Sunday, August 31, 2008

Goodness gracious me! Did you get the facts?

After checking the facts, Ms Salma Khalik found out that someone did not check the facts after admonishing someone else for not double-checking the facts.

Part of what Ms Salma Khalik wrote on "Answers Needed For Twins' Fund" may be a little embarrassing for some.

"The committee's existence came to light when Mr Khaw was replying to Mr Baey Yam Keng, an MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, who had asked if SGH and his ministry would release money for Jamuna's treatment.

He noted that newspaper reports had said that Dr Goh had asked for funds to treat her.

But Mr Khaw replied that SGH had not received a request from Dr Goh, or any other doctor, to release funds for Jamuna's treatment.

The minister then suggested that Mr Baey check his facts and added that not all reports were accurate.

He said: 'Like the Member, I also read the report in the newspaper. So here is an example of not all reports are factual, so you have to double-check your facts. And the facts are as what I've presented in my reply just now.'

But a Sunday Times check with SGH confirmed that it had received a funding request from Dr Goh last month.

Its spokesman said: 'SGH has promptly asked him to furnish the proposed treatment plan for Jamuna, which will be forwarded to the Nepalese Twins Fund Disbursement Committee for its evaluation.'' Read more at Aug 31, 2008 VIEWPOINT

We have been led to believe that ministers in Singapore are the best of the best and we are fortunate to have them at "bargain" price of only millions of dollars. Is this an example of how good they are? This "lau kar kui kor" incident (roughly translated from Hokien "shit all over the pants") is another sign of brazen arrogance of the million $,$$$,$$$ leaders.

I may be wrong but I guess Ms Salma Khalik wrote this piece to show that her report is indeed factual and accurate. For that, I take my hat off to to her for this rare expose. Now do we get a "gracious' retraction from a VVIP or is someone going to lose the job like Mr Brown for writing "People are fed up with progress"?

For the ad nauseam cheerleading that's coming out from ST, I'm indeed grateful to Ms Khalik for having the guts to tell it like it is. I respect her for taking on a minister for the sake of integrity and honest reporting.

With the control, fear-mongering, and "PAP knows best" attitude, it is a breath of fresh air to read Ms Khalik's viewpoint. If she can do what she does when things done by the government sucks, I guess the least we can do is one of the following when we are fed up with progress:

1.Talk to your MP (we may waste our time as they have no time)
2. Write to the press (hardly get published)
3. B&B - Blog & Bitch

I have done my part of full-time NS way back in '69. I contributed towards Singapore thereafter by working to make a living thus helping in the economic progress. I also contributed by having productive sex to create some babies (though they made it hell for me if I had more than 2). Being a grandpa now, I make myself useful to Singapore by B&B.

Even though a commoner heartlander, I believe that I have as much right as the next guy (elite) to voice my concerns. As much as I've been talked down, insulted and idiotised by the "gracious" government, I'm as Singaporean as the Lee's, Goh or Khaw! The only difference is I'm much poorer and don't have a voice in parliament.

As much as my friends and loved ones are fearful of me being "fixed' and done in by my politically incorrect blog, I still do so because I believe that "Sedikit sedikit, lama lama jadi bukit!" If enough people speak up or blog, the power will be forced to step out of their ivory tower to do some decent work, like knowing that there are poor and homeless beggars in Singapore, and actually helping them.

Yes, there's fear in speaking out. I'm sure they have the machinery to track me down and sift me out even I'm blogging anonymously. But if we continue to accept their chutzpah and high handedness without a whimper, we are doing more harm than good to our country and ourselves.

As long as there are people to remind the rulers that life for the masses is different from the elite, we are doing something right. At the risks of being charged for defamation, sodomy and what have you, I think if we do nothing, we deserve the crap that's dished out.

In fact, ministers should be happy that feedback from some bloggers helps them do their job better. If I'm as audacious as they are, I'd say part of the million $,$$$,$$$ salary (paid to ministers) should go to the bloggers for their contribution (time & effort in writing blogs for free) in building an "inclusive society" that can "stay and move ahead together".

Yes, the feedback and comments worth much!



At September 1, 2008 at 9:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear mr/ms Feedmetothefish,

Well, this Mr Khaw is supposed to be the best of the best...

What about another best-of-best who brought our Team to Beijing and later came back with the Silver Medalist.. He was interviewed in the airport of the fracas and was quoted by the ST that he promised to "relook into the whole thing". But he did not know what was reported in the media becos, "I have not read the paper".

Wow, he brought the team to Beijing and he DID NOT READ ST??? hahaha...

At September 1, 2008 at 10:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. The huge gulf between the men at the top of ivory towers is just getting bigger and bigger. All the recent medals/table tennis fiascos, etc, highlight an emerging S'pore voice. Only fools whould choose to ignore it.

At September 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they diverted the funds fand used the money to treat the Burmese generals in SGH. Whether they did or not, it's bad karma for Khaw for extending the lives of these murderers.

At September 1, 2008 at 11:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't some clown said that what written in ST is truthful.

Now this "not all reports are factual". Well, they just admitted their dealings with ST.


At September 1, 2008 at 12:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'gracious' retraction or any apology would probably be: 'I still look silly'

The most likely possibility would be to sacrifice the somebody in SGH who confirmed that Dr Goh did submit a funding request. What else do you expect?

At September 1, 2008 at 3:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My concern is if all these top brains could not do small things right; can they do BIG things?

At September 1, 2008 at 4:57 PM , Blogger singaporenewsalternative said...

This is another dent to Khaw's credibility after his infamous U-turns on Mean Testing and Sale of Human Organs, as well his handling of the NKF fiasco. Khaw is very careless this time round for not checking with his ministry before saying that ST report is not factual.

At September 1, 2008 at 6:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for yr observation which drew me to Salma Khalik's piece which I hadn't read thanks to my being an online ST subscriber and it's massively difficult to find stuff nowadays.

Btw, I wld visit yr website more often if you will opt for a more user friendlt background. Black doesn't do yr insightful writing any justice.

At September 3, 2008 at 8:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Khaw should make an apology for his mistake - or lapse, or whatever he chooses to call it - he made a silly error and should apologise to Mr. Baey Yam Keng as well as the brave ST journalist, Ms. Salma Khalik, for his arrogant and inaccurate comments.

At September 4, 2008 at 10:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not at all. I do not think mr Khaw has to apologise. If nothing else, at least he shows that he is a consistent and reliable person.

He is reliable in consistently wrong. After NKF and the Monk incidents, all other mistakes by him are too minor and negligible.


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