Monday, January 12, 2009

2009, So far, so newsworthy . . . . . .

The new year is still new. Though we are less than 2 weeks from 2008, certain news are so ridiculously elitist, intriguing, damaging and sad that the image of 1st world Singapore may be tarnished.

News #1:
I remember "Boaster Cock" was a common word used to describe show-offs when I was a teenager in the 60's. That's the first two words that my buddy said when he read that insensitive article.

"Taking five weeks’ leave from work is not as difficult as one thinks. Most times, when you are at the top, you think you are indispensable. But if you are a good leader who has built up a good team, it is possible to go away for five weeks or even longer." Tan Yong Soon.

Will the "Boaster Cock" Perm Sec deserve a promotion to Perm Sacked soon?

News #2
With all that's been happening lately, I guess the guy with the best deal is Tang Wee Sung.

For whatever reasons, he's won and Tan Chor Jin (One-Eye Dragon) lost. The Prize: A kidney . . . a LIFE!

The story behind the story?
- Why was Tang Wee Sung designated as the recipient?
- Was there a deal done before the execution?
- Did Tang Wee Sung jumped the queue in the Waiting List?
- Was the Prisons Dept aware of the deal, if there was one?
- Did Khaw Boon Wan know?

Let's not speculate but wait and we shall see if it's a prelude to the Legalized Organ Sale Law?

News #3:
I remember in the early 70's where some of my NS buddies went to the Middle East countries to make a living. The money was good but there was the fear of being conned and cheated. Fortunately, most of them made good and started little business of their own when they came back home after completing their contracts.

We now have foreigners from Bangladash and China getting a raw deal in Singapore.

Is 21st 1st World Singapore worse than the Middle East countries of the early 70's where welfare of workers are concerned?

News #4
Seelan Palay and his friend Chong Kai Siong will most probably end up in jail for their effort in confronting MOM to protect the lives of their 2 Burmese friends. Seelan said that their Burmese friends, Moe Kyaw Thu and Win Kyaw who will be persecuted and may be killed by the junta when they are repatriated to Burma by end January.

For the love of life, can we fault the action of Seelan and Kai Siong?

The current labour crisis (both local and foreign) must have overwhelmed MOM. As there is no free lunch, work and solution is expected from MOM for the foreign workers and other levies that they have collected by the billions!

Last but not least,
News #5:
No man deserves to be burned alive and I wish Seng Han Tong a speedy recovery. For distributing ang-pows to residents in his constituency on a Sunday morning, a 70 year-old man tried to make human satay out of him.

Just what is the significance of Ministers and MPs playing the part of Santa Clause distributing ang-pows? Why can't kindness and compassion be practiced without the song and dance and the political photo opportunity?

Though the poor and old may not be eligible (no money to open a bank account) for GIRO, I'm sure grassroots members can bring money to them without so much fanfare.

Whose money is it anyway?

Moral of the story:

It's Best To Do Good In Secret.

It's More Dangerous To Buy Votes Than to Fix Your Political Opponents.



At January 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM , Blogger fuzzoo said...

I believe the money for the ang pows came from the temple anyway; not sure what's it got to do with the MP.

At January 14, 2009 at 12:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called.... TOMPANG ARTIST so that they can be a Boaster Cock to show the uneducated and uninformed as if they are the ones 'giving' the ang pows.
You gotta question why the Temple chose to get an MP to do this if the MP himself didnt give a single cent but actually RECEIVED goodwill for his time?

At January 14, 2009 at 1:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aha, that's why the gods are punishing the MP. Heaven has eyes!

At January 15, 2009 at 5:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

90% of the related posts on the internet is making fun of SHT's injury without even knowing him as a person, just based on him as a pap man.

theres really a lot of pent up hate against the pap in singapore because of their limitless greed even in these trying times.

just hope it can sustain till next election when people can vote against paying & paying.

At January 15, 2009 at 8:24 AM , Blogger Fargoal said...

Question. To what extent is the issue of the attack on SHT linked with the broader issue of worsening ground sentiments towards PAP? That is perhaps what we should be asking and debating in depth.

At January 16, 2009 at 11:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the SHT case, the MSM is already doing damage containment or prevention for Pay And Pay. The culprit is firstly implicated as a mad man (he was an IMH patient). Then the grass-root leaders said that when the old man came to SHT's Meet the Peoples Session, he never asked for financial assistance, but on several occasions stated that someone was hurting him. Now you see if you believe in what you read - this is an isolated case of a mad man who has no financial grievances. Hence this case has nothing to do with peasants hating Pay And Pay MP and its financial policy and this is not a revenge whatsoever. But if this man is mad, why target SHT alone and not burnt anyone there? Think and you will see how trustworthy the MSM is.

At January 17, 2009 at 4:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The MSM has already lost its credibility long ago, so whatever it spins is not going to make any difference. Damage control? You cannot wash charcoal to turn it white.

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