Friday, February 10, 2012

Founding Fathers of Only One and Tripartism of Only Two

THE FALLACY OF FOUNDING FATHERS OF ONLY ONE
Though one can hold power in one's lifetime after being a prime minister, can one usurp the modern history of Singapore too? After reading "Don't let S'pore pioneers be a lost generation" by Phua Mei Pin of ST, I started thinking of Dr Toh Chin Chye, Goh Keng Swee, S Rajaratnam, E W Barker and other PAP old guards. It also got me thinking of Chia Thye Poh, Fong Swee Suan, Lim Chin Siong, Said Zahari, Dr Lim Hock Siew and other pioneers that mainstream media would painstakingly not report or highlight.

With the passing of Dr Toh Chin Chye, we come to realise that there is more than one founding father in Singapore. Unlike the one who wrote memoir after memoir and hard truths on his own truths, Dr Toh did not write any book of self-aggrandisement to elevate himself for posterity. Maybe he believed that self praise is a bloody disgrace.

It is nice to know of Dr Toh's contribution and his fortitude in calling a spade a spade [Link] and [Link] without fear or favour. After the expose of the crybaby act, we can now have a better perspective of our recent history.

For whatever reason(s) that he was put out to pasture before his age, Dr Toh reminds me of a current rebel in Singapore. In the eulogy by his sibling, we come to know that his family in Taiping especially his parents felt assured of his well-being only after receiving the monthly RM$400 money order that Dr Toh sent them. We can empathise with the worry his parents had on his safety while fighting for independence in Singapore.

The current rebel I'm referring to is not a politician. He is a concerned Singaporean who risks his livelihood and freedom to educate, to record history usually in videos, to provide alternative news that msm are too sychophantic, too bootlicking and too scared to reveal. He is Martyn See Tong Ming and I'm  pretty sure that Martyn's parents worry for the safety of their son the way Dr Toh's parents did.

Though history is often written by the triumphant and powerful, truth may prevail with the courage of those who dare to make a difference. The information that is available at Martyn's sites [Link] and [Link] educates many who wish to know "Truths" other than self serving "Hard Truths'!  Those in the know knows that Martyn has been summoned on many occasions to answer to the police for his social activities. In the same way that Dr Toh fought for independence, I salute Martyn See for what he is doing for democracy and freedom of information in Singapore today. Keep well young man and stay free!


THE TRIPARTISM OF ONLY TWO




I am disturbed by this article [Link] and its attachment [Link]. The hype of the worker (Union), the Management and PAP Government working together as the Holy Trinity (Tripartism?) for the benefit of the workers is nothing but crap if what is written in the article is validated.

So who is Ong Ye Kung?
  • Is he the singer whose father was politically detained by ISA?
  • Is he the "I can see you I can feel you" MP who failed? [Link] Does he still feel privileged to serve Aljunied GRC after his "Outstanding Minister" George Yeo & Co. has quit and deserted Aljunied? Will he do the same?
  • Is this the guy who is going to chair the COI of SMRT Fiasco? 
  • Is he is a Director of SMRT.
  • Is he also the Acting Executive Secretary of National Transport Worker's Union?
I pose the questions above because the murkiness of conflict of interest, self worth and integrity keeps me dazed and confused. 

Whatever he is, he cannot put on 2 caps. How can he be the head of the a Workers' Union and be a Director of the Company that the workers he represent? Holy shit, the conflict of interests is so appalling that it is worse than being a two-headed snake! How can one be championing the interests of the workers and ensure the profits of the employer at the same time?

I hope that this dreadful conflict of interest is not true. If it is, how the hell does he get the peace of mind to sing such lovely song?

feedmetothefish

Update:
Just read this [Link] that confirms that Ong Ye Kung is "Investigation-team leader" of SMRT's internal investigation team and "SMRT independent board director". Before it gets murkier, it'll be good for the public to know what is the difference between a "independent" and "non-independent" board director. Does he get paid by SMRT and NTUC simultaneously? If so, it's conflictingly odd! No?

feedmetothfish




24 Comments:

At February 10, 2012 at 5:11 AM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

Thank you Datuk Fish. I love the way you read. Excellent analysis! Kudos to you. Jia You!

 
At February 10, 2012 at 5:42 AM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

Sorry Datuk Fish it shld be "write" not "read!"
BTW, who is this Martyn See Tong Ming? Who is this mysterious young man? Pls show us. Thks.

 
At February 10, 2012 at 5:47 AM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

Ok. I found him when I goggle the name. Thks.

 
At February 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best way to clear the air is for the said person to fully declare all his appointments and affiliations.

And let the public decide.

Sinkies would likely agree;
"Sunshine is the best disinfectant."

If transparency is not forthcoming, then the other American advice is "follow the money (trail)".


NOTES:
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1. “Sunshine is the best disinfectant,” a well-known quote from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, refers to the benefits of openness and transparency.

2. “Follow the money,” was the memorable quote from All the President’s Men. Deep Throat advised Bob Woodward that the key to understanding the Watergate mystery was the money.

 
At February 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Quitter.
Quit politics after just one electoral defeat.

You thought you were voting for the next Lee Kuan Yew.
But you voted for a quitter instead.

Did Nelson Mandela quit after spending one night in jail?

When you select candidates at a tea party.
All you may be getting are
connoisseurs of fine tea.

Looks like the Party Against People have a winning formula for identifying future political quitters.
Judging by the Aljunied GRC politicians.

 
At February 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the article. I enjoy reading your post. It is so direct and no bull shit (which MIW is infamous for).

Wish there are someone who thinks and speaks like you in parliament.

 
At February 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Singaporeans and especially those NTUC Union members - you are supposed to be workers protected by your Union. Unfortunately the NTUC labour UNION who are supposed to represent you are made up of employers lording over you. As the saying goes,It is akin to hanging a goat head and sell dog meat instead (trying to palm off something inferior to what is purports to be.)

 
At February 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM , Anonymous Alan Wong said...

To me our NTUC union is really a scam. What has our NTUC unions really achieved all these years in terms of really helping the plight of our workers generally, let alone talk about the interests of union members.

They can't even fight for a basic min wage ? And where is this so-called "LKY" fighting spirit of really representing the interests of our lowly paid workers - gone down the drain?

 
At February 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like to say that double headed snake was indeed found to exist. However,it was two heads at one end and not one head at each end.

patriot

 
At February 11, 2012 at 2:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Singapore the national trade union is controlled by a PAP CEC member.

While in UK their Trade Unon Congress in not headed,interfered by a political party member.

This is their stubborn insistance that the union must be headed by a PAP-CEC member too.

 
At February 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tripartism works in the Singapore context because the unions do not make difficult demands of the employers or the government.
In this particular instance where the secretary of the union is also a director on the board of the employer, which is a GLC, the union members allows it as they believe that the secretary represents their interests during board meetings. If the union members are happy like the 60.1% of the Singapore electorates, what can anyone else say?

Saycheese

 
At February 11, 2012 at 10:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Under the watch of the PAP-CEC controlled-Singapore trade unions, they let in more than 1 million foreign workers.

Thing would be different for sure if the workers union is independent.

 
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