Sunday, August 8, 2010

From Grumblers to Gripers with additional 5Cs

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew told Mark Jacobson of National Geographic that "Singaporeans are champion grumblers". [Link]

On National Day 2010's celebration at Marine Parade, we are told by none other than Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong to 'Look at the bright side of things and live your dreams. This is far healthier than to live the Singapore Gripe and drone on like vuvuzelas,' [Link]

I did not know that telling it like it is is living the Singapore Gripe. According to my doctor, if I just STFU and not release the crap that's thrown at me, my physical, mental and emotional health may just crack up, leading to another heart attack that may just be the death of me. Fortunately, the fish is kind enough to give me a few 'more good years' before feeding on me :)

If not for the griping of frustrated, bullied and concerned citizens in blogs, coffee shops and elsewhere, MM, SM and MIW would have thought that they were perfectly chosen to be God's gifts to Sinkapooreans. Or do they only want Sheepapooreans in SinCity? [Link]. Oh, how they wish we obediently and quietly accept all the crap they dish out without a whimper. Maybe even kiss the ground they walk on?

"If I have to reinvent the 5Cs, my dream is to help create the conditions for a generation of Singaporeans to have a good Career, live in Comfort, surrounded by Children, and be Considerate and Charitable." [Link] Having achieved and exceeded the original "5 Cs - Cash, Credit cards, Car, Condominium, and Country club membership" many times over with a secured 'Career' of million$ per year with pension to boot, I'm sure people like MM, SM, their 'Children' and their MIW must be in a very 'Comfort' zone! 8 out of 10 Cs ain't bad.

Alas, why can't they have the last 2 qualities of being 'Considerate' and 'Charitable' by treating people with respect? Why describe citizens as 'complacent champion grumblers droning like vuvuzelas' just because truths prevail and occasionally hurt the ego of the men in power?

If we still complacently vote them in and pay them millions to gripe us without letting them know that their haughtiness and disregard for the common people is a pain, then we deserve the insults and disrespect they so arrogantly throw at us.

So who's griping who?

Perhaps I'm guilty of being inconsiderate and uncharitable to MM, SM and MIW for writing what I write and griping what I gripe.

But if not me, who?

To come up with honest rather than toadyish feedback is the honest mother of all feedbacks :)

And on the subject of being considerate and charitable, why not give Dead-Man-Walking Yong Vui Kong a break? I feel for him because at his age (18 plus) when he was caught I, like him in the 1960's, was experimenting with drugs without the knowledge of what harm it might bring. During those days, they did not hang you or lock you up for messing around with drugs. Heck, it wasn't even criminal!

As much as the law has changed, it is a little unkind and unfair to kill a young man just because he's not an elite or protected by elites [Link]. Let him do time to atone for his crime and instead of passing him to the Jolly Hangman.

Happy National Day!

And hello, National Day is not PAP Day!


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8 Comments:

At August 9, 2010 at 2:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wonder, how many can look forward to good careers after graduation. Some just have to settle for jobs on year by year contracts. Many graduates are taxi drivers, not by choice, but by necessity.

I also wonder how fresh graduates, working a few years, and having to pay a king's ransom for a tiny flat, can be considered living in comfort, with the mortgage payments dragging on till his retirement, if he has a chance to retire at all. In the meantime, his CPF contributions will all be emptied for housing and medisave each month.

And talking about children, how would one want to have children when their generation is already paying a heavy price competing for jobs and university places against foreigners, who were even subsidised by taxes paid by them and their parents for their study here.

It will get worse, because the message from the people about foreigners is obviously not getting through to the rulers. From the gist of the PMs Mational Day message, the focus is still on welcoming foreigners and treating them well. They are turning a deaf ear, no matter what happens.

I guess the only way to draw their attention now is through the ballot box. Even this route will be compromised in coming elections if they tighten or change the rules further to ensure a perpetual regime.

That will be a very, very sad day in the history of Singapore.

 
At August 9, 2010 at 3:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are Singaporeans happy today?

And hopeful for tommorrow?

Take your time to give yourself the answers. It needs some reflections of the past few years to get an accurate picture.

patriot

 
At August 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"....needs some reflections of the past few years to get an accurate picture"

Is this the real reason for their installing mirrors all over the place. Of course the need to 'smile' reason can be solved with a mask and you don't need mirrors for that.

 
At August 9, 2010 at 4:28 PM , Anonymous sgcynic said...

Goh Chok Tong once wanted Singapore to attain the Swiss standard of living. I'm not sure if he feels that we have achieved it. Now he wants to change the goalpost?

Just like how we once set our Goal 2010 to make it to the World Cup, and fail to attain it, and then quietly change our goal...

 
At August 9, 2010 at 5:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They never set examples.

Considerate and charitable?

How do they treat opposition and those who disagreed with their point of view?

Just wonder how such words can come out of their mouth?

 
At August 9, 2010 at 5:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Behind those mirrors could be cameras haha.....to capture your smiles and more.

 
At August 9, 2010 at 8:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to my Swiss dream? We shd be familiar with moving goal posts and various other exhortations from the government. Don't think they can con us anymore, S'poreans have been played out long enough.

 
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