Thursday, August 20, 2009

Truth Hurts!

And it touched the raw nerves of the Old Man and got him going. . . . . . . . to the extent of belittling a new NMP.

So the National Pledge is nothing more than a high faluting - pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious "aspiration".

Poor Mr Rajaratnam must be turning in his grave.

We, the citizens of Singapore
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society,
based on justice and equality,
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.

The citizens pledge but the government aspires . . .

Isn't that interesting?

To MM and PAP, the National Pledge is just an aspiration? And they had the temerity to do it on National Day in front of the TV and whole wide world?

Aspiration . . . WTF is that? Breathing? Hope? Goal? Ambition?

Isn't a Pledge a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something?

So now we know the Pledge means nothing because it conflicts with our Constitution?

A case of meaningless "chui kong lumpar song*" for the past 4 decades?
*Translated from Hokkien: Mouth speaks, testicles titillates.

I do not see why MM had to interrupt his newspaper reading and physiotherapy [read below] and choked on Viswa's maiden speech. Read the speech [here], put your hand on heart, and pray tell is there malice in Viswa's speech? What's so 'false', 'flawed' or 'untrue' as claimed by MM?

Or is the MM annoyed and hurt by the naked truth of Viswa's maiden speech?

In the typical LKY style, Viswa got an earful (including a lesson in Sinda and his Indian ancestry). In his own way, "to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation", Viswa has spoken the truth which I and many appreciate.

It's interesting to note that they have had enough of Siew Kum Hong's truths and they threw him out. Now they have to deal with a new thorn - Viswa Sadasivan.

I am grateful to Viswa for living and doing the Pledge instead of 'aspiring'. You have done what my MP (whom I did not vote for) would never dream of doing. Please accept my sincere appreciation for taking the road less traveled and tell it like it is. Please keep up the good work! Your parents and those who love you will worry for you (as the great-grandma of my grandchild does) but truth will always prevail!

Truth hurts only those who are not truthful and insincere.

So is Viswa or MM high falutin?

Your answer is as good as mine :)



Dangerous to let highfalutin ideas go undemolished: MM

Edited transcript of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's rebuttal of NMP Viswa Sadasivan. -ST

Thu, Aug 20, 2009
The Straits Times

SIR, I had not intended to intervene in any debate. I was doing physiotherapy just now and reading the newspapers and I thought I should bring the House back to earth.

Mr Rajaratnam had great virtues in the midst of despondency after a series of race riots when we were thrown out of Malaysia. Our Malays in Singapore were apprehensive that now that we (Chinese) were the majority, we (Chinese) would in turn treat them the way a Malay majority (in Malaysia) treated us. He drafted these words and rose above the present. He was a great idealist. His draft came to me; I trimmed out the unachievable, and the Pledge as it stands is his work after I've trimmed it. What is it? An ideology? No, it's an aspiration. Will we achieve it? I do not know. We'll have to keep on trying. Are we a nation? In transition.

Sir, reference was made to the Constitution. The Constitution of Singapore enjoins us to specially look after the position of the Malays and other minorities. Article 152 says: 'Minorities and Special Position of Malays. It shall be the responsibility of the Government constantly to care for the interests of the racial and religious minorities in Singapore. The Government shall exercise its functions in such manner as to recognise the special position of the Malays who are the indigenous people of Singapore and, accordingly, it should be the responsibility of the Government to protect, safeguard, support, foster, promote their political, educational, religious, economic, social and cultural interests and the Malay language.'

And on Muslim religion, Article 153: 'The Legislature shall by law make provision for regulating Muslim religious affairs and for constituting a council to advise the President in matters of the Muslim religion.'

Our Constitution states expressly that it is a duty of the Government not to treat everybody as equal. It's not reality, it's not practical, it will lead to grave and irreparable damage if we work on that principle.

So the Pledge was an aspiration. As Malays have progressed and more have joined the middle class with university degrees and professional qualifications, we have asked Mendaki to ask them to agree not to have their special rights of free education at university, but to take the fees they were entitled to and use the money to help more disadvantaged Malays.

So we're trying to reach a position where there is a level playing field for everybody but it's going to take decades, if not centuries, and we may never get there.

Now let me read the American Constitution. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, reads: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.' That's 1776.

The US Constitution passed a few years later says: 'We, the people of the United States' (this is the preamble) 'in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings and liberties to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States.'

Nowhere does it say that the blacks would be differently treated. But the blacks did not get the vote until many decades later. Racial segregation was not ended until the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s with Martin Luther King and his famous We Dare To Dream speech. Enormous riots took place and eventually, then President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964. From 1776, it was more than 200 years before an exceptional half-black American became President.

My colleague (Nominated MP Viswa Sadasivan) says we are trying to put square pegs into round holes. Will we ever make the pegs the same? No. You suggest to the Malays that we abolish the (Article 152) provisions in the Constitution, you will have grave disquiet. We start on the basis that this is reality: We will not be able to get a Chinese minister or an Indian minister to persuade Malay parents to look after their daughters more carefully and not have teenage pregnancies which lead to failed marriages. Can a Chinese MP or an Indian MP do that? The Malays will say to him: 'You're interfering in my private life.' But we (the Government) have funded Mendaki and Muis (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore), and they have a committee to try and reduce the numbers of such delinquents.

The way that Singapore has made progress is by a realistic step-by-step approach. It may take us centuries before we get to a similar position as the Americans. They go to wars, the blacks and the whites together. In the World War I, the blacks did not carry arms, they carried the ammo, they were not given the honour to fight. In World War II, they went back, these ex-GIs - those who could make it to university were given the GI grants - they went back to their black ghettos and stayed there. Today there are still black ghettos.

These are the realities. The American Constitution does not say that you will treat blacks differently but our Constitution spells out the duty of the Government to treat Malays and other minorities with extra care.

So the basis on which the NMP has placed his argument is false and flawed. It's completely untrue, it's got no basis whatsoever. I thought to myself, perhaps I should bring this House back to earth and remind everybody what our starting point is. If we don't recognise where we started from, we will fail.

Nobody can speak with the knowledge that I have; I knew the circumstances in which the Pledge was made. I admire the sentiments of Mr Raja. In August 1965, my worry was, what would the Malays in Singapore do, now that they knew they were a minority? When I returned on Aug9, on the advice of our Special Branch, I did not go back to my house. I stayed at Sri Temasek (in the Istana), which was my official residence. I stayed there for one week, then I went to Changi Cottage and stayed there for two months to make sure that everything subsided.

These are realities. Today, 44 years later, we have a Malay community, I believe, at peace, convinced that we are not discriminating against them, convinced that we are including them in our society.

NMP Viswa used to work in Sinda. I'm told for 10 years. He will know Indians are not equal. Brahmins will not be in Sinda. It is the non-Brahmins who are in Sinda. So I think it is dangerous to allow such highfalutin ideas to go undemolished and mislead Singapore.


At August 21, 2009 at 8:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Viswa Sadasivan is Marked and will be accorded "White Horse" treatment for speaking the TRUTH; NO 2nd NMP term for him.

Anybody want to bet?

At August 21, 2009 at 8:55 AM , Anonymous oldfart's legacy said...

Yes you are right Mr Fish.
The truth hurts, and it certainly hurts the old fart !

It should not surprise us the old fart can never ever live up to the national pledge. How to ?....
...when his legacy is nepotism, cronyism, compliant judiciary, compliant law enforcement, compliant media, compliant union, ridiculous laws, obscene elections system, obscene distribution of wealth, avoidance of accountability......

in summary, the art of hoodwinking the citizens !

At August 21, 2009 at 9:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even the newspaper does not print the whole speech in full,especially the last bit where he says the PAP is fully accountable in parliament.....what a gawdawful joke, after the billion dollar losses by Ho Ching....

At August 21, 2009 at 6:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WAH HENG AH!! lucky i never participate the wat 822 pledge moment on N-day!! its only CKLPS!! LOL!!!

At August 21, 2009 at 7:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the National Pledge are highfalutin, do our young students have to mandatory continue to recite it daily?

What about those who take up citizenship, do they have to recite it too?

Does the national pledge contradict our constitution?

At August 21, 2009 at 7:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly did Viswa say that was false and misleading ? He in fact said what MM Lee proved again to be true in SG
"Similarly, when citizens challenge the government on issues and policies, the response needs to come across as being sincere and not robust and intimidating on the one hand and callous and cavalier on the other."

Listening to MM's speech on TOC's video and recalling that awful case of the man told by a judge to chain himself to a tree after being jailed for living on a beach..I'm reminded why I decided to be a "stayer staying elsewhere". Hope the 66% wake up their idea this time around. The only way for a govt to be accountable is to have an effective opposition. I hope S'poreans have the guts to make a change...

At August 21, 2009 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for the coffin to close.

At August 21, 2009 at 10:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second that ! And may the public have access to his grave, so that
hopefully enough citizens piss on his grave to keep him there permanently drunk with our piss.

At August 22, 2009 at 1:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What MM said about giving special attention to the minority include the Malay race is NOT inconsistent with the National Pledge of Equality and Justice. If you see someone weak and help him stronger so that he is as strong as you is act of promoting equality and justice. At least I do not need to be a rocket scientist to understand this. Am I missing something which the old statesman sees which a lesser mortal does not?

At August 23, 2009 at 1:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are assuming Viswas didn't deliberately feed them a big wayang.... don't forget the motion actually PASSED in the end.

At October 4, 2009 at 12:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can I be invited to Viswa's blog, and read his speech?

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