Saturday, February 7, 2009

Why can't we own up to our mistake like him?

See this video and compare the difference.
  • One is the President of the United States of America. The other is the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister of Singapore.
  • One earns USD$400,000. The other is estimated to earn around SD$3,000,000, the "real world salary" as reported here.
  • One is considered as a flash in the pan. The other has helmed the MHA for as Home Affairs Minister for almost 15 years.
  • One has owned up to his "screw up". The other still goes on about his never slacken in the search.
Straits Times reported on Feb 6, 2009 here that "JI still a threat: DPM"

'We have no credible information on Mas Selamat's whereabouts to share at this point in time,' said Mr Wong.

'But let me assure Dr Teo that we have not slackened in our search.

'Whether Mas Selamat is in Singapore or he has fled our country, we will hunt him down as we did before.'

As far I can recall, Mas Selamat was a gift from Indonesia to make Singapore's Home Team look stupid. Correct me if I'm wrong but it was in January 2006, that Mas Selamat was arrested by Indonesian anti-terror squads in Java and deported to Singapore. Our self-praise-big-disgrace security agency under the leadership of Mr Wong Kan Seng let Mas Selamat jalan (walk) while taking a leak in the toilet.

The story of missing window grill, security cameras under repair and toilet rolls used as landing pad for limping Mas was simply amazing! It shows the quality of our security measures in Whitley Detention Centre. It also shows the quality of a limping man who within one year re-skilled and up-skilled himself to be as good as the famous escape artist, Houdini.

"we will hunt him down as we did before"???

Hello, since when did we ever hunt him down? Unless my understanding of English fails me, hunting down means capturing. For almost a year now (27 Feb 2008), we let Mas "selamat jalan" (bon voyage in Malay) and we are still hunting and hunting and hunting. Still wasting people's time and money (especially at Johor causeway) looking for Mr Houdini of Singapore.

When Barack Obama screwed up with his selection of Tom Daschle as the Health Secretary, he admitted his mistake to the whole world in prime time TV saying "I screwed up."

As a lesser mortal, I doubt I can see such responsible "take-it-on-the-chin" confession of screw ups from the PAP demigod ministers in my lifetime. I hope in their time, my grandchildren will have more gracious ministers than the ones we have now.

How on earth can a guy who screwed up so badly still talk with so much hubris and false claim of "we will hunt him down as we did before"?

Mr Deputy Prime Minister sir, since when did you hunt him down?



At February 8, 2009 at 4:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are de man , feedmetothefish ! Been following your blog and you are, like wine, improving with age ! I was also wondering what on earth he was on with his statement. And especially when I knew Selamat Jalan wasn't captured by us the last time...We have some weird ministers. The other one is Shanmugam who never fails to astound with his arrogance and talking down to lesser mortals. He must be very high on the immortals list cos if he talks down to the likes of NCMP Siew and Sr Counsel Michael Hwang, the ordinary man in the street would be plain idiots to him; who fail to understand why he deserves million dollars' salary cos he's so damned smart and elitist...sigh....

At February 8, 2009 at 4:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good day fish,

It is very obvious who is 1st division and who is pretending to be 1st division.

At February 8, 2009 at 9:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aiyah - Fish...

you damn the blur lah.

We will hunt him down like we did before means exactly that lor -

We hunt him before 2006, we failed. We hunt him a year ago, we failed. So we hunt him doen like we did before means just that, Singapore Govt will continue to fail lor. Your Engrish not the damn powerderful lah....

Singapore govt should change tack and hunt him down like how INDONESIA did it before, successfully. And let Indonesia do the hunting for us again.

This time around, just keep him carefully in our jail, and not keep him like before :)

At February 8, 2009 at 11:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually this govt is so clever in spotting mistakes and correcting them before you and I can see.

So you see Mr.Fish, there is actually no mistake for them to own up to....i think it is called passing the buck trick lah.

Ho Ching is leaving Temasek,and she will want us to take note there is some money left in our reserves, so blame the angmor Goodyear if nothing is left.

At February 8, 2009 at 2:14 PM , Blogger Daniel Ling said...

Hi, sometimes need to get your facts right.

You forgot the tap u noe?

At February 8, 2009 at 10:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WKS has no sense of shame.

Due to his unique kinship to the Lees and hence well-entrenched within the inner circle of political powers, he is virtually "untouchable" from any political purges over this serious lapse of duty.

Basically, he has deployed all the police forces within his powers, did a sweep of entire island, but still couldn't find a trace of Mas Selamat.

If Mas is still well and alive within this tiny red dot, he must have been well-hidden (and fed) by hard-core supporters of the JI - which is a snub at WKS ineptness. If Mas has fled overseas, it's still WKS porous border policing that fail to corner the man and nap him. Both are failures on his part - coupled to the Great Escape from Whitley Road Detention Baracks. The fact that WKS couldn't tell whether Mas is still here or has fled overseas is indicative of how badly his home ministry is run - despite spending all that money on the Great Mas Selamat Chase. The truth be told, WKS is only good at scaring and locking up SDP demonstrators.

Talk about taking million dollar pay and doing such a bad job. WKS just has no proper sense of shame, no responsibility and no notion of propriety. The right thing to do is for him to resign from his post.

At February 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM , Blogger Civic Advocator said...


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At February 9, 2009 at 4:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

everything he say abt mas is along the line of :

he is either in sg or not in sg
he is either w a friend or not w a friend
he has either just eaten or has not just eaten

no need give me a million dollars to just say that!!

At February 9, 2009 at 4:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In their 43 years ruling Singapore, when have they ever own up after making wrong decisions? Their arrogance is legendary, their vindictiveness total and their humility lacking.

Lost Citizen


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