Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Singapore Cracked Up!


I copied this cracked-up picture from the blog insanepoly and I think it shows how cracked up Singapore is!


The cracked-up picture of the rich & famous vs the down & out on top of his blog page describes clearly the GINI gap. The rich and the poor here has gone so far apart that the twain shall never meet, except for some photo op :)

It is a shame that nationhood has become a joke in my country, Singapore. National Day has become just another day of hype; of song and dance where shameless overpaid leaders show themselves in public in white to make themselves relevant in times when unthinking aunties and uncles thank their lucky stars to be given NDP Parade tickets and to pick up a goody bag or two. Just like bus loads of aunties and uncles were herded into buses to attend deserted election rallies and other PAP organised functions where nobody goes willingly. Or when Auntie of Uncle has got nothing better to do!

Before anyone slams me for running down aunties or uncles, I wish to declare that I'm an uncle too, in my late 50's. On this coming National Day, I declare that I'm proud, very proud of being a Singaporean. I'm just ashamed of the rulers and leaders who claim so much and do so little.

Their greed for money and their justification of their obscene salary increase is DAMNING!

Their sense of responsibilility and accountability leaves MUCH TO BE DESIRED!

The way they screw Singaporeans and mess with our CPF and our life-long debt to HDB is NAUSEATING!

The joke of HDB subsidy has gone too far for too long! It's MONOPOLY & PROFITEERING and nothing else! For it to last so long, It's simply CRAZY! And they are so proud that they can still make a song and dance of it! Market subsidy is a subsidy? WTF!

Their perpetual, "It's my way or the highway" attitude towards Singaporeans is hubris at its worse! The way they put the blame on everyone except themselves for the bad state we are in is FRUSTRATING! Just think Mas Selamat! Just think of the crowd and the smell you get when you are in the MRT or bus! Or when you pay for the new taxi fare or ERP :) FRUSTRATING is an understatement!

Their control of mainstream media has reached a stage of almost beyond redemption. The lack of reporting in the exchanges between Lee's and Chee's at Belinda's court and the continuous callous exposure of Tan Lead Shake's tragedy of a death and alleged murder in his family through it's reporters and forum writer lacks the rudiment of decency! It's INHUMAN! The fun comes when they run down our neighbours with sodomy and other corrupt/ion stories! Why can't our neighbours be as white? :)

The way they put the blame on price of OIL for our record breaking inflation is HUMILIATING! Just think GST, ERP and and their frigging SALARIES! Yup, we are paying more because they demand more! Sorry chum, "My way or the highway" or your sister, mother and daughter will be maids in other country" and" Singaporean are getting a bargain". Too bad, even the price of Hen and chickens have gone up!

The SWF or SPF which has become a hot potato is PUZZLING! Why so much reserve, so much surplus that is not helping the Singaporeans (the poor Singaporeans) at all? The only people who are having a good time with SWF are the rich elitists controlling the SWF! They decide where to park these hard-earned-money from Singaporeans ( through CPF & HDB, where else?) and put themselves on a pedestal and earn accolades. They even have the audacity to say that Sovereign Wealth Fund should be called Sovereign Poverty Fund. How apt! Yes, Singaporeans would be more cash-rich if not for the compulsory CPF and crazy HDB prices which end up bailing banks all over the world. And they are too cheap and poor to help Singaporeans on PUBLIC Assistance!!!

The 43rd National Day of Singapore is the day to mourn. To mourn the loss of nationhood and service to nation! National Service has become a JOKE! When I ask younger friends who are still in NS or reservist's training if they would defend Singapore, the asked, "How much? 10% of PM's pay can?"

Yes, it's sad. It's very sad that the Singapore which I served as a NSman way back in 1969-1971 followed by RT and converted to CDF later is no longer the nation that used to be. It's just another hotel; another Inc where only money matters. Where only productivity and money talk! Where if you are over the hill, in health; in connection (with the ruling Club, who else?) or just plain not in the inner circle, you are doomed to picking aluminium cans, empty cartons or depending on your lovely children whom you try so hard not to burden.

The sad fact is the hassle of getting the $330 public assistance may just throw the dignity off some that some prefer to jump onto the MRT track!

National Day in Singapore is not a day to celebrate.

It's a day to reflect on what they have they done to our country!

No, I'm not bitter. I just sad :(

As sad as my feelings for those most close to me when I had my last heart attack and came back from the dead.

As sad as some who have very sick or dying member in their family.

To everyone, even the high and mighty, a little rain must fall.

Maybe it's the time for them to visit the HOUSE of HUMILITY and realise that there are Singaporeans out there! Real Singaporeans who are not paid millions but real peanuts, struggling to seek their own happiness with the little that they have after paying (if they earn enough for a pigeon hole in the air) for their CPF and the HDB flat!

As much as it would be nice, we don't need their sympathy, we don't need their empathy.

We just need a little justice and equality as stated in our National Pledge!


feedmetothefish

23 Comments:

At July 9, 2008 at 5:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicely written. The emotional angst of us citizens was described perfectly. Thanks.

 
At July 9, 2008 at 11:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Share the same sentiment.

This should be posted to Online Citizen as the main article.

 
At July 9, 2008 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have stopped caring about national day, the pledge and NDP for over a decade.

But on a May night in 2006 i recited the pledge with gusto and pride at Hougang stadium. Go figure.

 
At July 9, 2008 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous PC said...

Hi,

I am 58. Remember in the 25th national day celibration, "one people, one nation and one Singapore". It translate as 11S = $, now we just have to keep paying... poor also pay...

 
At July 9, 2008 at 12:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are spot on with what a fellow senior citizen wanted to say to the general public.

I share your sentiments.

Our country has been turned into Singapore Inc. by a bunch of shameless politicians.
I agree that the "national day" celebrations should be left entirely to those shameless politicians. They can do their f..king song and dance with each other.
The general public on the contrary should be mourning for our country on "national day". It is a day for us to reflect on how we should make things right for ourselves and the next generation.

Your article deserves to be the main highlight in TOC.

 
At July 9, 2008 at 2:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

National Day Parade has been become nothing but a showcase of the make-believe wonders that the leaders want the world to see.

Luckily, we are not as grand as NK but close.

 
At July 9, 2008 at 2:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said.

In fact, I had regarded Aug 9 as a day of National Mourning.

Mourning the loss of a Singapore that no longer belong to Singaporean.

For the past few years, I have made it a point to wear BLACK on Aug 9 to mark this day of mourning.

And I will continue to wear BLACK on Aug 9 till I feel Singapore belongs to Singaporean again.

 
At July 9, 2008 at 3:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Referring to the HEN guy that said " Singaporean are getting a bargain". From the way he spoke he must be calculative.He was a surgeon wasn't he?This profession depends on the dexterity of the hands and fingers which would deteriorate with age.Joining the PAP was a godsend opportunity for him to have lifetime income (With Pension)without the worry of losing the motor skills of his hands/fingers or meeting an accident that would incapacitate the same.

 
At July 9, 2008 at 3:47 PM , Blogger redbean said...

hi fish,

lucky we are grumbling among the losers. please don't let this discussion get out or they will slam you with a loser slap.

this is no place for losers. losers shall live with $400! i think that is about the right amount.

god bless.

redbean.

 
At July 9, 2008 at 3:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent idea to mourn for the country on national day by wearing black. The bloody politicians have turn this country into their business enterprise.
I am not far from reaching 60 soon and I feel sorry for those older folks left out to fend for themselves.
This Hen chap is a arrogant prick.
He has not proven himself and he is talking big.
Just because he runs a clinic , does not mean he can run the country.

 
At July 9, 2008 at 3:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feedmetothefish,

I think you have just echoed the sentiments of many and you have done it so eloquently.

Ya, fellow senior (me too). Sad indeed. Where have the happy days gone to? We do not need to be filthy rich to live in, we just want a peaceful quiet living with dignity and respects. Release the sufferings and make it less painful for all who needed it.

Thanks. My fellow senior.

 
At July 9, 2008 at 5:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a Country Club Country.. let's face it. Once you stop paying your monthly dues (Income Tax, 'being useful')... you wil l be left standing outside even though you have helped build the facilities.

I too was a proud Singapore Citizen. Not anymore. I will wear black too.

Sad when the whole shabang is just a show for the elites and used as propoganda of the young, stupid and gullible and impressionistic FT's who have Zero stack here.

 
At July 10, 2008 at 10:30 AM , Anonymous SL said...

Hello,

I concur with all the points in your article. Thank you. Will join your guys to wear black on that day. By the way, I am like you guys; in the fifties.

 
At July 10, 2008 at 2:35 PM , Anonymous den said...

The picture is a true reflection of the great social divide between the 'elites' and those left behind.
"We will leave no one behind" nice slogan by some politician with forked tongue.

Your article reflected my feelings about the situation in our country.
It is really painful to see so many elderly folks affected and even the young feel demoralised.
I am pass 60 and I agree with the guys that this national day is meaningless. So I will wear black as well.

 
At July 11, 2008 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous feedmetothefish said...

Hi all,

Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your thoughts.

I believe the tides are changing.

Even the old record has finally got himself stuck in the groove! He's reported in ST yesterday making his threats again on suing anyone who defame him.

No wonder Syu Ying Kwok sucks up to the Suing Cock :)

With the perpetual cock-talking and singsong of the ruling elites vs the struggle of people like us, I took the effort to learn to blog and let people know that "used Singaporeans" like us are really and truly "fed up with progress" and the "golden period" like our CPF is nothing but mirage.

If fact, most of us are so sick and tired of being "fixed and bought!" that we have lightened up and tell it like it is without fear or favour.

More are writing blogs expressing our anger & frustration and others are letting it go at coffee shops, in taxis and anywhere else [including grassroots functions]:) without batting an eyelid.

Finally, little people are "building progress for our nation" [in one of those politically correct song I remember] :)

With the hard times and comments contributed here, it looks like it's going to be a Black National Day this year!

It's going to be a fashion statement to wear black on Aug 9 this year. I'm all for it and let's dress our nation-building best black for the day!

As I foresee less flags flying, I hope hanging out black clothing on windows to dry on that day would not be treated as a crime or treason.

Anyway, with all the flying crap and cheap rhetoric from the top, I guess it'll get worse before it gets better for us little people.

As nothing including life lasts forever, there's hope yet!

Happy Black National Day to one and all!

Cheers

feedmetothefish

 
At July 19, 2008 at 1:34 PM , Blogger Xtrocious said...

I have just turned 40 and I share the same sentiment...

I just came back from a presentation by Far East Organisation on the outlook of the local property sector...

Their rah rah act aside, I find it very disturbing that one key theme that they keep harping is the influx of foreign talents and most particularly, the government's move to attract the wealthy...

It left me with just one sobering thought - the future of Singapore is not for sons and daughters of Singapore but just a playground for the rich (High Net Worth Individuals or HNWIs)

And if you do the maths of some of the projects that these developers are pushing - S$3000 per square feet...I was just talking to my colleague - even if I pay S$3000 a month, a normal 1200 sf apartment would take 100 years to pay off - and that's not counting interest!!

Is this vision of Singapore really for us?

 
At August 10, 2008 at 12:30 PM , Anonymous little willy said...

Well written...no political rhetoric but the voice of heartfelt exasperation and reason....man it's authentic!!! Perhaps "Notional Day" should replace "National Day" until someday there is something real to celebrate about.

 
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