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New Vision, Same Bull

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We should thank Lee Hsien Loong for succinctly summarising all that is wrong with the current regime:
"When we face problems, we acknowledge them publicly, and deal with them. We don't pretend there's no problem, no comments, studying the matter, thinking about it, will clarify one day. We settle now! You lie low hoping the public will forget the issue, and the issue will go away, the public will forget you, and might as well go away."

By his standards, the obfuscation of the Action Information Management (AIM) debacle was no problem. Wasting huge sums of taxpayers money on a $2 company with no technical staff or competence was no problem. None of the salient points was acknowledged as thorny issue by the mainstream media.

One positive way to look at the ...disconnect is that he was ...reminding them to be good or Santa won't be distributing presents... $16,000 MP allowances, $1,000,000 ministerial pay, and lots of directorships for consolation prizes. Never mind if the people don't want them - as the "Son of Punggol" doctor's wife told him before the disastrous by-election...

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The bullet hole misconception

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A talk about bullet holes in World War II bombers, rotating point of views and how we can escape the present to invent the future.


Do you know the most dangerous thought of all?

 

It is to think you know what you're doing. Because once you think that you stop looking around for other, better ways of doing things, you never pause to give little outlaw thoughts a chance and you stop being open to alternative ways of thinking. You become blind.

 

We have to tell ourselves that we haven't the faintest idea of what we're doing. We, as a field, haven't the faintest idea of what we're doing. And we have to tell ourselves that everything around us was made up by people that were no smarter than us, so we can change, influence and build things that make a small dent in the universe.

 

And once we understand that, only then might we be able to do what the early fathers of computing dreamed about: To make humans better – with the help of computers.

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Tommy Koh says that Singapore inherited from the British an intolerance for nepotism and giving gifts to public officials. Really?

Tommy Koh says that Singapore inherited from the British an intolerance for nepotism and giving gifts to public officials. Really? | SING A POor REmi jingle | Scoop.it

Well done Tommy Koh (who was a friend of my parents in the 1960s) for pointing out that Singapore has a long history as a strategic hub long before the PAP took power and even before Sir Stamford Raffles...


How is Tommy Koh able to write that Singapore has abandoned the concept of nepotism when we have the glaring example of dynastic rule and the appointment by the PM of his wife to be head of Temasek together with many of her relatives to other companies within the Temasek empire? In case he has not realised we still have no idea what Ho Ching is paid? Also has he forgotten the Nassim Jade scandal in the 1990s if he thinks Singapore has abandoned the offer of gifts to persons in authority? There is also the widespread tendency to use state resources as the familee’s, demonstrated by LHL’s use of his Press Secretary to defend his defamation suit against unemployed bloggers as well as the use of private jets to take him to official meetings together with his wife who has no official status. Does he also get to use government owned jets when he goes on holiday to the US?…

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Civil service must never be politicised, says former chief Peter Ho

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Civil servants need to keep political leaders at arm's length and must never make use of their relationship with them, said former top civil servant Peter Ho in an interview with The Straits Times.

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Chris Kuan

Going by the PM's speech, tax rates will inevitably be raised to meet increasing needs from investments in the economy and the infrastructure, an
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Fourteen signs your daughter may have ADHD

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Assessment scales for ADHD have been developed using mostly male research samples. As a result, the behaviours indicating ADHD in girls may not be what you expect


Undiagnosed ADHD has long-term consequences including an increased likelihood of engaging in risky behaviours — such as unprotected sex and substance use — as well as academic underachievement and low self-esteem. Perhaps most alarmingly, girls who struggle with ADHD for a long period of time can suffer from mental health problems.


.A boy who is hyperactive might have trouble sitting in his seat in the classroom — so he sits with one knee on the seat and one foot on the floor.  In contrast, a hyperactive girl may be out of her seat but have taken on the role of classroom helper, wandering around to different desks.

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Chris Kuan

So here we have it, finally - because it does not care about the consequences of its economic policy choices until they happen, the government ca
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Singapore's Aristocrats natural meritocracy

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Meritocracy means its best citizens, naturally relatives of the emperor, runs the country.
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Logic@SG 101

So many Singaporeans live in HDB flats. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for Halimah. Similarly, so many Singaporeans take MRT trains that keep breaking down to work every day. If its good enough for them, it's surely good enough for Halimah. At the same time, so many Singaporeans eat in hawker centers every day. If it's good enough for them, it's definitely good enough for Halimah. In the same way, so many Singaporeans earn four-digit salaries. If it's good enough for them, it had got to be good enough for Halimah. Ultimately, so many Singaporeans want Tan Cheng Bock to be their President. If he's good enough for them, it confirm plus chop must definitely be good enough for Halimah! Conclusion: Therefore she can resign any time now and let an open election be held now that a state-defined Malay has been the President.

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Ministerial Promotions: What Lee Kuan Yew Preached vs How Lee Hsien Loong Practises

Ministerial Promotions: What Lee Kuan Yew Preached vs How Lee Hsien Loong Practises | SING A POor REmi jingle | Scoop.it

Carrie Gracie, BBC, reports, ‘to steel its…members against temptation‘ or corruption, Xi JinPing started revolutionary tours for its key cadres. The PAP, however, prefer a shortcut, paying the highest salaries of any government worldwide.

 

"Let me point out how long it takes to get a MP to learn to be a minister and have the public recognise him as such, especially when he is not a natural crowd puller or a mobiliser.... People need time to gauge and assess who has what qualities and is best suited for what jobs that can make Singapore grow and thrive…"..LKY, 30/6/2000, Parliament

 

How do fresh-face Ong & Ng along with Chan Chun Sing and Tan Chuan-Jin – all entered parliament under the coattails GRC system, without ever having to fight man-to-man for their seats, let alone suitability for high office – measure up under LKY’s need for developing time-tested, ‘people-gauged/assessed’ ministers?

 

“…it started going downhill when we started to raise ministers’ salaries, not even pegging them to the national salary but aligning them with the top 10…” Ngiam Tong Dow, ex-civil servant.

 

Chan Chun Sing

Can anyone name one policy that Chan enacted in all the 4 ministries he helmed since May 2011 that has had a measurable positive impact on our lives?

 

No one knows. No one knows because despite the government’s complete access to data plain refuses to publicly engage us, feigning ignorance. Or is it because the results do not measure up to expectations?

 

Tan Chuan-Jin 

What’s one policy that Tan enacted or helped implement since making minister ...? Any quantifiable outcomes since ...? Yes! an increase in PMETs unemployed and for longer periods, too – while evermore foreigners slipped through on EP & S-Passes!

 

It’s gotten so bad that in a recent 3-4 days, 4 ministers, PM Lee included, came out to loud-speak that there are 70,000 vacancies with 30,000 more in healthcare alone in the next 5 years. And PM’s lame ‘we are pursuing all the right strategies, and I am confident that, given time, they will work’.

 

Ong Ye Kung

The man makes grand-sounding speeches. His maiden parliamentary speech is about ‘faster legs, stronger hearts, wiser minds‘. He secured that speaking opportunity only because he couldn’t get into parliament against the Workers’ Party in Aljunied and had to be sundered therefrom to another safer PAP GRC. Ong slipped into parliament under Shanmugan’s coattail.

 

How does his speech meet LKY’s “do not try to impress by big words – impress by the clarity of your ideas. Then I am impressed”?

 

He proclaims, ‘Today China drives the value chain. We must look at China now as a tremendous business and consumer market, and learn to tap into it.’

 

I knew that from visiting China in 1996. Judging by the wrath we now face from China re the South China Sea, was his boss listening?

 

Ng Chee Meng

Final same question, any single policy or change he enacted as education minister (schools) since 1 Oct 2015? Zilch.

 

I couldn’t fathom the pathetic parliamentary statement he made to explain young Benjamin Lim’s death after his police interrogation.

 

I often wonder what other ASEAN ministers and MPs think about him – and of Singapore. Here, Singapore’s Chief of Defence Force, a lieutenant-general who boasted about the SAF’s ‘one-shot-one-kill’ capability but too chicken to battle one-on-one with an opposition candidate! Then after 395 days of speeches, his boss made him full minister!

 

Ng batted not an eyelid when he claimed his entering politics is ‘giving back to society’, paying back his ‘indebtedness’.

 

Giving back to society = giving up S$300k-S$400k SAF job and taking up PAP-guaranteed’s 3-4X higher S$1.3 mil minister’s salary paid by taxpayers?

 

Conclusion

Did PM Lee do a thorough job assessing, gauging them – against LKY’s timeline and standards?

 

Sadly, we observe a pattern of leadership behaviour, a habit; the love for shortcuts, taking the easy, fastest way out. With GDP, PM Lee is addicted to the shortcut of importing Foreign Talents (carrying on from Goh Chok Tong’s legacy) and adding labour instead of being a doer or a mobilizer to convince, coerce our local SMEs – and our GLCs+TLCs – to increase productivity the last 20, 30 years.

 

But even more worrisome is a trend shaping up underneath the surface of these fast-track, undeserved promotions. It may mean that the high salary system that LKY has instituted are attracting unproven politicians who are guaranteed salary increases of up to 4 times or more of their last drawn salary. Singaporeans already have a taste of something similar at NOL, SMRT, Singapore Police, LTA, Temasek Holdings etc.

 

It’s an iron-rice-bowl job – doesn’t matter if a world’s most dangerous terrorist escape or 8 Singaporeans die of Hep C infection under your watch, your job is secured and salary intact! All you need is unfailing party loyalty.

 

Is Samuel Huntington right after all, “The honesty and efficiency that Senior Minister Lee has brought to Singapore are likely to follow him to his grave“?

 

... but 69.9% voters (now, minus Dr Lee Wei Lin) think things are honky dory under PAP & Lee Hsien Loong.

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Has this exam tool come here yet? 

These digital watches include an “emergency button” to quickly switch from hidden text to a clock face. The watches hold data or written information which can be read in exams. Watches are advertised on Amazon with the claim that they are “specifically designed for cheating on exams”.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-35716523

 

In China and India cheating in exams is an accepted and tolerated practice, a fact well documented. The PAP administration allows their graduates in by the cattle-truck load? And 70% of the voters vote PAP?

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Singaporeans should brace for more pain ahead, more cost increases akan datang

Recall that under its 6.9 million PWP, the population is supposed to grow by about 90,000 annually? The latest increase was only … 5000. The population increase did not materialise and was due to external factors beyond PAP’s control...


The additional headcount every year is what drives our GDP growth. ..  confirmed by PM Lee’s old man in 2011: ” We’ve grown in the last five years by just importing labour.” ... this nevertheless generates revenue and simultaneously lends support to property prices.


An additional 85000 headcount would have contributed to an increase of at least a few billion$ in taxes


...PAP has no choice but to continue with raising revenue in the same manner and stop short before the next GE.


Singaporeans should be prepared for more pain ahead.

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PAP: Failed GLC CEO from Pavilion Energy can help MRT commuters, pay to increase

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Out of the blue, commuters are supposed to have found a hero in GLC CEO Seah Moon Ming. Before joining Pavilion Energy, Seah was deputy CEO at Singapore Technologies Engineering. Again, he also had zero prior experience in energy. Temasek had set up Pavilion because it was bullish on LNG demand. SWFI But its apparent bullishness somehow translated into Pavilion’s cumulative losses of $358 million. However, unrealised losses are likely many times more. 4 years ago, Temasek had paid US$1.3 billion for 3 gas blocks off the Tanzanian coast from Ophir Energy. 2 years later, global energy prices collapsed and it appears taxpayers are on the hook, again. From the looks of Ophir Energy share prices (below), it appears the entire investment probably went up in smoke. Seah is being removed and replaced by one ang moh because under his stewardship, billions have been lost. Instead of holding him accountable, PAP has launched a massive propaganda drive to convince commuters that a failure is what MRT commuters need. Seah is no different from SPH’s Alan Chan or NOL’s paper gerneral Ng Yat Chung. As per PAP SOP, loyalist like Seah will soon be rewarded and his part-time Chairman’s allowance of about $200,000 will soon be increased many times.

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Taxpayers and CPF members at higher risk with former president/failed GIC dy chairman appointed to newly-created GIC post

Taxpayers and CPF members at higher risk with former president/failed GIC dy chairman appointed to newly-created GIC post | SING A POor REmi jingle | Scoop.it

There seems to be such an acute lack of talents that the PAP has to employ the former president and GIC executive director to a newly-created position in GIC next year.

 

But why why would GIC – which already has the most powerful political figures on its board – still require further assistance from a 77 year-old former president?

 

GIC board includes the following directors:

 – PM Lee

 – 2 DPMs

 – 2 ministers with extensive experience

 – 1 former minister (clue: reportedly slapped by someone)

 

GIC made the biggest investment boo boo in its history when Tony was dy chairman and executive director. Investment losses are par for the course but to bet $25 billion in reserves and CPF monies on UBS and Citigroup – at the height of the global financial crisis – was clearly reckless. Tony gave these reasons for betting $25 billion during this interview in 2008: – “We have been following the banks for many years. We know the banks manage money very well”. – “So we are confident that these two banks will overcome their difficulties”.

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Dhammakamo Chuan Fa

Crowdfunding for bringing Zen Into The City

After 5 years of being a monk and travelling to learn from various teachers and traditions, I have returned to lay life.


My current practice is to transcend form and formlessness. Therefore the need to return to laylife and expose myself completely to the elements is necessary. In other words, to be completely naked and burn everything to the ground; a new rebirth. It has been an emotional and painful occasion for my teacher, friends, family and myself. But as my master said, it’s time to “descend the mountain”. I am going to set up an urban practice centre that will serve as a refuge sanctuary for city dwellers.


So as to open new Dhamma doors for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. I need to take on the form of a layperson in order to do more engaged work that can reach out to more people in the city. We are looking to collectively raise SGD 15,000 to buffer for the first 6-months running cost of the meditation centre. Afterwhich, the centre will be self-sustained by our programs:

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Wong Kan Seng is sad story.

It is not meritocracy. It is a political decision. Wong Kan Seng had no financial or commerce experience. And we should have no doubt about his ability to discharge his duty as a banker.

Since 1935, UOB has always appointed a non-politician as Chairman. But it is also good to get external expertise to expand knowledge base.Wong can be a stabilizer for lesser government’s intervention. It seems to suggest political consideration is more important than entrepreneurship. As UOB chairman, he will enjoy and be entitled to perks accorded to his position.
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What kind of S'porean is ideal for nation?

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"Homo Papicus" - uncomplaining, competitive, completely self reliant, completely believe in the merit of oneself, always willing to steal lunches, always denigrating the less fortunate for being either stupid or lazy........ what else? Ah.... forever grateful to the PAP. 

 

If being "forever grateful to the PAP" is the only criteria, then almost all Hakkas in SG are "Homo Papicus".

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We need to talk about the Official Secrets Act – The Spuddings Blog

We need to talk about the Official Secrets Act – The Spuddings Blog | SING A POor REmi jingle | Scoop.it

An overzealous use of the Official Secrets Act, combined with other legislation and regulations in Singapore, result in a huge skew in power and information.


It is practically impossible for citizens to demand information that would allow us to scrutinise the assets of the powerful for potential conflicts of interest or abuses of power and influence, yet there is also no guaranteed restraint on authority when it comes to access our private information. All this together puts us in a position where there is too much opacity and too little transparency in Singapore— it hurts all of us in the end. 


If this keeps up, Singapore will not only fail to be a Smart Nation; we won’t even be an informed one.

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The Silhouette of Oppression – The Spuddings Blog

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They create an environment where the danger feels omnipresent but vague; an environment that encourages not action or resistance, but paralysis. 


And that, of course, is the point.

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Empty Honour

I am not particularly impressed by Lim Siong Guan. In his recent IPS lecture (and also in his organization Honour Singapore), there is quite a lot of plugging of his "honour" project. In particular: """Honouring our word is one critical aspect of the Singapore brand as a nation. There is a second critical aspect, which also relates to honour, but this time about society. It is about Singaporeans honouring each other, appreciating our social differences, our diversity, and at the same time seeking strongly to maintain social harmony as a common good for all.""" This is all very nice copy. But a distinct and inseparable part of honour is being accountable to stakeholders. Accordingly, a big part of advocating for honour is in advocating accountability. This has not been done. In his public statements, especially in the context of Honour Singapore, hardly anything notable has been mentioned about accountability. Not with respect to infrastructure, not sovereign wealth management (which impinges on his day job), and certainly not political institutions. It is all empty.

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Malay community can be 'a beacon in troubled times'

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Singapore's Malay/Muslim community can take pride in the significant progress it has made over the years and face the future with confidence, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam. The community is better educated, has more assets and is more resilient, he told 400 Malay grassroots leaders and People's Association staff at a dialogue on religious harmony and resilience held yesterday at the Grassroots' Club.


He did not say it but the underlying is that it is all thanks to the PAP; and even an Indian woman is now a Malay President which Singapore's Malay/Muslim community can take pride in.

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Unemployed PMETs: The Political Art of Selective Quantification & Info-Sharing

Unemployed PMETs: The Political Art of Selective Quantification & Info-Sharing | SING A POor REmi jingle | Scoop.it

No one can fail but be greatly impressed when a minister is in a position to tell the whole world the quantifiable numbers of jobs that his government is creating. Or already created.

 

Ong Ye Kung listed where available jobs are or will be created in coming years:

 

30,000 IT professionals

3,000 more jobs for PMETs in precision engineering

1,000 rail engineers;

At least 1,200 professionals for finance, mostly in IT and compliance 4,000 early childhood educators

 

And, for good measure, there are “some 70,000 vacancies in National Jobs Bank” currently.

 

The economy is also not in recession, he said, unlike in the 2008 global financial crisis: "Today, we are still growing albeit at a slower pace."

 

He noted at The Straits Times Future Economy Forum yesterday (20 Oct) that PMETs have been hit hardest, where they need to acquire new specialised skills to enter a different industry after retrenchment. 

 

The screenshot taken on 25 Oct, 1925 hrs shows a grand total of 37,323 jobs. About half of what the minister claims.

 

Regardless, same day, different event, his 3G ministerial colleague also spills out another huge figure: “Singapore will need 30,000 more healthcare workers in five years”. WOW!

 

There are “ample good jobs for Singaporeans” indeed.

 

Isn’t it amazing that our ministers could pull numbers out of their hats – when and where they choose to do so? But we have never once heard any minister, any minister at all ever mention the quantified number of unemployed Singaporean PMETs. Never!

 

MOM reported last Feb that “four in 10 vacancies, were for PMET jobs”, so is 40% not significant enough to track? Obviously not.

 

Actually, there is a rather simple way about it without getting PMETs to register with MOM. Wouldn’t the sudden and prolonged CPF contributions of members with above, say, S$3000/month salary be a good indication of an unemployed Singaporean PMET? In fact, not only the number of unemployed PMETs but also for how long their CPF accounts have not been credited.

 

So, are the statistics a state secret? Or they have been hidden, obfuscated, not discussed for political exigencies? 

 

But to all my fellow unemployed PMETs with increased Medishield Life premiums to be auto-deducted from what’s left of our CPF money – let’s not complain, alright? After all, we gave 69.9% approval for the job that the government has done.

 

Every nation gets the government it deserves. Vote wisely the next time.

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