us that we willingly sold? Or did they steal things? What did they take? Other than using the port? Would we be better off if the British had never come here?

Anonymous said...

THESE COMMUNISTS HAVE BEEN ALL THESE YEARS INCOGNITO FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY.EVEN THE PLEDGE, GENERATIONS THAT HAVE RECITED, HAS BEEN WHITE-WASHED WITH DEMOCRACY,UNITED PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF RACE FREEDOM AND LOTS OF LIES. NOW THE TRUTH BLOOMS AS THEY AGE.
THE BIGGEST JOKE NOW IS, COMPARISONS BEING MADE TO GREAT BIG NATIONS LIKE U.S.A. THESE CON MEN TRIED COMPARING US TO SWITZERLAND AT ONE TIME. HOWEVER IT DID NOT MATERALIZE.KEEP CONNING YOU RED COMMS!

Anonymous said...

Daniel,

Pity our history books did not give a balanced view of the exploitation of the British colonial masters. Then Singapore part of Strait Settlements together with the other Malay states were under "British rule". At that time Malaya was the biggest producer of rubber and tin in the world. Most of which were shipped off to the UK to feed their factories. Most of the rubber estates and tin mines were owned by British interest. At the same time products from British factories were sold in the colonies. It was a closed market, meaning imports from other countries are restricted. Even then most of the import-export companies were British owned.

On the balance the British did build infrastruture like roads, railway, ports, etc. in the otherwise very primitive environment but that is more to facilitate transportation of people and goods they need. Even the education system was set up to produce workers to run the system. WWII changed everything and the rest as they say is history.