Monday, April 27, 2009

Free Makan & Show for Quitters in London?

While most are getting excited over Aware exco members drinking with straws through their noses after the expose of the Feminist Mentor, I find the Singapore Day 2009 celebrated in London a thriller too.

According to CNA, [link] Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng was on hand, too, to explain why he thought it was important to hold an expensive event like this at a time of recession.

Pray tell: How expensive is it? And who is footing the millons of pounds for this bash? Wow, they even flew artistes like Mr Brown in business class of SIA Airbus A380! [link] Or did Swaku Brown pay for the luxury?

Mr Wong said: "Even though the times are not good, we should not just enjoy when we have good times but, I think, in bad times we must also hold up hope for a better future.... For Singaporeans here, some of them might be quite anxious about their jobs and anxious about their families back home because they might have members who lose their jobs. We want them to know that the government will put in place programmes to ensure that Singaporeans will be taken care of."

"We should not just enjoy when we have good times but . . . "

Bad times for the less fortunate Singaporeans (especially those who recently lost their jobs) living in Singapore is just that - Bad Times! They jolly well learn to be resilient, tighten their belts and tough it out! They are to live within their means, get help from their family members and not to borrow money from loan sharks [link] as our man in London will change the law and incriminate them for doing so!

If you still can't feed yourself, go queue at Buddhist Lodge at Kim Yam Road to fill your stomach [link] and [link] like they do in London on 25 April 2009 at Hampton Court Palace [link] and [yummy pics link]

Some say the Singapore Day (no, not Aug 9 National Day) celebrated since 2007, is to engage Singaporeans not living in Singapore (quitters?) emotionally. In so doing, they sent a contigent of the best hawkers rated by Makan Sutra to feed them. The organisers also send a contingent of artists and comedians like Hossan Leong, the Dimsum Dollies, Channel 8's Jack Neo and his kakies and, heaven forbids, Mr Brown! [link] to entertain them.

I have nothing against Singaporeans (quitters, students, foreign workers in foreign land) getting free food and entertainment at the expense of don't-know-who but compared to the government's 'cowpehcowbu' on welfare for the poor based on the parliamentary exchange below

Dr Lily Neo:

Sir, I want to check with the Minister again when he said on the strict criteria on the entitlement for PA recipients. May I ask him what is his definition of “subsistence living”? Am I correct to say that, out of $260 per month for PA recipients, $100 goes to rental, power supply and S&C and leaving them with only $5 a day to live on? Am I correct to say that any basic meal in any hawker centre is already $2.50 to $3.00 per meal? Therefore, is it too much to ask for just three meals a day as an entitlement for the PA recipients?

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan:

How much do you want? Do you want three meals in a hawker centre, food court or restaurant?


I think the Singapore Day Extravanganza is another example of misplaced heartware. Wouldn't it be nice if the lesser mortals were treated to such goodies? However, in the minds of 'please get out of my elite uncaring face', useless unproductive lesser mortals are a pain to society and only fit for euthanasia.

What I find amusing is, whether in Hampton Court (for the sikit atas) or in Buddhist Lodge (poor lesser mortals), Singaporeans queue for food!

I wonder if Goh Chok Tong's daughter was enjoying the Katong Laksa, Roti Prata, Kway Chap, Satay and other yummy Singapore food too?


I'm amazed that they get artists like Mr Brown to do jokes on Singapore and they even put up self-deprecating ERP replicas at the venue to show that they are lightening up.

Meanwhile they just did us in with the 'assembly of one' and 'move on' Public Order Act and the Films Act.

Tricky?

feedmetothefish

16 Comments:

At April 28, 2009 at 12:21 AM , Blogger 吸尘机 said...

Hi.

Nice read. Do wonder if our leaders are out of touch or we lesser mortals are not intelligent enough to comprehend their masterplan?

Can I reproduce this post on my blog to share with my friends?

Thank You.

 
At April 28, 2009 at 12:39 AM , Blogger FeedMeToTheFish said...

Hi 吸尘机,

Thank you for your visit and your asking.

Feel free to reproduce and share with your friends.

feedmetothefish

 
At April 28, 2009 at 9:28 AM , Anonymous Joe said...

Exactly!

I was wondering why our esteemed media did not feature a famous person like Mr Goh's daughter. It would add some spice to the event and give it a new perspective.

People like us (stayers) would like to hear the views of a long term quitter.

 
At April 28, 2009 at 10:36 AM , Anonymous poeticmi said...

yeah good read. This just shows how the State places a greater importance to those who will ultimately bring economic goods to Singapore.

Let's face it, those in London are the so-called elites who study there, do business there.. etc. We need to have a link with them so that they can remit money or return to SG to work.

Those living here in Singapore and jobless are considered an economic burden.

Between these 2 groups of people, who do you think the government would shower their love on?

 
At April 28, 2009 at 12:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just do not overlook the fact that the 'quitters' and the 'artistes' and 'celebrities that gathered at London with Wong Kan Seng, are 'ELITES' too.

patriot

 
At April 28, 2009 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous stayer staying elsewhere said...

Good observations Mr Fish. Pretty obvious where the priorities of the gahmen are !! More important to take care of home sick scholars than to take care of sick and elderly stayers....sigh....

 
At April 28, 2009 at 8:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Fish,

I was sick to my stomach when I saw the picture of the ERP gantry. It is like PAP mocking those of us that stay in Singapore... "na na na na na. You can nothing".

RookieLim

 
At April 28, 2009 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous cf said...

just a thought - if such an event happened in singapore, will it reek of say... swaying the hearts and minds of singaporeans, like how hdb upgrading might achieve similar effects?

i think damned if you do, damned if you don't. and for the govt to have come to this state, it's probably done too little too late especially when it had the chance to.

 
At April 29, 2009 at 12:33 AM , Blogger xNSman said...

The Papies are just as clueless as ever. These 'quitters' have had enough of the system here. Has it changed for the better that they want to come back? With the POA, it is getting worst isn't it? Anyway, for those guys in London getting a free party at taxpayers expense, enjoy your 'fruits' of leaving the country.

 
At April 29, 2009 at 5:29 AM , Anonymous singaporean in london said...

Gosh, I don't understand why do Singaporeans have to take everything so negatively and as a personal attack? Just because people aren't living in Singapore, doesn't make them quitters. Family, job and school commitments do play a part. While I do not deny that there are definitely some Singaporeans here that I am ashamed to call my countrymen (for the scorn, abandonment or distaste they show to Singapore), I do not think it is right to slam everyone here. There is no need to group people here or there under stereotypical names. It only ends up creating more bitterness and angst in society.

 
At April 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM , Blogger FeedMeToTheFish said...

Hi Singaporean in London,

I agree with you that we should not "take everything so negatively and as a personal attack".

Please lighten up as we do not know when we'd be fed to the fish. With the flu flying from Mexico, the swine may get us first :)

It's not about you or "quitters" or "stayers".

It's about how Wong Kan Seng and his rich colleagues takes care of Singaporeans in London and lesser mortals in Singapore.

It's about Goh Chok Tong who started this name calling thing of "quitters" not being fair weather friends of Singapore.

Instead of feeling being slammed, you may get more positive vibes if you consider yourself "a stayer staying elsewhere" like the commentator of April 28, 2009 3:45 PM above.

As recommended by my doctor, I blog to lighten up, to get it off my chest, to prevent myself from getting another heart attack.

Please do not get worked up by what I write as I do not wish the pain of a heart attack upon anyone.

Yes, according to cardiologists, apart from bad diet and sedentary lifestyle, anger and stress also contribute to AMI.

Peace be with you.

Thank you.

Cheers!

feedmetothefish

 
At April 29, 2009 at 12:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the aim of the government is to bring back the quitters home, then I guess they are making a poor performance by putting in an ERP gantry as well as a NS Booth there, one of the reasons why they left in the first place.

 
At April 29, 2009 at 6:19 PM , Anonymous money for nothing said...

Remember the PAP bloke who gave free makan whilst campaigning against LTK in Hougang ? He garnered about 40% votes and lost.

Wong Kan Seng is using a similar strategy to lure those 'quitters' back to S'pore. Except Ah Seng is not footing the bill from his pocket and he has thrown in the free show as well.

The ERP Gantry is a poke in the eye for us folks and we know the idea is to collect more money.
On the otherhand, it would have been more appropriate for our own famous comedians to do a sketch on Mas Selamat's escape to humour WKS.

To those who have no intention of returning, it is ok to enjoy WONG Kan Seng's annual party, encourage him too,
only remember to vote him out. lol

 
At May 2, 2009 at 11:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very good analysis indeed.

In the morning beat the hell out of you and at night make steamy love to you.

 
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