Sunday, January 18, 2009

Why So many Santa Clauses during Chinese New Year?

Yes, they wear red T's (no, not kangaroo T's) like Santa too!

“We should not continue to have politics treated as entertainment or as a miscellaneous offence … We should distinguish between political and non-political activities." So said Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore in Today's newspaper of 17 Jan 2009.

If not treated as entertainment, most Singaporeans would have suffered high systolic and dystolic blood pressure or even heart attack when they read articles like "PM donates $500,000 to fund" "
This latest donation to the fund comes from the salary increase of $1.04 million that Prime Minister Lee received last year as a result of the salary adjustments announced in April 2007. He has donated the rest of last year's increase to a range of community, grassroots, arts and welfare organisations."

If this is not an entertaining joke, please tell me what is. Why rob so many Poor Peters to pay selected Elite Pauls so that Elite Paul can be seen as an altruistic charitable donor to good causes? What the hell went wrong? Why pay themselves so much in the first place? Or have they realised that they can't bring it with them?

It's ironic that they do not realise that Greed for money, power and appearance (appearing to be generous, virtuous, kind and good) is not the way to win the hearts of the people! Not all will barbeque a MP for not receiving an ang pow but most will know with disgust that the CNY Santa Show (wayang of giving ang pows) is a political hype to win more votes. The fact is Robin Hood did not rob from the poor to help the poor! The Sheriff of Nottingham robbed from the poor to enrich his cronies and himself!

It cuts like a knife for a Singaporeans to know that GST was raised from 5% to 7% to increase ministers' and MPs' salary. Can the guilt of adding misery to suffering peasants by sucking them dry (with GST, PUB, SMRT, CPF, ERP, ETC.) be cleansed by another $500,000 donation? Can it buy more votes?

I wrote previously of Chinese New Year Santa Clauses of Singapore distributing ang pows to residents. As much Mr Seng Han Tong does not deserve to be torched, I hope the powerful leaders are mindful of the fact that "grandstanding" as donors or giver of ang pows in photo ops is passe.

The art of altruism is to do good in secret!

Can anyone tell me where the money for the ang pow comes from? Whose money is it? If it's not from the pockets of the distributors, it's rather embarrassing. Is this another case of "gia lang eh kachng peh cho bin peh"? Literal translation from Hokkien, "Use someone else's backside skin as your face skin".

False appearance is detrimental to one's integrity!

Meanwhile, while the Chinese from China building the Great Gambling Dens of Singapore are being cheated by clever agents and employers, without help from MOM as claimed. I'm amazed that construction of the Great Casinos of Singapore can caused as much hardship as the contruction of the Great Wall of China! I sincerely hope that the victims lose only money and not lives like the millions who died during the construction of the Great Wall of China! The stench of of foreign labour exploitation (levy) is getting embarrassing.

Let's hope that blogging will be treated as entertainment and not as an offence. At the rate that the laws are changing and the AGC going about nitpicking kangaroo T-shirts wearers, we can only hope that sensibility prevails and no one will come knocking on blogger's door in the middle of the night.

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13 Comments:

At January 20, 2009 at 4:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

was thinking of how to describe the digusting behaviour of pinky loong until u put it so eloquently

"rob peter to pay paul".

too bad so many people are still fooled by the fake compassion they are showing.
the "no mercy" mentality has been drilled so deeply into them by lky that sometimes can't blame them.

 
At January 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM , Blogger fuzzoo said...

I agree with your point that there is a bit of a show going on. But having said that I feel that acts of generosity (genuine generosity i.e. giving from one's own hard-earned well-deserved money) should be publicised so as to encourage a culture of philanthropy and giving to the less fortunate.

 
At January 20, 2009 at 11:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad thing is that stories of philanthropy from real donors are rare, cos they give from the heart and does not need publicity.

It is those who are publicity hungry - people who do not contribute (but takes from CDAC, temples to give) that bugs the hell out of me.

Thanks Feed -

 
At January 20, 2009 at 2:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing bugs me and that is, why must temples often call on MPs or Ministers to give out donations when the money is donated by temple devotees? To appease the Gods?

Please don't politicalise places of worship like what they did to community centres and community clubs.

Lost Citizen

 
At January 20, 2009 at 6:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I presume the PM will get a double tax deduction for his donations. So $2 million of his $3+ million income will be free of tax.

 
At January 21, 2009 at 9:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are hoping that the people are
stupid and can't see the hype, irony and smokescreen.
On second thought, apparently a lot
of people didn't (with the help of our very 'reliable' MSMs)and thats why these wayang actors get voted in (or is it walkovers)every GE despite the hardships caused by their policies.
No wonder that Taiwanese guy has
classified Singaporeans to be so.

 
At January 21, 2009 at 9:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

'One thing bugs me and that is, why must temples often call on MPs or Ministers to give out donations when the money is donated by temple devotees? To appease the Gods? '

Didn't you read Charles Chong?
They are indeed gods and we are
just mere lesser mortals

 
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