Friday, January 21, 2011

The TRUTH about how long the PAP will last...

Today's Straits Times headlines "Will PAP last?". This is how MM Lee sees it:

" If the decline in standards happens gradually, an opposition of quality will be launched. The public can sense it." - MM Lee

He does not see a problem for the PAP in the next 10 or 20 years. The issue for voters, as he frames it, is the quality and talent of men the PAP is able to recruit. ...so PAP will stay in power as long as it has top talents and does not split up. I don't believe this is true and I'll tell you why.

Warren Buffett once said that if people are not doing what you want them to do, you do not want them to be motivated or highly talented, you rather have them lazy, incompetent and unmotivated. Do you want leaders who are highly talented at making you cheaper, better and faster? ...highly talented and motivated at increasing the influx of foreigners...highly talented at finding ways like increasing the GST to increase the govt surplus. What is more important to voters is whether their interests will be served by the men they vote into parliament. The video clip in the previous posting, shows RP's Tony Tan explaining the issue is not whether the PAP can design and implement policies as they have the competence to do that. The real issue is the intent behind the policies. Even if the PAP remains as competent and qualified as it has been, once people believe they are not acting in their best interests, the PAP will be voted out. In past few years, much of the trust people have for the PAP has been eroded....I'll take you through a number of examples and after that reveal another reason why the PAP is in a more precarious position that most people think in the coming elections.

Just after the last elections, the PAP govt raised the GST from 5% to 7%. GST is a regressive tax that hurts the poor much more that the rich. The poor have to spend a greater portion of their income on living expenses than the richer folks. In order to get the people to accept the GST hike, the govt told ordinary citizens that the primary intent behind the hikes was to help the old and poor[Read the budget FAQ here]. Many would accept the hikes if the poor people were helped. However, most Singaporeans know from the past that GST hikes were usually done to make up for shortfall in the corporate tax cuts. For example in the 2003 budget when GST was hiked:

"4.3 From YA 2003, I have decided to cut the corporate income tax rate from 24.5% to 22%. This 10% reduction will save businesses $700 million a year.
4.4 Also with effect from YA 2003, the top marginal personal income tax rate will be cut from 26% to 22%, with corresponding cuts in all income bands. This will reduce the tax payable by most taxpayers by 13% to 16%, saving them $620 million every year.
4.5 I have decided to raise the GST rate from 3% to 5% from 1 Jan 2003. The increase in GST is expected to raise an additional $1.3 billion of tax revenue per year. " - Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore Budget Speech 2003
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In 2007, the corporate tax which was among the lowest in the world was cut from 20% to 18% [Link]and most Singaporeans who understood the real intent of the GST hike were outraged because it was done at a time when Singapore had the biggest income gap among developed countries and corporate profits as a % of GDP was at record levels. Knowing that the GST hike for the purpose of corporate tax cuts would be unpopular, the PAP tried to get the people accept it by saying it was done to help the poor i.e. they tried to hide the true intent of the policy. They used to be able to do this in the past when they controlled the media fully but today with the Internet, it is no longer possible for them to deceive ordinary citizens. I'll give you another example before I tell you how the PAP will lose its power. In 2009, the PAP govt push ahead to implement CPF Life by amending the CPF Act. The rationale given was that Singaporeans are living longer and so on - I'm sure you're familiar with those arguments. CPF as a retirement fund is a already very strained after all the liberalisation for investment, children's education and the purchase of HDB flats[51% of Singaporeans cannot meet minimum sum]. During the CPF Life debate, MP Low Thia Khiang came out with a suggestion which many if not most Singaporeans would find reasonable. His suggestion was that since Singaporeans already take most, if not all, the responsibility of retirement, the govt should create a fund to take care of tail end 'extra longevity' the govt project Singaporeans will have and do away with more complexity, confusion and further straining of the CPF scheme. It is a policy alternative the PAP will never consider because they will not create a fund for the old using taxes when they use the money to lower taxes for the rich and corporate tax cuts. They would rather pass the burden to ordinary Singaporeans because that is ideologically attractive to them. However, the idea from Worker's Party hardly leans to the left of the political spectrum. Most countries take care of some, half or all of the citizens' retirement needs - and most, if not all, do not have the vast resources in the form of sovereign wealth funds and govt surpluses. Yet at a time when many Singaporeans' ability to retire properly is affected by the severe income gap and rising cost of living, the PAP increased their burden and responsibility when so many other workable policy alternatives exist. The PAP cannot implement minimum wage when all other deveolop countries can. We don't have universal healthcare (some Singaporeans have to go to Malaysia for healthcare[Link]) when it exists in all developed countries. We have the biggest wage gap and a 3rd world wage structure. For this system that gives them little in the way of safety nets, Singaporeans are asked for huge sacrifices e.g. longest conscription in the form of NS after Israel and reservist duties. To answer the question of "how long will the PAP last", the question we have to ask ourselves how did the PAP last so long given the harshness of its policies and system.
People when given a free choice anywhere else in the world will rarely choose a govt like the PAP.- it is so far right on the political spectrum as reflected in its policies. Nowhere else among developed countries do people choose this type of govt and keep them in power when they have a choice. Occasionally they do vote them in for short periods when there is a treat of war or when the economic conditions are extreme but vote them out when conditions improve. The PAP lasted for several reasons. In the earlier years 1960s-1980s, the PAP was actually very popular due to the one-off rapid economic transformation.

Once the rapid economic transformation was over, people naturally wanted an alternative and the PAP's votes started declining. However, to maintain power, the PAP 1. controlled the media and limited the freedom of people to speak up 2. repressed of the opposition 3. modified the one man one vote system with GRCs and linking votes to upgrading. The control of the media is necessary to hide the intent of policies, make alternative approahces look unattractive and spread its propaganda. Control of the media alone is insufficient and so they repress the opposition to generate a climate of fear to make it hard for a strong alternatives to emerge. Even with these in place, the PAP is unable to halt the decline in support. For increasingly large number of Singaporeans, their support goes to"anyone but the PAP"....they don't need the opposition to have higher paper qualification or successful corporate careers but are willing to accept someone who will look out for their interests...... something Singaporeans cannot trust the PAP MPs to do anymore - their goal is the development of Singapore Inc not improving the lives of ordinary Singaporeans and in many areas this goal is divergent from the interests and needs of ordinary Singaporeans.

How long the PAP lasts depends on how fast they can change and move away from their ideology relative to the erosion of their ability to control information & spread propaganda and repress the opposition. The last 4 years has actually been a lost opportunity for the PAP govt. When Lee Hsien Loong took over from SM Goh, a carrot of change was dangled in front of Singaporeans. In 2004-2006 PM Lee spoke often about change & "remaking of Singapore" raising hope and expectations just as Badawi did in Malaysia when he took over from Dr. M - in 2004, Badawi's National Front actually collected 64% of the nation-wide vote comparable Lee Hsien Loong's 66%. 4 years after the elections, Singaporeans discover not much has change - change, if any, was in the direction they did not want - hike in GST, hike in Minister's pay, means testing for the sick, CPF Life, increase foreign influx, rising cost of living etc. Not only did the PAP fail to remake itself when it needed to, MM Lee came out to remind us how unchangeable the PAP is with his book on "hard truths".
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"You have to die for each other" - MM Lee.[Link]
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A blogger on the Internet pointed out that it is rather melodramatic and ridiculous for the MM to ask ordinary Singaporeans to sacrifice their lives for each other when he can't even get his ministers to accept anything lower than the highest pay for leaders in the world.

“We are a nation in the making. Will we make it? Am I certain we’ll get there? No, I cannot say that....I do not deceive myself for one moment that our differences of race, culture and religion will disappear" - MM Lee.

The MM Lee talks about the importance of nationhood and how hard it is to make Singapore into a nation from diverse groups of people...yet is it not the goal of the PAP to import people to grow the population? It is hard for locally born Singaporeans to bond with each other because of cultural differences but integrating hundreds of thousands of immigrants whose numbers will soon surpass that of locally born Singaporeans in a few years is okay?

"...successful transformation from a tiny fishing village to one of Asia’s — if not the world’s — most modern cities..." - [Link]

Don't you find it strange and insulting that Straits Times reporters write about Singapore being a tiny fishing village before the PAP was in charge of the place? Our forefathers came all the way from China and India braving the dangerous voyage to look for opportunities in a "tiny fishing village"? There are no tiny fishing villages in China and India? Our forefathers had no brains? Just one example of the "truth" they are trying to spread with this new book...the real truth about Singapore in the 1950s before the PAP is found here.

The book is 450 pages thick.....based on the extracts I've read, it will impress only those who have lost the ability to think. Along with the myths about the PAP leadership that they want to perpetuate and the justification (more like excuses) for every wrong that the man has been done...(bankrupting and jailing opponents simply because he felt they were 'duds') is this distorted view that Singapore's success is due primarily to the PAP. Today economic miracles are not so rare among East Asian countries e.g. Taiwan, S. Korea, Japan. Taiwan & S. Korea succeeded under authoritarian govts and continued to thrive after they became full blown democracies debunking the myth they could succeed only under strong dominant one party leadership. The book Hard Truths tries to pay up the myth that Singapore has succeeded because of a small group of elites and ideas of one man. In doing so, they tried to washed away the contributions of millions of ordinary citizens who formed the number 1 workforce in the world for many decades - a hardworking workforce that never went on strike, a workforce that accepted low pay, little benefits and long hours. This collection of myths released just before elections are held is a feeble attempt to persuade Singaporeans to continue supporting the man and his ideas..... the longer the PAP cling on to these so-called 'hard-truths', the faster it will be voted out....because a growing number of Singaporeans can see through the propaganda and know what needs to be done to have a better future for themselves and their families.

76 comments:

Anonymous said...

After the coming general election,
the number of foreigners granted
permanent residency (PR)will be shot up as "the opening in the door will widen after the general election".

Reported in The Straits Times,
prime special report
on 22 January 2011,
Page A10

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Chasing that elusive PR

By Teh Joo Lin
By Melissa kok

...

Those who are staying put say they remain optimistic about getting PR - eventually.

Canadian Erica Denison, 33, and her
husband are considering holding back their applications because of talk that the opening in the door will widen after the general election.

"I am kind of holding back a bit because we are wondering if we need to be strategic about when we apply," said the client manager.

Some are speculating that applications submitted after the general election, which must be held by February next year, might be more successful.

Their reasoning? The Government would feel less pressure to bow to public sentimentagainst the influx of foreigners.


...
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After the coming general election,
the number of foreigners granted
permanent residency (PR) will be shot up as "the opening in the door will widen after the general election".

Now, we have the cold hard truth: the cut-back in awarding PR status is only temporary and will be restored after the general election.

Lye Khuen Way said...

Well written, Lucky !
I like your asking how getting more FT ( suppossingly to augment our falling birth-rate) make sense with the MM's assertion that we are a nation-in-the-making.
Maybe, it was how & why we have a very knowledgeable/ legally-trained minister proclaiming that we are a City-State. I am not clear when the MM made that comment, but the minister's "clarification " of Singapore status was not too long after his elevation to ministerial rank.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with the report. I think the government will grant alot of foreigners PR just before the election, maybe grant them PR on the election date itself. Guess what will happen :p
I hate GST. I could still remember when I was in primary school when I saw the news on the Straits Times. If I could remember clearly, they drew two smiling children and the report justifying the changes and how and how the people will benefit and gain from these changes. As a little kid, I knew nothing, I only knew the snacks got expensive and with my limited pocket money I was not happy at all.
I think with the stupidity of some Singaporean, the PAP will win again. What if the PAP win all seats this time even beating Low and Chiam, will you be disappointed? :p I sure will.

Anonymous said...

The truth also is that talents and men of quality like Lucky Tan don't want(Or is it don't dare?) to stand up and be counted to contest the PAP at elections. That's why I think MM Lee said no problem for PAP in the next 10 or 20 years.

If enough of Lucky Tans willing or dare to contest, only then I believe there is a good chance the faster the PAP will be voted out, even by the next election, not 10 or 20 years time.

Lucky, hope you change your mind. There's still time left for you to make the crucial decision.

Anonymous said...

The shift from direct taxation to indirect taxation is a long-term tax policy for Singapore. See http://www.channelnewsasia.com/cna/parliament/erc/report4.htm

Tax system is not a simple topic and it deserves further study. The report by the 2002 Economic Review Committee gives a good overview of the issues.

Anonymous said...

I don't know whether lucky is an idiot or actually working for the pap.lol.
the more you attack the incumbent, the more you lose lah.you want to win, you need to get your hands dirty and not behave like some useless religious leaders who talk big or spit a lot of saliva and milk the followers for their monies.

sure, there will be idiotic followers who would swallow hook,line and sinker and even part with their bank account to serve your god but for the majority, the book on hard truths, and all the propaganda surrounding it, has come at a very timely moment(just before the election) to knock some senses into the people's heads.

in short, the way you are shooting, you end up shooting your own mouth.lol.

Anonymous said...

"in short, the way you are shooting, you end up shooting your own mouth.lol."

stop laughing. else you get shot in the mouth too

Anonymous said...

this is one one the best article lucky has written. I agree totally with what is written.

The book is LKY attempt to justify the PAP's action.

If what the PAP done is fully supported by the local Singaporeans, then he need not write the book.

Singapore is not his personel court. We have eye to witness what PAP has done for the past 4 years.

Anonymous said...

Reality check: Go and build your own INC first before you take on the big guns in SIN.

This INC must have communist leanings which,basically, you are advocating. If your INC succeeds and prospers and thereby improving the lives of those under you, you will naturally gain more ground..politically. Otherwise, do it the lazy way and be an opportunist with NOTHING to show except a lot of hot gas, hoping to get...lucky.

In other words, put your money where your mouth is.

Anonymous said...

I think whether LKY wrote his latest book or not, PAP will still have 95% chance of winning lah.

By writing the book, the chance increase to 100%. Sure win one.

Unless Lucky Tan cause an upset by announcing that he will contest the elections as a new party together with 83 of his clones.

Anonymous said...

I think Lucky is too optimistic. I for one feel that the PAP will rain Potong Pasir in the upcoming GE. So many foreigners have been granted citizensip, and these new citizens are almost certainly going to vote PAP.

Big Liar said...

Saying we are a nation in the making, is to allow the pap to use it as an excuse to bring in more foreigners.

That is to say: Since we are not yet a nation, the pap can decide what material to use building it. Therefore, it is alright for them to bring in more PRC, Indians and pinoys here.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, sure..

The fact of the matter is that someone must be able to counter the ever present doomsday scenario that is always painted.

Visiting TOC, TR and similar sites do not reveal sufficient credible arguement to convince the electorate.

Singaporeans are very afraid to lose it all.

With the financail crisis still in limbo, USA in limbo and Europe too, its perfect for them to present the doomsday again.
So with that, how will the vote go?

The opposition offers no light into how our economy can survive during these times.And the PAP knows that.. so they continue to claim that, in the past they succeded in pulling the economy through.. and being a gambler, you, my dear voter, should hedge your bets: PAP gets the X

Tell them what they want to hear
Tell them again and again!

( it has never failed over the centuries from Rome to Zimbabwe )

Anonymous said...

Lucky,

u kenna attack by so many pap bitches at your own website ah? Don't give up, more people will find out the 'hard truths' from the internet. More will vote wisely for theirs and the later generations' future. Your efforts wil not be wasted! Fight on for your countrymen!

Anonymous said...

honestly, with regards to our vote? how do we genuinely know that it will not be rigged by some ruling party?

i mean, if "they" are able to control media and put people into prison without trial, how difficult is it to announce that they are the winner?

and as a voter, will voting for their competitors bring about something undesirable? with your name and ic required as registration, it aint difficult to track you down.

Anonymous said...

why singaporeans are passionless in affairs of the country?because In a meritocratic society, the best rules. If that's the case, why bother to add your two cents if you are not the .....best?

so let the best, already in pap's camp,do their thing. If they are right, we are alright.

If they are wrong, we die.

when more die, they lose.

so?

DO NOTHING.live your own life and.....that's basically what most people have become...apathetic.

why?because we are a meritocratic idiotic society,see

Anonymous said...

Excellent Lucky.
U have the making of a great Singapore Minister.

hayek said...

LKY allude shamelessly something like "The rich subsidizing the poor right now" in his book.

He continued something like "Singapore will fail if rich stop subsidizing the poor and income gap ballooned"

Using his perverted logic, I can argue as well that slave master subsidizes slave. Maybe I will debunk his fucking lies on next comment.

LKY is really asshole, and whoever still trust him is a idiot.

Anonymous said...

Is Lucky the best? If he is the best, under our meritocratic system, he would have been recruited by the best to be the best which he was not.

Since he is not the best, he won't have the best ideas for in our interests right?

So why waste time with people like him or for that matter, since most of you are not the best under our meritocratic system, we all should shut up and let the best do what's best.

Clear eyed said...

More than half a century and Singapore is still a nation in the making?!!! Old Man, just come right out and admit that a nation has never been in your mind. Singapore is just a cash cow for you, your family and those in your good book. Just like you admitted that our Pledge is not a pledge, just an aspiration.

Anonymous said...

Quote Lucky Tan "the question we have to ask ourselves how did the PAP last so long given the harshness of its policies and system"

So what even pple of calibre like Lucky Tan steps out to run for election? Will he gets the vote and win the election?

Eventually, Singaporeans are too afraid to jeopardise their jobs (since majority of the jobs are govt jobs or govt-related jobs), afraid to jeopardise their estate, afraid to be "marked" etc. It is all self interest. Better to let others go and cheong instead

i think the coming election is extremely important. With information and views so freely available now, and all the various national policies that do not serve our interests - housing, public transports, ERPs, job security, low wages, long hours, medical care, education, foreign labour etc, and yet if PAP can still win by a resounding majority, i see no further future even in the elections after next. Time to quit moaning and make plans for emigration and be treated as second class citizens. LOL

JRT

frugal introvert said...

Hi lucky,
Don't get discouraged by the pap people comments.

Is good u brought up the graph again as reminder.

Again i will point out to the pessimists that the 'top' people in US & Europe never thought berlin wall would come down short of a war between NATO & warsaw pact nations. They did not think in terms of days, months or years but in decades.

Yet berlin wall came down & soon the dissolution of soviet union.

PAP will fall as is unsustainable in terms of many of its policies.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 24/1/11 00:55 is a good example of a PAP dog. So how much did your soul cost? Free parking coupons?

Anonymous said...

Basically there are just one and a half men holding everything together rite now; an old man and his son.

The rest are just "department store dummies" hanger-ons falling in line for fear of losing their millions dollars salaries.

So what if they are called "the best" under the definition of their own makers, more importantly they must worship the $$$ god and pay due respect to their human creators too.

To even think that these people are better than Lucky, or you or me for that matter, is just what the people in power want us to believe and which continues to keep them in power.

Anonymous said...

LUCKY TAN

The world is but a stage.... & the rest as in everything else is mostly wayang.

Nation building ? Its an overcooked concept...its everyman for himself except a few in times of crisis..but thats rare.

Hard Truths ? What is truth .... To the victor ...the spoils & he writes or rather rewrites history. Truth can be changed...takes thirty years...burn the libraries, kill the academics or kill off those who tell you their Hi-story and soon you can have your own version of history, your own history text book,history channel,and even your own fan club

Rigging of votes...look at the beacon of liberty & truth halfway round the world....we see it every night on Fox CNN BBC CNBC...every piece of news from finance , oil leaks .wikileaks & the weather has been twisted & stage for the global masses...its pop culture. Together with the stooges who help the kingmakers spin and shape public opinions and change or decieve our real conciousness they have given us false hope about democracy, freedom of speech & the two party system. If i am in the west and i have to send my children to pseudo wars 1 2 3...to be sacrificed for greed, control and mass depopulation campaigns, then i do not want democracy. I RATHER have my 2 Party system...Party on Saturday, and Party on Sunday.

A lot of cards are not played yet...we can be given whatever we wish for, freedom of speech, the regulated yet unregulated internet, a two party system, republicans & democrats , the ying and the yang...all two sides of the same coin. Same puppet master...The warchest & the arsenal is full...no need to use yet becos we got the sheeple by the.......exactly where we want them....Freud together with all the other behaviorior pshycologists with all their masters have designed a complex web to pull the wool over our third eye n using the Hollywood machinery. Giving hards truths and soft porn like CNN History Channel,HBO & American idol.....Don't want TV ...take cable...or  Stomp the internet.....old hand at this game

The slavery is perpetuted & modernized. In the past slaves have to be fed , healed and housed...with modern financial mechanics & highly advanced technology plus a citizenry that is fully drugged and in semi commatose state, slaves feed,house,educate, procreate themselves and pay Taxes ! 
double income too. yeah long live Feminism & cosummerism !
No wonder more parang incidents even though there are more that will give unto God after giving unto Ceasar.....double ,triple taxation whichever way u turn....direct , indirect tax....what a stroke of genius.
But alas, we the sheeple will stand united...apathy or not as we get shoved into oblivion as our future generations stand in line for their turn.

Anonymous said...

It's not fair to say PAP will not look out for the interests of the people.

They do, but only if the people are the rich, elite or FT. :(

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Lucky!

I miss your brand of satire in previous posts. But I guess given how daft some Singaporeans are, it is pressing to write clearly to open our eyes.

I so agree with what you write!

PS. I'm emigrating soon by the way... Singapore is for dogs and PAP supporters.

Anonymous said...

Singaporeans are conditioned not to have a welfare mentality. Ironically, when the floodgates were opened to foreigners competing for everything from houses to education scholarships, we started questioning and asking for more. I know of elite schools where the bulk of a certain scholarship were 3/4 filled by new citizens, where they were supposed to "engage" their home country. It is quite a waste of education funds and locals are squeezed out because they do not speak Mandarin with a China accent. It is as good as getting Brazilians to be new citizens and to attend football trials in Brazil.

Anonymous said...

"The slavery is perpetuted & modernized. In the past slaves have to be fed , healed and housed...with modern financial mechanics & highly advanced technology plus a citizenry that is fully drugged and in semi commatose state, slaves feed,house,educate, procreate themselves and pay Taxes ! "

So it pays not to be vain and....backward.

The rulers sell progression, perhaps, Lucky and your kind can sell regression.

The former leads to slavery, the latter, liberty?

Back to third world conditions?Seriously, raise your hands, how many want to go as far back as the 70s?

Anonymous said...

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Singaporeans are conditioned not to have a welfare mentality.
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Welfare is deeply entrenched in our system. It is just a matter of who is getting the welfare.

In Singapore, welfare is for the upper class.

In the army, we have a 'White Horse' system, where sons of influential people are groomed for leadership.

In the civil service, many of the top scholars are well-connected. And if the scholars screw up, they still get promoted because they are expensive scholarship-holders.

The law is also more lenient to the rich. The side which can afford the better lawyer or has better access to legal advice stand a better chance of getting a favourable verdict.

In our GLC, most of the top people are related by blood or marriage. Because they are well-connected, they are ensured a good life.

All that isn't welfare to you?

Anonymous said...

Lucky, you have a knack of sifting through the PAP propaganda and expose them them for what they really are. If Singaporeans are too stupid to see and realise this, then they truly deserve this government. I am waiting for this elections to decide to leave or to stay. I cannot wait another five more years as my kids are young and it will be too late to leave by then.

Anonymous said...

To annon 24/1/11 00:55
"Is Lucky the best... he was not."
You had assumed the meritocratic system is truely meritocratic.
"Since he is not the best, he won't have the best ideas for in our interests right?"
Three flaws: best, best ideas and our interests. Who is the best people and who decides that? Does the best people provide the best ideas? Maybe is the other way round, the one who produce the best ideas will be proven the best people. However, until they provide the best ideas, they cannot proved that they are the best. Your logic is totally wrong. Furthermore, who says the best people acts in our interest?
"So why waste time with people like him or for that matter, since most of you are not the best under our meritocratic system, we all should shut up and let the best do what's best."
Fallacy: You are assuming only the best can provide ideas, which is definitely not the case. This idea is only applicable in ancient kingdom whereby the king was thought to be the best and he alone decide the destiny of his kingdom. You are wrong here as Singapore is a meritocratic country and is definitely not a kingdom.
Next time before you make such comments, please think thoroughly

Anonymous said...

well, migrate to another country, revoke the citizenship and come back to singapore as a FT and apply PR. you will be better off than you are as a citizen. if you are a PR, vote or no vote has no issues with you as policies will be more in favor of the PR and if you are not happy, you still can go back to the adopted country.

Anonymous said...

well, migrate to another country, revoke the citizenship and come back to singapore as a FT and apply PR. you will be better off than you are as a citizen. if you are a PR, vote or no vote has no issues with you as policies will be more in favor of the PR and if you are not happy, you still can go back to the adopted country.

24/1/11 11:50

you really think you can come back and apply for a PR after you revoked?

Anonymous said...

During CNY, when u visit yr friends and relatives, u can see for yr-self, and listen with yr own ears, how good or how bad the situation actually is.

Anonymous said...

Does morality ideals and politics ever mix?

Politics is about pragmatism without emotion - just about accumulation of power and resources, both being quite interchangeable - reacting to economics.

Great leaders have always managed to impose their utopia, which may not be paradise for many.

Humans are capable of massive delusion - question is what reality can the proletariat accept and not revolt.

Better the known devil than the unknown!!

Guess any opposition have to make themselves familiar and comforting to others to win......

Anonymous said...

" If the decline in standards happens gradually, an opposition of quality will be launched. The public can sense it." - MM Lee

GREAT Statement by the Wisest Man In Sin.

Me agrees with him 100 and one%. BUT there might be just a little difference in interpreting. THE DECLINE IN QUALITY OF THE LEADERSHIP happened the VERY MOMENT he(Lee Kuan Yew) handed over the Rein to Goh Chok Tong and it picks up in momentum from then on.

There is no one as capable as Lee Kuan Yew in Sin. He should not have handed over the Duty to anyone knowing that no one else in Sin is of his calibre. The nearest to him must be miles away.
WHY MUST HE BE MM INSTEAD OF STAYING ON AS PM? Please tell all the Singaporeans that had appreciated and are appreciating his leadership.

patriot

Anonymous said...

The rulers sell progression, perhaps, Lucky and your kind can sell regression.

The former leads to slavery, the latter, liberty?

Back to third world conditions?Seriously, raise your hands, how many want to go as far back as the 70s?

24/1/11 10:10

is that your answer....?
a fearmongrel's question about jolting sinkapore back to the seventies....that truly is an old broken record..and yes "raise your hands" you and your kind sadly also belong to the same category called sheeple, only difference is you have grown to enjoy the feeling of something up your behind.
Pain becomes pleasure,lies told often enuff becomes truth....

And you need not have to have either extremes.....the devils in the details,the implementation & also the incumbent. ...

Anonymous said...

Well written.

By the way, Singapore was BY NO MEANS a fishing village when lky took over. In fact, it was already a thriving entreport.

Anonymous said...

REF ANONYNOUS @ 24/1/11 10:10


"So it pays not to be vain and....backward.

The rulers sell progression, perhaps, Lucky and your kind can sell regression..."

Dude. Look at South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. A vibrant democratic style of governance does not have to be regressive.

We (SIN,HKG,KOR and TAI) were once ranked alongside each other. Today, those 3 with vibrant demoncracies are having better economic growth and fundamentals than we do.

HKG: HSBC and AIA list there and not here cos they are a far better financial centre than we are. Us? the biggest listings of note recently were all some Temasek link companies.

Homegrown brands like Espirit can be found all over the world.

Oh they have Tony Leung and Andy Lau, we have "actors" like Elvin Ng.

Taiwan:
Their electronics industrie is top notch. They have UMCI, our chartered was sold. They have BenQ, Acer, MSI, ASUS, we have Creative...

Entertainment wise, look at our prime time variety programs slots. Jacky Wu and Zhang Fei's variety show are on the prime prime slot because we cannot bear with Mark Lee's "humour".

Korea:
They have Hyundai, Samsung and LG, we have Akira. Enough said.

They have their Etude House and their Girls Generation. When was the last time a local artise maanged to attract 5% of the crowd Rain can?

The Pariah said...

In the end, the fox always shows its tail.

PM Lee Hsien Loong's assertions:

- "It’s not just the hardware, but also the heartware, the memories which we are creating, which is what makes Singapore tick” (2009 National Day Rally); and

- "Property is for people to buy to live in, not for speculating, … It’s for you to live in, it’s for you as an investment, and it’s for you for your old age" (Feb 2010)

Excuse me -- They passed a law where 80% (90%) of your neighbours could sell away your home despite your OBJECTION!

MND's tagline: "Endearing Home".

Yeh, right! That's credibility for you!

Alan Wong said...

To annon 24/1/11 00:55
"Is Lucky the best... he was not."

Only a running dog with no mind of his/her own would have posed a statement like this.

Is LHL & HC the best ?

If both of them are the best, our GIC & Temasick wouldn't have lost even 1 cent of our sovereign funds ?

Anonymous said...

Lucky Tan,

You are our Batman in Gotham City. It is your persona that binds Singaporeans together. It is your persona, the spirit, that brings hope to true blue Singaporeans.

Your identity must be kept secret. There are many villians out there trying to lure you out... ignore them.

You are doing an excellent job as Lucky Tan. I hope that some good soul will continue the spirit of Lucky Tan in the future.

Cheers!

VOTE PAP OUT!

LEGION

Anonymous said...

The way I see it if PAP continues to be in power my life will be crap, my children's life will be crap. So I'd take a chance with the opposition any time. And hey, no one can be a good minister immediately, give them some time I'm sure they'll prove themselves.

PAP puts a very tight leash on its MPs. No discension is allowed in public eye. Have you ever seen an MP speak really freely? Do you hear much of any MP disagreeing with PAP policy? No one can hold such a tight grip on power except LKY. Only with a tight grip they can stage the recent show on min wage in Parliment. If LKY leaves one day, things will crumble.

And to those who are rather rude to Lucky. Why are you reading it if you think it's crap? He has done some really great analysis.

Anonymous said...

"Dude. Look at South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. A vibrant democratic style of governance does not have to be regressive. "

You are dead wrong. I can tell you these cities are not as progressive as SIN. None of these cities can duplicate us without raising the costs of living for its citizens.

Lye Khuen Way said...

Mr Lucky Tan,
You have drawn out some very pessemistic , dare-I say status-quo /pro-PAP comments !
Hang on, man. If I am in the top 10% , I may well try to throw cold water on whatever you write.
No I certainly am not among the elite.

Seriously, even if I was, things are getting out-of-hand, so I say, time to get a change. It is now or never.

Anonymous said...

//
in short, the way you are shooting, you end up shooting your own mouth.lol."

stop laughing. else you get shot in the mouth too
//

Lucky is, knowing or unknowing, acting as a safety valve that keeps oppressive govt in power. while not achieving anything near its stated objectives. This is a known fact. Just ask Lucky himself.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lucky

Merkel is a leader in a Christian "theocracy".
Mandela a known Christian.
Prodi a Catholic.
Chirac is Catholic.
Pope .. defintely Catholic.

LKY is pro-LGBT, pro-Evolutionist. Very secular.

Are you suggesting we should vote for the Thios instead of LKY who shares your core values?

Anonymous said...

Way to go Lucky. Your blog has been receiving a lot of attention from you-know-whom. I think the truth hurts and they are fighting back.

Anonymous said...

Boy, someone let out the PAP dogs again. Free parking coupons, I guess

Keep up the good work, Lucky. Let's whack the PAP dogs in the next election.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 24/1/11 19:31


You are dead wrong. I can tell you these cities are not as progressive as SIN. None of these cities can duplicate us without raising the costs of living for its citizens.

I happen to travel widely and i make effort to speak to the locals. What I can tell you is: yes they have raised their cost of living, but their wages have risen in tandem unlike in Singapore. Dun believe? Go worldbank's website and check their median income in convert to USD and see for yourself.

Try to look at the world from other angles in addition to what the local media potray. You will be surprised.

Anonymous said...

Wow... Love the emotions here....singaporeans are alive....at least in the virtual world of Hollywood/Internet reality.

But hey being the eternal pessimist that i frequently am when i am not optimistic .....lucky could be the mole buried deep in the Rabbit hole of political intrique....the false prophet....? Perhaps not...he has certainly got me typing when i should not...He certainly stirred the honet's nest ........maybe. then again maybe not.

The middle class and those that think they are middle are sadly the minority and they aren't afraid..
They got the rest of us on OT, @mbs, queing for the toto..the sgp wet dream....

David Teo said...

Article par excellence! Keep up the analytical work and revealing the alternative truths. "Real gold is not afraid of fire." dt

Jurong Branch said...

SAY WHAT YOU WILL, PAP WILL WIN AGAIN. THIS TIE WITH A CRUSHING VICTORY. IN HARSH ECONOMIC CONDITION, NO ONE WILL TAKE CHANCES WITH THE UNTESTED.

Anonymous said...

"I happen to travel widely and i make effort to speak to the locals"

Next time, travel with your eyes opened. Words can be deceitful, but you will never find zinc housing in fifth avenue.

Anonymous said...

If the PAP administration still thinks that Singaporeans even trust them, they're in for a rude shock this 2012 election.

We should expect nothing more than 59% of the votes going to PAP.

Anonymous said...

"SAY WHAT YOU WILL, PAP WILL WIN AGAIN. THIS TIE WITH A CRUSHING VICTORY. IN HARSH ECONOMIC CONDITION, NO ONE WILL TAKE CHANCES WITH THE UNTESTED."

That's exactly what LKY said during the 2002 elections. He asked Singapore who they would put their trust on to help them out of the economic mayhem of the asian fiancial crisis.

And did they kept their promise? We're worse off than in the financial crisis. We have ever incrasing GSTs and no income increase with a HDB that is bubbling and overly priced.

Once bitten, twice shy. That sort of untested shit is playing into the same "seige mentality" that LKY and his team played on Singaporeans. It's cliche now. Why don't you just tell us that this year's elections, HDB upgrading will be tied to votes? Why not say that?

Of course, they can't do that. As people are aware of their cunningness. When the average SIngaporrean takes a ride on the MRT, he's constantly reminded of the government's policies. The policy is staring right at his face in the train.

Anonymous said...

The tide of increasing knowledge and deeper understanding on national matters is going against them.

Anonymous said...

"IN HARSH ECONOMIC CONDITION, NO ONE WILL TAKE CHANCES WITH THE UNTESTED."

Not unless people equate the existing players as the culprits contributing to it or making it worst.

By the way & after the financial crisis, not a few incumbent parties in some countries have been kicked out e.g Japan, USA and UK.

FenceSitting Singaporean said...

I would like to add another to the list of inconsistencies observed of the government's behaviour.

- They have no qualms of increasing their million-dollar salaries but debate for 5 hours to NOT have minimum wage as basic human right to decent sustenance for citizens.

Maybe another stark mistreatment of Singaporeans.

-The government has no qualms to allow 2 PRs to purchase a resale HDB flat but discriminates single Singaporeans men and women from owning a HDB flat. Yes, single Singaporeans in this country has no right to purchase a HDB flat. The government clearly in principle discriminates against its own citizens. The HDB ruling states clearly at HDB headquarters that if you are single and Singaporean and earning more than $3000 at the age of 35, you are not allowed to purchase a HDB flat. Not even a resale one. Why kind of government discriminates its own people against PRs in principle?

I have PR friends who are 27 and they could buy a flat and single male and female Singaporeans who are 35 can't buy one if their salary is above $3000. This is madness, I tell you. Because by 35, most single Singaporeas, male and female alike would have generally hit beyond $3000 in salaries after working for 10 years or more.

And you tell me, every Singaporean matters. It's distasteful. And no one is speaking up on this matter. What are the bloody MPs paid for? How much hypocrisy does this government intend to sow? They made me lose my respect for them, goven that I used to regard them so well. And now, they're playing the "reputation" card game to sustain votes.

Enough already. Their main concern, it seems to me, is to always make sure that the citizens are fast asleep and keeping them as unconscious as possible will sustain their dominance. They're more interested in not losing control than to care for society.

2 casinos tell you clearly what sort of economic model they have in mind for this country.

They have made us believe that they are capable? What about Mas Selamat? Flooding? HDB overpriced flats and COVs? No CPF? Longer years of work? GSTs? ERPs? Raising of minimum sum and withdrawal age? Etc.

Tell me, what is so good about living in this country? Safety? What about the slashing in Bukit Panjang GRC? And murders in Woodlands?

Singaporeans are still fast asleep as ever.

Anonymous said...

"MM Lee says that ruling party will be voted IF IT DECLINES IN QUALITY AND OPPOSITION FIELDS A STRONG ALTERNATIVE."

This headline assumes that the PAP STIL has quality! And that the opposition has not fielded strong candidates!

This is a punch below the belt for singaporeans who are not alert to the assumptions made in the headline.

The in-between-the-lines headlines read: PAP STILL HAS QUALITY AND OPPOSITION STILL HAS WEAK CANDIDATES.

He is perpetuating and seeking to sustain this perception and is hoping to ride this "reputation" wave into the election.

Anonymous said...

i think becos there is a net happiness for the net number of citizen, so net net, PAP will still win.

i believe (i maybe wrong)that most of these net happiness citizen are our spoilt princesses who do not read blog, too ignorant bout what happening in this island.

they see, they shop, they travel, heck care bout, you and me


Net net netizen

Anonymous said...

singaporeans have not guts to vote for opp. thats why their very own gov called them names such as useless, incompetent and lazy.

Anonymous said...

i think lucky is not local, probably caucasian who works for human rights association. or he feels lucky for not being a local?

Anonymous said...

"Next time, travel with your eyes opened. Words can be deceitful, but you will never find zinc housing in fifth avenue."

Thank you, and I have. I had seen the good with bad. I walked past countless cardboard boxes that are homes to the homeless in wintery Shinjuku, and the back alleys of San Fracisco where people picked up food from rubbish bin.

But are you too blind to see the old picking up cans in wet markets in Singapore.

What do you want to compare?

The good parts? Economically, the singapore growth model is less sustainable and has more flowthrough than the rest of the Tiger economy.

THe bad parts? There are homeless in singapore just as there are homeless in other countries. That said, I see less old aunties selling tissue papers or cleaning toilets in Meongdong, MongKok than in Orchard road.

If you want to discuss, lets discuss. Dun snipe at a specific part then run when people present you with bigger picture.

Anonymous said...

I have said this to many - We can not get any worst than this. Even if the opposition gets voted into government, we cannot get any worse than the situation we are in now.

They have failed to cool housing prices. Real wages have dropped, I am still working longer hours for less, traffic is still a nightmare despite more ERP, the poor are still poor - what's happened to the GST increase to help the poor? or help the rich?

At least the Oppo will help the poor. We cannot get anymore worse than with this lot in parliament.

Anonymous said...

"single male and female Singaporeans who are 35 can't buy one if their salary is above $3000"

WHat fuck??!!!!!!
I better check this out! If it's true, PAP will never get a single vote from me and my many single friendS!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Some people work more to earn less.
Some people work less to earn more.

That is life, like some people can "Teach less to learn more, study less to learn more"?

Anonymous said...

Anon 20:27,

It is true. Just call HDB tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

There are also reasons why Mah Bow Tan advised young couples to purchase new flats in punggol, seng kang and woodlands. These lands are underutilised. So to make profits, they come in an act like kind gentlemen to tell you to utilise these areas.

Anonymous said...

PAP will win hands down so long as singapooreans can afford to bid for COE, take their lunches in airconditioned foodcourts and have dinners in restaurants. The gamblers that frequent RWS and Sands at Marina will hand the votes to PAP without hesitation.
PAP will win the next election hands down.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

To be fair, the PAP of yesteryear is not the same as PAP of today. I can support the old PAP but not today PAP.

DareToAct said...

"The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master , unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty"

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

John Papers said...

Great Post!
Thanks for the article..

Anonymous said...

Splendid article. Keep it up!