Monday, August 9, 2010

Yes, Mr Prime Mini$ter

Dear Mr Prime Mini$ter, are you for real?

"Our goal is for all Singaporeans to enjoy the fruits of growth. When Singapore prospers, you will benefit from many government programmes: better designed HDB estates, higher quality schools and hospitals, more MRT lines and new places for recreation. But each one of us has to make the effort."

Yes, Mr Prime Mini$ter, every average Singaporean like Ali, Ah Seng, Arul and Alex will have to make the effort to pay more for hospital services and crazy HDB flats that make a mockery of the word 'subsidy'. They also have to pay for more expensive taxi, MRT and bus rides! The truth is when Singapore prospers, elites and those in PAP prosper. The men in the street . . . they suffer. The ever-increasing cost of living for the common people has far exceeded the pay they received!

"I hope all Singaporeans will work together to put up a good show, and make the games memorable for all our visitors."

Yes, Mr Prime Mini$ter, another wayang not unlike the 4,000,000 smiles that was badly needed for the hot shots from IMF in 2006. Thank God, unlike 2006, we do not need cages for YOG!

"I understand Singaporeans' concerns about taking in so many foreign workers and immigrants. Some of us wonder: Will it change the ethos of our society? Will it mean more competition for us at work, or for our children in schools? Will the new arrivals strike roots here? Can they adjust to us, and we to them. These are valid concerns which we must address. We will control the inflow, to ensure that it is not too fast, and not too large. We will only bring in people who can contribute to Singapore, and work harder to integrate them into our society. And we will make clear that citizens come first. After all, we are doing this for the sake of Singaporeans."

No, Mr Prime Mini$ter, you have been in your ivory tower far too long that you do not know what's happening on the ground. Recently, you mentioned that you'll be bringing in another 100,00 guest workers this year. Apart from helping employers lower the cost of labour and helping agents scalp these guest workers, I do not see how bringing another 100,000 foreign workers can make average Sinkapoorean like Ali, Ah Seng, Arul or Alex's life better.

My real bros like Ali, Ah Seng, Arul and Alex have to wake up earlier to ensure a standing space in the MRT to get to work. They have to be 'cheaperest, betterest and fasterest' in whatever they do to survive. With your high falutin' decision to bring in the magic 100,000 this year, my bros have become more vulnerable and replaceable by these guest workers. No, Mr Prime Mini$ter, us 'small-minded' and 'lesser mortals' think that you are bringing in your so-called FT just to boost the GDP to justify more obscene salary and bonuses for your bros and sis in white and your goodself!

With your devil-may-care song and dance of our fantastic Y-Y GDP growth of 17.9% (what a magic figure compared to other countries), I suggest that you be careful in not busting the bubble that your more junior civil servants are expecting. With your feel-good-look-good figures, they are expecting a big fat bonus this year end. And they are currently splurging like crazy even before they got the bonuses. Well, with your track record, I'm sure you are still pretty good at 'fixing and buying'. Not to worry, with General Election round the corner, I'm sure all civil servants, regardless of rank, will receive generous bonuses.

Mr Prime Minister, on this National Day of 2010, I wish you 'Enough'.
  • Enough of the crazy policies that maim the common people (namely, 'subsidised' HDB flat that costs an arm and a leg for 30 years; increased bus and MRT fares; can-die-but-cannot-be sick hospital fees; forcing the poor to pay utilities fees in advance with cashcard, etc)
  • Enough of insensitive-high-from-the-ivory-tower remarks from your cabinet members and White MPs. It is just not nice to hear from your father that we are 'complacent champion grumblers who needs spurs on our hind'. Nor is it nice to be called 'lesser mortals' living the 'Singapore Gripe droning like vuvuzelas"
  • Enough of silly remarks like 'Once in 50 years'; 'Act of God' and 'Do not expect flood free Singapore'. Sorry, if you demand to be paid the best, you jolly well work your ass off to justify your more-expensive-than-Obama salary
  • And from the bottom of my broken heart, Enough of the pain of health challenges that's been inflicted upon you and your familee members.
Having survived heart attack, ventricular fibrillation, hernia, shingles and ran over by a car, I know the agony and ecstasy of dealing with health challenges.

Having been there and done that, I wish you enough to know that that not every mother's son is as lucky as you are. Not every father's daughter is as fortunate as your wife or your sister.

My dream is for Singapore to have a Prime Mini$ter who is carefull. A PM who does not chui kong lumpar song (talk-cock-sing-song) but sincerely has the heart to really care for the less endowed and not insult the intelligence of those he rules over.

Happy National Day but please do not hog the limelight with all white when celebration is on at the Padang. If only your lapdog media show some footage of opposition members celebrating at NDP, your credibility will have rise a few notches :) Instead of fixing them all the time, try giving them a break. Give Singaporeans a break! It'll do good for your reputation!

While I'm at it, can you please do your bit to save the life of Yong Vui Kong? With you and your dad's connection, I'm sure you can do some in the Cabinet to get the President to pardon Yong. Please let him do time instead of sending him to the Jolly Hangman. I know it's tough but can tell lawyer colleague Sham not to make it more difficult for the boy who's young enough to be your son.

Thank you in advance.

Note: Speech in italics extracted from [Link]



At August 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not believe my years whrn thr PRIME MINISTER said the Education System in SIN will inculcate MORALITY in our students, supposedly to be moral leaders in future.


The people only see greeds and lack of conscience in them.

Is there any proof?

Just ask the average Singaporeans.


At August 10, 2010 at 9:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was audacious of him to speak the way he did.

The contents of his National Speech were almost all in reverse to realities.

The only consolation viewers could probably get was that the Speech was not presented confidently and the Voice was not haughty as was his usual demeanour.

At August 10, 2010 at 10:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with you wholeheartedly. When the results for the GE is announced, someone will regret that he had shut his ears to the drone of the vuvuzelas. Let's replace him with a cheaper and betterer PM. Then we will see if he still wants to welcome foreigners.

At August 10, 2010 at 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

From LHL speech, I doubt that the GE will be this year, becoz he did not go and start give out money again like the last few GE. Even if he starts to give out money, I will still keep the money and vote oppositions like WP or RP, hell even if SDP came to my constituency, I will still vote for them in (not by choice but by survival).

At August 10, 2010 at 11:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sad that this Govt is so removed from the common people who voted them in.
No, i don't tune in to his speech, in fact i have stopped listening to National Day speeches for some years now, I find them hypocritical, artificial ans sometimes sound all Greek to me, so far removed from reality on the ground, it is as listening to foreigners speaking on TV.

At August 10, 2010 at 1:20 PM , Anonymous Alan Wong said...

The same tune sung over and over again come every National day which eventually will vanish like empty promises made in the air.

Maybe before he makes any more promises, where is the open and inclusive society that he has promised Singaporeans. What a shame this kind of leaders can't even meet up to the challenge of some writer's exposure in a hangman book or some ex-detainee's political speech. If you can't even live up to your earlier ones, why make other empty promises.

Otherwise to me, he is just another crooked politician or a blatant liar rolled into one !

At August 10, 2010 at 2:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The goal he is setting is not realistically apparent on the ground. That is why all of the MIW are out of touch with reality.

Tell me, who is enjoying the fruits of growth now, and who will continue to reap the benefits of GDP growth going forward? Not the average Singaporean worker.

Average Joe's life is going to be tougher with more imports of foreigners to fight for jobs, push up property prices and living expenses and choke the transport system.

And yet he continue to say that he understands Singaporeans' concerns about taking in so many foreign workers. What does he, in fact, understand I wonder?

Enough is enough.

At August 10, 2010 at 4:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Government is really out to spite Singaporeans by awarding the DSO to the chairman of PUB.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is clear that they do not care about such a thing as sensitivities, and look upon public outcries as useless perennial grumblings. They are, in fact, giving Singaporeans their 'middle finger'.

Ladies and Gentlemen, have you had enough?

At August 10, 2010 at 5:40 PM , Anonymous NIZHEMOSHOU said...

Didnt watch his ND speech but I hear that those who did, are mostly saying he was nervous and lacking in confidence.

Is he nervous bcos he knows the drones of Singapura vuvuzelas is gettin louder and louder; and the vuvuzelas players arent going to buy whatever he says this time?

At August 10, 2010 at 6:45 PM , Anonymous jeffgoh said...

Another great piece

thank you

At August 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you trust a leader who says he would help the poor but goes on to increase GST?
Do you trust a leader who upon taking office says he would liberalise political space for all but through years carry out the most political oppressive measures so that only the Govt voice is allowed?

At August 10, 2010 at 7:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He looked nervous on TV alright, probably afflicted by a loss of confidence, compared to his previous National Day deliverance.

That shows that the grumblings on the ground and cyberspace are getting on to him and probably affecting his mental state. Is the old man's coming out so often lately telling us that something is not quite right with his son?

Just my guess.

At August 10, 2010 at 9:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

you said no cages like IMF? Have you visited NTU ?

At August 10, 2010 at 9:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That bad at NTU?

Why are they trying to wear big shoes when they have small feet? If we lack the spaces to organise big events, don't go for it and try to organise it on the cheap by using student hostels, HDB flats, which were later rented or sold.

Really sick of all this classless shit.

At August 11, 2010 at 12:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If our GDP is so good and growth so vibrant. Does that mean no more GST hike in the near future? Gosh, I cannot believe on one hand they justify hike by saying Singapore is poor and than paid themselves million by saying the economy is robust. So which one should I believe? May be the white monkey just wanted to confuse us and continue to rule at their whims and fancies.

At August 11, 2010 at 1:21 AM , Blogger FeedMeToTheFish said...

Dear Anonymous of August 10, 2010 9:30 PM

Holy cow! I read that undergrads who paid to stay in NTU hostel were asked to sacrifice their accomodation for YOG participants but cages at NTU? Whatever for?

Care to elaborate?

Thank you.


At August 11, 2010 at 5:40 PM , Blogger JRT said...

The large increase New Citizens who are assumably "FT" will naturally vote for the PAP. With the incoming payrise and bonus for the government servants, and those kiasu HDB dwellers who are scared to vote for opposition parties for fear of devaluing their flat price, i am afraid resounding victory will still go to the PAP in the next GE

Even if opposition party got lucky and secure a number of more seats in the Parliament, with their limited voice, are they strong enough to be heard in Parliament and sway government policies? I doubt so. Personally, i think opposition party must win at least 3 GRC in order to make a difference

While it is comforting to vent some anger and talk some cock in the forum, i am afraid things will not change much. Sorry to be a wet blanket but i think this is very much the reality

At August 11, 2010 at 6:12 PM , Anonymous spirit of saddam said...

"Sorry to be a wet blanket, but i think this is very much the reality"
how true indeed! because s'poreans have very little imagination, cannot think out of the box.

there is one option that things will be betterer, wait for PM Lee to annoint two of his sons to be PM and DPM respectively, while he remains as MM.

As I recall, that was my plan too! to put my beloved sons at the helm to benefit the people of Iraq.
But damn the interfering Yanks and Brits! I ended up hiding in some hole, my sons fought bravely to the death and eventually I was hung by a kangaroo court.
Now I see something sinister unravelling in spore. don't take my word for it, afterall, i exist in spirit only.

At August 12, 2010 at 4:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite true about what JRT said.

But give some credit to the majority of voters in the two opposition wards. That they voted for the opposition was not just lucky breaks for Chiam and Low. It was a calculated risk and they took it.

That was people really willing to take the lead, to do something against all odds, threats and punishments to upkeep their principles, many a time, and not just once. To say these people have little imagination or cannot think out of the box is a tad unfair.

Every change comes from a small step. If no one is willing to take the first step, nothing will ever change.

And if everyone asks: what can the opposition do with a few more seats in Parliament, that is really not thinking outside the box. The rulers will be more than happy to hear that. Is that what we want?

At August 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM , Anonymous chemical Ali said...

looks like you did not get the spirit of saddam's message although you mean well.

At September 28, 2010 at 5:55 PM , Anonymous Michael said...

Do remember our dear former prime minister Harry Lee Kuan Yew said previously the style of teaching mandarin in schools was wrong.
My, considering many of our leaders and their kids steered clear of our public school system and went for the Singapore American School etc., no wonder it's taken them half a century to figure out our education system needs changes.

and then Harry Lee puts the blame on us:

National Geographic: “What would you say to the parents of the second or third generation of Singaporeans and their children are not able to compete with [new immigrants]? How do you tell them?”

Mr Lee: “We tell them look they have got to work harder or they’ll become stupid.

Certainly Harry Lee, work harder so we can hope to attain the $3.8million salary that the prime minister receives. No wait, that has nothing to do with hard work, you just have to be a PAP bureaucrat.

At May 2, 2011 at 10:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest assured that the foreign migration policies the PAP implemented will come back and bite them hard in the next few years even if it does not happen in this election.

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